Friday, January 31, 2003

Fish board takes up Copper River fishery issues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries will take up changes to several fisheries in the Copper River basin, including the Chitina dipnet fishery, during a seven-day meeting that starts Friday in Cordova.

Bill would regulate home inspectors
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would regulate home inspectors passed its first committee Wednesday.

Bill clarifies victims' advocate's authority
JUNEAU (AP) -- Several lawmakers want to make clear that a state victims' rights advocate can get involved in municipal as well as state cases.

DeeDee Jonrowe ends treatment in time for Iditarod
WILLOW, Alaska (AP) -- Two weeks after completing a grueling course of chemotherapy, veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe says she will take on another challenge -- running the 2003 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Shirilla leads Wyoming sled dog race
JACKSON, Wyoming (AP) -- Montana musher Melanie Shirilla has widened her lead in the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming.

Leman rejects petition to protect permanent fund
JUNEAU (AP) -- An initiative petition aimed at blocking the Legislature from spending Alaska Permanent Fund earnings on state government was rejected Thursday, Lt. Gov. Loren Leman said.

Passengers on small carriers to be weighed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Airline passengers traveling in rural Alaska will soon be weighed, so the Federal Aviation Administration can determine if the weight estimates it uses are accurate.

AFN will not take lead in subsistence dispute
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Federation of Natives officials will not actively seek a solution to the state's festering conflict over subsistence, said one Native leader.

Board rejects proposal to share Sitka Sound herring
SITKA (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted unanimously Monday against a proposal calling for equal shares among fishermen in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.

Committee approves second verse for state song
JUNEAU (AP) -- The second verse of the state song is on the playlist again this year in the Legislature.

Three more candidates to run for Anchorage mayor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three more candidates have joined the race for Anchorage mayor.

Lawmakers question federal education act
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers grilled a federal official Thursday about whether President Bush's ''No Child Left Behind'' education law will work in Alaska.

Three men arrested for shooting in state park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage men have been arrested for shooting firearms in Chugach State Park.

Live Southeast geoducks head for China, Chinese Americans
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- It might be the Year of the Goat, but it's geoduck clams from Southeast Alaska that will be on the menu for many when the Chinese New Year begins Saturday.

Sen. Murkowski gets more subcommittee assignments
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will serve on subcommittees of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.

Boundary line change may have affected crabbers detected in Russia
KODIAK (AP) -- A change in the 1867 maritime boundary line between the United States and Russia may be the reason six Bering Sea crabbers were detected fishing in Russian waters last week, according to federal officials.

Juneau commission approves new docks
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two private cruise ship docks won permits from the Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Negotiator helps end armed standoff near Palmer
PALMER (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers took a Palmer man into custody Thursday morning after an armed standoff.

Poker Flat rocket gathers data on northern lights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A rocket launch late Monday night from the Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks has thrilled scientists by gathering huge amounts of data linked to the aurora, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute said.

Alaska population grows since census
JUNEAU (AP) -- The latest estimate of Alaska's population has been completed by the state Department of Labor.

Four charged with shooting highway signs, light
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four people were charged with shooting Steese Highway road signs from a moving vehicle Saturday.

Lynden Air Cargo wins defense contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lynden Air Cargo, an Anchorage-based company, has been awarded a $9.3 million Air Force contract for ''indefinite'' airlift services in the Pacific region.

Coast Guard searches for man missing from ship
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Romanian man was reported missing Thursday from a ship in western Alaska and the Coast Guard launched a search.

McClatchy reports record earnings in fourth quarter
SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Newspaper publisher McClatchy Co. exceeded analysts' expectations to post record earnings Thursday of $39 million in the fourth quarter, finishing off 2002 with the highest annual profits ever posted.

Business Briefs
Builders to have dinner meetingEntrepreneurship workshop offeredUnemployment tax refund availableCharter logbooks available for 2003Entrepreneur University to be heldHotel donates to Red Cross

Oil giant cuts back exploration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. plans to drill fewer exploration wells this year. But exploration spending will be on par with that of recent years because this year's wells tend to be in remote areas, pushing up costs

Stop information theft
The Better Business Bureau system has joined a group of federal, state and local organizations and national advocacy groups to launch the fifth annual National Consumer Protection Week, Feb. 2-8.

BP's experimental GTL plant nearing startup in Nikiski
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP hopes to begin operations at its $86 million experimental gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski in the next two months, knowing success could liberate a mother lode of natural gas from the North Slope and help extract natural gas from other remote areas of the world.

Anglers enjoy the social atmosphere of ice fishing
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) -- It's Monday at Hebgen Lake and the wind is blowing over the lip of the dam. It cuts through wool and polypropylene without regard.

Ice sculpting contest puts 'cool' into winter
"Lower! Lower!" Norm Blakeley, the president of the Peninsula Winter Games barked over the grinding sounds of machinery and whining of chain saws as another 5,000-pound block of ice was lowered into position.

Art Briefs
Part of visitors center closedMuseum hosts free dayMagazine accepting submissionsArts entries acceptedPoetry contest announcedFine arts camp accepting registrationsPratt Museum solicits fiber arts piecesPlay conference accepting submissions

Homer dance troupe brings show to central peninsula
A week before last winter's first full-fledged show by the Jazzline Dancers, choreographer Jocelyn Shiro-Westphal swore she wouldn't soon be pulling together another massive program.

The Donnas grow up, don't lose their rockin' teen-girl sound
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sticking to nearly the same sound that got them booed during their debut performance as kids at a Palo Alto middle school, The Donnas have paved a nine-year path from obscurity to success.

Area students vie for title of Alaska's Junior Miss
Ten area high school students will be among the 22 contestants in the Alaska's 2003 Junior Miss competition taking place Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Battle brewing over Broadway music
NEW YORK (AP) -- A battle could be brewing over the sound of music on Broadway and how many people play it.

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

Novelist uses Alaska stage for chilly love story
Alaska is more than a geographic place. For many, it represents an internal landscape as well: a frontier, an adventure, an opportunity or a mystery.

San Francisco Opera to reduce performances
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The deficit-ridden San Francisco Opera will reduce the number of its performances over the next three years in an effort to shrink the annual operating budget from about $60 million to $45 million.

Daytona Speedweeks

Rudd anxious to get started with new team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ricky Rudd admits the obvious: The younger drivers on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit are making it tough on the veterans if not with performance, with the sport's infatuation with youth.

Sports cars are waning in popularity
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Once a powerful and formidable series, sports car racing might never be as popular as it was 20 years ago.

Nikiski firefighters stop blaze before it destroys log home
Efforts by Nikiski firefighters saved the Parsons Lake Road house of David Tuttle Tuesday evening, but not before fire damaged the roof and some upper-story rooms.

Mistrial in collie case prompts barrage of faxes, e-mails
SHELBY, Mont. Animal lovers and ordinary citizens expressed anguish and outrage Thursday after a hung jury spared a Nikiski couple from being convicted of cruelty to animals.

Assembly members carry concerns to Juneau
State lawmakers with constituents within the Kenai Peninsula Borough got an earful about the borough's solid waste and education funding needs this week when members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly visited the capital on their first lobbying mission of the 23rd Legislature.

Aurora looks for gas
Searching for natural gas, Houston-based Aurora Gas has begun an aggressive seismic testing program on the west side of Cook Inlet near Tyonek.

Enstar reports growth in 2002
Enstar Natural Gas Co. has seen increased activity recently in the central Kenai Peninsula. But officials said there is a limit to what the company's reserves from the Cook Inlet region can produce if more discoveries aren't made.

Kenai chamber rethinks priorities
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has announced plans to focus more on building commerce and drop some of its social involvements, most notably the Kenai Fourth of July events.

Wisniewskis honored for community service
After a year, or in some cases 25 or more, of hard work and dedication to their community, several Kenai residents were formally recognized for their contributions in a somewhat ironic ceremony Saturday -- the irony being that recognition and awards have nothing to do with why they volunteered in the first place.

Animal cruelty case ends with deadlocked jury
SHELBY, Mont. -- A mistrial was declared Wednesday night in the animal cruelty case involving a truckload of collies that was discovered when their Nikiski owners tried to cross the Canadian border into Montana last fall.

Louise Pounds McDonald
Louise Pounds McDonald died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, in North Richland Hills, Texas. She was 75.

Oilers rosters continues to fill up
The Oilers roster continues to grow with the signing of Grayson County College shortstop Cameron Blair. The sophomore recently transferred from the University of Houston. Blair is from Dallas and is studying business prelaw.

Volunteers make peninsula events happen, including ...
Race was canceled, but work didn't stopPeninsula Winter Games set to goArctic Winter Games visit big success

Letters to the Editor
Some ideas for Homer to think about regarding oil lease salesStory on assembly member being in Hawaii served no good purposeWhat legislative priorities could top education, transportation?

Team Tesoro renovates access to Kenai Fine Arts Center

Bush's tough talk appealing at home, but presents problems negotiating abroad
WASHINGTON -- In the nuanced world of diplomacy, President Bush speaks in blunt terms: dead or alive, good or evil, with us or against us. A more difficult task will be to match his stark rhetoric with the hard evidence against Iraq being demanded by doubting allies and skeptical Americans.

Letters to the Editor
Be careful what you wish for; Wal-Mart would hurt, not helpScope of proposed cuts at Ninilchik go far beyond school's wallsMany animal lovers anxiously waiting for outcome of collie case

Bush more credible on war with Iraq than on homefront agenda
(Tuesday) ... night, President Bush offered the most specific explanation to date for his drive to make war on Iraq. Less forceful, and less credible, was his outline of a domestic battle plan.

Holiday kindness appreciated

Photo feature: Perfect perch
Bald eagles fill the trees at the Soldotna landfill recently, apparently waiting for Kenai Peninsula residents to bring in some tasty discards. As many as 30 eagles at a time have filled the treetops behind the landfill operations building.

Nikiski ski trails still holding up
Just as gold prospectors did in the early 1900s, central Kenai Peninsula cross-country skiers are turning north to find their fortune.

Outdoor Briefs
Bradford Memorial postponed; Junior race still onRefuge to host Winter Fun DayShirilla leads Wyoming sled dog raceMontana wants to help wounded grizzly to sleep

Mountain hemlocks -- ghosts of the past or harbingers of the future?
Mountain hemlock is normally a dweller of the high mountain slopes, perched up above the highest white spruce. As you drive through the mountains to Anchorage, you can see the dark green hemlock band at the top of forested slopes, and at Turnagain Pass you come right up into this zone.

Around the Peninsula
Bradford Memorial race canceledKMS to raffle off boatNorth peninsula council to meetTimber meeting plannedMarketing workshop plannedHospice wine tasting plannedHospital service area board to meetTurnagain Pass closed to motorized useVolunteer firefighters sought

Religion Briefs
Service marks first anniversaryBible study group meetsHealing Rooms open weekendsFriendship closet open WednesdaysReligious poems soughtWriters sought for faith anthologyCell phones provide papal thoughtsChurchgoers asked to plant signs

Author's lifetime of collecting information on relgious sects produces invaluable guide
Americans are proud of their freedom of religion, and the work of J. Gordon Melton shows they have a whole lot of religions to choose from.

Trauma in life can bring a reason to celebrate, share joy
An invitation to a party usually brings a sense of excitement to an otherwise "same-old, same-old" routine. The word "party" connotes a fun time with laughter and gaiety. Parties usually mean good food and good friends and conversation that's full of life.

Jews have mixed reactions to pro-Israel fervor of 'Christian Zionists'
The ongoing Mideast conflict has created an awkward partnership for American Jewish groups, which are finding some of the staunchest pro-Israel support in this nation comes from a vocal group of evangelical Christians.

Southern Baptists again prod foreign missionaries on new statement of faith
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Southern Baptists Convention is making another attempt to get all its overseas missionaries to pledge that they agree with the denomination's revised statement of faith -- a document that opposes women pastors and says wives should submit to their husbands.

North American religious ''families'' with the most groups
The new edition of J. Gordon Melton's ''Encyclopedia of American Religions'' describes 2,630 U.S. and Canadian religious groups, categorized into 26 ''families'' of faith. These six families contain the largest numbers of distinct groups:

Nikiski ski trails still holding up
Just as gold prospectors did in the early 1900s, central Kenai Peninsula cross-country skiers are turning north to find their fortune.

Title IX survives
WASHINGTON -- Reacting to cuts in men's sports, a Bush administration advisory commission Thursday recommended changes in a landmark gender equity law that has ignited a women's sports explosion in colleges and high schools. The proposed changes alarmed women's advocates who want the status quo.

Knight one victory from 800
LUBBOCK, Texas -- When Bob Knight had to clear out his locker at Indiana, his son discovered three balls buried under junk and stained by a soft drink.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys notch District 3/2A victories
The Cook Inlet Academy high school basketball teams split with visiting rival Ninilchik Thursday in District 3/2A competition at Cook Inlet Academy.

Leafs survive Hurricanes' winds
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mats Sundin had two power-play goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped their scoring drought and three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory Wednesday might over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Stanford cuts down Wildcats
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Matt Lottich scored 23 points, including a crucial 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play, to lift Stanford to an 82-77 upset of No. 1 Arizona on Thursday night.

Louisville runs winning streak to 14 games
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Erik Brown shot 8-of-8 from the floor and scored a career-high 22 points as No. 8 Louisville extended its winning streak to 14 games Wednesday night with a 94-65 victory over Southern Mississippi.

Winter X Games get off to a roaring start
ASPEN, Colo. -- Snowboarders sail through the air as music by Metallica blares. Kids with spiked blue hair and diamonds in their noses cheer skiers over humps. Announcers scream, ''Big unload!'' after snowmobiles crash.

Title IX issue keeps heating up
WASHINGTON -- A divided Bush administration commission considering changes to Title IX debated procedural issues and approved several modest recommendations Wednesday, setting the stage for a combative finish as the most controversial ideas are presented Thursday.

Hawks soak up Philly hospitality
PHILADELPHIA -- Glenn Robinson scored 33 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 20 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 97-83 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Tiger feeling better
Tiger Woods only made it look easy.

Isles improve standing by commanding Habs
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Michael Peca's shorthanded goal 4:44 into the final period helped the New York Islanders defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Thursday night and move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Callahan says Robbins lost it on eve of game
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Barret Robbins was incoherent and didn't know where he was the night before the Super Bowl, Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan said Wednesday in his first public comments about the troubled All-Pro center.

Thanks, but no thanks
MILWAUKEE -- Michael Jordan said thanks, but no thanks.

Jones hires Johnson's ex-coach, IAAF freaks
LONDON -- Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery are under pressure to explain why they're working with Ben Johnson's former coach.

Skyview aims for region wrestling crown
The Skyview wrestling team is counting on depth to topple top-ranked Wasilla at the Region III/4A Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday at Wasilla High School.

Sports Briefs
Whalers wrestling club schedules sign-upsKPHA Squirts win, lose and drawTway, Ames share first-round leadJazz coach suspended for seven gamesArtest suspended four games without payJudge: Rose should be in Hall of FameCone likely to retireTeam might talk to Martinez about contract

Mavericks bury Timberwolves
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki, playing with a stiff neck after being flagrantly fouled by Kevin Garnett, led a late rally with a 3-pointer, a dunk, a jumper and a steal to send the Dallas Mavericks past the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-109 Thursday night.

Five Bucs pleased to reach Pro Bowl at last
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- After the monthlong playoff grind, tension of the Super Bowl and crazy victory celebrations, Tampa Bay safety John Lynch still doesn't want to rest.

Rangers fire Trottier after 54 games
NEW YORK -- Bryan Trottier tormented the New York Rangers for 15 years when he starred for the hated New York Islanders.

CIA, Ninilchik, Seward get top billing in poll
The Cook Inlet Academy boys, Ninilchik girls and Seward girls all were ranked No. 1 in this week's Alaska Media High School Basketball poll, released Wednesday.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions sno-cross slated for Feb. 1Kenai skaters top Skyview

Sather picks himself to be new Rangers coach
NEW YORK -- It was hard to tell what was more surprising at the New York Rangers' practice: Glen Sather's guarantee they'd make the playoffs or that he was best suited to lead them there.

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