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Friday, June 7, 2002

Knowles vetoes abortion funding bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have restricted state funding for abortions for poor women.

Bill requires Interior to contract with Natives for park work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill that would require the Interior Department to contract with Alaska Native tribes for work in parks and refuges got a chilly reception from an Interior Department official and an environmental group.

Cost overruns trim plans for Fairbanks vocational school
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks vocational school expansion project will be smaller than planned.

Murkowski seeking $16 million for veterans wings at Pioneers' Homes
JUNEAU (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski is proposing up to $16 million for the state to allow veterans to stay in Alaska Pioneers' Homes.

Truck injures Anchorage girl at bus stop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 7-year-old girl was injured when she was hit by a truck Monday morning while waiting at a school bus stop with other children.

Weather puts a damper on wildfires, but not lightning strikes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rain and lower temperatures cooled off several large Alaska wildfires Thursday, one day after about 2,000 lightning strikes peppered the Interior and started at least nine new fires.

Voter files complaint challenging Kohring's residency
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Vic Kohring, who owns houses in both Alaska and Oregon and also rents living space from his parents, will again have to answer questions about where he's living these days.

Fairbanks hotel announces expansion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Representatives of Westmark Hotel and Convention Center will demolish the oldest section of the hotel and build an eight-story tower in its place.

Subsistence whalers vow to continue, despite IWC decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Subsistence whaling in Alaska will continue despite a recent setback by the International Whaling Commission, said Jacob Adams, chief executive of Arctic Slope Regional Corp.

State names acting Fairbanks airport manager
JUNEAU (AP) -- The assistant manager at the Fairbanks International Airport will serve as acting manager starting July 1.

Remains of missing Eielson sergeant found
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Army archaeological team has recovered the remains of an Eielson Air Force Base sergeant missing since mid-August.

Ketchikan man charged with stealing drugs from hospital
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 31-year-old man was charged this week with breaking into a drug storage room at Ketchikan General Hospital and stealing prescription drugs.

Villagers, managers cope with western fish shortages
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fishermen in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region are seeing regular closures of fishing opportunities and disruptions in customary subsistence patterns as federal and state regulators make decisions aimed at rebuilding salmon stocks.

Fish processor's business booms after news article
CORDOVA (AP) -- A small Cordova fish processor has received a pleasant lesson about the power of the press.

Legislative move group wants commission to study costs
JUNEAU (AP) -- A citizens' group trying to move legislative sessions out of Juneau wants a commission to study the costs of the move now, not later.

Pope chooses new bishop for Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Pope John Paul II has chosen a parish priest from South Dakota to be bishop in Fairbanks, the Vatican said Friday.

Famed Iditarod musher pleads guilty to elk poaching
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Four-time Iditarod sled dog race winner Doug Swingley pleaded guilty in Justice Court on Thursday to possessing an unlawfully killed spike elk.

Bill extends notice on mobile home evictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Thursday that would require landowners to give more notice in some cases before evicting tenants from mobile home parks.

Two plead guilty in murder-for-hire case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage residents pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they plotted to kill federal officials and a witness scheduled to testify against them.

Helicopter ignites wildfire near Galena
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters were trying to put out a wildfire near Galena Friday that was sparked by the exhaust of a helicopter, Alaska fire officials said.

Marijuana seized in Big Lake
BIG LAKE (AP) -- Drug agents seized marijuana and growing equipment from a home in Big Lake Tuesday.

State wins tax case against doctor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Revenue has won a tax case against a medical corporation owned by a doctor licensed in Alaska.

Remains of missing Eielson sergeant found
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Army archaeological team has recovered the remains of an Eielson Air Force Base sergeant missing since mid-August.

Two plead guilty in murder-for-hire case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage residents pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they plotted to kill federal officials and a witness scheduled to testify against them.

Fog at Unalaska airport keeps fishery council members from meeting
UNALASKA (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's opening day meeting was canceled Wednesday after weather prevented most members from reaching Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands.

Fairbanks airport holds emergency drill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks International Airport emergency response crews held a mock air crash on the runway of the airport Thursday to test their ability to deal with a large-scale disaster at the airport.

Energy Committee approves Adak land transfer bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The transfer of land on Adak Island to the Aleut Corp. moved forward Wednesday.

UAF appoints dean to School of Agriculture
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carol E. Lewis, a long-time professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been appointed dean of the School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, UAF officials said.

Flags lowered for constitutional convention delegate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State flags will be at half staff Thursday in honor of James Hurley, a delegate to the constitutional convention who died May 30 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 87.

NTSB: State trooper plane ran out of fuel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper apparently ran out of gas before his plane crashed a year ago.

Bids for Juneau fisheries research facility come in over estimates
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bids for construction of a federal fisheries research facility have come in over estimates.

Cope Thunder military exercise begins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The largest military exercise in the Pacific began this week at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Lightning strikes cause spot fires in Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Overcast skies and light rain slowed several large Alaska fires Wednesday, but firefighters were faced with another challenge -- putting out spot fires caused by lightning strikes.

Fish processor fine for harassment of observer
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Seattle-based fish processor has been fined for its employees' harassment of a federal fisheries observer.

Senate counterterrorism spending bill includes money for Washington state ports, borders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest ports, including Seattle and Tacoma, present a tempting target for terrorists, and stronger measures are needed to secure the shipping berths, Sen. Patty Murray says.

Murkowski bill would let snowmachines in part of old Denali park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has introduced legislation in the Senate to allow snowmachines in part of the original Denali National Park.

Bonds passes Robinson on all-time list
SAN DIEGO -- Barry Bonds hit an eye-popping grand slam to move ahead of Frank Robinson for sole possession of fourth place on the career home run list with 587, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 12-2 win over the staggering San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

Rookie hurler keeps Yankees in check
NEW YORK -- Rookie Travis Driskill held baseball's most powerful team in check, and Tony Batista hit his 14th home run as the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Wednesday night.

Business Briefs
Hall named vice president of NAHBNew professional engineerFirst National Bank earns top ratingsBest Transit Mix gets flooring license

Alaska job market still growing despite decline from 2001
On the whole, job growth in Alaska was slower during the first quarter of 2002 than during the same period last year, a state labor economist said this week, but here in the Cook Inlet region, the rate of growth kept pace with 2001 figures, a sign that the economy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough is relatively healthy.

Boomers boasting hobbies, exploring new interests
At the end of the work day, what Rosemary Forrest wants most is to sink her hands into cool, soothing clay and create her next masterpiece.

New development next to Carrs to cater to small businesses
If in search of ground-breaking news, just look next door to the Napa Auto Parts store in Kenai. Tri City's Construction has broken ground on a new strip mall. The building was commissioned by developer Allan Norville, the owner of Kenai Plaza where Carrs and Big Kmart dominate a cluster of retail stores on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Labor Department gets helps from U.S. companies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With unemployment at an eight-year high, the Bush administration is reaching out to private companies to help workers find jobs.

Graduates saddled with debt should look at holding down expenses, refinancing loans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Diplomas in hand, this year's college graduates now must face the real-world test of paying off the student loans and credit card debt they accumulated in school.

Juneau streams see big king returns
JUNEAU, Alaska -- A strong run of Taku River king salmon this spring and an early return of hatchery fish are contributing to the best fishing Juneau anglers have seen in years.

Early run king numbers low
Fishing for early run king salmon on the Kenai River has been slow, and while biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are keeping an eye on their sonar counts, the low harvest numbers may actually be good news in terms of meeting escapement goals.

Bear hunt successful
Melinda Webster shot this 6 1/2 foot black bear while hunting across the west side of cook Inlet in Kouktolik Bay May 20.

Academy offers chance to help kids excel in art
The idea that art is an integral part of education, culture and society is one that is a central theme to the Arts Education Academy.

Homegrown author brings book to peninsula
"The Dragline Kid" By Lisa Augustine. Hardscratch Press. The title is a dead-giveaway that "The Dragline Kid" has something to do with gold-mining. But reader beware; the title merely scratches the surface of the gold vein stretching between the covers of author Lisa Augustine's new book.

Writers bring poetry to people
NEWTOWN, Pa. -- Written on the wall of a parking garage. Discussed in a prison reading group. Read aloud at a Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking.

Museum showcases board game exhibit
NEW YORK -- It turns out the classic American board game Monopoly was not the first to have ''greed is good'' as its basic objective.

Godzilla smashes into art world
KAWASAKI, Japan -- Don't be fooled by the zippered-up lizard suit, plastic-model skylines and stock footage of crowds fleeing in terror when Godzilla smashes into town.

Fiddling for the festival
The Kenai River Festival will be headlined by a big name this year -- Ken Waldman, otherwise know as Alaska's Fiddling Poet. Waldman, accompanied by David McCormick from Anchorage, will play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday during the festival at the Green Strip Park in Kenai, across the Kenai Spur Highway from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

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

'Bad Company' takes plot from other films
Terrorists obtain a stray nuke and easily smuggle it into the United States, where they intend to detonate it for no rational reason other than providing a crisis for CIA agents to defuse in a Hollywood action flick.

Knowles vetoes abortion funding bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have restricted state funding for abortions for poor women.

In the Spotlight: Ken Schrader
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,8992. Jimmie Johnson 1,7633. Jeff Gordon 1,739

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17 2002

This Week's Race: Pocono 500
Where and when

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $2,880,2612. Ward Burton 2,564,3863. Ryan Newman 2,069,239

Car technology takes toll
LONG POND, Pa. -- The competitive edge that once separated the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from other forms of racing has been lost in a mountain of geometric quotients and engineering projects.

Rookie starts strong
LONG POND, Pa. -- When Jimmie Johnson started on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series five months ago, his goal was to win the rookie-of-the-year title.

Borough gives some a tax break
Many borough property owners are about to get a tax break. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved a reduction in the general fund property tax mill rate for fiscal year 2003, shaving the current 7-mill levy to 6.5 mills, a savings of $50 a year on a $100,000 home

Budget: More than numbers
The out-of-focus picture that is the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget is a little clearer, thanks to the approval of legislative funding for schools.

Mill rate won't change
In a surprising turn of events, the Kenai City Council came within one vote of passing a 1 mill increase in the fiscal year 2002-03 budget, then turned around and voted overwhelmingly not to increase the 3.5 mill rate at all.

KPEA: Unfair practices claim unfounded
An unfair labor practices complaint against the Kenai Peninsula Education Association is unfounded and should be dismissed, the association told the Alaska Labor Relations Agency this week.

Study shows wetland loss in lower Kenai
A new study indicates the wetlands that support the Kenai River system are drying up -- but at a much slower rate than other developed areas of the state and the Lower 48.

School board structure issue ready for ballot
Voters in October will get to choose whether to leave the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education as it is or increase its size to nine members and elect them by district.

Fewer funds hurt libraries
Don't judge a book by its cover. And don't think your school library is healthy just because books line the shelves, students crowd the tables and the person behind the counter is smiling.

Winter games bid coming together
Tom O'Hara thinks the Kenai Peninsula has a great chance to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, and if anyone knows the Arctic Winter Games, it's Tom O'Hara.

What the people said ... regarding Kenai Budget
The following are comments made by Kenai residents at the city council meeting Wednesday night regarding the Kenai budget.

Patient care is focus of program at CPGH
Patients will one day have more say about their treatment at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Young voices unite in choir
Tuesday afternoon, when most Kenai Peninsula elementary school-age children are at the baseball or soccer fields, 15 kids ranging from first to sixth grade were lying on the floor at Peninsula Christian Center with books on their stomachs watching them rise and fall as they took deep breaths in and out.

Festival spawns bevy of activities
Kenai will be awash in activity this weekend as the Kenai River Festival, the annual celebration of the Kenai Peninsula's most famous waterway, returns for its 12th year.

Cuts change atmosphere
Sears Elementary School veteran secretary Karen Mahurin is leaving the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on a bittersweet note.

Borough OKs funds for septic at Nikiski pool
The septic system at the popular North Peninsula Recreation Service Area pool in Nikiski is in imminent danger of failure.

Brian Peck
Soldotna area resident Brian Peck died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at his home. He was 62

Clarence 'Bud' E. Laws
Sterling resident Clarence "Bud" E. Laws died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home in Sterling after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

Danielle Rae Carpenter
Lifelong Alaska resident Danielle Rae Carpenter died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at her home in Anchorage. She was 29.

Frank DePietro
Longtime Soldotna resident Frank DePietro died Friday, May 31, 2002, at Sharp Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif., after a short battle with cancer. He was 73.

Oilers set to host Hardball tourney
Brian Green just couldn't wait to return to Alaska and resume his duties as head coach of the Peninsula Oilers baseball team.

Applause
Bike safety rodeo successful

Lawmakers don't have to give up on financial plan
Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, has proposed a novel solution for the Legislature's lack of action on a long-range fiscal plan for the state: Bring lawmakers back to work.

Who should shoulder search-rescue costs?
The tragic spate of deaths and dramatic rescues on two Northwest peaks last week has spurred suggestion

Letters to the editor
National missile defense system not only expensive, its bad idea Catch-and-release fishing perverts anglings purpose food for table No easy solution to fish on beach, but surely theres a better way

Catch-and-release about money
Advocates of catch-and-release fishing like to ignore that catch-and-release fishing kills fish.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer's Brann recognized with TRAAK award Chugach National Forest hosts Kids' Fishing Days

Refuge campfires -- if you choose to light one, be ready to put it out
Campfires, especially those that are left unattended or abandoned, continue to plague Peninsula firefighters in 2002. In fact, campfires are still the number one cause of wildfires on the Peninsula and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Spraker calls it quits
Saturday, Ted Spraker and his wife Elaina drove through Cooper Landing with former

More than 50 caribou killed by December avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shattered antlers and hoofs poke out of the melting snow at the base of a steep, treeles slope in the western Kenai Mountains.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi graduate to perform Meetings postponed Lions to hold races Training offered by Homer chamber CPR, first aid class scheduled Youth golf clinic planned Public information meeting slated Environment camp applications sought Community schools application deadline extended CIRCAC seeks volunteer for public seat

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to meet todaySalvation Army mobile kitchen to visitPublic meeting slatedCMCD course offeredHomer chamber mixer scheduledWriters group meeting offeredAnnual Run for the River, festival plannedNuclear defense education tour plannedCharity golf tournament seeking participants

Congregation of nuns uses Internet, TV ads to attract potential sisters
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- Life is short. Eternity isn't.

Episcopal insurance company no longer requires sex abuse awareness training
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Episcopal Church's insurance company, considered a leader in increasing awareness of sexual misconduct, has quietly eliminated a training mandate for clients, the denominational newspaper reports.

Judge finds Amish guilty; rejects arguments against triangles
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A judge fined 20 members of an Amish sect Thursday for refusing to put bright orange reflective triangles on their horse-drawn buggies, saying public safety overrides any religious objections.

West Virginia students recite Lord's Prayer at graduation despite judge's ruling
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union will ask the Kanawha County school board to officially abolish a policy allowing student-led prayers, after a federal judge declared it invalid.

No clones here; you're an original
I propped my eyelids open with toothpicks at 11 p.m. It would not be long before daughter number one would be bringing in her critique of "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones."

Religion Briefs
Children still being accepted for choir Sports clinic, Bible school slated Bible school planned in Nikiski Kenai church set to go 'buggy' Kasilof church to hold Bible school Soldotna chapel will 'do what's right'

Controversy over faith statement may spread to missionaries at Baptist meeting
Aftershocks from past gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention -- where splits opened between conservatives and moderates -- will likely reverberate next week in St. Louis when the denomination holds its annual meeting.

Unitarian church sold, will become a comedy club called ''God, That's Funny''
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) -- To some parishioners, the sale of the local Unitarian Universalist Church to become a comedy club is no laughing matter.

A woman is elected to succeed world Anglicanism's first woman bishop
WENHAM, Mass. (AP) -- The Rev. Gayle Elizabeth Harris was elected suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to succeed the retiring Barbara Harris, the pioneering first woman bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Widower, father of eight, becomes Catholic priest at age 63
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- At 63, Philip Brockmyre has become the oldest man ever ordained a priest in the local Roman Catholic diocese.

Evangelism conference features Towns, Wingfield
Several central Kenai Peninsula churches have come together to host an evangelism conference featuring Dr. Elmer Towns and Steve Wingfield.

President says Romania can't force restitution of Catholic churches
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- President Ion Iliescu said Monday the state cannot force restitution of Eastern Rite Catholic churches seized by the communist regime and given to Romania's Orthodox Church.

Wisconsin pastor fined for taunting woman during nudity protest
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A minister who has led protests against the Mazomanie nude beach on the Wisconsin River has been fined $1,000 for taunting a woman in a parking lot near the beach last year.

Scientist says Mexico's famous Virgin image isn't miraculous
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Two months before Pope John Paul II is scheduled to canonize Mexico's beloved Juan Diego, a San Antonio microbiologist-pediatrician said the image of the Virgin Mary on his cloak is not miraculous.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions to host motocross clinic Anchorage angler wins Seward halibut prize Twins spared through 2003 in lawsuit settlement Delegates approve Canadian judging reform Trottier hired as Rangers new coach

Controlled burn
Diving for the finish line with no concern for cuts and scrapes. Playing soccer and football despite cramping calf muscles. Scouring the basketball floor for loose balls.

Williams sisters gain finals of French Open
PARIS -- A Williams is No. 1, a Williams is No. 2, and the French Open final is Williams vs. Williams.

U.S. begins with shocker
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The U.S. team wasted no time rebounding from the bottom of the soccer world.

Sports Briefs
Homer High School searching for swim coachPalmer angler leads Homer June standingsAlaska swimmers place 18th at Masters nationalsRacing Lions hold motocross, dirt-track races

Another all-Williams major final close; rain halts men's play
PARIS -- A sizzling stroke went right to its appointed spot down the line, so clearly out of even a top player's range that the crowd began to clap and yell.

Would belt for Tyson be good or bad thing?
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- His life is a soap opera played out on a world stage. Hated by many, loved by others, Mike Tyson answers to everything from convicted rapist to savage biter.

'In the end, it comes down to what we do'
Right around the time of the World Cup, Americans emerge from a four-year slumber and want to know why their team is still not a soccer power.

Detroit tempers Hurricanes to even Stanley Cup series at 1-1
DETROIT -- For a pivotal 13-second burst, the Detroit Red Wings rediscovered the game that only elite teams can play. What must worry Carolina is they proved they can play the Hurricanes' game, too.

Hole in one recorded on the sixth hole at Birch Ridge Golf Course
I was innocently cleaning our garage when a clatter arose and I heard Pat yelling, "It's going in!"

Lakers clip Nets in Game 1
LOS ANGELES -- A game that began as a mismatch became only mildly intriguing. Whenever it got close, the champs were able to keep their distance.

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