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Saturday, June 14, 2003

HEA drops support for intertie transmission line
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Homer Electric Association has dropped its support for a new intertie transmission line between Kenai and Anchorage in what could be a lethal blow to the $119 million project.

UAF names new women's basketball coach
FAIRBANKS (AP) The University of Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday hired a former assistant coach as its new head women's basketball coach.

Federal help available for Sitka Seafood workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) Federal help could be available for approximately 40 seafood processing workers in Yakutat, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Juneau Assembly approves DWI impoundment
JUNEAU (AP) Driving drunk in Juneau will mean losing a car or truck for three business days under an ordinance approved by the Juneau Assembly.

'Friendly' highway grizzlies concern biologists
FAIRBANKS (AP) Reports of ''friendly'' grizzly bears that appear to have been fed by passing motorists on the Dalton Highway about 170 miles north of Fairbanks have prompted state and federal wildlife officials to intervene.

Fire destroys public use cabin on Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) Fire destroyed a federal public use cabin on the Kenai Peninsula and authorities are investigating whether arsonists are to blame.

Kenai River Festival set for this weekend
KENAI (AP) The 13th annual Kenai River Festival kicks off again this weekend at Green Strip Park in Kenai.

Juneau gets tough on blocked sidewalks
JUNEAU (AP) Blocking downtown sidewalks, even with an open car door, can lead to a $100 fine in Alaska's capital starting this week.

Murkowski cuts $138 million from budget
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski, wielding his veto pen, slashed millions from next year's state budget and set adrift a popular program that paid monthly bonuses to some seniors.

Governor vetoes Afognak land purchase
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski vetoed a proposed land purchase on northern Afognak Island near Kodiak on Thursday, drawing ire from Native corporations, conservationists, tourism boosters and local politicians.

Many students fail March exit exam, benchmark tests
ANCHORAGE (AP) State academic test scores released Wednesday show hundreds of students failing the high school exit exam and making little or no progress on benchmark tests given in third, sixth and eighth grades.

Prize halibut loses weight on the scale
FAIRBANKS (AP) Just when it looked like Sam Fleury of Fairbanks had hauled in his first 200-pound halibut, the fish went on a crash diet.

Bill to ban bear baiting provokes angry exchange
WASHINGTON (AP) An Alaska congressman went on an angry tirade Thursday against a colleague for introducing a bill that would ban bear baiting on federal lands.

Murkowski creates Knik Arm Bridge agency
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday signed a bill creating the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority.

Nobel Prize winner comes to UAA
ANCHORAGE (AP) Vernon Smith, co-winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics, has come to the University of Alaska Anchorage as a visiting scholar.

Weather conditions increase fire danger
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gusty winds and dry weather have brought dangerous fire conditions to Alaska and the National Weather Service issued a red flag wildfire warning.

Ketchikan bridge project garners Young a Golden Fleece
JUNEAU (AP) A Washington, D.C., watchdog group has given U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, a Golden Fleece Award for pushing a Ketchikan bridge project the group calls a boondoggle.

State ferry Taku out of service
JUNEAU (AP) The state ferry Taku is out of commission after its shaft clutch assembly failed when the ship tried to leave the Auke Bay terminal Thursday morning.

Three teens arrested in Anchorage high school vandalism
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three teenage girls were arrested in connection with an Anchorage high school vandalism spree two weeks ago that left interior walls spray painted and door locks filled with glue, police said.

Grand jury indicts Big Lake pastor
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Big Lake pastor who shot and killed two intruders at his church earlier this spring was indicted by a grand jury on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges Thursday.

Yankees bounce back with win over Astros
NEW YORK Joe Torre made it clear he expects his New York Yankees to play with more heart.

Greenspan speaks, Wall Street decides?
NEW YORK (AP) Sometimes it just takes a single word out of Alan Greenspan's mouth to convince Wall Street of the Federal Reserve's next move.

Loving their jobs, many boomer women plan to work into their golden years
NEW YORK (AP) When Jane Williams was looking for work in the 1970s, employers were more interested in her typing skills than her economics degree. Now the chief executive of a California wealth management firm, she feels that she's just hitting her stride and is in no hurry to retire.

Watercooler
SINGLE SCENES: Where's the best place to live if you're single? Chances are, it will have several big universities.

New tax law will lower many workers' taxes, provide child 'rebates'
NEW YORK (AP) There's a little something for just about everyone in the new tax act.

Hot tips: Keep them a secret
"Don't put this in the newspaper," a fishing acquaintance told me at this time last year, "but they're going to extend the king opening on the Ninilchik River."

Nevada angler takes halibut derby lead
Mark Leseberg of Boulder City, Nev., moved into the top spot of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 241.6-pound catch landed Wednesday, displacing the former leader by 1.4 pounds.

Major study on moderate exercise called into question
WASHINGTON (AP) New research labels as an ''illusion'' a major study's conclusion that couch potatoes who take up at least moderate regular exercise can reduce their risk of dying early.

Health: Kicking It
HOUSTON (AP) You're a smoker. You know they're closing in on you, with ever more restrictive laws and regulations, and there are fewer public places where you can light up. Those nannies!

Health: Help for Quitting
HOUSTON (AP) Your guilty feelings may keep you from confiding about your heavy smoking habit to your doctor or a friend, but you may find it easier to tell the truth to a computer.

Health: A Commute on Two Wheels
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) As a college student nearly 25 years ago, Steve Richardson began commuting by bike to Sacramento State University as a concession to his limited budget.

Flag Day celebrates symbol of freedom, sacrifice
The national flag of the United States is the emblem of the world's free people.

Closing DMV offices betrays public trust
Gov. Frank Murkowski is betraying the public trust. His determination to close all but a few Department of Motor Vehicle offices throughout Alaska for the sake of saving money is nothing short of incompetence.

Comparison of retractable roof, national security insensitive
I read Jeff Helminiak's "Retractable Roof in Kenai" piece on June 11, 2003.

Governor vetoes $138 million; longevity bonus program discontinued
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski, wielding his veto pen, slashed millions from next year's state budget and set adrift a popular program that paid monthly bonuses to some seniors.

Friday the 13th myth makers
Watch out for black cats, avoid mirrors and ladders and, by all means, don't spill the salt.

Residents can view design choices
Soldotna residents will have an opportunity to comment on proposed design concepts for the new Sterling Highway bridge over the Kenai River before the city council's next business meeting June 25.

Yet oil industry jobs still declining
More Alaskans held jobs during the first quarter of 2003 than state labor analysts anticipated, according to the latest employment figures from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Devel-opment.

Betty Elizabeth Warren
A memorial service for former longtime Kenai resident Betty Elizabeth Warren will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Beatrice pitchers shut out Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers dropped their home opener Thursday as the Beatrice, Neb., Bruins broke open a pitchers' duel with a pair or runs in the eighth inning en route to a 4-0 win at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Flag Day prompts reminder of proper etiquette, respect
Fly the flag. Saturday is Flag Day.

New willow field guide helps identify plants significant to peninsula's ecology
Barclay willows are in bloom now along the roadsides. These favorite shrubs of browsing moose grow well in disturbed soils

Willow identification, birding workshops planned
The Kenai Watershed forum will be sponsoring workshops on willow identification and back yard birding.

Cowboy fun shoot Saturday
The Snow Shoe Gun Club will host a Cowboy Single Action Shooting Fun Shoot Saturday at the pistol range. Setup is at 9 a.m., registration at 9:45 and gunsmoke at 10.

Burning season: Even midnight sun can damage skin
Ah, the land of the midnight sun! There are all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy. And while more sun means having more fun, it also calls for preventing skin damage caused by the nice, warm rays.

Around the Peninsula
Homer chamber mixer today Blood Bank of Alaska in critical need of donors Golf tourney to benefit firefighters association Kenai Watershed to host river festival Sterling seniors plan barbecue New swim session to begin Monday Deadline for subsistence comments looming Hospital to offer safe sitter courses

Followers dwindle, but some still believe preacher was God, not fraud
GLADWYNE, Pa. (AP) They keep a place set for Father Divine in the grand dining room at Woodmont, the French Gothic manor where he once greeted thousands of followers who believed he was God.

Southern Baptist International Mission Board to cut jobs
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A shortfall in contributions has forced the Southern Baptist International Mission Board to cut 61 jobs, a week after the Richmond-based agency said it was limiting the number of new missionaries it will send overseas through next year.

Decision clears way for work on Islamic burial ground
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) Plans for an Islamic cemetery in Gwinnett County are moving forward after county commissioners agreed to a disputed, preliminary design for a 5-acre cemetery.

Baptist convention ejects church with lesbian pastor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Baptist Convention has severed ties with a Baptist church that appointed a lesbian pastor.

Catholic bishops won't talk much about abuse in public, but crisis isn't over
America's Roman Catholic bishops will meet next week, and a glance at the agenda shows the prelates are in no mood to talk publicly about the problem still tormenting the church molesters in the priesthood.

Missionary who was kidnapped calls for continued missionary work
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) Gracia Burnham continues to preach the value of missionary work despite being kidnapped in the Philippines along with her husband, who died in a rescue effort a year ago.

Federal appeals court hears Nebraska school prayer case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A school prayer case went before a federal appeals court Monday the latest twist in a three-year dispute over recitation of ''The Lord's Prayer'' at a Nebraska graduation ceremony.

Religion Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonight Basketball camps scheduled Vacation Bible study planned Jews for Jesus programs slated Christian poetry sought Summer camp planned Sunday school, youth camp slated God and country rally set Artisans, crafters sought for fest Childrens Bible school planned Church offers camp for all ages Rainbow Poets to award $5,000 Church plans Bible school Churches host Oilers game

A prayer business plan
The following is true. Who could be creative enough to make it up?

Christians, Muslims say Hindu nationalists persecuting them
AHMADABAD, India (AP) Christian and Muslim groups in the western Indian state of Gujarat have accused the Hindu nationalist government of terrorizing them, saying a commission established to protect their interests was failing in its duties.

Kidnapped missionary: Keep working
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) Gracia Burnham continues to preach the value of missionary work despite being kidnapped in the Philippines along with her husband, who died in a rescue effort a year ago.

Mount Marathon race needs volunteers
The 2003 Seward Centennial Mount Marathon race is soliciting volunteers for all three races to be held July 4. Volunteers receive a complimentary race volunteer T-shirt. For further information on various volunteer positions call Rich Houghton at 224-5290

Watson tied for top spot at U.S. Open with Quigley
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. Tom Watson felt like a kid again, leaping as high as his 53-year-old body allowed, charging up the leaderboard at the U.S. Open with magical shots that brought Olympia Fields to life.

Finals has rare 2-2 tie
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Steve Kerr sat along the baseline Thursday, confessed to his occasional bouts with boredom during the NBA Finals and reminisced about the last time a championship series was tied 2-2.

Robbins rejoins Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Barret Robbins stood on the Oakland Raiders' practice field, hands on hips, quietly chatting with fellow center Adam Treu.

On Tap
Peninsula sports this weekend.

Virginia ups heat on ACC
HARTFORD, Conn. The attorney general of Virginia was added Thursday to the Big East lawsuit seeking to stop the Atlantic Coast Conference's expansion plans.

Forsberg is MVP
TORONTO (AP) Peter Forsberg's stellar return to the NHL following an injury that forced him to miss an entire regular season culminated with him being chosen as the league's most valuable player on Thursday night.

Photo feature: Motherly love
A moose calf nuzzles its mother in a yard in Kenai recently.

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