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Saturday, March 22, 2003

Anchorage murder trial recessed for jury travel
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage murder trial is in recess until Tuesday to accommodate some jurors with pre-existing spring break travel plans.

High-ranking firefighters grilled on Big Lake fire
PALMER (AP) Lawyers for property owners who were victims of the 1996 Big Lake fire grilled two high-ranking state firefighters this week in a class-action lawsuit.

Yukon Delta refuge manager honored
ANCHORAGE (AP) The manager of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge has been named refuge manager of the year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

State reaches tentative deal with union
JUNEAU (AP) The state has reached a tentative deal with its largest labor union, the Alaska State Employees Association.

BLM concludes public meetings on NPR-A proposals
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Bureau of Land Management has concluded the last of a series of public meetings on five proposed drilling sites in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Alaska unemployment rate rises in February
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's unemployment rate rose slightly in February, the state labor department said.

Alaskan Smoked Porter to be sold in England
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Though it's not yet distributed in all 50 states, Alaskan Smoked Porter soon will be sold in the United Kingdom, the company announced this month.

Coast Guard plans helicopter pad in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities plan to build a helicopter landing pad in Ketchikan.

UAA building becomes Wells Fargo Sports Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) The University of Alaska Anchorage welcomed Wells Fargo Bank Alaska as the newest Seawolf'' Thursday after the two signed a sponsorship deal worth $425,000.

Police name man who shot his wife, killed himself
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police have released the name of the man who shot his estranged wife and then killed himself.

Economist says competition for salmon was intense
ANCHORAGE (AP) Processors competed intensely for fish in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, and it makes sense that most paid the same price for the salmon, an economist testified Thursday in a price-fixing suit being argued in Superior Court.

Fish and Game biologist big on owls
FAIRBANKS (AP) When owls speak this spring, Jack Whitman will be listening.

Downed planes spilled fuel set for removal
ANCHORAGE (AP) Plans were under way to remove aviation fuel seeping from a state plane that made an emergency landing on a Matanuska River sandbar.

Watercooler
JOB INTERVIEWING: Your resume got you in the door, and now it's time for the interview. What are they going to ask?

More employers cutting health benefits for future retirees
NEW YORK (AP) A few days each week, Jody Maxfield and two or three co-workers grab sandwiches and sodas and gather at a table in an office cubicle to share lunchtime conversation and worries about the future.

Individuals like cash now, but will they in times ahead?
NEW YORK (AP) Cash may be king to individual investors these days, but whether it stays that way could have a great effect on the stock market's future moves.

A good time to start caring for your lawn is now, while the snow still lingers
EDITOR'S NOTE Dean Fosdick retired in May 2001 after 23 years with The Associated Press, 15 of those as Alaska bureau chief. He covered the Exxon Valdez oil spill, volcanoes, galloping glaciers and harvesting Alaska-grown, 100-pound-plus cabbages.

Community support gives soldiers boost
Patrick Espy, Dustin Dreifuerst and Joshua George are only three of several Kenai Peninsula residents serving in the military overseas.

Area families await return of loved ones
As the war with Iraq kicks off overseas, most of the nation is riveted to televisions and newspapers, waiting for reports of each air strike or ground battle. For many, the troops involved are nameless. They're "our boys," but little more.

Council will continue working to monitor the transportation of oil in Cook Inlet
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has won U.S. Coast Guard recertification for another year, CIRCAC officials said last week.

5 indicted for February burglary in Kenai
Five people were indicted in Kenai Superior Court last Friday in connection with a Kenai residential burglary investigation. Two of the five are being held at the Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Annual Guard training fuels noise complaints
Increased activity at the Kenai Municipal Airport over the past two weeks from the Alaska Air National Guard and Alaska Army National Guard has generated some grumbling from Kenai residents who don't like hearing planes rumbling overhead at night.

Kenai City Council considers ban on smoking in all public buildings
Calling all smokers. The Kenai City Council will consider an ordinance that would ban smoking in all public buildings in the city -- including bars -- at its April 16 meeting. The council expects to face opposition to this ordinance and hopes to hear from supporters of smokers' rights, as well as those in favor of the ban at the meeting.

Raymond D. Bannach
Kenai resident Raymond D. Bannach died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 50.

Missions of departments of Fish and Game, Natural Resources in conflict
I would like to make one thing perfectly clear: I am a strong supporter of developing Alaska's resources. A reasonable way out of our current fiscal difficulty is by developing our natural resources.

Reflections on U.S. action against Iraq
There's nothing like a war to help put things in perspective. Remember how the nation felt after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks? We were reminded of what's really important.

Letters to the Editor
Some suggestions, observations on filling states budget gap Faith takes many forms; tolerance is defining virtue of Christianity All differences aside, groups should work to enhance early run of kings

Military turns to outdoor gear makers to equip soldiers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) That spiffy new high-tech tent or backpack you just bought may have been wear-tested by G.I. Joe.

Bruins get top billing at Alaska Bear Festival, March 28-29 in Homer
The fifth Alaska Bear Festival will take place in Homer March 28 and 29, with a variety of activities focusing on bear viewing in Southcentral Alaska.

Younger families find adventure, comfort in RVs
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) Jeanette Shallenberger and her family have always enjoyed spending time outdoors.

Naturalist completes field guide to willows
Willow, spruce, birch -- anyone who has spent time outdoors can attest to the fact that there are a lot of trees throughout most of Southcentral Alaska, but many of these trees look alike to the layman and defy identification.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer winter king derby starts Saturday Arctic Man classic set to begin April 9 Avalanche victim owned outdoor equipment maker

Around the Peninsula
Wagoner to take public opinion on longevity bonus Recreation service area to meet KDLL board to meet Soccer club to hold tryouts

Southern Africas Anglican archbishop rebuffed on Zimbabwe proposal
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, the leader of Anglican churches in South Africa and four neighboring nations, announced a new effort to restart dialogue toward a political settlement in troubled Zimbabwe.

National Association of Evangelicals to be led by Colorado pastor
WASHINGTON (AP) The National Association of Evangelicals announced Monday that its new president will be the Rev. Ted Haggard, who leads Colorado's largest Protestant church.

Kentucky artist depicts a modern, even tattooed, image of Christ
VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) When artist Stephen Sawyer envisions Christ, the image is usually something other than a man in white robe and sandals. Sawyer paints a contemporary Jesus in blue jeans, wearing a T-shirt, even sporting a tattoo.

Thousands of pages of church files released in Boston reveal the pattern for abuse crisis
BOSTON (AP) The allegations have been sordid, the details shocking and the numbers higher than anyone expected.

North Korea rejects U.S. concern over religious freedom
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea rejected U.S. concern about religious freedom in the communist country, calling American criticism a slur campaign.

Students, faculty protest despite Catholic universitys rollback on play cancellation
CINCINNATI (AP) Citing academic freedom, some 200 students, professors and others attended a protest rally even though Xavier University reversed a decision to bar performances of The Vagina Monologues.''

Perhaps today will be the day that Jesus comes back
Perhaps today. Sounds like the motto of a pack of procrastinators. Or it may is the theme of some wishful thinker's weekly meeting

Diplomats visit head of banned Vietnamese Buddhist group
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) Eight diplomats from the European Union and the United States met the hospitalized patriarch of a banned Buddhist group for the first time in more than two decades, the Paris-based International Buddhist Information Bureau says.

Church Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonight Choir performs concert tonight Author Querin to speak Womens retreat planned Conference studies Genesis Poetry contest announced Christian group sponsors contest

Friends, family honor Baptist missionary killed in terrorist bomb attack
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Friends and relatives celebrated the tireless work and Christian values of Bill Hyde at a memorial service for the Southern Baptist missionary, who was killed by a terrorist bomb in the Philippines.

Eagles, Wolverines advance to finals
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team and the Ninilchik School girls advanced tot he championship game of the District 3/2A tournament with wins Thursday at Homer High School.

NCAA tourney sees three upsets, four that were close
Central Michigan, Arizona State and Tulsa provided the first-round upsets Thursday.

ASAA State 3A and 4A Basketball Championships
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Sullivan Arena, Anchorage

Nikiski's Rabung stands tall against Kotzebue
Nikiski's Karen Rabung scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Bulldogs defeated Kotzebue 56-35 Thursday in the opening round of the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Six golfers lead at brutal Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. A score that would have left Tiger Woods in the middle of the pack at most PGA Tour events kept him in contention Thursday as he bids for his fourth straight title at the Bay Hill Invitational.

Juneaus 3-pointers cant stop blazing touch of Soldotna girls
ANCHORAGE In the end, the Soldotna girls basketball team built a mountain too high for the Crimson Bears girls to climb.

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