Saturday, March 1, 2003

Former halfway house resident sentenced
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former resident of a halfway house who tried to sexually assault another halfway house inmate will spend the next two years in prison.

Air Guard prepares for deployment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The deployment location and departure date for Alaska Air National Guard personnel called to active duty this week remains a secret, Guard personnel said Thursday.

Repeat offender sentenced to 10 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a man Thursday to 10 years in federal prison for being a felony offender in possession of a firearm.

Jurors hear opening statements in Big Lake fire lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lawyers for property owners say inept state firefighters let the 1996 Big Lake wildfire get out of control, while attorneys for the state say a sudden wind overpowered firefighters' best efforts and whipped a small blaze into an inferno.

Snowmachine found in Stony River, victim still missing
LIME VILLAGE (AP) -- Searchers have recovered the snowmachine on which two men plunged through a hole in the ice of the Stony River, killing one of them, Alaska State Troopers said.

State senator won't testify in salmon price-fixing trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Sen. Ben Stevens will not testify in the salmon price fixing trial under way in Superior Court in Anchorage.

Lawmaker proposes legalizing roadside memorials
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bill to let Alaskans continue to erect roadside memorials for those killed on particular stretches of the state's highways was introduced in the House.

Bill would give state a share of damage awards
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill introduced in the House on Wednesday would, in effect, tax judgments commercial fishermen win in unfair trade practice lawsuits against seafood processors.

Lawyers may determine dividend's fate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund can't be touched, even to pay dividends, under the Alaska Constitution.

AT&T, Dobson, swap wireless customers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- AT&T Wireless customers in Alaska will be switching cell-phone service providers later this year.

Rite of spring: Baseball brings normalcy to a troubled world
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- There's talk of war all over the tube. The economy's in the tank. And, yes, more snow is heading for the frozen Northeast.

64 mushers entered in Iditarod 2003
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sixty-four mushers are entered to run in the 2003 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday. The mushers are (by bib number):

Iditarod set to go despite challenging conditions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Snow is a rarity in Anchorage these days except for occasional dirty piles scattered about. Yet organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race say they'll be ready for Saturday's ceremonial start downtown.

Surveys designed help fish board
When the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets next month to discuss early run Kenai and Kasilof River king salmon, they'll sort through hundreds of pages of public comments, advisory committee proposals and biological data.

Photo contest winners named
The annual Peninsula Clarion Photo Contest was judged Tuesday by a panel of Clarion employees. More than 100 photos were entered in this year's contest.

Photo feature: Clean sweep
Dale Baktuit rinses a city of Kenai street sweeper before calling it a day Thursday afternoon. "I just talked to my boss he's been here 20 some years and he said we've never swept in February. It's kind of nice to get a jump start," Baktuit said.

Rifle shots hit home
At least one of 20 rifle shots hit a Funny River cabin Feb. 7. No one was injured.

Carter stepingdown as head of CIRCAC
Jim Carter, executive director of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council for the past four and a half years, is retiring and will leave the organization he helped create.

U.S. objectives in Iraq expand in effort to gain support for going to war
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's showdown with Saddam Hussein started with the goal of regime change and disarmament. Now the administration's objectives in Iraq are expanding as Bush searches for a compelling theme that will win support and blunt growing world opposition to war.

Letters to the Editor
Smoking ban proposal is economic issue best left in peoples hands Assembly member Martin shows courage on ANWR

For safety's sake, will United States become its own worst enemy? What others say
Perhaps you saw the Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise flick ''Minority Report'' last year. It takes America 50 years into the future, one characterized by high-tech law enforcement that can predict and arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.

Alaska's tropical winter adds new challenge to this year's Iditarod
"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

Learning on the fly
"Is this science?" came the question from somewhere amidst the hubbub of a Nikiski Elementary School classroom of fifth- and sixth-graders huddled around fly-tying vises.

Radiocarbon dates dispel old myths about peninsula forest burns
Old myths die hard. One of my favorite hard-dying myths is that Captain Cook saw very little forest on the Kenai Peninsula when he sailed up the Inlet in 1778. Every time there is a public meeting on forest issues on the Kenai, someone trots out this story and it has become part of our oral tradition.

Around the Peninsula
Advisory committee meeting canceled Art show opens Saturday Womens sobriety group to meet Historical society board to meet Soccer club to hold tryouts Guitar classes offered

Committee rejects plan to give drought aid to churches
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- A legislative committee has rejected a proposal that would have given the South Dakota Association of Christian Churches some state money to help its drought-relief efforts.

Roman Catholic shrine renovation to allow display of more holy relics
MARIA STEIN, Ohio (AP) -- The sealed, glass-paneled box had been built into an altar and left unopened for more than 100 years. Soot from candles clouded the view of the inside.

Pope: Science should benefit poor, not serve economic interests
ROME (AP) -- Pope John Paul II urged scientists to use their research to help poor countries -- not to make a profit.

Zimbabwean religious leaders protest government
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwean church leaders demonstrated against repression and human rights abuses in their troubled country, protesting in the stadium where Australia and Zimbabwe were playing a World Cup cricket match.

Against widespread clergy protest, some lay Christians justify war against Iraq
President Bush has been trying for months to make the case for using force against Saddam Hussein, but he has won little support from leaders of American and European churches.

God has power to intercede on behalf of devoted
Friday morning, Feb. 14, as I was studying, I came across a Scripture in Job 38:22.

Students at evangelical Christian college Wheaton allowed to dance
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) -- Wheaton College, a Christian evangelical school, has lifted its rules against on-campus dancing and has decided to allow faculty and staff to drink alcohol and smoke off campus.

First U.S. Buddhist high school to open in Nuuanu
HONOLULU (AP) -- The nation's first Buddhist high school is set to open in Hawaii this August with a teaching focus on peace.

Religion Briefs
Love INC fund-raiser promises no speeches Poetry competition offers $1,000 top prize Native fellowship to meet March 7 Purity Conference 2003 slated Friendship closet open Wednesdays Bible study group meets Healing Rooms open every weekend Conference asks Are dinosaurs in Bible?

U.S. religious stands on war with Iraq
A summary of U.S. religious bodies' stands on a possible war with Iraq:

Sports Briefs
Nikiski cagers to host Seldovia

Ottawa takes NHL points lead
OTTAWA -- Magnus Arvedson scored at 2:24 of overtime, and the Ottawa Senators took over the NHL points lead with a 3-2 victory Thursday night over the Dallas Stars.

Snow time
Blue skies and balmy temperatures greeted Kenai Peninsula skiers Thursday at the start of the Alaska School Activities Association State Cross-Country Ski Championships in Fairbanks.

'The Burk Stops Here' is out of cash
Todd Manzi says he is broke, which hardly distinguishes him from lots of other people out of work in these trying times.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys perfect in 2A play
Both the Ninilchik girls and the Cook Inlet Academy boys remained undefeated in District 3/2A play Tuesday night at Ninilchik School.

World-record Alaska grizzly disqualified
FAIRBANKS -- The country's most prestigious hunting fraternity has disqualified a world-record grizzly bear shot by an Alaska hunter on the Toklat River because his two hunting partners drove off-road vehicles through salmon spawning areas during the hunt.

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