Tuesday, May 20, 2003

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

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.

Nome man injured in fall from cliff on snowmobile
NOME (AP) A Nome man suffered a possible broken hip or pelvis Saturday after driving a snowmobile off a cliff over a gorge.

Crewman arrested in assault on another crewman
JUNEAU (AP) A cruise ship crewman from Scotland has been charged with assault after an altercation aboard the M/V Amsterdam resulted in 23 stitches in the face of another member of the crew, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Senate passes bill to close correspondence school
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate voted Monday to give the state's only certified correspondence school just one more year of operation before being closed.

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.

House approves black market cigarette bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill passed in the House Monday making it easier to prosecute illegal cigarette sales.

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.

Back-to-back earthquakes jolt Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two light earthquakes occurred within minutes of each other in Southcentral Alaska Tuesday morning.

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.

Man gets two years in sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl in November has been sentenced to two years in prison after reaching a plea agreement.

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.

Petersburg man arrested in methamphetamine bust
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Petersburg man is accused of distributing methamphetamine by mail.

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.

Bill aims to curb homebuilding cost disputes
ANCHORAGE (AP) Liability insurance for Alaska homebuilders has gone up nearly 400 percent in some cases. A bill pending in the Legislature could give them relief.

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

State workers' union ratifies contract
JUNEAU (AP) Members of Alaska's largest public employees' union have ratified a new one-year contract.

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.

Troubled seafood plant asks governor for aid
ANCHORAGE (AP) The struggling Alaska Seafood International manufacturing plant in Anchorage is asking for millions of state dollars and subsidies to stay afloat.

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.

Former Fairbanks leader arrested
FAIRBANKS (AP) A former Fairbanks civic leader has been arrested as he tried to re-enter the country after more than a decade on the run.

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.

House approves both tire tax and rental car tax
JUNEAU (AP) The state House approved bills on Monday to impose taxes on new tire sales, studded tires and rental cars.

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

Oil tax credit bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to provide tax credits for companies that explore for oil in Alaska passed the House on Monday.

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

House approves increased campaign limits
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to double the amount of money people can contribute to state political campaigns was approved by the House on Monday.

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.

Bill would settle lawsuit in oil company's favor
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate on Monday approved a bill that would settle a lawsuit over Cook Inlet oil drilling in favor of Forest Oil Corp. and make it harder for people to sue over such issues in the future.

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.

Kodiak mother wins verdict in wrongful death lawsuit
KODIAK (AP) The mother of a 16-year-old Kodiak girl has won a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman last seen with her daughter nearly five years ago.

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.

Bill aims to curb homebuilding cost disputes
ANCHORAGE (AP) Liability insurance for Alaska homebuilders has gone up nearly 400 percent in some cases. A bill pending in the Legislature could give them relief.

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

Soldotna cracks down on parking lot camping
ANCHORAGE (AP) Soldotna is taking a stand against illegal camping in store parking lots.

One killed, one injured in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) A teenager was killed and a man injured in a shooting outside an apartment complex, Anchorage police said.

Murkowski undergoes successful angioplasty procedure
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski underwent an angioplasty procedure on Monday and is doing well, his office said.

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.

Iditawalker home after third trek of the Iditarod Trail
It was the most difficult walk yet for Soldotna's Iditawalker, but even with bronchitis and swelling of his feet and eyes, Denis Douglas completed his walk to Nome for the third time in just less than two months.

Sterling 6th Graders clean up highways
For the second year, the spring highway clean up at Sterling Elementary has accomplished a two-fold purpose.

Historic graduation for local RN's
For the first time ever, Weber State University graduated a class of RN's on the Kenai Peninsula. The historic event was the result of an effort that began some 8 years ago with the Utah based Weber State University, according WSU's Nursing Program Director, Dr. Debra Huber.

Mom makes it home from war for Mother's Day
Returning from a 10-month tour on a U.S. Navy supply ship in the Persian Gulf, Petty Officer 3rd Class Amie Joy was happy to be reunited with her 17-month-old daughter Corynn. She was looking forward to coming home, but was not expecting the welcome that was waiting for her.

Little League honors home-town heroes
It may have been warmer and dryer in the middle of March than it was for opening ceremonies at Soldotna's Little League Park last week, but the cool cloudy weather didn't dampen the spirits or cool the hearts of the kids and parents who turned out to start another baseball season and honor their hometown heroes.

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

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

House approves increased campaign limits
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to double the amount of money people can contribute to state political campaigns was approved by the House on Monday.

Oil tax credit bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to provide tax credits for companies that explore for oil in Alaska passed the House on Monday.

Senate passes bill to close correspondence school
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate voted Monday to give the state's only certified correspondence school just one more year of operation before being closed.

Bill aims to curb homebuilding cost disputes
ANCHORAGE (AP) Liability insurance for Alaska homebuilders has gone up nearly 400 percent in some cases. A bill pending in the Legislature could give them relief.

House approves black market cigarette bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill passed in the House Monday making it easier to prosecute illegal cigarette sales.

House approves both tire tax and rental car tax
JUNEAU (AP) The state House approved bills on Monday to impose taxes on new tire sales, studded tires and rental cars.

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.

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.

Hobo Jim's performance gives Redoubt students great evening
On May 6, Redoubt Elementary had the pleasure of being able to host Hobo Jim. We had a picnic in the gym and sang and laughed and were entertained by a very talented performer.

Wildlife art exhibit possible because of community support
For the fourth year in a row, the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with Kenai Peninsula College, has produced one of the largest art exhibitions in the state of Alaska, "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," which runs through Sept. 6 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Nikiski 4-H Club's good deed makes day for seniors in area
God is so good. We, the seniors at Nikiski Senior Center, all received a blessing as we traveled to the center on May 5.

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.

Lessons from field trip will spread to families during summer outings
Our classes would like to express our grateful appreciation to Three Bears, Fred Meyer and Carrs for their generous donations to our recent "Leave No Trace" field trip. Our two fifth grades learned a lot and ate plentifully thanks to the local businesses whose donations made it all possible.

Fifth-graders appreciate DARE officer, donations
Mrs. Zimmerman's fifth-grade class would like to thank their DARE officer, Trooper Stanton, for a great year! Give Trooper Stanton a "round" of applause!

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.

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.

Rotarians check out peninsula
The moose, the eagles and the vastness of Alaska seem to have made the greatest impression so far on five visitors from Wales and England participating in the Group Study Exchange of Rotary International.

Cook Inlet graduate finds more than one success
Blue, gold and white balloons festooned the walls of the gymnasium at the Cook Inlet Academy on Sunday as a large crowd of family and friends came for the graduation ceremony of nine of the school's students.

Carrs getting new look in 2-phase makeover
Change is afoot for the Kenai Carrs.

Budget hearing planned tonight
Residents get a chance to bend the ears of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members today as the assembly holds the first of two scheduled public hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2004 borough budget.

Law enforcement set to start ticketing
Alaska State Troopers and other Kenai Peninsula law enforcement officers will begin a "Click It or Ticket" campaign today to help save lives by increasing seat belt use awareness.

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.

Education secretary receives valuable lessons in Alaska
Education secretary Rod Paige got an eyeful and an earful on the problems of educating kids in rural Alaska during his two-day tour of Alaska's village schools last week.

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.

Rejection slips from on high
Being a writer definitely has its own set of the job hazards. Besides the obvious risk for carpel tunnel syndrome, nasty paper cuts and puncture wounds from staples, there is the ever constant threat of receiving a rejection slip in the mail.

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Alliance to meet todayPublic health clinics set for villagesFood bank to host gardening classesKDLL board to meet todayTotem Tracers to offer handwriting analysis classDisaster preparedness meetings plannedSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaCustomer service practices featuredJuvenile justice group plans meetingFish and Game committee to fill empty seatEagles to meetGrange director to visit SoldotnaBlood bank to close until May 28Bear-safe neighborhood plannedSoccer club seeking players

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Senators stay in the running
OTTAWA Rookie Jason Spezza produced when Ottawa needed him most, allowing the Senators to stay alive in the playoffs.

Sports Briefs
SoHi girls, Kenai boys take 3,200 relays at regions

It's all about the money
As crassly as Georgia football players acted in selling their championship rings, it's a two-bit tempest compared with the vulgarity of ACC and Big East bigwigs hatching multimillion-dollar schemes between rounds of golf.

Annika's Alley: Sorenstam arrives amid Colonial hype
FORT WORTH, Texas Annika Sorenstam arrived on the PGA Tour through the back gate Monday.

Mavs sink foul shots, Spurs
SAN ANTONIO The Dallas Mavericks missed their first free throw and made their final 49. Yep, 49 in a row.

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.

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.

Career ambitions inspire Cochran to excel on track
Setting goals has always been an important part of athletics, coming up with a target and then systematically working toward it.

Photo feature: Summer visitor
A robin stops to listen for food in the grass at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center recently. A lot of seasonal critters have made their way to the peninsula.

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