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Saturday, April 27, 2002

E-mail breach adds more turmoil to Peninsula school negotiations
KENAI (AP) -- An alleged security breach in the e-mail system of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has put new tension between the district and two employee unions facing upcoming contract talks.

Estate to repay in World Plus investment scam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The estate of RaeJean Bonham's deceased brother will have to repay more than $500,000 collected through Bonham's World Plus investment scam, according to an order from a federal jury.

House approves bill changing attendance for some first graders
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that makes some 6-year-olds comply with the same compulsory attendance requirements as older students passed the House on Friday.

Alaska Civil Liberties Union sues Juneau school board over free speech
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Civil Liberties Union is suing the Juneau School Board, saying the district violated the free-speech rights of a high school student who waved a banner that read ''Bong Hits 4 Jesus'' during the Olympic torch run.

Seafood industry coordinator in Dillingham to recruit workers
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Gearing up for the upcoming fishing season, the state seafood industry coordinator was in Dillingham this week to recruit workers for seafood businesses.

Anchorage hotel destroyed will be rebuilt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owners of the Anchorage hotel that burned to the ground April 9 say they plan to rebuild and are aiming to open March 1, 2003.

Panama ship engineer pleads guilty in oil dumping case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief engineer of a Panamanian-flagged ship has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and making false statements during an investigation into potential oil dumping.

Marathon Oil happy with natural gas tests on Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co. said it is encouraged by the results of tests at a new natural gas reservoir on the Kenai Peninsula.

Road to Hatcher Pass reopened
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The road to Hatcher Pass has been reopened.

Anchorage investigators suspect arson in office fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage fire investigators say it appears that a fire that caused about $200,000 in damage Wednesday morning to a Midtown Anchorage office building was intentionally set.

Marathon Oil happy with natural gas tests on Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co. said it is encouraged by the results of tests at a new natural gas reservoir on the Kenai Peninsula.

Anchorage man dead after early morning shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was shot to death early Friday after pointing a gun at police officers.

State offers special help to laid-off veneer mill workers
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The state is offering special services to help workers who lost their jobs when Gateway Forest Products veneer mill shut down.

Ice still 44 inches thick for Nenana Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bad news for people who bought April guesses in the Nenana Ice Classic: The Tanana River is showing no sign of budging.

Anti-terrorism bill passes state House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at getting tough on potential acts of terrorism passed the House on Thursday.

Anchorage man dies in construction fall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died Friday after a fall at a construction site.

Senate passes lean budget considering lean budget with some increases
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a budget on Friday that cuts virtually every state agency in response to a looming fiscal deficit.

Dry Unocal wells hurt chances for Homer gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hopes for natural gas service in Homer dimmed this week when Unocal Corp. announced it would halt drilling efforts in the Anchor Point area after three wells south of Ninilchik failed to pan out.

Amendments to shrink size of private prison fail
JUNEAU (AP) -- An attempt to scale back the size of a private prison in Whittier and expand state prisons elsewhere failed Friday.

Spring storm throws northern Alaska back into winter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A spring storm with an identity disorder threw a large part of Alaska back into winter Friday with snow and strong winds buffeting much of northern Alaska.

Knowles names Medal of Honor recipient as homeland security chief
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Drew Dix, a Fairbanks resident who received the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, has been named as the director of a proposed homeland security office, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Friday.

Amendment puts brakes on tax break bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Finance Committee Co-Chairman Eldon Mulder halted action on a natural gas line tax break bill Friday after losing a vote on a key amendment.

Railroad says Gold Creek fuel cleanup not working
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad's attempt's to clean up 120,000 gallons of fuel spilled at Gold Creek in December 1999 aren't working and railroad officials have told state environmental regulators they want to stop trying to remove the spilled fuel.

Lieber, Sosa, Shields lead Cubs past Giants
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs won their 15th straight Wrigley Field game started by Jon Lieber, beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday as Sammy Sosa homered and Delino DeShields hit a go-ahead grounder.

Martinez stops Sox slide
BALTIMORE -- Pedro Martinez limited the Baltimore Orioles to one hit in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-0 victory Thursday.

Get ready, get set -- then go after a mortgage
NEW YORK (AP) -- The arrival of spring signals the start of home buying season, and many young apartment renters are wondering if they can afford a house.

Religious orders getting into senior housing business
BARTLETT, Ill. (AP) -- When Sister Jean Conzemius looks a dozen years into the future, she sees her order's retirement fund dried up and about 30 nuns trying to support the 230 or so who no longer work.

Boomers give restaurants taller orders for better food, ambiance and service
What Scott Hildula considers a nice restaurant is one where his kids can draw on the paper-covered tables. For Dan Leinweber, it's a glass of wine and quiet. Karen Wright craves comfort and a healthier menu.

From yoga to walks, employers are finding ways to encourage good health
Margaret Brady and her co-workers at Morrissey & Co. practically have to chase after their boss when they join him for walks along Boston's Charles River.

Anti-terrorism bill passes state House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at getting tough on potential acts of terrorism passed the House on Thursday.

Candidates spar over CIRI's future
Cook Inlet Region Inc., one of the state's largest corporations and a major player in the Kenai Peninsula economy, faces a major challenge to its current management.

Soldotna council tries to aid property owners in DOT conflict
The Soldotna City Council passed two measures Wednesday that would give at least partial relief to business owners who think the state of Alaska is giving them a bum deal.

Knowles, Murkowski, Ulmer to visit peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula is the place to be for some of the state's biggest political names this weekend.

Shareholders to meet Saturday
Is Cook Inlet Region Inc. healthier than ever? Or is it flirting with disaster?

Sherman Lee "Buck" Manley
Sherman Lee "Buck" Manley died Wednesday, April 10, 2002. He was 86.

Letters to the Editor
Alaska Senate should consider alternatives to burdening the poor Story about National TV-Turnoff Week appreciated by reader Missile defense system a multi-billion-dollar boondoggle Crime or not, pedophilia in Catholic church still a sin

Contract talks should resume quickly with larger goal in mind
The ongoing contract talks between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and unions representing its teachers and support workers appear to have reached a new low this week with allegations from school district officials that e-mailed messages between administration and school board members were intercepted by a third party or parties.

Outdoor Briefs
Coast Guard offers vessel safety checks Peninsula Sport, Recreation and Trade show opens today

Soldotna videographer brings Great Land to the living room
Television viewing has a spotlight firmly set on one of the Kenai Peninsula's own. Well, more appropriately, one of Kenai's own has the spotlight, and a video camera focused on Alaska outdoor life.

Around the Peninsula
Knowles to speak in Kenai today Health nurse to visit Ninilchik YCC job application deadline is today Carmichael to present on Arctic Winter Games Coast Guard offers vessel safety checks

Undeterred by critics, faith healer Benny Hinn has built a following
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- If Benny Hinn puts on a remarkable television show, the view from his side of the camera is even more incredible.

Antifundamentalist Muslim cleric and rabbi receive honor
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- An Islamic cleric condemned by some Muslims for criticizing fundamentalism and for maintaining close ties with local Jews has been honored for promoting tolerance.

t's time: Awaken, be ready to serve
This last month I went on a vacation to Arizona. I had a scheduled time to fly out from Kenai to Anchorage, then another scheduled time to fly to Seattle and yet another scheduled time to fly from Seattle on to Phoenix

Interfaith ministry mails checks to 131 race riot survivors
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A Tulsa ministry has mailed reparation checks to 131 survivors of a 1921 race riot, most of whom were children when whites laid waste to black neighborhoods with guns and torches.

Fledgling Utah-based church melds wine-making, sexuality, meditation
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Claude Nowell was a 30-year-old graphics salesman and practicing Mormon who says he was just trying to relax after work when the hairless, blue, otherworldly beings first came to him.

Union leaders turn to Jewish law to pressure food company
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Jewish labor advocate says managers of a food company that processes kosher meat are violating religious teachings and dietary laws by mistreating workers.

New Hampshire Lithuanian Roman Catholic parish likely to be closed
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- A tiny ethnic Lithuanian parish that is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester is expected to be closed within 14 months.

Let's stamp out child abuse
Child abuse. Many people cringe inwardly just to read the words. The term represents some of the most reprehensible acts people can inflict on others.

Southern Baptists say membership tops 16 million
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, says it grew even bigger last year, adding 92,612 followers for a total membership of 16,052,920.

Religion Briefs
Nikiski church plans mens dinner Clothing ministry closed in April National Day of Prayer slated for Thursday Sports clinic, Bible school planned

Ski historian leaves his tracks on Baycrest
Dave Brann's world has become an intersection of trails.

Thanks to all those who made this possible ...
To whom it may concern: A couple of Sundays ago, I had a most excellent ski trip in Turnagain Pass. Sliding amongst snow-caked mountains, soaking in the long spring sun and wading ankle deep in powder, it was the stuff of which Alaska dreams are made. In the fine tradition of a Clarion "Applause" letter, I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few of the folks that made this trip possible.

'Dawgs, Kards tangle
The Nikiski High School girls soccer team assumed the personality of its mascot Thursday, hanging on with Bulldog determination to earn a scoreless draw against the visiting Kenai Central Kardinals in a Region III match.

Sexual abuse complaint filed against Olympian
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- University of Utah police are investigating a complaint by a Winter Games volunteer alleging she was sexually assaulted by an Olympic athlete.

Lakers handle Blazers
drives toward the basket against Portland Trail Blazers' Dale Davis, left, during the second half of Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series Thursday in Los Angeles.

$20,000 barely covers the phone bill
We used to worry when a girl left home at 14 with a just a suitcase, an overbearing father and a coach to try her luck on the tennis circuit.

Bruins, Canadiens fighting mad in NHL playoffs
MONTREAL -- A high-scoring but relatively tame playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens turned ugly Thursday night.

Elusive harlequin ducks can be spotted on peninsula's streams
Last month marked 13 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground and spilled large quantities of oil in Prince William Sound.

Photo feature: Watchful eye
A bald eagle rests on the Kenai River flats near Bridge Access Road against a backdrop of Mount Redoubt earlier this week.

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