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Monday, May 19, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Wildlife biologist trades caribou for wolverines
FAIRBANKS (AP) Longtime state wildlife biologist Pat Valkenburg is leaving Alaska for a new venture in Canada.

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.

Native-style art to grace museum
JUNEAU (AP) A Southeast grocer has donated large Native-style carvings to a Hoonah cultural organization.

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.

Trail users file complaint over blocked path
FAIRBANKS (AP) A group of Fairbanks trail users have filed a civil complaint against a property owner they say is blocking their right to use a trail running through his land.

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.

Ketchikan wants to banish winter ''ghost town'' look
KETCHIKAN (AP) Ketchikan officials want to keep downtown store owners from boarding up their windows when they leave town during the winter.

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.

Aniak man killed outside residence
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Aniak man was shot and killed outside his home after an attempted suicide, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Stony River man's body found
ANCHORAGE (AP) The body of a Stony River man was found after missing for months from a snowmachine accident, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

'Weigh-in-motion' scales to be installed
ANCHORAGE (AP) A system to weigh vehicles while in motion is making its way to Alaska roads.

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.

House passes both RCA bills
JUNEAU (AP) The House threw a lifeline to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, giving the agency that oversees utilities a four-year extension on Monday.

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.

Man suspected of boating drunk in Auke Bay
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau boater found out it's wise to choose words carefully when speaking to the Coast Guard.

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.

Homemade smoke bomb deploys inside school
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage private school evacuated 900 students and staff after a homemade smoke bomb went off.

$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.

Two injured in parking lot shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two people were injured when shooting broke out in an East Anchorage parking lot early Sunday morning.

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.

Gas industry bills pass the state Senate
JUNEAU (AP) Two bills aimed at helping Kenai Peninsula industries passed Sunday in the Senate.

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

Sales tax proposal declared dead
JUNEAU (AP) The Legislature's rejection of a proposed 3 percent statewide sales tax sent a clear message to Gov. Frank Murkowski, his chief adviser said.

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.

House approves bill on free medical services
JUNEAU (AP) Retired doctors could volunteer their services without the fear of civil lawsuits under a bill approved by the House on Sunday.

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.

Unemployment rate down in April
JUNEAU (AP) The statewide unemployment rate in April fell to 7.4 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from the same month in 2002.

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.

Oil companies look at Susitna basin
ANCHORAGE (AP) State regulators are soliciting proposals for an oil and gas exploration license for the Susitna basin and expect to issue a final finding on two other proposed licenses in the area this summer.

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

Questions arise about past of fired Steese fire chief
FAIRBANKS (AP) Some of those who knew Nicholas Rich before he came to Alaska say the former Steese Area Volunteer Fire Department chief's claims don't match his true credentials.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Suspected SARS case reported in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man who showed symptoms that might be SARS is being kept in isolation in an Anchorage hospital, according to health officials.

Cardinals club Cubs
ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen drove in four runs and Albert Pujols snapped a seventh-inning tie with a run-scoring infield hit as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Sunday.

Rangers lower broom in 3-game N.Y. series
NEW YORK John Thomson held New York's sputtering offense to three hits, leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory Sunday that completed their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Matrix Reloaded
In 1999, Warner Brothers dropped a bomb on an unsuspecting public. I remember I was living in East Texas at the time and I had decided to go see the newest Keanu Re

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.

Gas industry bills pass state Senate
JUNEAU Two bills aimed at helping Kenai Peninsula industries passed Sunday in the Senate.

Legislature rejects sales tax proposal
JUNEAU The Legislature's rejection of a proposed 3 percent statewide sales tax sent a clear message to Gov. Frank Murkowski, his chief adviser said.

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 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.

Letter from environmental groups unfair to CIRCAC
I want to address some thoughts on the recent letter of the Cook Inlet environmental community to the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council, as I am the contractor that is referenced in that letter.

Weather didn't dampen spirit of annual track-field meet
The annual Hershey Track and Field Meet sponsored by North Peninsula Recreation Service Area was once again a huge success.

Wild salmon by any other name misses point of labeling fish
"Wild" and "organic" are simple, commonly understood terms that enable shoppers to easily distinguish Alaska's ocean-caught and fed salmon from pen-raised and fed, artificially colored salmon when shopping for seafood.

Indy 500 fills 33-car field without a bump
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Drivers took no chances on Bump Day.

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.

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.

With a little help ...
The graduates donned their royal blue hats and gowns. Families and friends packed into the decorated gymnasium. Music played, tassels swayed and the audience alternated between cheers and tears.

Ordinance prohibits camping at Fred Meyer
The city of Soldotna is working with the Fred Meyer store manager to put an end to summertime camping in the store parking lot. Such camping is prohibited by city ordinance.

Soldotna brothers' differences fade when it comes to education
Cameron and Lowell Perry are as different as two brothers can be.

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.

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.

Ability to adapt to change critical to community health, individual prosperity
I was asked the other day about what individuals can do to assist their community's economic development efforts. I really had to think about this for a while, which surprised me.

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.

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.

Situation in Congo deteriorating quickly What others say
It was nine years ago that ethnic Hutu militias began the terrible Rwandan massacres, hacking, impaling and otherwise ruthlessly slaughtering nearly a million rival Tutsis in a 100-day rampage.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Births
Karla and Jim Barkman Christina and Christopher Druesedow

Community News
Plans in works for summer breakfast program Home needed for exchange student Relay for Life planned Reservations accepted for Golf Classic

Around the Peninsula
Juvenile justice group plans meeting North Peninsula chamber to meet Thursday After school ending, summer clubhouse starting Festival booth application deadline Friday Food bank to close for Memorial Day Hospital to offer Safe Sitter courses Auditions for feature film set for May 30, 31 Area pools offer summer swim lessons Little League umpires needed Electric wheelchairs offered for select recipients

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.

Peninsula People
Area soldiers prepare to reboard ships Seward man completes National Guard training Soldotna woman completes basic training Soldotna couples granddaughter graduates college Soldotna woman earns graduate degree Area students named to UO deans list Soldotna woman graduates in Arizona Area students win statewide poetry contest High school graduates to intern with Sen. Murkowski SoHi student earns national honors

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

Winning shot swings home-court advantage in New Jersey's favor
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Jason Kidd's 20-foot fadeaway took a lap around the rim before falling in. It was the biggest game-winner of his career, capping a day when nearly everything else was way off the mark.

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.

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.

Singhin' at Byron Nelson
IRVING, Texas Vijay Singh won the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday after a contentious week that began with comments about Annika Sorenstam. He then promptly withdrew from the Colonial, a tournament he said Sorenstam had no business playing in.

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

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