Saturday, June 29, 2002

INS relaunches inspections of some Victoria cruise ships
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service has reinstated inspections of some Victoria, British Columbia-based cruise ships traveling to Southeast Alaska.

China trade delegation samples Kodiak seafood
KODIAK (AP) -- Eleven seafood buyers from China visited Thursday to learn about Alaska seafood.

Cook Inlet pipeline to be cleaned this weekend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An abandoned Cook Inlet pipeline believed to have been the source of a mysterious oily sheen in the inlet last year will be flushed out over the weekend.

Man pleads no contest to accidentally setting Chena Hot Springs fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man blamed for unintentionally starting the fire that burned roughly 23,000 acres and four cabins near the end of Chena Hot Springs Road last month has pleaded no contest to illegal burning.

State panel appointed to address salmon industry woes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State lawmakers have named an 11-member task force to try to solve the commercial salmon industry's many woes.

Fishermen report fishing bounty on the Kuskokwim River
BETHEL (AP) -- Reports from subsistence fishermen on the lower Kuskokwim River is that fishing is going good this year -- that is, if you can stand the hot weather and hordes of flying pests.

Calista Corp. subsidiary signs lucrative deal with Army
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Calista Corp. subsidiary has signed a lucrative 10-year contract to provide aerospace engineering to the Army.

Special Session, CORRECTIVE
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Associated Press reported erroneously on June 27 that the Regulatory Commission of Alaska will elect a new chairman every two years under a bill approved by the Legislature. The measure would establish the election of a new chairman every year.

NOAA research vessel explores seamounts in Gulf of Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel will make a stop in Kodiak next week.

Denali Park accepts entries for fall road lottery
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Denali National Park will begin accepting entries for its annual road lottery on July 1.

Anchorage man killed in vehicle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed Thursday when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle, Anchorage police said.

Kodiak salmon fishermen, processors reach agreement
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak chapter of the United Salmon Association has entered into contractual price agreements with area salmon processors.

Knowles vetoes product liability bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Thursday that would have helped a gun manufacturer in a product liability case. Knowles said the bill was designed to inappropriately affect the outcome of the case.

Museum features exhibit on Alaska's postal service hovercraft
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A model of the hovercraft used to haul mail on the lower Kuskokwim River is being featured in an exhibit at the postal museum in Washington, D.C.

Veterans bill died at the hands of partisan politics
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles took Republican lawmakers to task for concluding a four-day special session without taking up a key veterans bill he had sought.

Former JDHS star Boozer ready for his NBA opportunity
JUNEAU (AP) -- One day after being picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA Draft, former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. said he's excited about playing for the Cavs.

Knowles signs terrorism, alcohol, draft bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law bills that target various crimes which captured much media attention earlier this year.

Rep. Young pits ANWR, ethanol provisions of energy bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young suggested that House and Senate negotiators should allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if they want him to back tax credits for ethanol additives in gasoline.

White Sox gain series split with Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ray Durham hit a three-run homer, Paul Konerko went 4-for-5 with a home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Thursday and gain a split of the four-game series.

Zaun's grand slam lifts Astros
HOUSTON -- Pinch-hitter Gregg Zaun hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Houston Astros beat Byung-Hyun Kim and the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 Thursday.

Long-term care insurance can be confusing to buy, but important to financial security
NEW YORK (AP) -- As baby boomers grapple with how to provide at-home or nursing home care for aging parents, many are seeing firsthand how financially devastating it can be.

Business travelers spend like penny-pinching consumers when it comes to airline tickets
NEW YORK (AP) -- Airlines understand that business travelers will spend less when the economy sours, but the industry also counts on this important group of higher-paying customers to resume their free-spending ways once financial conditions rebound.

Long-term care insurance is complicated, expensive and not for everyone
NEW YORK (AP) -- If there's an insurance product requiring that you do your homework before you buy, it's coverage for long-term health care.

Chances aplenty for fish
Anglers looking for a Kenai River king salmon will have to wait until Monday, when the river will open downstream from the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna, but plenty of other fishing opportunities exist on the Kenai Peninsula.

Horseradish not that common, but it's a 'grate' root to have in your garden
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Consider the common horseradish. With its gnarly white root and boarding house reach, the plant isn't exactly the glamour girl of the modern-day garden.

Portland's famous Rose Garden leaves visitors in awe of the colors, intoxicated by the perfume
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Harry Landers wears his pruning shears in a holster at his hip -- a gardening gunslinger. He has to be quick on the draw in a garden filled with almost 10,000 roses that require trimming every day.

Lawmakers reach RCA compromise
JUNEAU -- Alaska's utility regulatory agency was extended for another year in an early morning deal reached by the Legislature on Thursday, but it escaped significant restructuring being pushed by some in the Senate.

Soldotna council rejects CARTS shuttle plan
Supporters of a shuttle bus service for Soldotna were left standing on the curb Wednesday night as the city council rejected a resolution that would have given $10,000 to an public transit organization.

Dig site yields insight into history
In the distance, crashing waves slowly encroach upon the surrendering sand. A tight wall of spruce trees encircles a cleared plot o

Food Bank to offer educational classes
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will offer a series of classes about accessing natural food resources on the Kenai Peninsula beginning Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The topic will be "Sportfishing and Personal Use Dipnetting on the Kenai Peninsula."

Iola Kelley Banks
Longtime Kenai resident Iola Kelley Banks died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, in the ambulance en route to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 68.

Thomas Loren Palm
Wasilla resident Thomas Loren Palm died Sunday, June 23, 2002, of natural causes near his home. He was 39.

Oilers' late rally buries Miners
The Peninsula Oilers did it with pitching Thursday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. And defense. And just for good measure, a little bit of clutch offense.

Community has opportunity to experience more good drama Seldovia music festival proves to be big success

Letters to the Editor
How can Pledge of Allegiance be connected with religion at all? Even those who dont live here benefit from government services Kenai River Classic organizers should consider canceling event Too few jobs in Alaska for number of professionals who go to college

People who find pledge offensive don't have to say it pledge
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands -- one nation indivisible -- with liberty and justice for all."

Scent of witches'-broom not for the tender-nosed
If you have walked through a spruce forest recently, you may have noticed a rather potent sweet smell in the air, quite unlike the fragrant flowers of your garden.

Climber conquers disability, mountains
In late May of this year, Skyview graduate Justin Montague strapped an 80-pound sled to his waist, threw a 50-pound pack on his back and spent the next eight hours climbing 5,000 feet over 2.5 miles.

Around the Peninsula
Program to feature Battle of Kenai discussion Yacht club sponsoring annual two-day racee Youth appreciation week in Homer continues today Racing lions invites fans to attend local city races Farmer's market opens Saturday Habitat ground breaking ceremony planned Swim lessons set to begin Volunteers sought for WRCC fund-raiser

Presbyterian Church defines limits on late abortions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) assembly reaffirmed a woman's right to an abortion if the fetus is too young to survive outside the womb.

Is religion an obstacle to unity?
When organized religions subscribe to doctrines of "privileged access to truth," disastrous eruptions of fanaticism result, paid for with the loss of a leadership role in world affairs. As a result, these religions stand paralyzed on the threshold of the future, barring, rather than opening, the door to peace and harmony.

Law could allow prayer in school
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Students in South Carolina public schools may be able to lead their classmates in prayer under a law signed this week by Gov. Jim Hodges.

Maine city tells Salvation Army to provide homosexual benefits or lose contracts
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Salvation Army must comply with Portland's domestic partners ordinance, or lose contracts for the only activity center and meals-on-wheels program serving the city's elderly.

Ex-Congressman is interim president of African Methodist university
WILBERFORCE, Ohio (AP) -- The Rev. Floyd Flake, a New York City pastor and former congressman, has been named interim president of Wilberforce University, affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Southern Baptist missionary who admitted abuse is working at Raleigh church
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A Southern Baptist missionary who was fired for abusing children in Indonesia is working at a Raleigh church where the minister knew of his past.

Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod orders big budget cuts
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The 2.5 million-member Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod has ordered big cuts in its national budget for the fiscal year that began June 1.

Falwell's hoped-for legacy: a master-planned Christian community
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell pulls the wheel hard right, sweat budding across his cheeks as he guides the Chevy Suburban around potholes in the dirt road.

Religion Briefs
God and Country Rally location changed Spiritual poems sought Expedition with God planned

Pro-gay bishop reported as top choice to lead the world's 77 million Anglicans
LONDON (AP) -- A nominating commission has picked Archbishop Rowan Williams of Wales as its first choice to be the new leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the Church of England, The London Times has reported.

Newly dedicated temple in Pennsylvania attracts Hindus from across nation
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. (AP) -- Under billboards pointing tourists toward Amish souvenirs, an ornate, sandstone Hindu temple carves a corner of India into the middle of Pennsylvania's rolling farmland.

Imprisoned minister Lyons looking for a new pastorate
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Rev. Henry Lyons will serve another 19 months in prison for racketeering and theft, but he's already looking for a new calling.

Community theater changes play after Missouri abbey shootings
MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Next year, perhaps, a musical comedy about death in a Roman Catholic community will be funny again -- but not now.

Jazz center Ostertab donates Kidney to sister
DALLAS (AP) -- With smiles, laughter and high hopes, Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag donated a kidney Thursday to his younger sister, whose kidneys failed in March.

Eaks leads U.S. Senior Open
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- R.W. Eaks, who has never won a PGA event of any kind, shot a 7-under-par 64 Thursday to tie the U.S. Senior Open record and take a three-shot lead over Tom Watson after the opening round.

Ferrero's failure continues upset parade
WIMBLEDON, England -- Now appearing in the Upset Spotlight at Wild Wimbledon, where nearly anyone, it seems, can be a star for a day: Jeff Morrison.

Top pick wants O'Neal
BEIJING -- The NBA's No. 1 draft pick said Thursday he's looking forward to battling with the best in the league -- even if he has to adjust to American food along the way.

Full roster works past 0-5 start
There is no doubt the loyal fans of the Oilers were growing restless as our team stumbled to a 3-11 start, including an 0-5 mark in Alaska Baseball League action. Even my own host family considered staying home and listening on the radio, willing to try anything that might reverse the fortunes of the 2002 Oilers.

Red Devils add some color to bronze-medal match
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The usual blues of the World Cup third-place game will be pepped up with red as South Korea plays Turkey on Saturday.

Photo feature: Feeding humpback whale
A humpback whale lung-feeds in front of kayakers Monday, June 17, 2002 in Juneau, Alaska. The kayakers were part of a tour group returning to the North Douglas boat ramp. Humpback, which are baleen whales, feed on krill, small shrimp-like crustaceans and various small fish. The whales eat up to one and a half tons of food a day.

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