Saturday, February 1, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Team Tesoro renovates access to Kenai Fine Arts Center

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?

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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