Saturday, August 25, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

$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,

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

'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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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