Friday, May 10, 2002

State Senate votes to compensate state workers called to active duty
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the state to continue paying the salary and benefits of state workers in the military reserves who are called to active duty.

Committee urges consideration of nuclear-tipped missile interceptors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Armed Services Committee wants the Pentagon to consider arming interceptors of the national missile defense shield with nuclear warheads.

Knowles, House leaders urge Senate to act on fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- With only days left in the Legislature's regular session, Gov. Tony Knowles and House leaders urged the Senate to act on a pair of revenue-raising bills to close the state's budget deficit.

Rural law enforcement lawsuit goes to judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lawsuit claiming that state-funded law enforcement is unconstitutionally inferior in rural areas is now in the hands of a judge.

Fairbanks man charged with sexually assaulting teen girls
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 26-year-old Fairbanks man was charged Tuesday with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Phone dispute holds up regulatory commission bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's main agency to regulate utilities and phone companies is in danger of being put out of business because of a dispute with the state's largest telephone company, Alaska Communications Systems.

Sentencing hearing for Mike Maad continued
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The sentencing hearing for Nezar ''Mike'' Maad has been continued until May 23, his attorney said.

State bills smokers for taxes
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Smokers who order cigarettes from out of state and don't pay Alaska's dollar-a-pack tax are now getting a bill from the state for the tax, with interest.

Galena woman sleepless over winning Nenana Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mildred Stickman thought someone was playing a joke on her when her phone rang at 11:30 Tuesday night in Galena and a woman told her she was one of six winners in the Nenana Ice Classic.

Condor Airlines flying back to Fairbanks for summer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With help from 16 Fairbanks backers, Condor German Airlines, a Germany-based vacation airline, will return for the second straight year starting May 23.

Alaska BLM chief takes Washington job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska director of the Bureau of Land Management has been named a deputy director of the federal agency nationwide.

Bush lauds Stevens at senator's fund-raiser
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush praised Sen. Ted Stevens as a straightforward senator, a great supporter of the nation's military and a member of the ''greatest generation'' at a campaign fund-raiser Thursday night.

Air Force praised for quick response to Elmendorf fuel spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup of a jet fuel spill at Elmendorf Air Force Base is nearly complete -- an effort that won the praise of state environmental officials.

Thieves foiled in theft of Eagle River ATM
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thieves tried and failed Thursday for the second time this year to steal an automatic teller machine at the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union in Eagle River.

Forest officials issue fire warning for Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- Forest officials said Wednesday that continued dry weather has increased the fire risk in state and national forests in Southeast Alaska.

Eight arrested in Anchorage purse snatching
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two adults and six juveniles were arrested Thursday afternoon in a purse snatching that sent a 42-year-old victim to the hospital.

Fairbanks potholes abound after rainy weather
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The soggy weather in Fairbanks has left numerous potholes around the city and state and local officials are straining their budgets to deal with repairs.

Atlantic salmon found on Copper River Delta
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal fish biologists working near the Copper River Delta found for the first time a genetically verified Atlantic salmon swimming in fresh water in that area last year.

Sciences Academy says air quality measures should remain in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Scientists who advise Congress recommend keeping in place federal air quality standards that have placed Fairbanks on the same bad air list as Los Angeles.

Reworked redistricting plan gets judge's approval
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's new redistricting map received final approval from a judge Thursday in what is likely to end a lengthy court battle and months of political wrangling.

Senate approves 'issue ad' bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a bill aimed at tightening laws that cover how campaign advertisements can be financed.

Knowles, House leaders urge Senate to act on fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- With only days left in the Legislature's regular session, Gov. Tony Knowles and House leaders urged the Senate to act on a pair of revenue-raising bills to close the state's budget deficit.

Robbers attempt to steal Wasilla marijuana
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Armed robbers attempted to steal marijuana plants early Tuesday that were being illegally grown in a Wasilla home.

Legislature asks Washington, D.C., for a break
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature is asking Congress to let Alaska and other states spend less money on programs like welfare and drug and alcohol treatment.

Jacobsson seeks governor's office on Green ticket
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaska Native activists have paired up as a Green Party ticket for the state's top two elective offices this fall.

Head of Alaska travel industry group resigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tina Lindgren, president of the Alaska Travel Industry Association, announced Thursday she is resigning.

Senate panel gives permanent fund bill chilly reception
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first clash between House and Senate leaders over using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to close the state's budget deficit played out on Wednesday.

Two bills aim to ease aviation insurance woes for Alaska carriers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska air carriers, looking to the Legislature for help from insurance woes, are likely to get less than they had hoped for this session.

Juneau health center workers rescue bear cub
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Juneau Public Health Center workers rescued a black bear cub that appeared to be wounded and without a mother.

Anchorage international gears up for disaster drill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescue and emergency response teams will participate in a disaster drill next week at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Civil rights committee issues report on racism in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly a year and a half after Alaska Natives were pelted with paintballs in Anchorage, a committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued its report Wednesday on racism in Alaska.

Senate sinks fast ferry for Prince William Sound
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate torpedoed plans for a Prince William Sound fast ferry on Thursday by sinking federal funding for the project.

House lawmaker reheats debate over state food inspectors
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House lawmaker is reheating the debate over the state's food inspection program, introducing a bill on Wednesday to eliminate the program.

Body of missing child found in Kuskokwim River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a 4-year-old Napaskiak girl missing with her 3-year-old brother since October has been found in the Kuskokwim River, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Accused serial rapist pleads not guilty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of multiple rapes has pleaded not guilty to a 10-count indictment.

CIRI hits roadblock in plan to reap casino profits in Lake Las Vegas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. has hit a snag in its intent to reap casino profits from its Ritz-Carlton hotel, which is under construction at Lake Las Vegas.

Fairbanks bar owners object to hours at military club
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bar on Fort Wainwright Army Post open on a limited bases to civilians is drawing objections from Fairbanks bar owners because it's allowed to operate for longer hours.

Rueter beats Mets for win No. 100
NEW YORK -- Kirk Rueter won his 100th career game, beating the New York Mets for the first time in 13 tries, and the San Francisco Giants beat up on former teammate Shawn Estes in an 8-2 victory Wednesday night.

Bonds homer rallies Giants
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds hit career home run No. 578, Pedro Feliz hit his first since last Sept. 7 and the San Francisco Giants rallied from a three-run deficit to roll to their seventh straight win, 4-3 over the New York Mets on Thursday night.

Unlucky Devil Rays drop 13th straight
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alfonso Soriano homered twice as Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 7-2 Wednesday night, extending the Devil Rays' losing streak to 13 games -- longest in the majors in more than five years.

Red Sox sweep Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Offerman and Shea Hillenbrand homered to lead the Boston Red Sox to their ninth straight win and a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 5-1 victory Thursday.

Rockies need to brush up on their physics
The Colorado Rockies need a few physics lessons. In an effort to prevent balls from flying out so frequently from notoriously hitter-friendly Coors Field, the Rockies have been storing them for the past few weeks in a sort of giant humidor. That's not as kooky as it might sound, though the reasoning offered by the Rockies is misguided

Diamondbacks' Kim comes back strong after World Series nightmare
PHOENIX -- The image millions of baseball fans have of Byung-Hyun Kim is a sad one -- the stocky young South Korean bent over in emotional agony, consoled by teammate Mark Grace after two dreadful World Series appearances in Yankee Stadium.

Saving energy can save you money
Three years ago, Kirk deFord stopped driving to work and began biking the six miles to his office at an educational research center in Portland, Ore.

Brewing culture expands in Homer
HOMER -- As beer grows from being simply the elixir of the common man to an art form to be traded in, Homer is establishing itself as a place where connoisseurs of barley and grain ferments can look for a taste unique to the Kenai Peninsula. With one brewery in existence, and another on the way, the Homer area could easily become the beer capital of the peninsula.

Divorce can spark money problems for both spouses
NEW YORK (AP) -- The multimillion dollar celebrity divorces get the headlines --

Cruise ship port project fee cleared
JUNEAU -- Cruise lines will be charged $1.73 per passenger for Juneau port improvement projects, the Juneau Assembly has decided.

Business Briefs
First National Bank Alaska announces new officersNew telephone features available to Alaska disabledEdward Jones to offer college savings programVendors invited to gun showAll states offer college savings

Seattle making big splash in cruise industry
SEATTLE -- Seattle, known for its planes, software and coffee, is starting to make a splash in the cruise industry, riding a new wave of interest in the Alaska market.

Angler lands early-run king
A visiting angler braved Wednesday morning's chilly conditions on the Kenai River, and was rewarded for his efforts with a nice early-run king salmon.

Antidepressant use might help explain suicide dip, analysis suggests
NEW YORK (AP) -- Greater use of antidepressants might be driving down the nation's suicide rate, an analysis suggests.

Running at least 20 minutes three times a week significantly reduces stroke risk, study finds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- You don't have to be a super-athlete to significantly reduce your risk of stroke, but you do have to exercise consistently, a recent study finds.

Art Briefs
Summer music festival announcedWriters' conference scheduledFireweed Art Gallery looking for volunteers

Strange, wonderful TV journey of 'The X-Files' ends
LOS ANGELES -- C'mon over here and let us plant a big farewell kiss on dark, droll, gory, sexy, devious, paranoid, sly, subversive, baffling, marvelous you -- ''The X-Files.''

May Faire celebrates Renaissance with music, food, frivolity
The Kenai River Council on the Arts is holding a festival of Medieval proportions at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling. It will be full of hearty food, authentic costumes, Shakespearean actors, performances by area bards and maybe even a sword fight or two -- if someone partakes too heavily of the mulled wine.

'Spider-Man' creates likeable hero with predictable battles
Oh, the hardships of the sensitive teen-age boy. Plotting a future. Trying to catch the eye of the girl next door. Adapting to changes in his body, including those pesky cobweb emissions and the tiny, clingy hairs that make scaling walls a snap.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Magazine aims at nonanorexic
NEW YORK -- Little by little, fashion magazines have been breaking a long-standing taboo by picturing models in sizes that actually resemble most American women. A new magazine called Grace is going even further, honing in exclusively on the most underserved group of readers: Women who wear sizes 12 and up.

Alutiiq display combines then, now
Echoes of the past mingle with Alutiiq voices of the present and hopes for the future in one of the most extensive Alutiiq exhibits ever assembled in Alaska, now on display at the Pratt Museum through September.

KPC hosts exhibit featuring watercolors
A garden of ethereal, watercolored flowers has sprouted up in the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery.

House lawmaker reheats debate over state food inspectors
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House lawmaker is reheating the debate over the state's food inspection program, introducing a bill on Wednesday to eliminate the program.

Knowles, House leaders urge Senate to act on fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- With only days left in the Legislature's regular session, Gov. Tony Knowles and House leaders urged the Senate to act on a pair of revenue-raising bills to close the state's budget deficit.

State Senate votes to compensate state workers called to active duty
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the state to continue paying the salary and benefits of state workers in the military reserves who are called to active duty.

Senate approves 'issue ad' bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a bill aimed at tightening laws that cover how campaign advertisements can be financed.

Senate panel gives permanent fund bill chilly reception
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first clash between House and Senate leaders over using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to close the state's budget deficit played out on Wednesday.

As session end nears, GOP senators showing no support for state fiscal plan
JUNEAU -- With only days left in the Legislature's regular session, Gov. Tony Knowles and House leaders urged the Senate to act on a pair of revenue-raising bills to close the state's budget deficit.

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 - Nov. 17, 2002

Keller's success no longer is overlooked
ATLANTA -- For most of the previous three seasons, Jason Kel ler was remembered more for being Jeff Green's teammate on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit than for winning four races.

Money Leaders
1. Ward Burton $2,333,1812. Sterling Marlin 1,762,5743. Tony Stewart 1,693,289

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,6452. Matt Kenseth 1,5133. Kurt Busch 1,454

Nadeau leaves Hendrick
ATLANTA -- Tony Furr was first to go from Hendrick Motor sports' No. 25 UAW Chevrolet. Now it's Jerry Nadeau's turn.

In the Spotlight: Jeff Green
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

This Week's Race: Busch 200
Where: 1.058-mile oval at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

Two incumbents retain seats on HEA board
Homer Electric Association members elected three members of its board of directors and approved a ballot proposition at the cooperative's annual meeting Tuesday evening at Soldotna High School.

Students speak out about labor dispute
Just because teachers are not bringing their contract negotiations into the classroom doesn't mean students are not talking about them.

Kenai market still noncompetitive
The cost of flying between Anchorage and the central Kenai Peninsula is not cheap. On May 2, coming and going by air on Era Aviation became even more expensive.

Drill tunes up Homer spill-response teams
HOMER -- From the air it must have looked like an avant-garde installation by the artist Christo, as nearly two dozen boats last week lazily crisscrossed a small corner of Kachemak Bay trailing long strings of floats like orange necklaces on turquoise water.

Hearing set for Soldotna budget
Improving the financial health of the city was the focus of the Soldotna City Council Wednesday night.

Proposed borough budget introduced
A new borough budget is one step closer to completion. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced a $52.2 million fiscal year 2003 budget ordinance Tuesday at its meeting in Seward and is set to take testimony over the next few weeks from the administration, department heads, service area boards and the general public before agreeing on the final numbers by June 4.

Habitat for Humanity celebrates anniversary
The smell of barbecue filled the air outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna Sunday afternoon as families and business people gathered to celebrate Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity's 10th anniversary.

Negotiations on for Thursday; e-mail investigation continues
Contract negotiations between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its teachers and support workers unions are slated to resume Thursday.

School closings weighed
As the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District walks the tightrope to balance its budget each year, some recurring questions arise.

Estil E. Phipps
Estil E. Phipps of Salunga, Pa., died Friday, April 26, 2002, at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa. He was 91.

Donald Leroy Burns Sr.
Donald Leroy Burns Sr. died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 76.

Donna Marie Myers
Nikiski resident Donna Marie Myers died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 81.

Oilers Corner Boze agrees to return to Oilers
Marshall Boze has agreed to return to the Oilers for the 2002 season.

Legislature still manages to adequately address priority needs of Alaskans
At the beginning of this legislative session the folks in our district gave me a clear agenda regarding the budget, size of government, education, public transportation, economic growth and protection of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Applause
Kenai Peninsula walkers help save babies' lives with their stepsCommunity supports helps send 11 Wings students to competition

Natural gasline incentive bill must be fair to all Alaskans
Most Alaskans would agree to give industry a tax incentive if they could be assured it translated into Alaska jobs, a growing economy and sharing the benefits when assuming some of the risks.

Letters to the Editor
Politics prevails over good science in recent regulations Others would better serve states interest on Board of Fisheries

Legislators still have time to do right by Alaskans
With the clock soon to run out on the 22nd Alaska State Legislature -- the last day is scheduled for Tuesday -- lots of Alaskans are wondering just what will be accomplished this year.

Applause
Business donation allows students to reach for stars

Arafat, Sharon should take chance at peace proposed summit offers
Seizing what he calls a ''new window of opportunity,'' Secretary of State Colin Powell announced last week that the United States and three partners -- the European Union, Russia and the United Nations -- are preparing a Middle Eastern peace conference to take place this summer. ...

Parents should take obesity study seriously
An alarming new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a sharp increase in the number of children diagnosed with obesity-related illnesses, including diseases doctors once saw almost exclusively in overweight adults.

Refuge to host Canoe Day
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a Canoe Day, free to the public, on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the refuge visitor center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

Photo feature: Lookout
Tom Wells and Shannon Dukes use binoculars to look for wildlife on the mountains above Cooper Landing earlier this week.

The welcome sounds and sights of the harbingers of spring
It seems that spring this year is having a difficult time establishing itself. Snow is scattered but still piled deeply among the trees. Lakes, including Skilak Lake, are still frozen, and 2 to 3 inches of new snow arrived on the ground before melting on the morning of May 3.

Around the Peninsula
Bike rodeo todayCounseling services board to meetFree investment seminar offeredMurkowski staff to visit peninsulaSenior center presents guardianship programSafety day plannedSPCA offers assistance

Around the Peninsula
Deadline today to return summer school forms Museum cleanup planned Potters guild to hold sale Saturday Coast Guard offers vessel safety checks Strawberry Social planned SBDC plans small business expo Red Cross seeks volunteers Auction to benefit dance team Pastor to speak to women's group KRSMA meeting planned Soldotna Lions to hold gun show Kenai summer reading program coming soon

Islamic principles guide preservation of the environment on small island in the Indian Ocean
MISALI ISLAND, Zanzibar (AP) -- A conservation project based on Islamic principles is aiming to preserve the beauty of Misali Island, an uninhabited spot off mainland Africa surrounded by a magnificent coral reef.

Abuse victims ask bishops to help them lobby states
NEW YORK -- Victims of clergy sexual abuse asked Roman Catholic bishops in about 20 cities Thursday to help them lobby state legislators to make it easier to prosecute errant priests.

Push for Ten Commandment displays gains momentum in South
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Charles Wysong believes God has stirred a fight in Tennessee.

Nobel prize-winner Tutu urges racial reconciliation
SEATTLE (AP) -- South Africa's Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered a rousing call for an end to racial and ethnic divisions worldwide, then began dancing in the aisle.

New Baptist seminary offers a moderate alternative to traditional school for ministers
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The first student has yet to register. The only full-time faculty position is unfilled. And the entire school will squeeze into several third-floor rooms offered by a Baptist church.

Jehovah's Witnesses say they may be ousted over sex abuse comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jehovah's Witnesses who publicly criticized how their denomination handles claims of sexual abuse say the religious group has started the process of ousting them from the fellowship.

Despite criticism, Hong Kong's activist bishop insists on fighting for social justice
HONG KONG (AP) -- He's unwelcome in China and often makes Hong Kong's government leaders uncomfortable, but to thousands of Chinese migrants living here illegally, Bishop Joseph Zen is a hero.

United Methodist bishops select female leader, address clergy sexual abuse
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- For the first time, a woman has assumed the office of president of the United Methodist Church's Council of Bishops.

Religion Briefs
Church changes name, services Mens community dinner planned Sports clinic, Bible school slated Kenai church set to go buggy

India's upper house passes motion on Hindu-Muslim violence
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- The upper house of India's Parliament passed a unanimous resolution Monday demanding greater protection and relief for victims of ongoing Hindu-Muslim violence in western Gujarat state.

Rhode Island liturgical artist and housing proponent dies
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Ade Bethune, a liturgical artist closely identified with the Catholic Worker movement, died May 1 at a Carmelite convent at age 88.

Religious leaders from Muslim nations differ on suicide bombings and holy war
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Religious leaders from Muslim nations disagreed at a meeting this week over whether suicide bombings in Israel should be condemned or considered legitimate means of resistance.

Community love helps family reunite
I have just witnessed a tender moment between a mother and her 3-year-old son that touched my heart.

Presbyterian losses continue, but at a slower rate
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) headquarters announced Monday that a 35-year downward slide in membership continued in 2001, but the net loss of 31,549 was less than in previous years.

Celtics' depth buries Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Boston Celtics showed there's more to their team than just Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker.

MVP not an exact science
Rod Thorn had this much right: ''Everybody who votes brings a different idea of what it is to the table.''

Birch Ridge Report: Season getting under way at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Hard to imagine another winter has passed and the golf course has opened.

Stars trip up Kards
The Soldotna High School boys soccer team had been waiting quite a while to come away with a win against the Kenai Central Kardinals.

Sports Briefs
Halibut derbies shove off Car show scheduled for Saturday Saints fire GM Randy Mueller

The answer raises more questions in Philadelphia
After six years with the Philadelphia 76ers and five tumultuous seasons with coach Larry Brown, Allen Iverson still wants to do things his way.

Sports Briefs
Seward hosts track meetStrawberry serving sentence at Gainesville prison

Still wrestling with issues of equality
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Marilyn McNeil's formula for gender equality in college sports sounds fairly simple: Instead of wiping out an entire men's wrestling program to find money for women's teams, why not cut the 92nd player on the football team?

Nikiski girls top Skyview; boys draw
The Nikiski High School girls soccer team finished its Region III Southern Division schedule without a loss to a peninsula team, defeating the visiting Skyview Panthers 2-1 in Wednesday's rainy conditions.

Kings answer bell in Game 3
DALLAS -- Thousands of cowbells and a couple of ankle injuries weren't enough to slow down the Sacramento Kings.

'Canes rage in overtime
MONTREAL -- When Carolina began crowding goalie Jose Theodore in the third period, Montreal coach Michel Therrien lost his cool. Then the Canadiens lost their momentum and an important game.

Leafs saved by instant replay
OTTAWA -- Here's a switch: The Toronto Maple Leafs actually had good things to say about NHL officials.

Shorebirds may be late, but festival right on time
HOMER -- The annual push of shorebirds through the Gulf of Alaska coastal region is one of the world's amazing migratory spectacles. At their peak, the birds will return to Kachemak Bay by the tens of thousands.

Watching avian visitors rewards Kasilof couple
The first run of the season is well under way. Before the king salmon, before the tourists, the true snow birds of Alaska are returning.

Photo feature: Cruising
A gull patrols the sky above the Kenai River flats recently. Flocks of birds herald the changing of the seasons.

Juneau health center workers rescue bear cub
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Juneau Public Health Center workers rescued a black bear cub that appeared to be wounded and without a mother.

Migration of Arctic caribou herd is awesome spectacle
KIANA, Alaska (AP) -- It was early September but already the spongy tundra was draped in reds and rusts while trees lining the Kobuk River wore showy yellows and golds.

Bird-viewing opportunities abundant
The Kenai Peninsula serves as a major thoroughfare for these avian tourists, and now is the perfect time to grab a pair of binoculars and get some bird watching at its best.

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