Saturday, January 17, 2004

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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