Saturday, April 12, 2003

House endorses drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge, rejects fuel economy measure
WASHINGTON (AP) The House Thursday night endorsed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, setting up a likely confrontation with the Senate as Congress struggles to produce a comprehensive energy policy.

Bill reduces state support for some treatment programs
JUNEAU The state Senate passed legislation Thursday that would cut state support for drug and alcohol treatment.

Governor has procedure to open heart artery
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski underwent a procedure to open what doctors discovered was a nearly blocked heart artery, his cardiologist said Thursday.

House approves bill to legalize roadside memorials
FAIRBANKS (AP) The state House unanimously approved a bill to legalize roadside memorials honoring car crash victims.

Anchorage doctor killed in avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage doctor was killed in an avalanche while skiing in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Anchorage man dies from windstorm injuries
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man has died from injuries received during last month's big windstorm.

Corbus: Oil revenue lower than expected
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's money woes appear worse with the release of the state's latest revenue forecast Thursday.

Man sentenced to 40 months for insurance fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 39-year-old man was sentenced to 40 months in jail for insurance fraud.

House Republicans approve $2.3 billion budget
JUNEAU (AP) House Republicans approved a $2.3 billion operating budget on Thursday over the objection of minority Democrats who say it shortchanges education and other essential programs.

Teen accused of trying to mail marijuana to Kaltag
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks teenager is accused of trying to mail a package of marijuana to Kaltag.

Senate approves cuts to childrens health care program
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate approved legislation Thursday to save about $2.1 million next year by providing health care to fewer pregnant women and children.

Lawsuit challenges new Anchorage runoff election law
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a change in local election law.

Anadarko debuts new drilling platform
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has begun drilling a gas hydrate well south of Kuparuk. It is the first time anyone has purposefully drilled a well on the North Slope seeking methane hydrates, or natural gas trapped in frozen ground.

Expos avoid sweep at paws of Chicago
CHICAGO Tony Armas Jr. struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven scoreless innings as the Montreal Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Royals stay unbeaten, Tigers remain winless
DETROIT Raul Ibanez homered and drove in three runs to lead the unbeaten Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the winless Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Watercooler
WOMEN WORKERS: The bank, the post office, the laundromat do you ever see these places on a weekday?

Reserve, National Guard troops called to active duty qualify for interest, tax breaks
NEW YORK (AP) Shortly after Yolanda Kilbride's husband was called up for active duty by the Marine Corps, she took advantage of a little-known law to shore up their finances.

Boomers are good at saving, but not good enough
NEW YORK (AP) Retirement is starting to loom for the oldest of the baby boom generation, but few of them are prepared for the financial perils of old age, experts say.

Accounting changes to deflate earnings
NEW YORK (AP) Lower earnings might not be such a bad thing for investors if they are coming down for the right reason.

CDC chief very concerned about possible workplace spread of SARS virus
ATLANTA (AP) The respiratory virus known as SARS has appeared to spread in the United States only to family members of health workers with close contact to an infected person.

Super slow workouts add muscle for those who can take the strain
WASHINGTON (AP) Dan Fitzgerald takes 10 seconds to lift a weight that other people lift in four. It takes him five seconds to ease it back down, even though others can do that in two.

Cabin system to link Ptarmigan Lake, Paradise Valley trails
ANCHORAGE By trekking between a string of proposed backcountry cabins where you reserve a bunk instead of the whole building, hikers could soon wander through two wild valleys on the Kenai Peninsula toting little more than a day pack.

Politicians pro-education until it comes time to fully fund it
Oh, how often politicians forget the promises they make to the people when it comes to our children's needs and e

Community support for student exchange fund-raiser appreciated
The Kenai-Soldotna AFS-USA Chapter of the student exchange program wishes to thank all those who supported our recent fund-raiser dinner.

Bagley: Peninsulas future bright
Despite recent layoffs in the oil and gas industry and the closing of Big Kmart, Kenai's largest taxpayer, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley says he believes the future of the peninsula's economy is bright.

Home show planned for Saturday, Sunday
The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association's 24th annual Home Show is this weekend at the Soldotna Sports Center.

School consolidation sparks disagreement
Elementary schools in Nikiski are bound to look different in the coming years, but just how different remains to be seen.

Alaska needs to determine cost of educational needs, then pay up
Every election season we hear it. "I'm pro-education." "We need to fully fund educat

Partnership holds potential to save money, programs
The city of Kenai deserves a gold medal for trying to find creative ways to cut spending and yet save popular programs.

Kachemak kayak fest expanded for this year
The second annual Kachemak Kayak Fest has been scheduled for May 23 through June 1 in Homer.

The hills are alive: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge can be ear opening experience
It's been a quiet winter here on the Kenai, but things are about to change. Migratory bi

Outdoor club planning activities
The Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club's next planning meeting is scheduled for April 23 at Ruben's restaurant in the Kings Inn in Kenai at 7 p.m.

Around the Peninsula
Church Basketball Invitational today School to present adolescent issues video Community council to discuss DOT issues Legion plans Easter egg hunt Turn-off TV week scheduled Caregiver seminar slated Outdoor club to meet United Way seeks committee volunteers

Panel investigates possible miracle attributed to Hawaiis Father Damien
HONOLULU (AP) Doctors and priests have opened a Roman Catholic tribunal in Honolulu to investigate a possible miracle attributed to Father Damien, the missionary to the lepers, who is a candidate for sainthood.

Church Briefs
Outdoor fellowship day planned Sale to aid African hunger mission Messianic Passover seder presented Martin to speak to Womens Aglow Gospel hour planned Friendship closet open Healing Rooms open Religious poetry contest ongoing Christian group sponsors contest

Scientologists in Germany launch legal bid to end government monitoring
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Germany's Church of Scientology branch launched a legal effort to declare surveillance by security agencies unconstitutional.

Latter-day Saints president urges wars end, support for troops
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Mormon President Gordon B. Hinckley pleaded for peace in Iraq while assuring church members that God would not hold those in the military responsible for what national leaders require.

Holy week services planned
Abundant Life Assembly of God MoAdim Messianic Fellowship North Star United Methodist Church Our Lady of Perpetual Help Our Lady of the Angels Church Peninsula Grace Brethren Church HSt. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Soldotna Church of the Nazarene Sterling Lutheran

Imprisoned Baptist leader reaches divorce agreement
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, the jailed former president of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. has reached a divorce agreement with wife Deborah.

Rutgers University group drops lawsuit after accord on choosing Christian leaders
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) A Christian student group has dropped a federal lawsuit against Rutgers University and agreed to the school's anti-discrimination policy in return for the continued right to select leaders who support its religious purposes.

Founder suspends project that paid U.S. youths to memorize the Ten Commandments
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A ministry that sought to renew America one child at a time'' by paying young people $10 each to memorize the Ten Commandments has run out of money.

Christians see prayer as both a comfort and a tool in war with Iraq
Her Arizona home is thousands of miles from the streets of Baghdad, but Christa Wiggans believes she spans that distance daily with prayers for American troops and their cause.

In faith-based test case, appeals court upholds Wisconsin halfway house aid
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin can continue providing taxpayer money for a faith-based halfway house in Milwaukee that provides 24-hour supervised residential care, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Holy week celebrated
A community Palm Sunday service will be conducted by the Kenai Peninsula Minist-erial Association at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

Leading scientist defends the Exodus account but puts Sinai in Saudi Arabia
A British scientist is making two claims about Jewish history this Passover season that could surely spark discussion over the Seder meal.

Anchor Point rider wins King of the Hill
For the second year in a row, Brok Shafer was the first one up the mountain.

New Hampshire, Minnesota move into Frozen Four championship
BUFFALO, N.Y. After a reprieve when replay disallowed a goal against him, Mike Ayers and the New Hampshire Wildcats finally woke up.

Rain, not protest, stops Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. Augusta National finally met its match Mother Nature, not Martha Burk. Four days of heavy rain turned golf's hallowed grounds into a muddy mess and forced the first round of the Masters to be postponed for the first time since 1939.

Caps, Ducks, Wild, Canucks take 1-0 series leads
TAMPA, Fla. Robert Lang scored two goals and Olaf Kolzig made 28 saves Thursday night as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Thursday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Burk asks CEOs to take stand
ATLANTA (AP) Martha Burk called on Augusta National members to take a stand against Hootie Johnson and turn in their green jackets if they don't agree with him on the issue of women members.

Geese spotted in Delta
FAIRBANKS (AP) The first Canada geese of the season have landed in Delta Junction.

Radio station broadcasts whale sounds
SITKA (AP) Sitka radio station KAQU is broadcasting what may initially sound like static. But listen closely and you will hear the underwater sounds of the ocean near Whale Park, and maybe even whales.

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