Saturday, August 3, 2002

Barrow to have first sunset in almost three months
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 5,000 residents of Barrow in northernnmost Alaska will see their first sunset in almost three months on Friday.

Clam Gulch man collects donations for road repair
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man has started collecting money to fix a road used by fishermen off the Sterling Highway.

Defense bill would boost money for Alaska air war training
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two air war training areas northeast and southwest of Eielson Air Force Base could get a major boost under a Defense Department spending bill.

U.S. Health Secretary Thompson visits Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson was headed to Fairbanks Friday, the first stop on a four-day swing through the state.

Woman killed in motorcycle crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau woman was killed on Wednesday after she lost control of her motorcycle and struck a guardrail.

Senate approves Adak land transfer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Senate has approved the transfer of the Adak naval base to the Aleut Corp.

State warns of counterfeit state checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Businesses should be on the lookout for counterfeit state checks, the Department of Revenue announced Thursday.

North Pole man sentenced for child molestation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former church-school worker was sentenced to 32 years in prison for molesting several children in North Pole.

Killer whale count is underway
KODIAK (AP) -- Killer whales were counted over three days last month as part of a study to better understand the relationship between the whales and Steller sea lions.

Boise angler lands 89.25-pound Kenai king salmon
KENAI (AP) -- Fred Houtman of wasn't having much luck fishing for king salmon this year on the Kenai River, but his luck turned with the tide on the last day of the 2002 season.

Kodiak man faces various federal charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A taxi cab business owner in Kodiak has been arraigned in federal court on charges of failing to file income tax returns.

Marrs wins new contract with CIRI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carl Marrs will continue to manage Anchorage-based Cook Inlet Region Inc., Alaska's most profitable Native corporation.

Bush approves aid package for fishing industry
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bush administration has agreed to an aid package worth tens of millions of dollars for Alaska fishermen and fishing communities hard hit by low prices and bad runs.

Man will serve year in jail for evidence tampering
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man who was accused of stabbing a friend during an argument over who was the ''real'' Alaskan was sentenced to one year in jail for a related conviction.

Twins pitcher fans 11 in picking up fourth career shutout
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eric Milton pitched his fourth career shutout and Michael Cuddyer hit his first career grand slam as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-0 Thursday night.

Twins sport low numbers, high hopes
When things get extremely tough on a journey, it's best to take it one step at a time instead of gazing lustily, and foolishly, at the goal far ahead.

Guerrero hits game-winning homer
MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his second game-ending homer against Arizona this series, connecting with one out in the ninth inning off Curt Schilling to give Montreal the 2-1 victory.

Retiring abroad a tantalizing dream for boomers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Betsy and John Braden figured they'd achieved the great American retirement when they settled down next to a golf course and stopped working full-time by their mid-50s.

E-retailers offer discounts and free shipping despite the effect on profits
NEW YORK (AP) -- They're back, those offers of free shipping and deep discounts that wooed shoppers to the Web during the dot-com boom.

Can't save? Experts suggest you 'think small'
NEW YORK (AP) -- While some people are worried about what the stock market's volatility is doing to their savings, many others are worried because they aren't saving at all.

Eagle River angler tops July Homer Derby results
Clayton McDowell of Eagle River took first place in the July monthly standings of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 347-pound fish caught Sunday while fishing with Homer Ocean Charters.

Chinook season ends big
The king salmon fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula closed Wednesday, but anglers reported catches of some big fish over the past week.

Study suggests fewer calories may mean longer life
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, researchers have found evidence suggesting people may live longer by eating fewer calories each day, a dietary restriction that already has shown in experiments to extend the lives of laboratory animals by up to 40 percent.

Small-town pleasures give heart to Funny River's summer festival
Funny River residents and others from far and wide are invited to spend a weekend at the annual Funny River Festival scheduled to begin at 7 tonight and run through 5 p.m. Sunday.

New gas reserves in inlet sought
Marathon Oil Company has submitted an application to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources that seeks to open approximately 13,289 acres of land beneath Cook Inlet to drilling for natural gas.

Education key to stopping abuse
Domestic violence is a sinister killer. It destroys families from the inside out. Like a contagious disease, it often is carried from parents to children, perpetuating the pain from generation to generation.

Christine V. Wetzig
Christine V. Wetzig died Monday, July 29, 2002, at the Lebanon Community Hospital in Lebanon, Ore. She was 83.

Glenn Kipp
Glenn Kipp died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at his home in Kenai. He was 78.

Obituaries - Leon Kermit Butler Jr.
Kasilof resident Leon Kermit Butler Jr. died Monday, July 22, 2002, in the Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad, N.M. He was 62.

Letters to the Editor
Choice for lieutenant governor could determine governors race Permanent fund money should be invested in Alaska projects Clarion disappoints subscribers with lack of Little League coverage Gubernatorial candidates should be asked about Board of Game picks

Community support gives Skyview seniors great after-graduation party Day of Caring project brings summer to Sewards seniors

Kids Day reminds parents to spend time with children
It's hard to believe, but in less than three weeks school begins again on the Kenai Peninsula. Where did the summer go?

Alaskans show can-do spirit when it comes to road improvements
If you've ever thought Alaska's "can-do" frontier spirit was on the decline, some Kenai Peninsula residents offer plenty of proof to the contrary.

Fireweed a good parent, but a poor competitor for sunlight with the big boys
The fireweed blossoms are moving inexorably up the stem, more or less hitting the halfway point this week, and reminding us that fall is not far away.

Around the Peninsula
Forestry suspends burn permits Basket-making techniques to be demonstrated Racing lions to compete Picnic for KPBA members Tour of historic cabin offered Family potluck to be held Exxon Valdez oil spill workers sought WRCC radiothon planned

Hawaii church heads to court in federal land use case
HONOLULU (AP) -- A church is asking a federal judge to let members continue worshipping on agriculturally zoned property while its religious liberty lawsuit against Maui County is pending.

Pope ends journey by reaching out to Native Americans
MEXICO CITY -- Greeting his followers in the Zapotec language, Pope John Paul II ended an 11-day pilgrimage on Thursday by reaching out to Indians, who have been steadily deserting the Roman Catholic church, and urging the faithful to treat Native Americans with greater respect.

Survey of Jewish college freshmen shows the inroads of intermarriage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A survey of students entering college shows 92.6 percent of those with two Jewish parents identify as Jews but there's a notable drop-off if the parents are intermarried.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America announces membership loss, budget cuts
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America announced a drop of 26,042 baptized members to 5,099,877 as of Dec. 31, partly due to ''roll cleaning'' and the disbanding of 37 congregations.

World Anglican panel cannot agree on homosexual morality after three-year talks
LONDON (AP) -- An international panel of Anglican bishops that included the next archbishop of Canterbury reported it is unable to reach agreement on issues related to homosexuality after three years of discussions.

Religion Briefs
Russian-American Festival slated Church to offer space camp Ministry offers 'Direct Line 2 God' Author Sandi Querin to speak in Soldotna Writers sought for faith anthology

United Methodists attack Bush administration on abortion-related United Nations cutoff
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The social issues agency of the United Methodist Church has strongly criticized the Bush administration's decision last week to withhold $34 million from the United Nations Population Fund.

Women, under Vatican excommunication threat for calling themselves priests, ask more time
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Seven women under threat of excommunication by the Vatican if they don't repent for calling themselves priests have asked for more time and dialogue with a top cardinal.

Rift in Lutheran denomination widens over post-Sept. 11 prayer service
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Twelve days after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, the Rev. David Benke, a Lutheran minister, joined with clergy from other faiths in a New York City prayer service for the victims.

Rev. Eugene H. Peterson paraphrases the Bible in everyday language
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- In the Rev. Eugene H. Peterson's retelling of the Bible, when Jesus raises a young girl from the dead, he first has to work his way through neighbors bringing casseroles to the grieving family's home.

Pain opportunity for God to be God
Joni Ereckson Tada must live her entire life as a quadriplegic. Her condition is the result of injuries incurred when, as a teen-ager, she dived into a pool of water and struck the bottom. She is confined to a wheelchair, must have others care for her daily needs, paints with a brush held between her teeth and, despite all that, has a glowing testimony of joy in her life.

Lewis receives $19 million bonus
Ray Lewis agreed to a five-year contract extension Thursday that includes a $19 million signing bonus and keeps the All-Pro linebacker with the Ravens through 2008.

Sopranos' take to ice
Just what figure skating needed: another cheap thrill.

Scandal could involve six judges
VENICE, Italy -- As many as six Olympic figure skating judges might have been contacted by a reputed Russian mobster charged with fixing two events at the Salt Lake City Games, Italian police said.

Bear viewing big business, growing concern for Alaska
More than a dozen brown bears casually grazed the sedge flat within a quarter of a mile of bear viewing guide and pilot Gary Porter's group.

Interaction studied at Wolverine Creek
Interest in bear viewing has increased dramatically over the past few years, and with more people visiting prime brown bear habitat, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is making an effort to ensure the bruins aren't adversely affected by all the traffic.

Photo feature: Caribou boo-boo
A bull caribou browses in a field alongside the Kenai Spur Highway on the edge of Soldotna earlier this week. His uneven antlers suggest a mishap earlier this summer.

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