Saturday, March 24, 2001

Bill would change campaign contribution rules for some nonprofits
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would put more limits on campaign contributions by nonprofit groups such as the Alaska Conservation Voters is moving through the Legislature.

Dolphins visit Ketchikan for cold weather training
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The dolphins have landed.

Wasilla man arrested in marijuana grow operation bust
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 31-year-old man was arrested this week after narcotics officers uncovered a commericial marijuana grow operation in Wasilla.

Season's coldest weather arrives in March
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's rare that the coldest cold snap of the winter hits the village of Eagle in March.

Light quake reported under Gulf of Alaska; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook portions of Prince William Sound early Friday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Fairbanks man sentenced for kidnapping, rape
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man convicted of rape, kidnapping and assault was sentenced Thursday to more than 35 years in prison.

British explorers aiming to drive across frozen Bering Strait
NOME(AP) -- Two British explorers left Nome on a specially designed snow tractor Wednesday on a mission to make the first drive across the frozen Bering Strait.

Alaska's U.S. senators differ on reactions to paintball attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's U.S. senators have differing views about the value of a U.S. Civil Rights Commission investigation into a series of paintball attacks against Natives on Anchorage streets.

Ketchikan borough votes to help veneer plant creditors
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will spend up to $5.5 million to relieve Ketchikan-based creditors of Gateway Forest Products, developers of a financially troubled veneer plant.

Transplanted lynx still fighting for foothold Outside
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lynx trapped in Alaska and Canada and transplanted in Colorado over the past two years as part of a controversial reintroduction program aren't necessarily thriving, but they are surviving.

Crews to search for oil on Prince William Sound beaches
VALDEZ (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to sample beaches around Prince William Sound this summer, looking for oil remaining from the March 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

State warns owners to keep dogs from harassing wildlife ... or else
KENAI (AP) -- Authorities say they plan to enforce a zero-tolerance policy toward dogs harassing wildlife around Alaska.

Three file motion to stop Intertie line through Tanana Flats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three people have filed a motion in Superior Court here aimed at stopping the state from issuing permits to Golden Valley Electric Association for construction of the Northern Intertie.

Fairbanks man sentenced for bar fight stabbing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man found guilty of stabbing two men in a bar fight was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Class offered for goat careYouths sought for new Marines unitHomer winter king tournament slatedUmpires needed for summer seasonSocial Security representative to visit areaEndowment dinner plannedSpace available for Sterling saleBoys and Girls Club offers classPhotos needed for wall of hope

Rainbow trout showing up in upper Kenai River ahead of schedule
It's only March but the sporting cry of "Fish on" can already be heard on the upper Kenai River.

The best fishing in Yellowstone lies off the beaten path
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Some of the most fabled fly-fishing destinations in the West lie within the boundaries Yellowstone National Park.

Pea planting heralds a new spring
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- The weather may still feel wintry, with snow barely gone, but gardeners gladly ignore the wind chill factor to celebrate a first rite of spring -- planting peas.

Bill would change campaign contribution rules for some nonprofits
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would put more limits on campaign contributions by nonprofit groups such as the Alaska Conservation Voters is moving through the Legislature.

Agent to screen aspiring models, actors today
If you've ever wanted to sing or dance or model or act professionally, this afternoon could be your big break.

Security issues postpone trial start
Security issues brought the jury trial of Zebulon E. Nudson to a one-day standstill Thursday, after defense attorney James McComas said threats had been made against individuals who supported Nudson.

Photo feature: Tank Walk
Scott Toloff casts a long shadow as he works to unload a tank from a flatbed trailer at Kenai Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon.

James Edward Chapman
Soldotna resident James Edward Chapman died at Providence Hospital in Anchorage on Sunday, March 18, 2001.

Eloise Hershberger
Kenai resident Eloise Hershberger died Friday, March 16, 2001, at a hospital in Indio, Calif. She was 68.

Hugh Malone
A wake for former Kenai resident Hugh Malone will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Senior Center. Mr. Malone, who lived in Douglas, died March 8, 2001, as the result of an accident while vacationing in Vernazza, Italy.

Patricia Gail DeBusschere
Kenai resident Patricia Gail DeBusschere died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at her home in Kenai surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer. She was 51.

Japan's bad loans hinder its economic recovery
Even without an expression of concern from the U.S. president, it is glaringly obvious that the final disposal of bad loans held by Japanese financial institutions is the most pressing economic issue that the government has to tackle.

Relations with Russia turn chilly
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration relations with former Cold War adversaries are off to a chilly start.

Community support gives girls fun-filled day at conference

Letters to the Editor
State, not private business, should build, operate prison on peninsula

Ashcroft's call for two FBI probes warranted
Attorney General John Ashcroft has launched not one but two probes of security procedures following charges that a senior FBI official spied for Russia 16 years without detection. Both investigations are needed.

Stronger leader needed to help Japan's economy
It seems ages ago when an American academic's book -- ''Japan as Number One'' -- described how most of the world perceived that country's booming economy. Nowadays an updated version might have to be called ''Japan as Number Three'' because it trails far behind both America and Europe, and shows little sign of regaining lost vigor.

Like the stock market, the peninsula has its ups and downs
The Kenai Peninsula is a dynamic landscape in the quite literal sense of moving up and down. Like the stock market, the peninsula is constantly on the move. But whether you say it's going up or down depends on your time scale of reference.

Another setback halts Hatcher Pass ski project
WASILLA (AP) -- The latest plan for a ski resort at Hatcher Pass has fallen through, in part because the developer determined a ski area alone wouldn't make any money.

Black bear-baiting clinic scheduled
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be holding four black bear-baiting clinics on the Kenai Peninsula.

Snowmachiners, skiers offer alternatives for Chugach National Forest trail use
Snowmachiners could keep access to Lost Lake but lose Carter Lake to skiers under compromise proposals being considered for the Chugach National Forest.

Hikers, snowmobilers heading out to backcountry despite avalanche risks
DENVER (AP) -- The lone figure paused in deep snow near Rocky Mountain National Park, put on another layer, hitched a backpack and snowboard over his back and snowshoed up the mountain ridge.

Russian priest shepherds poor rural children into the classroom
GORODNYA, Russia (AP) -- In a small wooden schoolhouse across the road from a 14th century church perched on the bank of the frozen Volga River, teacher Sergei Domnin announces it's time to read aloud.

A bit of the Vatican comes to nation's capital
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At first glimpse, one focuses on the limestone facade, huge cylindrical entrance and sharp geometric angles accenting the perimeter of the $65 million building. One might overlook the large cross on top.

Loyola University classics department targeted for elimination
CHICAGO (AP) -- Loyola University Chicago administrators have made preliminary plans to eliminate the school's classical studies department, the latest move in an ongoing effort to address the school's troubled budget.

Government accuses church of making false allegations against Jews
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Greek government accused the leader of the nation's Orthodox church of falsely blaming Jews for a decision to eliminate a religion entry from state identity cards.

Second-grader's parents sue school over religious literature
DELAFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- The parents of an 8-year-old girl forbidden from giving classmates religious greeting cards during school hours sued the district Thursday, saying she was humiliated when the school made her take the gifts back.

World Anglican leaders continue to debate ''flying bishops'' for the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The leader of the Episcopal Church denies that a closed-door meeting of world Anglican church leaders this month endorsed the idea of sending special visiting bishops to serve U.S. congregations that oppose their regular bishops' liberal policies on homosexuality.

Churches making Internet central to 21st-century religious experience
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- Bandwidth. Streaming media. Web portals.

Churches also fall under Utah liquor laws
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state's liquor control board may be tough on bars and restaurants that bend Utah's alcohol rules, but goes easy on churches, according to a copyright story in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Judge displays commandments to support colleague
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Crawford County judge has hung a poster of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom to show support for a colleague who is being sued over a similar display.

World Anglican leaders continue to debate 'flying bishops' for the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The leader of the Episcopal Church denies that a closed-door meeting of world Anglican church leaders this month endorsed the idea of sending special visiting bishops to serve U.S. congregations that oppose their regular bishops' liberal policies on homosexuality.

Religion Briefs
Church to hold garage saleAglow meeting slatedBoardwalk available to studentsSpiritual poems sought

God's house: A place for the weary to rest
Spring break. Vaca-tions. The idea is to get some rest and recreation.

Thunderbirds wear down Stars
The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team dropped its opening game at the Alaska School Activities Association 4A State Championship Thursday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Blue Devils crush UCLA
Jason Williams was the unlikely hero for Duke as the NCAA tournament held to its unpredictable form Thursday night.

Blazers snap Jazz home winning streak at eight
SALT LAKE CITY -- Dale Davis made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left and Scottie Pippen scored eight straight points in the last 2:12 as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied past the Utah Jazz 101-99 Thursday night.

Cook Inlet boys top Sea Otters
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team kept to the winning path Thursday, taking its second-round game against the host Seldovia Sea Otters 68-46 at the Region II District 3/2A tournament at Homer High School.

Closure, sort of, for Knight
In coaching circles, this is what passes for a happy ending:

Eielson upsets Nikiski at state
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team stumbled in the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A Basketball Championship Thursday, dropping it's opening-round game to the Eielson Ravens 51-47 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

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