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Saturday, August 18, 2001

Massive reconstruction project under way at pipeline terminal
VALDEZ (AP) -- A massive reconstruction effort is under way at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal in Valdez.

BP Plans fuel cell project at Nikiski gas-to-liquids facility
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP plans to install a state-of-the-art power generation system at its gas-to-liquids test facility in Nikiski.

Convicted sex offender gets two extra years for porn offense
JUNEAU (AP) -- A convicted child molester got an extra two years in prison for viewing Internet pornography.

Governor's panel calls for constitutional amendment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After two days of heartfelt, emotional discussion, Gov. Tony Knowles' subsistence summit Thursday called on the state's legislature to put a constitutional amendment before all Alaska voters guaranteeing a rural priority on subsistence.

Anchorage police release name of man who died after street fight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police Thursday identified the man who died after a street beating as Larry K. Brown.

Search under way for missing Mekoryuk fisherman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of the village of Mekoryuk were searching Thursday for a missing 36-year-old commercial fisherman.

World War II veterans receive high school diplomas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Though pomp and circumstance played at Wednesday morning's graduation ceremony, there were no caps or gowns.

Bonds does it again, and again, to lead Giants past Marlins
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds homered twice to pass Willie Mays for the Giants season home run record, increasing his major league-leading total to 53 as he led San Francisco over the Florida Marlins 5-3 Thursday.

Yankees trounce Devil Rays; Athletics, Red Sox win
NEW YORK -- Paul O'Neill hit a grand slam and David Justice added a three-run homer as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-5 Thursday.

Stares and fish aplenty
JUNEAU -- When Darin Fagerstrom wants to catch a fish, he hops on his bike. Seated between the seacycle's plastic pontoons, Fagerstrom pedals quietly through kelp beds. A rod holder attached to the seat holds his pole, trolling for kings.

Silver salmon fishing heating up
No matter where you go this weekend, go prepared for silver salmon. These feisty acrobats seem to be everywhere, and their runs are peaking.

Fish of the week
Matt Walton of Soldotna stands with the 305-pound halibut he caught Monday while fishing 15 miles out of Anchor Point.

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.''

Researchers say surgery dangerous for very sick emphysema patients, halt parts of a study
BOSTON (AP) -- An increasingly common operation for emphysema that involves cutting away part of the lungs is dangerous -- and even deadly -- for many patients in advanced stages of the disease, researchers say.

Outlook for season Moose harvest expected to be good; same not true for goats, Dall sheep
When hunters go afield on the Kenai Peninsula this fall, what can they expect to find?

Is that moose legal? Study, practice critical to hunting by the rules
Legal or illegal? This issue appears at the outset to be a reasonably cut-and-dry question. However, even the most experienced hunters will know any explanation leaves something to be desired when push comes to shove and the decision to fire needs to be made.

BP to install $6.5 million fuel cell in Nikiski
BP has announced plans to test more than its process for converting natural gas to synthetic crude oil at the experimental plant under construction in Nikiski.

Church marks 100 years
NINILCHIK -- In honor of its unique place in the heart of the community and its picturesque location on the hill overlooking the village, Ninilchik's Transfigura-tion of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church is commemorating its 100th anniversary this weekend.

Candidates line up for election
Wednesday was the deadline to file for most races in the Oct. 2 Kenai Peninsula Borough and city election.

British politcal scandals tops
LONDON -- America may be the world's lone superpower, but the British are way ahead of us when it comes to scandal. The Chandra Levy-Gary Condit obsession wouldn't even make the cut for a real English scandal, in a country that once had King Henry VIII and his six wives, only one of whom survived him.

New events center perfect opportunity for team approach
Soldotna officials are on the right track with a proposed meeting and events center.

Tlingit artifact repatriation: A time for healing
An historic event was celebrated in Ketchikan July 23 with the return of the clan treasures, the at.oow, of the Saanya Kwaan people. It was a time of healing and rejoicing; a time of forgiveness and peace. For me, especially as a member of the Tolerance Commission and the Alaska Historical Commission, it was a time to remember.

Letters to the Editor
Personal responsibility should never be an afterthought

Antlers, horns and their place in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Biologists, wildlife watchers, and hunters have always been fascinated with the antlers or horns that various wild animals possess. At this time of year, when many folks are out looking for a "spike-fork/fifty" moose, it seems like a good time to discuss this topic.

Around the peninsula
Gun shoot slated Peninsula independent blind picnic set Farmers' market open DOT requests input Brown bear films offered Prison ballot initiative to be discussed Old-timer's reunion planned Senior fund-raiser slated Free screening for babies, toddlers Conservation directory available

Bulldogs stacked for another state title run
Talk to Nikiski coach Scott Anderson about strategy for upcoming games or seasons for a few years, and what you'll hear will sound like a scratched CD.

Young Kenai Central squad could start nine underclassmen on defense
'Defensively, it's going to be a rebuilding process. But if you're going to go through growing pains, you might as well do it with young kids.'

A number of key absences curb Seahawks' enthusiasm
As the start of practice neared at the end of summer, Seward coach Dan Bohrnsen must have felt like an out-of-luck commercial fisher. He wasn't getting nearly the number of returns he expected.

Ballooning rosters good for scaring bears, but what about Kards, 'Dawgs, Mariners?
When fourth-year Skyview football coach Wade Marcuson charged onto the field with 65 players on the first day of practice, up from just 22 players in his first year, many a forest ranger would have been proud.

Could this be Skyview's year?
In the Northern Lights Conference, just as in any other society, tradition isn't to be scoffed at or taken lightly.

Will six seniors be enough for Soldotna?
Seniors equal success. Soldotna coach Rob Dimick knows this much. The big question the fifth-year coach has to answer as the Stars roll out the footballs for their 2001 campaign is exactly how many seniors it takes to be successful.

Great Land coaches tab Nikiski as favorite
Hit a person in just the right spot on the knee, and their leg will straighten. Drip water in an eye, and it'll blink. Ask a Great Land Conference coach who the 2001 champion will be, and they'll say Nikiski.

Homer hoping to stay healthy
The good news is the Homer football team returns three quarterbacks this year with varsity experience.

Senior nuns return to their community to pray, mentor younger colleagues
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- They minister to the sick, pray for the sinners and teach in schools and churches around the world.

Golden ceremony at Hindu temple calls for extra security
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- It was a golden moment for a Hindu sect dedicating its first temple in the United States.

Study: Born-again Christians as likely to divorce as nonbelievers
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- Born-again Christians are as likely as nonbelievers to get divorced, according to a report by the Barna Research Group.

Mormon actress' lawsuit over cussing script dismissed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a claim by a University of Utah theater student that the school violated her Mormon beliefs by forcing her to read from a script that contained profanity.

Small church struggles against eviction -- by another church
NEW YORK (AP) -- As real estate prices escalated in Manhattan, it seemed hardly unusual to hear that a neighborhood church was being evicted.

One major U.S. Lutheran body tells another it's no longer 'orthodox'
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod representative told an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America assembly Monday that it is no longer considered ''an orthodox Lutheran church body.''

Judge rules that town need not allow ritual boundary for Jews
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A Bergen County town can remove a ritual enclosure erected by Orthodox Jews because parts of the boundary were erected on public property, a federal judge has ruled.

Grace Christian Ministries sells church, land
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Grace Christian Ministries will sell one of its suburban campuses for $950,000 in order to repay creditors and investors who lost money in a phony investment plan.

Religion Briefs
Christian school to hold open house New bishop visits Kenai Church celebrates 100-year anniversary Testimonies planned SolFirst to host missionaries to Russia Youth rally planned Youth group qualifies at national festival Bible studies series, workshop scheduled Two churches coordinate Bible studies

Season exemplifies creations by God
At any time of the year, but especially during the summer, it is amazing to see the vast variety of God's creation.

Evangelical Lutheran Church the latest of many Protestant denominations to debate homosexuality
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and now Lutherans. Mainline Protestant churches seem to be taking turns examining their stance on homosexuality, with the results being protests, civil disobedience and split congregations.

Back for seconds
Kickoff for the Kenai Central High School football team's game against Anchorage Christian Schools Saturday has been moved up to 4:30 p.m. at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Schuller out chasing rainbow's end
Every club pro dreams of leaving the cash register and whimpering members behind for one week, grabbing his own sticks and setting off to find out where the rainbow ends.

SoHi boys, Kenai girls build on past success
For many runners around the state, the cross country season started July 28, or several days after, as runners trickled in from summer jobs or vacations.

QBs produce for Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kerry Collins, Jason Garrett and Jesse Palmer threw touchdown passes and the New York Giants beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-5 Thursday night, snapping a seven-game preseason losing streak.

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