Saturday, March 23, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign Florida Atlantic junior

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.

Applause
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?

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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