Saturday, April 5, 2003

Man pleads in Anchorage parking garage killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man accused of killing another man during a drug deal last October has pleaded guilty after reaching a deal with federal prosecutors.

Godfrey files claim against shooters estate
ANCHORAGE (AP) The wife of former state Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey wants $2 million from the estate of the woman who shot her husband to death and seriously wounded her last summer.

Resolutions protest increasing federal
JUNEAU (AP) Democrat legislators have introduced identical resolutions expressing concern over the federal Patriot Act toward civil liberties.

Goshawks claim APU nesting site
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Pacific University officials are asking people to stay away from a stretch of woods claimed by two aggressive Northern goshawks.

Legislators want food lab in seafood plant
KENAI (AP) Some state legislators want to house the state's food safety laboratory, now in Palmer, in an Anchorage seafood processing plant.

Alaska seafood closer to organic label
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska seafood may soon have a new label: organic.

Bill would eliminate art funding requirement
JUNEAU (AP) State buildings would feature more spartan decor under a bill proposed by Rep. Bill Stoltze.

Flags lowered in memory of Kenai judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) State flags were lowered Friday in memory of Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link. Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the weekend.

Longevity bonus, worker tax bills clear committee
JUNEAU (AP) Legislation to impose a $100 tax on workers and end the state's senior citizen longevity bonus program cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday.

Geophysical Institute finds errant rocket
FAIRBANKS (AP) An errant rocket that malfunctioned during a recent launch has been found, according to officials with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.

Murkowski outlines tough on crime stance
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski outlined a crime package on Thursday that calls for fewer plea bargains for child predators, a crackdown on bootleggers, and tightening the state's self-defense laws.

Ice Classic ticket deadline approaches
FAIRBANKS (AP) Midnight Saturday is the deadline to buy tickets for the Nenana Ice Classic, the annual betting game where contestants try to guess the exact time the ice on the Tanana River at Nenana will break up.

Juneau hospital expansion plan hits snag
JUNEAU (AP) City officials are pondering what to do after the sole bid for a long-planned expansion and renovation at Bartlett Regional Hospital came in $11 million over budget.

Man pleads innocent in child sex abuse case
KENAI (AP) A 66-year-old Anchor Point man has pleaded innocent to charges that he sexually abused three young children.

Challenger Center may face money crunch
KENAI (AP) The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai could run short of operating funds in just a few months as grant monies dry up, according to Kenai Mayor John Williams, a member of the center's board.

Sosa belts Cubs past Mets
NEW YORK Sammy Sosa drove in three runs with a pair of singles and left Shea Stadium still looking for his 500th career homer as the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 6-3 Thursday.

Twins start season with sweep of Tigers
DETROIT Kyle Lohse allowed two hits in eight innings as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 3-0 Thursday to complete an opening three-game sweep.

What about earnings for war-focused investors?
NEW YORK (AP) Americans so obsessed with the war in Iraq should beware of companies trying to use it to camouflage bad news at home.

Boomers urged to assign power of attorney
NEW YORK (AP) At age 42, Mark Lemont is looking forward to a long, healthy life with his wife and daughter.

Watercooler
LOOMING UNEMPLOYMENT: Job security is Topic A among many American workers, with a quarter of workers in a survey saying they could lose their job this year. That was up from 20 percent in the same survey in December.

Its not just about money
NEW YORK (AP) In times of uncertainty or crisis, Americans tend to pull back and take stock of their lives. That seems to be happening now.

Taking stock
The Fishing Hole on the Homer Spit is one of the most unique fisheries available to anglers in Alaska, but the salmon in this lagoon come with a price -- $25,000 to be exact.

Tactics of fear and hate not the right way to gain respect
The opinion page article you printed March 31 from the The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, which recommends having a clear perception of the world around you and recommends Fox News for subjectivity, endorsed the

For or against war, its time to get behind nations leaders
Whether you support the war in Iraq or oppose it, the time for debate is past. The battle is joined. It is now time to support our leadership to do our small part to help end this war as soon as possible.

Soldiers make sacrifices to fight for the freedom of others
We have free men and women fighting for the freedom of a people. We live in uncertain times in a nation looking for answers to questions.

War with Iraq is necessary to ensure global stability
As we all know, the current war with Iraq is a very controversial

Governor Murkowski is committed to balancing states budget
Governor Murkowski was repeatedly encouraged, during the campaign, to reduce government spending. He promised to leave the permanent fund alo

Peace demonstrators latest in long history of American dissent
A few words about the demonstrations and candlelight vigils for peace in Soldotna...

Council deadlocks in voting to appoint new member
The Kenai City Council proved why it is necessary to have seven members instead of six at its Wednesday meeting when it deadlocked in a vote to appoint a new member.

Gas, diesel may get tax break
A measure introduced at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Bor-ough Assembly meeting seeks to exempt a portion of gasoline and diesel fuels from the borough sales tax.

ILC supporters rally against budget cuts
A move to eliminate state grants to the Centers for Independent Living has prompted agency officials to schedule public rallies against the cuts at noon today in Soldotna and Homer.

Thelma Isaacs
There will be a visitation service for former Kenai Peninsula resident Thelma Isaacs at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Anchorage Funeral Home at 1800 Dare Ave.

Jared Ross Galloway
Lifelong Kasilof resident Jared Ross Galloway died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 23.

Marcia M. Turpin
Soldotna resident Marcia M. Turpin died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 81.

Oilers alumni start MLB season strong
With Major League Baseball's 2003 season just under way, two former Oilers have started the season off with noteworthy performances.

Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. Jon Link Jan. 22, 1944 - March 25, 2003 What others say
Maybe it was his collection of neck

Refuge mapmaker called on to aid in Columbia shuttle recovery effort
Soon after the Columbia space shuttle disaster in February, I received an e-mail

Around the Peninsula
July 4 planning meeting today Gardeners to host garden art workshop Kenaitze Head Start to hold garage sale Pop Warner cheerleading sign-ups planned KWF art show reception planned Tack swap slated Oyster benefit planned Ninilchik fair banquet planned

Islamic court opens in Indonesias troubled Aceh province
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) Thousands of Muslims celebrated the opening of Indonesia's first Islamic court, which will prosecute violators of religious law (Shariah) in troubled Aceh province.

Same-sex blessings dispute splits two Anglican Church of Canada bishops
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Debate over same-sex blessing rituals, which have caused intense debate in the Anglican Church of Canada, has grown more bitter with a confrontation between two bishops.

Zoroastrians begin work on temple for their ancient faith in Virginia
VIENNA, Va. (AP) One of the world's oldest religions is establishing a new, American temple for the faith outside the nation's capital, the Zoroastrian Center and Darb-e-Mehr.

Just war theory to a childs mind
"But daddy, why do we have to go to war?"

U.S. Catholic-Episcopal talks propose that bishops join each others meetings
WASHINGTON (AP) A panel of U.S. Roman Catholic and Episcopal Church delegates proposed Tuesday that bishops from the two denominations attend each others' official meetings to foster Christian unity.

United Methodist Church will again debate homosexuality at 2004 conference
WASHINGTON (AP) The United Methodist Church's 2004 General Conference will take up the debate over whether to change its stand against homosexual conduct, despite heavy support for existing policy at the last gathering in 2000.

Christian groups eager to help in Iraq, but critics wary their aim is conversion
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) In the aftermath of war, Iraq is expected to face a massive humanitarian crisis, with hunger, homelessness and disease threatening the nation's 24 million people.

Massachusetts lawyer challenges use of churches as polling places
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) A Jewish lawyer said he will sue Framingham in federal court because it holds elections in religious buildings, which he considers a violation of church-state separation.

Church Briefs
Conference studies Genesis Native fellowship meets tonight Bahais host peace devotions Sale to aid African hunger mission Passover seder presented Church celebrates holy week Friendship closet open Healing Rooms open Religious poetry solicited Christian group holds contest Writers sought for faith anthology

Senators rule Eastern Conference
WASHINGTON The Ottawa Senators clinched two titles Thursday night one for themselves and one for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Smith earns closer role at New Mexico State
Mike Smith, a 1999 graduate of Skyview High School, is finishing up his college baseball career as the closer for the NCAA Division I New Mexico State Aggies.

St. John's tops Georgetown for NIT championships
NEW YORK Marcus Hatten helped St. John's win a championship. And the Red Storm fans helped him celebrate.

Abdur-Rahim ruins Jordans finale in Atlanta
ATLANTA Michael Jordan played another farewell game in Atlanta. This time, he was upstaged by Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Photo feature: Afternoon snack
A squirrel munches seeds on a fallen spruce tree near sunset earlier this week.

Bear-marked trees have researchers pondering bruin behavior
JUNEAU Bears do more than poop in the woods. They carve up the forest with their claws.

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