Saturday, February 3, 2001

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Religious Briefs
Concert slated at Nikiski ChurchClasses planned at Love INC

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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