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Saturday, February 8, 2003

Governor: Fund could open doors for ANWR
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski said the $23 billion Alaska Permanent Fund could be used to flex the state's political as well as its financial muscle.

Juneau ski area considers options due to lack of snow
JUNEAU (AP) -- Officials of Juneau's Eaglecrest Ski Area are trying to decide what to do for season pass holders who have not been able to ski much this season.

High school principal says priest also abused him
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A high school principal stepped forward Thursday to say he also was a victim of abuse by a former Anchorage priest.

Weather sinks Fur Rendezvous sled dog races
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second time in four years the Fur Rendezvous will be without its centerpiece event -- the Open World Championship Sled Dog Race.

Recidivism rate varies for juvenile offenders
JUNEAU (AP) -- Most Alaska kids who break the law appear to stay out of trouble after they get off probation, preliminary statistics show. But the picture is bleaker for those whose crimes were serious enough to land them in the state's long-term, lockup facilities.

Palmer teen victim of apparent accidental shooting
PALMER (AP) -- Police say A 16-year-old Palmer boy died Wednesday evening after he was apparently accidentally shot by a friend handling a large-caliber handgun, Palmer police said.

Trapper Creek school faces cuts
PALMER (AP) -- School administrators in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District say they are willing to keep Trapper Creek Elementary open, but only with staffing cuts.

School bus hit by snow plow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The driver of a school bus suffered minor injuries but no children were injured when a state snowplow struck a bus Wednesday morning at Mile 4.5 Petersville Road, Alaska State Troopers said.

Wrestler overcomes arthritis, stage fright
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- David Mann hopes to pull off a unique double Friday night at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

Young names new chief of staff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young has a new chief of staff in his Washington office.

Defense begins opening arguments in Bristol Bay sockeye lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) - World market conditions, not a conspiracy, were the real culprit behind lowered prices to fishermen, defense attorneys in the $1 billion Bristol Bay sockeye salmon lawsuit told Superior Court jurors Thursday.

Senate votes to send ANWR message
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate voted Friday to send its biannual message to Congress asking that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be opened to oil drilling.

FBI agent prepares to hit trail in Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Rivers musher Bruce Milne has been living a double life -- FBI special agent by day, dog musher by night.

Marubeni reaches settlement in price-fixing case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Marubeni Corp., a major defendant in the $1 billion Bristol Bay salmon price-fixing lawsuit, has reached a $25 million settlement in the case, the company announced Thursday.

Murkowski still has big Senate war chest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski still has $230,000 in campaign money he collected to run for the U.S. Senate before entering and winning the 2002 race for governor of Alaska.

West Virginia man enters plea in illegal hunting case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A West Virginia man who Alaska State Troopers charged with 17 hunting violations has agreed to a plea deal and must serve 39 days in jail.

Bush proposals offer opportunities for people with a lot of money to save
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Bush's budget proposal includes new savings accounts that could revolutionize the way Americans save to buy homes, finance college educations for their children and fund retirement.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: New browser a fine alternative to Microsoft
NEW YORK (AP) -- It doesn't take much time to appreciate the advanced, flexible features of Opera Software's new Web browser.

Bush, Iraq and the economy: Is it 1991 again?
NEW YORK (AP) -- The similarities are hard to ignore: A Bush is in the White House, a war is brewing in Iraq and the U.S. economy is on a shaky path.

Old-fashion dating services attract baby boomers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet dating wasn't an option for Jordan Stevens.

Give burglars the brush-off by landscaping for security
EDITOR'S NOTE -- Dean Fosdick retired in May 2001 after 23 years with The Associated Press, 15 of those as Alaska bureau chief. He has covered the Exxon Valdez oil spill, volcanoes, galloping glaciers and harvesting Alaska-grown 100-pound-plus cabbages. He can be reached at: deanfosdick(at)netscape.net

R.J. Reynolds may cut off NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The millionaires sat at their tables, discussing the latest business deals and how their portfolios might be affected.

Assembly set to accept salmon-branding grant
The Cook Inlet salmon-branding project known as "Kenai Wild" has just gotten notice of another financial shot in the arm.

Agencies discuss better ways to serve homeless population
In order to better serve the Kenai Peninsula's homeless population, increased communication and coordination is needed between the public, lawmakers and service organizations.

Smith's third murder trial in final stages
ANCHORAGE -- Attorneys in the third trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith presented closing arguments in Anchorage Thursday. The state will be allowed to counter the defense arguments prior to jury deliberations, which are expected to begin today.

Jasmine Marie Webber
Anchorage resident Jasmine Marie Webber died Monday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She was 19.

Oilers Corner
Oilers coach changes bullpens

Letters to the Editor
Alaskans should protest plan to transfer permitting authority Idea: Create new runs; turn Kenais early kings into permit fishery Faith-based initiatives will lead to church, state becoming emeshed Do elected officials really think they know better than voters do?

Alaska's flag song would be even richer with addition of verse
Tampering with tradition? Or celebrating the state's pride in its diverse cultures?

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love
One week from today some of us will recognize our relationships with loved ones in a special way. And if you are one of those who are prone to forget dates like Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, this can serve as a reminder. You can thank me later.

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge to host Winter Fun Day More Chugach areas closed to motorized use Muskoxen hunt opened by emergency order McNeil River bear viewing applications available

Scientists look for clues to rise in bird deformities
Avid bird watchers in Southcentral Alaska may be familiar with black-capped chickadees with deformed bills, and those that aren't soon may be because the number of birds affected appears to be on the rise.

Around the Peninsula
Soccer registration deadline today KPC to host Irish trio concert Chinese New Year celebration planned SBDC to host bookkeeping seminar Photographers guild to meet PFLAG to meet Iditarod fundraiser planned Canine Good Citizen class offered Church plans Mardi Gras

Pope says nations should make clear, ethical laws about human procreation
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II, expressing concern about people who desire to have children ''at all costs,'' urged nations to enact ethically sound laws regulating artificial procreation.

Lesbian United Methodist minister won't face church trial
SEATTLE (AP) -- A ruling by an appeals committee within the United Methodist Church will allow a lesbian pastor to avoid a church trial and pave the way for her return to ministry.

A woman's place: Religion without reference to gender
There is a famous Chinese saying that women hold up half of the sky. But, such has not always been acknowledged by the leadership of most religions, which have traditionally been dominated by men.

Hundreds demonstrate against decision to forcibly evict rebel monks
OURANOUPOLIS, Greece (AP) -- More than 600 people chanting ''Orthodoxy or death'' protested against a decision to forcibly evict rebel monks from a monastery on Mount Athos.

It's an old American tradition: U.S. presidents tangling with their religious denominations
President Bush and his father each have been at odds with leaders of their Protestant faiths over a potential war with Iraq, recent examples of what academics say is an often contentious relationship between presidents and their clergy.

Tenafly to appeal eruv fight to U.S. Supreme Court
TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to intervene in the case of a symbolic district which the Orthodox Jewish community has built by marking utility poles -- thus allowing its members to follow religious law.

Friends reflect on life of radical priest who disappeared 20 years ago
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Rev. James Carney, friends say, was a maverick -- a radical Roman Catholic priest whose convictions led him to challenge injustice in his adopted country of Honduras.

Son succeeds father as Grace Bible president
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Ken Kemper has been chosen to succeed his father Bruce as president of Grace Bible College.

Church Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonight Speaker slated for Aglow meeting Baha'i hosts interfaith devotions 'Lightning Lady' to speak Bible study group meets Friendship closet open Wednesdays Religious poems sought

Miller strikes gold in men's combined
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland -- Bode Miller dropped to one knee on the snow, gripping his forehead with one hand.

Bruins stay hot by topping Montreal
BOSTON -- Martin Lapointe scored his first goal since the second game of the season and Jeff Hackett stopped 28 shots against his former team as the Boston Bruins beat Montreal 6-3 on Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
Micmacs to host Anchorage squad for charity CIA girls top Kenai JV Track body glad Jones severed ties with coach

Virginia stuns No. 8 Maryland with second-half rally
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Reserve Devin Smith scored 17 points and keyed a 16-0 second-half run as Virginia erased a 12-point deficit and stunned No. 8 Maryland 86-78 Thursday night.

Bryant's 46 points humble New York
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant dazzled the New York Knicks with an array of drives, jumpers and dunks, scoring 46 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-109 victory Thursday night and their first winning record of the season heading into the All-Star break.

Travel problems delay state wrestling tourney
Organizers of the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Wrestling Championships, slated to begin today in Ketchikan, saw their worst fears realized Thursday as weather prevented many wrestling teams from landing in the Southeast city.

Skyview looks for fifth state championship
When the state wrestling tournament gets under way in Ketchikan, the Skyview wrestling team is hoping to ride the momentum it created by defeating Wasilla at the Region III championships last week.

Colony stops SkyHi's season
The Skyview High School hockey team lost its Region III/4A tournament opening-round game 5-3 to the Colony Knights Thursday at the Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

Wolf restoration a success
HELENA, Mont. -- Once driven to near-extinction in the lower 48 states, the gray wolf is swarming over the Northern Rockies in numbers not seen in a century, and federal wildlife managers are about to declare victory in the $17 million effort to return the storied predator to part of its ancestral range.

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