Saturday, May 17, 2003

Senate approves gaming tax increase
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate approved a measure Thursday to increase the tax on the state's pull-tab industry.

Three mistrials is enough in murder case, prosecutors decide
KETCHIKAN (AP) A man accused of killing his father won't face a fourth murder trial unless new evidence comes up, prosecutors have decided. After three mistrials in two years, the state dismissed first-degree murder charges against 20-year-old Jos M. ''Che'' Mateu.

House passes bill relaxing lobbying rules
JUNEAU (AP) The House passed a bill Thursday relaxing state lobbying laws to lengthen the period of time some people could spend attempting to influence government before they must register as a lobbyist.

Official halibut subsistence fishing begins
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's new federal halibut subsistence fishing program has begun.

Stevens wants limit on TV station ownership
FAIRBANKS (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens is trying to prevent a change in federal rules on broadcasting that would allow major companies to control a larger piece of the national market.

Jury finds two men guilty of second-degree murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage jury has found two men guilty of second-degree murder in the August 2001 beating death of a 53-year-old man.

House passes public interest lawsuits bill
JUNEAU (AP) The House passed a bill Thursday that could force public interest groups to pay some or all of the government's legal costs if they are on the losing end of lawsuits.

St. Michael hunter finds bones that could be human
ANCHORAGE (AP) Dozens of bones that could be human have been found in a remote area of the Norton Sound region, Alaska State Troopers said.

Soldotna man honored for 2000 river rescue
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman survived a jump off the Sterling Highway Bridge in Soldotna three years ago thanks to three off-duty Coast Guard officers and a lodge owner who came to her rescue.

Anchorage Assembly takes step toward commuter rail
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage Assembly has adopted a resolution supporting the creation of a regional transportation authority that would fund and administer a commuter rail link between Anchorage and the Mat-Su area.

Knapp did not rule out sockeye market manipulation
ANCHORAGE (AP) A University of Alaska economist who testified for processors in the Bristol Bay price-fixing suit has talked about possible manipulation of prices by those processors in the past, a Superior Court jury was told Thursday.

Hunter fined for illegally killing black bear
FAIRBANKS (AP) A former Clear Air Force Station resident will pay a $1,000 fine for crawling into the den of a black bear sow and cubs and fatally shooting the sow last year.

Officer shoots himself in foot
ANCHORAGE (AP) An 18-year veteran on the Anchorage police force was hospitalized Thursday after he accidentally shot himself in the foot, according to police.

Juneau woman keeps Tlingit herbal traditions
JUNEAU (AP) In the tidy kitchen of her assisted-living apartment in Juneau, Flo Kenney, 69, brews potions devil's club juice for fatigue and caribou leaf salve to soothe tennis elbow or, even, to heal flesh rent by a black bear's claws.

Senate approves bill to raise campaign limits
JUNEAU (AP) A bill that doubles the amount of money people can contribute to state political campaigns was approved by the Senate Thursday.

Teen hopes palms take hold in Ketchikan yard
KETCHIKAN (AP) Daniel Potts, 13, somewhat new to the world of gardening, turned an academic eye to a small Majesty palm tree growing outside his family's house near Refuge Cove last Thursday.

Senate approves phase-out of longevity bonus
JUNEAU (AP) The state's senior citizen longevity bonus program would be phased out over the next five years under a bill passed Thursday in the Senate.

Senate approves oil tax credit bill
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to provide tax credits for companies that explore for oil in Alaska passed the state Senate on Thursday.

Contract upsets environmentalists
ANCHORAGE (AP) A fund-raising contract awarded to the former head of Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council would allow him to keep part of any funds given to the group by Congress.

Randa keys four-run 14th for Royals
MINNEAPOLIS Slumping Joe Randa keyed a four-run 14th inning with a leadoff double to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Minnesota Twins 9-5 Thursday.

''Sunset'' provisions in Fair Credit Reporting Act spark debate
NEW YORK (AP) Most American consumers have come to take the Fair Credit Reporting Act for granted.

More boomers have hip and knee replacements
NEW YORK (AP) When she felt a dull ache in her left hip three and a half years ago, Sarah Jane Francis knew instantly what lay ahead.

The mystery of executive pensions
NEW YORK (AP) We know the salaries of the top executives. We know how much their annual bonuses are. We know how many stock options they have.

Are stocks now climbing too high?
NEW YORK (AP) Did we hear worries about too much buying being muttered on Wall Street this past week? We haven't heard that kind of talk in a long while.

KIDS STRESS: Losing a job is the height of stress for most of us, especially as the bills don't stop.

It's that time of year again, spring is here and fish are already beginning to enter the rivers, and among them, the tricky little eulachon are starting to arrive.

What do you mean you can't do anything about the weather?
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Gardeners subscribing to that old refrain about being able to talk about the weather but not being able do anything about it might profit by meeting meteorologist Bill Blackmore.

Hike in pull-tab taxes approved by State Senate
JUNEAU The Senate approved a measure Thursday to increase the tax on the state's pull-tab industry.

Many contribute to success of Mother's Day breakfast
As the Scoutmaster for Troop 357 I would like to thank the following people for their help with the 35th Annual Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast.

Greater Kasilof area overlooked again by officials in borough
I was disappointed to see that the Kenai Peninsula Borough has neglected to include the areas of K-Beach, Kasilof, Cohoe and Clam Gulch in public hearings to assess the transportation needs of our communities.

Robertia's column appreciated; recent events disheartening
Kudos to Mr. Robertia for outlining some very salient points having to do with the ultimate outcome of the war with Iraq as well as shedding light on some of the reasons our government chose to engage in this war in the first place.

Board of Fisheries strikes again; won't members ever learn?
I just returned from an extended stay in the Lower 48. One of the first things I did upon my return was to check for regulation changes on the Kenai River. I see that the Board of Fisheries has struck again!

A fairy tale version of the water dousing
Once again it was Sir Webster's Day, that day of days long honored and observed down through the nation's history, the glory eternal, the pride of the proud.

Photo feature: In remembrance
Public safety officers from across the peninsula stand at attention Thursday afternoon with roses representing each of the 39 officers who have died in the line of duty in Alaska. They were participating in a ceremony at the Soldotna Police Department recognizing National Police Memorial Day.

Vandals leave mark on Kenai cemetery
It's always difficult to cope with losing a loved one, but for a few Kenai Peninsula residents, things have been even harder the last few weeks.

'Mercury Classic' bill would help raise funds for Boys and Girls Club
Almost every day of the week, the voices of scores of excited youngsters echo through the gymnasium at the Boys and Girls Club of Homer.

Federal cuts will be felt by programs for juveniles
The chair of the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee recently told the group it faces some serious grant funding issues in the near future.

Country in danger if people fearful of speaking out
French philosopher Voltaire often is attributed with having said: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Community not supportive of water-throwing incident
Mayors Dale Bagley and Dave Carey agree that throwing water on peace protesters is wrong!

Refuge Notebook
Perhaps our early warm and sunny spring is Mother Nature's way of apologizing for the disappointing snow conditions of the past winter. If you're like me, you've long since swapped your cross-country skis and snowshoes for hiking boots and Extra Tuffs.

Outdoor Briefs
Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon slated for Memorial Day Boat safety checks coming up Kayak Fest offers something for all paddlers Cowboy Action Fun Shoot Saturday Parks Canada to review backcountry safety

Outfitters cater to baby boomers with a variety of travel packages
When outdoor gear and apparel retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. launched REI Adventures in 1987, the travel division catered mostly to hard-core outdoor enthusiasts.

Biker traverses 250 miles of snow and ice
JUNEAU Mike Miller's winter vacation this year was not spent at an enormous outdoor enthusiast gear swap.

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC board to meet in Homer Hazard tree workshop slated for Friday Barbecue to raise funds for Heritage Place garden Sterling seniors host roast and sale Teen center reschedules concert, plans dance Tree sale slated for Saturday Soldotna seniors plan Trash and Treasure sale Coast Guard to offer free vessel checks Car show set for Saturday Cowboy fun shoot planned Peterson Bay Lodge to host chamber mixer May Faire festival, banquet planned Dance studio to provide Entertainment Donations, chaperones needed for Skyview party

Evangelical Lutheran theologians propose support for same-sex couples
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two theologians say the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America should consider approving same-sex couples in a new anthology commissioned by presidents of the denomination's eight seminaries.

Argument over Sabbath points to bigger conflict
NEW YORK Sabbath morning services ended, and thousands of black-clad men in round fur hats and prayer shawls streamed out of synagogues.

Poll: Catholic approval for bishops drops
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Approval ratings for America's Roman Catholic bishops have declined over the past 18 months, likely over how they handled priests who sexually abused children, a new survey has found.

German Jesuit nears end of campaign for beatifying Pope Pius XII
VATICAN CITY (AP) Neat piles of paper stacked on the floor of the Rev. Peter Gumpel's office testify to the 20 years he has spent researching the case for raising one of Roman Catholicism's most contested figures of the last century Pope Pius XII to sainthood.

Bishop installed for Mid-Atlantic region
TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) The new regional bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in America has been installed, one month after he was unanimously elected to the post by church officials.

Gospel Hall of Famer Roger Breland to head new university center
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Gospel singer Roger Breland will head the new performing arts center at the Baptist-affiliated University of Mobile and will help the center develop music for evangelical churches.

Church Briefs
Pastor to teach anger management class Temple dignitary to speak in Sterling Bible school promises oceans of fun Bible school plans Great Kingdom Caper Vacation Bible school planned Summer camp planned God and country rally set Childrens vacation Bible school planned Church offers camp for all ages Sterling church plans vacation Bible school Church seeks names of those in military Friendship closet open Wednesdays Healing Rooms open every Friday and Saturday

Coadjutor bishop says he expects to leave Dallas diocese
DALLAS (AP) A Roman Catholic bishop assigned to the Diocese of Dallas three years ago to succeed Bishop Charles Grahmann when he retired says he expects to be assigned to another diocese instead.

Duncan sinks 37 to lead San Antonio past L.A. and into conference finals
LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant left the court in tears as the three-year championship reign of the Los Angeles Lakers came to a decisive end.

Region soccer: Only the strong survive
The regular season has whittled down Region III soccer's 11 boys and 11 girls teams to just eight each.

Devils defeat Senators, take 2-1 edge in series
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Now that Jay Pandolfo has found his scoring touch, it's time to work on his celebration technique.

Cream of Region III crop ready for top
For many Kenai Peninsula prep athletes, this weekend will represent a major stepping stone to greatness.

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