Friday, March 28, 2003

Islamic hackers use Homer Web site to promote al-Qaida
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An extremist Islamic group hacked into an Internet bulletin board run by a Homer area high school student, turning it into an al-Qaida propaganda outpost calling for attacks on the United States in response to the war on Iraq.

Islamic hackers use Homer Web site to promote al-Qaida
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An extremist Islamic group hacked into an Internet bulletin board run by a Homer area high school student, turning it into an al-Qaida propaganda outpost calling for attacks on the United States in response to the war on Iraq.

Kotzebue man dies in snowmobile crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kotzebue man has died following a snowmachine crash on the Selawik River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Mine workers make mammoth discovery
FAIRBANKS (AP) For the second time this year, workers at True North Mine have found what appear to be mammoth tusks.

Permanent Fund board tables proposal
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation trustees delayed action on a plan to make the fund work more like an endowment during their meeting Wednesday in Anchorage.

Coast Guard responds to reported mutiny on fishing boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) The skipper of a fishing vessel was arrested after he reported being held at gunpoint by his crew, Alaska State Troopers said.

Human remains found near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Human remains have been found near Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Three indicted in Palmer mans death
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three Wasilla residents have been indicted on murder and other charges in the January death of a Palmer man, Alaska State Troopers said.

Judge rules state can repost names of sex convicts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that the state can return the names and photographs of convicted sex offenders to an Internet site.

Foundation seeks ways to deliver fresh Alaska salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) When Alaska Peninsula fishermen experimented with sending fresh salmon to Boston last year, they discovered that the most expensive step in the journey was the first.

House approves fish transport bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to allow commercial fishermen to pool their resources to transport fish to market passed the House on Wednesday.

Collector turns hobby into unusual tourist attraction
ANCHORAGE (AP) Dave Pahl likes hammers. Claw hammers, blacksmith's hammers, hammers to lay railroad ties. He likes farrier's hammers for shoeing horses and cobbler's hammers for shoeing people.

NOAA to go forward with center at Lena Point
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is going forward with plans for a scaled-down fisheries research center at Lena Point.

Suspect named in reindeer farm shootings
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Authorities are looking for a 20-year-old Butte man suspected of shooting seven reindeer five fatally at a farm near Palmer in January.

Man arrested in mother's fatal stabbing near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 27-year-old man fatally stabbed his mother in their home near Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Man arrested in mothers fatal stabbing near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 27-year-old man with a history of mental illness was in custody Thursday, accused of fatally stabbing his mother with a steak knife inside their home near Wasilla.

Anchorage mayor declares windstorm disaster
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The mayor of Anchorage has declared a disaster emergency in the city from a wind storm that whipped up millions of dollars in damage to private, public and commercial buildings earlier this month.

Anchorage man pleads guilty to bank robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a branch of the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.

Fairbanks woman dies in Parks Highway crash
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 20-year-old Fairbanks woman died and a Seward woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision on the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Man arrested in 1985 murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) After 18 years, Opal Fairchild's death is one step closer to being solved.

Autopsy results show no signs of trauma in brothers deaths
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Preliminary autopsy results show no obvious signs of trauma in the deaths of two young Anchorage brothers whose bodies were found this week in a partially frozen pond.

Appeals court reverses decision against Fairbanks teacher
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A Lebanon-born teacher who claimed an Alaska school district discriminated against her was unlawfully denied a permanent teaching position, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Audit finds improper spending by aviation officials
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal audit triggered by improper spending by federal aviation officials in Alaska has found millions of dollars in questionable spending elsewhere in the nation.

Declining sea otter numbers may mean endangered designation
UNALASKA (AP) A dramatic decline in the region's sea otter population is spurring the federal government to recommend they be added to the endangered species list.

Murkowski pitching proposals to legislators, public
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski is pitching his budget, both inside and outside the Capitol.

Homer man says device could save landfill space
KENAI (AP) A machine capable of shredding trees, lumber and even concrete, could significantly reduce the use of space at landfills, according to a Homer entrepreneur.

Senate panel takes up lobbying law change
JUNEAU (AP) -- More than half of the professional lobbyists working to influence the Legislature could do so anonymously under a bill in the senate, said a state lobbying regulator.

House committee overhauls tax measures
JUNEAU (AP) The House Transportation Committee overhauled two proposals by Gov. Frank Murkowski to raise taxes on Alaska motorists during a hearing Thursday.

Fertilizer plant bill would cost state more than $11 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill that would help the Agrium fertilizer plant on the Kenai Peninsula could cost the state more than $11 million in lost revenue.

Guilty verdict in case of mother accused of daughter's murder
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- Jurors have found former Alaska woman guilty of first-degree murder in the throat-slashing death of her 9-year-old daughter at a Lake Tahoe campground.

Seniors have their say on longevity bonus proposal
JUNEAU (AP) Dozens of older Alaskans sounded off Thursday on a proposal to end the state longevity bonus program, saying they need the money for everything from prescription drugs to water bills.

Executive pay sometimes bloated by padded earnings
NEW YORK (AP) It's not just the excessive executive paychecks that are raising eyebrows. It's how those salaries got so big in the first place.

When should boomers hunt for retirement home? Sooner rather than later
NEW YORK (AP) There was never any question in Holly Wissing's mind about where she and her husband should hunt for a retirement home.

Ramsey continues crusade against debt and overspending
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A chorus of cheers filled the Cornerstone Church's arena-style sanctuary as Christian financial guru Dave Ramsey snapped a pair of metal scissors.

South Peninsula Hospital gets new computer system
South Peninsula Hospital unveiled a new $1.08 million computer system earlier this month, one that will increase medical safety by ensuring that hospital patients can only receive the medications prescribed by their doctors and fully document patient care.

MIDDLE-AGED MOTIVATION: A new survey indicates the blahs over work affect middle-age workers' motivation more so than for younger and older employees.

Insurance reserves face questions
State legislation that would allow small businesses and nonprofit groups to form a pool of their employees to secure health insurance coverage faces an uphill push in the state capitol.

Women still trail men at highest salary levels , Census survey says
WASHINGTON -- Women hold nearly half the executive and managerial jobs in the United States, but they fall short of men at the top rungs of the salary ladder.

Bank charges can add up quickly for the unwary
NEW YORK (AP) Most people think of bank fees as just a dollar here, a dollar there amounts too small to worry about.

Business Briefs
Process industry to hold forumNonprofit workshop scheduledHammon receives outstanding service award

Soldotna couple lands $13,500 fish in Homer derby
When whiteouts swept across the Homer Spit last Friday, Greg Lindhartsen and his wife Gloria Adkins hunkered down for the night aboard his 36-foot wheelhouse troller.

Exercisers hop on balance training
WASHINGTON (AP) Top athletes and ordinary exercisers are training in jumping and bouncing as a way to avoid falling down and getting hurt.

Retailers miffed about Potter
NEW YORK -- The U.S. publisher of the ''Harry Potter'' series has revised a controversial program that sells books directly to students. Retailers had complained they were losing business.

'Head of State' theme has been overdone
''Head of State'' stars Steve Martin and Queen Latifah as an uptight white guy and a funky black woman who form an unlikely friendship after meeting on the Internet.

New history compelling despite flaws
Alaskans imagine themselves as uniquely rugged individuals, surviving on the edge and triumphing over harsh nature. But historian Stephen Haycox says some of Alaskans' most cherished assumptions are myths.

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

Nikiski dancers put on eclectic, theatrical show
The Nikiski High School Dance Troupe will be riding high this weekend, when their high kicks, high-class sets and costumes and highly creative dances combine to create a performance that conforms to a high standard of excellence.

Art Briefs
May Faire scheduledPoems accepted in FairbanksPoetry contest ongoingBoutiques searching for craftsT-shirt design contest announcedFine arts camp accepting registrations

New San Francisco museum presents complex picture of Asian art
SAN FRANCISCO -- If Asian art brings to mind an indistinguishable jumble of bronze Buddhas, lacquered boxes, jade miniatures and painted silk, San Francisco's new Asian Art Museum wants to expand your Eastern horizons.

Dividend application deadline Monday
The deadline to apply for Alaska Permanent Fund dividends is Monday.

Reaching out to troops, families
When Jeff Webster tied the first yellow ribbon to a tree in front of his home, it was a simple gesture.

Judge Link dies
Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. Link died late Tuesday evening after a short illness. He was 59.

Device could extend life spans of landfills
A machine capable of shredding trees, lumber and even concrete was demonstrated for Kenai Peninsula Borough waste management officials earlier this month at the Homer Baling Facility.

War touches close to home
HOMER -- Seventeen-year-old Garrett Johnson hoped to create interest in the Web site he made as a community forum for Homer. He never expected the interest to come the way it did.

Area residents serve in military branches
The following is a list of names and other information on area soldiers sent to th

Swarner to take charge of peninsula food bank
The face in charge of running the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will change Tuesday, but the level of dedication in the person filling that position will stay the same.

Leadership training workshop offered
Kenai Peninsula residents can participate in a day of leadership training featuring three recognized experts in business, sports and organizational management Friday at the Soldotna Church of God.

Saving Busters Concert to raise funds for cafe
The building that houses Buster's Coffee House in Kenai has been an airport, a music store and a veterans' center before being reincarnated into a coffee bar, mini-restaurant and haven for local musicians. Now those musicians are pooling their efforts to keep it from becoming something else.

Arrest made in 1985 murder
An Oklahoma man has been indicted in the 1985 murder of Opal Fairchild of Soldotna.

Raye Marie Mullin
Kasilof resident Raye Marie Mullin died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a long battle with cancer. She was 70.

Jonathan H. Link
Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. "Jon" Link died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, after a short illness. He was 59.

Letters to the Editor
Legislators really do not want to hear from public on budget cutsProtesters need to remember military keeps U.S. free countryThose against war need to come up with better slogans on their signsAnti-war protesters accomplish nothing by holding their signs

Coalition wants to know if Nikiski really supports closing one school
My name is Holly Norwood, and I'm part of a coalition of concerned parents called the Nikiski Area

Bill would make state more attractive place for mining businesses
A bill now pending before the Legislature could remove a significant impediment to investment in Alaska by the mining industry.

Kenai Performers exemplifies meaning of community theater
As I finish putting the last of the sets away and get the final lost-and-found items back to their owners, I look back over this year's Kenai Performers' musical, "The Wiz," and I am ashamed to realize that I have taken so long to write to my larger community and let you all know how much you are appreciated!

Its important to relate species life cycle to catch-release fishing
Would that it be that catch and release of salmon is as simple as Mr. Justice claims in his March 18 letter. But it isn't.

Legislative committee to take testimony on credit-scoring bills
Regarding credit scores and insurance rates, consumers should know that:

No free lunch, but Alaskans still have their dividend checks
The irony should not be lost on any Alaskan: Gov. Frank Murkowski is scheduled to pitch his budget ideas on statewide television the day before the deadline for permanent fund dividend applications.

Outdoor Briefs
Fish and Game schedules bear baiting clinics Bear Festival kicks off in Homer Police identify four victims of two B.C. avalanches

Simplicity at center of snowshoeings popularity
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) Can millions of people be wrong? Not if they're trying to find a sport that is inexpensive, requires no lessons and is as easy as walking.

Taking time to smell the proverbial roses
Who says there's not enough time to enjoy Alaska's great outdoors? And now that spring has arrived, it is the perfect time to explore those areas that normally only zoom past your windshield en route to other places in the state for business, pleasure, or whathaveyou.

Peninsula mushers unwind after grueling Iditarod race
Now that the Iditarod is over and this year's sled dog season is winding down, mushers are starting to return home -- getting back to all the things that make up their lives when not racing to Nome.

Mental rewards of walkin in nature surpass benefits of mere physical exercise
I consider myself fortunate and am extremely grateful that I have the chance to walk daily amongst natural settings during the winter months.

Around the Peninsula
Subsistence proposals due Pratt kicks off Bear Festival Teen Center plans workouts Applications for visitor services available Ninilchik fair banquet planned KWF to sponsor willow workshop Spay-neuter clinic offered KPC council meeting scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Black bear baiting clinics plannedDefensive driving class offeredDomestic violence support meeting canceledNinilchik endowment dinner plannedKCHS plans academic banquetKenaitze Head Start to hold garage salePop Warner cheerleading sign-ups plannedHistorical society plans show-and-tellKCHS class of '83 seeks graduates

South Carolina city council approves atheist to deliver invocation
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) The Charleston City Council decided to open a meeting with an atheist's invocation.

Russian court legalizes textbook critical of Jews
MOSCOW (AP) A Russian court decided Monday there's nothing illegal in a government-endorsed textbook that describes Jews as power-hungry and greedy, a rights group said.

Church Briefs
Author Querin to speak Womens retreat planned Biblical weight loss class slated Passover seder presented Native fellowship to meet Conference studies Genesis Friendship closet open Healing Rooms open Religious poetry solicited Christian group holds contest

At 90, mutual funds wizard John Templeton promotes scientific research about God
NEW YORK (AP) Jesus warned that you cannot serve God and mammon,'' referring to worship of wealth. John Marks Templeton has tried heed those words by making money, but then harnessing that vast fortune to explore the nature of spirituality.

Mississippi university reinstates science chief after intelligent design dispute
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) After an evolution dispute, Mississippi University for Women has rescinded its decision to remove Nancy Bryson as head of its science and mathematics division.

Episcopal Church panel opposes any decision on homosexuality this year
NEW YORK (AP) An Episcopal Church report says the denomination should not try to set a policy on ceremonies to bless homosexual couples because we are nowhere near consensus.''

Religious public relations group honors Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News
NEW YORK (AP) The Boston Globe's religion writer, Michael Paulson, and The Dallas Morning News have won honors in annual awards given by public relations officials with religious organizations.

Evangelist Luis Palau hosts a beach party for Fort Lauderdale collegians
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) As college students celebrated spring break, Christians sponsored a giant admission-free beach party led by Argentine-American evangelist Luis Palau.

Someone in Iraq loves you
North Korea. 1952. January. As the quiet snow gently falls, two Marines share a candy bar in a foxhole.

Rabbis of Reform Judaism select first woman president
NEW YORK (AP) California's Janet Marder has been chosen the first woman to lead the rabbis in Judaism's liberal Reform branch.

In an age of terrorism alerts, Mormons have advantage long tradition of preparedness
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dale and Pat Kimsey started back in the 1970s by storing a few extra cans of food under the bed, just in case.

Warriors keep Celtics suffering
BOSTON -- Jason Richardson scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors broke open a close game early in the fourth quarter to hand the Boston Celtics their sixth straight loss, 107-95 Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Soccer club to hold tryouts KPHA squad gets third at state Soldotna Whalers win Soldotna tourney Relative of Texas Ranger is POW Astros place Reynolds on waivers

Ninilchik maroons Angoon
The Ninilchik School girls high school basketball team began its state 2A title defense with a 55-27 victory over Angoon Thursday at the Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Championships at Service High School in Anchorage.

Harrick quits Georgia, retires from coaching
ATHENS, Ga(AP) Georgia coach Jim Harrick resigned Thursday amid a scandal in the basketball program, then announced he was retiring.

Young Blue Devils take on veteran Jayhawks
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rebuilding just isn't part of the deal at Duke.

The king and the peasant
A month before LeBron James drove a Hummer to school and started modeling $400 ''throwback'' jerseys, a coach in Texas offered $1 to any player on his team who took a charge in a game.

Sports Briefs
A-Rod returns in midseason formKwan wins qualifier, Cohen third, Hughes sixthBurk assails CBS, Augusta NationalMourning wants to play next season

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys look to defend titles
Sure, the Cook Inlet Academy boys and the Ninilchik School girls high school basketball teams are the defending Alaska School Activities Association state 2A tournament champions, but this is a whole new year and, as fans of small-schools basketball in Alaska are fond of saying, anything can happen in the state tournament.

The Next Level
Zobeck plays baseball at Cornell College Christensen letters in basketball Reemtsma plays soccer at Cedarville Krusen earns All-Conference honors

Sabres saddle Panthers with loss
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Daniel Briere's power-play goal late in the second period gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Florida on Wednesday night, the Panthers' fourth straight loss.

Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette also earn place in elite eight at NCAA tournament
ANAHEIM, Calif. Arizona took all the drama out of this one early.

Tampa ties up Devils
TAMPA, Fla. Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal to tie it with 5:25 left in the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils played to a 2-2 draw Thursday night.

Plushenko takes crown
WASHINGTON (AP) The favorite's role agreed with Evgeni Plushenko, even if he didn't have his very best stuff.

Magic master Minnesota
ORLANDO, Fla. Tracy McGrady scored seven of his 30 points in the final 3:54 and outdueled Minnesota's Kevin Garnett to help the Orlando Magic defeat the Timberwolves 110-107 Thursday night.

Tiger not only show at The Players Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Believe it or not, there's more than one player in The Players Championship.

All-time NFL leading rusher Smith signs on with traditionally woeful Cardinals
PHOENIX -- The NFL's career rushing leader believes he still has some yards left in those 33-year-old legs. The Arizona Cardinals sure hope so.

Biologist big on owls
FAIRBANKS When owls speak this spring, Jack Whitman will be listening.

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