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Saturday, January 25, 2003

UAA officers shoot belligerent moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Campus police at the University of Alaska Anchorage shot and killed a cow moose Tuesday night after the animal had menaced students and charged the officers.

High wind blows freight containers into Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU (AP) -- Strong wind lifted four 10,000-pound freight containers off a docked barge, breaking chains that held them down, and dumped them in Gastineau Channel on Wednesday.

Legislative task force decides on salmon fixes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state task force told to come up with fixes for Alaska's salmon industry decided Thursday to forward more than a dozen proposals to the Legislature.

Alaska riders included in big federal spending bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has adopted two riders included in a major spending bill that would bar court challenges to the new trans-Alaska Pipeline right-of-way agreement and a Forest Service decision on wilderness in the Tongass National Forest.

Second man sentenced in Juneau arson fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man convicted of burning down a Juneau self-storage building was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday.

Man charged with Anchorage woman's murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with the murder of a woman found dead Wednesday in the East Anchorage apartment they shared.

Galaxy captain: Multiple disasters on day fish boat sank
SEATTLE (AP) -- Fire, explosion, men overboard -- the skipper of the 180-foot fishing boat Galaxy says he was prepared to handle any one of those things.

Ketchikan woman pleads guilty to methamphetamine charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Ketchikan woman has pleaded guilty to intent to distribute methamphetamine.

State to close snow crab season Saturday
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab fishery will close at 6 a.m. Saturday when the fleet of 191 boats is expected to have reached the quota of 23.7 million pounds, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday.

Companies charged with wasting herring
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Criminal charges have been filed against three companies and two individuals charged with wasting fish from the 2001 Togiak herring fishery.

Group says Planned Parenthood flouted rape law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People answering the phone at Planned Parenthood offices in Alaska flouted sexual abuse reporting laws and in one case urged a caller to lie about her boyfriend's age to help him avoid prosecution, according to defense testimony offered Wednesday in a trial challenging the state's parental-consent law.

State of State-Text
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Legislature, distinguished guests, my fellow Alaskans. Nancy and I thank the people of Alaska for providing us yet another opportunity to serve this great State. Thank you for bringing us back home.

Six charged in Mat-Su thefts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six people connected to burglaries or thefts in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have been arrested since Sunday, including three charged with firing shots an attempted home invasion.

Earthquake rattles Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An earthquake initially measured at magnitude 5.5 rumbled through the Interior at 7:52 p.m. Thursday.

Vet says dogs were mistreated for months, maybe years
SHELBY, Mont. (AP) -- Dozens of dogs found in a tractor-trailer en route from Alaska to Arizona last fall when it was stopped at the Canadian border appeared to be suffering from months and maybe years of neglect and abuse, a veterinarian testified Thursday

Alyeska to cut 12 jobs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. will eliminate 12 positions from its companywide engineering and projects department, a spokesman said.

Baby boomers warm up to PDAs, complex cell phones
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not that Candace Talmadge is a technophobe.

Strategies to help deal with those holiday credit card hangovers
NEW YORK (AP) -- If your mailbox is flooded with credit card bills -- reminders that perhaps you overspent at Christmas -- take heart. There are strategies you can adopt to pay them down and get on a path to fewer holiday debt hangovers in the future.

What's really driving new dividend programs?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Executives might have a roundabout way to give themselves a big pay raise. And it could come under the guise of helping shareholders.

Are big bonuses during bankruptcy greed or need?
NEW YORK (AP) -- A company files for bankruptcy, thousands of workers lose their jobs and the stock price becomes nearly worthless. So what do its executives and managers do?

Watercooler
WHO'LL BE THE BOSS?: Companies are focusing more on planning for their future leadership, spurred by an aging work force and a sense of vulnerability, according to a survey by J. Howard & Associates, a Boston-based consulting firm.

2003 schedule
Feb. 9: x-Daytona International Speedway (168,000 seats),

NASCAR is rethinking 2004 lineup
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Part of NASCAR's plan to change its racing lineup in 2004 is paying greater attention to each racetrack.

Dale Jr. wants to slow down off the track
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- When the white-hot lights focused on Dale Earnhardt Jr. from close range Tuesday, it was easy to understand just how much the third-generation driver's life has veered out of control.

Several measures address education funding
The Legislature, only one week into its first session, already is considering a number of bills related to education funding.

Proposed oil-gas lease sales win support of borough
The Kenai Peninsula Borough supports proposed lease sales by the U.S. Minerals Management Service that would open roughly 2.2 million acres of lower Cook Inlet to oil and gas exploration.

Murkowski outlines five-year plan for Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski said he will reverse the state's hemorrhaging budget deficits with belt tightening and new oil during his first State of the State address to the Legislature on Thursday.

Goll: Some tracts likely to be removed
Based on what's been heard so far, certain tracts near the mouth of Kachemak Bay and down around the Barren Islands eventually could be removed from proposed federal Lease Sale 191 scheduled for 2004, according to the regional director of the U.S. Minerals Management Service.

Photo feature: Icy glow of winter
The pink glow of nearby street lights casts a surreal tint on ice covering this shrub outside the Kenai River Lodge in Soldotna, seemingly trapping the plant's greenery on a winter night. The natural ice sculpture is actually illuminated from behind by a green flood light.

Legislative study finds inequities in school funding
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is underfunded by the state, according to a recently released study for the Alaska Legislature.

Edward Liebenthal
Longtime Anchor Point resident Edward Liebenthal died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Friendship Terrace in Homer. He was 84.

Elva Ruth Scott
Longtime Eagle City resident Elva Ruth Scott died of natural causes Friday, Jan. 10, 2003. She was 83.

Oilers Corner
Oilers stockpile pitchers

Applause
Many contribute to successful SoHi Tip-Off Tournament

Letters to the Editor
Current fish, game management policies illustrate anarchy in action

Lease sales good for borough
It's time to drill for oil and gas in Cook Inlet federal waters

Lease sales offer hope for economy
Central Kenai Peninsula residents should take advantage of the opportunity to support two proposed oil and gas lease sales during a public hearing scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Women on target
Peering through the scope, Jennifer Tabor aligns the cross hairs on the red dot that centered the target 300 yards away. She gently rolled the safety off with her thumb, then let out a slow exhale while steadily squeezing the rifle's trigger.

Dinosaurs and modern mammals developed comparable traits
Although the dinosaurs and today's mammals are separated by more than 65 million years -- an immense gap of time too great for our minds to comprehend -- many of the dinosaurs developed traits comparable to those of today's modern mammals.

Around the Peninsula
Auxiliaries join together for Saturday lunch Snowmachine course canceled Volunteer firefighters sought Swim lessons to start Art guild meeting planned Groundhog Day fund-raiser planned Hospital service area board meeting canceled Health clinics scheduled

Jewish members of Maryland Senate object to prayers in Jesus' name
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Baltimore Baptist clergyman Reginald Thomas ended a Monday invocation before Maryland's state Senate with ''in Jesus' name,'' offending Jewish senators.

Year Book puts American Jews at 6,155,000
NEW YORK (AP) -- The newly issued ''American Jewish Year Book 2002'' estimates there are 6,155,000 Jews in the United States, constituting 2.2 percent of the nation's population.

Report: Vietnam intensifies repression of Christian Montagnards
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has intensified a crackdown against indigenous minorities in the Central Highlands where mass protests broke out over land rights and religious repression, a human rights group charged Tuesday.

Man rejected by Mennonite sect crusades against the denomination
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- It's been more than three decades since he was excommunicated by a small, conservative Mennonite sect -- effectively severing his relationship with his wife and six children -- and Robert Bear continues his fight against the denomination.

Lutheran official clears university over Sept. 11 service
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -- The Indiana district president in the conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod cleared Valparaiso University officials of violating church rules by holding a multi-faith Sept. 11 anniversary gathering.

Billy Graham announces another 2003 appearance, in Oklahoma City
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Rev. Billy Graham's office said Tuesday he will hold revival meetings June 12-15 in downtown Oklahoma City.

Church Briefs
Dinner theater planned Christian country musician to perform Easter musical practice begins Bible study group meets Healing Rooms open weekends Friendship closet open Wednesdays Religious poems sought Writers sought for faith anthology

Kentucky bill would lift statute of limitations on sex abuse suits
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A bill pending in the Kentucky Senate's Judiciary Committee would lift the statute of limitations on child sex abuse lawsuits, allowing plaintiffs to sue decades after alleged molestation.

Muslims ask religious leaders to repudiate Florida Baptists' sign
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked state religious leaders to repudiate a roadside sign at First Conservative Baptist Church that reads: ''Jesus Forbade Murder. Matthew 26:52. Muhammad Approved Murder. Surah 8:65.''

Rain leaves ski trails hard, slick
In the early evening on Jan. 17, Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School buzzed with a flurry of w

Seward skier to compete at World Championships
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Five women and eight men, including 22-year-old Seward High School graduate Aubrey Smith, were named Tuesday to the U.S. ski team that will to compete in the nordic 2003 World Championships.

With Gruden, it's Super Bowl or bust
Anyone who thinks Tampa Bay Bucs coach Jon Gruden is intense now should have seen him then.Not only are most of the stories true, they begin even earlier than people know

Health problems forgotten, Frazar leads tournament
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Harrison Frazar tied his best PGA Tour score with a 9-under-par 62 Thursday to open a two-stroke lead over John Huston and David Toms after the first round of the Phoenix Open.

Sports Briefs
Snowmobile trails committee to meet Ski for Women Sunday in Anchorage Racing Lions sno-cross slated for Feb. 1 SoHi, Kenai skaters rack up victories Sharks acquire holdout McLaren in trade

Kings rock Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chris Webber had 26 points and Peja Stojakovic added 22 as the Sacramento Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 Thursday night and complete a sweep of the four-game season series.

Late flurry gives Blues a tie in Chicago
CHICAGO -- Dallas Drake scored St. Louis' third goal in a 16-minute span of the third period as the Blues rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the Chicago Blackhawks 3-3 Thursday night.

Raiders get fined for missing interviews
SAN DIEGO -- Just pay, baby.

Ninilchik takes two
The Ninilchik boys and girls high school basketball teams each won their opening-round games at the Cordova Tournament Thursday.

Agassi getting better with age
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi might just be playing as well as ever.

Yao draws start in All-Star game
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the ball goes up for the opening tip at the NBA All-Star game Feb. 9 in Atlanta, Yao Ming will be the center trying to win the jump ball for the West.

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