Saturday, March 16, 2002

Attorney elected new president of Tanana Chiefs Conference
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Buddy Brown, an attorney who grew up in the Koyukuk River village of Huslia, has been elected president of Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Official says pipeline initiative's goals could cost millions
JUNEAU (AP) -- It could cost up to $250 million to carry out the goals of a gas pipeline initiative that's set to appear on the November ballot, a state official said Thursday.

Conservation projects receive federal funding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fifteen conservation projects in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska will receive approximately $200,000 in federal grants.

Caribou highway hunting banned
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Archers no longer will be allowed to hunt caribou from the roadway along the Dalton Highway Corridor.

Unalaska City Council passes adult entertainment regulations
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Unalaska City Council has passed strict regulations that will require a new strip club to relocate.

Iditarod committee oversight shortchanges mushers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Iditarod mushers might have taken home bigger winnings this year if not for an oversight by the organization that runs the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Alaska Natives express anger over House plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Natives expressed anger Thursday over a House Finance plan to eliminate state funding for subsistence.

Yukon government eyes Alaska as tourist source
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- The Yukon government wants to attract more summer visitors from Alaska.

Captain, engineers charged with polluting waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The captain of a foreign-flagged vessel and two engineers have been charged with keeping false books to conceal the dumping of waste oil and sludge from two ships.

Wildlife photographer wants state to stock McNeil river to attract bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wildlife photographer is widely circulating an e-mail he wrote, urging the state to start stocking McNeil River with chum eggs to supplement the salmon runs and attract more bears.

Sales tax plan clears hurdle in the House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to impose a 3 percent statewide sales tax to help close a hole in the state budget passed a House committee on Thursday.

UAF head hockey coach named CCHA coach of the year
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Central Collegiate Hockey Association has honored the head hockey coach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Rabies epidemic could be spreading south
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The rabies epidemic in northern Alaska may have spread south.

Lost Toksook Bay snowmachiner rescued
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 51-year-old Toksook Bay man was found safe and sound after getting lost on a snowmachine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

State unemployment rate falls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in February, state labor officials said.

Avoiding 'red flags' can keep you out of IRS auditor's office
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's the letter Americans dread most -- a cordial invitation to visit the local Internal Revenue Service office for an audit.

Baby boomers help NASCAR grow, their kids likely to drive sport in future
Stock car racing has developed from a Southern sport to national pastime, from dusty racetracks to luxury box-studded speedways.

No place like Nome
Soldotna veterinarian Jayne Hempstead drives a dog team up Front Street in Nome with Col. Norman Vaughan carrying a box of diphtheria serum as the Serum Run Expedition reaches its terminus Wednesday. Joining Hempstead from the centra

Winter king derby returns to Homer
Subfreezing temperatures. Icy ocean spray breaking over the bow of your boat. A 40-pound chinook, struggling at the end of your line. March means winter king salmon fishing at its best.

Groups discuss extinction threat to medicinal, aromatic plants
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Herbal shampoo and medicine makers could learn something from American Indians about harvesting medicinal and aromatic plants without endangering some vanishing and valuable species.

Kenai schedules comprehensive plan workshop
The city of Kenai will hold a comprehensive plan workshop March 23 at the Kenai Senior Center. The purpose of the

Bill would name bridge to honor Soldotna soldier
The state House of Representatives this week passed a measure that would name the Sterling Highway bridge spanning the Kenai River at Soldotna in honor of David Douthit, the only Alaskan to die in military service during the 1991 Gulf War.

Chamber, city council partnership pitched
City government and the chamber of commerce must form a partnership for the well-being of the community, Kenai Mayor John Williams and city council member Duane Bannock told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

District contract cost figures called 'worst-case scenario' by president of union
The first contract proposal the teachers' union brought to the negotiating table would cost the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District more than $10 million, district officials say.

Administration hoping incentive measure will save money, prevent layoffs
Educators thinking about retiring got a nudge in that direction Wednesday, when the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced a new proposal.

Parents' Juneau trip OK'd
Armed with an opinion from an Alaska Public Offices Commis-sion staffer, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made it clear Tuesday that it will spend borough funds to send parents and students to Juneau to lobby on behalf of borough schools.

James Snow
Soldotna resident James Snow died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. He was 78.

Estella Eagle
Kenai resident Estella Eagle died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign another Oregon State player

Alaskans show they know score on budget gap
Legislators who continue to think that Alaskans don't believe the state budget crisis is real might have been surprised by the testimony received by the House Finance Committee this week on its proposed $2.2 billion operating budget.

Recent actions do not serve best interest of state, Alaskans, fish or fisheries
This is to express our extreme dissatisfaction with the recent Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet salmon issues. In addition, we are displeased with the actions of the Department of Fish and Game staff, especially the lack of leadership demonstrated by the commissioner of Fish and Game.

Mountain lion 'sightings' on refuge still unsubstantiated
In the summer of 2001, two seasonal staff members on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge were together driving down Swanson River Road. Suddenly, on the road ahead of them appeared an unusual animal. After crossing the road, it paused in the vegetation at the edge of the road long enough for them to get a good look at the animal, which they described as a large, long, brown cat with a long tail. They claimed it definitely was not a wolf, coyote, or lynx.

Around the Peninsula
Cook Inlet Lions present Putting on the Ritz Scholarship applications due today ABCS enrollment lottery applications due Scholarship pageant planned for weekend CPR class offered St. Patricks Day festivities planned Overeaters Anonymous to meet Sunday Community radio holding fund drive Nurses to visit area village Kenai River advisory board to meet Planning workshop scheduled Used book sale set for April 5 Elementary schools seek foster grandparents

Lawyer hired to complain about church bells in Genoa
GENOA, Italy (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest has promised to cut back the number of times he rings the church bells after a parishioner called in her lawyer to complain.

Bob Jones III wants wants to shed fundamentalist label
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The president of Bob Jones University says he wants to shed the school's fundamentalist label because the term has been equated with terrorist in the minds of many people since Sept. 11.

Religion Briefs
Mens community dinner today Clothing ministry open Saturday Nikiski church plans events>

Chorus to sing in Kenai
The 40-voice male chorus of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will sing at Grace Lutheran Church and School at the 11 a.m. service March 31, Easter Sunday.

'Intelligent design' gains attention in Ohio debate, but many science educators are skeptical
Stakes were high Monday at a meeting of an Ohio Board of Education panel. Up for discussion: whether high school biology students should be told about potential problems with Darwinism and evidence that life on Earth was planned.

Patriarch Bartholomew visits ground zero, pledges rebirth of church
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians, visited ground zero and vowed to rebuild an Orthodox church destroyed in the terrorist attacks.

Plagiarism in the pulpit -- citing sources an issue for clergy
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Plagiarism charges have caused trouble lately for historians and college students, and even clergy are being questioned about whether they should cite more sources from the pulpit.

U.S. Jewish survey indicates increase in synagogue affiliation but decline in other ways
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new survey has found that just over 1 million U.S. Jewish households, or 44 percent, are affiliated with a congregation, up from 880,000 families in a parallel survey a decade ago.

Orthodox Jewish leaders issue policy on cloning
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two leading Orthodox Jewish groups have taken a position on cloning, saying they support using the process to cure diseases but oppose it for reproductive purposes.

10 marriages: Help is there
Once upon a time, in a land very much like ours, 10 couples got married. It was wonderful! All 10 were madly in love. The future was bright. Their hopes were high. The world was very good, and they would live happily ever after.

New Tsalteshi equipment shed enhances conditions for skiers
Bill Holt and Tom Seggerman talk about Tsalteshi Trails Association's new grooming equipment shed. The building has made it easier for groomers to keep the ski trails behind Skyview High School in shape this season.

Spring skiing in full bloom
Thus far, the benefits of grooming central peninsula ski trails are still outweighing the costs, and that's good news for area cross-country enthusiasts.

Landowner fights snowmachiners' fees
An East End Road landowner who has been battling in court for years to keep snowmachiners off his property has been told to pay $13,000 for his unsuccessful legal fight.

Bulldogs dominate Rams boys
When a bulldog bites into something, it doesn't let go. Not until it's ready to.

Warriors stand tall
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team was able to keep its collective chin up despite taking one on the chin in the opening round of the Region III/4A tournament Thursday at Skyview High School.

Wasilla girls stop Homer
The inside-out game of the Wasilla girls basketball team quickly turned Homer inside-out Thursday in a Region III/4A tournament basketball game at Soldotna High School.

Photo feature: What's your sign?
Soldotna High School cheerleaders hang a banner in the gym at Skyview Thursday afternoon before the start of the Region III/4A basketball tournament.

Gonzaga, USC knocked out as low-seeded teams spring upsets
Sure didn't take long for low-seeded teams to pick up right where they left off last year in the NCAA tournament.

SkyHi girls get Knighted
The Skyview High School girls basketball team couldn't cut quite deep enough into Colony's lead Thursday as the Knights hung a 60-40 loss on the host Panthers in the opening round of the Region III/4A tournament.

Montgomery, Smith step up as Kenai girls push past Palmer
Kenai coach Jim Beeson's injury-plagued Kardinals girls squad overcame a tenacious Palmer comeback to limp into the second round of the Region III/4A tournament Thursday at Soldotna High School.

Soldotna girls blow past Kodiak
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team needed a quarter to figure out Kodiak's pressure defense Thursday in the opening round of the Region III/4A tournament at Skyview High School.

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