Saturday, August 11, 2001

Boy in critical condition after being hit by car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy was in critical condition Thursday after being struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle.

UA tuition waived for Guard members for second year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second consecutive year, eligible members of the Alaska Army and Air National Guard can get University of Alaska tuition waivers, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced Thursday.

Around the State
UA tuition waived for Guard membersJuneau to pay $30,000 fine for EPA violationsEarthquake occurs near AmchitkaBoy in critical condition after being hit by carLaw enforcement to get meth lab training

Woman drowns in Togiak River
Dillingham (AP) -- A Togiak woman drowned Thursday after she jumped into the Togiak River to prove she was a good swimmer, Alaska State Troopers report.

NASA techs to monitor rocket launch from Kodiak
CORDOVA (AP) -- Spacemen have landed at the Cordova's ''Mudhole Smith'' airport, but don't be alarmed. They aren't aliens and they have given assurances that they come in peace.

Son of former legislator dies in plane crash
WASILLA (AP) -- The son of a former Alaska legislative leader died Thursday in a plane crash near Tyonek, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Large number of bears being killed in human encounters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- So far this summer, 18 bears have been killed in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley area in encounters with humans.

Police cancel search after questions raised about kidnap attempt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have canceled a search for a suspected kidnapper after doubts that a crime occurred.

Delta to discontinue Fairbanks service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Delta Air Lines announced Thursday it will discontinue its Fairbanks service, beginning Nov. 1.

Yakutat tribe protests cruise ship visits to Hubbard Glacier
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Natives in Yakutat are opposing a decision by cruise lines to send more ships to the Hubbard Glacier this month in response to a cutback of visits at Glacier Bay National Park.

Rescuers searching for Sitka humpback whale snagged in netting
JUNEAU (AP) -- A three-day search of Sitka Sound failed to turn up a humpback whale that had reportedly become entangled in a heavy net, marine fisheries officials said.

Planting project to discourage geese
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Replanted shoreline along a popular city park will help discourage Canada geese and attract more kinds of fish and birds, federal wildlife officials say.

Juneau group says capital city has alienated many
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's capital city needs to mend fences with its Southeast neighbors if it wants their support in keeping the Legislature here, said the head of a group fighting a proposed move.

Alaska selects new state medical examiner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dr. James Dibdin has been selected to become Alaska's new state medical examiner.

New university antenna to provide better images of Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new antenna will soon be installed on the roof of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Construction projects will inconvenience some schools this fall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most schools in Anchorage won't be inconvenienced by construction projects when the fall semester begins, but some will, officials say.

Bombs away for NL sluggers
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit three home runs but was pulled before getting another at-bat, and Mike Hampton tied the NL record for pitchers with his seventh homer as the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 14-5 Thursday.

A's move past Boston for wild card lead
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito pitched a four-hitter and the Oakland Athletics won their eighth straight game, beating Boston 6-0 Thursday to move past the Red Sox for the AL wild card lead.

Silver fishing shines
So far, this year's silver salmon fishing has been an angler's dream, and the best may be yet to come.

Homer area offers hiking opportunities for all
HOMER -- Exploring Homer and its surrounding expanses by foot is possibly the most rewarding and interactive way to experience the beauty of this part of Alaska.

Caribou, sheep seasons set to begin
Today heralds the beginning of the hunting season for several different animals on the Kenai Peninsula.

Hunters inside city limits need to know regulations
Moose hunting season begins today for bow and arrow hunters in parts of Game Management Units 15a and 15b-west. Crossbows are prohibited.

Are NASCAR vehicles safe?
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The NASCAR investigation of Dale Earnhardt's fatal wreck has found that cars aren't safe enough in crashes, but it does not blame a broken seat belt for the death of the racing great, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

Photo feature: Feeling the squeeze
Shelby Gray takes her dad's finger for comfort Wednesday as she receives a vaccine for school from Pat Morrison at the Kenai Public Health Nursing Offices in Kenai.

Man sought in attempted kidnapping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy fended off an apparent kidnapping attempt Wednesday night in east Anchorage.

Youth camp restoring old forests
Four youths from a tree-planting summer camp near Ninilchik contributed Wednesday to reforesting the right of way for a natural gas pipeline installed last winter on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Soldotna traffic flow raising concerns
The city of Soldotna got a look at the final draft of its new master plan for roads and trails in and around the city.

Council hears prison pitch
Meeting the opposition head on, Mike Gilliland, spokesperson for Cornell Corrections Inc., took the hot seat before the Soldotna City Council Wednesday evening.

End of summer tempts us all to play, work too hard
The fireweed is blooming. The silvers are running. The hours of daylight are waning.

Letters to the Editor
High seas trawler fleet to blame for destruction of Alaska's fisheriesBorough should delay prison feasibility study until after voteAlaska should be farming fish instead of killing its wild runs

Abuse accepted, expected in violent music, programs
The latest signpost on our road to cultural (and possibly literal) hell comes from a survey which found that one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Wanted: Candidates to serve community
If you want to make a difference in this place you call home, the doors are open for you now.

Kenai Lake offers solitary sailing
It is a rare thing, as tourists crowd the Kenai Peninsula, to sail without another boat in sight. But that was the situation for most of the day as we cruised the turquoise waters of Kenai Lake, red sails gleaming in the summer sun.

Around the Peninsula
KCHS high school reunions plannedDeadline for beautification nominations duePressure gauge testing offeredSummer art workshops come to an endSoldotna pool closed for maintenanceFirst aid classes plannedFarmer's Market scheduledRegistration begins at area schoolsFinal day to turn in dipnet permit nearsIndustry Appreciation Day planned

Questions raised about C.S. Lewis works published posthumously
LONDON (AP) -- Renowned Christian scholar and best-selling author C.S. Lewis died in 1963, but bitter arguments about his literary legacy continue today.

In reversal of history, African priests preach in Portugal
FRAGOSELA, Portugal (AP) -- The Rev. Joao Bento is the Roman Catholic leader of a small, conservative community of farmers and factory workers -- a place where priests are so scarce that several parishes had to share one until he arrived.

World Council of Churches expresses concern about Palestinian Christians
GENEVA (AP) -- A fellowship of churches in more than 100 countries is exploring ways to protect Palestinian Christians and ease Mideast violence.

Brooklyn's tree gets snubbed in pampered places, but is still hardy as ever
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) -- The tree that grew in Brooklyn is the ailanthus, in case you forgot the name, as I often do, remembering only the novel's Brooklyn connection. It also swings in nomenclature from ''tree of heaven'' to ''stinkweed.''

California university hires former Buddhist monk to expand Tibetan studies program
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- A gay rights advocate and former Buddhist monk who has questioned the Dalai Lama's opposition to homosexuality has been hired to expand the Tibetan studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Religion Briefs
Clothing ministry to openBible studies series, workshop scheduled

Churches plan Jesus campaign to counter play with gay figure
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A group of churches will present a series of sermons on Jesus in response to a college play production that features a gay, Christ-like figure.

Massachusetts leaders gear up to oppose casino
BOSTON (AP) -- Religious leaders are vowing to fight casino gambling following reports last month that the an Indian tribe is planning to build a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

Web site is musicians' tribute to Billy Graham
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Singers and songwriters have joined others in the entertainment industry to launch a Web site tribute to Billy Graham.

Church, school dedication planned Sunday
Sunday, the congregation of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will dedicate both a new church and new school. The dedication service will be at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

Johnson avenges hurdles loss in Olympics
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Motivated by his failure to win a medal at last year's Olympics, Allen Johnson reclaimed his place atop the 110-meter hurdlers Thursday night, winning his third title at the World Championships.

Injuries pile up in NFL camps
A day after Baltimore lost star running back Jamal Lewis for the season with a knee injury, the injuries in NFL camps continued to pile up.

Sports Briefs
Furyk, Henninger share lead at Buick OpenKuerten beats Ivanisevic in 41 minutes

Prep football teams set for kickoff
It's rare, but every once in awhile the mysterious cycle of athletes gives a school of some 300 kids the players to compete with a school of over 2,000 on the football field.

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