Friday, January 16, 2004

New tax-free accounts help pay medical care costs
NEW YORK (AP) As medical insurance premiums skyrocket, more companies are looking for ways to pass on costs to their workers. At the same time, self-employed people and other individuals who don't have corporate plans are seeking health care policies that are affordable

Will Burger King's move start a bunless revolution? Fat chance
CHICAGO It has come to this in America: Burgers are losing their buns.

Show may hook viewers on Kenai shoulder season
Sport fishers fed up with elbow to elbow combat fishing on the Kenai River in sum

Unclear future for home-building stocks
NEW YORK (AP) It's not just homeowners and mortgage brokers who want to know if the housing boom is heading toward a bust. Add to that list all the investors who have seen big gains in their home-building stocks over the last year.

How to have the tough conversation about long-term planning with parents
NEW YORK (AP) Having been raised on a farm, Jeff Winton considers his mother strong and self-sufficient. Even so, after Winton's father suddenly died of a heart attack, Winton knew his mother would need help arranging her finances.

PFD trustees want to relax fund rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) Trustees of the $27.6 billion Alaska Permanent Fund voted Monday to ask the Legislature to change the rules on how they can invest the money.

Quest can ship meat for drops
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Canadian government has given the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race permission to ship meat across the border.

Alaska lodge chef dishes out delectable fare
Life in Alaska sure has changed. In remote areas where gold-rush stampeders once chewed moldy hardtack under dripping canvas tents, affluent tourists now dine on gourmet fare at deluxe backcountry resorts.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Butch branches out
To music industry bigwigs, Butch Leman may appear to be something of an odd contradiction: A lifelong Alaskan trying to make it in th

Art Briefs
Kids art show accepting entries Alaska photographers wanted for show Painting group to meet Community choir holds rehearsals Quilt guild to meet Juried show open for entry Pratt Museum closed for maintenance Artists sought Kids art classes offered Logo design contest announced Students stories, photos wanted

Fishing provides fodder for painting show
Growing up in Kenai, Juneau oil painter Charity Green quickly developed an admiration for commercial fishers, from afar.

Republican Party turning state government into dictatorship
Do we now have an Alaska dictatorship by a political party?

Alaskans should stop baloney from Tony, elect Lisa to U.S. Senate seat
As the liberal candidate for U.S. Senate from Alaska, Tony Knowles leaves a legacy as one of the most divisive and inept governors in the history of Alaska.

Teams can take break at dinner
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Drivers know three days of testing at Daytona International Speedway is necessary to prepare for February's Daytona 500, but that doesn't mean it's exciting.

Gordon ready for a fresh start in 2004 season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The house is sold, the divorce is final, and Jeff Gordon is a changed man.

Few support points change
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Jeff Gordon knows change is coming. So does everyone else. It doesn't mean anyone has to like it.

Newsmaker: Bobby Labonte
Former NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte took time out of Tuesday's test session at the Daytona International Speedway to talk about the monotony of testing and how his race team is preparing for the new season. Here's what he had to say:

Peninsula Winter Games about kids, family activities, enjoying the season
Get ready for the games.

Fishing forecast brighter this year
JUNEAU -- Republican Rep. Bob Lynn will be sanctioned by the GOP majority for voting with Democrats in a bid to restore funding for the senior citizen Longevity Bonus Program.

Sterling pursues best laid plans
Creating a coalition to represent residents' desires, lobbying the state to improve traffic safety near the

Election proceeds smoothly
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee welcomed five new members to its ranks Wednesday night following its annual election.

Tactic provides bait for argument
Controversy has become almost commonplace on matters involving the harvest of game, but what's unusual about the ongoing bear-baiting controversy is that hunters are setting their sights on each other.

Dustin W. Langston
Dustin W. Langston died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Cooper Landing. He was 20.

James Andrew Rademacher
Soldotna resident James Andrew Rademacher died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 72.

Paul Hecht
Soldotna resident Paul Hecht died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at his home after a short battle with cancer. He was 55.

Gregory Scott Lee
Ninilchik resident Gregory Scott Lee died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, in Ninilchik. He was 36.

Ever thought about what you would do if you were an elected official?
As part of the first "Alaska Local Government Week," which was observed this week, the Alaska Conference of Mayors asked sixth-graders across the state to write about what they would do if they were the mayor of their community.

Readers should exercise caution when they come across this word: pristine What others say

Technology helps Alaskans, elected officials keep in touch
With the opening this week of the legislative session, it might not be a bad idea for all Alaskans to expand on the mayors' question and consider what they would do if they were a legislator or if they were in the governor's shoes.

A culture of conflict
For years I've been curious and frustrated about the way we talk to each other, the way we disagree and the way we make decisions as a community.

Outdoor Briefs
SnowTRAC meeting Tuesday Peninsula's Safari Club recognized

Walking on water
JUNEAU Most of the time in Juneau, ice climbing requires walking to the Mendenhall Glacier and a bit of walking on ice before reaching safe crevasses to climb.

Veggie variety sometimes muskrats skip salad for something more meaty
Did you ever see piles of shells of freshwater mussels, also called freshwater clams, along lake-shores while canoeing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge?

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimists to meet Frontier board meeting slated CPCS to hold board meeting Disabled Veterans to meet Kenai River advisory board to meet State parks advisory board seeking members Registration extended for workshop Totem Tracers to offer computer class Dog classes slated at PenDOG

Around the Peninsula
Fish stocking plan open for comment Safety day meeting planned Soldotna chamber mixer today CIAA to discuss salmon enhancement Family day at Challenger Center set All-you-can-eat breakfast planned Public health to observe Martin Luther King Day SCS to sponsor financial class Food handlers class planned

Member of world panel sees 'crisis' as Anglican gay dispute continues
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) An influential archbishop from the West Indies said the global Anglican Communion is ''in a state of crisis'' over the elevation of an openly gay bishop in America's Episcopal Church and the recognition of same-sex unions by some in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Planners of broad U.S. Christian alliance report on progress
NAVASOTA, Texas (AP) Fifty-three leaders from a wide range of denominations met last week to lay plans for Christian Churches Together, a hoped-for loose alliance to unite major branches of U.S. Christianity as early as next year.

New access given to public for Lateran Palace, early church in Rome
ROME (AP) When you think of Christianity and Rome, the Vatican is what springs to mind the home of popes and the colonnaded square that welcomes visitors into the massive, marbled St. Peter's Basilica at its core.

At 85, Billy Graham plans June meetings in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) At 85, evangelist Billy Graham still plans another revival meeting this time at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium June 17-20.

New access given to public for Lateran Palace, early church in Rome
ROME (AP) When you think of Christianity and Rome, the Vatican is what springs to mind the home of popes and the colonnaded square that welcomes visitors into the massive, marbled St. Peter's Basilica at its core.

Ten Commandments hung in Iowa Statehouse, despite concerns
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A display of the Ten Commandments alongside such texts as the Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence was hung in Iowa's Statehouse last week despite concerns about separation of church and state.

Church Briefs
Poetry contest announced Clothes2Go open Wednesdays

Florida county lets Wiccan church meet at leader's home
MILTON, Fla. (AP) Santa Rosa County officials say members of a Wiccan church can meet at their leader's home without obtaining a formal permit or zoning change.

Gunmen murder Protestant minister in Pakistan
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) Gunmen shot and killed a Protestant clergyman at a railway station last week in a central city of Pakistan, police said.

Texas priest 'unlikely leader' in conservatives' fight against gay bishop
PLANO, Texas (AP) The Rev. Canon David Roseberry has built the congregation he started with 13 members back in 1985 into the Episcopal church that boasts the largest attendance in the nation.

Ski trail conditions
Tsalteshi Trails Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty Trails for all levels.

Classical skiing a good alternative to skate skiing when temperatures drop
Classical skiing conditions are still prevailing on the Kenai Peninsula.

Trails, snow give Utah snowmobilers wintery wonderland
UINTA MOUNTAINS, Utah Doug Page takes an extended snowmobile trip with friends each year to see what other states have to offer. During the drive home, he always has the same thought.

Panthers are misfits of NFL's final four
PHILADELPHIA The Carolina Panthers could be excused for looking around and asking: ''What are we doing here?''

UConn beats Georgetown
STORRS, Conn. Emeka Okafor had 27 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 1 Connecticut to a 94-70 victory over Georgetown on Wednesday night.

Suits don't always fit
The number of superstars who traded a uniform for a suit and actually got better is still at one and holding.

Tennessee women rip South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. Shyra Ely scored 15 of her 16 points in the first half of fifth-ranked Tennessee's 86-58 victory Thursday night its 28th straight win over South Carolina.

Last-second Jagr goal saves tie for Capitals
WASHINGTON Jaromir Jagr scored on a near-impossible shot with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation Wednesday night, giving the Washington Capitals a 3-3 tie with the Calgary Flames.

Raptors nip New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS Jalen Rose hit a game-tying shot with one-second left in regulation, and Alvin Williams hit a pair of big jumpers in overtime to help the Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Hornets 78-74 on Thursday night.

Smith, Mularkey get NFL head-coaching jobs with Chicago, Buffalo
LAKE FOREST, Ill. Now that he's turned around the St. Louis Rams' defense, Lovie Smith is taking on the Chicago Bears.

Wie makes impressive debut
HONOLULU Michelle Wie hardly looked out of place Thursday at the Sony Open. Give her time, and the 14-year-old might prove she belongs on the PGA Tour.

Redick, Ewing lead No. 2 Duke past North Carolina State
DURHAM, N.C. J.J. Redick scored 20 points and Daniel Ewing had 18 to lead No. 2 Duke to a 76-57 victory over North Carolina State on Thursday night.

Knicks cap bizarre day with win over Magic
NEW YORK Herb Williams made the most of his one game as Knicks coach, guiding New York to a 120-110 victory Wednesday night over the Orlando Magic just hours after Don Chaney was fired.

CIA, Seldovia play at Heritage Tourney
The Cook Inlet Academy girls and boys basketball teams picked up wins Thursday at the Heritage Tournament in Anchorage.

Nikiski boys get lone win
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team dropped its opening game at the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament, losing Dimond 60-35 Thursday at Nikiski.

Big-game experience: a blessing or curse?
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles are all too familiar with the road they are traveling. They make it to the NFC championship game, then get detoured.

Patriots' Smith lives for cold temperatures
FOXBORO, Mass. When the wind comes in from the Atlantic and the temperature drops, quarterbacks worry about gripping the ball and defenders wonder whether their frozen pads will protect them. The ball feels like a rock to kickers and receivers.

Lightning take fifth straight
TAMPA, Fla. Martin St. Louis had the second hat trick of his career and Dave Andreychuk got his 1,300th point Thursday night, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to their fifth straight victory, 5-4 over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tustumena 200 attracts early field of 17, including Iditarod veterans
This year's Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race looks to be an exciting event with 17 mushers already signed up, including some famous Iditarod racers and entrants from Italy and Germany, a T-200 official told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

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