Saturday, June 30, 2001

Mistrial declared in retrial of former White Pass executive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A mistrial was declared Thursday in the retrial of a former executive with the White Pass and Yukon Railroad after the jury announced that it was deadlocked.

Troopers close Glenn Highway during manhunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man with a violent past was shot and taken into custody Thursday morning after a manhunt that closed a portion of the Glenn Highway for more than six hours.

Court ruling threatens Native wireless deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A ruling by a federal appeals court has turned the future of a telecommunications investment by three Alaska Native corporations fuzzy.

Man who eluded police was destined for psychiatric commitment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A six-hour manhunt for a Wasilla man that closed a highway north of Anchorage began after Alaska State Troopers attempted to serve a psychiatric commitment order sought by the man's wife.

Subsistence board rescinds rural designation for Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board voted Thursday to reverse its decision designating all of the Kenai Peninsula as rural for purposes of subsistence hunting and fishing.

Kenai Lake firefighters battle wind-whipped blaze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters battling the Kenai Lake Fire got help from the weather overnight as gusty winds subsided.

Knowles signs cruise ship bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Calling it a ''worldwide model'' for cruise ship legislation, Gov. Tony Knowles on Friday signed a bill to regulate wastewater discharges from the giant international vessels traveling in Alaska.

Eielson drowning victim identified
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Eielson Air Force Base serviceman who drowned in Polaris Lake Wednesday morning has been identified as Airman First Class Nathanial A. Malli of Crofton, Md.

Kenai Lake firefighters battle wind-whipped blaze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kenai Lake Fire continued to burn out of control Thursday, whipped up by dry, windy conditions that hindered efforts to contain it.

Minnesota congresswoman who opposes opening ANWR to visit the region
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Minnesota congresswoman will spend her Fourth of July congressional break in Alaska.

Road rumor hurting Seward-area businesses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Reports that a wildfire burning at Kenai Lake might force the closure of the Seward Highway have caused an untold number of visitors to cancel trips to Seward, even though the road has remained open.

Errant bruin wanders into Anchorage neighborhood
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police shot a young black bear Thursday evening after chasing it around an East Anchorage neighborhood near an elementary school.

About 500 gallons of diesel spill in Juneau harbor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Spill response workers were trying to mop up about a 500-gallon diesel fuel spill Thursday afternoon in Tee Harbor, about 20 miles from downtown Juneau.

Troopers investigate report of sexual assault on cruise
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 23-year-old Royal Caribbean cruise line employee reported she was sexually assaulted by two male co-workers as the cruise ship Infinity traveled through Chatham Strait earlier this week.

Woman allegedly tried to wreck car for insurance money
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak woman caught allegedly trying to destroy her own car earlier this spring has been charged with faking the loss and filing a false insurance claim.

State says non-grocers now allowed to vie for two former Alaska Marketplace stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has cleared the way for non-grocers to move into two now empty former Alaska Marketplace locations in the Dimond Center and at Northern Lights Boulevard and Minnesota Drive now that certain conditions have been met.

Minus Wells, White Sox still top Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- After David Wells left with a strained back, Sean Lowe and three other relievers finished a six-hitter to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday.

Braves take seventh straight since trading Rocker
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves won their seventh in a row since trading John Rocker, beating the New York Mets 6-2 Thursday night when Javy Lopez hit a grand slam in the 10th inning off Armando Benitez.

Sweet-swinging Gwynn to retire from baseball at end of season
SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn had to take a deep breath while confirming the worst-kept secret in baseball. Then, as he has so many times, he came through in the clutch.

Salt water best this weekend
With a forest fire lapping at the shores of Kenai Lake and snowmelt swelling the K

Fish of the Week
The bite was on for the Wood family of Soldotna on Fathers Day.

Monster fish landed for the lead
David Gapp of Andover, Minn., took the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Monday with a 322.2-pound fish.

Enjoy andromedas in deer country
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- It might not be love at first sight, but andromeda grows on you. And thanks to its deer resistance, this love is here to stay.

Farmers pitch crops as promoting good health
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Bothered by arthritis or headaches? Worried about cancer? America's cherry growers think their crop is just what you need.

Wildfire still burning
The Kenai Lake Fire continued to burn late Thursday evening, raising concerns for residents and campers in the Crown Point and Lawing area.

Former Soldotna Fish and Wildlife trooper remembered
A state Fish and Wildlife Protection officer, who had served in Soldotna, died when his single-engine Piper Cub went down near Lake Iliamna Monday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

4-2 vote disappoints Kenaitze tribe, which is considering appeal to court
ANCHORAGE -- Kenaitze Indian Tribe members were visibly upset Thursday when the Federal Subsistence Board voted 4-2 to rescind a decision that the entire Kenai Peninsula is rural and eligible for federal subsistence.

Lots of sun, leftover snow generate flood concerns
Even as summer on the Kenai Peninsula reaches its prime, the ghosts of last winter's snows are coming back to haunt the Kenai River.

Global Village volunteers make Kenai Habitat home a reality
Twenty men and women will catch planes Saturday and say farewell to the hard work and good times they had in Alaska. But many admit their plans to come back to the Kenai Peninsula are already in the works.

Fire crews aim to protect Sterling Highway
Airplanes dropping fire retardants at midday Friday seemed to be keeping a 700-acre wildfire near the western edge of the Kenai Mountains from reaching the Sterling Highway.

Waters rise, ice dam holds
The Kenai River and its upper tributaries will continue rising through the weekend. When it will peak remains uncertain.

Borough scrambles to keep up with blaze
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley summed up the immediate lesson from the Kenai Lake Fire in two words: "No fireworks."

Funeral, memorial fund set for Trooper Jim Moen
The funeral for Trooper Jim Moen will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Fort Richardson in the Bryant Field Hangar in Anchorage.

Peninsula one game out of first in Alaska Baseball League
The Peninsula Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday, defeating Athletes in Action Alaska 15-3 in Alaska Baseball League action at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Applause
Many thanks to everyone who made fun run such a community success Effort transforms weeded lot into fertile garden site, potato patch

Peninsula should be ready for worst as it enters holiday week
Wildfire. Flooding. What's next?

Letters to the Editor
Didn't Los Alamos blaze teach anything about controlled burns? Redistricting Board's plan 'fair' only to Democrats in Alaska

Outdoor Briefs
Monster fish landed for the lead Campground closures announced Muzzle-loader class offered Denali National Park is on the web

Baby birds -- knowing when to help, when to stay away
Many of our readers have probably started to see baby birds fluttering around the house and back yard by now. Some of the luckier few have also glimpsed a newborn moose calf or two, or have seen baby snowshoe hares scurrying around.

Onboard ranger encourages different way of seeing
RESURRECTION BAY -- A bird-filled sky above, snow-capped mountains all around and frozen rivers of ice filling valleys. It's hard to know where to point a camera.

Around the Peninsula
Burn ban in effect Panel salmon discussion planned Class reunion scheduled Youth art workshop to be held Annual membership meeting scheduled Russian influence to be discussedRaces planned for weekend Poetry slam slated for July Golf tournament to be held Meeting planned for adult leaders Low cost spay and neuter clinic scheduled

Alabama group's tiny Bibles used for evangelism in former Soviet bloc
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Paul Lemons' ministry started out small -- tiny, to be exact.

Religion Briefs
God and Country Rally scheduled Sunday Spiritual poems sought

Committee dives into legislation on aid to charities
WASHINGTON -- Republi-cans on the House Judiciary Committee fended off a Democratic effort Thursday to force religious charities that get government money to hire people of all religions.

Reform Jews to recommend return to traditional practices for converts
When Ellis Island wasn't a museum and Jewish immigrants aspired to be as American as baseball, Reform rabbis changed their way of worship to fit in with their Christian neighbors.

Christian theme park must pay property tax, says appraiser
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A county tax official has denied a request for a property tax exemption from operators of a Christian theme park, who said they deserved the break as a religious and educational institution.

Head of national evangelical group quits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Rev. Kevin Mannoia, resigned abruptly at a meeting with the group's executive committee.

Black Catholics to address problem of urban schools
ATLANTA (AP) -- Black Roman Catholics in metro Atlanta have planned a symposium this fall to address dwindling support for urban parochial schools as the church expands into the suburbs.

Methodists refer gay pastors case to Judicial Council
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- United Methodists in the Pacific Northwest have asked the denomination's Judicial Council to rule on what they say are two contradictory passages in church law on appointing gay pastors.

Head of national evangelical group quits following meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Rev. Kevin Mannoia, resigned abruptly at a meeting with the group's executive committee.

Episcopal bishop sues to force out Accokeek rector
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- Jane Holmes Dixon, the acting Episcopal bishop of Washington, has asked a federal judge to remove the conservative Rev. Samuel Edwards as rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Accokeek.

Popularity of prayer labyrinths surging
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (AP) -- Her steps are slow and deliberate, but Pat Chase has no fear of getting lost on the twisting path in front of her.

Ex-Krishna pleads guilty to abuse
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- A former Hare Krishna devotee has admitted to sexually abusing two girls and a woman at the New Vrindaban Hare Krishna community in the late 1980s.

Something to live for: Invite God in
Discipline for many is an unpleasant word. We associate it with things unpleasant in many ways. Usually that association is based upon some form of correction, and we don't care very much for correction, even when it is justified or needed.

Active older adults are playing around, and not just on the golf course
PHOENIX (AP) -- It was the kind of disclosure that made modest people blush and left others shaking their heads: Senior citizens in Sun City West were getting busted for having sex in public.

Hewitt escapes without a Dent
WIMBLEDON, England -- Taylor Dent eagerly moved forward for the easy forehand putaway, took a big swing -- as always -- and sliced his shot into the sixth row of seats opposite the chair umpire.

Sports Briefs
Hutchison qualfies for World Wrestling tourney NBA relocation committee OKs Grizzlies' move Lakers' Fisher breaks foot, prompting trade IRL drivers get first crack at crowded RIR Pens give Jagr's agent permission to negotiate

Phoenix trades Kidd to Nets for Marbury
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns are sending first-team all-NBA point guard Jason Kidd to the New Jersey Nets for All-Star point guard Stephon Marbury.

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