Friday, March 22, 2002

Bill to change fishery buyback law passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at making it easier to buy back commercial fishing permits cleared the House on Wednesday.

Snow drought forces early halt to Intertie work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Work on the Northern Intertie construction has shut down a month earlier than expected due to the lack of snow in the Interior.

Knife-wielding man wakes sleeping couple in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man attacked a couple with a knife while they slept in an Anchorage apartment, police said.

Bill provides help for former foster kids
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former foster children would get a little help making the transition to adulthood under a bill that passed the House on Friday.

Rep. Ogan's condition improves slightly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan's condition has improved slightly, although he remains critically ill four days after suffering a severe heart attack.

Biologists hope to track fish with high-tech sensors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Researchers seeking to unravel the mystery of salmon migrations in the northern Pacific want to build a high-tech fish-sensing network stretching thousands of miles from California to Alaska.

Police officers join missing children alert system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police officers in four Alaska cities have joined a Florida-based group that helps find missing children.

Workers' names prompt Unalaska security alert
UNALASKA (AP) -- The names of three seafood processing workers from the Philippines set off an alarm at the airport in Unalaska on Wednesday.

Man injured when falling steel beams crush car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man suffered possible broken ribs after 20 tons of steel broke loose on the car he was sitting in.

Kotzebue wind power plant gets national recognition
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kotzebue Electric Association has received national recognition for its windpower plant, which has reduced Kotzebue's dependence on diesel.

Juneau woman severely injured in accident
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 19-year-old Juneau woman was severely injured when her pickup slid head-on into a truck on a Washington highway.

Second suspect in Fairbanks robbery attempt arrested
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager is charged as the second suspect in an attempted robbery at the Oasis Restaurant and Lounge in Fairbanks.

Raven's electrocution on Anchorage power line causes outage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A raven knocked out power in downtown Anchorage and an adjacent neighborhood when it struck an overhead electrical line.

Selawik teen accused of stealing snowmachine and ramming owner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Selawik teen-ager has been arrested for stealing a teacher's snowmachine then ramming into the teacher, who pursued on a second snowmachine, Alaska State Troopers said.

Fish board revises snow crab rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State fisheries officials on Wednesday approved new rules for harvesting snow crab that will allow fishing to continue even if the overall catch must be reduced.

Squadron returns after Afghanistan duty
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Five F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base are home from battle duty in Afghanistan and patrolling the no-fly zone over Iraq.

Fairbanks man accused of receiving cocaine in mail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 25-year-old Fairbanks man has been charged with receiving more than a pound of cocaine in the mail.

Whale bones too soiled to make trip to England
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It could take another month before a pair of whale jawbones from Barrow are flown to their destined home in Whitby, England.

U.S. marshals nab Alaska fugitive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska fugitive has been caught in California, nearly 16 years after he skipped out on robbery charges in Anchorage.

Juneau woman voted off Survivor show
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau-born Sarah Jones doesn't want anyone feeling sorry for her because she was voted off the CBS reality television show Survivor: Marquesas.

A rare great spotted woodpecker brings fame to Caswell Lake
CASWELL LAKE, Alaska (AP) -- Fred Virrazzi was sitting at his computer in Carteret, N.J., when he got the big news: A rare woodpecker had taken up residence at a remote cabin near Talkeetna.

Coast Guard rescues man twice in nine days
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard said it rescued a Ketchikan man twice in nine days.

House Finance takes up plan to dole out earnings to communities
JUNEAU (AP) -- House budget leaders plan to use $59.3 million in Permanent Fund earnings to provide state assistance to local communities.

Funding uncertain for redistricting lawyer expenses
JUNEAU (AP) -- When attorney Philip Volland defended the state's redistricting plan before the Alaska Supreme Court last week, he was working without pay.

Four Alaskans win presidential math, science teaching awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaskans were among teachers scheduled Wednesday to receive the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teaching.

3UAA students complain about officer's behavior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Anchorage police department is investigating complaints that an officer pointed a gun at several students and screamed at them while searching a dorm for a suicidal man.

New York Rangers sign UAF's Bobby Andrews
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Less than a week after playing his final hockey game for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bobby Andrews has signed on with the New York Rangers.

Alaska Supreme Court rejects redistricting map
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the state's redistricting map and sent it back to the state Redistricting Board to be reworked.

Board investigates ground collision of jets at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a weekend ground collision of an Eva Airways cargo jet and an Alaska Airlines plane at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

State regulators accept BP valve safety plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State regulators have accepted BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s plan to improve the failure rate of wellhead safety valves at the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Task force will look at Juneau's smoking ordinance
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly decided to appoint a seven-member task force to look at the impact of the city's smoking ordinance on charitable gaming.

Biologists focus on killer whales in study of Steller declines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Killer whales preying on Steller sea lions might be one reason Alaska's sea lion population remains depressed, scientists say.

Alaska must decide how to implement low sulfur fuel rule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will have to decide by the beginning of next month how a new ultra-low sulfur rule for diesel fuel will be implemented in the state.

Native corporations report economic impact for 2000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Native regional and village corporations paid out $350 million in wages within the state and $64.5 million in dividends in 2000, according to a report released Thursday.

Heavy snowfall postpones BLM burn
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The heavy snowfall over the weekend has forced the federal Bureau of Land Management to postpone its plans to burn slash piles in Anchorage.

Motorist surrenders after 54-mile chase in Glennallen area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old man surrendered to Alaska State Troopers after leading them on a 54-mile chase on the Glenn Highway, troopers said.

Amendment allows regulation options
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Companies wanting to build a proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline would get to choose one of two sets of government regulations but would not have a say in the line's route, under new amendments to a U.S. Senate energy bill.

Nabors works to keep safe environment
Safety, growth and cooperation. Those were the themes discussed Tuesday by Jim Denney, president of Nabors Drilling.

Kmart financial worries continue
NEW YORK -- Sarah Johnson used to shop for toiletries, light bulbs and other basics at her local Kmart, while driving 30 minutes to Target for fashion and other nonessential items. That all changed a month ago, after a trip to buy picture frames at Kmart turned out to be an exercise in futility.

Even with a slew of store closing, analysts say America is still overstocked
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even with the liquidation of such big names as Montgomery Ward and a rash of store closings from the likes of Kmart, America is still overstocked with retailers, particularly department and apparel stores that are turning consumers off with uninspiring merchandise.

Kasilof station seeks presence in Homer
A newcomer to the Homer airwaves, KMJG has quietly been playing a steady stream of commercial-free top 40 oldies during the day and volunteer programs ranging from hip-hop to Celtic in the evenings and on weekends for more than a year now.

Business Briefs
ABHA to host parade of new Anchorage homesVolunteers needed to promote HomerWorkshop targets disaster readiness for documentsWells Fargo announces two new community liaisons

Boomer demands help reshape adult care market
NEW YORK (AP) -- Russell Hanford worried when his 82-year-old mother in Oregon grew frail, forcing his sister to juggle the demands of providing elder care, working as an attorney and tending to her own family.

Not filing a tax return should not be an option for financially pressed Americans
NEW YORK (AP) -- There are worse things than having to file your income taxes -- and one is not filing.

Columbia River chinook run exceptional, but coho numbers down
It's a situation Washington and Oregon fishery officials never thought they'd see: More than twice as many fall chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River than coho.

Sometimes the old ways are better: Consider the long-handled scythe
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Swish, hush. Swish, hush. That

Mysterious rash outbreak sends 60 Philadelphia youngsters home from school
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An outbreak of mysterious rashes among schoolchildren continued here this week, with about 60 youngsters sent home with itchy, pink blotches.

Common techniques to deal with workplace stress
Recommended ways for business executives and employees to deal with stress in the workplace:

Companies cope with executive and employee stress
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) -- Al Lambert wasn't a fan of massage therapy.

Nikiski artist creates stained glass for church
To members of the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai, an artistic memorial dedicated to deceased members of the congregation sounded like a bright idea.

Vogue to feature plus-size model
NEW YORK (AP) -- Vogue magazine has opened its coveted fashion-spread pages to a plus-size woman for the first time.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Peninsula poets learn it's all in the presentation
The existence of an Alaska Poetry League is something that should not surprise anyone, since nothing could be more conducive to the writing of poetry than long Alaska winters and long Alaska nights.

World Ice Art brings lights down to Earth
FAIRBANKS -- Jill Mulholland can't stop raving about the lights in Fairbanks -- but unlike most winter visitors, she's not referring to the dancing green ones overhead.

Art Briefs
Pratt Museum seeking volunteersArt festival looking for musicians, vendorsWriters' conference scheduled for June

Bill to change fishery buyback law passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at making it easier to buy back commercial fishing permits cleared the House on Wednesday.

House Finance takes up plan to dole out earnings to communities
JUNEAU (AP) -- House budget leaders plan to use $59.3 million in Permanent Fund earnings to provide state assistance to local communities.

Technology expands services at CPGH
Adult bone density peaks at age 30. The chances of losing bone mass increase, particularly in women, beginning around age 40. Since last fall, Central Peninsula General Hospital's Kenai clinic, has been using new technology to identify osteoporosis, the thinning and weakening of bones.

Staying ahead of breakup
It may not be time to round up the animals two by two, but area streets have been experiencing some flooding in the past four days as the sun pushed daytime temperatures above freezing.

Funding cut could paralyze city jails
HOMER -- In its effort to carve savings from its version of the 2003 operating budget, the Alaska House of Representatives cut all funding for state contracts with 15 communities for the use of their jails.

Kenai City Council officially designates bluff property 'Millennium Square'
The Kenai City Council put a name to the unused tract of land it hopes to develop for the benefit of the city at its meeting Wednesday night -- Millennium Square.

Homer group thinking globally, acting locally
HOMER -- If a well-connected visitors center can do wonders for commerce in a tourist destination, a centrally located headquarters plugged into the planetwide Web ought to do the trick for linking good ideas with people with the resources and energy to see them through.

Photo feature: Fresh powder
T.J. Olick takes a break from snowboarding Thursday afternoon to enjoy the view from the bluff below Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel in Kenai

Assembly members address chamber
"The borough works very hard for this community," Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Tim Navarre told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

Gene Eric Sneed
Anchorage resident Gene Eric Sneed died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage of natural causes. He was 77.

Jeremy Bennett
Former Soldotna resident Jeremy Bennett died Monday, March 4, 2002, in Clarkston, Wash., due to complications from an extended coma. A memorial service and burial were held in Clearwater, Idaho, on March 8, 2002.

Elmer T. Clavell
Soldotna resident Elmer T. Clavell died Monday, March 4, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage after a lengthy battle with acute respiratory distress syndrome and a severe stroke. He was 66.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign Florida Atlantic junior

Letters to the Editor
Legislator's trip to Las Vegas did not cost Alaskans a dimeAmericans take nation for grantedBoard of Fish failed to act on Kenai River habitat issuesWay district jobs were nixed should be cause for concern

Letters to the Editor
Annexation process contentious; it's time for healing to begin

Insurance rates no longer tied to claims, but are based on secret formula
Some phrases make a person cringe. "Male pattern baldness" is especially chilling to me. "Your insurance premium is being adjusted" makes others shudder.

Sterling club appreciates support of businesses, volunteers Many contribute to success of young women's conference

Mapping Alaska's soundscape: Day of listening set for Sunday
Can you hear winter this morning?

Solving problems in ways everyone wins, no one loses
Variety may be the spice of life, but it also can be the fuel for conflict.

China finds U.S. lacking in human rights arena
The Chinese government has issued a report on human rights in the United States and, to no one's surprise, has found America sadly wanting.

'Microcredit' projects help fight terrorism by addressing poverty
Perhaps the most desirable aid prosperous nations like the United States can provide the people of Third World nations is aid that helps lift them out of poverty.

Modern snowshoers carry on 6,000-year-old winter tradition
With the longer days of March and the milder temperatures, snowshoers can experience some of the best outdoor exploration of th

Couple's business flourishes by offering folks taste of simple life
ELY, Minn. (AP) -- Northern Minnesota's boundary waters wilderness, with its fragrant pines, pristine lakes, bountiful wildlife and serene remoteness, casts a spell on visitors.

Out of the water, into the classroom
Keeping kids entertained for the whole 50 minutes of class time is the main challenge park rangers face when teaching boating safety, said Bill Berkhahn, Kenai River District ranger at Morgan's Landing in Sterling.

Record snowfall boosts showshoe sales, rentals
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- With record levels of snowfall this winter, it has become a blowout season for ski resorts in Central Oregon. With 10 feet of snow evenly blanketing the Cascades' floor, snowshoeing is also getting a boost.

Around the Peninsula
Planning workshop scheduled AMVETS meeting slated Winter Day of Listening planned

Around the Peninsula
Disabled American Veterans meeting tonightKDLL board to meetBuilders association meeting tonightBlizzard affects blood supplySecond birch syrup workshop plannedArea writers collection now availableFair association potluck plannedSwimming lessons offeredBoys and Girls Club to host soccer clinicDomestic violence education seminar to be held

Researchers caution Catholic Church against targeting gays in priest abuse crisis
Researchers have identified a pattern in the molestation crisis afflicting the Roman Catholic Church: most of the victims are older boys.

Lawyer says racketeering suit planned against bishop who has admitted committing sex abuse
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Federal laws aimed primarily at racketeering will be used to sue three dioceses and an ex-bishop on behalf of a child abuse victim, the plaintiff's attorney said.

Holocaust museums proliferate, raising questions about their place in Jewish life
In Denver, granite slabs like tombstones eulogize the victims of Babi Yar, where Nazis executed more than 100,000 Jews and others in Ukraine.

Religion Briefs
Nikiski church events slated Story of Passover to be presented Palm Sunday service offered Special services planned in Kenai Devotional gathering planned AAJC to start fast Thursday Choir to perform for Easter

At twilight of his career, Graham weathers storm over remarks about Jews
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Billy Graham's birthplace is long gone, hauled off by fallen televangelist Jim Bakker to his now defunct theme park.

Bible contains news from across the sea
You are a castaway. Shipwrecked and alone, you awaken, only to find yourself suffering from amnesia. Slowly you being to walk. There, on the beach, are scattered a large number of bottles with messages in them. You open the first bottle and begin to read...

Worldwide celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Lubavitcher Rebbe's birth
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jews worldwide have planned a thousand gatherings for Sunday, the l00th anniversary of the birth of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, Lubavitch World Headquarters reported.

Baha'is begin new year celebration
A new year began for members of the Baha'i Faith on Thursday, the first day of spring and the beginning of the year 159 B.E.

In gay dispute, Episcopal Church opens possibility of special bishops for conservatives
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Episcopal Church hierarchy has approved a ''covenant'' allowing special visiting bishops to serve conservative congregations that oppose regular resident bishops who favor gay clergy ordinations and blessings of same-sex couples.

Church newspaper clarifies remarks questioning priests and celibacy, homosexuality
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Archdiocese's newspaper denies that it intended to challenge Catholic church policy when it published an editorial recently raising questions about priest celibacy, ordination of women and homosexuality.

Virginia churches try unusual ads to reach young men in an 'R-rated culture'
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- Churches in southeastern Virginia are using ads on matchbooks, movie screens and -- coming to a men's room near you -- partitions that separate urinals.

Injury in church attack won't slow restoration of college
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Executives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved plans Monday to restore church ownership of Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, the day after the school's academic dean was severely wounded in an Islamabad church bombing.

Hindu nationalists take a hard line against India's minority Muslims
BANGALORE, India (AP) -- The ideological front group of India's main governing party took a hard-line stance Sunday toward minority Muslims in the wake of Hindu-Muslim violence.

Land leads Southern Baptists as preacher, lobbyist
LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) -- The Rev. Richard Land's forehead shimmers with sweat as he barks his grim interpretation of the Bible's apocalyptic book, Revelation.

Nikiski ski trails best bet
Chances are Nikiski's Dale Bakk was mostly alone when he peeked out the window Sunday morning, saw Mother Nature had deposited an unseemly 2 feet of powder at his doorstep, and reacted with joy.

Indiana, Kent State, Missouri spring upsets
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Duke won't go back-to-back again. Indiana is back, plain and simple. And Jason Williams' college career ends on a sour note.

Kardinals cut down on preparation time
For some coaches, the state tournament can be akin to medical boards in terms of preparation.

Philadelphia cooks Ducks' goose
PHILADELPHIA -- John LeClair scored on a rebound of a shot by newly acquired Adam Oates at 12:26 of the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a five game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Thursday night.

Glaze, Rabung lead successful climb of Mt. Edgecumbe
Behind a solid one-two punch from Sally Glaze and Karen Rabung, the Nikiski girls notched a 44-33 victory over Southeast school Mt. Edgecumbe in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage Thursday.

Bulldogs must face well-balanced field
The last time the Nikiski boys and girls basketball teams both went to state, in 1996, both teams came home with state titles.

Spurs stick in Mavericks' side
DALLAS -- Tony Parker hit a long jumper with 25.4 seconds left, then it took five free throws in the final 14.5 seconds for the San Antonio Spurs to hold off the Dallas Mavericks 105-102 Thursday night.

Colony makes 28-of-38 from free-throw line en route to semifinals
Kenai girls coach Jim Beeson said one of the keys to defeating Colony in a first-round Class 4A state tournament game was keeping the Knights off the foul line.

Sports Briefs
Hockey death raises questions about safety, liabilityIna-Zimmerman win bronzeCalifornia teen swimmer sets world recordBraves acquire Blanco from BrewersNFL confident it can make flexible TV schedule

Chiefs collar 'Dawgs boys
The Metlakatla boys put three players in double figures to upset third-ranked Nikiski 62-58 Thursday in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Bartlett thwarts Kenai upset bid
Kenai boys coach Rich Bartolowits said before his 8 a.m. Class 4A state tournament game against second-ranked Bartlett that, "It's so early my guys will still be asleep, and I know they shoot well in their dreams."

Celtics sweep Cavs in season series
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce had 22 points and 10 rebounds, scoring 11 during a 14-0 fourth-quarter run as the Boston Celtics beat Cleveland 96-70 to sweep the season series against the Cavaliers.

McKay stars as Stars cut down St. Louis
DALLAS -- Randy McKay had two assists in his debut with Dallas as the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Wednesday night.

Biologists focus on killer whales in study of Steller declines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Killer whales preying on Steller sea lions might be one reason Alaska's sea lion population remains depressed, scientists say.

In pursuit of wild ticks
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- When Jim Clover waves the white flag, it's not a signal he is surrendering to the little blood suckers. Nope, the tick expert is just starting the hunt. The 3-foot-square flannel flag makes an excellent tick trap.

Birders of a feather
CASWELL LAKE, Alaska -- Fred Virrazzi was sitting at his computer in Carteret, N.J., when he got the big news: A rare woodpecker had taken up residence at a remote cabin near Talkeetna.

A rare great spotted woodpecker brings fame to Caswell Lake
CASWELL LAKE, Alaska (AP) -- Fred Virrazzi was sitting at his computer in Carteret, N.J., when he got the big news: A rare woodpecker had taken up residence at a remote cabin near Talkeetna.

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