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Saturday, April 7, 2001

Recommendation could bring missile defense tests to Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A recently-retired Pentagon official made a recommendation that could bring some of the national missile defense system test launches to Kodiak's rocket facility.

Cruise ship industry to monitor air quality
JUNEAU (AP) -- A cruise-ship industry group says it plans to spend more than $135,000 to monitor air quality in Southeast Alaska during the next six months.

Ketchikan borough approves money for struggling mill
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted to lend up to $8 million to aid Gateway Forest Products, which sought bankruptcy protection this year after just a few months of operation.

Senators consider airplane leases not requested by state firefighters
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate Finance subcommittee wants to spend $700,000 on a pair of Canadian firefighting airplanes that state fire managers say they didn't ask for and would not work well in Alaska.

Photo exhibit zeros in on volcanic landscape
KENAI (AP) -- A volcanic landscape so barren and alien that Apollo astronauts once trained for moon walks is captured in Gary Freeburg's exhibit ''Beneath the Surface: Images of Katmai,'' now at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Selawik teens missing
SELAWIK (AP) -- The search was continuing Friday for two missing Selawik teens who disappeared Monday night while on a snowmachine trip from Noorvik to Selawik.

North Pole pilot dies in Yukon crash
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- A North Pole pilot died after his airplane crashed into frozen Teslin Lake in the Yukon last Friday, according to Canadian authorities.

Coast Guard hearing to begin April 14 in Alaska, wind up in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Coast Guard panel looking into the sinking of the fishing vessel Arctic Rose and the deaths of its 15 crew members will begin hearings April 24 in Anchorage and then wrap up the proceedings in Seattle, probably in early May, officials said Friday.

Finance Committee tries high-stakes maneuver on abortion funding
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee has added language in next year's budget that would kill the entire budget for Department of Health and Social Services if a judge tries to force the state to spend money on abortions.

Meteorite disappoints scientists after a year-long study
To scientists' disappointment, a meteorite that fell on a frozen Canadian lake has been found to contain none of the organic ingredients believed necessary to have initiated life on Earth.

House loosens travel rules for longevity bonus recipients
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans receiving a longevity bonus will have more flexibility to travel and still receive checks under a bill passed 36-0 Thursday by the state House.

Alaska Airlines resumes King Salmon, Dillingham service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines will resume service to King Salmon and Dillingham starting April 14.

Ketchikan to vote on recalling most school board members
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Petitions to recall five of Ketchikan's School Board members have been certified by Ketchikan Gateway Borough Clerk Susan Bethel. A special recall election must be scheduled by the assembly sometime between May 24 and June 23, Bethel said.

Territory plans to create permanent fund
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- The Yukon will be getting a $42 million windfall from the Canadian government, some of which it plans to deposit into an Alaska-style permanent fund.

House backs resolution urging change in Canada gun laws
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House has approved a resolution seeking relief via the federal government from a fee to transport firearms through Canada.

Plans for Stevens Airport expansion take major step toward approval
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers has given Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport permission to develop 220 acres of wetlands on airport land.

Coast Guard looks for clues to vessel's sinking after search suspended
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A panel of Coast Guard investigators is being assembled to determine why the fishing vessel Arctic Rose sank in the Bering Sea Monday, taking its crew of 15 men.

Bid to rename airport flies into rough air
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two days after former University of Alaska president William Wood's death in late February, Fairbanks legislators announced plans to rename the local airport in his honor. But rising opposition has the name change in a holding pattern.

Contagious boils spreading in western Alaska
BETHEL (AP) -- A contagious strain of boils is spreading across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and other parts of western Alaska.

AHFC, short on cash, stops home buyer program
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A popular state program that subsidizes loans for first-time home buyers is being put on hold, because the state has less money to help the buyers.

Biologists drop in -- literally -- on polar bear den
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Imagine lying prone in the snow, staring into the eyes of a polar bear just a few feet away.

Around the Peninsula
Mystery tickets sold out Church garage sale set Screening offeredClicks for Licks plannedBlood drive scheduledDriving course slatedCity to hold work sessionSenior center holds salesBeware of eaglesMarine guide offered to boat owners

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U.S. Air Force recruiting office opens in Soldotna
With strategic planning and the go-ahead command, the U.S. Air Force has found itself in the same location as the Army, the Navy and the Marines -- the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

Prison contract delays assembly
A last-minute request to approve a contract with Cornell Companies caught some members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly off guard at Tuesday night's assembly meeting.

Photo feature: International space station
The Russian word for navigation identifies their work station as Kapa Kuzmin, right, and Rik Galley, both of Voznesenka Elementary-High School ponder a problem at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska Thursday afternoon.

Soldotna council says 'no' to prison
The Soldotna City Council does not want a private prison built on the Kenai Peninsula, unless it is run up to the standards of a public prison.

James Riley Whitcomb
Soldotna resident James Riley Whitcomb died Monday, April 2, 2001, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Orville Hartley Phillips
Former central Kenai Peninsula resident Orville Hartley Phillips died Monday, April 2, 2001, from cancer at his home in Wasilla. He was 81.

Applause
KCHS basketball boosters get lift from area businesses Fun run coordinators say thanks for making the event a success

Child abuse statistics show nation making progress, state not
There was good news for families recently out of our nation's capital, as reports of child abuse and neglect declined for the sixth year in a row.

Single-minded gay rights activists unfairly twist rules for own benefit
Remember when censorship was about banning a book or an idea? Today, the First Amendment covers even Larry Flynt's uncovered magazine.

Jet skis banned in bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has banned the use of jet skis throughout Kachemak Bay, effective May 3. It is the largest jet ski ban yet by the state of Alaska.

Hair-raising ride: DNA answers riddles of past
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. -- Wildlife biologists have discovered something of a time machine, a tiny transport to the past woven tight into the nucleus of animal cells.

Outdoors photo: On the trail
The lower Resurrection Pass Trail offered gleaming views of Round Mountain during sunny weather last weekend.

Poll: U.S. Jews more interested in social action than religious observance
NEW YORK (AP) -- A poll of U.S. Jews suggests they're generally more interested in social action than religious matters.

Passover changes: Catered seders help those with little time to spare
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Dr. Rhonda Fogel Asch has fond memories of childhood Passover seders cooked by her aunt. But she can't imagine putting an entire one together by herself.

Dissident Lutherans form new association
PHOENIX (AP) -- Hundreds of dissidents in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met to form a new association for those who can't accept an accord that established full fellowship with the Episcopal Church.

Iranians celebrate ancient festival amid religious mourning
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians flocked to parks and orchards this week for picnics to celebrate the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, the last day of the Persian new year holiday.

Papal visit creates rifts in Greek Orthodox Church
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- High in the thyme-covered hills outside Athens, inside a half-built church, a wooden icon has drawn more than 10,000 Orthodox Christian faithful to see what they consider a miracle.

Organization asks Supreme Court to dismiss anti-Christmas suit
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A private group dedicated to religious freedom has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit that challenges the observance of Christmas by the federal government.

Women's seders create new traditions for Passover
NEW YORK (AP) -- Naomi Reiss sat with her daughter, sister and grandmother, celebrating the Passover holiday with a ''seder'' meal as Jews have done around the world for generations.

Saudi mufti condemns April Fool's Day
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Muslims should not participate in April Fool's Day joking because lying is prohibited under all but the most extreme conditions, Saudi Arabia's chief cleric said.

Religion Briefs
Solfirst sportsmen's banquet todayConcert held at area churchesChurches plan meeting at KCHSSt. Francis to hold special servicesLutheran branch receives award

Zhizhi triumphs in debut with Dallas
DALLAS -- Wang Zhizhi, the first China-born player in NBA history, scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes Thursday night as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-94.

Woods five strokes back on low-scoring Masters first day
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods' first stop on his road to a fourth straight major championship took a detour into the trees Thursday at the Masters.

Lemieux leads Pittsburgh toward another Stanley Cup
PITTSBURGH -- Jaromir Jagr isn't misled by that ''C'' on his Pittsburgh Penguins jersey. He understands whose team this is.

Last dance
One team lived up to its name, while another team played like rebels with a cause Thursday night at Skyview in the Senior All-Star Games.

Peninsula grizzlies offer unique opportunity for research
This isn't your grandfather's research -- or even your father's. This is the research devised with the assistance of modern technology.

Biologists drop in -- literally -- on polar bear den
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Imagine lying prone in the snow, staring into the eyes of a polar bear just a few feet away.

Close encounters of the cougar kind on the rise
EUGENE, Ore. -- When Nancy Maniago built her home here, she included a two-story window so she could watch deer who live in the nearby woods. Last summer, she saw something unexpected through that window: a cougar in her driveway.

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