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Monday, May 20, 2002

Republicans finding realities of budget vote difficult to stomach
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans who have enjoyed a session relatively free of demands from the minority Democrats are finding that the price of fiscal responsibility is high.

House and Senate position for deal to end special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers worked Saturday to position a school construction bond bill and other measures so they act quickly if a deal is struck to end the Legislature's special session.

May 17, 2002 The Ketchikan Daily News applauds draft of new Tongass policy
Can it be? Could balanced, multiple-use land management be returning to the Tongass National Forest? Possibly, if the draft recommendation announced last week by the U.S Forest Service becomes policy.

Tourism outlook still unclear
Alaska-bound cruise ships are now bringing their streams of visitors north, but that doesn't mean tourist businesses on the road system are humming. Whether this will be a down season or a decent one for Alaska's land tourism isn't yet clear.

Report finds Pioneers' Home was remiss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state report found the Pioneers' Home in Sitka was remiss in caring for a woman who choked to death, probably on a piece of fruit.

Halcro decides not to run again
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage Republican Rep. Andrew Halcro says he won't seek re-election in the fall.

Optimism guarded as special subsistence session starts
JUNEAU (AP) -- As lawmakers began their sixth try at solving the state's subsistence conflict in a special session Friday, optimism was not high, but some held out hope for a solution.

Democrats endorse Ulmer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delegates to the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer for governor before adjourning their statewide convention Sunday.

Man dies after jumping into cold lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old Anchorage man drowned Saturday after jumping into a cold lake in a South Anchorage park.

Governor declares Safe Boating Week
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has declared May 18-31 as Safe Boating Week.

Bethel hotel reopens after remodeling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The old Kuskokwim Inn has gone through an extensive remodeling and re-opened as the 39-room Long House Bethel Inn Hotel.

Fishing group backs Murkowski for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's top commercial fishing association is backing Republican Frank +Murkowski+ for governor.

Crews repair flood-damaged train tracks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Railroad crews repaired flood-damaged tracks early Friday morning in time to bring a trainload of passengers to Fairbanks.

Another climber injured in Denali Pass on Mount McKinley
TALKEETNA (AP) -- A German climber who suffered broken ribs in a fall on Mount McKinley on Friday night was airlifted off the mountain Saturday.

Mackenzie gas producers award preliminary pipeline contract
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Natural gas producers in Canada's Mackenzie Delta have awarded a contract for preliminary engineering work for a proposed pipeline to bring their rich natural gas deposits to southern markets.

May 15, 2002 The Voice of the Times lauds Bush administration view on Second Amendment
The enduring and absurd notion that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution recognizes only a collective right to gun ownership finally is being laid to rest by the Bush administration.

Girls detail alleged abuse by couple
JUNEAU (AP) -- For 10 years, two young sisters thought no one would believe them if they said they were placed in homemade stocks and forced to act out sexual fantasies of a Sitka couple, the girls testified in Juneau Superior Court last week.

May 17, 2002 The Voice of the Times reiterates support for Alaska history education
Some Alaskans have been in a dither about whether the history of this state -- and the territorial days that preceded statehood -- should be taught in our schools.

DC-6 gets new skin, new nose, new job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A middle-age makeover, complete with a nose job, is giving a lift to an aging workhorse with a new role.

May 18, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News calls for subsistence special session to be held sans caucuses
The Special Session On Subsistence -- and whatever other unfinished business is still out there -- presents an opportunity for the Alaska Legislature to reform, at least briefly, one of its worst habits. Subsistence law and policy is now one of the longest-running and most painful disputes in Alaska. One way to improve the climate would be to hold this debate right out in the sunlight.

Man accused of trying to murder ex-wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man accused of choking his ex-wife into unconsciousness twice in succession is being held without bond on a charge of attempted murder.

Democrats endorse Ulmer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delegates to the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer for governor before adjourning their statewide convention Sunday.

Unalaska looks toward busy cruise season
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska is looking forward to a busy cruise season, according to tourism officials.

Anchorage officials wonder what to do about doo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Municipal officials are considering everything they can to get dog owners to clean up after their pets -- even putting peanut butter on the piles they leave behind.

Fishing group backs Murkowski for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's top commercial fishing association is backing Republican Frank Murkowski for governor.

Trooper follows father as Fairbanks detachment commander
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Greg Tanner found out last month he was named the new Fairbanks-area commander for the Alaska State Troopers, he asked his father for his captain's bars.

Fisheries board delays imposing Kenai catch-and-release rule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Board of Fisheries has voted to delay imposing a controversial Kenai River catch-and-release rule.

Wasilla man dies in shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man was shot and killed Saturday night in the parking lot of Gorilla Fireworks on the Parks Highway west of Wasilla.

Prices high, kings scarce in Copper River salmon opening
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fishermen received hefty prices for their fish as the celebrated Copper River salmon fishery opened Thursday.

Navy declares downton Adak ready for transfer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Downtown Adak, once the heart of a distant military base, is ready for discharge to a new civilian life, Navy officials say.

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.

Lawmakers reach compromise with Democrats, Knowles calls special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislative leaders on Sunday reached a compromise on several rural issues that stood in the way of approving a fiscal 2003 budget.

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.

Lawmakers may break before taking up subsistence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers may take a break from Juneau for a while before taking action on a subsistence constitutional amendment.

Prosecutor quits after plagiarism revealed
PALMER (AP) -- An assistant district attorney here has resigned after a school authorities in Vermont discovered she had plagiarized an article three years ago.

Anaktuvuk Pass wants to honor Norwegian explorer with peak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For more than 50 years, the Nunamuit people of Anaktuvuk Pass have referred to one of the peaks overlooking their village as Ingstad Mountain. Now they want it official.

Rocket shuts down Minnesota scoring
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens struck out 13 and earned his 287th career win, pitching the New York Yankees past the Minnesota Twins 3-0 Sunday.

Cubs end nine-game slide
MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs snapped a nine-game losing streak Sunday, getting a sacrifice fly from Corey Patterson in the 11th inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4.

Bonds knocks two taters
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds homered twice to move within one of Mark McGwire for fifth place all-time, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 10-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Martinez stops Seattle
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez improved to 10-0 in his career against the Seattle Mariners, striking out nine in eight innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory Saturday.

Texas angler wins Week 2 Seward tourney prize
Troy Parish of Trinity, Texas, caught a 109-pound, 4-ounce halibut, coming closest to the target weight of 109 pounds to win the $500 prize for Week 2 of the Seward Jackpot Halibut Tournament.

Link suggested between tea, survival from heart attack
DALLAS (AP) -- Heavy tea drinking could reduce the risk of dying after a heart attack, a study suggests.

NOW PLAYING: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
It's been twenty five years since the original Star Wars was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, and the world's first mainstream cult classic was born. Most films with the kind of manic popularity that this series exhibits have a relatively small following, but Star Wars devotees number in the millions, if not billions.

Film opens to small crowds
Three days ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, under-capacity crowds of moviegoers attended the opening of the latest "Star Wars" installment, "Episode II -- Attack of the Clones."

Lawmakers take small victories
State lawmakers continued struggling through extra innings of the 22nd Legislature this week searching for agreement over state spending packages, school bond measures, subsistence and other issues.

Republicans finding realities of budget vote difficult to stomach
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans who have enjoyed a session relatively free of demands from the minority Democrats are finding that the price of fiscal responsibility is high.

House and Senate position for deal to end special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers worked Saturday to position a school construction bond bill and other measures so they act quickly if a deal is struck to end the Legislature's special session.

Lawmakers may break before taking up subsistence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers may take a break from Juneau for a while before taking action on a subsistence constitutional amendment.

Lawmakers reach compromise with Democrats, Knowles calls special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislative leaders on Sunday reached a compromise on several rural issues that stood in the way of approving a fiscal 2003 budget.

Newman survives it all to win The Winston
CONCORD, N.C. -- Ryan Newman led a contingent of young drivers -- who are becoming a major force in NASCAR -- across the finish line to win the all-star race.

Benzene turns up in Sterling well water
Recent tests have found benzene contamination in the drinking water well of an auto shop a quarter mile from the Sterling Zip Mart, a closed convenience store gas station and site of a major gasoline spill discovered late last year.

Five weekend blazes keep firefighters busy
Crews are containing several small fires on the southern Kenai Peninsula, and the state has suspended all burn permits in the Kenai-Kodiak area due to extreme fire danger in parts of the area.

Congregation returns to flooded-out church
After five months of being homeless due to a flooded basement, the congregation of the Soldotna Church of God moved back into its building Sunday.

Board delays imposition of controversial early-run regulations
Kenai River king salmon catch-and-release restrictions will almost certainly be delayed one year, following a special meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Two peninsula crimes remain unsolved
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for the murder of Gerald "Sib" Sibley.

Tourism industry holding its breath
Nine months after terrorist attacks struck a blow to the travel industry, tourism is trying to crawl back from a near demise. The concern for safe travel may turn out to be a boon to Alaska, and in particular, the Kenai Peninsula travel market, however, despite a snail's-pace start in the booking season.

Real, potential problems concern Cohoe residents
Irresponsible parents, uncontrolled kids and longer daylight hours are contributing to a host of problems along Kenai Peninsula beaches, according to Kasilof residents and the Alaska State Troopers.

Mildred Martin
Longtime Soldotna resident Mildred Martin died at her home Sunday, May 19, 2002. She was 74.

John Douglas Schreiber
Former Sterling resident John Douglas Schreiber died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at his residence in Thomaston, Ga., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 51.

Jon O. Billings
Nikiski resident Jon O. Billings died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 60.

Reporter shares inside scoop Despite deadlines, boring reports, long meetings, job matters to community
"Parting," as the bard said, "is such sweet sorrow." I find it difficult to believe that, after nearly six years, this is my last week at the Peninsula Clarion. Next month I am off to Fairbanks and life's next big adventure.

Medicare would be healthier with prescription drug benefit
As Congress works overtime to meet its self-imposed Memorial Day deadline for introducing competing plans to address the need for a prescription drug benefit in Medicare, I was reminded that it was nearly six decades ago, in 1945, when President Harry S. Truman first spoke of a national crisis in health care. He said, "Millions of our citizens do not now have a full

Clean communities responsibility of all
Now, doesn't that look better? All last week central Kenai Peninsula residents pitched in to give their communities their annual spring cleaning. They picked up, raked up, bundled up and threw away the trash that's been hidden by the snow for the past several months.

Applause
Museum target of spring cleaningStudents host dinner for vetsMarine training great successSoccer wall helps hone skillsCollaborative effort results in robotics class at SoHi

Mission impossible: Zeroing in on every bit of credible defense data
Each day, hundreds of satellites zipping around the globe collect millions of pieces of data that are relayed to Langley, Va.

Ask the Mayor
Question: What is the Central Emergency Service Area? How big is it?

Graduates take life lessons with them
It's hard not to sound trite as members of the graduating class of 2002 finish one chapter of their lives and embark on a new one.

Photo feature: Ready to race
Cindi and Bruce Hudson show off their motocross bike on Saturday at the annual Fred Meyer Safety Fair. Bruce, who is 5 years old, will begin racing this year.

A look into the past: Soldotna 1959
Soldotna was just over 10 years old in this 1959 photograph. The name derives from the Dena'ina, Ts'eldatnu which means "trickling creek" and was the name for Soldotna Creek.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Occasionally if I am preparing to turn right onto a side road and have cars behind me, I will slide over to the shoulder before turning (providing it's empty of course) allowing the vehicles behind me to continue without having to come to a complete stop.

Peninsula People
Area student named to college honor rollFormer Soldotna student graduates from UPSArea students graduate from Montana StateNikiski woman earns engineering degreeSkyview student wins Kenai Performers scholarshipKenai woman earns internshipNikiski youth wins Elks scholarship

Program for kids later lowered pregnancy risk
SEATTLE -- One good way to prevent teen pregnancy may have nothing to do with sex.

Around the Peninsula
FAS committee to meet in SoldotnaChamber to focus on tourism TuesdayAlliance plans luncheonFree yoga classes offered ThursdayAgrium conducting training exercisesHomer chamber plans mixerFire department plans barbecueMemorial Day ceremony plannedNinilchik ambulance association to host breakfastMediation center to host training sessionsWatershed Forum plans Run for the RiverMasonic golf tournament needs playersPlots still available in community garden

Around the Peninsula
Open burning suspendedGarage sale plannedDeadline extended for festival registrationLibrary to hold special exercise story timeSBDC to host government contracting workshopSenior center plans monthly meetingBlood bank to be closed this weekContaminated sites discussion plannedAgrium conducting training exercisesFire department plans barbecue

Photo feature: Ready to run
Lt. Chuck Kopp holds a torch high near the start of Saturday's Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The 5-kilometer event is a fund-raiser for the training and competition of nearly 1,000 Alaska special athletes.

Sure sign of spring: Rhubarb ready to go
Look around the Kenai Peninsula and you'll notice some people harvesting rhubarb. Spring must be here!

Community News
Nikiski Lions seek community grouchBoys and Girls Club offers guitar, dance classesUSS Sperry crew seeks shipmates for reunionSoHi class of 1992 plans 10-year reunionHomer Community School offers summer courses

My Best Friend
Will that be takeout? Katie-Kat loves to make her owner, Sharon Nusunginya of Soldotna, smile. Sometimes all it takes is a paper bag.

Births
Chance Montoya and John VargoSharon Anne and Lonnie Ray DenneyRachel Ann and Jeff BabittMichelle and Jeremy DavisAnn and Mark Restad

Past grabs interest, heart of geologist
Dick Reger sees Alaska's scenery from a unique viewpoint. Reger, who grew up in Soldotna during the homestead era, is a geologist with a long and distinguished scientific career. Now retired, he has returned to his boyhood haunts and devoted himself to studying the Kenai Peninsula.

Valedictorian 3rd in family with top honors
Laura Rhyner had some big shoes to fill on her way to becoming one of Kenai Central High School's six valedictorians.

Laughter, cheers, tears mark Alternative School ceremony
They didn't have a keynote speaker. They didn't have their valedictorian or salutatorian deliver addresses to the class. They just had fun.

KCHS graduation ceremony mixes serious, humorous
"No matter where we are now, we all have to find our own way," Kenai Central High School senior Dane Myers told his fellow graduates Thursday night.

Grad bounces back from adversity
Exceptional students are often regarded as such for their scholarship or for their service. But what is the catch-all adjective for students who overcome exceptional circumstances to do what so many students take for granted? For Kenai Alternative High School graduate Joel Milette, that descriptive word would be resilient, according to the school secretary, Phyllis Halstead.

Hurricanes blow away Leafs, tie series
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Niclas Wallin scored 13:42 into overtime Sunday as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in Game 2 to tie the Eastern Conference final.

Bloodied Ward outpoints Gatti in 10-round boxing slugfest
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Micky Ward, blood streaming down his face for most of the fight, won a majority decision over Arturo Gatti in a 10-round junior lightweight bout Saturday night.

Price wins Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nick Price no longer has to doubt himself. He can still win on the PGA Tour, and he can do it in a big way.

McCarty leads Wings past Avs
DETROIT -- On a team bursting at the seams with stars, a gritty grinder stole the show.

Lakers silence loud Kings crowd
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The pregame noise at Arco Arena was measured at more than 112 decibels -- about the same level as a jet engine. The Sacramento Kings think it was the loudest crowd in sports history.

Houston Rockets win NBA draft lottery
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Houston Rockets took a big man from abroad the last time they had the No. 1 pick. Now they'll have another opportunity.

Smarts and money bring new Crown contender
The history of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown is a testament to the improbable journey.

Palmer registers upset of Kenai in shootout
The Palmer girls soccer team upset Kenai 4-3 in the opening round of the Region III Soccer Championships Friday.

Schaafsma, Cvetkovski lead SoHi girls to region crown
The Soldotna girls won their seventh Region III track title in 10 years Saturday at Palmer High School.

Homer knock off Moose for state berth
The Homer girls soccer team picked the perfect day to play its best soccer of the year.

Golfer shoots 4-under par to head up pack at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nick Price shot a 4-under-par 66 Saturday to take a five-stroke advantage over three players after the third round of the Colonial.

Colony, SoHi advance to title game
Friday night's Region III soccer tournament semifinal between Kenai Central and Soldotna at Skyview High School had some of everything -- great goals, brilliant saves, beautiful passing and stellar defense.

War Emblem wins Preakness, eyes Triple Crown
BALTIMORE -- War Emblem is versatile after all, and his victory in the Preakness Stakes has trainer Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown chase.

Bosick takes four events at region meet
Racing was never so much fun. This was Ninilchik distance runner Katie Moerlein's assessment of the Region II Track and Field Championships following her team's performance.

Nets net Game 1 win
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They ran at every opportunity, scored without much difficulty and never once trailed.

Soldotna downs Knights for region championship
Johnny Mills was the Soldotna High School boys soccer team's Johnny on the spot in the Region III Soccer Championships.

Netherlands blanks U.S. World Cup men's texam
FOXBORO, Mass. -- For 88 minutes, the United States looked like a world-class team. In the other two, the Americans showed the shaky defense that could lead to a quick World Cup exit.

Field filled at Indy, Luyendyk clocks fastest time
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arie Luyendyk led a surprising speed show Sunday that filled a record-setting field for the Indianapolis 500 before rain cut short the last day of qualifying.

Montgomerie leads Deutsche after three rounds, edges Woods
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tiger Woods shot an 8-under-par 64 Sunday to move within one stroke of leader Colin Montgomerie after three rounds of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.

Sports Briefs
2001 winner leads 2002 Homer derbyTexas angler wins Week 2 Seward tourney prizeLegislature approves Twins stadium bill

Kards topple Panthers in OT
The Kenai Central High School boys soccer team, perhaps feeling a bit nostalgic as the school year comes to a close, certainly got the most they could out the the Region III Soccer Championships.

Colony defeats Mariners
The Homer High School girls soccer team gave Colony a run for its money Saturday in the title match of the Region III Soccer Championships, but the Knights proved too strong, scoring three times in the second half to notch a 4-1 victory.

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