Saturday, May 12, 2001

Federal board halts salmon sportfishing on Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board on Thursday ordered a halt to sportfishing for chinook and chum salmon in federal waters of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.

Biological diversity center says Alaska seabird declining
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Alaska seabird is declining.

Ketchikan jury deadlocked in Mateu trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan jury has failed to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Jose M. Mateu in the shooting death of his father last year.

Murkowski urges caution to Natives attending U.N. conference
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said Thursday he's concerned about the Alaska Federation of Natives' plan to take human rights complaints to the United Nations.

Lawyer says Pritchard in ''no shape'' for court appearance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of trying to kill four elementary school children by slicing their throats with a knife was in ''no shape'' Thursday to show up for a court hearing, his lawyer said.

Anchorage gets biggest proportion of increased school funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Every Alaska school district will get more state money to run schools next year, with about $25 million in new funds. But a bigger proportion of the increase will go to urban districts than to rural ones.

Fairbanks hospital sees unusually high number of vulnerable infants
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A remarkable number of newborn infants -- 13 to be exact -- are in intensive care at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Federal subsistence managers set limits in Yukon Kuskokwim drainage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal subsistence managers Thursday closed all sport and commercial fishing for king and chum salmon throughout most of the Yukon Kuskokwim river drainages.

Board expands subsistence hunting for brown bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has expanded subsistence hunting for brown bears on federal land.

Sweepstakes settlement coming to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some Alaskans are eligible for restitution as part of the settlement of a multistate lawsuit against Reader's Digest.

Two Point Hope residents die of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Point Hope residents have been found dead, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning, inside a hunting cabin near the North Slope village.

Kenai prison issue could go to local voters
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Legislature has given its blessing to a private prison on the Kenai Peninsula, but at least one member of the Kenai Borough Assembly thinks peninsula voters should weigh in on whether the borough should be involved.

Coast Guard seeks penalty against cruise company
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard is pursuing civil penalties against a 2000-passenger cruise ship for a May 3 violation of a new federal cruise ship pollution law.

Road ban halted but Tongass logging still at a standstill
JUNEAU (AP) -- An injunction from a federal court in Idaho stopping a road-building ban on sections of national forest land won't be felt in Southeast Alaska immediately, but could have ramifications here, according to environmental and timber industry groups.

State receives $13.4 million from Minerals Management Service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state of Alaska has received $13.4 million from the federal Minerals Management Service.

Around the Peninsula
Totem tracers to meetYoung Marines to host car washCowboy Fun Shoot plannedEvents planned at River City BooksKaladi presents weekend musicStrawberry social plannedBreakfast served to honor momIdeas sought on branding Cook Inlet salmonSoftball association to meetLibrary sponsors summer reading program Volunteer host positions openHelp for parents with questions

Community Calendar
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Fish of the week: Big king
Fish of the week is a summer feature focusing on fish caught in peninsula waters. Photos do not have to be only of big fish.

Lilac time inspires poets
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Lilacs bring mixed emotions, linked in poetry to love but also death. Prized by gardeners in many lands, the flowers' beauty and fragrance, aside from promptings of joy or sadness, proclaim Spring has fully arrived.

Soldotna business owners push for completion of work by July target date
Do whatever you have to, just keep our road clear in July.

Lease sale nets modest returns
Officials say natural gas was the likely target of those who bid more than $1.2 million for 30 tracts in the state's annual Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale.

Soldotna women to compete for Mrs. Alaska title
Two area women will dress up and share what marriage means to them Saturday at the Mrs. Alaska Pageant at the University of Alaska Anchorage Arts building.

Union leadership shifts
Teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have opted for change.

Wyoming man tapped as new KCHS principal
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has hired Berry Swenson, a principal from Wyoming, to be the new principal of Kenai Central High School starting in August.

McVeigh's death next week raises questions, specter of past events
When Timothy McVeigh falls unconscious, his breath fades and his heart slams to a stop, more than 200 people will likely be watching, the biggest audience for an American execution since the last public hangings in the midst of the Depression.

Letters to the Editor
Unselfish act to help others could use more support Will prison issue get fair hearing if mayor has made up his mind?

Families change, but they remain heart of any community
As a nation, we tend to bemoan the decline of the traditional nuclear family, but a recent story from The Associated Press indicates our perceptions may be unduly pessimistic.

1996 Crooked Creek wildfire reminds us of importance of being 'FireWise'
Five years ago, something happened here on the central peninsula that should strike fear into the heart of every property owner who has a home or business in the wildland-urban interface.

Pet of the week Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a neutered young adult male border collie for $25.20 with license and vaccinations included.

Shifted Ten Commandments site ends two-year fight
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- A display of the Ten Commandments, at the center of a two-year controversy, has a new home after being moved from a public space to Manhattan Christian College.

Church's struggle is sign of a greater Episcopal divide
ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) -- The sign outside Christ Episcopal Church is clear about who the parish rector is.

Two Southern Baptist professors to resign over doctrinal statement
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Two Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professors must resign within a year because they refused to sign a Southern Baptist Convention doctrinal statement.

Federal judge issues ruling to permit Mormon park rules
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A federal judge has reconfirmed that a church-owned park adjacent to Mormon headquarters is not a public forum, in a written ruling four months after he reached his decision.

Former Baptist Foundation officials plead guilty to fraud
PHOENIX (AP) -- Three former Baptist Foundation of Arizona officials have pleaded guilty to charges they participated in a scheme to defraud 13,000 investors of $550 million.

Latest Presbyterian argument: Is salvation through Jesus only?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An evangelical caucus in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has issued an open letter to church officials saying they failed to set boundaries for acceptable doctrine.

Cardinals criticize impending McVeigh execution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two American cardinals criticized next week's planned execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, saying his death ''will not bring back to life those who died. It will just be one more killing.''

Religion Briefs
Mother's Day service planned at SolFirstChoir to hold musicalChoir members wanted for musicalPower of women topic of speechFamily Parish Mission set for May

Orthodox Jews sue Florida condo board after worship ban
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Orthodox Jews are suing their retirement condominium after its board banned prayer services in the complex's auditorium, allowing only political and social meetings and card games.

McVeigh execution a catalyst for nun's 'Declaration of Life'
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Publicity surrounding Timothy McVeigh's scheduled execution is generating renewed interest in an anti-death penalty document already signed by thousands.

Missionary who survived Peru plane shooting speaks at alma mater
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- New volunteers should take up the work of a missionary who died with her daughter when Peruvian officials mistakenly shot down their plane, the woman's husband said.

Wiles, Baldwin get shutouts
The Kenai Central High School boys and girls soccer teams kept the visiting Nikiski Bulldogs on a short leash Thursday afternoon in Region III play.

Pens are mightier than Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With Mario Lemieux's playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Darius Kasparaitis became an unlikely hero.

XFL folds after season of poor attendance, ratings
NEW YORK -- X-it, stage left.

Stars seek sweep at track boroughs
When it comes time to award the team trophies at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Track and Field Meet this Saturday, it appears it will be business as usual for Soldotna's track team.

Hornets become buzzsaw against Bucks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When all else failed, the Charlotte Hornets went back to what they do best: playing solid defense and crashing the boards.

'Flooding effect' keeps mortality rate in check
On or about May 25 is the birthday of every moose on the Kenai Peninsula. Through an amazing evolutionary adaptation called the "flooding effect," all moose here are born within a few days of each other.

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