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Saturday, May 11, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Applause
Business donation allows students to reach for stars

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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