Saturday, February 15, 2003

Gatt takes lead in Yukon Quest
DAWSON CITY, Yukon (AP) -- Defending champion Hans Gatt took the lead Thursday as racers in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race reached the halfway mark.

Defendant pressured to lower prices to fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Bristol Bay sockeye salmon processor testified Thursday that a Japanese importer who bought its products demanded repeatedly that it lower prices to fishermen.

Man to enter plea agreement in North Pole homicide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with murdering a 16-year-old North Pole girl has indicated he plans to agree to a plea deal.

BP executive wants gas line talks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An executive with BP is suggesting the state form a ''small, experienced negotiating team'' to negotiate an agreement for development of a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

Oil industry seeks full NPR-A access
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Oil industry officials are calling for full access to a giant new chunk of North Slope land the federal government might offer for oil and gas development.

Wasilla businesses say they'll miss Iditarod restart
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wasilla-area businesses said they will feel the pinch from the decision to move the Iditarod restart to Fairbanks.

Lobbyist working to hone message for lawmakers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lobbyist and former Anchorage television reporter Jonathan White is consulting with lawmakers on how to better communicate with the media.

INS sweep nets fewer illegal workers in Dutch Harbor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A sweep last week by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service of seafood processors and fishing boats in Dutch Harbor netted fewer than 20 illegal immigrants, compared with about 60 arrested in a similar operation in 2000.

Fairbanks man enters plea in abuse of minor case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man faces up to four years in prison after he was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor.

Woman sentenced for DWI crash that killed teen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman charged with killing a teenager while driving drunk last summer in Anchorage has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Man arrested after threatening state worker
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 27-year-old Juneau man was arrested Thursday morning after reportedly threatening an employee of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Yukon Quest teams wrap up rest in Dawson City
DAWSON CITY, Yukon (AP) -- The top teams in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race were preparing to hit the trail again Friday afternoon after taking a mandatory 36 hour layover.

Salmon industry considers asking for federal help
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some representatives of the salmon industry are considering petitioning the federal government for financial relief from the effects of the salmon industry decline.

Era could consider future in Soldotna
While Era Aviation has no plans to begin a Soldotna operation in the immediate future, that is a possibility that may fly later.

Glick's proposal aims for uniform message
Service area boards and advisory planning commissions might soon be required to clear with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly the contents of any correspondence they may have with Alas-ka's governor, state and federal lawmakers, nonborough agencies and other officials outside the borough government.

Dear soldier: Carey starts letter-writing campaign
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey wants members of the U.S. Armed Services to know his city cares about those who put themselves in the line of fire.

Photo feature: For the birds?
A flock of ravens sit with hope next to Ronda Holben's car as Holben finishes her lunch in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

Linda Marie Norman
Port Graham resident Linda Marie Norman died surrounded by her family at South Peninsula Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, after a courageous battle with colon cancer. She was 44.

Students not only ones who benefit from job shadowing
"A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. ..."

Iraq needs to address U.N. demands, credibility issues
There is a lot that points toward a credible military threat being a condition for avoiding a war.

Letters to the Editor
Lease sales will do little to help local residents get cheap energy Chugach, Tongass need protection from congressional delegation

Arctic char a special fish on the Kenai Peninsula
The lakes along the Swanson River drainage have some special fish. Let's say that you've just caught a fish in one of these lakes. Your fish does not have the typical black spots found on a rainbow trout. Instead, it has light pink or red spots and white-edged ventral fins. If you look closely, a few spots are larger than the pupil of the eye.

Three people share Washington treehouse
STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) -- With a chain saw, a rope and a hatchet, Tony Detmer built his dream house -- suspended 20 feet up, in a stand of Douglas fir and cedar.

Three burn snowmachines while waiting for rescue in Alaska Range
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Noel Fears and two friends were hungry, wet and cold after spending a sleepless night huddled under a space blanket in chest-deep snow in the Alaska Range.

Skijoring catcing on outside
ASHLAND, N.H. (AP) -- Skijoring, a popular winter pastime in parts of Alaska, is taking hold in New England and the upper Midwest.

Outdoor Briefs --
Outdoor club seeking new members Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend

Around the Peninsula
CIAA board to meet Valentine coffeehouse planned CIRCAC committee to meet KRSMA board to meet Security forum planned After the Bell to hold fund-raiser Job center to hold ADA seminar Gardening series to begin Applications for visitor services available Volunteers sought for Easter musical

Former Jehovah's Witnesses want the faith to disclose abuse files
TORONTO (AP) -- The Canadian wing of the Jehovah's Witnesses is resisting disgruntled former members who want it to release data on known child molesters in its ranks.

Catholic abuse victims' group reports major expansion during 2002
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests reports its membership grew substantially during 2002, when many Roman Catholic molesting cases came to light.

Prominent New Testament scholar gets Church of England's fourth-ranking post
LONDON (AP) -- The Rev. N. Thomas Wright, a prominent New Testament scholar, was named Tuesday as the new bishop of Durham, the fourth-ranking post in the Church of England.

United Methodist Church reports belt-tightening
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The mission board of the 8.3 million-member United Methodist Church has frozen recruiting of new missionaries and notified 19 foreign workers their contracts won't be renewed.

Church Briefs
Deadline Saturday for religious poems New 2 U clothing ministry closes Native fellowship meets Feb. 21 Love INC fund-raiser promises no speeches Poetry competition offers $1,000 top prize Bible study group meets Healing Rooms open every Friday and Saturday Conference asks Are dinosaurs in Bible? Writers sought for faith anthology

Focus on Family reduces staff, spending
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Declining donations have forced Focus on the Family, an influential evangelical ministry with a global media reach and national political clout, to cut $5 million from its budget and lay off 34 employees.

Ohio evangelist sells his cathedral to Hindus
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) -- Television evangelist Leroy Jenkins has sold his longtime base, the nine-acre Healing Waters Cathedral complex, for $1.3 million to a Hindu group, the Yogi Divine Society.

Texas law would regulate Islamic foods
AUSTIN (AP) -- Food labeled as halal, or meeting Islamic dietary laws, would be regulated under a bill introduced in the Texas Senate.

Princess with pope, cardinal and patron saint in family now follows the Vatican from outside
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Her family tree includes the pope who put the finishing touches on St. Peter's Basilica, a cardinal who amassed one of Europe's greatest art collections and one of Italy's two patron saints.

'E-tithing' catching on in some denominations, helps churches keep revenue steady
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- For Sally Hanneman, church giving has gone high-tech.

Holiday is good time to practice true love
A holiday dedicated to love is a wonderful thing!

Clergy salaries up but still not great for many, study finds
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Pay for Protestant clergy in the United States has increased faster than inflation over the last 25 years, but the economic picture is still tough for many pastors, a survey conducted by Duke University's Divinity School says.

Bulldogs move on in Greatland tourney
The Nikiski hockey team defeated Kenny Lake 2-0 Thursday in the first round of the Greatland Hockey Conference Tournament at the Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships
Schedule for the Hockey games this weekend.

Gleason makes mind-numbing 51 saves for Soldotna
First, this reporter would like to apologize to his editors for missing deadline.

Woods suffers a little rust, a lot of frustration in return
SAN DIEGO -- A soupy fog made Tiger Woods wait four hours before he could tee off Thursday in the Buick Invitational.

State events need more off-roading
Once it finally got going, the Alaska School Activities Association's Class 4A state wrestling championship moved smoothly this past weekend at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

Thunderbirds press depth advantage against Kards
The Kenai Kardinals put on a good show Thursday in the opening round of the Class 4A state hockey tournament at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Lalime posts shutout as Senators top Oilers
OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime stopped 24 shots for his second consecutive shutout and league-leading seventh of the season as the Ottawa Senators beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 Thursday night.

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