Saturday, August 16, 2003

Couple pleads no contest in embezzlement case
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former state investigator and his wife pleaded no contest to charges they embezzled about $25,000 from the Alaska Peace Officer's Association between 1998 and 2000.

Fishermen say federal aid program falls short
JUNEAU (AP) The needs of Alaska fishermen hurt by the downturn in the fishing industry are not being met by a federal assistance program designed for industries adversely affected by foreign trade, according to Alaskans attending a federal hearing in Juneau.

Trade adjustment aid will help Alaska fishermen
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska fishermen will qualify for federal aid under the new Trade Adjustment Assistance program set up for farmers, but they will have to act quickly to qualify this year.

Municipalities face high insurance costs, cuts
JUNEAU (AP) State cuts to municipalities, combined with the rising cost of municipal insurance, have some communities scrambling to fill gaps in their budgets.

Body of missing woman found
NOME (AP) A woman reported missing from Unalakleet earlier this week was found dead.

Labor Department reports slight employment jump for July
JUNEAU (AP) Unemployment in Alaska fell less than a percent in July as the state reached its traditional peak of summer employment, the labor department said Friday.

Ketchikan group takes steps toward consolidation
KETCHIKAN (AP) A citizens' group has taken the first step toward seeking a vote on consolidating Ketchikan's two governments.

Inlet fisherman say fish closures unnecessary
KENAI (AP) Cook Inlet commercial fishermen say state Fish and Game officials needlessly prevented them from harvesting thousands of sockeye salmon this summer.

Fairbanks biologist takes on bait ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fairbanks hunter has filed a complaint in Superior Court to half an initiative drive by proponents of a bear-baiting ban.

Woman wins lawsuit in daughter's disappearance
KODIAK (AP) A Kodiak woman has won a wrongful death lawsuit against the man last seen with her 16-year-old daughter before the girl disappeared in 1998.

Possible Williams buyer has tarnished environmental past
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Kansas company that Governor Murkowski says is interested in buying the Williams Alaska Petroleum oil refinery in North Pole has a record of major environmental violations in the Lower 48.

Child support protester enters plea
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man who lit his car on fire in front of state offices and kicked a window out of a police car was sentenced to three years in prison with all time suspended except for 40 days already served.

Forest Service extending public comment period
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Forest Service has extended the public comment periods on proposals to exclude Alaska's Tongass and Chugach national forests from a national policy called the roadless rule.

Delta officials say Army erred in range preference
FAIRBANKS (AP) Delta Junction officials say a mathematical error by the U.S. Army is good reason a U.S. District Court judge should stop a planned expansion of a training range just outside the city.

Interior road projects back on state list
FAIRBANKS (AP) The state Department of Transportation has restored a North Pole highway interchange project to a list of items that will be funded by a 2002 state transportation bond issue.

Anchorage prosecutor files kidnapping, abuse charges in airport case
ANCHORAGE (AP) The man accused of snatching a 3-year-old as her mother slept at the Anchorage airport was charged Thursday with kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor.

Municipalities face high insurance costs, cuts
JUNEAU (AP) State cuts to municipalities, combined with the rising cost of municipal insurance, have some communities scrambling to fill gaps in their budgets.

Fairbanks biologist takes on bait ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fairbanks hunter has filed a complaint in Superior Court to halt an initiative drive by proponents of a bear-baiting ban.

Inlet fisherman say fish closures unnecessary
KENAI (AP) Cook Inlet commercial fishermen say state Fish and Game officials needlessly prevented them from harvesting thousands of sockeye salmon this summer.

Streaking Cardinals swarm Pirates
PITTSBURGH Garrett Stephenson made his second straight strong start, limiting Pittsburgh to five hits over eight innings, and Tino Martinez homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pirates 4-3 Thursday.

Indians come alive in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS Travis Hafner hit for the cycle and Brian Anderson came within two outs of a shutout Thursday as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 8-3.

Retailers profit from boomers' rock star fantasies
Before setting out to earn a Ph.D. in psychology roughly 30 years ago, Richard Holloway was a full-time singer-songwriter, performing at nightclubs and universities with a variety of backup bands.

Still a ways to go to mend corporate earnings
NEW YORK (AP) Corporate earnings sure looked good during the last quarter. Better than they were, actually.

Private health insurance is available if you look around
NEW YORK (AP) Every year, millions of Americans who have health insurance through employers lose it for one reason or another: They're laid off, they retire early, they head off to college.

General Mills defies corporate trend with art collection
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) Legend has it that in 1958, when General Mills moved into its new headquarters, Charlie Bell, who was then the company's president, took a look around and said, ''It's too gray in here. We've got to do something to enliven this building.''

Kenai Peninsula's fall color -- silver
There's a silver lining on the clouds which descended upon the Kenai Peninsula last week. Make that a silver salmon lining.

All the view, half the work
For those looking for a rewarding outdoor excursion, but who don't want to hike long miles of quad busting ups and downs to take in a blow-you-away view, the Bear Mountain trail may be just right.

It's very American to be suspicious, and question those in authority
I am so happy that I am an American! I must admit, though, to not always being proud of it.

Who is looking out for Alaska's interests in refinery negotiations?
Should Alaska negotiate contracts with felonious companies?

Bike path nearing completion is good news for bikers, runners
Finally. I'm so glad to hear that the bike path will be completed. It is amazing the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities could put so much money into a project that would be used by so many people only to have one person be able to hold it up for ransom!

What does trend in value of salmon in inlet's commercial harvest mean?
1994-2002 Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Harvests Ex-vessel Values:

Nikiski, Seward open up conference play
The Great Land Conference wastes no time getting into important games, with Nikiski traveling to Eielson and Seward playing host to Houston in just the second week of the season.

HEA board member Fred Braun resigns
Homer Electric Board member Fred Braun resigned from the utility company's board of directors Wednesday after 21 years.

Gravel pit creates rocky relationship
An April decision by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission allowing a new gravel pit near Anchor Point has been appealed by a neighboring land-owner and will be the subject of a Board of Adjustment hearing before the assembly Wednesday.

Armed robbers strike
Two armed robberies were reported to Soldotna police within an hour of each other late Wednesday night.

Badges reborn
From now on, whenever Soldotna Police officers flash their badges, they'll be showing off a piece of original artwork by Soldotna teen Mark Harro.

Photo feature: Raindrops are falling
Raindrops coat a window of a car parked near a field of fireweed Thursday afternoon.

Sudden blackout strikes Northeast
A sudden blackout robbed electricity from millions of people

Some advice always holds true: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
Welcome to life in the 21st century, where once-familiar terms take on different meanings.

Running for local office one way for residents to change community
Wanted: Caring, concerned, knowledgeable individuals desiring to make the community where they live a better place. On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Good listening skills required. Big dose of patience helpful. Ability to read volumes of boring reports without falling asleep a big plus. Attendance at several night meetings necessary. Broad shoulders and thick skin a must. Pay virtually nil. Major benefit is knowing that you're doing something good for your community. Deadline for applications: today.

Get the lead out: Loon conservation efforts under way on the Kenai Peninsula
Spending a few nights in the Swanson River Canoe System provided me a great opportunity to admire some of the finest that Mother Nature has to offer. Among those charms I witnessed on my weekend in the Canoe System was the presence of the common loon.

UAF to study berries, health
FAIRBANKS (AP) The University of Alaska Fairbanks is asking for berry donations, any kind of berries, raspberries, cranberries, even cloudberries and crowberries.

Around the Peninsula
Congressional mobile office to visit Ninilchik Kenai Eagles plan dinner fund-raiser KVCC to celebrate Alaska heritage Sterling seniors hold annual sweepstakes raffle Back-to-school immunizations available Cooperative Extension nutrition classes continue United Way annual kickoff scheduled Residents invited to open gym Hospital service area board meeting slated

Church Briefs
Shabbat service planned tonigh Operation Winter Warm-up under way Womens Bible study offered Friendship closet open Wednesdays

Amish-Mennonites in Kentucky face dilemma of faith vs. national security
LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) From the swing on his Kentucky homestead's front porch, Lester Beachy exchanges waves with a family from his church as they return home in their van.

Detroit black church marks 50th anniversary
DETROIT (AP) The Shrine of the Black Madonna, a congregation that celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer, says it wants to reach out and increase its ranks by attracting more young people.

Leader of Malaysia's Muslim party says women are unsuited for certain jobs
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Feminist and legal groups have chided the leader of Malaysia's Islamic opposition party for saying women are not suited for certain jobs because of ''women's instinct.''

Black churches, banks build partnership in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) One year after area black churches asked banks for affordable services and better treatment for their members, a new partnership is being launched.

A divisive debate over the Bible spotlighted Episcopalians' OK for gay bishop
As the Episcopal Church agonized over the confirmation of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson as its first openly gay bishop and now as his endorsement threatens to split the denomination some have wondered why homosexuality is such a divisive issue in Christianity.

Texas critics say publisher changed textbooks to please creation advocates
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Critics say the publisher Holt, Rinehart & Winston changed a biology textbook being considered for Texas schools to cave in to conservatives on the state's elected Board of Education.

In Christ you can do all things if you remember to ask first
I am amazed at the endless number of possibilities we have in our lives because of the promises God has given us through Christ Jesus.

U.S. Catholicism to revise movie classification
WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Catholic bishops' film office said it will change its moral ratings for features aimed at adult audiences to respond to what it called increased violence, sexuality, dirty language and adult themes onscreen.

Texas Catholic employees refuse reinstatement offer from diocese
McALLEN, Texas (AP) Four lay workers who were fired in a labor dispute with a Roman Catholic diocese have rejected a reinstatement offer, saying it doesn't mention job security or unionization.

49ers' Dorsey continues winning ways
SAN FRANCISCO Ken Dorsey still knows how to win, even when it's only for Bay area bragging rights.

Lefty shares lead with Pampling at 4-under; Woods struggling at 4-over
ROCHESTER, N.Y. No one had to remind Phil Mickelson.

Debunking lemming myths
Lemmings do not commit mass suicide. It's a myth, but it's remarkable how many people believe it. Ask a few.

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