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Saturday, July 19, 2003

Borough assembly looks at alcohol tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly are sponsoring an ordinance to put a question to voters, asking them if they want a 5 percent tax on alcohol sold outside Fairbanks and North Pole.

Ashcroft plans visit to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will visit Alaska next week to meet with anti-terrorism groups.

Biologists, volunteers begin Anchorage goose count
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage biologists and volunteers have begun an annual count of homegrown Canada geese.

Alaska unemployment shows slight increase
JUNEAU (AP) The state's monthly unemployment rate for June showed a slight increase, according to a state report.

Allakaket driver convicted of manslaughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks jury deliberated less than two hours Thursday to convict an Allakaket man of manslaughter.

One of three suspects arrested after man shot in knee
ANCHORAGE (AP) An argument Thursday afternoon left a man shot in the left knee, Anchorage police said.

State increases limits on Southeast pinks
JUNEAU (AP) An anticipated flood of pink salmon is prompting the state to raise bag and possession limits for the fish in Southeast Alaska.

State aid to fishermen, communities on its way
JUNEAU (AP) State aid to eligible fishermen hurt by the downturn in the salmon industry is on the way as part a $50 million fisheries revitalization program, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Thursday.

Begich backs new Anchorage civic center
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage needs and will get a new downtown civic center to attract big conventions and big-spending tourists, Mayor Mark Begich told industry leaders Thursday.

Victims group says it is losing state funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) The executive director for a support group for crime victims said she's been told the agency won't receive funding next year.

Pipeline plans five short-term shutdowns
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has scheduled five short-term shutdowns of the pipeline over the next several weeks to upgrade safety valves.

Utilities put off decision on Southern Intertie
ANCHORAGE (AP) Utilities were supposed to decide this week whether it makes sense to build a $119 million state-subsidized power line to link Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

Summer snow, deluge food central Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) A rare summer storm fed by a cold mass of air dumped snow and rain on Denali National Park and Preserve and along the Parks and Denali highways, flooding streams, washing out roadbeds and forcing the Alaska Railroad to take passengers off two trains and bus them.

Committee seeks temporary halt to waterfront growth
JUNEAU (AP) A committee has asked that there be a temporary halt to waterfront development until the Juneau Waterfront Development Plan has been completed.

Murkowski will not overrule legislative committee action
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski could have ignored a legislative committee vote that took nearly $3 million in federal funds from rural communities.

Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) A Superior Court jury has found a man guilty of first-degree attempted murder.

Cruise ship passenger charged with sexual assault
JUNEAU (AP) A 28-year-old cruise ship passenger faced a Juneau judge Thursday after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman on his vessel.

Major league-leading pitcher unbeaten in 16 starts
BOSTON Roy Halladay won his 14th straight decision and Bobby Kielty had a homer and two singles in his Toronto debut to lead the Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Thursday night.

Mock jury would open Hall of Fame doors for Rose
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. A jury sitting in mock judgment of Pete Rose decided Thursday night that baseball's career hits leader should be eligible for the Hall of Fame, even though most of the jurors think he bet on baseball.

Ruptured tendon sidelines Griffey for season
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the season after rupturing a tendon in his right ankle Thursday night, the latest in a string of major injuries for the 11-time All-Star.

Watercooler
SALARY MOVES: Although many workers' pay grows marginally from year to year, those in a handful of professions have seen some hefty increases and jarring drops in compensation, according to data collected by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Boomers' quest for youthful appearance extends beyond their faces
NEW YORK (AP) Susan Malpiedi watches her diet and exercises five times a week to keep in shape. The 49-year old also has the occasional collagen shot and tried botox injections to keep her face looking fresh.

Investors expectations aren't yet meeting reality
NEW YORK (AP) Wall Street thinks the economy is on its way up, while most economic data isn't yet signaling the same. If they don't get in sync soon, the current stock rally could fizzle.

Learning to think like a fish
Despite the fact that fish are entering the Kenai River by the thousands, it's still possible to spot anglers that haven't managed to hook a thing -- many of them flogging water just a cast away from another fisher who's reel is starting to smoke from constantly pulling in fish.

Fishing gets red hot
Fish on!

Close encounters of the grouse kind
I must say that hiking is my first true love. I have been hiking, backpacking and camping since childhood with family and friends.

Trail crew has many Kenai National Wildlife Refuge trails ready for use
So, you've caught your limit of fish for the day, now what do you do? I would recommend heading out on the trail system of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge

One of first values forefathers taught was value of protesting
I am a person who dislikes assumptions, therefore I feel compelled to address the letter that Doug Ruzicka wrote on July 11.

Fancy bridge design just one more example of government waste
Dear Gov. Murkowski,

Changes to Board of Fish meetings should not surprise anyone
The article in Sunday's Peninsula Clarion on Board of Fish cuts should really come as no surprise to anyone.

Kenai chamber members give warm welcome to Home Depot
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has the best members! Recently the city of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to welcome Home Depot to Kenai.

Rec center still closed; city considers options
Discussions about the fate of the Kenai Recreation Center continued behind closed doors at a Kenai City Council meeting Wednesday night, but no decisions were reached as to when or how the center may be opened again.

National heritage moniker sought
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced a bill that would create a national heritage area in a region of the northern Kenai Peninsula that includes historic trails leading from tidewater in Prince William Sound north to Turnagain Arm.

Boaters rescued from Skilak Lake
Three men whose boat swamped in Skilak Lake were rescued early Wednesday morning by Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers and the Civil Air Patrol, according to a trooper report.

Net gains: Red run means added green for area businesses
Fishing license -- cha-ching! Neoprene chest waders -- cha-ching! Wading boots -- cha-ching! Fillet knife -- cha-ching! Dipnet -- cha-ching!

Man found dead at dock
A 62-year-old Anchorage man was found dead near the Kenai city dock by Kenai police and paramedics responding to a report of a man down Wednesday afternoon.

Temporary closures a matter of safety for humans, bears
The temporary closure of a popular fishing area to night fishing and a corresponding closure to trails in the same area are the right and wise things to do for the safety of humans and bears alike.

Around the Peninsula
Wildlife refuge nature walks continue Pioneers gather for meeting Chugach forest celebrates 96th birthday Chamber sponsors beautification contest Blood drive set for Saturday

SUV supporters counter Jesus ads
WASHINGTON (AP) Frustrated by ads attacking sport utility vehicles, including religious leaders' ''What Would Jesus Drive?'' campaign, a pro-SUV group is launching its own ads celebrating plus-size vehicles for their safety and versatility.

Presbyterian survey finds members aging, overwhelmingly white
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A survey of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) found most of its members believe Jesus is ''the only absolute truth,'' but many also reject the idea that only followers of Christ will be saved.

Church Briefs
Churches host Oilers game Rainbow Poets to award $5,000 Evangelist to speak in Kenai Assembly plans flea market Bible study looks to Jerusalem Bible stories games planned Church plans Bible school

Beach walks make great opportunity to count blessings
The fishing frenzy is upon us! Boats are moving in all directions on the roads and on the river. The red salmon run is excellent, so there are fish to catch or dip, fillet, wrap and freeze.

Bishop-elect at center of gay leaders controversy
WEARE, N.H. On Friday, the custom in the Robinson-Andrew household is to try a new recipe and tune in to the ''talking heads'' on public television.

Ohio Episcopalians use humorous ad campaign to fill pews
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Episcopalians are trying to get more people in the pews by offering an unusual enticement: ''Summer sermons will be shorter. Priests play golf too.''

Palm Beach Diocese will have fourth new bishop in five years
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. After one bishop and then another in the Diocese of Palm Beach admitted they had molested boys, parishioners put their shaky confidence in the man sent to heal their wounds.

Moderate Baptist group wins membership in Baptist World Alliance
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) A group representing moderate Southern Baptists who split from the conservative leadership of their denomination has been granted membership in the Baptist World Alliance.

Park Service removes Grand Canyon plaques containing Bible verses
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Three plaques with Bible verses were removed from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon after federal parks officials decided the markers violated the separation of church and state.

Today's stage critical in Armstrong's Tour de France bid
TOULOUSE, France Lance Armstrong's struggle to dominate a surprisingly difficult Tour de France could hinge on beating the clock in Friday's individual time trial a decisive race on undulating terrain.

Norman trails Otto by one stroke for British Open tournament lead
SANDWICH, England The British Open was full of mystery Thursday.

Americans draw toughest group for upcoming World Cup tourney
CARSON, Calif. The United States was drawn Thursday into the toughest first-round group for the Women's World Cup, with games against Sweden, North Korea and Nigeria.

Bears in no hurry to go
Dan Bigley, the 25-year-old man mauled by a brown bear Tues-day at the Russian River remained in critical condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center on Thurs-day, while biologists and land managers scrambled to prevent future encounters between humans and bears.

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