Saturday, April 6, 2002

FCC to return millions to Native partnerships
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Native partnerships that bid on wireless telephone frequencies last year will get 85 percent of their multimillion dollar investments back while the U.S. Supreme Court considers a dispute over the auction.

Fairbanks men face prison in case involving fake drugs and money
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks men tried to take revenge on a drug dealer who sold them breath mints they thought was $2,000 worth of the drug Ecstasy, a prosecutor said during a change of plea hearing for the pair this week.

Correspondence regs compromise on religious materials
JUNEAU (AP) -- Megan and Michael Simila's high school biology textbook teaches photosynthesis, the parts of a plant cell, the anatomy of an earth worm -- and that God is responsible for the complexity of life.

Yukon Quest denies protest by Freeman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Rivers musher Joran Freeman won't get an apology or the return of his $1,000 entry fee from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Tourism plan again in doubt in Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to give $2 million to the state's tourism industry for an emergency marketing campaign is again in doubt in the state Senate.

Park Service purchases inholding in Wrangell-St. Elias park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service has purchased a 900-acre inholding within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Lawsuit says law enforcement efforts in rural Alaska ineffective
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lawsuit being heard in state Superior Court in Anchorage contends there is an unequal level of law enforcement in Alaska. Lawyers for plaintiffs say the lesser standard of police protection found in rural, primarily Native, communities amounts to racially separate, unequal treatment.

Yakutat man pleads guilty to making false distress call
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Yakutat man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to a charge of making a false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Fish summitt seeks solutions to falling salmon prices
KODIAK (AP) -- Alaska's often acrimonious commercial fishing groups buried the hatchet Thursday to unite against a common problem: a market for salmon that has bankrupted some fishermen, closed processors and devastated local economies.

Judge orders state to study effects of True North gold mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks Superior Court judge has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to study what effect the True North gold mine may be having on neighboring tourism businesses.

Man faces charges for eluding police, ramming patrol car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 22-year-old man eluded Anchorage police and was speeding on the Glenn Highway before he slammed into a patrol car early Thursday morning, police said.

ANWR review unnecessary, Lieberman says
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he objects to the Interior Department's decision to take another look at a report that found oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could harm caribou populations.

Dogipots to be installed in Ketchikan parks
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan dog owners are getting a new tool to help them clean up pet droppings in public places.

Knowles to call Legislature into special session for subsistence
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will call the Legislature into special session to deal with the subsistence issue at the end of its business in May, he said Friday.

Rep. Ogan gets pacemaker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Representative Scott Ogan has had a pacemaker implanted in his heart.

Man charged with sexually abusing former girlfriend's daughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 22-year-old Anchorage man is accused of sexually abusing a former girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter.

Good news for retirement savers: IRAs just got better
NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the best tools for saving for retirement -- the Individual Retirement Account -- has just gotten better.

Baby boomers rethink early retirement
NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a great notion -- retiring at 55, maybe as late as 60, while still enjoying the same fabulous lifestyle of travel, good food, theater and more.

Despite push for tax e-filing, old-fashioned paper returns still the rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite heavy electronic-filing promotion by the IRS and makers of tax software, most of this year's income tax returns will still be stamped and mailed the old-fashioned way.

Gardeners recruited for hand-to-hand campaign against invasive plants
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Some of the most colorful exotics arrived in the colonies destined for such planter notables as Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

Legislation to give $2 million to travel industry association stalls in Senate committee
JUNEAU -- A proposal to give $2 million to the state's tourism industry for an emergency marketing campaign is again in doubt in the state Senate.

Photo feature: Breakup
Ducks swim in a lead in the Kenai River below the Soldotna bridge Thursday afternoon. The river's ice pack is breaking up rapidly as spring advances.

Summit seeks fix for low fish prices
KODIAK -- Alaska's often acrimonious commercial fishing groups buried the hatchet Thursday to unite against a common problem: a market for salmon that has bankrupted some fishermen, closed processors and devastated local economies.

Outage darkens Soldotna
Much of downtown Soldotna lost power Thursday afternoon for about 90 minutes, giving some businesses an unexpected break.

Ward legislation signed into law by Gov. Knowles
With its sponsor, Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Nikiski, at his side, Gov. Tony Knowles affixed his signature to a bill allowing salmon and halibut products sold in Alaska to be labeled as wild, as well as free of antibiotics, hormones and dyes.

Kenai council addresses airport electrical woes
The Kenai Municipal Airport was without runway lights for a few hours March 28 after a circuit board shorted out and started smoking, Rebecca Cronkhite, airport manager, reported to the Kenai City Council at its Wednesday meeting.

Isabella Ladybug LaRoche
Isabella Ladybug LaRoche, infant daughter of Dennis and Anna LaRoche, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at home in Sterling. She was 2 days old.

Eugene F. Becker
Anchor Point resident Eugene F. Becker died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. He was 77.

By turning regulation over to industry, Legislature thumbs nose at public
The Legislature has fast-tracked a package of bills that hands regulation to industry and undermines the Knowles administration's commitment to "Doing it Right." Alaska Conservation Voters, representing 34 member organizations, met with Gov. Tony Knowles March 26 seeking his help regarding these measures that pose a threat to Alaska's clean air, clean water and other environmental resources.

Retirements at KPC loss to community as well as campus life
Add change to that short list of things which are certain.

Arafat succession complicated by violence
WASHINGTON -- The latest Mideast violence threatens anew Yasser Arafat's position as Palestinian leader, raising the question of who would be next. The answer is complicated by the fact that his likeliest successors are lying low.

Catering to high-tech hunters
CRESWELL, Ore. -- In its third year now, BowTech faces a dilemma any start-up would envy: The compound-bow maker can't keep up with the sizzling demand for its innovative archery products.

2001 Mystery Hills wildfire offers firefighters snapshot of 1947
The big, lumbering thunderheads marched single-file northeast along the western foothills of the Kenai Mountains.

Outdoors Briefs
Black bear baiting permits available Sierra Club club seeks young hunters

Around the Peninsula
Senator plans community meeting Senator plans community meetingGenealogy society to meet Senator plans community meetingSpring carnival set for Saturday Senator plans community meetingSalmon branding meeting scheduled Senator plans community meetingRepublican district convention scheduled Senator plans community meetingEconomist to speak at Job Center Senator plans community meetingHealing classes canceled Senator plans community meetingCraft fair planned Senator plans community meetingMarch of Dimes plans WalkAmerica event

Religion Briefs
Mens community dinner planned today Methodist church to have guest minister Clothing ministry closed in April

Malawi's Catholic bishops criticize government in Easter message
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) -- Malawi's seven Roman Catholic bishops issued an Easter message attacking the government as not aggressive enough in fighting corruption and a food crisis.

Protestant policies on sexual conduct of clergy
What some major U.S. Protestant denominations say about the sexual conduct of clergy.

Sudan's leading Islamic ideologue, under house arrest, is hospitalized
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- The former speaker of the Sudanese parliament -- Muslim opposition leader Hassan Turabi -- has been hospitalized for dehydration, his wife said.

Egyptian Christian actress granted divorce under Islamic law after 10-year court battle
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- In an unprecedented court verdict, Christian actress Hala Sidqi has won a 10-year court battle to divorce her husband, an outcome previously obtained in Egypt only by Muslims.

Nebraska Supreme Court is asked to define what constitutes a church
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The Nebraska Supreme Court is being asked to decide what defines a church in a case stemming from a liquor license granted to an Omaha convenience store that was challenged by a nearby church.

After losing its temple and renowned library, Sikh community determined to rebuild
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stench of smoke lingered for weeks after the Sikh Cultural Society was gutted by fire -- an early morning blaze that destroyed the first Sikh temple on the East Coast, home to a congregation of thousands.

Egypt's controversial Islamic jurist retires
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A top Muslim authority, whose rulings sometimes embarrassed the government and fellow theologians, has retired.

Mealtime prayers at Naval Academy may cease, depending on VMI appeal
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Mealtime prayers at the U.S. Naval Academy might cease if the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upholds a lower court's ban on saying grace at Virginia Military Institute.

Correspondence regs compromise on religious material
JUNEAU -- Megan and Michael Simila's high school biology textbook teaches photosynthesis, the parts of a plant cell, the anatomy of an earth worm -- and that God is responsible for the complexity of life.

Protestants face abuse scandals, too
The flood of sex abuse allegations against priests this year has focused attention on the Roman Catholic Church, but Protestant denominations have also faced sex scandals involving clergy over the years.

Tips for avoiding falling prey to fraud
Just walk away. Just hang up the telephone. Just tell the person at the door no thanks, you're not interested.

Ski season winding down -- but not done
"Winding down" is a term a lot of groomers are using this week. "Done" is a term none are using.

Elkington fires 8-under to lead BellSouth event
DULUTH, Ga. -- Looking ahead to the Masters, Phil Mickelson sneaked off to a college course to work on his short game.

Injured hand forces postponement of De La Hoya-Vargas
LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya pulled out of his May 4 fight with rival Fernando Vargas on Thursday after a doctor recommended the WBC champion rest a hand injured in sparring last week.

CIA, Ninilchik boys move on
The Ninilchik boys won their first round game in the Class 2A state tournament Thursday at Service High School in Anchorage because they were able to force a key player to foul out.

Ninilchik girls rain treys on Tri-Valley
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team, the two-time defending state 2A champion, began its run at another state crown by defeating Tri-Valley 68-24 in the opening round of the Alaska School Activities Association State Championships Thursday at Service High School in Anchorage.

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