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Wednesday, May 21, 2003

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.

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.

Fairbanks fugitive to return to Alaska for fraud trial
FAIRBANKS A former Fairbanks civic leader who was recently arrested in Los Angeles is awaiting transfer to Anchorage, where he will be tried on federal bank fraud, conspiracy and other charges.

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.

Wounded corporals discover both from Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two Army corporals from Fairbanks are hospitalized in Washington D.C. with significant leg injuries sustained in Iraq.

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.

Seafood plant paid lobbyist $72,000 last year
ANCHORAGE (AP) Financially strapped Alaska Seafood International is paying a prominent lobbyist in Juneau while asking the state to continue paying $100,000 a month to keep it afloat.

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.

Couple arraigned in child-starvation case
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fort Richardson accused of denying their 4-year-old daughter food and water were arraigned in Anchorage this week.

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.

Combative woman arrested during marijuana grow bust
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fairbanks woman who became combative during a marijuana grow raid was arrested on charges of assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

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.

Wounded corporals discover both from Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two Army corporals from Fairbanks are hospitalized in Washington D.C. with significant leg injuries sustained in Iraq.

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.

Police recover some of stolen explosives
PETERSBURG (AP) Police have recovered a small portion of the ton of explosives reported stolen recently from a local construction company.

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

Senate looks at crab quota plan
WASHINGTON (AP) A wide gulf remains between supporters and critics of processor quota shares for crabs in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, and that was reflected in a Senate hearing Tuesday.

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

Bethel priest accused of sexual misconduct
BETHEL (AP) A Catholic priest in Bethel who has served in Alaska for more than half a century is facing an accusation of sexual misconduct.

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.

Closing arguments in Bristol Bay price-fixing trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) After more than three months of testimony, lawyers for Bristol Bay fishermen wrapped up their case Tuesday. They're asking the jury to return a verdict of conspiracy and levy hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

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.

Ketchikan borough may boost sales tax
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly wants to more than double the borough's sales tax, a move that would raise the tax in the city of Ketchikan to 8 percent.

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

House turns down longevity bonus phase-out bill
JUNEAU (AP) The state House on Tuesday voted down a plan to phase out the senior citizens' longevity bonus program. But the issue could come up for another vote Wednesday.

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

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 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.

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

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

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.

Pedro misses start, Sox still beat Yanks
BOSTON The Boston Red Sox overcame Pedro Martinez's injury and ruined Jose Contreras' return to the majors with a five-run seventh inning and a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Expos four-run fourth inning does in Marlins
MONTREAL Brian Schneider homered and Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run double to key a four-run fourth inning, leading the Montreal Expos over the Florida Marlins 6-4 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Alaskans need to look at other state budgets, control spending
While the headlines yell "sales tax," "income tax" and "user

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.

Charges too extreme in accident that killed 2 on Seward Highway
Regarding Erwin J. Petterson: The accident that occurred on Oct. 12 on the Seward Highway was truly tragic and my heart goes out to the families that this affected.

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.

Outdoor enthusiasts should pack out more than they pack in
This summer as you prepare for your outdoor activities, throw a few trash bags into your boat, backpack or vehicle.

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.

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!

Vice president's continued financial ties to Halliburton fail 'smell test'
I appreciated Joseph Robertia's opinion piece in the Clarion on May 11 about the connections between violence now (Gulf War II) and likely future violence (additional Sept. 11-type attacks). I agree that it is a weird coincidence that

It's simple: Kenai Rec Center should be left in taxpayers' hands
About 30 years ago, I knew this kid. He was a good kid. Active in sports, got relatively good grades, very respectful of adults, fairly popular, actually kinda quiet. No, actually really quiet.

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.

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.

Ninilchik grads take first steps into their future
Coda Russell flipped his head to the side deftly tossing the yellow tassel on his mortarboard from the right to left as if shaking off all the trials of the past four years.

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.

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.

Engineers narrow choices for Cooper Landing bypass
Engineers considering several new routes for the Sterling Highway through the bottleneck of the Cooper Landing area appear ready to favor some alternatives over others.

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

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.

Gregory Duane Saxton
Soldotna resident Gregory Duane Saxton died Saturday, May 10, 2003, in a tragic accident at his home in Soldotna. He was 13.

Bill would mean jobs, exploration
In Senate Bill 185, Gov. Frank Murkowski has proposed a tax credit for new oil and gas exploration. SB 185 is both a jobs bill and an exploration bill.

Legislature should keep things simple with regulatory panel What others say
The House Finance Committee acted in the public's best interest when it removed from a simple regulatory extension bill several provisions favoring Alaska Communications Systems.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber luncheon today SPCA hold spay-neuter clinic North chamber meeting planned Caregiver program to hold hearing seminars Nikiski seniors to hold fund-raiser After-school program to close for summer Deadline for Kenai River festival is Friday Garage sale to benefit missions Kachemak Kayak Fest set for Homer Kenai cemetery cleanup WRCC clothes closet available Brain Injury Support Group awareness walk

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

On Tap
Peninsula High School sports for this weekend.

Cleveland desperate for boost James would give franchise
CLEVELAND Everyone wants LeBron James, the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. There's only one team and city that desperately need him.

New Jersey treating Game 6 as do or die
EAST RUTHERFOPD, N.J. The last thing the New Jersey Devils want to do is go back to Ottawa.

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.

Kenai Golf Report
Wow! Things are really looking up at the Kenai Golf Course!

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

Run for the River registration open
The Kenai Watershed Forum is now accepting registration forms for the Run for the River 5-kilometer run/walk taking place in conjunction with the Kenai River Festival June 14.

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

New Jersey rallies to defeat Detroit, take 2-0 series lead
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Down 11 points early in the fourth quarter, the New Jersey Nets were in dire need of offense from somebody anybody.

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.

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

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.

NFL to look at LA-area sites for new stadiums
PHILADELPHIA The NFL is so eager to get back into the Los Angeles area that it will spend up to $10 million looking into the viability of a stadium in Carson, Calif.

Food smells draw bears into area
This is the season for increased bear activity. Being smart can prevent open invitations for bear visits to your home.

Bear learns lesson at Sears
There's something to be said for good behavior.

Bear sightings common this time of year
Monday afternoon, the Soldotna office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game responded to a call about a black b

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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