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Friday, February 2, 2001

Governor files lawsuit to block roadless plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the federal government from banning road-building in large areas of the Tongass and Chugach national forests.

Alaskans seek jobs in Bush administration
JUNEAU (AP) -- With thousands of positions to be filled in the new Bush administration, dozens of Alaskans are hoping the president will tap them for a job.

Alaska Native groups get juvenile justice funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six Alaska Native organizations will receive more than $1 million in funding from the U.S. Justice Department to help prevent and control youth violence and substance abuse.

Plan to boost Interior moose population could include predator control
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A task force appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles has recommended a compromise plan to boost Interior moose populations that could include killing bears and wolves near the village of McGrath.

Ice farmers harvest blocks destined for sculpture
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Talk to Andy O'Grady and Dick Brickley and you get the feeling you're standing in a corn field in Iowa, not on a frozen pond in Fairbanks. They speak of ''crops'' and ''growing conditions'' and ''harvest.''

Bering Sea crabbers agree on price, ending strike
UNALASKA (AP) -- Bering Sea snow crab fishermen voted 100-27 Thursday to accept a lower price than last year for their harvest, ending their 2-week-old strike.

Quake shakes Adak, Atka
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake jolted the mid-Aleutians Thursday morning, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Mild winter strikes Aleutians, thanks to East Coast misery
UNALASKA (AP) -- When it comes to weather, what's bad for the East Coast is good for the Aleutians.

Cold War radar powered down for the last time
CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION (AP) -- A half hour was all it took to shut down a 40-year-old Cold War relic.

Knowles appoints Eagle River woman to state education board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed an Eagle River woman as the newest member of the state board of education and early development.

Lawmakers spar over mandatory borough bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal that could force some areas of the state to organize into new boroughs and tax residents prompted polite sparring in a Senate committee Wednesday in what could be a preview of a long and bitter fight.

Three escape injury in Everts Air Fuel plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people escaped injury when an Everts Air Fuel plane crashed at a mine site near McGrath.

Army puts Fort Wainwright hospital project on hold
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Plans to replace the aging hospital at Fort Wainwright have been put on hold.

Kapsner tops Kohring in legislative pay
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bethel Democrat Mary Kapsner was the Legislature's best-paid member last year, claiming more optional pay for work during the interim than any other lawmaker.

Prosecutor weighs criminal charges in death of Alyeska worker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and one of its contractors could face criminal charges in connection with the death of an Alyeska worker in Valdez last August.

Dog race cancelled for lack of interest
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Trail of 98 Sled Dog race from Skagway to Whitehorse has been canceled due to lack of interest by mushers.

Fish board votes down hatchery chum production cuts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Board of Fisheries on Wednesday voted down a proposal to cut chum salmon production at hatcheries in Southeast and in Prince William Sound.

Iditarod still set to go, despite lack of snow in places
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Officials of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were out checking on the condition of the trail this week after hearing reports that some parts were in rough shape.

Knowles awards $350,000 no-bid contract to Cambridge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $350,000 consulting contract for Gov. Tony Knowles' office was exempted from state competitive bidding requirements based on information Knowles administration officials now admit was untrue.

Aleutian Canada goose coming off Endangered Species List
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For more than 200 years, hungry foxes in the Aleutian Islands preyed upon the Aleutian Canada goose, driving the birds to near-extinction.

Committee debates student loan forgiveness
JUNEAU (AP) -- Forgiving student loans may not be the solution to a teacher shortage in Alaska, the head of the state's student program said Wednesday.

Consumers in the driver's seat
NEW YORK (AP) -- The fate of the American economy over the next few months rests with the consumer, the same average individual who thinks such power resides only with higher ups in Washington.

Consumer confidence hits lowest level in four years
NEW YORK (AP) -- Growing fears of a recession sent consumer confidence plunging in January to its lowest level in four years.

Arco Alaska purchase boosts Phillips earnings
Phillips Petroleum Co. reported fourth-quarter net income of $744 million, nearly triple its $250 million net for the same period of 1999.

Slowdown, but recession???
NEW YORK (AP) -- You can understand why the latest consumer confidence index plunged like an unopened parachute if you just recap some of the big news over the past few months.

Slowdowns serve a purpose
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tough as they are to accept, economic slowdowns do serve a purpose. You might even make a case for their inevitability -- some might go so far as to justify them as necessary.

Around the Peninsula
Caribou Hills areas open to snowmachines Winter games events slatedBlood drive in Anchor PointBeer tasting, art/outdoors adventures auctionNikiski chamber to hold banquet Red Cross volunteer trainingEntrants sought for contestAdvisory committee to meetIYV group to discuss objectives

LIO Schedule
The Administrative Regulation Review Committee will hold a public hearing on review of the Jan. 8 Fish and Game hearing on shellfish regulations. Five minute testimony limit.

Around the Peninsula
Borough office to conduct siren testKPB Superintendent to speak at luncheon Unocal Alaska vice president speaker at banquet Cribbage tournament set to begin Sunday Center to provide for those in need Rotary club in need of computers

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

LIO Schedule
Today 3:15 p.m. - HB 50, HB 73 and HB 74

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Gebhardt out; King, Swenson, Smyth in
Despite the loss of one of the mushing world's biggest names, this weekend's Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race will still feature perhaps the best lineup in the race's 17-year history.

Experts: Mysterious syndromes involve more than environmental exposures
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- People desperate for explanations of mysterious health problems from chronic fatigue syndrome to multiple chemical sensitivity shouldn't blame the nearest toxic dump or exposure to chemicals, experts say.

Art Briefs
Youth production tryouts planned Community chorus to meetKids lip sync contest plannedHospice event plannedAuthors to visit Kenai, Soldotna

Quilt artists put it all together for 2nd annual exhibit
The "Original Quilt Art" exhibit opens Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and remains on display through March 10.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment In the Future Down the Road Anchorage Events Films

Soldotna seamstress goes beyond boundaries
The "Original Quilt Art" exhibit opens Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and remains on display through March 10.

Criticism dents pipeline proposal
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles is heading the wrong way with plans for a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, the head of a company proposing an alternative project said Thursday.

Kapsner tops Kohring in legislative pay
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bethel Democrat Mary Kapsner was the Legislature's best-paid member last year, claiming more optional pay for work during the interim than any other lawmaker.

Governor files lawsuit against roadless proposal
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the federal government from banning road-building in large areas of the Tongass and Chugach national forests.

Tour company to offer side trips to central peninsula in summer
While the rumble of tour buses is common on the Seward side of the Kenai Peninsula, it is decidedly less so in the Kenai-Soldotna area. But that will change for seven days this summer, as World Wide Country Tours comes to town.

Ice sculpture gets debut at games
At least one good thing should come of the icy winter that has plagued the central Kenai Peninsula this year.

Weather advisory
Weather advisory continues into today

Morning Colors: Photo Feauture
Sun and sky reflect off the serence Kenai River on a recent sunny morning, as a United Parcel van crosses the Warren Ames Memeorial Bridge on its way to its daily rounds.

School district ponders long-range direction
Times have been tough for Alaska's schools. The new high school exit exam, tight budgets, a looming teacher shortage and competition from home schools makes this a challenging time to be in education.

As legal level goes down, costs go up
One of the last acts of the Clinton Administration was to sign into effect new Environmental Protection Agency regulations reducing the acceptable level of arsenic in drinking water. The new rule could mean communities on the Kenai Peninsula will have to scramble to adapt.

Photo feature:Town bound
Snow-covered trees frame a cow moose as she pauses from browsing near Marathon Road in Kenai Thursday morning.

Look out below: Photo Feature
Suzette Monceaux cleans snow from the deck of her family's apartment in Bay Arms in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

Hayward John Wik Sr.
Nikiski resident Hayward John Wik Sr. died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, after a struggle with stroke complications. He was 60.

Weekend activities bring out the best in winter, peninsula
It's definitely not a weekend to stay cooped up indoors suffering from cabin fever.

Public worries about energy, not enough to drill in ANWR
WASHINGTON -- More than half of Americans are concerned that California-like energy problems could hit their communities, yet most oppose exploring for more oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to a poll by The Associated Press.

Kenai looking for residents' ideas to grow the economy
As the adage goes: When it rains, it pours.

Letters to the Editor
Too many guides means fewer Alaskans on river sportfishing

Congress should not link federal election changes with campaign reforms
The 2000 election exposed a number of flaws in the way this country elects our president.

Cooper Landing miner takes exception to plan
A Cooper Landing miner is squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service over mining claims near one of Alaska's most popular recreational fisheries.

Outdoor Briefs
Snowmachining class planned for kidsWildlife refuge plans Saturday activitiesSled dog racing club plans competition

Adventurers go from Seward to Homer -- the hard way
This isn't a three-hour cruise, Gilligan.

User fees finance services on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Camping, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, school field trips? Public lands offer innumerable opportunities for all.

New Age author Marianne Williamson won't cut church's ties with the Unity faith
WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- A best-selling New Age author and leader of the Church of Today said at Sunday services that her congregation won't be quitting the Association of Unity Churches.

Presbyterian Church vote on same-sex union ceremonies looks close
OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) -- A vote on whether to ban ceremonies for same-sex couples in the 3.6 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) looks very close.

Hopes for spiritual and economic renaissance accompany Mormons' Snowflake temple
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's second Mormon temple, perched on a butte above the tiny town of Snowflake, goes on public display during an open house Feb. 2-16. It will serve nearly 35,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northeastern Arizona.

Boston Archdiocese gives authorities names of priests accused of sexual abuse
BOSTON (AP) -- Acting on a pledge made by Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the Archdiocese of Boston provided authorities the names of priests accused of sexually abusing children during the past four decades.

Anglicans and the Vatican launch new round of world talks
LONDON (AP) -- A new round of international talks on doctrinal unity has been established between the 77 million-member Anglican Communion and the Vatican.

Archbishop of Canterbury keeps busy, but church struggles with decline
LONDON -- When Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey retires on Oct. 31, he will step down with a decidedly mixed record, say critics on both the left and right.

Washington's Episcopal diocese elects new bishop who backed incumbent in dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Episcopal priest who supported church authorities in a dispute with conservatives has been elected bishop of the church's 40,000-member Diocese of Washington, where the dispute took place.

French fries, religion mix during weekly gospel show at McDonald's
DAYTON, Tenn. -- On a foggy Thursday night in the town best known for the Scopes Monkey Trial, it's almost gospel time at McDonald's.

Renovation of Milwaukee's Catholic cathedral is nearly complete, despite dispute
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A $4 million-plus renovation of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is near completion despite objections from some churchgoers, with dedication ceremonies set Feb. 8-10.

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."

Southern Baptists set doctrine policy for foreign missionaries
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Trustees of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention have decided new employees must work ''in accordance and not contrary to'' the denomination's newly revised doctrinal statement.

Religion Briefs
Conference begins Saturday Clothing ministry open Saturday Spiritual poems sought

Religious Briefs
Concert slated at Nikiski ChurchClasses planned at Love INC

Christian-based comedy aimed at younger audience
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mob money and family ties form a strange mix in the first comedy from the Rev. Billy Graham's movie production unit, a story aimed at delivering a moral message to people who might not be tuning into Graham otherwise.

Portuguese-speaking priests being recruited
NEWARK, N.J. -- Five years ago, the Rev. Rene Lima was serving happily as a priest in his native city of Sao Paolo, Brazil, celebrating Mass and mingling with parishioners in one of the world's most Roman Catholic countries.

With boost from Africa, world's Lutherans now number 64 million
GENEVA (AP) -- Membership in the Lutheran church increased from 63.1 million to 64 million last year, with the greatest growth occurring in Africa, the Lutheran World Federation reported. A year ago, Asia posted the biggest increase.

Funeral workers at Tehran's vast cemetery busy with business of burial
BEHESHT-E-ZAHRA, Iran (AP) -- After his first day working at his traditional profession, Safar Azadinejad had nightmares and lost his appetite.

Christian leader compares Clinton to King Belshazzar
DENVER (AP) -- Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has likened former President Clinton to King Belshazzar, a Babylonian king the minister described as an evil man who did not honor God.

Domino's Pizza founder wants to build a 25-story crucifix in Michigan
ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan wants to build a massive free-standing crucifix at his Domino's Farms office park. At 25 stories, it would be only 51 feet shorter than the torch's tip on the Statue of Liberty.

Christian moviemakers aim at film niche
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- When the makers of the new movie ''Left Behind'' wanted to generate some advance word-of-mouth, they sent a video copy to the youth group at Tulsa's First Presbyterian Church.

Muslim pilgrims from Iran will be allowed to visit Shiite shrines in Iraq
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iraq said Monday it would allow Shiite Muslim pilgrims from Iran to fly to visit holy shrines in Iraq, another step toward normalizing relations between two former enemies.

Bermuda's Anglican church may allow women to become priests
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- Bermuda's Anglican church may allow women to become priests as part of an effort to recruit more clergy.

Building memorials for your children
Joshua 4:5-7 records God's commandment to each of the Israelite men to get one stone and carry it on his shoulders to set a place and together, as a nation, build a memorial that would be for all future generations of their people.

New snowfall has skiers ready
For the first time this winter, all of the peninsula's cross-country ski trails are groomed and ready to go.

U.S. team finds gold in Austrian hills
ST. ANTON, Austria -- Suddenly, the Americans are soaring in the Alps.

Lady Vols nip Connecticut to add mystique to rivalry
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- With Chamique Holdsclaw watching, Gwen Jackson put on a Chamique Holdsclaw-type performance to lead Tennessee to victory in one of the biggest rivalries in women's basketball.

Wounded Tiger plays plenty tough
'It felt sore, yes. But when it's time to play, it's time to play. A friend of mine told me there's a difference between pain and injury.'

Walker paces Celtics to win in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Antoine Walker scored 22 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 15 as the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 102-96 in overtime Wednesday night and extended their winning streak to a season-best four games.

Palmer sweeps Homer cagers
The Palmer boys and girls basketball teams scored a sweep over Homer Thursday in the opening round of the Palmer Elks Showdown.

Peninsula wrestlers fare well at Outside meet
Melina Hutchison of Soldotna and Tela O'Donnell of Homer recently participated in the Missouri Valley College International Open wrestling tournament in Marshall, Mo.

Kards top Skyview in hard-hitting affair
After three days of practice without touching a puck, the Kenai Central High School hockey team was ready to step on the ice against a live opponent.

Montreal Candiens sold to American businessman
MONTREAL -- Uh-oh, Canada. An American is the new owner of the Montreal Canadiens.

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