Friday, August 24, 2001

Judge rules against state in subsistence argument
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is not sure it will appeal a Superior Court judge's ruling on subsistence hunting and fishing in Southcentral Alaska.

Police release name of victim in fatal motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have released the name of a man killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon.

Toddler dies in apartment fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 4-year-old girl died in a fire she started with a cigarette lighter, said Fairbanks Deputy Fire Marshal Ernie Misewicz.

Mayoral candidate wants to create Anchorage PFD
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage mayoral candidate Jack Frost is spearheading a drive to create Anchorage's own version of the state's popular Permanent Fund dividend program.

Elderly man hikes three hours to rescue 85-year-old wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bob Buzby hiked for three hours Sunday evening, wading glacier-fed creeks several times in high-top leather slippers, to find help for his injured wife who fell off a four-wheeler.

Cable company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Oregon company and its Anchorage-based affiliate have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after its Australian investors shut off the source of future funds.

Grant to help provide homes to Mountain Village
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $630,000 grant will help provide new rental homes for low-income and special needs families in Mountain Village.

Western Alaska fishing industry in line for disaster aid
JUNEAU (AP) -- Western Alaska's commercial fishing industry, hobbled by chronically poor runs and anemic prices, was declared an economic disaster Friday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Former Mat-Su teachers pleads no contest to sexual assault charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former teacher at Colony High School in Wasilla pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of fourth degree sexual assault of a minor.

Royal Caribbean to expand land tours
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Royal Caribbean is expanding its land tours business in Alaska.

DEC says Nabors Alaska failed to immediately report drilling mud spill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc. failed to immediately report a 672 gallon spill of hazardous drilling mud in the North Slope Sunday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said.

Health commissioner leaving for post at UA
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's commissioner of Health and Social Services is resigning to take a job at the University of Alaska.

Tourist killed on Mount Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 17-year-old tourist who failed to return to his cruise ship was found dead Thursday on Mount Juneau, police said.

Survey crew to arrive at Fort Greely for missile prep work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A survey crew was to arrive at Fort Greely Friday to begin work to build an anti-ballistic missile field at the post.

Killing wolves is Alaska's touchy subject
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Killing wolves is a touchy subject in Alaska.

Diesel from sports lodge spills at Nunavaugaluk Lake near Dillingham
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup crews Thursday were working to contain a 1,000-gallon spill of diesel fuel belonging to a sports lodge at Nunavaugaluk Lake near Dillingham.

State to use money to fight drunken driving
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $668,000 grant Alaska received from the federal government for lowering the blood alcohol level to .08 will be used to fight drunken driving, the governor's office said.

State to announce answer to disaster assistance request
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bristol Bay fishermen are expected to hear an answer from the state on Friday to their request to declare western Alaska's commercial fishing industry a disaster.

Federal Civil Rights Commission meets in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Civil Rights Commission began meeting Thursday to hear testimony about the racial climate in Alaska, including the paintball attacks earlier this year on Natives in Anchorage.

Civil Rights commissioners hear testimony on discrimination in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The vice chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission said a hearing on racism in Alaska varied from what commissioners usually hear.

Two injuries reported in four plane crashes around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people were injured in one of four planes that crashed Tuesday after takeoff from locations around Alaska.

Man shot in drive-by, then arrested for possession of drugs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was injured in a drive-by shooting, and was then arrested for possession of crack cocaine, Anchorage police said Thursday.

Juneau mayor asks Knowles to back study of road to Skagway
JUNEAU (AP) -- Mayor Sally Smith has asked Gov. Tony Knowles to back completion of an environmental impact statement on a plan to build a road from Juneau to Skagway.

Initiative sponsors sue state over ballot language
JUNEAU (AP) -- The sponsors of a measure to move the legislative session to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are suing the state over ballot language summarizing the initiative.

Man charged with assault after in-flight incident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A North Carolina man was jailed on a federal assault charge Tuesday after a Northwest Airlines international flight was diverted to Anchorage.

Cell phones given to victims of domestic violence
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Victims of domestic violence are receiving free cell phones and cell phone service through the Interior Alaska Center for Non-violent Living.

Aleutians East Borough mayor declares economic disaster
SAND POINT (AP) -- The mayor of the Aleutians East Borough has declared an economic disaster for the region, due to a strike by commercial salmon fishermen.

Diesel from sports lodge spills at Nunavaugaluk Lake near Dillingham
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup crews Thursday were working to contain a 1,000-gallon spill of diesel fuel belonging to a sports lodge at Nunavaugaluk Lake near Dillingham.

Indians emerge from slump to pound A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Juan Gonzalez had three hits and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians emerged from their hitting slump, pounding Oakland ace Mark Mulder in a 9-7 victory over the Athletics on Thursday.

Rangers down Yanks to win season series
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Darren Oliver and the Texas Rangers took advantage of New York's sloppy play and clinched the season series against the Yankees with an 8-1 victory Wednesday night.

Sosa hits three homers vs. Brewers
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit three homers and drove in six runs, helping Kevin Tapani (9-10) win for the first time in almost 11 weeks, as the Chicago Cubs routed the Milwaukee Brewers 16-3 Wednesday.

Bonds connects for No. 55
MONTREAL -- Barry Bonds hit his major league-leading 55th home run, breaking a ninth-inning tie with a pinch-hit shot to send the San Francisco Giants over the Montreal Expos 10-5 Thursday night.

Are homeowners the economy's savior?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Not so long ago it was so young and robust it plowed through all obstacles in its path. Now the economy awaits the latest bad news weakened by excess and apprehensive about the latest medical report.

Life planners promise holistic approach to financial advice
NEW YORK (AP) -- There's a new specialty emerging in the financial planning business. It's called life planning, and practitioners aim for a ''holistic'' approach to an individual's financial needs.

The President's Social Security Commission and privatization
NEW YORK (AP) -- The big issue in Social Security reform isn't limited to just strengthening the system. It's bigger than that. As big, perhaps, as saving the entire economy.

Lessons from the past for the new stock market
NEW YORK (AP) -- An average annual return of 10 percent, which isn't far from what stocks have provided over the past six or seven decades, would cause $5,000 to grow to roughly $160,000 in 35 years. Not bad.

Stocks rebound on bargain hunt
NEW YORK -- Placing some bets despite their worries about the economy, bargain-hunting investors sent the stock market higher Wednesday.

Regulators will mandate insurance coverage of birth-control
OLYMPIA -- Lois Walker says it's a simple matter of fairness: If men get their Viagra prescriptions covered by insurance, why do many women have to pay for birth-control pills out of pocket?

Business Briefs
Nikiski plant boosts Agrium earningsOil and gas drilling proposed at KatallaForest Oil announces record earningsUnocal earnings fall

Dreams of early retirement shattered for baby boomers by slumping stocks
NEW YORK (AP) -- It was just over a year and a half ago that Randy Baily thought his dreams were about to come true.

Silver fishing still good
Due to rain in the mountains, the water visibility in the lower Kenai went down a few days ago, but the river remained in good enough shape to provide good fishing. With hunting season in high gear, fewer anglers are on the river.

Edible-flowers fan turns back yard into small business
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Pat Walke, hungry for a career change, turned a big back yard into a small business.

Extreme sport isn't for amateurs -- or the faint of heart
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It's been said the best teacher is experience. Sometimes, though, a lot depends on which experience you let teach the lesson.

Refuge hunters should check regulations
August is a favorite month with Kenai Peninsula hunters. Open season for many types of both big and small game begins this month and continues into September.

Tales wanted: Do you have a midlife story?
Do you have heart-warming, insightful and powerfully moving stories about midlife? It could be about anything that occurred from whatever age you feel is "middle age" -- somewhere above "youth" and below "old."

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFuture EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

'Summer Catch': Lots to look at, not much to see
''Summer Catch'' is a good opportunity to ogle attractive young men and women, especially Freddie Prinze Jr., who goes shirtless within minutes of the opening credits, and Jessica Biel, whose character likes to swim -- a lot. But it's not much more than that.

New HBO series features little actors
NEW YORK -- On HBO, Carrie is worried about being engaged. Miranda is battling body-image depression. And Samantha has lust in her heart for a $4,000 Hermes handbag.

Chain saw artist mixes business with pleasure
Wood carver Scott Hanson puts his heart -- and home -- into his work.

Art Briefs
Seldovia concert plannedArt show scheduledSoup supper plannedOral histories now availableSoldotna museum open for summerFree poetry contest offered

Seahawks ruffling some feathers
Before the season, the talk was that Skyview would be one of the favorites in the Northern Lights Conference.

Things are about to change on the NASCAR circuit -- a little
NASCAR finally admitted that opening up an R&D department might be a good idea.

Council accepts grants for projects, submits wish list
The Soldotna City Council Wednesday night accepted a grant in the amount of $102,456 from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development for Soldotna Sports Center conference area improvements.

Tsunami detectors offer time to head for higher ground
HONOLULU -- It's not a matter of if. It's more a matter of when and where.

Photo feature: Off to school
Tamara Passe, right, coaxes a goodbye kiss from her daughter Mariah Howarth Wednesday morning as the bus approaches to take Howarth and her friend Amber Chapman, left, to Mountain View Elementary School on the first day of classes.

$3.5 million bond for events center to be put before Soldotna voters
Saying the city cannot pay off a $5 million bond for an events center without raising sales or property taxes,

Canvass Board, precinct judges approved; ballot propositions heard, discussed
With only six weeks until the Oct. 2 municipal election, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly focused on getting things in order on Tuesday.

Many students sent home for noncompliance with immunization requirement
Immunization requirements this year are turning out to be more a pain in the rear than a shot in the arm.

Ice dam full but holding
The National Weather Service in Anchorage released a notice that the Snow Glacier Dammed Lake at the headwaters of the Snow River remains intact.

Plan would decrease permanent fund share
An Anchorage legislator visited Soldotna on Tuesday to promote spending more of the state's oil and gas revenues on state government and depositing less to the Alaska Permanent Fund.

School shot clinics continue
The public health nurses are offering extended hours for back-to-school shots.

Animal memorial planned
Animal lovers will pay homage to lost pets Saturday at a special candlelight ceremony.

Photo feature: Going for a ride
Chad Moore lets his dog Baby do all the work on Lawton Drive after school Thursday afternoon. Moore is in the seventh grade at Kenai Middle School.

Industry businesses get 'thanks' Saturday
When it comes to saying "thank you," the Kenai Peninsula has its bases covered. That's the whole idea behind Saturday's Industry Appreciation Day.

Diana J. Allmon
Soldotna resident Diana J. Allmon died Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was 51.

Erna May Kloster
Homer resident Erna May Kloster died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. She was 77.

Donald Regan (Donnie) Morgan
Longtime Kenai resident Donald Regan (Donnie) Morgan died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at his home in Kenai. He was 52.

Good news for families: Kids want to spend time with their busy families
Sometimes it seems like the only news about today's young people is bad news. Violence, drugs, delinquency and the general breakdown of the American family are familiar themes.

Welfare reform doesn't lift families out of poverty
In the long history of anti-poverty policy, Americans have never quite agreed on the greatest danger facing needy families. Is it poverty, with its deprivation and grinding hardships? Or is it dependency, which erodes self-esteem and the ideal of self-reliance?

Sharpton's run would help GOP
The Rev. Al Sharpton, another minister without church portfolio, is forming an exploratory committee to run for president. Sharpton is following in the footsteps of his example and mentor, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been politically damaged and sidelined due to new, uh, parental responsibilities.

Aug. 18, 2001 - The Voice of the Times on Middle East tensions
Despite all efforts to find peace in the Middle East, every day brings more convincing signs that war -- real, all-out, no-holds-barred war -- is breaking out between Palestine and Israel.

Letters to the Editor
Nearby residents have many valid reasons for opposing subdivision What ails America best fixed by abiding by ConstitutionHeart of rehabilitation programs is person wanting to make change PFLAG organization helpful addition to central peninsula

Letters to the Editor
Attitude of some makes others reluctant to be heard on key issues

'Donnie' Morgan's life touched others 1948-2001
You didn't see his name in the headlines. That's because longtime Kenai resident Donald Regan "Donnie" Morgan was a behind-the-scenes kind of guy who didn't seek recognition for himself or his accomplishments.

Ann Bancroft's book reveals the struggle of a South Pole expedition
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Many stories have been told about Ann Bancroft's physically rigorous journeys to the North and South Poles.

Network of locals offer quick help when hikers need it most
JUNEAU (AP) -- When hikers get lost in the woods or stuck on a mountain near Juneau, phones ring and beepers beep, alerting volunteers all over town.

Season brings memories of family hunts along Yukon River
Hunting season is in full swi

The rough and tough world of outdoor gear is targeting kids
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- For many outdoor adventurers it is the final frontier: shlepping the kids into the wilderness.

Around the Peninsula
Swap meet SaturdayBooth space availableBook signing scheduled for FridayDinner tickets for saleSoup supper plannedCPR/First Aid instructor course slated

Annual report shows increase in U.S. Muslims' complaints about intolerance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Muslims registered 366 public complaints of religious intolerance during 2000, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, according to an annual survey.

Russian president visits cathedral on islands notorious for Soviet labor camp
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's summer vacation took him to the northern Solovetsky Islands and a 15th century monastery that was confiscated by the Soviet Union to house its first labor camp.

Muslim artifacts highlight International Islamic Expo in Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) -- Leather footwear and a walking stick believed to have been used by the Prophet Muhammad drew thousands to an International Islamic Expo in this tiny sultanate.

Religion Briefs
Luncheon testimonies planned Horses, religion mix Churches coordinate Bible studies Extended Bible study offered Bible workshop offered

Minnesota Catholic university opens law school
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Courses have begun for 120 entering students at the new law school at the University of St. Thomas, a Roman Catholic institution that plans to take a faith-based approach to learning the legal system.

U.S. commission rates the world's worst nations for religious freedom
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Burma, China, Iran, Iraq, Laos, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Turkmenistan are the world's worst oppressors of religious freedom, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom reported.

Texas congregation with liberal policy on gays leaves a second church group
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- University Baptist Church has voted to leave the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship because that body opposes hiring of non-celibate gays and lesbians and funding of pro-homosexual causes.

North Dakotans offer private purchase to save Ten Commandments display
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A dozen individuals or organizations are willing to buy the land under a 1961 Ten Commandments marker near city hall, but that may not end complaints that the display violates church-state separation, Mayor Bruce Furness said.

Florida prisons turning to faith to help inmates escape their troubled pasts
RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) -- Stubborn and violent, Cesar Cruz lived the thug life until it landed him behind bars at 17 for threatening people with a gun.

Boosted by black clergy, a St. Louis coalition plans tuition-free schools
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A coalition dissatisfied with public schools that serve black students announced plans to open four tuition-free schools within weeks.

Tennessee stadiums, restaurants and bars can now serve alcohol during Sunday church hour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With approval by the state legislature, public establishments statewide can begin selling alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. on Sundays instead of noon, the traditional time when church services conclude.

Slaying of daughter inspires man to counsel to inmates
EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The heavy iron bars clang open, and 80-year-old Paul Stevens strolls calmly into the midst of Kentucky's condemned killers.

Survivor recalls torpedo hit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The 902 soldiers, sailors and civilian engineers aboard the U.S. troop transport Dorchester left Staten Island, N.Y., on Jan. 23, 1943. They waited for stormy seas at St. John's, Newfoundland, because bad weather would be better for them at Torpedo Junction.

Let's hire some hushers
Six-year-old Angie was sitting in church and getting annoyed. Her 4-year-old brother, Joel, kept giggling and talking out loud. Finally, she had all she could stand.

Regulators warn of investment scams playing on religious beliefs
WASHINGTON -- State regulators are warning of scams that play on religious loyalties to persuade people to mortgage homes or pull cash from retirement funds. Tens of thousands of people nationwide already have lost billions of dollars.

Shark sighting at NEC Invitational
AKRON, Ohio -- For those wondering whether Tiger Woods is in a slump, perhaps they should take stock of Greg Norman.

Seven games, four coaching debuts to kick off 2001 college football season
Coaching debuts are the order of business as the 2001 season begins with seven ''classic'' games this weekend.

Native Descendants to host golf tournament
The Ninilchik Native Descendants will host a golf tournament Saturday and Sunday at Birch Ridge Golf Course. Starting time on both days is 8 a.m.

Weinke rallies Panthers
BALTIMORE -- Chris Weinke brought Carolina back from a 17-point deficit by directing two long second-half scoring drives and the Panthers beat the Baltimore Ravens 20-17 Thursday night.

McNown traded to Dolphins from Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears officially gave up on Cade McNown, their first-round draft pick of two years ago, by sending him to Miami on Wednesday for two low draft picks.

Red Wings continue to over-Hull lineup
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings continued their reloading project Wednesday with the signing of free agent Brett Hull.

Sports Briefs
Mohler, Smith take River to River Run

Birch Ridge Report
Words are hard to come by to express the sorrow we feel in the unexpected passing of our friend Donnie Morgan.

Beavers make interesting, but not always welcome, neighbors
A big rodent with an engineering aptitude. A water gopher that eats trees. A potential fur hat that builds houses.

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