Saturday, June 21, 2003

Former Alaskan arrested in New Jersey
KENAI (AP) A grand jury indicted a former Alaskan who was arrested in New Jersey with thousands of dollars worth of stolen computer equipment in his possession, according to police.

Taku expected to be back in service by Monday
JUNEAU (AP) The state ferry Taku will be out of commission until Monday, as maintenance workers repair damage from a mechanical problem that occurred earlier this week.

Ketchikan man accused of raping acquaintance
KETCHIKAN (AP) A Ketchikan man is accused of trying to rape a woman, authorities said.

North Pole city employee indicted on theft charges
NORTH POLE (AP) A city of North Pole utilities supervisor accused of using an employee to help build his house has been indicted on charges of felony theft.

Home Depot takes over Kmart lease
KENAI (AP) Home Depot U.S.A. has finalized an agreement with Kmart Corp. that will bring one of the orange home improvement retail warehouse stores to the Kenai Peninsula.

Anger management: Stevens meets the Hulk
WASHINGTON (AP) Around the Capitol, Sen. Ted Stevens is known as a man with a temper, a reputation he fuels by donning his Incredible Hulk tie for political battle.

Wildfire burns near trans-Alaska pipeline
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A wildfire north of Livengood shot high flames across the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and the Dalton Highway, but fire and pipeline officials said Friday the blaze does not pose a danger to the line.

Man ordered to pay restitution for illegal dig
SPOKANE, Wash (AP) A Spokane man must pay $5,000 for digging in an archaeological site near the Spokane Indian Reservation, a judge has ruled.

Weather gives wildfire crews a break
ANCHORAGE (AP) State fire officials said Thursday a 1,500-acre wildfire near Central could be fully contained Friday if Alaska's Interior weather continued to cooperate.

Juneau abuse counseling center to close
JUNEAU (AP) A counseling center devoted to treating people for violence and substance abuse will close at the end of the month.

Kodiak recovering drug users make plea for prevention center
KODIAK (AP) On the verge of tears, recovering addicts from alcoholics to heroin users Tuesday gave municipal leaders a simple message: Please help us keep Safe Harbor alive.

Man who led Glenn Highway chase convicted of weapons possession
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla man who led police and state troopers on a dash down the Glenn Highway two years ago was convicted in federal court Thursday of illegally having weapons at the time.

Miniature poodle killed by moose
KENAI (AP) Sally Youngberg's 13-year-old miniature poodle Peaches was killed when it was stomped by a moose in her back yard.

Crews fight fire on recycling lot
FAIRBANKS (AP) Power was shut off in much of South Fairbanks on Thursday as firefighters battled a fire that burned through an abandoned lot full of paper and plastic recyclables.

Attorney General opinion helps bear market losses
JUNEAU (AP) Attorney General Gregg Renkes issued a legal opinion on Friday that could help Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend recipients weather future bear markets.

Juneau teen with heart transplant dies
JUNEAU (AP) Ray Bradley has lost 15 family members, including his father and brother, to a genetic heart ailment. But the hardest loss came earlier this month when his teenage daughter Chrysantha died of cardiac arrest.

Former St. Marys altar boys suing Catholic church
JUNEAU (AP) Four men who served as altar boys at the Catholic church in St. Marys in the 1970s are suing church authorities, saying they were molested by a now-dead priest.

Jobless rate drops in May
JUNEAU (AP) A pickup in seasonal jobs caused Alaska's unemployment rate to drop three-tenths of a percent in May to 7.1 percent. The comparable national rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent.

Moderate earthquake jolts the Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) A moderate earthquake shook the Aleutians early Friday afternoon.

Committee adopts Stevens amendment on fire grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Senate committee Thursday agreed on a Sen. Ted Stevens' amendment that would authorize a new grant program to help firefighting in rural areas.

Teen indicted in death of friend
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Palmer teenager who fatally shot his best friend in February has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Anaheim cools off streaking Mariners
SEATTLE Ramon Ortiz worked into the eighth inning for his fourth straight win, outpitching Jamie Moyer as the Anaheim Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Thursday.

'No down payment' mortgages, grants get working families into their own homes
NEW YORK (AP) Later this month, Maurice and Samantha Johnson will be moving out of a relative's house and into their own four-bedroom home.

Unemployed Baby Booomers encounter particular cruelties in the job search
NEW YORK (AP) Mary Jones Pelt got the bad news a year ago. She had worked in accounts receivable at Boar's Head Provisions Co. Inc. for 17 years, but the maker of luncheon meats was moving from Brooklyn to Sarasota, Fla.

ALL BUSINESS: Pension woes go on, thanks to falling interest rates
NEW YORK (AP) First, the stock market slump hit corporate America's pension funds. Next, it could be falling interest rates.

HOLIDAY FIBS: We're not above lies when it comes to extending our weekends.

No bait allowed, but fishing on Kenai still good
Two of the most frequently asked questions on the Kenai Peninsula these days are, "Can I fish in the sanctuary yet?" and "Can I use bait on the Kenai?"

Governor is on the right track; he just needs to add to his cuts
I, for some unknown reason, decided to read "Letters to the Editor" in the Clarion this morning.

Brain Injury Support Group walks to raise safety awareness
May 31 was a very busy day in Kenai. With so many events going on, no one could say it was a boring day.

Nextel gives millions to sponsor NASCAR
NEW YORK From Tobacco Road to Times Square, NASCAR has become so popular that a telecommunications giant is plunking down $700 million to sponsor stock car racing's premier series.

Bed tax again debated
The contentious issue of a bed tax is making its way into the Kenai Peninsula political arena, but it will be at least a year before anything official may come of it.

Getting ready to fish
With less than a week until the commercial salmon fishing season begins, some driftnet fishers are hard at work preparing for their opportunity to comb the Cook Inlet waters for sockeye.

Young people work to change the world
Nearly 180 young people from around the country converged on Nikiski this week in an effort to change the world, one home at a time.

Kenai council opposes terrorism, but not at cost of citizens' rights
Protecting the country against terrorism is important, but so is protecting the civil rights of its citizens, the Kenai City Council concluded this week.

Gordon Samuel Hermansen
Lifelong Alaska resident Gordon Samuel Hermansen died at his home in Anchorage on Wednesday, June 18, 2003, from complications resulting from a stroke. He was 74.

Peninsula designated hitter breaks up no-hitter with game-winning homer
Designated hitter Schuyler Mann broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the seventh inning, blasting a leadoff home run over the left-field fence to give the Peninsula Oilers a 1-0 win over the visiting Portland, Ore., Aloha Knights at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

If summer's here, can winter be far behind?
There's nothing like summer solstice in Alaska to separate the optimists, the pessimists and the realists.

Simple rules reduce chances for humans to harm area wildlife
Kenai Peninsula residents have had plenty of reminders in the past few months that they don't live in Kansas: a black bear wandering by Sears Elementary School, the mauling of a Kasilof teenager by a bear, officials seeking the cooperation of a neighborhood to become a bear-safe model and, most recently, the fatal stomping of a Soldotna woman's pet poodle by a moose.

Readers still trust newspapers
When our latest survey showed that 59 percent of Americans "trust their local newspaper to report the truth," I was dumbfounded.

A day on the water
A boat cruise through Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park proved to be a scenic day. The six-hour cruise was filled with all kinds of wildlife. Orca whales, top, swim by while feeding.

Study: Grizzlies worth more for photographs
VICTORIA, British Columbia Grizzly bears are worth more to British Columbia as targets for photographers and sightseers than as prey for trophy hunters, according to a study done for an environmental group.

Kenai Peninsula's peak wildflower blooming season not to be missed
As we come to the summer solstice, it's time to enjoy a significant event in our local natural history calendar the peak wildflower season.

Refuge schedules cabin closures for maintenance
Several cabins on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be closed for maintenance.

Federal purchases of Appalachian Trail land nearing the end
SMITHSBURG, Md. (AP) A limestone cliff called Raven Rock juts over hardwoods and hemlocks in the Catoctin Mountains, near the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail.

Unprotected 10.6 miles of Appalachian National Scenic Trail at-a-glance
A state-by-state breakdown of the 10.6 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail that remain unprotected as of Feb. 28, the latest tally available.

Leman approves bear baiting initiative petition
ANCHORAGE An initiative petition that seeks to prohibit bear baiting has been approved by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

Around the Peninsula
Alaska culture focus of KVCC program today Blood bank in critical need of donors KPFA plans workshop, annual meeting Soldotna seniors host Hawaiian luau Safe sitter course offered Wetland photo contest held

Minor league baseball team recruiting Christians to ballpark
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Minor league baseball players warmed up before a recent Nashville Sounds game to the salacious song ''Girls, Girls, Girls'' by Motley Crue.

Orthodox Church in host nation blasts European Union plan to ''erase Christianity''
ATHENS, Greece (AP) The outspoken leader of the Greek Orthodox Church blasted the European Union for omitting mention of God or Europe's Christian heritage in its draft constitution.

Iowa Supreme Court revives lawsuit over Methodist's ''Satan'' remark
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit from a parishioner who was offended by a United Methodist Church official's letter warning that ''the spirit of Satan'' was at work in a congregation.

Bible bobbleheads: Business aims to turn figures into collectibles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Dan Foote wants to make biblical figures as popular as professional athletes.

Lieberman and Bush religiosity is a minor factor among voters, poll indicates
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) The religiosity of Orthodox Jewish candidate Joseph Lieberman and born-again Protestant George W. Bush won't have much effect on 2004 voters, if a Quinnipiac University poll is any indication.

Prominent Pennsylvania Lutheran is leaving to become a Roman Catholic priest
YORK, Pa. (AP) A prominent pastor is quitting the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to become a Roman Catholic priest.

Popular Philippine bishop denies accusation of sexual misconduct
MANILA, Philippines (AP) A popular Roman Catholic bishop denied he sexually harassed his secretary as church leaders cautioned against any rush to judgment pending a Vatican investigation.

Scottish Episcopal Church approves women bishops
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) The Scottish Episcopal Church synod has approved women as bishops, a step the separate Church of England has yet to take although it has women priests.

Church Briefs
Jews for Jesus programs slated Christian poetry sought Summer camp planned Sunday school, youth camp slated Nikiski Samaritans tee up God and country rally set Artisans, crafters sought for fest Song and dance troupe performs Vacation Bible school planned Church offers camp for all ages Rainbow Poets to award $5,000 Sterling church plans Bible school Churches host Oilers game Study looks back to Jerusalem Friendship closet open

Woods four shots off pace at Buick Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. Briny Baird had an 8-under 63, one stroke off the course record, and held a three-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and Joey Sindelar after the first round of the Buick Classic on Thursday.

Lewis returns to ring
LOS ANGELES Vitali Klitschko speaks four languages, has an advanced degree and travels widely to help further the education of children in poor countries.

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