Saturday, February 23, 2002

Community Dividend,CORRECTIVE
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Associated Press reported erroneously in a Feb. 20 story concerning a proposed community dividend program that Rep. Carl Moses was a Republican from Unalaska. Moses is a Democrat.

Unalska City Council passes nudity ban
UNALASKA (AP) -- In an effort to curtail a newly opened strip club, the Unalaska City Council has passed a prohibition on most forms of public nudity.

Fairbanks senator pushes for state hiring freeze
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fairbanks Republican Sen. Pete Kelly is convinced the state needs a hiring freeze and wants Alaska's voters to give the Legislature the power to demand one.

Most Yukon Quest mushers cross Whitehorse finish line
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- More than half the mushers competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race had made their way to Whitehorse Friday morning.

Commissioner says Senate Finance plan would drain export fund
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate plan to aid Alaska's tourism industry would hurt the state's efforts to promote exports overseas, Community and Economic Development Commissioner Deborah Sedwick said.

Rocket launch lights Interior skies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rockets launched from the Poker Flat Research Range early Thursday left luminous green streaks and curls in the sky.

Fairbanks company to share in large hospital contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks company was awarded a contract to help build a modern replacement for 51-year-old Bassett Army Community Hospital.

Group sues to get taxi initiative on Anchorage municipal ballot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group that rounded up enough signatures on a petition to make it easier to get Anchorage taxi permits is suing to place its initiative on the city ballot this spring.

Stevens says Afghanistan needs long-term help
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens' trip this week to Afghanistan convinced him that the United State should provide long-term assistance and help the country rebuild.

Anchorage schools rethink drug expulsion policy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage school officials are taking another look at the district's drug and alcohol expulsion policy, due to concerns that removing students after two violations hurts more than it helps.

Bill would remove coastal zone appeal step
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative committee is looking at doing away with a citizens' appeal process that oil companies complain can delay drilling projects on the North Slope.

Troopers seize 243 marijuana plants from Meadow Lakes home
WASILLA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers confiscated 243 marijuana plants from a home in Meadow Lakes, near Wasilla.

Volunteer pilots keep Iditarod sled dog race running smoothly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The small waiting room at Spernak's Airways was crowded with more than a dozen pilots drinking coffee, eating donuts and watching fat snowflakes swirl down from a milky white sky onto the runway at Merrill Field.

Anchorage boy, 14, arrested in sex assault at school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Bartlett High School freshman has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl inside the school Wednesday, Anchorage police said.

Auto loan refinancing can lower cost, but not for everyone
NEW YORK (AP) -- As the Federal Reserve cut interest rates last year, thousands of Americans rushed to refinance their mortgages. Less known is that many also began refinancing other debt, including auto loans.

Boomers still love high-tech toys, but can't always afford them
NEW YORK (AP) -- Something rather curious happened when MP3 music players hit the market.

Yukon Quest mushers arriving in Whitehorse
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Nearly half the mushers competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race had made their way to Whitehorse by Thursday.

Moving a continent away means major uprooting for gardeners
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Relocating can mean some educational spadework for gardeners -- especially after a cross-continent move.

Volunteer air force keeps race fueled
ANCHORAGE -- The small waiting room at Spernak's Airways was crowded with more than a dozen pilots drinking coffee, eating donuts and watching fat snowflakes swirl down from a milky white sky onto the runway at Merrill Field.

Way paved for Homer annexation
The Alaska House Community and Regional Affairs Committee voted 6-1 Thursday against sending a resolution opposing the annexation of 4.6 square miles of territory to the city of Homer, effectively paving the way for the annexation to become law March 9.

Sweet deal just needs to tap into area's birch
A different kind of thick, viscous liquid may be part of the answer to the Kenai Peninsula's economic dependence on oil. A new sweet crude, if you will.

District negotiator benched for today
The mood may be different this morning as the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its two largest employee unions meet to discuss contract proposals.

Money separates contract proposals
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its two largest employee unions have put out radically different contract proposals.

Photo feature: Snow man at work
Eric Einerson shovels snow away from the fire hydrant in front of his home in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign UCLA righty

United we stand - in our diversity
SALT LAKE CITY -- The concept struck Cammie Granato, the leader of the United States women's hockey team, before Sept. 11.

Olympic trivia for February 22
Friday's TV listings

Two Floridians plan to retire
SALT LAKE CITY _ This is it. The Olympic careers of two Floridians, one native and one transplanted, will end events that begin Friday.

Not a good time to be a judge
SALT LAKE CITY -- It was a day when silver medals led to bitter tears and judges' decisions led to bitter threats of a walkout.

Pressure on our olympic skaters is itense
SALT LAKE CITY _ The empty rink looks so huge and, well, empty.

Hughes gets gold in skating
SALT LAKE CITY -- Another American teen-ager is wearing the Olympic gold medal that was supposed to belong to Michelle Kwan.

US Womens' Hockey looses gold to Canada
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah The team waiting at the quiet end of the ice for happier people to come shake hands have always had a thing about timing.

So who is outwhining whom
SALT LAKE CITY -- And to think we were getting along so well with the Russians.

The surprising Sara Hughes
SALT LAKE CITY -- Sarah Hughes, the world's newest darling on ice, had that naive sparkle.

The very complicated scoring system in figure skating
SALT LAKE CITY -- Think you had trouble understanding the computerized BCS football rankings? Try human-driven figure-skating scores.

Olympic trivia February 23
Saturday's TV listings

What happened to erasing debt?
WASHINGTON -- President Bush wants Congress to let him add $750 billion to the national debt, just months after politicians were talking about erasing the debt instead.

$24 Million and Double Dumb
There was a northern State,

Caring for the Kenai contest adds fresh dimension to question
It's a sure sign spring is on its way: There's talk all over the Kenai Peninsula about the annual Caring for the Kenai contest.

Unattended property poses problems for refuge managers, users
In my 20-plus years at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, one of the questions I have heard the most is, "How long can I leave my personal property out on the refuge?" Other variations are, "Can I leave my boat at XYZ lake until next spring?" Or, "Can I leave a tent up to reserve a campsite between vacation weekends in July?"

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC annual meeting set for today Ranger district opens areas to motorized use Arctic Young Marines seeking new recruits CIAA board to meet Snowmobile fun run, drawings planned Ski clinic starts Monday Aviation safety meeting planned Grant funding forum to be held Charter school to hold enrollment lottery Refuge makes applications available

Oregon Zen center, school board forge deal
CLATSKANIE, Ore. (AP) -- A Zen Buddhist organization has approval to open a monastery and seminary in a vacant elementary school.

Unique chapel on aircraft carrier offers solace to many faiths
ABOARD THE USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (AP) -- Far below the thundering flight deck, the largest floating chapel in the United States military offers solace and spiritual guidance for 5,100 sailors and crew members.

As allegations widen, Vatican sees pedophilia as no longer just an 'American' problem
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- For years, it was seen at the Vatican as mere sensationalism, as a so-called ''American problem,'' or as an orchestrated campaign against the Roman Catholic Church's celibacy requirement for priests.

AIDS crisis bigger threat than global terrorism, Franklin Graham says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaking at a conference of relief workers, Franklin Graham said the AIDS epidemic ''is an even bigger threat to civilization as we know it'' than terrorism.

National Religious Broadcasters president resigns after interview flap
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The president of the National Religious Broadcasters resigned following complaints about a newspaper interview in which he said the group should not lose focus on spiritual issues as it pursues political goals.

Religion Briefs
Nikiski resident attending mission training Mens fellowship dinner planned today Bishop to speak this weekend Open house slated at Bible chapel Devotional gathering planned Womens Bible study to start in March

'Protestant Hour' radio show comes to television
CHICAGO (AP) -- A version of ''The Protestant Hour'' radio program, now in its 57th year, is coming to television.

2002 Yearbook on religious affiliation released
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches has ranked the Mormon church among the nation's five largest religious bodies for the first time.

Sterling author draws on Old, New Testament passages for answers
Using a simple question-and-answer format, author Lee Scaggs of Sterling poses questions about living a guilt-, condemnation- and shame-free Christian life, "how to cease forever striving to make ourselves acceptable to God." The answers are drawn from passages of the Old and New Testament.

SoHi boys stand fourth after first day at state ski meet
Nikiski senior Zach Hall led the Kenai Peninsula contingent at the state ski meet Thursday in Fairbanks by placing third in the boys 10-kilometer freestyle race.

Baycrest access altered
Ten acres on Baycrest Hill were reclassified as recreational land by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, paving the way for the property to become the permanent new trail head for the Baycrest Ski Trails.

Ski trails just get better
The best keeps getting better for cross-country skiers on the Kenai Peninsula.

Stuck snowmachiners survive frigid night
FAIRBANKS -- Mitchell Stoutenberg and Lewis Allen passed a crucial test Sunday they don't suggest anyone else take.

Cook Inlet notches two wins
Sometimes, when you're playing with Angels, what you really need is a prayer.

Sports Briefs
Iron Dog leaders rest in Ruby Only two deals made at NBA trading deadline

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