Saturday, April 14, 2001

Federal judge to consider motion in Tongass logging case
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A federal judge has agreed to consider the Alaska Forest Association's request to intervene in a case that has stopped all logging on roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Clock is ticking for panel drawing state's new election map
JUNEAU (AP) -- Imagine trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when the shapes and sizes of the pieces keep changing.

Former employee of Fairbanks auto parts store charged with theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former worker at a Fairbanks auto parts store is accused of embezzling as much as $90,000 from the business.

Spring whaling season to get underway soon
BARROW (AP) -- The spring whaling season is expected to start in the next few weeks. Eskimo whaling crews already are venturing out onto the ice to cut and mark trails to their eventual campsites.

Recount: Cordova voters reject cruise ship head tax by one vote
CORDOVA (AP) -- Voters here have defeated a proposed $5-per-passenger fee on cruise ships -- by one vote.

Principal places himself on leave during sex abuse inquiry
WASILLA (AP) -- The principal of Colony High School has placed himself on paid administrative leave while the School District investigates whether he should have reported a suspected relationship between a teacher and student.

House committee to rework campaign finance bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A campaign finance bill was pulled off the House floor Thursday so it can be reworked to reflect a U.S. District Court decision that the state must allow unlimited contributions to political parties.

Senate debating who picks whom
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some lawmakers are pushing legislation that could give U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski an opportunity to choose his own replacement should he run for governor of Alaska and win.

Taylor Highway reopened for travel to Eagle
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Taylor Highway, a gravel road linking the Yukon River village of Eagle with the rest of Alaska, was opened Wednesday and Archie Reeves was one of the first to take advantage.

Tsimshian-style totem tells Easter story
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Rev. David Fison's notes for telling the Easter story this year are written on the side of a 17-foot-tall piece of cedar.

EPA ranks Red Dog as one of mining industry's top polluters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency says hardrock mining accounted for about half of all toxic releases from industrial facilities required to report pollution data.

State to start over on fast ferry bid
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Department of Transportation officials said Friday they will rebid a project to build a fast ferry after rejecting a proposal from a Washington state shipyard.

Fairbanks senator changes vote on racism resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Gary Wilken changed his vote Thursday on a resolution condemning January paintball attacks on Alaska Natives and other incidents of racism.

These eggs aren't just for Easter
JUNEAU (AP) -- Charlie Detjen decorates eggs with surgical precision. In his upstairs egg room, the Coast Guard dentist applies threads of wax around a goose egg with the same steady hand he uses to drill teeth.

Bill would penalize insurance companies for late payment
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Thursday that would require insurance companies to pay interest if they're late paying claims. The bill would also shorten the time insurance companies have to respond to claims.

State warns Alaskans about meat recall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Oklahoma meat plant is recalling 14.5 million pounds of meat and poultry products that may be contaminated, and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says some of that meat probably made it to Alaska.

Juneau keeps tabs of investment with troubled utility
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau officials are keeping an eye on the city's $2 million investment in financially troubled Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Another solar flare could bring weekend auroral show to Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaskans and residents of other northern states could be treated to the aurora borealis this weekend, thanks to another flare up on the sun.

Charter operators divided on halibut IFQs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial fishermen and charter operators presented a divided front Thursday in testimony on the wisdom of a proposed individual fishing quota program for the halibut charter fleet.

Diver in Unalaska dies during boat inspection
UNALASKA (AP) -- A 42-year-old man died this week while on a diving job in Unalaska.

Nikiski man acquitted of murder and assault charges
KENAI (AP) -- A Superior Court jury has acquitted a Nikiski man of murder and assault charges in the shooting death of one person and the wounding of three others last March.

Grand jury rules parlor shooting was self-defense
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks grand jury has decided that it was self-defense when a man fatally shot another man at a massage parlor March 31, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Chemical cleanup having some success at Kenai River site near Soldotna
KENAI (AP) -- Chemicals injected into the ground seem to be working faster than expected to neutralize some dry cleaning fluid migrating into the Kenai River near Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Fund-raiser postponed CES, Habitat to dedicate housCar wash scheduled for todayHospital service area board meeting set for MondayDomestic violence seminar offered Immunization clinics canceledProposal writing workshop plannedClubhouse to close for trainingKenai chamber to host congressmanSterling Community Club to meet Nikiski dance concert planned

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Forsythia rules the spring
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Some gardeners snub forsythia as too common, but its golden effulgence in early spring taunts them. It seems to be saying, ''What else is there around?''

Kenai River additions bill faces uphill battle in Senate
A bill to add thousands of acres to the state park that includes much of the Kenai River may face an uphill battle in the Senate.

Education task force says schools in need of money
Schools in Alaska cannot raise standards unless the people of the state raise education funding, according to a task force convened by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Chronology of events leading up to trial
March 11, 2000 -- Zeb Nudson hosted a wake for his friend, Preston Lee. Justin Meireis and Rick Sanchez came uninvited, fights broke out, and the young men were kicked out of the party. As they left, Justin Meireis threatened Nudson.

City manager search narrowed to 3
The Kenai City Council wasted no time Wednesday night in whittling 15 applicants for city manager down to three.

Trial highlights, in their own words
From attorneys and witnesses during Zebulon Nudson's trial, which ended Thursday, when a jury declared him not guilty on all counts:

Nudson cleared on all charges
Zebulon E. "Zeb" Nudson, the Nikiski man on trial for killing Justin Meireis and wounding three others on March 12, 2000, was found innocent on all 10 charges against him early Thursday afternoon in Kenai Superior Court.

James D. Hill
James D. Hill died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, after an extended illness at his residence in Sterling. He was 65.

Will it take financial crisis for Alaskans to embrace taxes?
The front page headline in Thursday's Peninsula Clarion said it all: Surplus today, deficit tomorrow.

Letters to the Editor
Minimum wage increase would be bad for workers, bad for businessKenai mayor should work with borough for new prisonMemories, accomplishments at Blood Bank will be cherished

Sterling neighbors cooperate for great community spirit Carnival not only raises funds, but it also builds relationships

Sign of spring
Bruno Anderson, 9, right, and Tyler Heindl, 13, middle, spread grain on the front-viewing field of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge on Thursday afternoon April 5, 2001, in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Lots of snow, few people make Caribou Hills, Turnagain Pass great for spring riding
For many people, the warmer weather and the melting ice doesn't necessarily mean that summer is right around the corner. For them their favorite season of winter is ending.

Proof of woolly mammoth presence on refuge land lacking
Managing any national wildlife refuge has its ups and downs, as does managing any land (even your own 2 acres). Sometimes, everything you want to accomplish goes exactly as planned, but sometimes it does not.

Lessons learned are valuable ones
The tortoise and the hare. You already know the story. An unlikely contest and an even more unlikely outcome.

Pope marks Holy Thursday by symbolic washing of feet
ROME (AP) -- Pope John Paul II washed and kissed the feet of 12 priests during a Holy Thursday Mass to commemorate Jesus' Last Supper with his apostles before he was crucified.

U.S. churches welcome 'Alpha,' British course for seekers
CINCINNATI (AP) -- During a lifetime cut off from organized religion, Aubrey ''Mac'' McCray h

Bishop censures Kansas City congregation
CHICAGO (AP) -- After months of debate, Bishop Charles Maahs, head of the Lutheran synod in Missouri and Kansas, censured Abiding Peace Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Mo., for ordaining Donna Simon, who is a lesbian, to serve as its pastor.

Religion Briefs
St. Francis to hold special servicesPurification fast will end with communion Easter breakfast planned Methodist church to celebrate Holy WeekSolFirst to hold Easter serviceServices slated for Friday, Easter SundayCooper Landing to hold servicesMen's retreat planned

Conservative Presbyterians launch new protest against same-sex rituals
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) -- A conservative caucus in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has launched a new protest against ceremonies for same-sex couples and other trends it opposes in the 3.6 million-member denomination.

Unique guide names 600 'excellent' U.S. churches
In a nation where Christian congregations (320,000 plus) are far more ubiquitous than even fast-food restaurants (176,800 at last count), the project that writer Paul Wilkes undertook required some brashness.

Georgia student arrested for proselytizing
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A University of Georgia student is among three U.S. citizens arrested and detained for weeks in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly promoting Christianity, university officials confirmed.

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's son doing it his way
ATLANTA (AP) -- When Jay Bakker sits down for an interview, he can usually count on the question popping up: ''So what's the deal with your mother's makeup?''

Lutherans seek to revise new unity pact with Episcopal Church
CHICAGO (AP) -- Despite warnings from the head of the Episcopal Church, leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America want to revise a provision in the unity pact between the two churches that went into effect this year.

Pastors show up in big number to sign covenant
An areawide Palm Sunday night service was held at Kenai Central High School with more than 650 in attendance. Singing and special music was led by groups from three churches, and a Youth Group presented a dramatic skit concerning Easter's meaning.

Capitals shut down Pittsburgh
WASHINGTON -- Not only didn't Mario Lemieux score in his first playoff appearance in four years, he didn't even manage a shot on goal.

Sports Briefs
Mayor's Midnight Sun registration infoPopeye Club does well in Homer Midnight Sun competes at tourneysArenas opting for NBA draftNewspaper files new request to see autopsy photos

Weather stops first track meet
The 2001 Kenai Peninsula Relays track and field meet was cut short Thursday as weather and track conditions in Homer quickly deteriorated.

Colorado comes back to turn away Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- Dustin Hermanson took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Thursday on Mark Little's two-run single in the ninth.

Mariners complete sweep of Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Edgar Martinez hit a three-run homer to help end Tim Hudson's winning streak, and the Seattle Mariners completed their first three-game sweep at Oakland by beating the Athletics 7-3 Thursday.

Rules changes will put NBA in the zone
NEW YORK -- NBA owners approved a package of four rules changes Thursday, including the elimination of the long-standing ban on zone defenses.

Cool welcome
A raven harasses a Canada goose Wednesday evening, April 11, 2001, in the front viewing field of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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