Saturday, May 19, 2001

Three teens arrested after vehicle disturbance with police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police arrested three Homer teen-agers Thursday after two of them allegedly assaulted a police officer in Anchorage.

Six Wasilla High School students get top scores on PSAT
WASILLA (AP) -- Seventeen-year-old Will Elliott isn't sure what he wants to be -- maybe a rock star. He's already scored a big hit.

Shrews -- or are they mice? -- raid Anchorage homes in big numbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shrews are at the bottom of Anchorage's latest wildlife debate.

Copper River salmon is high-priced treat in Lower 48
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Salmon whisked from the Copper River flats to Seattle was selling for anywhere from $12.99 to $19.99 at Seattle supermarkets hours after the fishery opened Thursday.

Federal grand jury returns indictment against Michigan twins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Identical twin sisters accused of disrupting an international United Airlines flight April 19 have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Seafood plant to ramp up for operations in July
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Seafood International could be producing packaged fish products by early July, the company's new chief executive said this week.

Restored Grumman Albatross carries memories to Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- When a Grumman Albatross flew into town Wednesday night and landed in Ward Cove, it brought a little Ketchikan aviation history with it.

Board of Game to take up wolf control, protection proposals
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Board of Game will hold a special, two-day meeting in Fairbanks to discuss wolf control and wolf protection issues.

Federal grand jury indicts hearing aid dealer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Juneau hearing aid dealer on fraud and money laundering charges.

Suit filed over ACS calling plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Alaska Communicatins Systems, alleging the Anchorage-based telecommunications company violated the terms of its Infinite Minutes interstate long-distance calling plan.

Two Anchorage residents appointed to Board of Game
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage residents were appointed to the Board of Game Thursday.

Armed Forces Eco-Challenge coming to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Eco-Challenge, billed as the world's most grueling expedition race, is coming to Alaska.

Fairbanks suspect who tried to hang self dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man who tried to hang himself in the Fairbanks Correctional Center shortly after his arrest last week on an attempted sexual assault charge has died.

Phillips, BP announced discovery of new Kuparuk satellite field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. have announced the discovery of a new oil field west of the Kuparuk field.

Court system seeking new Superior Court judges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill expected to be signed into law will create two new Superior Court vacancies and the Alaska Judicial Council is taking applications for the jobs.

Communities, companies appeal pipeline valuation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three Alaska communities and six oil industry companies are disputing the tax value of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline before the state's Assessment Review Board.

Drug agents seize 21 pounds of cocaine at Anchorage airport this year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Drug agents have intercepted more than 21 pounds of cocaine smuggled through the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport so far this year, Alaska State Troopers said.

Around the Peninsula
Seniors to hold garage saleBlood drive held in HomerSPCA van to spend weekend in SterlingCities prepare for cleanup day4-H tree sale slatedRummage sale to raise funds for football teamFirst race activities held through weekendWorkshop offered for those with new ideasCampgrounds closed for tree removalKCHS choir reunion planned for JuneMuseum looking for summer volunteersSkyview football players looking for projects

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Guides team up to take middle school students fishing
Students from Soldotna Middle School will be broadening their horizons Sunday when their classroom will be expanded to encompass the great outdoors -- or at least a stretch of the Kenai River.

Saltwater best bet for weekend salmon
Weather permitting, most of the action this weekend will probably be in the Deep Creek marine fishery. If this isn't to your liking, you might want to stay home and gird your loins for next Friday night, the annual midnight king salmon opener and bacchanal at Deep Creek and the Ninilchik and Anchor rivers.

Hydrangeas: big, beautiful and kaleidoscopic
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Some hydrangeas beguile us with color changes that keep us guessing. Others awe us by climbing 60 feet and more to consort with squirrels and orioles in the trees.

Commencement ceremony combines humor, inspiration
There was something in the air Wednesday night in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Cameras were clicking, bulbs were flashing, videotapes were rolling.

Unknown amount of crude oil spilled
A corroded outfall pipe is being blamed for the release of thousands of gallons of produced water mixed with an unknown amount of crude oil from the Cross Timbers Oil Company's on-shore facility in Nikiski on Wednesday afternoon.

Redistricting board conducts hearing
Common threads or lines that separate? It all depends on how the redistricting plans being considered by Alaska's five-member Redistric-ting Board are viewed.

Photo feature: Fishy field trip
Students from Karen Bronga's sixth grade class at Bayshore Elementary School from Anchorage, raise their hands to answer a question posed by Ricky Gease, manager of exhibits and education at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center (standing at center), during a field trip to see "2001 A Fish Odyssey" now on display at the center. About 1,000 students will see the show this month, Gease said, with about five groups passing through each day.

Elizabeth "Liz" Bolstridge
Sterling resident Elizabeth "Liz" Bolstridge died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a brave battle with cancer. She was 73.

Charles 'Charlie' Parker
A funeral service for Charles 'Charlie' Parker will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. A viewing will begin at 1 p.m.

Edwin Hanke
Edwin "Ed" Hanke died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at his home in Lucerne, Calif. He was 77.

Applause
Strawberry social raises funds for special athletes, seniors

Delaying special session right thing to do, as is passing anti-pollution bill
Gov. Tony Knowles did the right thing by delaying the start of a special legislative session to accommodate a Senate committee chair.

Spring in nonelection year means its giving season for political donors
WASHINGTON -- It's spring and a nonelection year, and that means it's the giving season for political donors.

Letters to the Editor
Brand, slogan suggestions for inlet's commercial catch

It's starting to look a lot like summer on peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula is looking a lot less cluttered these days as residents pitch in and clean up.

Using technology to train the brain
BOULDER, Colo. -- On the frigid south flank of Alaska's Mount McKinley, Boulder climber Mark Twight was hunkered down in a wind-rattled tent, preparing for one of the toughest climbs of his career.

Morel madness on rise
DEARY, Idaho -- Lori Carris crept through the forest, knife in hand, searching the ground for her tiny prey.

Cost of vandalism on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge borne by all hat happened to my campground
This is the time of year when the acts of a very few visitors to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge come into sharper focus for me. Perhaps the spring weather makes my aging eyes a little sharper, or maybe it's just because I am outside more. Who knows?

Russian Orthodox patriarch opposes papal visit
MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that Pope John Paul II should not visit Russia until the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches resolve festering disputes over church properties and Catholic missionary activity.

Methodists pray for Bush, Cheney but criticize missile defense plan
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The bishops of the United Methodist Church offered special prayers for two of their best-known members, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, but issued a resolution opposing their national missile defense system.

Questions remain about Pius XII's role in World War II, scholars say
NEW YORK (AP) -- A panel of Catholic and Jewish scholars say questions remain -- at least 47 of them -- about Pope Pius XII's role in World War II, despite Vatican publication of 11 volumes of wartime documents.

South Carolina Baptist church could face ouster if it forsakes immersion
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The 2,800-member First Baptist Church is considering accepting new members without baptism by immersion, which could mean ouster from the local Baptist association.

Catholics looking for diocese's Web site find porn instead
CLEVELAND (AP) -- People searching for the Web site of Cleveland's Roman Catholic diocese are instead being linked to hard-core pornography.

Australia's Anglican leader urges acceptance of gay relationships
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- The new head of the Anglican Church of Australia has said Christians should treat same-sex relationships as ''committed friendships,'' but stopped just short of openly condoning gay marriages.

World Evangelical body changes its name, explores Catholic relations
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The World Evangelical Fellowship, representing national Protestant organizations with 160 million members, has decided to rename itself the World Evangelical Alliance.

Arizona city sued for religious discrimination
PHOENIX (AP) -- The American Center for Law and Justice has sued the city of Scottsdale, charging that it violated a woman's rights by stopping her from displaying religious material at city-owned community centers.

Religion Briefs
Gospel legend to perform concertsChorus to tour stateArea resident raises funds for causeChoir members wanted for musical

Cardinals on display at Vatican meeting
VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradia-ga, one of the rising stars of the Roman Catholic church, is bringing a fresh face and fresh ideas from Honduras.

Egyptian Christian wife disputes husband's conversion to Islam
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Hanna Kamal Morgan, a church deacon living in Fayoum, told his wife last year he was going out to buy food. Instead, he went to Cairo and converted to Islam.

From pillars of salt to burning bush, author walks the Bible
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ever wonder how manna from heaven tasted, where Noah's ark landed, or whether a pillar of salt still stands to mark the fate of Lot's wife?

Stars, Knights lead race for region crown
Every time the sun goes down, the stars and nights battle for supremacy. It's pretty much the same story every year in the race for the Region III track and field girls team crown, only in this case nights is spelled with a "K".

Devils beat Penguins with their own game
PITTSBURGH -- Lots of odd-man rushes, plenty of breakaways and scoring chances. This is exactly how the Pittsburgh Penguins envisioned the Eastern Conference finals -- only not with the New Jersey Devils generating all the offense.

Cream of region ready for the top
Eight boys and eight girls high school soccer teams from Region III have made the first cut of the season -- qualifying for the region tournament by finishing among the top eight teams during the regular season.

Just like in 'The Sopranos'
Mayor Richard J. Daley, the legendary political boss of Chicago, once answered charges about steering millions in city business to one of his sons this way: ''How are you supposed to be able to do favors for other people's kids,'' Daley said, ''if you can't do any for your own?''

Milwaukee forces Game 7 vs. Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Down 15 points and on the brink of elimination, the Milwaukee Bucks never panicked. Instead, they turned to their ''Big Three,'' and forced a seventh game.

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