Saturday, April 19, 2003

Small quake strikes near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) A small earthquake occurred near Talkeetna Thursday morning.

Bill would drop minimum wage for more teens
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska businesses would be able to pay anyone under 20 years old less than minimum wage under a bill approved this week by a House committee.

Alaska man dies of injuries from fiery crash
SEATTLE (AP) An Alaska man has died of injuries suffered in a fiery one-car crash near suburban Woodinville that left a close friend in serious condition.

Villages go dry again after failed alcohol experiments
ANCHORAGE (AP) Pilot Station and Atqasuk have decided to return to dry status after voting to relax their alcohol laws last fall.

Agrium planning layoffs at Nikiski plant
NIKISKI (AP) The Agrium fertilizer plant here is expecting to announce layoffs in the coming weeks. The company says the layoffs are needed to stay competitive in the international fertilizer market.

Anchorage boys death is ruled a drowning
ANCHORAGE (AP) An autopsy shows that one of the young Anchorage brothers who were missing two weeks had accidentally drowned in the partially frozen pond where their bodies were found.

Rescue crew re-creates dangerous mission
ANCHORAGE (AP) A sports camera crew is in Alaska filming a much different but perhaps even more challenging endeavor members of the Alaska Air National Guard as they fly a helicopter next to mountain walls and lower pararescue jumpers to the rocks below.

Men accused of pornography involving Fairbanks girl
ANCHORAGE (AP) A San Francisco man is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old Fairbanks girl and filming the whole thing for sale.

Capital roiled with gambling debate
JUNEAU (AP) Gambling is a hot issue in Alaska's capital as legislators consider a proposal to boost state revenues by allowing video gambling machines in bars and clubs.

Name of Fairbanks teen accused in fatal shooting released
FAIRBANKS (AP) Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Fairbanks boy accused of fatally shooting a friend showed an extreme indifference to human life.''

More mineral exploration slated in Yukon
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Mineral companies will more than double their exploration spending the Yukon this summer, according to government officials.

Educators question loss of control under new federal law
ANCHORAGE (AP) Jonathan Ward knows more about caribou than most seventh graders.

Native corporation Koniag wants to invest in gas line
KODIAK (AP) The Native corporation Koniag Inc. has joined a growing number of companies in the Pacific Star Energy consortium, a group of Alaska companies hoping to own a slice of a pipeline to deliver North Slope natural gas to the Lower 48.

Suspect in reindeer shootings turns self in
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 20-year-old man suspected of killing five reindeer and wounding two more at a Butte farm in January turned himself in to authorities Friday.

Moratorium on new Kenai guides dropped
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is backing away from a planned freeze on the number of Kenai River fishing guides.

Murkowski plans $50 million salmon campaign
JUNEAU (AP) The state plans a national advertising campaign promoting Alaska wild salmon'' as part of a $50 million plan to aid the state's struggling fishing industry.

Pedro bounces back to beat Devil Rays
BOSTON Even in freezing temperatures, Pedro Martinez bounced right back from the worst outing of his career.

Lopez grand slam wins it in 10th for Braves
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Island favorite Javy Lopez hit his second homer of the game, a grand slam in the 10th inning that set off a festive celebration and sent the Atlanta Braves over the Montreal Expos 14-8 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

Small investors still wary of buying individual stocks
NEW YORK (AP) Wall Street pundits keep calling this is a stock-picker's market, suggesting the only way to make money right now is by buying individual stocks.

Teens struggling to find summer work in down economy
NEW YORK (AP) Seventeen-year-old Tim Tetens would like very much to find a job for this summer, but he hasn't had any luck so far.

So wheres that post-war corporate spending surge?
NEW YORK (AP) Those hopes for a post-war surge in corporate spending are fizzling fast. Businesses aren't ready to put money toward capital goods just yet.

Petal power: Flowers are a feast for the eyes and pleasing to the palate, too
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Flowers can be more than a feast for the eyes. Many are pleasing to the palate, too. Savvy cooks forage their flowerbeds, not only their vegetable gardens when prepping for meals.

Ideal diet
Some findings from recent studies on diet and exercise:

Obesity-Glance
Increases in the prevalence of overweight, obesity and severe obesity among adults in the United States, based on Body Mass Index, a measure of weight relative to height.

Murkowski budget team targets small businesses with message
On April 7, Gov. Frank Murkowski along with several units of his "Special Republican Guard" spearheaded by Cheryl Frasca, budget director, rolled out of Juneau on a mission to visit chambers of commerce statewide.

Theres no way CIRI qualifies as a tribe; its a business
CIRI a tribe? I don't think so!

Shareholder wants answers from Ninilchik Native Association board
Who's who among Alaska Natives?

Students fight hunger with pennies
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank wishes to thank Rosy Thompson, Soldotna After the Bell coordinator, and the Soldotna Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade students who participated in the "Pennies War" for the collection of $388.12 toward fighting hunger on the Kenai Peninsula.

Caring for the Kenai Winners
The 13 finalists in the Caring for the Kenai contest shared nearly $13,500 in cash prizes for their winning ideas. The following is a list of winners, the amount of money each won individually and for their school's science department, and the student's idea

Kenai council names Osborne to empty seat
Persistence pays off. Just ask John "Ozzie" Osborne Sr

Giving new life to old platforms wins Caring for Kenai contest
A trip to an offshore oil platform several years ago inspired Kristen Frederic to start thinking about Cook Inlet's future once the oil is gone.

DNR commissioner rescinds moratorium on Kenai River guides
The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources has rescinded an earlier order by the department to place a moratorium on new Kenai River sportfishing guide permits.

Bill promotes volunteerism among retired health workers
In an effort to encourage physicians and other health-care workers to continue providing services to Alaskans as volunteers after they retire, Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, has introduced a bill that would provide them immunity from civil damages should they be sued.

ANWR unlikely in 2003
There are valid arguments that it is in the country's interest to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, but politics is keeping just enough members of the U.S. Senate from supporting the idea with their votes to prevent it from happening, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkow-ski said Wed-nesday in Kenai.

Crime stoppers offers reward in assault case
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect allegedly involved in a felony assault in Soldotna.

Smoking ban will go into effect in October
Starting in October, Kenai restaurant patrons will be able to enjoy the aroma of their food without it being overpowered by tobacco smoke, whether they would rather smoke or not.

KPC's role in community impresses regents
The University of Alaska's Board of Regents is meeting this week in Kenai, giving Kenai Peninsula College an opportunity to show off.

Only 1,066 days left before Games begin
With the Kenai Peninsula Borough signing on to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games during a ceremony earlier this week, residents need to roll up their sleeves.

Osborne good choice to fill council position
Congratulations, Ozzie!

Group takes novel approach to boosting moose numbers
I am writing to tell of an interesting meeting I had on April 3 with a new organization in our state. Three individuals with the Alaska Moose Federation, including the chairman, the secretary-treasurer and the chief photo

Hiking carries couple through wifes cancer
MISSOULA (AP) On a June day in 1988, Katie Gibson and Scott Bischke got married in a chapel in Big Sky.

First American up Everest revisits mountain
SEATTLE Four decades after becoming the first American to stand atop the world, Jim Whittaker is heading back to Mount Everest.

Wildland fuels are the one component of the fire environment we can change
Well, here we go again. Another wildfire season is fast upon us a bit earlier than normal this year, it would seem. It's not like it snuck up on us we were all aware of the lack of snow this winter.

Outdoor Briefs
Outdoor Briefs

Soldotna trekker returns from long walk to Nome
He's baaaaack.

Around the Peninsula
Rummage sale to support field trip Meeting for local chapter of UNA-USA set Apple tree pruning workshop scheduled Drug speaker planned United Way to meet Aircraft escape seminar planned Volunteers needed for frog survey RCD plans monthly meeting

New anti-conversion laws pressuring Christians in Hindu-majority India
AHMADABAD, India (AP) The Rt. Rev. Vinodkumar Malaviya, a Protestant bishop in western India, is accustomed to providing food, cattle fodder, clothes and medical care to anyone in need.

Church Briefs
Carnival to help Tool Time program Gospel hour planned for Soldotna Senior Center Resurrection story presented tonight National prayer day slated Friendship closet open Wednesdays Healing Rooms open every Friday and Saturday Christian group sponsors poetry contest Writers sought for faith anthology

Nuns, seeking prayer, not profits, turn to technology
WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) The 50 Cistercian Sisters of Mount Saint Mary Abbey rise each morning at 3, pray until nearly 8 and then begin their work day making chocolate, the labor they have chosen to support themselves and their life of what they call beautiful simplicity.''

At Methodists Duke Divinity School, students seek more say on ethics code
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Some students at Methodist-affiliated Duke Divinity School want more opportunity to discuss an ethics policy that requires students and teachers to live in chastity,'' among other things.

Jesus serves as the Prince of Peace
How we all long for peace! Peace in our homes. Peace in our workplace. Peace in our community. Peace in our world.

Romanian Orthodox Church suspends priests who blessed brothels
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Romania's Orthodox Church has suspended 10 Bucharest priests who were filmed blessing brothels, sex shops and a weapons store, church officials said.

Russian Muslim groups take opposite sides on holy war against the United States
MOSCOW (AP) A Russian Muslim group branded the head of a rival Islamic organization a false prophet'' for declaring jihad, or holy war, against the United States.

New York Archdiocese suspends background checks
NEW YORK (AP) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York temporarily suspended background checks on priests and other employees that were instituted recently in response to the church's sex abuse scandal.

Area churches plan Good Friday, Easter services this weekend
Abundant Life Assembly Apostolic Assembly of Christ Our Lady of Perpetual Help Peninsula Grace Brethren North Star United Methodist Our Lady of the Angels MoAdim Messianic Fellowship Soldotna Bible Chapel Soldotna Church of the Nazarene Sterling Lutheran Church St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Star of the North Lutheran United Methodist Church of the New Covenant

Focus on the Family announces new leader
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Focus on the Family, a major evangelical media ministry, announced that chairman James Dobson is turning over some duties to former Reagan Cabinet member Don Hodel so he can spend more time speaking and writing.

Indiana citys clergy plan rival National Day of Prayer events
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) A Christian-centered prayer service at Muncie city hall that excludes other faiths has prompted plans for a rival interfaith gathering there later that day.

Voice of the Faithful begins alternate Catholic charity drive in Connecticut
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A local Voice of the Faithful chapter has started a charity fund as an alternative for Catholics who don't want to donate to the Bridgeport diocese's annual fund-raising drive, a tactic Voice chapters have employed elsewhere.

Charges dropped against man who converted sex shop to Bible bookstore
PUTNEY, Ky. (AP) Some of the same churchgoing neighbors who tried to run Michael Braithwaite and his adult novelty shop out of town later rallied to his aid, prompting a judge to drop obscenity charges against him.

New Jersey, Ottawa earn first-round series victories
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Martin Brodeur rebounded from a rare bad performance with his second shutout of this postseason as the New Jersey Devils eliminated the Boston Bruins with a 3-0 victory in Game 5 Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
SoHi girls open with loss

Track season heats up despite cool breeze
Thursday's tri-meet between Soldotna, Nikiski and Seward threw a little bit of everything at the runners.

Lakers quest for fourth straight title begins in their ancestral home
In order for the Los Angeles Lakers to reach the NBA Finals and go for a fourth straight title, they might need to do something they didn't have to do in 2000, 2001 and 2002 begin each Western Conference series on the road.

Gray whales heading toward Alaska waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) The migration of gray whales from the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to waters off Alaska is well under way.

Experiment under way to help Yukons Chisana caribou herd
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) The very existence of the Chisana woodland caribou herd may depend on the success of a unique experiment under way in southwest Yukon to save more newborn calves, says territorial caribou biologist Rick Farnell.

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