Saturday, January 31, 2004

Help's coming for 401(k)s
NEW YORK (AP) Help is on the way for workers who find it difficult to manage their 401(k) retirement accounts.

What's really driving Martha Stewart Living stock up?
NEW YORK (AP) Look at the recent run-up in the stock price of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It seems that investors are looking beyond its troubling past and counting on only good times ahead.

Demand for maintenance-free living grows among baby boomers
NEW YORK (AP) When Deborah and Thomas Turcol decided to leave San Diego after 15 years, they bought the kind of house they had always dreamed of, with open floors, gorgeous views and no backyard to care for.

Musher has little trouble in new race
Despite hours of mushing up and down the frozen Kuskokwim River in subzero temperatures, Jon Little describes Bethel as "a really warm place."

Murkowski wants to build bigger government, increase pollution
The U.S. Supreme Court usually comes down on the side of "states' rights," and when it doesn't, it raises a few eyebrows.

Alaska needs to resurrect fair tax structures, not tap permanent fund
We should not tap the permanent fund for either operating expenses or capital projects and there's no compelling reason to enact regressive statewide sales taxes either. Generating and reclaiming fair and responsible revenue streams is the best method to reverse our growing budget shortfalls.

Let governor, legislators know Kachemak Bay is special place
Kachemak Bay is special a great place to visit. Rich marine resources and breathtaking vistas supporting a productive and, for Alaska, remarkably stable economy.

Conferenceof Alaskans announced
Mike Navarre, a former state lawmaker and mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, is one of four peninsula residents named as delegates to Gov. Frank Murkowski's Conference of Alaskans.

Crime Stoppers seeks info on Nikiski burglary
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a burglary in Nikiski.

Man charged with killing officer gets more time to find attorney
Superior Court Judge Harold Brown on Wednesday granted David S. Forster three more weeks to get a private attorney or reapply for a court-appointed public defender.

Group urges state to follow decision on 38 pesticides
Among 38 pesticides banned last week by a federal court judge in Seattle for use near salmon-bearing streams in Washington, Oregon and California are some used here in Alaska where they pose the same dangers to salmon as they do in the Lower 48, according to a spokesperson for Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

Plaintiffs wonder when '89 oil spill case will end
Among 38 pesticides banned last week by a federal court judge in Seattle for use near salmon-bearing streams in Washington, Oregon and California are some used here in Alaska where they pose the same dangers to salmon as they do in the Lower 48, according to a spokesperson for Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

Photo feature: Icy illusions
A life-sized salmon appears to be jumping free from the rest of the ice carving it is a part of in front of the Soldotna Sports Center Thursday morning. The carving, and others around the area, is part of this week's Peninsula Winter Games festivities.

Reading carnival offers family educational fun
Families looking for an afternoon of educational fun can find it Saturday at Soldotna Middle School, where Phi Delta Kappa and the Kenai Peninsula Reading Council will organize their second annual Peninsula Reading Carnival.

Gifford headed to Nome
Former Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford has accepted a three-month assignment to head the Nome Police Department after that city's chief left four months before his contract expired.

Harold R. 'Andy' Andersen
Former Alaska bush pilot Harold R. "Andy" Andersen died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2003, in Port Angeles, Wash. He was 78.

Lonnie Lee Lindgren
Former Kenai resident Lonnie Lee Lindgren died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, in Rome, Ga., as the result of an accident. He was 30.

Quality education involves far more than basic subjects
Imagine a car without a steering wheel. It still runs, it just can't be driven anywhere. Or, imagine a car that looks perfect on the outside, but when the hood is opened it's obvious there is no engine.

'Woof' as a second language
OK, I admit it. I have absolutely no interest in learning a second language. I didn't even like learning English back in the days when we had to conjugate verbs and diagram sentences.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer winter king tourney March 20 Kayak fest to return to Homer Refuge to host Winter Fun Day Mt. Marathon race applications available

Refuge launches birding hotline, hopes greater interest takes flight
Bird watchers on the Kenai Peninsula will be happy to learn the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a birding hotline for the central peninsula. The number for the hotline is 262-2300.

Around the Peninsula
T-200 prerace banquet today Peninsula Winter Games sets schedule Cook Inlet RCAC meeting slated Groundhog Day fund-raiser set Fishermans coalition to meet

Pennsylvania church devoted to Latin Mass opens new quarters
YORK, Pa. (AP) About 100 worshippers met Sunday at the newly purchased home of Saints Peter and Paul Mission Church, which celebrates Latin Masses without the blessing of Roman Catholic authorities.

Proposed initiative would put Bibles in California public schools
SACRAMENTO (AP) Bibles would be given to every public school student in California, unless parents object, under a proposed ballot measure.

Moderates ponder future ties with North Carolina Baptist convention
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Some 500 Baptist moderates concluded a two-day meeting without deciding whether to break with North Carolina's Baptist convention, in which they feel increasingly isolated.

Jews, Christians plan campaign to counter image of Jews in Mel Gibson's Jesus film
Jews and Christians who fear Mel Gibson's epic on the crucifixion of Jesus will fuel anti-Semitism are planning lecture series, interfaith talks and other programs to try to mute the film's impact.

Catholic Almanac's centennial edition ranks nations and U.S. states
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) Italy and the two enclaves it surrounds, the State of Vatican City and San Marino, are the world's three most Catholic of sovereign states in percentage of population, the centennial edition of the ''Catholic Almanac'' reports.

Church Briefs
Easter practice begins LDS temple open to public Nikiski women begin Bible study Poetry contest announced Clothes2Go open

Episcopal Church's head advocates diversity, ignores conservatives' rebellion
NEW YORK (AP) A ''state of the church'' message from Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold advocated tolerating diverse beliefs among Episcopalians on questions relating to homosexuality. It also ignored a challenge to the denomination's leadership.

God has favorites too; he has much in store for his servants
People have favorite things.

Islamic-Catholic talks urge an end to all armed conflict
VATICAN CITY (AP) After two days of talks, a Muslim-Roman Catholic committee called for an end to ''all forms of armed conflict,'' the Vatican announced. The statement did not cite specific conflicts.

Skier finds perfect job as instructor
JUNEAU Jeffra Clough, a lifelong skier, has the perfect job for somebody who loves to play on snow-covered mountains.

Groomers' diligence combats icy conditions
Due to the lack of recent fresh snow, ski trails on the central Kenai Peninsula have been a bit icy over the past week. The diligence of groomers, who have been out freshening up old snow, has resulted in good skiing.

Local trail conditions
Condition of area ski trails.

Florida State upset bid flames out
DURHAM, N.C. Chris Duhon scored 11 points and hit a key 3-pointer in the final minute to lift No. 1 Duke past Florida State 56-49 on Thursday night.

Yzerman nets assist to pass Super Mario
DETROIT Steve Yzerman moved past Mario Lemieux for sixth place on the NHL's career scoring list with his 1,702nd point in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Big game of no big names
HOUSTON The media mass was six deep straining to hear the words of New England quarterback Tom Brady, one of the few recognizable faces in this otherwise faceless Super Bowl.

Christensen hoops it up at Cornell
Nick Christensen, a 2001 graduate of Soldotna High School, is a member of the Cornell College men's basketball team.

KPHA Squirt Bs sweep weekend series
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team swept the Anchorage Wolves in a three-game series last weekend at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Skyview wrestlers set to defend region title
The Skyview wrestling team will look to defend its Region III team championship today and Saturday at the region meet in Kodiak.

Middle schoolers take to Nikiski trails
Nikiski hosted a 2.3-kilometer cross-country skiing event Saturday on the Community Trails at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Panthers outlast Soldotna
The Soldotna and Skyview high school hockey teams put on a dandy of a show Thursday night, and the Panthers netted a goal in the final minute to take a 3-2 North Star Conference victory from the Stars at the Soldotna Sports Center.

T-200 mushers, volunteers ready to run
The trail has been groomed and markers set out; volunteers have been assigned their duties and mushers have begun to arrive -- the 20th running of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race is ready get under way.

Far north felines: Mountain lions seen in parts of Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska Mountain lion sightings are reported every year in Alaska, but the cats are so rare in the state that accounts often take on the mythical quality of Bigfoot sightings.

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