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Saturday, April 26, 2003

House grapples with requiring clergy to report abuse
JUNEAU (AP) Most legislators agree child abuse should be reported, but they don't agree on how far state law should go in making churches report it.

Republicans reject GOP member of ethics committee
JUNEAU (AP) Senate Republicans rejected the confirmation of Shirley McCoy to the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics on Thursday.

Murkowski appoints Kennai to Office of Children Services
JUNEAU (AP) Marcia Kennai has been chosen to head the state's Office of Children's Services.

Police nab teens with stolen pickup after chase
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three teenage boys were arrested after they stole a pickup and refused to stop for an officer, police said.

More cruise ships in Glacier Bay considered
JUNEAU (AP) The National Park Service may boost the number of cruise ships allowed to visit Glacier Bay National Park to 184 from the current 139, according to an agency project manager, who said the visits could be ramped up gradually starting next year.

Police arrest two men in tire-slashing spree
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two young men have been arrested in connection with last week's tire-slashing spree that destroyed at least 89 tires on vehicles, Anchorage police said.

Governor, Congress members differ on head tax limit
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski set off a squall in the Capitol last week when he said a state head tax on cruise ship passengers would run afoul of a new federal law.

Troopers identify church shooter as pastor
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers said a pastor was the gunman in the Big Lake church shooting that left two men dead.

Firm admits asking processors to cut prices to fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) A major Japanese trading firm urged two processors to cut prices to Bristol Bay salmon fishermen in the 1991 season in order to wipe out a buyer's market, a company executive testified Thursday.

New exploration for Fairbanks Gold
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks Gold Mining is exploring a field six miles northeast of its Fort Knox Mine and mill.

Two burglary suspects shot at Big Lake church
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two men were shot and killed Thursday in what Alaska State Troopers say was an attempted burglary at a Big Lake church.

Drunken driver gets six months
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau woman who crashed her car into three other vehicles while driving drunk, fled the scene and tried to elude police on foot was sentenced to six months in prison.

Getting initiatives on ballot could get tougher
ANCHORAGE (AP) A bill moving through the House would make it harder for Alaskans to get initiatives on the ballot.

Juneau's only mortician makes every death dignified
JUNEAU (AP) A little dab of pink for the cheeks, a quick flip of a small black wand to lift the lashes amid the lingering scent of embalming fluid, and a cadaver is ready for its final picture.''

Guardsmen return home from Middle East
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE (AP) After spending months in Saudi Arabia, 11 members of the Alaska Air National Guard got a hero's welcome home this week.

Clergy abuse reporting bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) The state House approved a bill Friday requiring clergy members to report child abuse or neglect, although some representatives expressed concern the bill erodes the wall between church and state.

Senate finance adds millions for education
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved changes in next year's operating budget that would give $9.5 million more to the University of Alaska.

Game board denies wolf trapping extension
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Board of Game has turned down a proposal that would have extended the wolf trapping season in the McGrath area another month.

Royals win 10 in a row at home
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Joe Randa hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Thursday to become the first team since 1987 to win its first 10 home games.

Utley grand slam propels Phillies to victory over Rockies
PHILADELPHIA Chase Utley hit a grand slam in his first major league game as a starter, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Colorado Rockies 9-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

Man charged in Wrigley cell phone incident
CHICAGO (AP) A 21-year-old man was charged Thursday night with misdemeanor reckless conduct for allegedly throwing a cell phone onto Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game.

Debt detestable to most, but experts say many boomers will take it into older years
NEW YORK (AP) A new car would be so nice it's $29,000 and the interest rate is practically zero. Or a swimming pool that would be fun, and the bank is offering a home equity line to help finance it.

Foreigners still shunning dollar-backed assets
NEW YORK (AP) This seems to be a battle the United States hasn't yet won: getting the world to invest here again.

American's CEO misjudged basis for executive perks
NEW YORK (AP) Who cares what executives at other companies are making when your business is at bankruptcy's doorstep?

Credit bureaus move to speed handling of identity theft
NEW YORK (AP) The nation's three major credit bureaus are trying to make it easier for consumers to sort out problems stemming from identity theft.

Watercooler
INDUSTRY SWITCHERS: You've lost your job, and the search for a new one may be discouraging. But you stand to improve your odds by considering a new industry.

Casting call
To all the yearning anglers who thought they might die or go mad before the next year's salmon season, your eleventh hour call has come in.

Legislature mulls over pending bills
As the first session of the 23rd Legislature heads into its final month, bills on an array of subjects proffered by lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula are winding their way through the legislative process.

House grapples with clergy abuse report laws
JUNEAU Most legislators agree child abuse should be reported, but they don't agree on how far state law should go in making churches report it.

Living within a budget today replaced with 'give me' mentality
I would like to make a response to Mr. McLeod's letter printed in the Peninsula Clarion on April 21.

Local National Day of Prayer event set for noon Thursday
As our country is fully at war, God's people are turning to him to seek protection and peace. In 1863 the United States Congress established the National Day of Prayer as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman.

For freedom's sake, people need to speak up for what's right
When I was a kid, my dad used to remind us of the quote: "My right to swing my arm ends where your nose begins." It was a clear, simple picture of the structure of freedom in society. Freedom ends at the point of violent contact.

Student's apology reflects well on him, his parents
Reading in the April 17 paper, I was quite impressed with the letter from Matt Travers, Skyview High School senior. It took a lot of courage for Matt to apologize to the people who witnessed his "prank."

Throwing water on protesters tarnishes image of peninsula
I find it incredible that an attorney and other Kenai Peninsula residents are suggesting that throwing water on people voicing their opinion is like a water balloon fight.

It is no one's right to assault someone who thinks differently
I'm a very politically conservative and opinionated Alaskan.

Johnson defends win at California
FONTANA, Calif. Success for Jimmie Johnson is rooted in his consistency.

Burn ban announced for Kenai Peninsula
The Alaska Division of Forestry in Soldotna has suspended all open burning on Kenai Peninsula private, state and municipality lands during daytime hours.

Sterling pair charged in horse theft
Alaska State Troopers received a call Wednesday from a Sterling man saying a horse he reported stolen was being advertised for sale on Tradio.

Proposed pesticide laws draw fire
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is drafting new regulations affecting the use of pesticides, including specific provisions covering aerial spraying for forestry vegetation management.

Soldotna awards contract for line extension
The City of Soldotna moved forward Wednesday night with a plan to extend the city's water and sewer main lines to Sharkathmi Avenue north of town.

Photo feature: Bare bear
Sheryl Sotelo, a teacher at Cooper Landing Elementary School, watches at left as students Fran Daly, Joy Bartlett, Mike Williams, Kirstin Forbes and volunteer Lee Post work on the rib bones of an adult brown bear the school is reconstructing.

Joseph N. Foglia
Kenai resident Joseph N. Foglia died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 71.

Corinne Marguerite Snyder
Corinne Marguerite Snyder died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 75.

Alaska residents carry lightest tax burden in nation
As policy-makers at every level of government consider new ways to raise revenue, cut services and, in general, make ends meet, Alaskans should consider the following from the Tax Foundation:

Volunteers needed for wood frog survey
The Alaska Natural Heritage Program in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be conducting amphibian surveys this spring in the Cook Inlet area and is asking the public to help find frogs.

National Wildlife Refuge System started on tiny Florida Island 100 years ago
This year marks the 100th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which includes the two million acres of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge with headquarters in Soldotna.

Black bear baiting permits available
Permits for black bear ba

Kachemak kayak fest scheduled
The second annual Kachemak Kayak Fest has been scheduled for May 23 through June 1 in Homer. For a detailed listing and event schedule, check out the festival Web site at www.kachemakkayakfest.com.

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.

Park Service updates Denali backcountry plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) The National Park Service is putting the finishing touches on a new backcountry management plan for Denali National Park and Preserve.

Around the Peninsula
League of Women Voters to meet Sears accepting applications, planning events Bed and breakfast group to meet Bike show planned College plans arts celebration Volunteers needed for frog survey SoHi sports meetings planned CIRCAC committees to meet Wastewater installer training planned Lifeguard sign-ups continue Blood drive planned Hospice training offered

Religion Briefs
Leman to speak at sportsmans banquet Samoan Church ministers at SoHi Unitarian-Universalists to meet National prayer day slated Sterling churches join in prayer Vacation Bible study planned Friendship closet open Wednesdays Healing Rooms open every Friday, Saturday Writers sought for faith anthology

Malaysian churches dismayed by ban on Bible
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Malaysian church leaders and lawyers have urged the government to lift a ban on a Bible in the Iban language.

Illinois diocese takes on sainthood cause for archibishop and TV pioneer
EL PASO, Ill. (AP) Karen Fulte sits amid a room full of photos, books and other items related to Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a pioneer of television who made the nation his pulpit.

Catholic group protests New Jersey college drama
LAWRENCE, N.J. (AP) Despite a protest statement from a Roman Catholic group, a controversial play opened on Good Friday at Rider University without disruption.

What popcorn, kids, pop have in common
Ralph has become a very special friend to me. It all began when he and his family began attending our church in Ohio.

Baptist missionary's siblings don't want man executed in Yemen killings
MILWAUKEE (AP) The siblings of an American missionary slain in Yemen Dec. 30 don't want the accused killer executed, though the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty.

Istanbul patriarchate elects Greek Orthodox bishop for New Jersey
NEW YORK (AP) The bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, have unanimously elected Archimandrite Evangelos Kourounis to be the Greek Orthodox metropolitan for New Jersey, ending a vacancy of nearly three years.

An expert says America's activity the next two years could reshape world Islam
In Iraq, American troops patrol the streets of Baghdad. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict shows no sign of letup. Al-Qaida terrorists remain a threat to the United States.

Vegetarian Jesus billboard causes Florida stir
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) Christian and Jewish clergy say a billboard promoting vegetarianism by claiming Jesus was the prince of peas'' is sacrilegious, not to mention historically inaccurate.

Southern Baptist convention posts a 1.2 percent membership gain
NASHVILLE (AP) The Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant body, grew again last year.

Bishop says he won't break 'pastoral relationship' with Daschle or anyone else
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Carlson said he would never break off dialogue or a pastoral relationship with anyone,'' after an article implied a breach had developed between the prelate and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle over abortion.

Celtics sink shots, Pacers in rough game
BOSTON The Boston Celtics got in the best shots and the Indiana Pacers kept missing as their physical series got rougher.

Survivors: Ducks outlast Stars
DALLAS The eighth and final period began with the public-address announcer telling fans, Good morning.''

Save the whales
NEW YORK It's a Save The Whales'' draft.

Bulldogs sweep Houston in Region III soccer action
The weather and the high school soccer action continued to heat up Thursday on the peninsula.

Anthony to enter NBA draft
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) With tears in his eyes and his voice trembling, Carmelo Anthony delivered the news most Syracuse fans were expecting but none wanted to hear.

Study: Yellowstone moose less responsive to predators
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) Researchers who spent five years lobbing urine-soaked snowballs at moose in the wilds of Alaska and Wyoming have noticed that moose in Grand Teton National Park do not react as dramatically as their Alaska kin to the scent of wolves and grizzly bears.

Bears rampage through exclusive Alaska fishing lodge
ANCHORAGE At least five marauding brown bears rampaged through the Katmai Lodge, a luxury fishing resort on the Alagnak River, over the winter, demolishing freezers and food stores after busting through a total of 53 doors in search of food.

Fowl play
A Canada goose chases other geese out of his territory at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks April 17. Over 350 Canada geese already had arrived at the popular migratory bird stop, with thousands more expected throug

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