Saturday, August 2, 2003

Talkeetna festival considers how to limit participants
ANCHORAGE (AP) Organizers of the Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival next week are trying to figure out how to comply with a new Mat-Su Borough requirement that will limit attendance to no more than 1,000 people at any given time.

88 state workers lose jobs to budget cuts
JUNEAU (AP) Alan Love spent Thursday closing up the state chemistry lab in Juneau.

Sen. Murkowski gets commitments to help Bush Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that three Cabinet secretaries have committed themselves to a new initiative to improve education and social services in the Bush.

Senate energy bill contains gas line incentives
WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate abruptly gave up work Thursday on the energy bill it had been crafting and instead passed the same bill it approved last year, which carries incentives for building a natural gas line in Alaska.

Woman rescued after falling off charter boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 40-year-old woman was airlifted from a vessel near Admiralty Island on Wednesday after she fell off a charter boat into the water, the Coast Guard said.

Airplane crash-lands at Anchorage Football Stadium
ANCHORAGE (AP) A small airplane with four people aboard crash-landed Thursday night at Anchorage Football Stadium between two playing fields, one hosting a baseball game and the other a soccer game.

Sea lion totally on her own again
ANCHORAGE (AP) Faith, the sea lion pup that spent 11 months being rehabilitated at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, is totally on her own again.

Fairbanks borough voters to consider alcohol tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough will decide in the Oct. 7 municipal election if they want a 5 percent tax on alcohol.

Cook Inlet Region Inc. shareholders receiving checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) Shareholders of Cook Inlet Region Inc. will again be receiving hefty checks.

Monegan gets two new deputy chiefs
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage Police Department Chief Walt Monegan will stay on the job but will be getting help from two new deputy chiefs.

Yankees, Red Sox trade like maniacs
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox escalated their arms race with a flurry of trades Thursday while the San Francisco Giants made the biggest deal of the day, getting Baltimore ace Sidney Ponson.

Sosa powers Cubs past Giants
CHICAGO Sammy Sosa hit a three-run homer and Carlos Zambrano won his third straight start as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 Thursday.

Twins look to get on track at state
The American Legion Twins baseball team has a straightforward game plan for this weekend's state tournament: Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.

Yankees complete rare sweep of Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. Nick Johnson's RBI single with two outs drove in the go-ahead run Thursday night as the Yankees beat Anaheim 2-1 in 10 innings to complete their first three-game sweep of the Angels in eight years.

POSH ZIP CODES: It's common knowledge that upscale burgs such as Palm Springs, Calif., have their fair share of wealthy residents and pricey property.

With rates coming down, it's a good time to shop for life insurance
NEW YORK (AP) Most people don't like to think about life insurance it's such a reminder of their own mortality.

Yielding to retirement proves tough for some boomers in exciting careers
NEW YORK (AP) Consider Michael Jordan, who soared and swirled around the basketball court in ways that left even the athletically apathetic gaping.

Companies hope to woo investors with dividends
NEW YORK (AP) This quarterly earnings season, all eyes aren't just looking out for signs of surging profit growth. Much attention is being paid to the big jumps in dividend payouts, too.

King season over, silvers off-limits through weekend
The frenzied pace of the Kenai River's July fishery came to an end at 12:00 a.m. this morning, when the river closed to king salmon fishing and sockeye salmon dipnetting for the season.

City of Kenai, Mayor Williams responsible for Rec Center closure
It is time to get the facts straight on why the recreation center is closed. The recording on the recreation center phone number says that the closure is due to a court order favoring Friends of the Rec Center, Mark and Anita Necessary and Cliff Massie, the plaintiffs.

Alaska needs to vote on building statewide facilities for veterans
70,000 Alaskan Veterans, scattered over an area one-fifth the size of the nation, deserve to have new facilities in at least three locations at distances equal to three other states' locations say Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Photo feature: Party in a box
Kim Dent and Christi Lackey lead others from the Boys and Girls Club as they return to the clubhouse with boxes they plan on using for a puppet show. The club will celebrate National Kid's Day on Sunday with events starting at noon.

Summer unemployment trend hits area
Unemployment numbers rose slightly in the month of June for the Kenai Peninsula in spite of an increase in employment and perennial growth of the labor force.

Interim HEA manager appointed
The Homer Electric Association board of directors formally named Rick Eckert as the interim general manager of the utility cooperative.

Chamber under new direction
Although she's only been on the job as executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce for a couple weeks, Keren Kelley said she believes she's found her dream job.

Kasilof church set to open
In just over a year, three Kasilof families aided by local and out-of-state volunteers have realized their dream of having a new log church in which to worship.

Refuge plans centennial bash
The National Wildlife Refuge system turns 100 this year, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge plans to celebrate in style.

All-ABL picks announced
The Oilers lost their second straight game at the Wood Bat Invitational, falling to Athletes in Action Fire 4-3 Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Gifford mixed grit with compassion
After a law enforcement career that has spanned 27 years, Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford today begins new adventures.

Centennial celebrates importance of refuge
The Kenai Peninsula is shaped by the 1.92-million-acre Kenai National Wildlife

Women's shooting clinic slated for Cooper Landing
The National Rifle Association's Women on Target program will sponsor an instructional shooting clinic for women at the Cooper Landing Gun Club on Aug. 15 and 16, and again on Sept. 19 and 20.

Familiar marmot is an ice age colonist
The shrill whistle of the hoary marmot is a familiar sound to Alaskans, especially to hikers with dogs. But on the hot, calm afternoons that can grace Alaska in the summer, the green alpine slopes can be pretty quiet. The alarm call of the marmot colony is silent.

Refuge Notebook
The Kenai and Alaska Maritime national wildlife refuges will host a Refuge Centennial Celebration Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Around the Peninsula
Walk with nature at the refuge Fireweed Gallery plans workshop today KPBSD computer sale begins today Elks sponsor soccer shoot Club holds dinner Kenai pioneers hold potluck Film about art show to air Soldotna chamber meeting set SCI prepares for hunting season Vendors sought for Seafair rodeo

Bishop lifts suspension of Lutheran minister who said God doesn't exist
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) A Lutheran minister who was suspended for claiming that neither God nor the afterlife existed was allowed to return to work as a preacher. But the local bishop vowed to keep an eye on him.

Rare labor dispute in pits Catholic church against workers in South Texas
McALLEN, Texas (AP) A rare attempt to unionize by Roman Catholic workers in South Texas has resulted in a nasty dispute, with one priest leaving a parish where there have been daily protests outside the church.

Presbyterian committee to investigate child abuse claims
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has formed a committee to investigate allegations of sexual and physical abuse of the children of overseas missionaries.

Buddhist group plans mass conversion in India's Gujarat state
AHMADABAD, India (AP) An Indian Buddhist group plans a mass conversion of lower-caste Hindus into Buddhism in Gujarat state, saying the Hindus were manipulated by their leaders to attack Muslims last year.

For some surfers, riding the waves off Hawaii is a spiritual experience
HONOLULU (AP) As the white-tipped wave melts into the ocean, the surfer's rush of adrenaline gives way to other feelings. Some who ride the walls of water are making an unexpected discovery at that moment: They are finding God.

Couple sues Daley over ban on brick with religious message
CHICAGO (AP) A Chicago couple sued Mayor Richard M. Daley, the city and its park district, claiming officials violated their freedom of speech and religion in a disagreement over a children's playground.

U.S. Greek Orthodox archdiocese to send parishes much-debated charter
NEW YORK (AP) The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will send its parishes copies of a new governing charter that the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, approved after eight years of debate.

Christians need to feast on word of God on their own, too
Many years ago, I watched a movie called "Savage West." Unlike most movies, this one had a lifelong impact on my life. At that time in my life, I was so hungry for more of God and desired to have a deeper understanding of his word.

Religion Briefs
Creationist theologian to speak Evangelist to speak Bible stories, crafts, games planned Christian center plans youth activities Church plans yard sale Russian-America festival slated Convoy of Hope missionaries to speak Church plans vacation Bible school

Sports Briefs
Elks Soccer Shoot set for Saturday Nikiski volleyball sets tryouts Calling all Kenai Central swimmers Skyview swim team set to wake up Gomez, Oscar Mayer team up for scholarships

U.S. goalie makes 12 saves as Manchester United tops Juventus
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tim Howard found out fast that playing for Manchester United is a lot different than being in goal for the MetroStars.

Lemieux lends skills to help rebuild Pens
PITTSBURGH When he came out of retirement less than three years ago to try to win another Stanley Cup, Mario Lemieux couldn't have envisioned being so willing to embrace such enormous change.

Bryant loses bid to skip court appearance
EAGLE, Colo. A bid by Kobe Bryant to skip his first court appearance next week on a sexual assault charge was rejected Thursday by a judge.

Eagles sign first-round pick McDougle
PHILADELPHIA First-round pick Jerome McDougle ended a one-week holdout by signing a six-year contract Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Back to form, Sposa leads at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. Mike Sposa, who missed the cut in four of his last five tournaments, shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Buick Open.

Birds extremely susceptible to human disturbance
With their crimson eyes, black and white plumage, and sleek aquatic builds, loons are striking to behold. They draw in many avian enthusiasts with that pursuit in mind.

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