Saturday, February 9, 2002

Sex offender registry would drop molester's name if not convicted again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Until his plea, Kenneth Rarick was among 2,800 convicted sex offenders who are about to be dropped from Alaska's sex offender registry.

Knowles plan would use tax-exempt bonds to finance pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 could be back on track with the help of the Alaska Railroad, Gov. Tony Knowles said Thursday.

Jury awards $150,000 to Juneau woman in talk radio trial
JUNEAU (AP) -- A jury awarded a Juneau woman $150,000 to punish a California radio-show production company for destroying a tape she wanted as evidence in a lawsuit.

State watchdog for the elderly quits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state watchdog for the elderly has resigned, becoming the third person to leave the post since 1999.

ChevronTexaco adds to Alaska exploration, development budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- ChevronTexaco Corp. plans to spend $37 million on exploration and development in Alaska this year, up 48 percent from the $25 million the company spent last year.

Essential Air Service gets funding boost
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Department of Transportation has renewed the Essential Air Service contract to provide air service for five Southeast communities.

Pioneers' Home ordered to develop improved treatment plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Pioneers' Home has been ordered to develop a plan to improve care at the home or face a ban on new admissions.

Accused North Pole molester taught in private school, despite conviction
NORTH POLE (AP) -- When Kenneth Rarick was teaching children at Jubilee Christian School in 1996, details of his past misconduct with young boys were readily available to the public, meticulously documented in aging court files.

Plan to hold subsistence hearings in Fairbanks turned back
JUNEAU (AP) -- A move to take the subsistence debate to Fairbanks, where resistance to a rural priority has traditionally been strong, was turned away by Senate Democrats on Friday.

Legislature hires law firm for pipeline issues
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines has hired a Washington, D.C. law firm to represent it on pipeline issues.

Man convicted in fight that broke trooper's ankle
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A man who scuffled with Alaska State Troopers during a drug arrest has been convicted of assault and tampering with evidence.

Kake Tribal emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal bankruptcy judge has approved Kake Tribal Corp.'s bankruptcy reorganization plan, company officials said.

Man indicted for false distress call
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury in Anchorage has indicted a Yakutat man for allegedly making a false distress call.

Yukon Quest Mushers
Mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race:

Shop smart for that Valentine's Day diamond
NEW YORK (AP) -- As Valentine's Day approaches, many Americans are looking to buy a diamond or other gemstone for that special someone.

Boomers fuel growth of adult education
NEW YORK (AP) -- Katrina Brown was busy raising a family and working full-time as a manager for the Long Island Rail Road. But deciding she needed more, Brown enrolled in an online master's degree program two years ago with the University of Phoenix.

Overshadowed by recession and war, tarnished tech titans take a back seat at World Economic Forum
NEW YORK (AP) -- It appears the power of the computer -- and its cousin, the Internet -- won't solve the world's problems after all.

Activities may feel budget ax
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is in danger of drastic changes. Only a groundswell of popular support can save it from deteriorating, was the message at the public hearing on its budget for the 2002-2003 school year.

Knowles' plan would finance pipeline
JUNEAU -- A proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 could be back on track with the help of the Alaska Railroad, Gov. Tony Knowles said Thursday.

Chamber to sponsor job shadow program
Scores of Kenai Central High School Students will miss class Wednesday, and Principal Berry Swenson is OK with that. They will have better things to do.

Station owner vows to fight
The Federal Communications Commission has intensified its fight to get seven area radio translators off the air.

Joyce Ellen Gibbs
Anchorage resident Joyce Ellen Gibbs died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She was 53.

Oilers Corner
Perkins agrees to return to Oilers

Prepared as never before, Salt Lake City waits -- and hopes for best
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Olympics open Friday in a jittery world changed by terrorism and protected by a $310 million security effort unprecedented in the history of sports.

Impression of Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY A tapestry of people and scenes as this city gets ready to host the 2002 Winter Olympics:

2002 Winter Olympic TV Schedule
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Winter Olympics royalty
SALT LAKE CITY -- The first thing you notice is the hair and makeup; absolutely impeccable. You wouldn't have said that of the biathletes, sliders or short-track speed skaters during their pre-Olympic press conferences.

What is the foreign reaction to these games?
SALT LAKE CITYI have to admit that I came here with a warning on the ready

Olympic torch arrives in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Olympic torch entered Salt Lake City on Thursday the same way the Mormon pioneers did 155 years ago -- aboard a covered wagon.

Hackl aims for a luge ride into Olympic history
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Don't be fooled by Georg Hackl, the easygoing Bavarian who will wear lederhosen for a boot-slapping dance at a folk festival and then wash down a tall glass of cool wheat beer.

Grimmette to help crry the Ground Zero American Flag
The sticker on their luge was well-intended and heartfelt. "We remember the innocent victims of Sept. 11,'' it read.

Kemppel braces for wild start
SALT LAKE CITY -- For someone born in a Colorado canyon after her mother fell while rock climbing, Alaska's Nina Kemppel seems uniquely qualified for the mad-scramble start to her first race of these Winter Olympics.

Eldredge, Grimmette head athletes to carry WTC flag
SALT LAKE CITY -- One is a soldier, taking time off to ski and shoot for gold. Another was Ohio Firefighter of the Year in 1999, now ready to slide headfirst down an ice chute at 80 mph. A third was in New York when the World Trade Center was attacked.

Olympic opening ceremonies can be very emotional
SALT LAKE CITY -- Mark Grimmette understands the dilemma.

So safe, it's scary
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Back home, everyone wants to know if it feels safe walking around at the Olympics, if athletes and fans are consumed with dread about a terrorist attack or lunatic bombing or something nobody ever thought could happen.

Ski jump qualification and several training sessions cancelled because of weather
PARK CITY, Utah -- Spectators, 14,000 strong, endured shuttle bus delays, shivered through security lines, then walked one mile uphill in driving snow Friday morning only to see the first competitive event cancelled at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Here is a rundown of Alaska's Olympic athletes as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News:
Overview of Alaska's Olympians

2002 Winter Olympic Daily Schedule
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Alaskan seeks first U.S. Olympic medal in 78 years
PARK CITY, Utah -- Whether strapped to skis or soaring on wings, Alan Alborn has been flying solo most of his life.

2002 Winter Olympic Sport Schedule
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More than one way to bridge gap
It appears that the Fiscal Policy Caucus is starting to understand that budget reductions are essential complements to its proposals to close the state's budget gap by raising revenues. We in the "Crouching Grouches Caucus" have a great deal of respect for most of the folks in the Fiscal Policy Caucus, and we appreciate the courage and diligence that they have shown. Nonetheless, they appear to see a somewhat different road to a solution than we do.

Lawmakers take steps toward closing budget gap, but is it enough?
There was lots of news out of Juneau this week on issues related to closing the state's almost billion dollar budget gap. That's how it should be. If anything else is the priority, lawmakers are working on the wrong thing.

Letters to the Editor
World is not all bad; paper should recognize good things Inconsiderate driver forces teen-ager off road, into ditch

However it's defined, subsistence is still just a way of life
It is my culture, my way of life: living from the land, picking berries, canning and drying fish, eating wild game.

Outdoor photo feature: Birds eye view
Three bald eagles check out a noisy raven clucking in the branches below Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, in Anchorage, Alaska. The birds spend most of their days sitting in trees to conserve their energy during the cold Alaska winters while they keep a sharp look out for food, which the raven may become if the eagles get hungry enough.

Around the Peninsula
Young Marines to host informational meeting Ski swap scheduled Developmental screening offered Hospice fund-raiser set for Saturday CIRCAC schedules meetings Red Cross offers CPR class Family Fun Day planned for Sunday Foster parent workshop planned Foot care discussion planned Kenai planning commission to hold work session SBDC offers financing seminar Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss

Washington lawsuit contends the Jehovah's Witnesses protected pedophiles
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A woman who said her family was shunned after reporting sexual abuse by a Jehovah's Witness leader claimed in a federal lawsuit that the denomination protects pedophiles.

Baha'i motivations: Unity and peace are attainable
One of the most distinctive aspects of the worldwide Baha'i community is the hopeful and yet pragmatic way in which its members face the future. Far from fearing it, Baha'is are dedicated to creating a new and peaceful world civilization based on principles of justice, prosperity and continuing advancement.

Almanac: U.S. ranks third in Roman Catholic population
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The 63,683,030 Roman Catholics in the United States form the world's third-ranking Catholic population, the ''Catholic Almanac'' for 2002 reports.

University of Illinois dean is leaving for new Minnesota Catholic law school
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of St. Thomas School of Law, opened last fall with an openly ''faith-based'' approach to legal education, is hiring away the dean at the well-regarded University of Illinois law school.

Almanac says United States ranks third in world Roman Catholic population
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The 63,683,030 Roman Catholics in the United States form the world's third-ranking Catholic population, the ''Catholic Almanac'' for 2002 reports.

California Muslims launch goodwill campaign using billboards
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Billboards designed to improve Islam's image in the wake of Sept. 11 are going up along California highways.

King's Chapel mixes of history and religion in downtown Boston
BOSTON (AP) -- King's Chapel has survived both war and religious dispute in its three centuries of existence and still manages to thrive in modern, downtown Boston.

Kentucky woman claims in lawsuit public library fired her for wearing a cross
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A woman who claims she was fired from a public library for refusing to remove a necklace with a cross on it sued the Logan County public library last week in federal court, saying her First Amendment rights were violated.

Vatican denies Pope Paul VI considered selling Michelangelo's ''Pieta'' to aid the poor
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican denies that Pope Paul VI considered selling Michelangelo's ''Pieta'' statue, the latest of many rumors that the church has considered using its fabulous art to raise money for the needy.

In the latest Bible dispute, evangelicals are battling each other over the use of gender
Conservative Protestants often find themselves in theological arguments with liberals about the Bible's historical reliability. But an unholy squabble over Scripture has erupted in recent days that pits evangelicals against each other.

Religion Briefs
Kenai Aglow to meet Monday Christ Lutheran holds teen program Fund-raiser planned for ministries Nikiski Aglow to meet Feb. 19

Southern Baptists want foreign missionaries to endorse newly revised doctrinal statement
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board is asking workers worldwide to endorse the denomination's revised doctrinal statement that created controversy when it was approved in 2000.

Samples of the Bible texts in dispute
Some of the changes from the ''New International Version'' (NIV) of the Bible to ''Today's New International Version'' (TNIV):

Lawsuit contends Jehovah's Witnesses protected pedophiles
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A woman who said her family was shunned after reporting sexual abuse by a Jehovah's Witness leader claimed in a federal lawsuit that the denomination protects pedophiles.

Annual Wine and Cheese Tour perks up trails in Homer
Some say the key to life is learning how to balance all of life's various aspects.

Kenai, Soldotna advance to showdown
The Skyview High School hockey team fell short in its bid to extend its season for one more day as the Panthers dropped their Region III/4A Championship tournament opener 4-1 to the Wasilla Warriors Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Bartlett girls top Nikiski
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team took Bartlett to overtime before falling by two points, 45-43, at the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School in Anchorage Thursday.

Sports Briefs
Homer Popeye wrestlers to begin practice Five peninsula wrestlers make Team Alaska Canadiens Koivu says cancer is in full remission

Wizards rip up Kings, take fifth straight win
WASHINGTON -- Richard Hamilton scored 33 points, and Michael Jordan had 25 as the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 108-101 Thursday night.

Canadiens' Theodore shuts out Pittsburgh
MONTREAL -- Jose Theodore recorded his second straight shutout, and Shaun Van Allen scored with 6:28 left in the second period to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

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