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Thursday, May 22, 2003

Former officer sues Ketchikan, alleging sex bias
KETCHIKAN (AP) A former corporal in the Ketchikan Police Department has filed a lawsuit against the department, the city and several current and former city officials accusing them of gender discrimination and seeking damages.

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.

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.

Trial starts in Juneau for man accused of raping teens
JUNEAU (AP) A trial has begun in Juneau for a man accused of raping a teenage girl in foster case.

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.

Disaster declared for flood-damaged Salcha
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski has issued a disaster declaration for the flood-damaged Salcha area.

Bristol Bay sockeye case goes to jurors Friday
ANCHORAGE (AP) Jurors in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon price fixing case will begin deliberations Friday, the judge said Wednesday. They've been listening to closing arguments this week.

Trial starts in Juneau for man accused of raping teens
JUNEAU (AP) A trial has begun in Juneau for a man accused of raping a teenage girl in foster case.

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.

Fairbanks fugitive traveled to U.S. from Switzerland
FAIRBANKS (AP) Former Fairbanks civic leader and businessman Thomas Miklautsch was entering the United States from Switzerland when customs agents detained him.

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.

Homer man killed in ultra light plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Homer man was killed when the ultra light plane crashed during his first solo flight, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Russia wildfires push smoke to Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) Massive wildfires in southern Russia have pushed smoke more than 3,000 miles to Alaska.

Iditarod lead dog found after a day on the loose
ANCHORAGE (AP) Reno, an Iditarod lead dog missing since Monday when somebody freed him and four brethren from musher Debbie Moderow's truck, was found Tuesday after he fell asleep in a flower garden.

Senate approves RCA extension bill
JUNEAU (AP) With less than an hour left in this year's legislative session, Senate lawmakers decided not to pull the plug on the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and instead gave the agency four more years.

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.

School funding bill passes on final day
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers approved a change in the formula for funding schools Wednesday, imposed a tax on car rentals, boosted business license fees and removed a requirement that the minimum wage go up with inflation.

RCA will be dismantled if no extension granted
JUNEAU (AP) With only a few hours to go, lawmakers were running out of time Thursday to pass a bill extending the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in another showdown over the ''phone wars.''

Murkowski, Legislature enjoy smooth session
JUNEAU (AP) Republicans in the Legislature adjourned Wednesday on time and for the first time in many years without the threat of a special session giving Gov. Frank Murkowski much of what he asked.

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.

RCA will be dismantled if no extension granted
JUNEAU (AP) With only a few hours to go, lawmakers were running out of time Wednesday to pass a bill extending the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in another showdown over the ''phone wars.''

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.

Earthquake near Yakutat
PALMER (AP) A light earthquake near Yakutat was felt in Gustavus, according to Michael Burgy at the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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.

Former Homer basketball star to coach Seawolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former Homer High School basketball star is returning to Alaska to coach the Seawolves at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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.

Kayaker snares 90-pound halibut
KETCHIKAN (AP) Catching a 90-pound halibut in a 14-foot kayak can lead to quite a ride, says Howard McKim.

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.

Climber with frostbite brought down from McKinley
DENALI PARK (AP) A climber suffering from frostbite on both his hands was brought down from Mt. McKinley Wednesday with the help of the National Park Service's contracted high-altitude helicopter, according to park officials.

Woman charged by grizzly in Eagle River
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman taking a morning run in Eagle River barely escaped a grizzly bear that charged her.

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.

Clemens earns No. 299 vs. former team
BOSTON Roger Clemens earned his 299th career victory, scattering nine hits in six innings against his former team on Wednesday night to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Reds continue to surge, rally past Braves
CINCINNATI Austin Kearns' bases-loaded double completed a six-run fourth inning Wednesday night as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 and slow their remarkable surge.

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.

WorldCom's contract in Iraq raises hackles
NEW YORK The Penta-gon made an interesting choice when it hired a U.S. company to build a small wireless phone network in Iraq: MCI, aka WorldCom Inc., perpetrator of the biggest accounting fraud in American business and not exactly a big name in cellular service.

Fish plant hungry for cash can still afford its lobbyist
ANCHORAGE (AP) Finan-cially 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.

Greenspan: Fed on guard against deflation
WASHINGTON With short-term interest rates near rock bottom, Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan said he still has plenty of ''monetary ammunition'' to prevent a destabilizing drop in prices. The Fed's goal: pump up demand for cars, homes and other items and get the economy moving again.

Solar energy viable alternative on peninsula
Richard Seifert, also known as the "Solar Guy," illuminated a full house when he presented "An Introduction To Solar Energy for Alaskans" on Monday evening at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building.

Washington courts Boeing for new 7E7 assembly plant
OLYMPIA, Wash. Gov. Gary Locke and a gaggle of Washington's political, business and labor elite on Wednesday rallied at the Capitol to kick off the region's bid for the new Boeing 7E7 assembly plant and the thousands of jobs that go with it.

Photo: Informational picket
Members of Local 8-0369 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, which represents Agrium's 156 union employees, conduct an informational picket at the Nikiski fertilizer plant last Friday morning.

Kayaker snares 90-pound halibut
KETCHIKAN (AP) Catching a 90-pound halibut in a 14-foot kayak can lead to quite a ride, says Howard McKim.

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Students make underwater art for the ceiling
There's a fascinating group of creatures hanging out at Sears Elementary School.

Book sheds light on bear encounters
Bears have evoked human fear and fascination since at least the last Ice Age. At the beginning of the third millennium, they are under increasing pressure from people, even in their last redoubts such as Alaska.

Faire fun
It was an affair to remember, a May Faire that is, as peninsula residents turned back a page in history in Old Town Kenai on Sunday.

Art Briefs
Pratt to discuss future plansWant to be in a movie?Native plants for salePoetry contests offers $1,000Book sale coming upBooth space for festival availableWriters' conference slated

'American Idol' star to release new album
NEW YORK (AP) He didn't become the ''American Idol.'' He wasn't even the runner-up. But R.J. Helton still managed to get a record deal.

Cannes festival snubs Germany again
CANNES, France You'd never know German cinema is enjoying a renaissance by attending the Cannes Film Festival.

School funding bill passes on final day
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers approved a change in the formula for funding schools Wednesday, imposed a tax on car rentals, boosted business license fees and removed a requirement that the minimum wage go up with inflation.

Senate approves RCA extension bill
JUNEAU (AP) With less than an hour left in this year's legislative session, Senate lawmakers decided not to pull the plug on the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and instead gave the agency four more years.

Murkowski, Legislature enjoy smooth session
JUNEAU (AP) Republicans in the Legislature adjourned Wednesday on time and for the first time in many years without the threat of a special session giving Gov. Frank Murkowski much of what he asked.

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.

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

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.

Love INC reaches out to kids with warmth and generosity
It is with sincere appreciation I write this note of gratitude to Love INC and Janine Espy, Roy Espy, Cecil Falkenberg, Petria Falkenberg, Donna Shuler and Lynda Yoder.

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

Elected officials working for big corporations, not public interests
We elect representatives to represent the people and right away they start working for the big corporations against the people. Haven't you guys figured out that big corporations take away and destroy resources that belong to the people? It seems lately that all of you are reverse Robin Hoods taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

Skyview's U.S. history students honor veterans at annual dinner
On May 9, more than 220 U.S. military veterans and their family members were fed a free spaghetti dinner and entertained at the Fourth Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the Soldotna Sports Center hosted by the U.S. history students of Skyview High School. It was a huge success and again demonstrated the gratitude of our community toward past and present members of the U.S. armed forces.

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.

Soccer team appreciates support
Soldotna High School Boys and Girls Soccer Team would like to thank Kaladi Brothers Coffee for its generous donation of delicious coffee and hot chocolate for our concession stand;

Newsmaker: Jack Roush
Jack Roush, the car owner for Fords driven by Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has won the past four Coca-Cola 600 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Maturity gives Gordon confidence entering doubleheader
CONCORD, N.C. There are a couple of reasons for Robby Gordon to like his chances Sunday in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600.

Ratings indicate national growth
CONCORD, N.C. Fox Sports president Goren not only believes the NASCAR Winston Cup Series has finally shed its regional perception, but he also says the racing circuit has become one of the ''healthiest'' sports on television.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,6192. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,5993. Kurt Busch 1,452

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $2,312,2012. Kurt Busch 2,172,4113. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,975,228

This week's race: Coca-Cola 600
Where and when

2003 Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Photo feature: Fun and farewells
Danny Nabinger stands still as Will Tieaskie, Kaitlan White, Kelsey White and Broke Forsi sign his shirt following an awards chapel at Cook Inlet Academy Wednesday.

Assembly hears questions about plans for games
A small group of residents raised questions Tuesday night regarding the Kenai Peninsula Borough's authority to enter the agreement it signed April 16 with the Arctic Winter Games International Committee, committing the borough to host the games in 2006.

Graduating 'Stars' reach ever higher
While all the students of Soldotna High School use the moniker "Stars," the 118 SoHi graduates that took center stage at the Soldotna Sports Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday were the superstars in the spotlight that night.

Assembly OKs resolution in defense of Bill of Rights
Congress and President George W. Bush were sent a clear message Tuesday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a resolution establishing a borough policy in defense of the Bill of Rights and urging national leaders to review anti-terrorism laws many say violate constitutional freedoms.

Bulldogs express their individuality
The senior class of Nikiski High School gave 110 percent all year with everything it did, and the graduation ceremony was no different. Nearly all the seniors decorated their caps. There were many unique designs, each giving a glimpse into the individual student's life.

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.

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.

Soldotna man injured in motorcycle accident
A Soldotna man was seriously injured Tuesday when the motorcycle he was driving crashed head-on into a car on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing.

Judy Ann Miles
Former Kasilof resident Judy Ann Miles died Saturday, April 12, 2003. She was 52.

Annie T. Myers
Anchorage resident Annie T. Myers, 65, died of natural causes Thursday, May 15, 2003, at Alaska Native Medical Center. She was 65.

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.

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.

It takes visit to 49th state to experience its wonder, separate fact from fiction
As we made the twisting and turning drive down from Wasilla to the Kenai Peninsula, I sipped my coffee and finally started to put my racing thoughts into some semblance of order.

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.

U.S., Mexico need new border policy
That we've seen the story before does nothing to mitigate the horror of the 19 illegal immigrants who died after being locked in a trailer and abandoned by smugglers in South Texas. Authorities report that more than 100 immigrants were crammed into a trailer and left to their fates by the driver (last) Wednesday.

Security measures can't violate guaranteed rights
Few Americans likely know much about the Total Information Awareness System, but if the Pentagon actually builds this thing, it will soon know a great deal about all Americans. TIA is an electronic street sweeper designed to short-circuit terrorist plans before they can be put into action. But TIA also holds potential for enormous abuse of individual privacy.

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
Rodeo postponedBear-safe neighborhood plannedAfter-school program to close for summerBlood Bank closed todayWRCC needs volunteersDeadline for Kenai River Festival is FridayGarage sale to benefit missionsKachemak Kayak Fest set for HomerKenai cemetery cleanup

LeBron James sweepstakes today
SECAUCUS, N.J. Every once in a while, a player comes along who gives hope to all the downtrodden teams of the NBA.

Sports Briefs
Former Homer basketball star to coach SeawolvesFC Porto defeats Glasgow Celtic in UEFA Cup final

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.

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Scramble: Strive, struggle and grapple
To "scramble" in golf is to play a format where all members of a foursome give it their best drive and then hit successive shots from the ball position of the player with the best lie (whew!).

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.

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.

Spurs even up series
SAN ANTONIO First there was foul trouble for Dirk Nowitzki, and then he got hit with a technical foul. Next came serious foul trouble for Nowitzki, which was followed by the ejection of Don Nelson.

Climbers pursue Everest on 50th anniversary of Hillary's feat
KATMANDU, Nepal Wind storms forced more than 100 climbers to retreat from the south face of Mount Everest on Wednesday amid celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the first Everest conquest.

Devils can't cast out Senators
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Ottawa Senators were short on cash in the regular season. Now they're rich with momentum in the Eastern Conference finals.

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

On Tap
Peninsula High School sports for this weekend.

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.

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

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