Saturday, January 26, 2002

Jacksonville on cross-country cab ride gets mental evaluation
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A woman taking a round-trip taxi cab ride from Jacksonville to Alaska has been stopped by police in Northern California for a mental evaluation.

Processors say new state regulations slow to help geoduck fishery
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The state has adopted new regulations aimed at aiding the geoduck clam fishery, but processors say the new rules are not helping as much as expected.

Alyeska to cut workers, spending due to flat oil production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is laying off workers and cutting spending.

Carrs-Safeway to continue support of Great Alaska Shootout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carrs-Safeway will continue its support of the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament through 2005, even though the Shootout's future remains somewhat uncertain.

Salmon branding proposal taking off
The commercial salmon fishing industry could get a boost from Kenai Peninsula Borough efforts to help make Cook Inlet sockeye a household name with an established seal of approval.

Guard commander travels to Washington, D.C. seeking security funds
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Maj. Gen. Phil Oates, commander of the Alaska National Guard, said he's not sure how much money Alaska may get to help with new anti-terrorism security measures.

Mining company says Donlin Creek gold deposit could be state's largest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A California-based mining company has doubled its estimate of the size of a gold deposit in Western Alaska, making it possibly the largest in the state's history.

Bill would provide $12 million to market salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduced a bill Friday to put $12 million into salmon marketing over the next five years.

House plan to set aside $6 million for tourism, none for salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to set aside $6 million to help Alaska's tourism industry market the state to vacationers is slated to be introduced in the state House.

NTSB investigates wrong-way takeoff by China Airlines plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating an incident early Friday in which a China Airlines plane took off in the wrong direction and on a taxiway instead of a runway.

Anchorage activist files for lieutenant governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Anchorage activist who is backing an initiative to create a natural gas pipeline authority has announced he's running for lieutenant governor.

Coast Guard goes to aid of two fishing boats in Gulf of Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- Conditions appeared to be easing slightly early Friday for two Washington state fishing boats after the crews reported a danger of capsizing in stormy weather, Coast Guard officials said.

Interior official meets with Alaska Native leaders on trust accounts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A high level Department of Interior official met with Alaska Native tribal leaders Wednesday to hear concerns about federal management of Indian trust accounts.

Municipal League calls on Legislature to devise a plan this year
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's municipal leaders have called on the Legislature to devise a long-range fiscal plan this year to close the state's budget deficit.

Olympic torch winds way through capital city
JUNEAU (AP) -- With snowplows clearing the way, about 50 Alaskans ran, walked, wheeled and paddled the Olympic flame through the capital city Thursday -- the first time the torch has come to Alaska.

Man arrested at airport with pound of cocaine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Los Angeles man was arrested early Friday at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport after he was found to be carrying more than a pound of cocaine, Alaska State Troopers said.

Black firms flourish in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix business climate has improved for blacks, says Marquis Scott, of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce. One of the reasons, he said, is that as the city grows, it attracts more blacks with business experience.

For the unemployed, COBRA is way to continue health care coverage
NEW YORK (AP) -- Because most Americans depend on their employers for health insurance coverage, losing a job can also mean losing this important company benefit.

Western Business: Nonprofit organization helps Hawaii firms find local venture capital
HONOLULU (AP) -- A shortage of local venture capital has been a problem for Hawaii entrepreneurs for years. But a new group known as HiBeam appears to be doing what was long deemed impossible: It is connecting Hawaii startups to millions of dollars raised from local investors.

Baby boomers moving into investment clubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Business, marketing, real estate, entertainment -- baby boomers have set the trends in all those areas. Now they're becoming the dominant force in America's investment clubs.

Alaska Natives battling for subsistence join in logging wars
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- For some Alaska Natives, Gravina Island equates to the Costco of traditional food. A short skiff ride from Ketchikan, the island feeds families with abundant deer, salmon, Dungeness crab and goose tongue seaweed.

Big-name mushers taking aim at T-200
The largest and most competitive field in the 19-year history of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race will take to the trails Saturday vying for the $10,000 winner's check.

Catalogs bring garden dreams
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Early winter brings gardeners promises we don't fully believe, but like to dream about anyway. It's seed catalog time.

Composting touted as untapped means of reducing waste
SEATTLE (AP) -- On a busy summer day, Ray's Boathouse serves as many as 1,400 people who flock to the waterfront seafood restaurant. It takes a lot of grub to feed that kind of crowd, but all it takes to handle the trash is one large garbage bin that's emptied only twice a week.

Assembly move fuels annexation controversy
By a 5-to-4 margin, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to add a triangular section

Taliban headquarters attacked
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Army Special Forces attacked a Taliban headquarters north of Kandahar, killing a number of fighters and taking 27 prisoners, U.S. officials said Thursday. One American soldier was wounded in the attack.

Soldotna doctor featured on cable
Dr. Katy Sheridan of Peninsula Medical Center in Soldotna will be featured on the Lifetime channel's series "Women Docs" at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Photo feature: Doing time for a cause
Rob Neiderhauser, assistant manager of Safeway, does his time in "jail" during Thyrsday's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association lockup fund-raiser at the Peninsula Steak House in Soldotna. Jailbirds had to raise $1,000 in "bail" before they were allowed to return to their jobs.

Mayors call for fiscal plan this year
JUNEAU -- Alaska's municipal leaders have called on the Legislature to devise a long-range fiscal plan this year to close the state's budget deficit.

Oilers Corner
Reilly to return to Oilers

SALT LAKE 2000: Birth of an Olympic event
On a summer day in 1995, Stew Flaherty was working out at his gym in Westerville, Ohio, when something unusual happened. Two women struck up a conversation about bobsledding.

SALT LAKE 2000: Olympics overcome scandal to become America's Games
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An Olympics scarred by scandal and tinged with fear opens with a proud new label in a city dominated by Mormons and mountains: America's Games.

Olympic torch winds way through capital city
JUNEAU (AP) -- With snowplows clearing the way, about 50 Alaskans ran, walked, wheeled and paddled the Olympic flame through the capital city Thursday -- the first time the torch has come to Alaska.

Countdown to the Salt Lake Olympics
OLYMPIC UPDATE: Some environmentalists say the Salt Lake Organizing Committee could have done a lot more to make the games environmentally friendly, but instead they settled for middling goals. SLOC spokeswoman Diane Conrad Gleason rejects the criticism and says: ''We met our commitments and we raised the bar on the environment compared to other games.''

Speedskater Ohno can focus on his medal prospects
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Apolo Ohno is headed for the Olympics, where he could win as many as four gold medals.

A record 10 Alaskans headed to Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five Alaskans were named to the U.S. Olympic Cross-country Ski Team Monday, bringing to 10 the number of Alaskans headed to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City next month.

Learning to say 'cheese' -- often
Nothing more slippery than a conference table could determine who gets spots on the U.S. teams for women's bobsled and men's short-track speedskating.

SALT LAKE 2000: Rising stars could make it a golden Olympics for U.S.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Get ready for a red, white and blue Olympics.

2002 Winter Olympic Daily Schedule
Schedule by day

2002 Winter Olympic Sport Schedule
Schedule by sport

Letters to the Editor
Advisory group's representative selection process is flawed

Sponsors, volunteers make Tustumena 200 all about community
Many distinctly Alaska images are conjured by sled dog racing -- the barking of excited dogs r


Crashing through the snow
The Sunday driver may not always be looked upon as an outdoor enthusiast, but when you live in Alaska, even a leisurely roadway romp through the woods in your vehicle can offer adventure.

Nest adds new member to Kenai Peninsula bird list
This past summer a bird species was found breeding on the Kenai Peninsula for the first time.

Kicking -- the habit
After a six-year wait, Peggy Arness finally found a way to start getting her kicks just before Christmas this year.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge to hold fun day Town and Gown banquet slated Local group to train mediators Unocal to hold public meeting Minerals Management Service to hold meetings Tobacco Alliance offers cash for teens to quit Ministries to hold fund-raiser for Nicaragua

On a new continent, congregation to rebuild wooden synagogue burned by Nazis
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- A gem of Jewish architecture that was lost in the Holocaust could soon rise again -- half a world away from where it originally stood.

New 'Lord of the Rings' film wins Tolkien more Christian fans
LONDON (AP) -- Besides capturing readers' imaginations and thrilling moviegoers, the fantasy epic ''The Lord of the Rings'' has won high praise from religious groups for what they see as Christian values in the story.

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College appoints new president
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz has been named president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa.

True success is in the heart
The fast paced, high-demanding expectations of the world today place great pressure on companies and individuals to be successful. The business world is continually evaluating the success of its endeavors.

Evangelical Lutherans choose theologian to run homosexuality study
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Rev. James M. Childs Jr. starts work Feb. 1 as director of a four-year study of homosexuality ordered last year by an assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Boston Archdiocese changes course, says all old cases of abuse must be reported
BOSTON (AP) -- Reversing a long-standing policy, Cardinal Bernard Law of the Archdiocese of Boston said he will require clergy to report even past allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Despite Putin's welcome, Russian Orthodoxy's leader again opposed a papal visit
MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has repeated his fierce opposition to a visit to Russia by Pope John Paul, citing Roman Catholic activity in the region. He said he wouldn't meet the pope if he decides to come.

Sterling pastor turns author to publish book for Christians
Lee E. Scaggs of Sterling has published a book titled, "Enter God's Rest." The author's goal for the book is to see Christians set free from the bondage of guilt, shame, self-condemnation and the judgements of others. It reveals how to be at peace and rest, "by grace through faith."

Population survey stresses the dominance of Christianity and Judaism in the United States
NEW YORK (AP) -- Religions other than Christianity and Judaism are much smaller than often estimated in the United States and ''have hardly transformed the religious landscape'' as some claim, a new study maintains.

Religion Briefs
Anniversary celebration planned Clothing ministry open Saturday Conference begins Saturday New entrance dedicated at service Evening praise service to begin Russian minister to speak in Soldotna Well Springs Ministries meetings set

Asian archbishop says U.S. Episcopal splinter group seeks souls, not schism
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Saving souls, not dividing America's Episcopal church, is the goal of the Anglican Mission in America, according to an overseas clergyman who sponsors the young movement.

Goldstein is named executive director of American Jewish Congress
NEW YORK (AP) -- Neil Goldstein, director of national affairs with the American Jewish Congress, has been named executive director, succeeding Phil Baum, who is retiring.

Survey indicates England's church leaders favor Wales prospect as new archbishop of Canterbury
LONDON (AP) -- Archbishop Rowan Williams of Wales is the favorite among delegates to the governing synod of the Church of England to be the new archbishop of Canterbury, a survey by The Times showed.

Pope denounces violence; religious leaders pray for peace
ASSISI, Italy -- Declaring that religious people must repudiate violence following the Sept. 11 attacks, Pope John Paul II led an extraordinary assembly of patriarchs and imams, rabbis and monks Thursday in this historic hilltop town in praying for peace.

Not just for muscleheads: Health clubs cater to seniors and other niches
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) -- Gyms aren't just for muscleheads anymore.

As icy trails abate, subzero wind chills set upon area trails
The poet Charles Bukowski wrote, "agony sometimes changes form but it never ceases for anybody." The same goes for worries when it comes to cross-country skiing.

Telemark's popularity gaining on the slopes
WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) -- ''Free your heel, and let the telemark set you free,'' a telemark skier yelled from Mary Jane's Galloping Goose lift as a group of novice telemarkers inched down a green run.

Predators deflate Flyers in OT
PHILADELPHIA -- Nashville's Denis Arkhipov hammered in a rebound at 1:16 of overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Thursday, snapping the Flyers' home unbeaten streak at eight games.

Williams back in hospital
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Ted Williams, slowed by a series of strokes and congestive heart failure in recent years, was back in the hospital Thursday with a high temperature and low blood pressure.

Ninilchik boys, girls sweep Lumen Christi
The Ninilchik High School boys and girls basketball swept visiting teams from Lumen Christi Thursday in nondistrict play.

Boozer dumps in 28 as Blue Devils drop Boston College
BOSTON -- Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with 28 points and Duke opened a 29-point first-half lead in coasting to an 88-78 victory over Boston College.

Jordan strikes for 40 points
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 16 of his 40 points in the second half as the Washington Wizards handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their 11th straight loss, 94-85 Thursday night.

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