Friday, May 17, 2002

Court rejects appeal on 20-year license revocation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals Friday rejected an Anchorage man's request to strike down his 20-year driver's license revocation as too harsh.

Fishing group endorses Murkowski
JUNEAU (AP) -- United Fishermen of Alaska has endorsed U.S. Sen. Murkowski's candidacy for governor.

Democrats convene in Fairbanks and Republicans meet in Ketchikan
The state Democratic party will meet in Fairbanks over the weekend while Republicans are convening in Ketchikan. At the top of the agendas for both parties: Claiming the governor's seat this fall.

Tesoro complete California refinery purchase
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp., which owns a refinery in Nikiski, Friday completed its billion-dollar acquisition of a refinery and 70 gas stations in California.

Suspected meth lab raided in North Pole
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole couple was arrested Thursday after a multiagency drug enforcement team raided their home and removed equipment suspected of being used to make methamphetamine.

Masked gunmen rob woman at her Cooper Landing home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in Cooper Landing, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Company official outlines Exxon plans for Point Thomson gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. could pump up to 75,000 barrels a day of high-value natural gas liquids from the long latent Point Thomson field if development plans play out this decade, an Exxon executive said Thursday.

Forest Service announces proposal for Chugach National Forest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is recommending that 1.4 million acres of Alaska's Chugach National Forest be set aside as wilderness.

Senate approves minimum wage increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate voted Thursday night to increase the minimum wage in Alaska to $7.15 an hour.

Passenger trains run part way
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad was partly back in business Thursday after repairing an 800-foot section of track that was damaged by flooding north of Talkeetna.

Two Spanish climbers injured in fall on Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two members of a Spanish climbing team were injured, one seriously, when they fell while descending Mount McKinley, Denali National Park and Preserve officials said Thursday.

Senate approves increase in drivers license fees
JUNEAU (AP) -- Drivers' license fees would go up by $5 under a bill that passed the Senate on Thursday.

Legislature calls itself into special session as rural school talks fail
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature has called itself into a special session to attempt to broker a deal on a school construction bond package and dislodge Democrat votes needed to balance the budget.

Government study increases Alaska's untapped oil and gas reserves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Undiscovered oil and gas reserves on federal lands on Alaska's North Slope are much larger than previously estimated, according to a government report released Thursday.

Legal requirements put new Kenai king salmon rules into question
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Fish and Game may not be able to enforce new Kenai River king salmon regulations, leaving in place last year's rules for one of Alaska's most popular sport fisheries.

Anchorage man dies trying to elude police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 30-year-old Anchorage man died Thursday after his car crashed into a pickup truck as he tried to elude police.

Unemployment rates in Alaska
Anchorage 4.6 Mat-Su Borough 8.0 Kenai Peninsula Borough 10.7 Kodiak Island Borough 7.0 Fairbanks N.Star Borough 5.9 North Slope Borough 8.7 Juneau Borough 4.9 Ketchikan Gateway Borough 9.6 Sitka Borough 5.7 Bethel census area 11.3

Alleged molesters may question girls during trial
JUNEAU(AP) -- A judge has ruled that a Sitka couple accused of sexually molesting children may cross-examine the alleged victims.

Man killed in Ketchikan house fire
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 23-year-old man died early Thursday in a house fire.

Baseball still doesn't get it
Anybody who believed no news was good news knows better now.

Behind Maddux, Braves snap three-game skid
SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Maddux pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning, and Vinny Castilla homered and drove in three runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 Wednesday to end a three-game losing streak.

Twins go deep vs. Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Torii Hunter homered twice as the Minnesota Twins hit five against Kansas City for the second time this season and routed the Royals 14-5 Thursday.

Colon pitches Indians past Orioles
CLEVELAND -- Bartolo Colon pitched eight strong innings, and Russell Branyan finally delivered with the bases loaded, giving the Cleveland Indians a 3-1 win Wednesday night over the Baltimore Orioles.

Hampton looks good for Rockies
DENVER -- Mike Hampton pitched eight innings in his second straight strong start at Coors Field and Todd Zeile homered and drove in four runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Florida Marlins 10-3 Thursday.

You need to act fast if your wallet is lost or stolen
NEW YORK (AP) -- When was the last time you took a good look at all the stuff you carry around in your wallet?

Plans call for lowering Whittier tunnel fees
ANCHORAGE -- The state plans to reduce the cost of driving through the Whittier Tunnel after residents complained the toll was discouraging visitors and unfair to them.

Business Briefs
Anchorage to Host Energy Frontiers ConferenceDeadline extended on small-business disaster loan Chugach Electric names new general manager

Competition heats up in Homer air service
HOMER -- South peninsula air travelers will have another option to get to and from Homer, Anchorage and Fairbanks when Frontier Flying Service begins scheduled daily service today.

Teck Cominco, NANA hurt by Red Dog mine losses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The company that runs the Red Dog mine in northwest Alaska expects the operation to lose $40 million to $50 million this year.

Air traffic will be normal by August, Boeing jet sales lag
SEATTLE -- Airline passenger traffic is expected to be back to normal levels by August, but airplane sales won't fully recover from the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks until around 2004, Boeing Co. executive Nicole Piasecki said Tuesday.

Alaska travelers are flying more often
FAIRBANKS -- Alaska Airlines increased its passenger miles for April but finished with first-quarter losses.

The difficulties in disposing of a parent's estate
NEW YORK (AP) -- A parent's death can be devastating, taking a heavy emotional toll even on adult children. Then, to add to the grief, there's the difficult task of disposing of the estate -- not just houses, securities and bank accounts, but a lifetime of possessions.

Catholic bishops' lawyer thinks more credit deserved for efforts at countering sex abuse
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From the first major clergy sex abuse scandal nearly 18 years ago, attorney Mark Chopko has publicly defended and privately advised America's Roman Catholic bishops.

Hatcheries may be up a creek if hot water is cut off
ANCHORAGE -- The 41.4-pound king salmon that Emory Nasholook hauled out of Ship Creek last summer to win the Anchorage King Salmon Derby began its life not in the gravel of a gurgling Alaska stream but in a plastic bucket.

Allergy sufferers can cultivate gardens that aren't to be sneezed at
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Gesundheit!

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a May 2 story about dehydration, The Associated Press erroneously identified nutrition researcher Catherine Jackson as a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Study says neonatal care has become too much of a good thing
BOSTON (AP) -- A provocative study of newborn death rates finds strikingly few differences across the country and suggests there are far too many doctors and hospital units specializing in intensive care of premature or sickly babies.

Study finds vigorous exercise lowers risk of all-cause cancer death
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Physically fit people are less likely to die of cancer, including cancers related to smoking, even if they smoke, a study finds.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Musicians wanted for music festivalDrama summer camp announcedGuitar, dance classes offered

Edward Albee's 'The Goat' honored as best play
NEW YORK (AP) -- ''The Goat,'' Edward Albee's provocative work about an unusual relationship, was named best play by the New York Drama Critics' Circle.

Peninsula chefs cook up a storm!
Gourmet chefs in the central Kenai Peninsula, whether practicing, rusty or aspiring, had an opportunity to test their originality and culinary skills this month in the first Kenai River Cook-off.

Photo feature: A faire to remember
Mark Anderson demonstrates punishment for coming to the May Faire without proper attire.

Troubled ABC yanks 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' off fall schedule
NEW YORK -- Once the hottest thing on TV, ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' is now down to its final lifeline.

ABC replacing 'Politically Incorrect' with show starring Jimmy Kimmel
NEW YORK -- ABC has pulled the plug on ''Politically Incorrect,'' which battled sinking ratings and, after Sept. 11, advertising erosion due to host Bill Maher's reference to past U.S. military action as ''cowardly.''

Soldotna Public Library
It's time to step into a world of fantasy, one filled with dragons, castles and knights at the Soldotna Public Library. "Catch a Dragon by the Tail" is the theme for the 2002 summer reading program.

Star of the North Lutheran Church
Bug Safari" will be the theme of the vacation Bible school at Star of the North Lutheran Church.

Challenger Learning Center
Description: The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is offering a variety of workshops and camps as part of its Summer Youth Science and Technology Program.

North Peninsula Recreation Summer Camp
North Peninsula Recreation Summer Camp will offer various fun activities, including arts and crafts, team sports, hiking, cooking, storytelling, gym activities, games, wall climbing, wallyball and more.

Baseball and Softball Camp
This camp will focus on all the skills necessary for participation in the sport of baseball.

Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts
The Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts, a local nonprofit organization, will hold its annual drama summer camp. Activities will include set building, acting workshops, improvisation and a short production on July 27.

Skyview Pool
Skyview pool will offer swim lessons for all ages and skill levels.

Family Fun
Several Kenai Peninsula communities will sponsor fun activities for the entire family during the summer.

Summer School
Description: Summer school for students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be offered in Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski, Seward and Homer. Students entering second through

NPRSA Fitness Class
This is an instructed fitness class for teens sponsored by the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area.

BASEBALL Pepsi's Pitch, Hit & Run Competition
This free competition, "Pitch, Hit and Run," is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun element of baseball competition.

Birch Ridge Golf Course Junior Golf Program
This is a directed program with a preset curriculum, monitored advancement within the program, skill development to fit the junior's needs, and development of advanced skills for stat

Soldotna Bible Chapel
Description: "Do What's Right" is the theme of the action-packed vacation Bible school at Soldotna Bible Chapel. Students will learn to "do what's right" as they study God's word and have great snacks, crafts, songs and games.

About Just Kidding
Don't let Kenai Peninsula kids get away with the old whine that goes "There's nothing to do around here" this summer.

Kenai Pool
The Kenai pool will offer 10 days of swim lessons for 40 minutes in five different sessions.

Youth Fine Arts Institute
Description: Taught by master arts teachers, the Youth Fine Arts Institute is an incredible opp

Silver Salmon Swim Team
Description: The Soldot-na Silver Salmon Swim Team practices at the Skyview High School pool from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Peninsula Martial Arts
Description: Classes are available for all age and skill levels, six days per

Qualified tutors are available for hire, coordinated by the After the Bell Boys and Girls Club.

Readin', Writin' and Raftin' on the Kenai
Taught by Dorothy Gray, a University of Alaska adjunct professor, and Clark Fair, a language arts teacher at Skyview High School, this program will include daily "educational snacks," writing supplies and a rafting trip.

Soldotna Pool
The pool at Soldotna High School is closed this summer due to maintenance.

Karate is one of the athletic offerings of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.

Band Camp
There will be a band camp taught by Kent Peterson, band director for Skyview High, K-Beach Elementary and Sterling Elementar

Description: Sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, Kenny Leaf will lead this soccer camp.

Gym Rats Girls Basketball Camp
Sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, Molly Tuter will lead this girls' basketball camp.

NPRSA Flag Football
Nikiski teams will interleague with the teams from the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai.

Reads Primary School
Description: Reads Primary School will have a three-week summer reading program in June. Class sizes are limited so early registration is encouraged.

Kenai Community Library
Call the library at 283-4378 for information on summer activities.

Soccer NPRSA Skills Camp
This camp, sponsored by the North Peninsula Recreation Ser-vice Area, will focus on all skills necessary for participation in the sport of soccer.

FUN PLUS After the Bell
Description: The Soldotna After the Bell Boys and Girls Club will run a summer program with the theme "The Spirit of Soldotna." Morning and afternoon mini-courses are scheduled to balance r

Nikiski Pool
Nikiski Pool will offer summer swimming lessons beginning in June.

Guard Start
Description: This program teaches the aquatic and leadership skills needed to begin lifeguard training.

Snowmachine and off-road vehicle license bill passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill removing a requirement that people have a license to drive snowmachines and other off-road machines passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Republicans and Democrats entrenched as session goes into overtime
JUNEAU (AP) -- The rural and urban divide that Gov. Tony Knowles says is driving a wedge between Alaskans is also splitting the state's Legislature.

Unwillingness to compromise keeps legislative lights burning
JUNEAU -- The extended legislative session ended Thursday night without a school construction bond package and without Democrats' agreeing to give their votes to tap savings needed to balance the budget.

Senate rejects minimum wage increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposed increase in the state's minimum wage.

this week: The Winston
About this weeks NASCAR race.

Points standings
Point standing so far.

Money leaders
Nascar money leaders so far.

Winston weighs options
CONCORD, N.C. -- The city of Charlotte is still feeling the sting of losing its National Basketball Association team to New Or leans.

Race schedule
Previous winners.

In the spotlight
This week's spot light is on Matt Kenseth

Old-man Sterling Marlin leads pack of young guns
Forty-four-year-old Sterling Marlin is sitting on top of the Winston Cup Series points standings despite a challenge from younger drivers like Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth. Marlin could be the third-oldest Winston Series champion.

Grad eyes possibilities
For April Locke, Wednesday night marked the beginning of a new era -- and the time to start exploring possibilities.

Board of Fish to tackle new king regulations
Teleconference sites for the special Board of Fisheries meeting to discuss early-run Kenai River king salmon sport fishing regulations, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, have been announced. The teleconference can be heard at the Legislative Information Offices in Kodiak and Seward or at the Alaska Fish and Game offices in Soldotna, Homer, Anchorage and Juneau.

Beetle program shifts gears
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation Office is switching tactics in its hazardous tree removal program to increase efficiency. Instead of chasing down property owners to get permission to cut down trees, program officials are having property owners come to them.

Soldotna official touts benefits of Arctic Winter Games
The Kenai Peninsula wants to play with the big boys. The borough plans to bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

Kenai budget bounced back to administration
Amid another round of budget discussions Wednesday night, the Kenai City Council narrowly passed a budget amendment that charges the city's administration with cutting the estimated budget deficit by half over the coming fiscal year.

Photo feature: In remembrance
Law enforcement officers from across the peninsula hold roses representing fallen comrades

Contract talks resume
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has completed an internal investigation of an e-mail security breach. As a re

SoHi graduates charged to remember 'life is now'
Most graduation ceremonies include music, but few graduating classes are serenaded by their keynote speakers.

Anne Frances Myrick
Kenai resident Anne Frances Myrick died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in Homer.

Juneau grad signs up with Oilers
Garrett Schoenberger was thinking about playing in the Northwoods League in Wisconsin this summer when the call came. The Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League were offering a spot to Schoenberger, a 2000 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate who is playing college baseball for Arizona State University.

New Sept. 11 questions surface
WASHINGTON -- Revelations that President Bush was told of hijacking dangers prior to the Sept. 11 attacks are providing fuel for an intelligence blame game.

Support helps bring MS program to peninsula

U.S. policy on Cuba hypocritical at best
He's not our man in Havana. He holds no portfolio from the Bush administration. Nor ever will where Cuba is concerned. But ex-president Jimmy Carter, representing the Carter Center in Atlanta, is visiting Cuba this week.

Arab-Americans say U.S. should remain neutral in volatile Palestinian-Israeli fight
WASHINGTON -- For years, James Zogby couldn't get some U.S. politicians to even meet with him. Some refused donations, others endorsements. Over time Zogby made headway, gaining political influence for Arab-Americans and the causes they care about.

Too little made of Carter's presidency, too much made of his ventures today
No one can quite explain the riddle of Jimmy Carter. And those who chronicle history seem to be as confused as those of us who have witnessed Carter's rise to the presidency, his subsequent defeat by Ronald Reagan, and his later resurrection as "America's greatest former president."

Letters to the Editor
Inmate should stop complaining; he chose path that landed him in jail

Despite guidelines, our letters' policy offers open forum
One of a newspaper's vital roles is providing a forum for the free flow of ideas. In fact, the sole purpose of this page in the Peninsula Cla

Entire community contributes to successful school year

American Jews give Israel's economy needed boost by shopping on Internet
PHILADELPHIA -- When Jane Scher told other guests at a bat mitzvah that she had ordered a gift from an Israeli shop, they became interested.

Interviews with oldtimers preserve Alaska's heritage
FAIRBANKS -- When Randy Zarnke would go to family gatherings as a little boy growing up in Wausau, Wis., the men would gravitate to one side of the room and the women would gravitate to the other.

'Zero tolerance' policy enforced on dogs caught molesting wildlife
As the new crop of moose hit the ground for the first time in the following weeks, they and their proud mothers will immediately be faced with the prospect of survival.

Bark beetle history in the Yukon quite different from Kenai Peninsula
There has been a fair amount of spruce bark beetle activity in the Yukon in the last decade, but bark beetles are something new in the memories of most Yukoners.

Moose calving season approaching
As the new crop of moose hit the ground for the first time in the following weeks, they and their proud mothers will immediately be faced with the prospect of survival.

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge to host Canoe Day Homer planning kayak festival Coast Guard offers vessel safety checks

Around the Peninsula
Legal matters seminar scheduledKRSMA to meetRCD to hold monthly meetingHospice fund-raiser plannedOpening ceremonies to honor hometown heroesHarley-Davidson blood drive plannedStallion parade to be held SundayState FAS committee to meetMoms invited to brunch

Around the Peninsula
Opening ceremonies to honor hometown heroes Men's community dinner planned Realtors to hold Hospice fund-raiser Boys and Girls Club gearing up for summer Organic specialist to present seminar Parks department planning cemetery cleanup KCHS soccer team plans garage sale Torch Run comes to Kenai Special Olympics. 4-H to hold tree sale Safety day planned Harley-Davidson blood drive planned Moms invited to brunch

Making tracks
First-grade students from Redoubt Elmentary hike back to their school Tuesday after adding their contribution to a mural at the end of Knight Drive in Soldotna.

Breaking from the mold, some black ministers openly welcome gays and lesbians into their flocks
In one-on-one chats and resounding sermons, the Rev. Kenneth Samuel is trying to lead his 6,000-strong congregation on a path few black churches have trod: wholehearted acceptance of lesbians and gays.

Methodists, Lutherans tackle gay issue
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- Two mainline Protestant denominations are moving forward with discussions on the divisive issue of homosexuality.

Church World Service aims to remove prejudice against those with AIDS in Africa
NEW YORK (AP)-- The international humanitarian arm of the National Council of Churches is joining religious leaders in South Africa for a campaign to remove the stigma of AIDS.

Eugene holds 'meditation fest' on anniversary of Dalai Lama visit
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A hundred voices, all chanting together, made the room hum with the language of meditation: ''Om.'' Then chimes rang, ending the first annual ''Great Om In'' Sunday at the Lord Leebrick Theatre.

Islamic principles guide island's preservation
MISALI ISLAND, Zanzibar -- A conservation project based on Islamic principles is aiming to preserve the beauty of Misali Island, an uninhabited spot off mainland Africa surrounded by a magnificent coral reef.

Evangelical advocacy group consolidates offices in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Association of Evangelicals plans to close its California office and consolidate operations in its Washington office.

Religion Briefs
Mens community dinner today Clothing ministry open Saturday Childrens musical slated for Sunday Womens group plans adventurous brunch Sports clinic, Bible school slated Kenai church set to go buggy

Judge: 'Lord's Prayer' can't be sung at Woodbine graduation
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled the Woodbine High School choir cannot sing ''The Lord's Prayer'' at graduation ceremonies because the tradition violates the separation of church and state.

'In the beginning, God ...'
God is good at beginnings. He was at the first one. His word brought forth creation in wondrous beauty and abundance.

Rabbis' human rights group stresses moral obligations of Israel
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Rabbis for Human Rights, an advocacy and education group in Israel, and its North American sister organization, have expressed concern for the ''moral well-being'' of the Jewish state as Mideast violence drags on.

Man pleads guilty in attack on Seattle mosque
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man charged in an attack on a north Seattle mosque two days after Sept. 11 has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Birch Ridge Report
Moose, caribou, eagles, ducks, robins, sparrows, frogs in the pond -- these are the sights and sounds of summer at Birch Ridge Golf Course. While it is early in the golf season (at least by Alaska standards) the fairways are turning green and the greenskeepers are hard at work revitalizing the greens. It is amazing to see the amount of grass that has come back on the greens this past week and to see the fairways quickly developing.

Sports Briefs
Pena is Royals' choice for managerRogge says IOC ready to act in doping casesFinley, wife trade abuse, drug accusationsDe La Hoya: Tyson's a 'circus act'

Toronto takes series opener 2-1 over Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- It's hard to say just what the injury-riddled Toronto Maple Leafs are playing on -- adrenaline, emotion, focus.

Nets reach conference finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After leading the New Jersey Nets to their best NBA season, Jason Kidd has taken them someplace new in the postseason -- their first Eastern Conference finals.

Kenai Golf Report
Well, here we are once again looking forward to long, warm sunny days, picnics, camping, beachcombing, hiking, fishing, softball games, summer jobs, gardening and canoeing. Then, of course, there are those who will spend as much time as possible on those Kenai Golf Course fairways and greens.

Roy blanks Sharks as Colorado takes Western Conference semifinals
DENVER -- Elimination games never seem to worry the Colorado Avalanche. Patrick Roy is the reason.

Joints plague Hingis
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Martina Hingis may have to give up tennis because of joint injuries, her doctor said Wednesday.

Celtics' Pierce, Walker getting plenty of help
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics returned to practice Thursday with a warning for the New Jersey Nets: We're much more than Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker.

Plenty of suspense in store for Region III championships
The Region III Track and Field Championships this year will be like a presidential election without any pre-election polls.

Competitive season makes for wide open Region III soccer tourney
When the Region III Soccer Championships kick off this morning, expect the competition to be just as tight as it has been all season.

Region II finally on the right track with meet at Skyview
The way Ninilchik coach Bernie Clark sees it, the Region II Track and Field Championships are finally on the right track.

U.S. blanks Jamaica
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One by one, they hobbled off the field: Greg Vanney, Kasey Keller and Clint Mathis. The U.S. soccer team was losing players faster than it was scoring goals.

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