Saturday, June 5, 2004

Twins excited about new season
Everybody has seen a cool movie trailer only to go to that movie and be disappointed with the results.

Anglers would benefit from tips from pros
POCATELLO, Idaho Bill Bowman made his trademark brass minnow as a junior at Utah State University to catch brown trout in the Logan River.

Spit marks the spot for hot fishing
Anglers looking for some full throttle fishing excitement may want to head south this weekend.

Trailing along
A nationwide celebration of hiking and trails will again come to the Kenai Peninsula this year in the form of a nine-mile hike through some of the area's most scenic wilderness.

Safety first, then hit the woods
NEW YORK Hiking is a great vacation activity for families healthy, inexpensive and fun.

Nixon's secret taping system no secret inside the Beltway
There was an AP story on Sunday about the passing of former Watergate chief counsel Sam Dash at age 79. The article credits Mr. Dash with uncovering the now infamous Nixonian taping system during the Watergate congressional hearings that were conducted in the early 1970s. Certain recordings made by the system, along with the congressional hearings and aggressive reporting by the Washington Post and New York Times, led to the eventual resignation of Richard Nixon as America's 37th president some 30 years ago, come Aug. 8.

Rush Limbaugh tactics used to smear Knowles
It is sad, but it had to happen. The tactics used by the Bush campaign to smear John Kerry have come to Alaska. The Washington Republican smear artists are attacking Tony Knowles on the behalf of Lisa Murkowski. Alaskans don't see the Bush negative campaign ads (targeted to particular states) because Republicans believe Alaskans are not smart enough to vote for anyone other than Bush.

Plane flips after takeoff; no one hurt
A privately owned Cessna 180 airplane flipped over shortly after takeoff at the Kenai Municipal Airport at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Crime Stoppers seeks theft info
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is seeking information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in three thefts in May.

Decreasing production means lower industry tax assessments
Taxes on Cook Inlet oil and gas facilities provide much-needed revenue to state and municipal governments, but each has specific purview over different parts of that infrastructure.

Photo feature: Full serving
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, school board member Sammy Crawford and Kenai Mayor John Williams share a story while volunteering at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Thursday afternoon during National Hunger Awareness Day.

Borough budget faces lean times
Rapidly falling property values in the Cook Inlet oil and gas infrastructure may soon force borough budget-writers to move where they have been reluctant to go before toward cutting services and jobs and increasing taxes, borough officials warned this week.

Dog dilemma has people howling
A two-year debate between two Kenai Peninsula residents claiming ownership to the same dog appears to have come to an impasse for both parties.

Kenai finances on the rebound
The Kenai City Council on Wednesday approved a 2005 budget that restores a number of city services cut last year, including Sunday hours at the Kenai Community Library, expanded city dust control and funding for building maintenance.

Donald E. Jones
Nikiski resident Donald E. Jones died Friday, May 28, 2004, at his residence of natural causes. He was 73.

Ann K. Lawrence
Longtime Soldotna resident Ann K. Lawrence died Tuesday, June 1, 2004 due to complications from diabetes at the Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 67.

Increasing drug costs could wipe out 'benefit'
Two major, recent studies agree: Even as seniors sign up for the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the ever-increasing price of pharmaceuticals threatens to wipe out any ''benefit.''...

Alaska's U.S. Senate race promises to be exciting, expensive
You can feel it in the air and see it in print and hear it on television and radio. It's the quickening tempo of what will, by all accounts, be a monster campaign for one of Alaska's seats in the U.S. Senate.

Alaska's retirement costs climb; promised benefits must be paid
The public has heard a lot over the past several months about the increasing costs for the retirement programs for public employees under the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and for teachers under the Teachers Retirement System (TRS).

Ax can stop dangerous slides on Alaska's snow, ice fields
ANCHORAGE Snow and ice accidents, strangely enough, usually start along about June, when Alaska days are long and warm.

Thinking ahead fire season calls for vigilance, cooperation
Wildfire is one of those events like hurricanes and tornadoes that many people don't think about until the season is imminent or already well under way and trouble is at the doorstep. Given life's tribulations, this is understandable. And, it explains why we've devised programs and services to help inform and prepare people for natural disasters, to help mitigate the hazards.

Taking it slow, knowing limitations key to off-highway driving
LONGMONT, Colo. Taking the roads less traveled is a common theme for Colorado anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. It's about getting away from the crowds and exploring the backcountry, where pristine waters are filled with trout and that trophy buck is over the next ridge.

Around the Peninsula
Missions fund-raiser continuesRelay for Life slatedNikiski seniors hold fund-raiserBenefit dinner, auction plannedMasons to hold charity golf tourneyTree sale, hike planned

Interfaith memorial at mosque remembers fallen soldiers
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Members of eight faiths gathered at a mosque last week to memorialize those killed in the Iraq war and pray for peace.

U.S. Episcopalians protest treatment of Episcopal Church in Sudan
WASHINGTON (AP) More than 100 Episcopalians marched on the Sudanese Embassy in protest last week after the Muslim government seized the headquarters of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan.

Needed: A foundation firmer than our feelings
Studies on the moral values of children have shocked experts and educators. Kids seem to have concluded that lying, cheating and even carrying out violent acts are allowable if they feel strongly about doing them. Where did they get these ideas?

Park officials nix baptisms in river
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Rev. Todd Pyle thought it was the perfect spot to baptize 12 new members of his church the river was calm and shallow and there was a shaded area offshore for people to stand.

Twenty-five years later, passions still strong on Southern Baptists' conservative takeover
HOUSTON (AP) Back in 1979, the Rev. Jimmy Allen thought the highlight of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting would be a giant rally at the Astrodome featuring the Rev. Billy Graham.

Catholic Diocese of Orange makes cuts to save $1 million
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has cut 15 percent of its employees, closed two departments and downsized its administrative offices to save $1 million a year as it prepares to resolve clergy sex abuse claims.

Church Briefs
Speaker plannedVacation Bible school slatedConstruction INC plans school'Xtreme' Bible school plannedArgentinean evangelist to speakNoted Jewish speakers to visitMusic of India to be featuredWomen's prayer group to meet

Fifty years ago, Billy Graham made a big but not lasting impact in Britain
LONDON (AP) Plenty of people were suspicious when a clean-cut American evangelist arrived

Digging starts at site of synagogue near Auschwitz
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Archeologists have begun excavations at the site of a synagogue near the former Auschwitz death camp, looking for a Torah scroll and other objects missing since the Nazis burned down the building in 1939.

Giants sign Warner to mentor Manning
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants are taking some of the pressure off Eli Manning, signing Kurt Warner to be their caretaker quarterback until the top pick in the draft is ready.

Capriati bows out at French Open tennis tournament
PARIS Head down, Jennifer Capriati shuffled past her mother and coach near the locker room beneath center court.

Flames win Game 5 in OT
TAMPA, Fla. Thanks to Jarome Iginla's stamina and Oleg Saprykin's second effort, the Calgary Flames are one victory away from a Stanley Cup their coach insists nobody outside of Canada wants them to win.

Smarty Jones linked with legendary horses Seabiscuit, Secretariat
NEW YORK Suddenly, Smarty Jones is being mentioned in the same breath as Secretariat and Seabiscuit.

It's about time Servis got nervous
John Servis finally admitted that he's starting to get nervous. It's about time.

Rare white bison calf born
PHOENIX (AP) The owners of a small bison herd in northern Arizona were surprised to find one of their rare white buffalo had given birth to something even rarer: a white calf.

Photo feature: Ducking in for a bite
Three harlequin duck drakes take flight after resting on a large rock in the Ninilchik River. This species frequents fast moving rivers and streams where they prey on crustaceans, mollusks, insects and fish.

Killer whales listed as depleted
ANCHORAGE The National Marine Fisheries Service has designated a small group of killer whales in Prince William Sound as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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