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Saturday, March 9, 2002

Whittier prison bill clears first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill calling for a private prison in Whittier cleared its first hurdle Thursday, passing the House State Affairs Committee 4-2.

Alakanuk boy accused of molesting younger sister
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy is accused of molesting his 9-year-old sister in Alakanuk.

Chugach School District accepts Baldrige Award
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Representatives of the Chugach School District received a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award on Thursday for outstanding educational achievements.

Murkowski targets gap in federal pipeline law
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Legislation introduced by Sen. Frank Murkowski would make shooting at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline a federal crime.

Plane crashes near Barrow, but no one injured
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four people on board a Cessna 208 walked away with no injuries when the plane crashed about 50 miles southeast of Barrow, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Study shows more Alaska children live in poverty

Investigators suspect collision in whale death
KODIAK (AP) -- A Cuviers beaked whale found on a beach on the east side of Kodiak Island last weekend probably died after a collision with a boat, according to marine investigators.

Former archbishop Hurley released from California hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage has been released from a San Francisco area hospital.

Lawmakers scatter for annual break
JUNEAU (AP) -- Most lawmakers headed out of town Thursday for an annual break that started several years ago so a handful of legislators could attend meetings on energy policy in Washington, D.C.

Judge Beistline moves closer to becoming Alaska's next federal judge
Washington (AP) -- State Judge Ralph Beistline of Fairbanks is another step closer to being Alaska's next federal judge.

Job burnout drives some boomers to distraction, new careers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Deep into the rat race but far from the finish line of retirement, many baby boomers are at risk of hitting the career wall.

What will massive debt mean for young consumers' spending power and retailers
NEW YORK (AP)-- Tamara Weber, 25, saddled with $22,000 in college loans and $6,500 in credit card debt, has stopped impulse spending and postponed buying a car and other big-ticket items so she can pay down her debt.

E-filing taxes can save time, speed refund
NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans are setting aside their pens and pencils and switching on their computers to prepare and file their income taxes.

Drought conditions need not mean putting off gardening for the season
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Although a persistent drought is baking the soil brick hard in more than 20 states, that doesn't mean having to hang up the hoe for the upcoming growing season.

Power line tree-trimmer delivers a manicure, not a haircut
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- For the better part of three decades, Bill Jardel's job has involved cutting back trees.

New Mexico becomes the first state to allow non-physicians to prescribe drugs
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico has become the first state to let psychologists prescribe drugs for mental illness, a move lamented by some physicians.

Surgeons ask exercising baby boomers not to abuse their new knees
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Exercising baby boomers must realize new knees are not like new tires: You can't just wear out one set and buy another.

Study suggests stem cells in bloodstream can build tissue in other parts of body
Researchers have found evidence that stem cells circulating in the bloodstream can grow new tissue in the liver, gut and skin.

Cancer society promotes diet, exercise to reduce cancer risk
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American Cancer Society, worried about a nation that does too little exercise and grows more obese, is putting a new emphasis on exercise as a way to reduce the risk of getting sick and dying of cancer.

Buser wins gourmet meal as first musher to the Yukon River
RUBY (AP) -- It's not your typical breakfast of champions.

Top mushers take layovers
CRIPPLE, Alaska (AP) -- Linwood Fiedler was feeding his dogs and Martin Buser was playing with his team as a brisk wind blew through the Cripple checkpoint Thursday.

Iditarod families keep eye on race from home
Six days into the 2002 Iditarod Dog Sled Race, lead mushers are resting at the halfway point, peninsula mushers are scattered along the trail and families are watching -- some patiently and some not so patiently -- from home.

School district axes positions
The cuts are starting and so is the pain.

Borough assembly to introduce measure to clarify legislative priorities
As state lawmakers continue looking for ways to save, they must recognize that cuts alone can't bridge the yawning fiscal gap, and that upkeep on facilities such as schools and roads will require additional funding no matter how deeply they carve next year's spending plan.

Community, Kenai City Council donations allow CARTS to continue school-day service
Kenai citizens, businesses and city council combined Wednesday to keep a popular kindergarten transport program on track.

Heavy bombs rock eastern Afghan towns
GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- U.S. troops scoured caves and cleared ridges of al-Qaida diehards Thursday, but sandstorms and high winds grounded helicopters and threatened to disrupt the U.S.-led air and ground offensive.

Steve A. James Obituary
Claudville, Va., resident Steve A. James died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at his home in Virginia. He was 54.

Harold E. Litchfield Obituary
Peaks Island, Maine, resident Harold E. Litchfield died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Sebastian River Medical Center in Roseland, Fla., following a brief illness. He was 84.

Elmer T. Clavell Obituary
Soldotna resident Elmer T. Clavell died Monday, March 4, 2002. Mr. Clavell was born Nov. 3, 1935. He was co-owner of the Treasure Cache in Soldotna.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign Oregon State lefty

Applause
Proceeds from quilt raffle will fund community projects

Letters to the Editor
Public transportation makes world of difference to those who need it

Doing nothing wrong answer
I have begun to compile a list of legislators who seem to believe their constituents are so uninformed that they can insult their intelligence without any repercussions.

Parents, students should be heard on school funding
It's unfortunate that a legal glitch grounded this week's planned trip by parents to talk with legislators about the financial woes of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Forest regeneration efforts benefit moose on wildlife refuge
Moose habitat management has a long and colorful history on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Outdoors photo feature: Personal time
A bald eagle grooms itself in a tree Sunday, March 3, 2002 in Juneau, Alaska. An eagle can stay busy grooming as it has around 7,000 feathers from head to tail. An adult female eagle can weigh as much as 15 pounds and have a body length of 34-37 inches, with a wingspan of over seven feet. Males are slightly smaller. The bald eagle's scientific name is "Haliaeetus Leucocephalus," which means "sea eagle with a white head."

Around the Peninsula
Education association to hold rally Fund-raising dinner to aid family Healthy Communities meeting planned Planning workshop scheduled Public radio board meeting planned

Islamic art exhibit back in town hall in Rhode Island
TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) -- An Islamic art exhibit in town hall was removed then put back on display after a dispute over whether the show violated the separation of church and state.

Priest's slaying stirs up bad memories for retreat that remade itself after scandal
JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) -- The shock of a Roman Catholic priest's slaying at an isolated spiritual retreat has brought back memories of a disturbing period when the center was involved in sex abuse allegations.

Episcopal leaders condemn conservative breakaway group
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The executive council of the Episcopal Church issued a statement saying it is ''saddened and grieved'' by the actions of the conservative breakaway group, the Anglican Mission in America.

Founder of conservative group getting the ultimate sign of pope's admiration -- sainthood
ROME (AP) -- The founder of the conservative Roman Catholic group Opus Dei will be elevated to sainthood this October, receiving a posthumous honor in 27 years that's often bestowed on notable Catholics only after centuries.

Judge orders removal of Ten Commandments plaque from courthouse
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge Wednesday ordered county officials to remove an 82-year-old Ten Commandments plaque from a courthouse, calling it an unconstitutional display of the biblical text.

Pittsburgh Diocese removed 'several' priests from ministry
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Roman Catholic Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh has removed several priests from the ministry because of accusations of child sexual abuse, a spokesman for the diocese said.

Muslim leaders reject plan to resolve temple dispute
NEW DELHI, India -- Muslim leaders on Thursday rejected a compromise plan aimed at preventing Hindu hard-liners from immediately starting construction of a temple on a site held holy by both religions.

Moderate Baptists in Texas create fund for missionaries, angering conservative leaders
DALLAS (AP) -- Moderate Baptists in Texas have pledged $1 million to help Southern Baptist missionaries who decline to endorse a conservative doctrinal statement they are being asked to approve.

Adjustments can help anchor beliefs
A friend of mine fishes the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for a living. He has faced huge waves and high winds numerous times aboard a boat almost a hundred-feet long.

Texas bishop appointed to lead Apostleship of the Sea in United States
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bishop Curtis Guillory has been appointed leader of the Roman Catholic Apostleship of the Sea in the United States of America.

Synagogue cooks 738.5 pound pastry, hopes for record
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A synagogue hoped to bake its way into the record books with a 738.5 pound, 20-foot-wide hamantasch, a confection traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim.

Religion Briefs
Fellowship to host Aleut evangelist Nikiski church plans events Prophecies topic of speaker Mens community dinner planned

Young skiers learn by doing
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons this winter, the sound of children could be heard across the Kenai Golf Course. Not just two or three, either. As many as 20 kids, laughing, chatting, shouting and enjoying the Alaska outdoors.

Good skiing available
For those who missed the Tour of Anchorage, or have managed to recover from it, this Saturday Homer offers another racing option in the Kachemak Bay Marathon Ski.

Photo feature: On the move
Horst Haunold glides behind Stephanie McGahan and his son Gabe during a ski class for Mountain View Elementary School students at the Kenai Golf Course last month. See story, C1.

Sports photo feature: All I had I gave
Denver University's Ola Berger shows the strain of his national championship-winning run in the Men's 10K Classic event of the NCAA Skiing Championships Thursday, March 7, 2002, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Tourney picture to firm up on final weekend
The peninsula's high school basketball teams have one weekend left of regular season play, and while things look pretty clear at the top of the Region III/4A standings, the situation at the middle and the bottom of the standings has some exciting tournament implications.

Florida State overcomes Clemson in OT thriller
Delvon Arrington scored a career-high 24 points for the Seminoles, who defeated Clemson 91-84 in overtime and advanced to play top-seeded Maryland in one of four quarterfinal games Friday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

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