Friday, May 24, 2002

African-American museum to reopen at Alaskaland
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The African-American Community Museum will resume business at Alaskaland this summer after all.

House Speaker Porter will not seek re-election
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- House Speaker Brian Porter will not seek re-election.

Family files lawsuit in Dillingham air crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Relatives of two people killed in a crash at the Dillingham airport in October have filed suit against PenAir, Cessna Aircraft and the estate of the dead pilot.

Falling tree kills logger on Dall Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old logger died Thursday when a tree fell on him on Dall Island, southwest of Hydaburg, Alaska State Troopers said.

ACLU appeals gay benefits case to state Supreme Court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Civil Liberties Union appealed a lawsuit Wednesday to the state Supreme Court in an effort to get benefits extended to gay couples working for the state or Municipality of Anchorage.

Mike Maad sentenced for bank and wire fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Businessman Nezar ''Mike'' Maad was sentenced Thursday to six months in federal prison for bank and wire fraud.

Sitka couple found guilty of molesting three girls
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Sitka couple accused of molesting three girls have been convicted on 41 counts of sexual abuse.

Woman says two men raped her in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was raped early Thursday after accepting a ride from two young men, Anchorage police said.

Fairbanks man pleads no contest to sexual assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 38-year-old Fairbanks man pleaded no contest Wednesday to sexually assaulting his 17-year-old live-in baby sitter.

Anchorage prosecutor to head new crime victims rights office
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature has appointed Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower to become Alaska's first crime victims advocate.

Knowles blasts Legislature for missteps this session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles lambasted GOP lawmakers for a just-completed legislative session focused more on politics than statesmanship.

Southeast Conference proceeds with study of ferry system structure
JUNEAU -- A private organization is going ahead with a study on improving the management of the ferry system even though the Legislature recently found $20 million to restore the Marine Highway Fund.

Preliminary findings of ferry study released
JUNEAU (AP) -- Preliminary findings of a pilot study for revitalizing the Alaska Marine Highway System were released Wednesday by the Southeast Conference.

Ketchikan lobbyist found guilty of wire fraud
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A U.S. District Court jury Wednesday found lobbyist Geoffrey Bullock guilty of three federal wire fraud charges. He was found innocent of two other charges.

Autopsy planned for woman swept into Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU (AP) -- The body of a woman was being sent to Anchorage for an autopsy after being swept into Gastineau Channel by the swift waters of Gold Creek Tuesday.

Family files lawsuit in Dillingham air crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Relatives of two people killed in a crash at the Dillingham airport in October have filed suit against Peninsula Airways, Cessna Aircraft and the estate of the dead pilot.

Anchorage woman stabbed to death in domestic dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was stabbed to death Wednesday and police arrested her husband on murder charges.

Alaska delegation advances rural mail plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Legislation affecting Alaska's bypass mail service to rural villages moved Wednesday in both the House and the Senate.

Authorities identify body found in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Authorities have identified a body found Tuesday in Gastineau Channel as 39-year-old Kathleen Michelle Fawcett.

Mine critics win partial attorney fees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group that appealed permits for a Fairbanks-area mine has been has been awarded $22,242 in attorney fees.

UAF research center receives $5 million grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the third year in a row, the International Arctic Research Center has received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Four-play: Green tags Brewers for four homers
MILWAUKEE -- Shawn Green punctuated his record-setting day with a boom, hitting a 450-foot shot in the ninth inning Thursday to become the 14th player to homer four times in a game in Los Angeles' 16-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Martinez mows down Yankees for seventh straight win
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez joked that after 83 seasons without a championship, the Boston Red Sox might have a new ally.

Glavine posts career shutout No. 22 in Montreal
MONTREAL -- Tom Glavine pitched a four-hitter for his 22nd career shutout to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

Still no outs in baseball
There are still no homosexuals in baseball. Not officially, anyway. A gossip column in Monday's New York Post repeated what it called ''a persistent rumor around town that one Mets star who spends a lot of time with pretty models in clubs is actually gay and has started to think about declaring his sexual orientation.''

Blue Jays snap Yankees win streak
NEW YORK -- Carlos Delgado's bases-loaded double drove in three runs and Eric Hinske and Raul Mondesi hit home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated New York 8-3 on Wednesday, ending the Yankees' six-game winning streak.

Funeral industry prepares for boomers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Death is hopefully decades away for Karen Bradford, but the 48-year-old is already preparing. She has purchased burial plots for herself and her husband, and is comfortable talking about what she views as the inevitable.

Garage sales prove truth of adage: One person's trash is another's treasure
Nice weather and unwanted goods make strange bedfellows, one would think. This is the formula that is finding families digging through old articles of clothing, books, household items and more to sell to someone with greater need or desire for them. And it's all usually available at bargain prices.

Whether you're buying, selling, it pays to heed some do's and don'ts
Regardless of which side of the sale table you find yourself on, there probably is no right or wrong way to visit or to host a garage sale. Each person is led by his or her own motivations and goals. A search of World Wide Web sites, however, yields some tips for getting the most out of such endeavors.

Business Briefs
Kenai Peninsula Public Radio hires news teamHomer Electric part of state capital project budgetDeadline extended on disaster loan

Audit: BP used Alaska workers, vendors for Northstar
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most of the $400 million BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. spent to develop its Northstar oil field went to Alaska-based contractors and vendors, according to a new legislative audit.

MSN Messenger vulnerable to hackers
SEATTLE -- Users of the latest versions of Microsoft's popular MSN Messenger program are vulnerable to computer hackers, the company has warned.

Many don't see it coming, but inheriting an IRA brings tax obligations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans have long been encouraged to save for retirement, and many have accumulated sizable Individual Retirement Accounts and company-sponsored 401(k) plan accounts.

They're back
Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. More importantly on the Kenai Peninsula, the long weekend marks the beginning, in earnest, of the fishing season.

Fish and Game issues emergency orders
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued two emergency orders dealing with king salmon Wednesday.

Local artisans raise the roof for a good cause
Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna combined its need to redecorate with the creativity of its customers to come up with an inventive and artistic way to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

American Indian art from 17th to 20th centuries showcased at Stanford
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- When a group of New England explorers set sail more than 200 years ago, they brought back souvenirs from the indigenous people they encountered, hoping to inspire later generations.

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

Art Briefs
Raku workshop plannedSummer interpretive programs to beginVendor space still available for concertWriters' conference scheduled

Elvis Costello getting rowdy after ballad singing
NEW YORK -- Elvis Costello and his band, the Imposters, were nearing the end of a rousing, rocking set at a Manhattan club when the audience's attention began to wander.

Alphabet books teach kids ABCs and more
When Mary Poppins sang, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," easily she could have been referring to teaching methods. In the footsteps of that famous nanny's sound advice, a new wave of books pours a tasty amount of sugar into young minds learning the subtle intricacies of the ABCs.

Knowles blasts Legislature for missteps this session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles lambasted GOP lawmakers for a just-completed legislative session focused more on politics than statesmanship.

Race Schedule
February 17 - November 17 2002.

Points standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,645 2. Matt Kenseth 1,513 3. Kurt Busch 1,454

In the spotlight: Mark Martin
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Labonte concedes to Rudd
CONCORD, N.C. -- When Ricky Rudd began his streak of consecutive starts on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, he didn't know whether he'd be racing the next week, much less in the next 655 consecutive races.

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

This week's race: the Coca-Cola 600
Where and when

Racing is No. 1 for teen
CONCORD, N.C. -- Brian Vickers didn't go to his senior prom, and he didn't partake in a yearbook-signing party. About the only ritual for high school seniors that he plans to join is graduation if there's no traffic.

Cities tout tax revenue
As they consider how to handle the advent of a large commercial complex in Homer, city officials there might do well to draw on the experience of their neighbors to the north.

Peninsula tourism outlook brightens
Despite jitters in the national visitor industry, the Kenai Peninsula tourism outlook is bright, according to Dru Garson, the acting director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council.

VFW to sponsor ceremony
The VFW Post 10046 in Soldotna will sponsor a Memorial Day veterans ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Kenai's Leif Hansen Memorial Park. The Elmendorf 3rd Wing will fly over the park for the ceremony.

Troopers to increase holiday presence, enforcement
Warm weather, sunny skies and a three-day weekend -- it's a perfect recipe for relaxation and recreation. But with more people out and about, Memorial Day weekend also offers a formula for accidents and disasters.

Photo feature: Hang ten
Aprel Rogers tans her toes earlier this week while she waits for her husband to finish a shopping errand in Kenai. Sun worshippers should be in their glory for the upcoming three day weekend, as forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.

Three jobs fall to state budget ax
The results of the 22nd Alaska legislative session have already begun to hit home.

Historic cabin in Cohoe wins protection grant
The Victor Holm Cabin in Cohoe will be safer, thanks to a grant from the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation.

Borough assembly mulls new buses
Safety demands that 39 aging vans and full-size school buses be replaced as soon as possible, say three members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, who announced Tuesday they are contemplating amending the proposed fiscal year 2003 budget to continue the boroughwide mill rate at 7 mills.

Homer planners struggle with vision for future
Kenai has them, so does Soldotna, and in parts of Anchorage they're organized like hedgerows. They are big box stores, giant shopping Meccas drawing consumers by the thousands and often altering the business climate for miles around.

Seth D. Wright
Clam Gulch resident Seth D. Wright, a commercial fisher, hunter, trapper and adventurer, died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.

Legislators adjourn, but what have they really accomplished?
The Legislature adjourned Tuesday. Finally. A week later than the scheduled 121-day session.

Letters to the Editor
Marathon oil meeting raises more questions than it answers

Community, parent support turns party into dream come true

Being safe doesn't exclude having fun
The Memorial Day weekend heralds the unofficial start of summer and the tourism season. School's out and so is the sun. Fishing for kings in the Ninilchik River, the Anchor River and Deep Creek opens this weekend.

Tips for safe burning
It's hot. It's dry. It's perfect weather to launch the unofficial beginning of summer. It's also the perfect recipe for a fire to get out of control.

Letters to the Editor
Peninsula needs more troopers, more engaging activities for teensShouldn't after-school programs be cut before in-school classes?Ulmer shows understanding of tough education issues

Assembly sends powerful message by honoring 'stewardship rangers'

From yurts to fire towers, cheap vacation options abound
WALDEN, Colo. -- There are stacks of firewood labeled itsy-bitsy, medium and big honking stuff. In the trim outhouse is a stack of feminine supplies. Folksy and convenient, the Dancing Moose yurt in the Colorado State Forest could be a harbinger of 21st century camping.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge volunteers wear many hats, but none with plumes
It all started with ladies' hats and pens. We're not talking about ordinary bonnets, mind you, but frilly, feathery, fancy kinds of hats. I know you've seen pictures of these hats with long plumes of feathers. Some of the feathers came from pelicans.

Legislators call state park closures political ploy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nine state parks in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough will close this summer because of a legislative budget cut that parks director Jim Stratton calls ''sheer lunacy.''

Around the Peninsula
Free yoga classes offered ThursdayArmy Corps of Engineers to hold open houseFire department plans barbecueCity looking for volunteers to plant flowersAMVETS to boil crawfish SaturdayVisitors and Cultural Center summer programs beginConservation center open house plannedChallenger center plans summer eventsChamber seeks volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Lions gun show starts Saturday Gun club to host historical shoot Ninilchik ambulance association to host breakfast CIRCAC board to meet Conservation center open house planned DOT to host East End Road construction open house Sterling seniors plan barbecue Applications available for Elks camp Challenger center plans summer events Kenai chamber seeks volunteers

Episcopal cathedral thanks firefighters
NEW YORK (AP) -- Members of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine gave iron crosses to 22 firefighters Sunday in gratitude for extinguishing a five-alarm fire there last Dec. 18.

Abuse scandal leads Roman Catholic Church to unusual public debate about gay priests
The Roman Catholic Church, which considers homosexuality a disorder and gay sex a sin, has quietly struggled for years with the growing presence of gays in the priesthood. Now that conflict has gone public.

U.S. Christians will mark Sept. 11 anniversary by inviting Muslims to open houses and hosting overseas Muslims
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Council of Churches is asking its affiliated congregations to mark the anniversary of Sept. 11 by holding open houses and inviting Muslim neighbors to attend.

Presbyterian tribunal dismisses cases protesting lesbian's ordination
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) court in California has dismissed two cases protesting the clergy ordination of an openly lesbian candidate, Presbyterian News Service reported.

Minister serves two churches -- one white, the other black
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Every Sunday at 10:45 a.m., the Rev. Frank Horton delivers his sermon at First United Methodist Church.

Church Briefs
Biggest garage sale in Kasilof today Hallelujah Hoe Down scheduled Sports clinic, Bible school slated Bible school planned in Nikiski Kenai church set to go buggy Soldotna chapel will do whats right Children needed for patriotic musical

Four branches of Judaism unite for Israel aid
NEW YORK (AP) -- Leaders of national organizations from North American Judaism's four branches have taken rare joint action, endorsing an Israel Emergency Campaign organized by United Jewish Communities.

Russia's lower house rejects bid to restrict Russia's Roman Catholics
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's lower house of parliament has rejected a draft appeal that asked President Vladimir Putin to have the Justice Ministry nullify the Roman Catholic Church's registration and abolish its dioceses.

Federal appeals court asked to hear Ten Commandments case
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)-- A federal circuit appeals court was asked Monday to review a February ruling that said the community of Plattsmouth, Neb., must remove a park monument with the Ten Commandments and Jewish stars of David.

Canadian Anglicans pick archbishop through first electronic election
MONTREAL (AP) -- Anglican Church of Canada delegates chose a new archbishop through e-mails and faxes in what's thought to be world Anglicanism's first electronic election.

In God's great economy, everything can be used
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

Student planning for future
The end of high school is typically a time when graduates are faced with uncertainty about their future plans and must begin to make decisions about what they will do next in their lives. For Breanna Butler of Nikiski, this isn't the case.

Photo feature: School's out
Sevin-R Michaels and Cole Covey (in blue) swing their way toward summer vacation during a school picnic at North Star Elementary School in Nikiski Wednesday, the last day of public school.

Pomp, circumstance lead Nikiski grads into world
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School's Tuesday night commencement ceremony was filled with the usual laughter, tears, inspirational messages, well-wishes and celebration. But not everything went by the book for the ceremony.

Kenai squeezed against Service
A team doesn't have to be narrow-minded to play on a narrow field.

Red Wings take Round 3 from Avs in OT
DENVER -- Another unsung hero came through for the Detroit Red Wings.

'Canes keep rockin'
TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs had inspiration on their side. The Carolina Hurricanes had Arturs Irbe.

Wings can't carry Stars over Eagles
Not even a Red Bull energy drink could save the Soldotna boys soccer team against West High Thursday in the opening round of the state soccer tournament at Wasilla High School.

Skyview netters offer volleyball camp
Members of Skyview High School's state runner-up volleyball team will put on a volleyball camp for any interested junior high athlete. The camp is slated for May 28-30 and will run from 9 a.m. until noon at Skyview High School.

Peninsula athletes look to defend titles
Four Kenai Peninsula athletes won individual titles at the state track and field meet last year, and all four return to defend their titles this year in the Friday and Saturday event at Bartlett High School.

Sam Snead, the sweetest swing in golf, dead at 89
''Slammin' Sam'' Snead could hit the ball a country mile with a swing that was the sweetest in golf.

Cotton comes down hard on Homer booters
The Homer girls soccer team has had about enough of the touch, and the feel, of Cotton.

SoHi, Kenai, Homer ready for state
Soccer teams on the Kenai Peninsula, now in their fourth year as a full varsity sport, are beginning to make an impact on the rest of the state.

Skyview netters offer volleyball camp
Members of Skyview High School's state runner-up volleyball team will put on a volleyball camp for any interested junior high athlete. The camp is slated for May 28-30 and will run from 9 a.m. until noon at Skyview.

Weather triggers hot scoring at Birch Ridge
Wow, this weather the past week has been absolutely amazing. In looking at the temperatures in the Lower 48 these past few days, we have had warmer temperatures than most of our southern neighbors. And last weekend while we basked in 70 plus degree temperatures snow was falling in New York City.

Kenai Golf Course in full swing for summer
The Kenai Golf Course driving range is busy and the driving carts are running from fairway to fairway again. The course is in full swing and it appears we have another golfing season just where we prefer it, directly ahead of us.

Learning the bear necessities
Standing in a remote location somewhere on the Kenai Peninsula, I see a black bear about 50 feet away. Suddenly, the animal begins to rush at me. With just a few moments to spare, I pump the breach-loading mechanism on the 12-gauge shotgun I'm carrying

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