Saturday, April 21, 2001

Kodiak man found guilty of assault in nose bite
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man was found guilty of assault for biting half of a man's nose off during a fight.

Police launch murder investigation in Nome
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police in Nome are searching the Penny River for a body they believe to be a murder victim.

Cruise ship reporting bill passes its first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring cruise ships to file reports on their wastewater discharges moved out of its first committee Thursday after being amended to make it tough for a head tax or stricter rules to be tacked on later.

Alaska Air Group reports loss
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Air Group on Thursday reported a wider than expected loss for the first quarter, in part because of the cost of adding new aircraft to its Horizon Air commuter airline.

Interior residents want Alaska Highway route for natural gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS(AP) -- Interior residents have thrown their support behind an Alaska Highway route for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Fairbanks fugitive found in Puerto Rico
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man who jumped bail in 1998 while awaiting trial on assault charges was returned to Fairbanks on Monday after federal agents found him hiding out in Puerto Rico.

Program gives cars to people moving from welfare to work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Love In the Name of Christ is putting the mobility in upward mobility.

Phone company defends policy of not adding new lines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems Inc. leaders on Wednesday responded to complaints over the company's refusal to install new copper phone lines in some neighborhoods throughout the state.

Senate bill would let Murkowski choose his successor
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that could have the effect of letting U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski choose his own successor if Murkowski runs for and is elected Alaska governor.

Unruly passengers prompt United flight to divert to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A pair of unruly passengers is blamed for causing a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Shanghai to divert here late Thursday.

Electrical problem leads to pipeline shutdown
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. shut down the trans-Alaska pipeline for nearly seven hours Wednesday.

Moderate earthquake shakes Alaska Peninsula; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake was felt sharply at Chignik on the Alaska Peninsula early Friday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Petition being reviewed to ban snowmaching in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough is reviewing a petition for a ballot initiative that if successful would ban nearly all snowmachining in most residential sections of Fairbanks.

Alaska's First Lady helps kick off campaign against underage drinking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's First Lady is helping to lead a campaign against the risky business of juvenile drinking.

Business owner sentenced to prison for failing to pay employees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage businessman was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for hiring undocumented workers and then failing to pay them.

Cruise ship fleet agrees to test waste discharges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cruise ship industry volunteered this week to submit its vessels' wastewater to testing for bacteria, heavy metals and other pollutants.

Alaska unemployment fell last month
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate began a seasonal decline last month, slipping to 6.7 percent from 7.5 percent in February.

INS: Painter ordered to prison after treating his crews badly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man who made a fortune as a local painting contractor has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for knowingly hiring illegal residents, encouraging them to remain in the country and threatening them if they alerted authorities.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Cookout held for teens onlyDevelopmental clinic offeredLearn to meditate by chantingHistorical society meets Saturday Soldotna senior raise fundsBenefit, awareness event plannedLast chance to dance is SaturdayWorkshop offered to community Safari club to offer awardsHigh school dance concertGroups meet Monday

Going trendy with puntarella
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Chicory leads a double life. Its roots have long provided a cheap coffee substitute. Its leaves, by contrast, are upscale, enjoying trendy roles in gourmet salads.

House approves plan to bring state's primary into federal compliance
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would bring Alaska's primary election system into compliance with federal law was approved Thursday by the state House.

Service area voters' bill passes both Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature has approved a bill that would let residents of road and fire service areas vote before their service area boundaries could be changed.

House passes bill banning northern route for gas pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House passed a bill Thursday banning construction of a possible northern route for an Alaska gas pipeline.

Photo feature: On a roll
Monica Frost rolls her son Jay along the beach in Kenai as Rowdy the dog scouts ahead.

Peninsula's first astronaut orbiting Earth
The first astronaut from the Kenai Peninsula blasted off in the space shuttle Endeavor Thursday. But don't look for his name on the NASA crew roster.

Domestic violence call leads troopers to large grow operation
Alaska State Troopers found more than they had expected when they answered a domestic violence call in Clam Gulch.

Crime Stoppers alert
The Kenai Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a felony suspect with multiple warrants for assault, theft and forced entry during commission of multiple burglaries.

Concern raised after rumored plan to mark Columbine anniversary at SoHi
Rumors that something violent might happen today at Soldotna High School has prompted a strong reaction from authorities.

Mary Bickel
Kenai resident Mary Bickel died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at her home. She was 58.

Michael Brady Morrison
Ridgeway area resident Michael B. Morrison died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at his home. He was 44.

Mary Margaret Canaday Nash
Mary Margaret Canaday Nash died Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, in Washington. She was 80.

Henry Taft McGahan
Nikiski resident Henry T. McGahan died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at his home. He was 92.

Caring for the Kenai contest still making a big difference
There could be no better advance to Earth Day, which is Sunday, than the Caring for the Kenai contest.

Peninsula residents can help end hunger
What images does the word "hunger" bring to mind?

Businesses make benefit a success

Everyone can do something to help protect planet Earth from us
When Albert Einstein said, "Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe," I wonder if he was including himself in the folly. As I have attempted to write encouraging thoughts relevant to Earth Day, which will be Sunday, I find myself caught in confused seas.

Mysterious 'black-ring condition' on birches confounds biologists
We don't have any Loch Ness monsters or abominable snowmen on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, but we do have one perennial enigma: the "black-ring condition" on birch trees. This is the time of year we start watching for it.

Good skiing begins with proper care
At most places on the Kenai Peninsula, the cross-country skiing season is done. But about seven months from now, or about two weeks in the time warp that is an Alaska summer, the ski season will return, and that's why it's imperative that equipment is stored properly for the summer.

Outdoor Briefs
Bear-baiting clinic on tap Safari club to offer awards

Controversial ad running in Time, Newsweek after ban by TV networks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Six national magazines are running a controversial ad about Holocaust survivors whose lives were transformed by Jesus.

In a decade, 327 congregations left the United Church of Christ
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Over the past decade, 327 congregations have decided to leave the United Church of Christ and withdrawals have increased somewhat since 1997, denominational records show. Last year's loss was 41 congregations.

Controversial priest removes signs from Easter altar accusing Jews
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A prominent Polish Catholic priest, once barred from the pulpit for anti-Semitic remarks, removed a sign from his Easter altar that blamed Jews for killing Jesus Christ and accused them of persecuting Poles.

New study shows Amish groups thriving
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Amish communities and other isolated religious colonies are thriving by persuading their children to continue their largely preindustrial ways and remain with their churches, according to a new study.

Church members upset by ultimatum over tithing
BOSTON (AP) -- The letter had the threatening tone of a bill collector, but it wasn't from a credit card or utility company demanding past-due payments. It was from a church.

Holy Hill to seek help for repairs
ERIN, Wis. (AP) -- The Holy Hill shrine hopes some of the thousands of people who flock there each year will give some cash in return.

Religion Briefs
Men's retreat planned Day of prayer planned

Newly completed Bahai gardens hold message of peace
HAIFA, Israel (AP) -- Fulfilling a vision of the Bahai prophet Bahaullah, workers pruned and clipped grass and shrubs down a hillside in front of a gold-domed shrine -- a symbol of peace and tranquility in a land where both are scarce.

Court battle brewing over religious zoning law
ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- In a quiet cul-de-sac, set among million-dollar homes in the suburbs north of Philadelphia, a driveway leads to a tranquil estate with two stone houses and a chapel.

Boston hurler punches out 13 Tampa Bay batters in six innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez struck out 13 in just six innings and the Boston Red Sox swept Tampa Bay for the second time this month with an 8-3 victory Thursday night.

Jordan saga continues
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan continued to quote the same long odds that he won't return to the NBA, but he quickly added that ''three months from now, I can't tell where I'm going to be.''

Hasek loses temper in Sabres' loss
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers got to Dominik Hasek early, and then they got to his head.

Sports Briefs
Volleyball club holds awards banquetMoose maul Seahawks'Lightning rod' Malone resigns as Dodgers GM

Sorenstam struggles in spotlight
LINCOLN, Calif. -- While Annika Sorenstam struggled amid all the attention of trying for a record-tying fifth straight LPGA victory, Si Re Pak overcame cool temperatures and occasional showers to take an early first-round lead in the Longs Drugs Challenge on Thursday.

NFL draft set to answer questions
NEW YORK (AP) -- First comes Michael Vick. After that, intrigue.

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