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Saturday, June 16, 2001

Fairbanks man indicted on murder charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man with a history of assaulting his girlfriend was indicted Wednesday on a charge that he beat her to death two months ago.

Troopers continue search for second Kodiak stabbing suspect
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers continued to look for a second suspect Thursday in the stabbing of Kodiak police officer Terry Ash.

Tanana Chiefs Conference breaks ground on tribal hall
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tanana Chiefs Conference has broken ground for a $1.06 million tribal hall that will be used for potlatches, meetings, social gatherings and cultural exchanges.

AIDEA rejects veneer plant financing for now
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority's board of directors denied a request for $10 million in financing Thursday by Gateway Forest Products, the company that owns Ketchikan's struggling veneer plant.

Fairbanks courthouse to be named for former justice
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former Alaska Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz will soon have a higher profile in Fairbanks.

Lightning knocks down Wasilla man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man sorting ceramics for an upcoming garage sale was knocked off his feet by a lightning strike Thursday afternoon.

Coast Guard honors three rescuers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three local Coast Guardsmen were honored for helping save a woman's life last year near Soldotna.

Analysts see patterns in exit exam results
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A passing grade in geometry gives an Anchorage student only a 50-50 chance of passing the state high school math test, considered the hardest of three tests Alaska students must pass to earn diplomas, a recent study shows.

Hikers attacked by brown bear in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two hikers were recovering Thursday from a brown bear attack in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Unemployment continues seasonal decline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate dropped in May as tourism and construction industries provided more jobs, although some parts of the state did not see that improvement.

Quakes shake Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three earthquakes occurred in the Aleutians Thursday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Alaska soldiers celebrate Army anniversary without new hats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Soldiers at Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright were supposed to celebrate the Army's 226th anniversary Thursday with the official donning of a new part of their uniform, the black beret, but the hats did not make it to the state on time.

Kenny Lake man sentenced for sexual abuse conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Kenny Lake man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after pleading no contest to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Poll respondents favor Anchorage mayor's library decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An opinion poll suggests that most Anchorage residents support Mayor George Wuerch's decision last week not to allow a gay pride exhibit at Loussac Library.

Juneau Big Brothers-Big Sisters receives national award
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau affiliate of Big Brothers-Big Sisters has won a national award.

Homer man dies after truck overturns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer man died Thursday night after his pickup truck overturned in a ditch.

Federal program funds help growth in rural Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New money from an old federal program is helping remote rural communities in Alaska pay for public facilities.

Iditarod director tames the kings in Little Susitna
LITTLE SUSITNA RIVER (AP) -- Adrift on this narrow, twisting king salmon stream just down the road from his office, Stan Hooley, executive director of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is in familiar country.

Fishery panel member seeks to rescind halibut charter quota vote
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kevin Duffy, Gov. Tony Knowles' point man on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, said he plans to ask for a vote to rescind a controversial April decision to award individual catch shares to halibut charter boats.

Fairbanks borough bans urban outhouses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Outhouses in urban neighborhoods have been banned by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Crash victim families ask judge to deny appeal
SEATTLE (AP) -- Relatives of crash victims on Alaska Airlines Flight 261 have asked a federal judge to reject a Boeing Co. appeal of a pretrial ruling, saying it could delay a resolution of the case by months or years.

School district ponders how to inform parents of threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School District is considering voice mail and e-mail to keep parents better informed about rumors, threats and actual incidents in schools.

Bonds notches No. 34 as Giants complete interleague sweep of Angels
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 34th homer, and Jeff Kent had a bases-loaded triple Thursday as the San Francisco Giants swept a three-game series with a 10-4 victory over the Anaheim Angels.

'Canes rally in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. -- There was no panic when Miami fell behind Tennessee early. Instead, there was resolve.

Options abound for area anglers
Fishing for halibut and red salmon is almost certain to be excellent this weekend. As if that weren't enough, Fish and Game has scheduled an additional three-day king salmon opener on Deep Creek and the Ninilchik River and scheduled a 6 a.m. Saturday opener in the "sanctuary area" at the mouth of the Russian River.

Fish of the week
The fishing was slow June 7 on the Kasilof River, but a first-time visitor to Alaska from Houston got Texas-lucky and landed a 45-pound king salmon about 1:45 p.m. A 50-pound king in the Kasilof falls into the Alaska trophy class after its weight is verified at an official station.

Iditarod director tames the kings in Little Susitna
LITTLE SUSITNA RIVER (AP) -- Adrift on this narrow, twisting king salmon stream just down the road from his office, Stan Hooley, executive director of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is in familiar country.

Fishery panel member seeks to rescind halibut charter quota vote
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kevin Duffy, Gov. Tony Knowles' point man on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, said he plans to ask for a vote to rescind a controversial April decision to award individual catch shares to halibut charter boats.

Let me be, says the peony
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Cultivate peonies to celebrate old age, or antiquity, and steadfastness, too. In 100 years your great-great grandchildren could be enjoying their scent and beauty.

Gordon has had his share of problems at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. -- Ask Jeff Gordon about Pocono International Raceway, and he can't come up with a description of any of his three victories.

Nikiski ready to celebrate summer
Days are getting longer and the thermometers are creeping toward 70 degrees. It is time for Nikiski's 10th annual Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival.

Pomeroy summits McKinley
Fred Pomeroy said he will leave Mount Everest to the big boys, but after climbing Mount McKinley, many would say he is one of the big boys now.

Setnet fishery brings storm
The personal-use setnet salmon fishery around the Kasilof River will open at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Soldotna council shoots down fee waiver
The Soldotna City Council sent down the drain a pilot program that would have given water and sewer connection discounts to contractors building new subdivisions in the city.

Abduction hoax causes stir
A teen prank Wednesday afternoon in the heart of downtown Kenai sent nearly a dozen police officers on a wild goose chase that spanned much of the central peninsula.

Photo feature: Horsin' around
Participants in this week's Trailblazers 4H Horse Camp ride their mounts past the village of Ninilchik Thursday as they make their way to the Cook Inlet beach.

Church choirs combine for ecumenical musical
This Sunday, on Father's Day, members from more than 45 Kenai Peninsula churches will gather to experience the love of their heavenly Father.

Pastor Glenn D. Bragg
Nikiski resident Pastor Glenn D. Bragg died Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at Elmendorf Air Force Base Third Medical Group in Anchorage. He was 78.

Oilers finish off three-game sweep of Dons
The Peninsula Oilers capped their three-game series against the Ukiah, Calif., Victory Dons with an 8-1 win Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, completing a sweep of the series.

Legislators could earn global recognition for cruise ship measure
The passage Saturday by the Alaska Legislature of a bill to regulate the discharge of cruise ship waste is either a "huge step" toward protecting the environment or a "wimpy response" to a problem.

Generous donations helps hospice continue providing care, comfort Many contribute to success of annual library book sale

Utah's Point of the Mountain is mecca for gliders worldwide
POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN, Utah (AP) -- Dexter Clearwater was just passing through Utah en route to Las Vegas when he stopped in Salt Lake City to paraglide at the Point of the Mountain. He planned to stay one night. Five years later he is still here, flying the Point.

Joining the 14ers not a matter of filling out an application form
IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Most visitors are happy to scale Colorado's towering Rockies in a vehicle.

Eagle takes flight
A bald eagle flies from its roost along the Tanana River near Salcha, Alaska, Wednesday, June 13, 2001.

Float trip big on wildlife, serenity
Anxious anglers standing shoulder-to-shoulder along riverbanks. Frenzied fishers waiting for boats to be tractor-launched onto Cook Inlet. Campgrounds filled with motor homes snugly parked next to motor homes.

Prescribed fire projects planned at Mystery Creek, Funny River
Every spring, the fire management staff at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge prepares to implement prescribed fire projects.

Bullheads are a brisk business
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) -- Some people might consider it a nightmare to be waist-deep in slippery, splashing bullheads. Dave Reed considers it a boatload of paradise.

Around the Peninsula
Peninsula author's book signing planned Field training to take place beginning today Charity golf tournament to be heldAnnual barbecue set for Saturday Blood donations are requested Firefighting to be discussed Benefit planned for Sunday Monthly meeting planned Board meeting to be heldBenefit canceled

Members of Reform Jewish synagogues urged to donate income tax rebates to charity
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, which opposed President Bush's tax-cut plan, is urging members of its 900 Reform synagogues to donate their tax rebate checks to charity.

U.S. Catholic population increases while ranks of priests and sisters shrink
NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. (AP) -- The U.S. Roman Catholic population continues to grow while the ranks of priests and sisters slowly shrink, according to data in the 2001 Official Catholic Directory.

Unitarian Universalists debate how much God should be in religion
To its harshest critics, Unitarian Universalism is a religion -- like ''Seinfeld'' -- about nothing.

Conservative seminary chief chosen archbishop of biggest Australian diocese
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Canon Peter Jensen, principal of Moore Theological College since 1985, has been elected Anglican archbishop of Sydney.

Amid church rifts, Ukrainian Catholics elated by pope's visit
ZVENYHOROD, Ukraine (AP) -- Slowly moving her tiny, poorly dressed body, Maria Sabenko painstakingly makes her way up the street, clutching a wooden fence for support in this dusty village in western Ukraine.

Indiana Methodist offices to stay at site developed in part by gambling money
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Despite concerns, members of the United Methodist Church have voted to proceed with plans to build church offices at a new development paid for in part with gambling money.

ABC News drops religion correspondent and sets tie with Web site
NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC News has dropped network television's only full-time religion correspondent and announced a tie-in with, an interfaith Web site that has laid off its own news producer.

Religion Briefs
Visiting evangelist featured in revival Sterling VBS starts Monday Free entertainment planned

Religious conservatives hail high court ruling on elementary school club meetings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Religious conservatives are hailing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that public schools in Milford, N.Y., should let a Child Evangelism Fellowship club hold voluntary meetings with elementary students after class hours.

American Jews still move to Israel during Mideast crisis
MIAMI (AP) -- A suburban family leaving their comfortable life and home in south Florida might not raise eyebrows -- moves happen. But when mom, dad and two little kids are headed for a small nation torn by months of violence, it's another matter.

Missionary priests from India resettle in western North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Roman Catholic missionaries traveled to India 500 years ago to establish their faith there. Now, missionary priests from India are trickling into western North Dakota.

Southern Baptists focus on divorce within own churches
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Disturbed by high divorce rates, the Southern Baptist Convention is developing a blueprint for pastors on preventing divorce and ministering to single parents.

U.S. Catholic bishops are told they can't force professors to get church certification
ATLANTA (AP) -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops learned Thursday that their attempt to bring Catholic theology professors into line with official church teaching may have only a limited impact.

Peninsula teens to take part in ministry team
Four area teens have been selected to participate on a ministry team known as Operation Barnabas.

Stormy start for Tiger, U.S. Open
TULSA, Okla. -- It was a shot that Tiger Woods has made look routine, a 2-iron that pierces through the wind and stops within the shadow of a flag at high noon. Only this time, it belonged to a man twice his age.

A realistic number for Irwin
The 56-year-old, first-round leader says age is just a number.

NHL Awards Winners
Winners of the 2000-2001 NHL awards, presented Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto .

Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes Gartner, Kurri, Fetisov, Hawerchuk
TORONTO (AP) -- Mike Gartner, ranked fifth in career scoring with 708 goals, and Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton linemate Jari Kurri were among four players elected Thursday to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Puma Network says government turns blind eye to eastern cougars
FLINTSTONE, Md. (AP) -- The videotaped animal is distant, but clear: a large black cat striding through a field toward some trees.

Hikers attacked by brown bear in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two hikers were recovering Thursday from a brown bear attack in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

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