Saturday, May 25, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
Marathon oil meeting raises more questions than it answers

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.

Community, parent support turns party into dream come true

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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