Saturday, March 13, 2004

Rising interest rates could squeeze profits
NEW YORK (AP) No one expects interest rates to stay at near rock-bottom levels forever, but there are plenty of companies probably hoping that they don't rise anytime soon.

Boomers aim to preserve memories and help fuel scrapbooking business
NEW YORK (AP) For Lisa Tantillo, preserving memories of herself, friends and family meant throwing photos in a big box. But since her twins were born three years ago, the Westport, Conn., resident has become what the scrapbooking industry describes as a serious cropper.

Many find ARMs a good alternative to fixed-rate mortgages
NEW YORK (AP) When Meredith Klein bought her first home earlier this month, she decided against a traditional fixed-rate mortgage.

Winter king tournament set to begin in Homer
HOMER Right between the frightening realization that a late winter snowfall could mean more shoveling and that first gulp of air laced with the sour scent of breakup, there is Homer's Winter King Salmon Tournament, on March 20.

Physician remedies fishing-related injuries
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Ever notice how little sympathy you get if you happen to mention your arm is sore from so much fly fishing? Now, at last, there's someone who feels your pain. Or, at least, he knows how much it hurts.

Families of mushers cheer from home
Between their sponsors, friends and legions of adoring fans, Kenai Peninsula mushers competing in this year's Iditarod have a lot of people cheering them on, but none more so than their families.

Buser entertains in Cripple
CRIPPLE Martin Buser ate beef stew over rice Thursday, while giving his dog team a long rest and entertaining friends with a story of a strange occurrence on the Iditarod trail.

School activities not just about students; vote affects community
It has come to my attention that no one has spoken out about Proposition No. 1 on the March mail-out ballot. This proposition will determine whether there will be extracurricular activities next year. A yes vote might increase land tax ($50 for every $100,000 of owned land) and support extracurricular activities.

Simple solution to making sure computer voting not fraudulent
Despite evidence that computer voting machines are vulnerable to fraud and accidents

Senior citizens need to let officials know how cuts are hurting them
This is intended as a heads-up notice to all senior citizens and friends to let your voice be heard in Juneau. Let the governor, senators and representatives know that what they are doing to the senior citizens of Alaska is discrimination and we are not sitting down doing nothing, we will be heard.

Alaskans need to take stand now before state's last dime is spent
Our legislators and the governor continue their push to grab more money, with no real cuts proposed to the bureaucracy.

Former Alaskan accused of spying for Iraq
NEW YORK A former Seattle-area journalist and congressional press secretary was arrested Thursday, accused of working as a paid agent for the Iraqi spy system blamed for terrorist plots including the attempted assassination of President George H.W. Bush.

Photo feature: Clearing the view
Jay Vienup cleans windows on the Klauder & Co. Architects building on the bluff in Kenai on Thursday afternoon.

Village fair offers prescription for healthier living
With a full slate of events planned, the ninth annual Kenai Peninsula Village Fair is all set to fill area residents' prescription for health-related activities.

'Hobo Jim' to entertain soldiers in Afghanistan
The musical sound of the Alaska frontier will fill the high country of Afghanistan next month when "Hobo Jim" Varsos takes his one-person show to soldiers of the Army's 501st Parachute Infantry.

Alaskans remember Lindauer
ANCHORAGE The woman accused of working for the Iraqi intelligence agency is the daughter of John Lindauer, a former Alaska gubernatorial candidate whose campaign disintegrated under legal scrutiny.

Enforcing river regs not easy
An Alaska State Parks ranger told the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee on Wednesday that fully enforcing fisheries, boating safety and other rules and regulations on the Kenai River is virtually impossible.

Beatrice Lou Stanford
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident Beatrice Lou Stanford died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, after a long battle with lung cancer at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 73.

School activities help students form healthier lifestyles
A national news story from earlier this

Propostion No. 1 can be seen from all sides
As with any good subject that is open to public debate, Proposition No. 1 School District Cocurricular Activities Funding has strengths and weaknesses. Because the subject includes intellectual activities such as drama and debate, I would like to present the subject in the dramatic format of a debate.

Forest detective searches for 'animal pollen' to document peninsula's past
Animal pollen? There is no such thing; flowers not animals produce pollen. OK, but let's ask if animals could produce something like pollen, is there some kind of "pollen analogue" for animals?

Goats when most people hear the word they think of a mischievous little mammal that prowls petting zoos looking to literally chew the shirt off of a child's back, but to Vicki Wood goats mean a heck of a lot more.

Fish and Game schedules bear baiting clinics
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has scheduled three black bear baiting clinics on the Kenai P

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers needed for restoration project TAG meeting slated Village Fair set for Saturday Developmental screening offered Coal bed methane seminar set Wolf to hold town hall meeting Little League to begin registration Community Schools to host talent show Food bank hold nutrition classes

Church Briefs
Youth service planned Lenten breakfasts continue Matrix to feature Family Feud Women Aglow look at St. Pats Day Sterling Bible class begins Life class under way Easter program practice held Nikiski women hold Bible study Religious art sought Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Syria to bar foreign students from studying Islam in private schools
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) Syria will no longer allow foreign students to study Islam and Islamic law in private schools, according to instructions handed down by the Interior Ministry.

Ex-Milwaukee archbishop withdraws from service following objections
MILWAUKEE (AP) A Roman Catholic church has canceled plans for retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland to administer the sacrament of confirmation after parishioners objected and threatened to protest.

Does it matter whether ''under God'' remains in the Pledge of Allegiance?
Does it matter whether the Pledge of Allegiance proclaims that the indivisible American republic is ''under God''?

Hundreds help remove anti-Semitic graffiti from Denver synagogue
DENVER (AP) About 300 people of different faiths turned out to clean a synagogue vandalized with swastikas and Nazi symbols on the eve of the Jewish holiday Purim.

Vatican calls for respect for Jews among instructions for bishops
VATICAN CITY (AP) The Vatican issued instructions for bishops Tuesday that included a reminder that Jews should be treated with respect as ''elder brothers'' to avert anti-Semitism, and that priests should be properly educated about the Jewish religion.

Everyone could use some coaching, empowerment from Christ
The following is in response to an article, "Coach's Dream," I read in the Peninsula Clarion on Feb. 17. I was captivated by some parallel thoughts concerning our response to God's coaching of his children.

Episcopal leader opposes ban on gay marriage in U.S. Constitution
LONDON (AP) The leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church said he opposed any proposals to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage.

Best-selling Christian author declares: 'It's Not About Me'
SAN ANTONIO (AP) To millions of readers, he's a writer whose personal anecdotes help connect ordinary Christians to God. To thousands at his church, he's an honest, humble preacher.

Still plenty of good skiing left on peninsula
Decent cross-country skiing is still hanging on across the Kenai Peninsula.

Peninsula trail conditions
Conditions this week on Peninsula ski trails.

District 3/3A basketball tournament
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at Grace Christian, Anchorage

Sugar Shane Mosley is plenty sweet, but his moment is still to come
Sugar Ray Robinson was arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter ever, and Sugar Ray Leonard was no slouch, either. Sugar Ray Seales won a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics.

Nikiski squads triumph in District 3/3A openers
The Nikiski girls and boys basketball teams picked up victories Thursday in the first round of the District 3/3A basketball tournament at Grace Christian School in Anchorage.

Penguins win fourth straight
TORONTO Ric Jackman, Rico Fata and Aleksey Morozov scored against backup Trevor Kidd, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their season-high fourth straight with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Region III/4A basketball tournament
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at Wasilla High School

Bertuzzi suspended for rest of season, Canucks fined by league
TORONTO Todd Bertuzzi is done for the season, suspended Thursday by an NHL intent on sending the message that it won't tolerate premeditated attacks on the ice.

Kenai boys, Homer girls notch region tournament wins
Kenai senior Geoffrey Gemmel hit a 10-foot jumper at the buzzer Thursday to give Kenai a 61-59 victory over Colony in the first round of the Region III/4A basketball tournament at Wasilla High School.

St. Joe's suffers first loss
DAYTON, Ohio From perfect to pummeled.

Mobley scores 31 as Rockets beat Hornets
HOUSTON Cuttino Mobley scored 31 points and equaled a season high with six 3-pointers as the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-86 for their fourth straight victory Thursday night.

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