Saturday, May 5, 2001

Early indicators point to slow tourism season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A slowing U.S. economy is expected to bring fewer tourists to Alaska this summer.

Cruise ships to visit Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Cruise ships will make half a dozen stops in Kodiak this summer after a two-year absence.

Unocal ponders drilling options near Ninilchik
KENAI (AP) -- Unocal could drill up to six exploratory natural gas wells near Ninilchik in the coming year, according to company officials.

Senate approves dropping Social Security numbers from licenses
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate has approved bills dropping a requirement for Alaskans' Social Security numbers on hunting, fishing and driver's licenses.

Senators restore North Slope Borough funding to education bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate plan to increase money for public schools no longer contains a provision to wipe out state support for education in the property-rich North Slope Borough.

Baby on board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The snapshot of Jennifer Aist is so Alaskan. Goofy hat. Comfortable clothes. Big grin. Her back is weighted with a tent, sleeping bag and other overnight gear. A crystal-clear stream, with a grassy, green bank and moss-draped stones, flows behind her.

Sealaska lays off workers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska Corp. laid off 12 people this week in an effort to reduce staff.

Trumpeter swan numbers are on the rise in the Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A trumpeter swam spread its wings in the pond at Creamer's Field Mig

Ketchikan nurses say yes to union
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Nurses at Ketchikan General Hospital have decided to unionize. The vote Wednesday night was 37-20.

Fish and Wildlife trooper calling it quits after 26 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After 26 years at five different posts, Lt. Dave Lorring is a walking testimonial for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Agency.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
North Peninsula council to meet Monday Nikiski graduation tickets available MondayAdvisory planning commissions to meetCARTS partners plan meetingSoHi seeking ceiling artistsHealthy Communities panel to meetSoldotna museum cleanup set for May 12SPCA van to visit NikiskiAARP to meet

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.m. - Redistricting Board

Sun, snow warm Skyline Trail hikers
Spring sun glaring off the snowy slopes made Skyline Trail like a walk through a solar cooker Saturday.

KRSMA board mulls wake study
While 35-horsepower motors are the maximum allowed on much of the Kenai River, a draft study finds that -- at full throttle -- some popular boats produce smaller wakes with 40- or 50-horsepower motors than with 35s.

Murder suspect arrested
An Anch-orage teen was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail after he allegedly confessed to shooting a Soldotna man dead along the Seward High-way near Hope.

Photo feature: High noon prayer
Participants in a National Day of Prayer ceremony gather around the flag pole at the State Office Building in Kenai Thursday at noon to pray, sign and listen to speakers.

Youth detention center funds in state budget
A long-awaited juvenile detention center for the Kenai Peninsula got a $4.6 million shot in the arm recently.

Warren H. Sherwood
Homer resident and lifelong Alaskan Warren H. Sherwood died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital from complications of emphysema. He was 76.

Emil Dolchok
Kenai resident Emil Dolchok died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, on the bank of the Kenai River from a heart attack. He was 77.

Letters to the Editor
Circumstances surrounding private prison plan should raise concernsCurrent prison process headed toward voter initiative, court actionInlet spill prevention measures inadequate, putting area at riskNewest tax-and-spend monster known as moderate Republican

Emil Dolchok's love for his home leaves enduring impression
The Kenai Peninsula has lost an important bridge to its past and voice for its future with the death of Kenaitze elder Emil Dolchok earlier this week.

Applause
Dance show comparable to big-city performancesAnnie Get Your Gun provides awesome community entertainmentEra is patron to potters exhibitionYears of service make a differenceNewspapers put to good use

Refuge game warden shares stories from the trenches
I have worked on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for the past 12 years as a law enforcement officer. My actual title is refuge officer, but I am often referred to as a "game warden." As you can guess, I have all sorts of tales from my adventures and have heard all kinds of excuses and reasons from people about why they have broken the rules.

Baby on board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The snapshot of Jennifer Aist is so Alaskan. Goofy hat. Comfortable clothes. Big grin. Her back is weighted with a tent, sleeping bag and other overnight gear.

Outdoor Briefs
Shellfish permit required for clam diggingPhotographer to present slide showYoung Hunters Award nominees sought Grants available for trails

Fish and Wildlife trooper calling it quits after 26 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After 26 years at five different posts, Lt. Dave Lorring is a walking testimonial for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Agency.

St. Paul church defies ELCA and ordains lesbian pastor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- More than 1,000 people crowded into a Lutheran church to witness the ordination of a lesbian pastor in defiance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Embattled nun to receive award for work with gays
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Roman Catholic nun who was ordered to end her 22-year ministry to homosexuals, then defied the Vatican's attempts to silence her, is being lauded at the nation's largest symposium on gays and lesbians.

Ahead of pope's visit, believers point to sites associated with St. Paul
KAWKAB, Syria (AP) -- Father Matta Rizk stood outside his hilltop chapel Tuesday, pointing to the yellowing green hills dotted with olive trees before him to the south. To the north, Damascus was barely visible through the late morning haze.

Vatican leader on Jewish relations sees progress since 1990's 'low ebb'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The retiring leader of Vatican relations with Jews says conditions have improved greatly from the ''low ebb'' in 1990 when he took over.

Sticks and stones: Tools can help build, not hurt
"Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

Mormon church agrees to remove names of 200 Jews baptized after death
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church, prodded to honor its 1995 agreement to halt proxy baptisms of deceased Jews, has agreed to remove the names of more than 200 Jewish people from church records.

Religious leaders call for asylum reform
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution and torture in their homelands often are treated like prisoners when they reach the United States seeking asylum, a group of religious leaders said.

A book on Islam for American Jews provokes an interfaith furor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Relations between Jews and Muslims in the United States, already tense amid the latest Mideast eruptions, have been strained further by the release of a book whose stated purpose, paradoxically, is ''to enhance mutual understanding and reduce mutual ignorance and suspicion.''

Poll: Americans have contradictory desires in choosing Bibles
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans have seemingly contradictory desires in choosing Bible translations, judging from a new Gallup Poll for the American Bible Society.

Religion Briefs
Auction, fund-raiser plannedBike blessing slatedChoir members wanted for musicalChoir to hold musicalFamily Parish Mission set for MayPower of women topic of speech

Condon's two goals push Homer past Wasilla
The Homer High School girls soccer team edged Wasilla Thursday in a Region III match, posting a 3-2 win on the strength of two goals by Fianna Condon.

Panthers wallop Houston
Both the Skyview boys and girls soccer teams continued gathering momentum Thursday afternoon by picking up victories over Region III foe Houston.

Athletics need 15 innings to overcome Blue Jays
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Frank Menechino singled in the winning run in the 15th inning as the Oakland Athletics overcame a pair of Carlos Delgado homers to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Thursday.

Young Mavericks get series win over Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY -- Calvin Booth spent the whole fourth quarter worrying he would be pulled off the floor. He was still there at the end to make the biggest play in 13 years for the Dallas Mavericks.

Leafs rebound to tie series with Devils
TORONTO -- The New Jersey Devils were shocked and upset, worried less about their playoff loss and more about the health of teammate Scott Niedermayer, who was knocked cold by the elbow of Toronto's Tie Domi.

Practice makes perfect for Kards
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team did it just like coach Dan Verkuilen drew it up in practice Thursday afternoon.

Sharp-tailed grouse count part of conservation effort
MOQUAH, Wis. (AP) -- As the sky slowly lightened with the rising sun Sunday morning, spring peepers called from the marsh and birds chirped, twittered, whistled, cackled and hooted.

Trumpeter swan numbers are on the rise in the Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A trumpeter swam spread its wings in the pond at Creamer's Field Mig

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