Thursday, May 30, 2002

Judge dismisses suits filed against Tanana Chiefs Conference
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has dismissed lawsuits filed against the Tanana Chiefs Conference by two former management employees who said the organization mistreated them.

Grand jury indicts 17-year-old in babys death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A teen accused of murdering an infant in Ketchikan last month now faces three charges.

Autopsy indicates Anchorage man died of an accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A homeless man found dead Sunday morning died accidentally, police said Tuesday.

Mulder will not seek re-election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Eldon Mulder, the influential co-chairman of the House Finance Committee, will not seek re-election, he said Thursday.

Jurors hear closing arguments in Welton murder trail
PALMER (AP) -- In closing arguments Tuesday in the murder trial of Suzette Welton, the defense urged jurors to avoid another tragedy and find the defendant innocent of setting a house fire that killed her 14-year-old son.

Doyon subsidiary signs contract to build missile defense camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Doyon Universal Services has signed a multi-million-dollar agreement to build a 364-person camp in Delta Junction to house National Missile Defense construction workers.

Engineer pleads guilty in ship pollution case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief engineer of the Sohoh, a Panamanian-flagged freight vessel, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to three felony charges connected to dumping waste oil in U.S. waters.

Anchorage man dies in Spenard shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed in a shooting Thursday morning at an apartment in Spenard.

Legislature puts off school labels until 2004
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State education officials have been given a two-year delay in establishing a labeling system meant to grade Alaska public schools.

Fire burns Anchorage warehouse, household goods
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage warehouse burned Thursday morning in what firefighters described as a two-alarm fire.

Pipeline companies ask for halt in gas line permitting process
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of pipeline builders has asked the state to stop the permitting process for a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, saying they cannot move ahead until producers of Alaska's vast gas reserves commit to the estimated $20 billion project.

Driver dies, children injured in Anchorage car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A mother died and her two children were injured when a car smashed into a utility pole Wednesday night on a busy Anchorage street.

Senate moves up new seafood labeling requirement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rules requiring seafood to be labeled by country of origin would go into effect faster than previously agreed under legislation approved by the U.S. Senate last week.

Man missing after walking into Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man disappeared into Cook Inlet on Wednesday evening near Anchorage's small boat harbor and authorities assumed he drowned.

Fairbanks man charged in methamphetamine lab seizure
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man on probation for manufacturing methamphetamine was arrested last week after drug agents found him in possession of 1,530 tablets of Sudafed, a cold remedy, and other materials used for manufacturing the illegal drug.

Destroyed Kodiak missile blew itself up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army missile that exploded shortly after launch from Kodiak in November blew itself up ''inadvertently'' while a safety command was being transferred from the ground to a circling airplane, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Anchorage reindeer dies at 17
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage tourist attraction was buried Saturday at a pet cemetery.

Alaskans eliminated in national spelling bee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Irene Park of Anchorage made it to Round Two of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, but the dreaded written test knocked her out of the competition.

Homer teen injured when pickup runs over him during beach party
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old Homer boy was injured when he was run over by a pickup truck during a large weekend beach party near Anchor Point, Alaska State Troopers said.

Fluor Alaska plans forums for contractors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The company awarded the contract for missile defense work in Alaska will conduct forums for contractors interested in doing work on the project.

Mounties say suspect in Alaskan's murder now in jail in Denver
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Royal Canadian Mounted Police have finished investigating the homicide of a 74-year-old Anchorage man found at a rest stop near Prince George, British Columbia, in September.

Massage therapist sentenced for inappropriate touching
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks massage therapist has been sentenced to five years in prison for inappropriately touching four clients.

Spring means out with the old moose calves and in with the new
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Any day now, if it hasn't happened already, moose cows across Alaska who have pampered, provided for and protected calves for the past 12 months will suddenly do an about face and kick their kids out of the house -- sometimes literally.

Driver dies, children injured in Anchorage car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One person died and two children were injured when a car smashed into a utility pole Wednesday night on a busy Anchorage street.

District attorney's office clears Sitka police
SITKA (AP) -- An investigation of the Sitka Police Department has found no criminal misconduct, despite allegations earlier this year that the department broke the law dozens of times.

Cooler weather slows spread of Alaska wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cooler temperatures and higher humidity were slowing the spread of Alaska's wildfires Wednesday.

Wildfires growing despite efforts by hundreds of firefighters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fueled by black spruce and fanned by hot windy weather, wildfires continued to devour thousands of acres across Alaska Tuesday.

Poll says 54 percent back legislative move
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new poll shows a majority of Alaskans favor a ballot initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough or to Anchorage.

Gunman steals cash from Carrs grocery in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A gunman made off with an undisclosed amount of money Tuesday night from a grocery store in south Anchorage.

Lancaster won't run for House seat again
KENAI (AP) -- Rep. Ken Lancaster, a Republican from Soldotna who was a key member of the so-called Fiscal Policy Caucus, will not seek re-election.

Thieves stage successful ATM theft in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The string of ATM thefts north of Anchorage continued Saturday night when thieves stole more than $16,000 from a machine inside a Wasilla liquor store and the store's cash registers.

Knowles signs coastal zone bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill that removes a citizen's right to ask for a state review of coastal zone program decisions.

Fran Ulmer officially becomes a candidate for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fran Ulmer became an official candidate for governor Wednesday by turning in her paperwork and writing a $100 check at the Division of Elections office.

Rookie belts homer as Seattle tops Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Snelling hit his first major league home run to back Freddy Garcia and help the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-2 Wednesday night.

Dodgers top Brewers to complete sweep
LOS ANGELES -- Alex Cora broke open a tie game with his first home run in 97 games, and Brian Jordan also homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-3 victory Wednesday.

Clement, Cubs shut down Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- Matt Clement took a no-hitter into the seventh before Brian Giles singled, then settled for a two-hitter in his first career complete game to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 Tuesday night.

Devil Rays thump Mariners
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ryan Rupe pitched his first career complete game, and John Flaherty hit his second career grand slam Tuesday night as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Business Briefs
Seward harbormaster receives certificationAgrium shares Exporter of the Year award

Pipeline companies want halt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of pipeline builders has asked the state to stop the permitting process for a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, saying they cannot move ahead until producers of Alaska's vast gas reserves commit to the estimated $20 billion project.

Sequels, movie spin-offs lead new video game themes
LOS ANGELES -- Sequels and movie adaptations -- that's what the coming year promises from the video game industry.

Reverse 911 comes to mobile
DENVER -- Unsuspecting victims are the worst kind. Better they should have full knowledge of what hits 'em before it hits.

Telemedicine expands health care in rural Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first image shows a boy with a cut on his cheek. The second image make it clear this is no ordinary cut.

Pier One raising curtain on season
Pier One Theatre opens its doors soon, and this year's plays and productions mirror those in contemporary theaters around the nation, organizers say.

Art Briefs
Spiritual poems soughtChildren needed for patriotic musicalHomer Summer Adventure Program offeredWork accepted for sales galleryPratt Museum seeking volunteersDrama summer camp announced

Hollywood's films for adults are faring well
LOS ANGELES -- Brains are accompanying brawn on the big screen this summer.

Amy Grant is back with two new albums
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Looking back at the hundreds of church services she attended as a child, Christian music star Amy Grant can't recall one sermon. It's the music that got to her.

New park features works by famous sculptors
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Set among trees, streams, waterfalls, hills and meadows, two dozen works by some of the greatest sculptors of the past century have a new, natural home in the outdoors of western Michigan.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

'Dos Tierras'
Eliz Olivella may be a familiar name to many in the Homer area, but after five years in Mexico, her art may look less familiar. Olivella, a former Seldovia potter, and her partner Jorge Pablo of Oaxaca, Mexico, are exhibiting their works at the Fireweed Gallery this month. The couple's work ranges from Olivella's sensual sculpture works of clay to Pablo's precise pottery and clay tile pieces.

Senate moves up new seafood labeling requirement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rules requiring seafood to be labeled by country of origin would go into effect faster than previously agreed under legislation approved by the U.S. Senate last week.

Knowles signs coastal zone bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill that removes a citizen's right to ask for a state review of coastal zone program decisions.

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17 2002.

Martin crew chief fined $50,000
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The crew chief for Mark Martin was fined $50,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday because Martin's winning car in the Coca-Cola 600 did not pass post-race inspection.

Crews to make switch
CONCORD, N.C. -- Richard Childress couldn't swap the drivers in his race team, so he swapped everything else.

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,7752. Matt Kenseth 1,6883. Mark Martin 1,632

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $2,797,7082. Ward Burton 2,472,1903. Ryan Newman 1,965,810

This Week's Race: MBNA Platinum 400
Where and when

In the Spotlight: Todd Bodine
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Trio injects power into Roush Racing
CONCORD, N.C. -- It would have been easy for Roush Rac ing to lose its way when an airplane Jack Roush was flying plunged into a south Alabama pond April 19. But a team that seemingly fell from grace on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series a year ago, responded in ways its boss not only would appreciate, but also demands.

At A Glance: Capital Projects for the Peninsula
Despite the political chaos and inaction marking the end of the legislative session, lawmakers approved more than $1.28 billion for capital projects in fiscal year 2003 beginning July 1.

Finding waste solutions no easy task
Waste not, want not. But where do Kenai Peninsula Borough residents want human waste to go once it is removed from their homes?

Program lets Civil Air Patrol cadets soar toward goals
The Civil Air Patrol gave its cadets their wings this week at the Soldotna Municipal Airport.

Lancaster won't run for House seat again
Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives.

District rehires 25 laid-off teachers
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District filled 25 teaching positions last week thanks to confirmation of federal grant money. Almost all the hires were teachers who had received pink slips in April.

Holiday weekend ushers in summer disaster-free
For a holiday traditionally known for its cook-out revelers and road warriors, this year's Memorial Day weekend proved busy but without serious incident for Kenai Peninsula law enforcement officers.

EPA: Inlet leads state in pollutants
More than 1.67 million pounds of toxic pollutants were released into the air, land and water in and around Cook Inlet in 2000, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest Toxics Release Inventory made public last week.

Session review: not two thumbs up
Kenai Peninsula lawmakers are back home this week following a chaotic conclusion to the 22nd Alaska State Legislature, claiming a few small victories, lamenting many more defeats and preparing to take some heat for what many of their constituents perceive as a legislative session full of missed opportunities.

Coast Guard Auxiliary assists beached boat
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Whittier helped tow a 20-foot pleasure boat to safety from Esther Passage Monday.

Suspension lifted on burning permits
As of Wednesday morning, the Kenai-Kodiak areas of Alaska State Forestry had lifted the burning permit suspension only for piles 10 feet by 10 feet or less.

Despite snags, school talks to continue today
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will return to the bargaining table with teacher and support staff unions today, but the darker side of the negotiation process still is casting a shadow on the proceedings.

Warren C. Reese
Soldotna resident Warren C. Reese, Sgt. U. S. Air Force, retired, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 81.

Joyce H. Janota
Former Soldotna resident Joyce H. Janota died, Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Alaska Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. She was 71.

Business as usual in INS bureaucracy cannot be tolerated
... Two new reports, from the independent inspectors general of the Social Security Administration and the Justice Department, provide fresh ammunition to INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) critics in Congress who say the agency is so hopelessly beyond reform that it must be abolished.

GOPs' best kept secret may be low-key Hastert
There is little doubt that, for Republicans, the single most influential member of Congress in modern times was former Speaker Newt Gingrich. While Gingrich's hard-charging style and various brushes with controversy

Letters to the Editor
Ninilchik beaches should not be dumping ground for fish carcasses

SoHi parents of say thanks for after-graduation party support

Partisanship prevents Legislature's work from being completed
The legislative session that finally -- yet without much resolution -- came to a close ... should go down as one of the most ineffective in recent memory. This was a Legislature that came into session with a whole laundry list of important issues to tackle. Every opportunity existed for strong leadership to emerge and steer Alaska in a direction that would address the economic realities of today and tomorrow.

Letters to the Editor
We know pigs don't fly; is it true they don't stink?

Volunteers help meet run smoothly

How to keep those rolling waves from ruining a boating excursion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Want a quick cure for seasickness?

Into Hell's Canyon ... Enter a world of scenic solitude
LOWER HELL'S CANYON, Idaho (AP) -- Rocky walls that form almost vertical cliffs hem in the tumbling waters of Snake River in the deep canyon below.

Photo feature: Playin' around
Mark Forbes of Anchorage tosses a plastic disc to his son Jared during a family outing on the beach in Kenai Saturday afternoon.

Around the Peninsula
McFarlane to speak at Kenai ChamberBlood Bank to reopenMeeting for patriotic musical plannedRelay for Life scheduledCook Inlet RCAC meeting to be heldCenter's summer program to beginOpen house plannedBike safety program for children offeredRod and reel contributions needed

Around the Peninsula
Murkowski to speak at chamber lunchRelay for Life scheduledCook Inlet RCAC meeting to be heldCenter's summer program to beginKDLL board to meetSpaghetti benefit scheduledHistorical society to meetBike safety program for children offeredRod and reel contributions neededAuto dealership to sponsor photo ID program

Speaker: P-R-I-D-E spells success 'How we deal with struggles and challenges will determine how successful we become.'
Craig MacFarlane has amassed an amazing list of accomplishments in his life, including being an Olympic wrestler, a water ski jumper and a singer, that are made even more incredible by the fact that he is blind.

Birch Ridge Report: School's out in time for golf
School is out and things are starting to happen around the golf course. All the greens are open and not only looking good but putting true -- if you stroke it right.

Nets put Celts on brink
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Through some strange combination of reverse psychology and masochism, the New Jersey Nets have turned their Game 3 meltdown into a positive.

Upsets, near-upsets, delays at wet French Open
PARIS -- On a day of drizzles that halted Jennifer Capriati's start to her title defense and postponed more than 30 other first-round matches, Aniko Kapros brought some sparkle to the French Open.

Hurricanes bound for Stanley Cup finals
TORONTO -- When the crowd fell silent, Martin Gelinas knew he had scored the biggest goal of his career, sending the Carolina Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup finals.

Red Wings force Game 7
DENVER -- Brendan Shanahan said he didn't sleep well after missing an open net in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

Kenai Golf Report: Spring is running its course
Kenai Golf Course is coming along and shaping up. A little shower or two would certainly help the fairways fill in.

Sports Briefs
Sun comes out at Roland Garros, stars shineGovernment asks for dismissal of lawsuitLSU's Davis wins NCAA long jumpFrank Thomas all for steroid testing

Kings one up on Lakers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mike Bibby spent three long years in Vancouver waiting for the spotlight -- for a chance to make a dramatic shot in a big playoff game.

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