Saturday, March 30, 2002

Plane almost flips on Bethel airstrip
BETHEL (AP) -- Myron Naneng had a gut feeling the Grant Aviation Navajo airplane was going to hit turbulence from the Northern Air Cargo jet that had just landed on the Bethel airstrip.

Spill reported at Mountain Village
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The drinking water well at Mountain Village has been shut down, following a fuel spill.

Eagle River avalanche traps man for 30 minutes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An avalanche in Eagle River buried a skier for about 30 minutes Thursday evening before his companion was able to dig him out. Two dogs with the pair died.

Remodel reveals old political poster
ANCHORGE (AP) -- A piece of Anchorage history was unearthed Thursday when workers removed siding on a Midtown building and discovered a billboard-sized poster from the 1960 presidential campaign.

Bush administration moves to repudiate government biologists' report on impact of oil drilling in Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration acted Friday to repudiate a report by government biologists that concluded drilling for oil in an Alaskan wildlife refuge would pose substantial risks to the Porcupine caribou herd and other wildlife.

Federal biologists cite potential harm to wildlife from proposed Arctic refuge oil drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Caribou and other wildlife are vulnerable and may face substantial risk if oil is developed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, according to a study by government scientists.

Perhaps Japan's cherry blossoms hold key to Nenana Ice Classic
NENANA (AP) -- The bloom of cherry blossoms in Japan has influenced at least one Nenana Ice Classic prediction.

Fire damages historic Ketchikan home
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- One of Ketchikan's oldest homes was damaged by fire earlier this week.

Scientist plans to track salmon with robot boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hiroshi Ueda is a Japanese fish physiologist with a dream: He wants to send a self-propelled ''robot boat'' to follow a salmon on the animal's two-month excursion from Alaska to Japan.

Fort Wainwright soldiers investigated for shooting a moose
FORT WAINWRIGHT (AP) -- Four soldiers at Fort Wainwright are being investigated for the illegal shooting of a moose, Wainwright officials said Thursday.

University president Hamilton hospitalized
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton remained hospitalized Friday in stable condition in Fairbanks after suffering complications from a snowmobiling mishap.

Convicted arsonist pleads innocent to new charges
JUNEAU (AP) -- A convicted arsonist arrested for allegedly setting fire to a general aviation hangar at the Juneau Airport pleaded innocent to charges of felony arson, burglary and theft.

Flags lowered for Edgar Paul Boyko
JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags will be lowered Friday for former state attorney general Edgar Paul Boyko, a Democrat who served from 1967 to 1968 in the first administration of Gov. Walter Hickel.

University president Hamilton hospitalized
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton was hospitalized in Fairbanks for an undisclosed ailment.

Inflation and legislative inaction drive up tax bills in some states
For taxpayers in at least a half-dozen states from Alabama to Hawaii, next month's bill will likely take a bigger bite than last year's because legislators don't account for inflation when they craft tax law.

Baby boomers increasingly victims of age discrimination
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ron Heater was laid off about two years ago. Despite mailing and hand delivering ''hundreds and hundreds of resumes,'' he says, he still hasn't landed a new job.

Modern technology helps chase refuge rainbows, Dolly Varden
The Kenai River supports one of the most popular sport fisheries for rainbow trout and Dolly Varden in Alaska. Both species are caught throughout the Kenai River, although the majority of fishing effort is above and below Skilak Lake on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Levy contributes to tourism marketing elsewhere, but not yet on peninsula
While some tourist destinations around the country, and even in Alaska, benefit from room tax revenue, the Kenai Peninsula is not included on this list.

House clarifies phone taxation
Alaskans using wireless telecommunications devices often make calls from beyond the area of their service provider. That has led to confusion nationwide about where such phone services may be taxed, sometimes resulting in the same call being taxed in more than one jurisdiction.

Wildlife refuge, other Department of Interior offices online after 3-month shutdown ends
After months of being caught in a cyber black hole, the U.S. Department of the Interior has finally re-emerged into the light of the information age.

Photo feature: Inbound
The shadow of an Air National Guard C-130 rushes up the bluff in Kenai as the plane practiced touch-and-go landings at Kenai Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon.

Chamber audience gets lunchtime serving of safe-driving tips
Virtually anyone old enough to watch television or read a magazine probably knows it's stupid to drive while intoxicated, not to mention that it can land you in jail -- or worse.

William J. "Bill" Kraus
Longtime Soldotna resident William J. "Bill" Kraus died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital shortly after an automobile accident. He was 69.

Juanita Belle (Van Ronk) Benson
Juanita Belle (Van Ronk) Benson died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital. She was 73.

Felicia Piceno
Former Alaska resident Felicia Mary Carol Piceno died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, in Mt. Angel, Ore. She was 56.

Letters to the Editor
At what level is state spending stupid, not compass Alaska should reject daylight-saving time

Proposed 'dime-a-drink' tax increase should be beyond legal limit
There's something suspiciously amiss in Juneau right now. Intrinsic to the Legislature's eagerness to demagogue a ludicrous increase of 300 percent in alcohol taxation is something far more sinister, subtle and suspect. Senate Bill 347 and House Bill 225 are temporarily bound up (by the slightest of margins) in each respective branch.

N. J. community schedules night with no activities
There's probably not a person in the country who hasn't thought "too much to do, too little time to do it."

Everest expedition: Ascent with purpose
NEW YORK -- On her milestone fifth anniversary of surviving breast cancer, backpacking granny Midge Cross is taking on another small challenge: climbing Mount Everest.

Snowshoe makers use traditional technique
ANCHORAGE -- Nick Dennis travels by snowmachine to the outskirts of the tiny Native village of Nikolai looking for rare stands of birch. Two hundred miles north in Huslia, George Yaska scans ridgetops for birch stands during the fall moose hunt.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank planning its first Easter dinner Women's group looking to volunteer Special-use permit applications due Soldotna ski hill closed for season Bake sale planned Meeting planned for Cook Inlet fishers Vessel monitoring presentation to be held

Convert hopes to become country's first black woman rabbi
DENVER (AP) -- Alysa Stanton's spiritual journey started in her childhood, when she and her family attended a Pentecostal church. As a young adult, she explored other religions, eventually choosing Judaism.

Mormon mini-epic has Hawaii premiere
LAIE, Hawaii (AP) -- Oscar-winning director Kieth Merrill didn't film his spectacular mini-epic about Jesus Christ appearing in ancient America for commercial success, he said, but to present a distinctive belief of his own Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Study: Hints, but no firm proof, that religious charities are more effective than secular ones
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Early evidence shows religiously based social service programs might be more effective than secular ones, but studies have been few and their methods uneven, a University of Pennsylvania survey concluded.

Minnesota church breathes life into da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
BRAINERD, Minn. -- By day, Baretta Barker-Peterson works as a technician at a casino. Tony Gage works for the state highway maintenance department.

Monks lift siege at shrine where they believe the Buddha attained enlightenment
GAYA, India (AP) -- Nearly 250 Buddhist monks ended a two-day siege of a shrine in India after the local government pledged to consider their demand for Buddhist control of the site.

U.S. synagogues organize Passover start in helping Jews of Argentina
NEW YORK (AP) -- American synagogues have teamed up with 32 synagogues in Argentina to help feed Jews suffering during that nation's economic crisis.

Mormon reconstruction of historic Nauvoo Temple nearly complete
NAUVOO, Ill. (AP) -- Mormon hotelier and farmer William H. Walker heeded the call more than 150 years ago, devoting one day in every 10 to building a grand temple envisioned as the spiritual home of his fledgling religion.

Religion Briefs
Nikiski church events to mark Easter Episcopal church events to mark Easter Special services planned at Lutheran church AAJC to end fast on Sunday Soldotna church to hold Good Friday service Choir to perform for Easter Stained-glass window to be dedicated on Easter Mens community dinner planned

Montana double murder case raises issue of religious retreats
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Attorneys for Alan Reavley say they'll fight prosecutors' attempts to use his comments at a Roman Catholic retreat to convict Reavley of a double murder 37 years ago.

Cross maker recalls crucifixion of Jesu
HEAD:Cross maker recalls crucifixion of Jesus

Greek Orthodox parishes given two weeks for input on long-pending governing charter
NEW YORK (AP) -- A dispute in the United States' Greek Orthodox Archdiocese over the way it is governed was worsened when parishes were given just two weeks to respond to a proposed, new charter.

Frail pope struggles through Holy Week services
VATICAN CITY -- A frail Pope John Paul II struggled through Holy Thursday ceremonies in St. Peter's Basilica, twice ceding his place at the ornate main altar to other clerics.

At Easter, pews may be full, but it's getting harder to fill U.S. Protestant pulpits
HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- Easter 2002 is a bit special for First Presbyterian Church, a granite landmark that features a Tiffany stained-glass window portraying Jesus' resurrection.

Ten Commandments plaque is favorite backdrop for weddings in Tennessee county
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Ten Commandments plaque in the Hamilton County courthouse is serving as the backdrop for a makeshift wedding chapel.

Good skiing can still be found
With grass slowly starting to reveal itself in some areas, and snow staunchly staying put in others, the Kenai Peninsula right now is firmly entrenched between winter and summer.

Homer Sea-to-Ski Triathlon Saturday
With grass slowly starting to reveal itself in some areas, and snow staunchly staying put in others, the Kenai Peninsula right now is firmly entrenched between winter and summer.

Kent State loses Heath to Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- After a 30-win season and whirlwind ride through the NCAA tournament, Stan Heath was hired Thursday as the successor to Nolan Richardson as the coach at Arkansas.

Serena finally gets best of sister Venus
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- At the end, Serena Williams' shots were accompanied by grunts louder than her tangerine dress.

District 3/2A tourney gives cross section of state
With Western Alaska schools Unalaska and Bristol Bay,

Ninilchik boys top Nikolaevsk to advance to title game
The Ninilchik High School boys basketball team defeated Nikolaevsk 65-48 Thursday to advance to the championship game of the District 3/2A basketball tournament.

Area high school hockey seniors face off with Kings
Tonight, area hockey fans will get a chance to say goodbye to this year's hockey seniors and, in effect, to the sheet of ice at the Soldotna Sports Center for another year.

Wagner picks up tournament MVP
NEW YORK -- As Dajuan Wagner came out of what could be his last game in college, he clasped hands and bumped chests with his teammates. Fans cheered and chanted ''One more year!''

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