Sunday, May 18, 2003

Ton of explosives stolen in Petersburg
KETCHIKAN (AP) Several federal agencies are investigating the theft of about 2,000 pounds of explosives from a construction company in Petersburg.

Cruise ship cylinders look sporty, but that's it
KETCHIKAN (AP) When the new cruise ship Coral Princess pulled into Ketchikan last week, residents wanted to know about the metal tubes next to the stack.

Companies plan fiber-optic cable to Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) A fiber-optic line connecting Kodiak to the mainland could be in places as soon as next fall if two companies can obtain financing for the $25 million project.

State shuffles Southeast Alaska prosecutors
KETCHIKAN (AP) The attorney general's office is adding a new district attorney position and shifting criminal cases in Southeast to ''more aggressively respond to and prosecute crime,'' according to Attorney General Gregg Renkes.

Dozens of McGrath bears captured, relocated
FAIRBANKS Before they began catching and moving bears to protect moose calves near McGrath last week, state wildlife biologists started a pool to guess how many they would find.

Fairbanks company builds internet mortgage business
FAIRBANKS (AP) With its imposing bank vault, retro carpeting and indoor street lamp straight out of ''Casablanca,'' it's almost a shame few customers need to visit Evergreen Pacific Services Mortgage Co.'s Fairbanks office.

Alaska Supreme Court rejects Native hiring preference law
ANCHORAGE (AP) A North Slope Borough law giving Native Americans preference for borough jobs violates the Alaska Constitution, the state Supreme Court said in an opinion released Friday.

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.

House passes unemployment compensation bill
JUNEAU (AP) The House voted unanimously Friday to approve a bill increasing unemployment compensation to Alaska workers.

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.

Moose attack leaves woman with broken wrist
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage woman riding a bicycle startled a cow moose with two young calves and was stomped Friday.

Alaska stakes riverbed claim
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska has become the first state in the nation to claim a riverbed under a new process designed by the Bush administration to give up federal interests in some roads and waterways.

Alaska's appointed senator predicts a $2 million race
WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski expects to spend $2 million on her 2004 election campaign.

Murkowski's staff makes plea for sales tax
JUNEAU (AP) With legislative support for a statewide sales tax flagging and time growing short late Saturday night, the Murkowski administration appealed to lawmakers to spare millions in state projects from his veto pen.

$60 million Alpine expansion planned
ANCHORAGE (AP) Oil processing capacity at the Alpine field on the North Slope will be increased by 5,000 barrels a day after a $60 million project planned by the field's owners.

Murkowski to undergo surgery on Monday
JUNEAU (AP) Doctors in Seattle will perform another angioplasty surgery on Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday to clear a blocked artery, his office said.

Nonstop Fairbanks-Hawaii flights planned
FAIRBANKS (AP) Nonstop flights will be offered from Fairbanks to Maui this coming winter, Anchorage-based Hawaiian Vacations announced Friday.

House approves bill to study carbon sequestration
JUNEAU (AP) The state would study whether it can make money by absorbing greenhouse gases under a bill that passed the House on Saturday.

House votes to change minimum wage law
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers in the House passed a bill Friday that would do away with inflation adjustments in Alaska's minimum wage.

Governor won't accept 5-year longevity bonus phase-out
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski has rejected senior citizen groups' offer of a five-year phase-out of the longevity bonus program.

House approves fee boost, delays action on rental car tax
JUNEAU (AP) The state House approved a boost in business license fees Friday that could raise $4.2 million, but delayed action on a car rental tax.

Murkowski to undergo surgery on Monday
JUNEAU (AP) Doctors in Seattle will perform another angioplasty surgery on Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday to clear a blocked artery, his office said.

Troopers hook illegal grayling anglers
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska State Troopers reeled in a stringer full of illegal anglers during the arctic grayling spawning season in the past two weeks.

Dozens of McGrath bears captured, relocated
FAIRBANKS (AP) Before they began catching and moving bears to protect moose calves near McGrath last week, state wildlife biologists started a pool to guess how many they would find.

New law could give Bristol Bay defense attorneys fee payments
ANCHORAGE (AP) Defense attorneys for companies accused of price fixing in the Bristol Bay salmon trial have won passage of a bill in Juneau to make the lawyers eligible to collect court-awarded fees and costs in the event they win a case.

Alaska Airlines plans fleet service layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Airlines is cutting back its fleet service department.

Bellhorn homer propels Cubs to win over Cards
ST. LOUIS Pinch-hitter Mark Bellhorn homered leading off the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Saturday.

Rangers defeat Yankees
NEW YORK Ismael Valdes came off the disabled list and combined with three perfect relievers to silence the Yankees, and the Texas Rangers took advantage of two tough errors to beat New York 5-2 Saturday.

Government raises red flag over blood pressure once considered normal
WASHINGTON Some 45 million Americans with blood pressure levels once considered normal or borderline actually have ''prehypertension,'' say new government guidelines that urge them to exercise, avoid salt and make other changes to stave off full-blown high blood pressure.

House passes unemployment compensation bill
JUNEAU (AP) The House voted unanimously Friday to approve a bill increasing unemployment compensation to Alaska workers.

House approves fee boost, delays action on rental car tax
JUNEAU (AP) The state House approved a boost in business license fees Friday that could raise $4.2 million, but delayed action on a car rental tax.

House approves bill to study carbon sequestration
JUNEAU (AP) The state would study whether it can make money by absorbing greenhouse gases under a bill that passed the House on Saturday.

New law could give Bristol Bay defense attorneys fee payments
ANCHORAGE (AP) Defense attorneys for companies accused of price fixing in the Bristol Bay salmon trial have won passage of a bill in Juneau to make the lawyers eligible to collect court-awarded fees and costs in the event they win a case.

House votes to change minimum wage law
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers in the House passed a bill Friday that would do away with inflation adjustments in Alaska's minimum wage.

KCHS teacher offers graduating seniors their new 'Bill of Rights'
Asking the audience to stand on cue and do a fan-supportive wave, social studies teacher Roger Phillips set the stage for his commencement address Thursday night to 120 graduating Kenai Central High School seniors.

Regulatory panel bills go to House
JUNEAU A committee forwarded two bills to the House on Saturday concerning the future of the agency that regulates state utilities in what is a repeat battle between two telephone companies.

CIRCAC to review lobbying contract
The board of directors of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council will review and reconsider a lobbying contract it signed in March with its former executive director. The contract became the center of controversy after environmental groups complained about it and other issues to the U.S. Coast Guard last week.

Dena'ina Festival draws all ages, all cultures to celebrate language
A rare sound could be heard this weekend around the Kenai Peninsula: the once common language of the Cook Inlet region being spoken fluently again. It is a language in danger of extinction.

John J. Nohava
Soldotna resident John J. Nohava died Friday, May 16, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 87.

U.S. tries to move past Iraq
WASHINGTON The Bush administration is mending fences with some allies opposed to the Iraq war, but the reconciliation process is far from evenhanded.

Summertime in Alaska is beautiful, but the living is far from easy
It's so beautiful this time of year in Alaska. The grass is brownish-green. The trees are filling out in all their glorious leafy attire. The birds are singing even at 4 a.m. and I don't have to turn a light on when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

National security can't cost people their civil liberties
When the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly this week considers a resolution seeking a review of possible changes to federal anti-terrorism laws, it will join a growing number of local and state governments that also have questioned whether certain security measures infringe on people's rights.

Allemann, Sturman plan nuptials
Tesa Joy Allemann of Wake Forest, N.C., and Steve Alan Sturman of Boise, Idaho, have announced their plans to marry Friday, June 20, 2003, at Soldotna Church of the Nazarene.

Carrico, Peterson engaged
John Thomas Carrico and Carla Fay Peterson have announced their engagement and plans to marry in July aboard the M/V Saint Tatiana, with Capt. Gilbert performing the ceremony.

Epps, Scott wed in Kenai
Kathryne C. Epps and Travis M. Scott of Soldotna were married Saturday, May 3, 2003, in an intimate ceremony with close friends and family at the Church of God in Kenai. Pastor Dan Eason officiated.

Sterling sisters change jobs, priorities after beating cancer
Sherry Bradshaw of Sterling found her employment at the Phillips liquefied natural gas plant in Nikiski to be more than just a good job with a comfortable salary. To her, it was like being with family.

Severson, Dunn to marry
Desiree Arielle Severson of Soldotna and Joel Douglas Dunn of Kenai have announced their plans to marry Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Soldotna Bible Chapel.

Nonstandard wedding gifts reflect couples' true interests
ANCHORAGE It used to be that newlyweds signed up with a gift registry for sets of crystal and china. But more than half of marriages today are between people who have been living together and may not need a toaster, blender or champagne flutes.

Around the Peninsula
May Faire festival, banquet plannedDance studio to provide 'Entertainment'Spay-neuter clinic offered this week in SterlingDonations, chaperones needed for Skyview partyKPC hosts meeting on education degreeDisaster preparedness meetings plannedPublic health clinics set for villagesFood bank to host gardening classesKDLL board to meet TuesdayTotem Tracers to offer handwriting analysis classSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaFish and Game committee to fill empty seatGrange director to visit SoldotnaHearing loss seminar, screenings to be offered

America's top canine hero to be chosen by Internet voters
NEW YORK (AP) Just after Sept. 11, 2001, the moist nose of a dog named Jake searched for signs of life at ground zero, his sore paws scaling heaps of jagged rubble night after night.

Cats crazy for catnip
So, what's the deal with catnip?

Still laughing: Funny Cide takes Preakness
BALTIMORE They might have to make a movie about this horse, too.

Thrill of victory, agony of defeat
A second bad wheel may have help to foil Skyview High's run at the boys Region III Track and Field Championship Saturday at the Skyview track, while even Soldotna's "hero" was not enough to save the Stars' attempt to reclaim the girls Region III Track title.

Sports Briefs
Soccer club seeking playersBoys and Girls Club tourney taking reservations228.4-pounder leads halibut derbyMartial arts competition slated for May 31Soldotna Little League seeking umpiresUAA offers coaching instituteU.S. booters defeat England

Colonial the ultimate challenge for Sorenstam
FORT WORTH, Texas It started with a harmless question about taking her game to the highest level, against the men on the PGA Tour.

Valley teams sweep region
The Soldotna High School girls soccer team was the only squad from the the Southern Division to make it our of the first round of this weekend's Region III Soccer Championships at Palmer High School.

Kings deposed
DALLAS The nickname ''Big D'' stands for two things now: Dallas and Dirk.

Clutch par save keeps Singh in lead at Byron Nelson
IRVING, Texas (AP) Vijay Singh made a clutch par save on the 17th hole Saturday, maintaining his lead in the Byron Nelson Championship after a round that didn't come close to matching his spectacular play the first two days.

Devils push Senators to brink
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The next time the New Jersey Devils put their undefeated home mark on the line, they hope it'll be in the Stanley Cup finals.

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