Saturday, April 13, 2002

Haines man pleads guilty to criminally negligent homicide
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Haines man pleaded guilty Thursday to criminally negligent homicide in the beating death of his uncle last year.

Subsistence halibut fishing goes legal
ANCHORAGE (AP) - Subsistence halibut harvests from a centuries old fishery will soon be legal.

House approves supplemental spending bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a supplemental spending bill to keep Medicaid funded for the rest of the year and pay debts from increased security after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

BP to ban tourists from road to Arctic Ocean, citing security
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. said it is closing the road that leads through the Prudhoe Bay oil fields to the Arctic Ocean.

Anchorage man tried again for 1993 homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man whose murder conviction was overturned on appeal is being tried again for the same homicide.

Couple found in burning home dead of murder-suicide
NOME (AP) -- Two bodies found in a burning home in Nome died in an apparent murder-suicide, Nome Police Chief Ralph Taylor said Thursday.

Minimum wage exception bill stalls in House Finance
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would let remote seafood processors deduct room and board from workers' checks -- even if that drops their pay below minimum wage -- stalled Thursday in the House Finance Committee.

Man sought for allegedly helping wife commit suicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man whose wife fatally shot herself last fall at their Talkeetna home is being sought on charges that he intentionally helped her commit suicide.

Superintendent: No change in Anchorage high schools start times
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage high schools classes should continue to start at 7:30 a.m., said school district superintendent Carol Comeau.

Hazardous materials crews investigates mystery barrels at missile site
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Workers clearing the ground for a new missile defense system at Fort Greely this week unearthed a cache of rusty, World War II-era barrels that could hold remnants of chemical weapons.

Two missing, presumed dead on Mount St. Elias
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two climbers on Mount St. Elias are missing and presumed dead after they attempted to descend the mountain on skis, according to the National Park Service.

National Guard helicopter drops $32,000 snow groomer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A sudden, dangerous whiteout in the mountains north of Girdwood forced the crew of an Army National Guard helicopter to drop a 3-ton snow groomer being flown to a ski training center on Eagle Glacier.

Union loses lawsuit over contract awarded to Alaska Native corporation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A union argued unsuccessfully that its constitutional rights were violated when an Alaska Native corporation was awarded a $43 million defense contract, a District Court judge ruled in Washington, D.C.

Phillips christening third double-hulled tanker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. is set to christen its third double-hulled oil tanker to ship Alaska crude oil to the Lower 48.

Senate Finance takes up GARVEE bond proposal
JUNEAU (AP) -- Transportation Commissioner Joe Perkins sought help from some of his Lower 48 cohorts this week to fuel support in the Senate for a plan to jump start several major transportation projects here.

Fairbanks borough assembly passes ethics ordinance for workers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- People who work for the Fairbanks North Star Borough will now have to watch their behavior.

New car dealers' bill has fewer consumer protections
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee has stripped some consumer protection provisions from a car dealers' bill after hearing objections from the industry.

Man robbed at gunpoint
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was robbed at gunpoint at his front door early Thursday morning, Anchorage police said.

Caribou flourish on Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- The caribou population in the Kenai Peninsula has expanded so much that game managers are liberalizing hunting rules to thin the herd.

Catholic bishops issue pastoral letter on subsistence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's Catholic bishops have issued a pastoral letter on subsistence that frames the debate in Catholic teachings.

Investigators find no obvious sign of cause of hotel fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A team of investigators has begun to sift through the charred remains of the Aspen Hotel.

Clemens sustains short-rest shellacking
TORONTO -- Roger Clemens struggled on short rest as a fill-in for Orlando Hernandez, allowing six runs in five innings as the New York Yankees lost 11-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

April is time to focus on teaching the nation's youth about money
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ask teen-agers where they get most of their information about finance, and the majority say it's from their parents.

Program uses Brazil's Afro religions to improve health among blacks
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- The pulsing rhythms of atabaque drums fill the temple, sending the guests spinning, clapping and singing the praises of Ossae (Oh-SY-eim), the Yoruban god of medicine and herbs.

A dip in icy water may prepare a runner for a race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An ice water bath may help distance runners prepare for a race, and researchers say it works best with a rectal thermometer.

Killey River, Twin Lakes caribou herds merge
Kenai Peninsula caribou numbers have grown so large that two herds that call the area home have become one, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Ninilchik moves toward community planning
Ninilchik residents are ready to get serious about community unity and development, was the message Monday at a community forum.

Photo feature: Drive-through church
Workers from Raven Contractors thread a building that once housed the western peninsula's first Catholic church through the intersection of Forest Drive and the Kenai Spur Highway Friday.

Diversity keeps area economy fueled
The Kenai Peninsula's economy is not so bad off. And diversity is the reason.

John William Robinson Jr.
Soldotna resident John William Robinson Jr. died Monday, April 8, 2002, in Nikiski. He was 51.

Letters to the Editor
Roads, schools too fragile to withstand more budget cuts

Special session cost makes subsistence solution more urgent
Here we go again. Like death, taxes and the annual return of swallows to San Juan Capistrano, a legislative "special" session is on tap again in Juneau. Once again, the focus will be on finding a solution to one of the state's most enduring and long-festering controversies -- subsistence.

Help exists for those burdened with depression or struggling with grief
This time last year, I went in reverse of the life spring is supposed to engender, entering my own sort of autumn from which I honestly feel I am just now beginning to surface.

Outdoor Briefs
Safari Club fund-raiser coming Black bear baiting permits available Troopers out at Arctic Man competition

Part II: Fighting the blaze in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Mystery Hills
In last week's column, I wrote about the events of June 28, 2001, when two lightning strikes ignited separate wildfires on the western slope of the Kenai Mountains, in the area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge known as the Mystery Hills.

A puzzling plan
Editor's note: This is the second part in a three-part series about what recent events portend for the future of anglers, fishing guides and others for whom the Kenai River is key to their welfare.

Around the Peninsula
District Democratic caucus scheduled Craft fair planned Developmental screening offered Eagles Auxiliary president to visit Kenai Homer seniors sponsoring Alzheimers workshop Customer service training seminars planned Estate planning seminar scheduled

Police clear Los Angeles cardinal of decades-old sex abuse claim by Fresno woman
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Police said no witnesses or physical evidence could be found to support a mentally ill woman's allegation that Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony molested her.

Speaker says divisions among Christians eroding their commitment to the poor
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- Infighting among Christians has distracted religious leaders, preventing them from fulfilling their duty to help the poor, according to a speaker at the Community of Christ world conference.

Evangelical Christians arrested on Mormon church's plaza
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two protesters distributing Christian pamphlets were recently arrested on a stretch of Main Street that the Mormon church bought from the city to restrict protests and other activities there.

Religion Briefs
Easter cantata to be performed Sunday Church to host kids carnival Clothing ministry closed in April

Graffiti artists invited to ''tag'' new Sparks church
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- Members of a Sparks congregation weren't upset to find graffiti on the walls of their church this Easter.

Dalai Lama's personal choir on tour in North America
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Tibetan Buddhist monks stand over their just-completed artwork -- a gorgeous sand mural, painstakingly arranged color-by-color and grain-by-grain over three days.

Metropolitan Theodosius to retire as head of Orthodox Church in America
SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) -- Citing health problems, Metropolitan Theodosius, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, has announced plans to retire in July after leading the church for 25 years.

Push for Ten Commandment displays gains momentum in South
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Charles Wysong believes God has stirred a fight in Tennessee.

Killey River, Twin Lakes caribou herds merge
Kenai Peninsula caribou numbers have grown so large that two herds that call the area home have become one, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Vandals desecrate Buddhist temple in North Carolina
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Davidson County authorities plan to increase patrols around a Buddhist temple struck by vandals twice in a month.

Members of bishops' committee accused of shielding molesters
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Two of the five Roman Catholic bishops on the committee developing the church's national response to the sex abuse crisis are accused in lawsuits of helping protect priests who molested children.

Christian environmentalist praises God's handiwork
"I call myself a Christian environmentalist evangelist," Peter Illyn said.

Off the beaten trail
Breaking up is not only hard to do. It can be hard to recreate in as well.

Gems can still be found Sunday at NFL draft
NEW YORK -- The crowds at the NFL draft begin to thin out at the end of Saturday's first round.

Every step is ceremonial for 72-year-old Palmer
Arnold Palmer looked every bit of 72 trudging up and down the fairways Thursday at the new-and-improved Augusta National. Golf, like age, comes down to numbers and even for the King, the numbers won't lie.

Nikiski's Cason signs with UAA
Nikiski senior middle hitter Mindy Cason singed a letter of intent Wednesday to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage this fall.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula Relays canceled Senior All-Star Game set for Skyview Gonzalez chews gum before witnesses in Denver Washington coach Neuheisel facing NCAA probe Minnesota merging departments Floridas Torborg, Olsen suspended

Woods sits three strokes back on longer, harder course at Augusta National
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- More than the golf course changed at the Masters.

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