Saturday, September 6, 2003

Fairbanks assembly keeps Solie as presiding officer
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Rick Solie will continue to preside over assembly meetings while he fights charges of driving under the influence.

Sitka bear zoo facing numerous hurdles, critics
JUNEAU (AP) Hunting guide Les Kinnear's plan to turn a disused Sitka pulp mill into a zoo for problem brown bears has plenty of detractors.

Men accused of writing hot checks for Hummers
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two men accused of writing more than $250,000 in bad checks to pay for two Hummers and a PT Cruiser were arrested in Anchorage.

Concessionaires snap up new space at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) A new concourse under construction at Anchorage's international airport will nearly double the space for restaurants and shops, and airport officials say they expect to have most of it filled by the time it opens.

Anchorage man sentenced for tampering charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man acquitted of a notorious Anchorage murder was sentenced Thursday to a 6 1/2 year prison term for his conviction on a tampering with evidence charge.

Vandal's stray bullet hits house
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers are looking for the shooter who fired at a roadside sign in the Turnagain Arm community of Indian and sent a round into a nearby house.

Sitka will let Greenpeace ship dock
SITKA (AP) The Greenpeace ship Esperanza will be granted dock space when it arrives in Sitka on Saturday. City Administrator Hugh Bevan said the ship will be treated like any other transient vessel.

D.A. seeks delay in Big Lake chapel shooting trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Palmer District Attorney's office has requested a delay in the trial of a Big Lake pastor charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of two men attempting to burglarize his church.

Democrats refile initiative to sidestep rejection
JUNEAU (AP) Democrat lawmakers backing a pair of initiatives to lower campaign contribution limits and change the way U.S. Senate vacancies are filled refiled their petitions on Thursday.

Crew nets wandering reindeer
FAIRBANKS (AP) The University of Alaska's wandering reindeer is back.

Nome men rescued after being lost for five days
NOME (AP) Two men lost for five days in the wilderness where their all-terrain vehicle broke down, 90 miles north of Nome, were found in good condition, Alaska State Troopers said.

Parent charged with harassing soccer player
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former Division of Agriculture chief and soccer dad has been charged with harassment and misdemeanor assault after he allegedly tackled, then pulled the shorts and underwear off an 11-year-boy at a soccer practice in Palmer in June.

Ketchikan borough's annexation push angers some
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Ketchikan Gateway Borough's push to annex thousands of acres of Southeast Alaska land has riled residents of two targeted communities.

ConocoPhillips takes delivery on double hull tanker
ANCHORAGE (AP) ConocoPhillips has taken delivery on its newest double-hulled tanker, the Polar Discovery.

Senators named to energy bill conference committee
WASHINGTON (AP) The 13 U.S. senators named to a conference committee on the national energy bill include six Democrats but none who have threatened a filibuster if the final bill includes a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Cubs keep gaining ground in NL Central
CHICAGO Tony Womack singled in the go-ahead run and the Chicago Cubs ended a spirited five-game series by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Thursday despite Sammy Sosa's ejection.

Investors shy away from energy stocks
NEW YORK (AP) Ask investors what they are looking for in stocks, and they are sure to point to strong earnings, pricing power and healthy dividends. Then ask what they're buying, and they are likely to tell a very different story.

Pool of independent colleges launches tuition savings program
NEW YORK (AP) Parents have a new way to save for their children's college educations, especially if they want them to attend some of the nation's top private colleges and universities.

Study finds a wired boomer population fond of traditional methods, including printed pages
NEW YORK (AP) Andrew Krcik gets much of his news online. Yet he still gets The Economist magazine each week and buys a newspaper each day ''just to flip through.''

Joy of fishing greatest when shared
It is my hobby, my passion and my obsession; but my wife is entirely another matter.

Relocating? Who says you can't take some of your favorite plants with you?
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) You're on the road again, traveling to where career calls you or moving into that long-sought dream house. Whatever your reason for relocating, it's a stressful exercise for you and very definitely for your fragile plants.

Hunters asked to take a youngster along
Ask any seasoned hunter how they first got into the sport, and most are likely to tell a tale about how their dad, uncle, grandfather, or some other older person, gave them their start.

Taking a young person hunting requires planning and patience
Almost all children are observant, inquisitive and love to have fun, and hunting can bring out these traits while providing a great opportunity for adults to bond with youngsters.

Fill the Boot 2003 effort raises $16,100 for MDA
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local citizens of the Kenai-Soldotna area for their great generosity during the recent Muscular Dystrophy "Fill the Boot" fund-raising effort.

Story about twin sons warms proud mom's heart
As the proud mother of Bill and Bob Mabrey, I loved the article on them and can attest to the veracity of it.

Community support for blood, stem cell drive overwhelming
Wow! What an outpouring of community support we had for Sue Stein and Tommy Ellison at the blood and stem cell drive Aug. 12-13.

Christians should not have more rights than those of other religions
Hazel Schofield, yes, displays of Christianity have been erased from the public. This is only being respectful to non-Christians.

Council passes code amendment ordinance over public objection
The Kenai City Council took another step toward reopening the Kenai Recreation Center during its meeting Wednesday, over the objection that it is moving too fast.

Child do-gooder: All in a day's work
The grandfather of the 6-year-old boy who spotted three men adrift in Cook Inlet says his grandson doesn't feel like a hero after helping to save the men's lives.

Assembly lives up to promised budget increase of $525,000
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made good on its part of an education budget increase Tuesday, adding more than $525,000 to the FY 2004 schools budget.

Blood bank urges involvement
After covering the dining tables with copies of a dozen handouts on topics from the most-common blood type to how much blood is used by gunshot victims, a representative of the Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center challenged members of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to organize blood drives at their own businesses.

Photo feature: Row your boat
Eric Jania fishes for rainbow and Dolly Varden trout at the outflow of the Kenai River at Kenai Lake as Nigel Fox works the driftboat. Jania said the fishing was good. "We've had three hookups in the last half hour," he said.

Joseph Arthur Kurtz
Joseph Arthur Kurtz died Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of natural causes. He was 93.

Task of bringing peace, stability to Iraqi people won't be done quickly What others say
It is difficult for Americans to understand the motivations of the people in Iraq who attacked the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad and killed at least 20 men and women working to help restore the economic and social life of the country.

Stevens, Knowles would form great team for Alaska in D.C.
Some politicians quoted in the press recently have raised concerns that the power of Sen. Ted Stevens might somehow be diminished if former Gov. Tony Knowles is elected to the U.S. Senate.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan to be revised Refuge Notebook
It has been said in a variety of ways that an organization without a plan has no road map, and without a road map that the arrival at a particular desired destination is left to mere chance.

Snare some hair from that there bear DNA testing provides bear researchers with valuable insights
When brown bear researchers Steve Lewis and LaVern Beier checked the 200 bear traps they set on Northeast Chichagof Island this summer, they discovered they had 97 successful captures. But they didn't wrangle a single bruin.

New trail opens in Seldovia
The wait is over

Around the Peninsula
Senior service board to meet Paper-making class postponed Progressive dinner planned FAS awareness day planned Kenai pool begins new schedule Homer Public health begins winter schedule KPC plans meeting, seeks council reps Soldotna seniors to hold fund-raiser Art guild accepting work for harvest fund-raiser Indoor air quality research needs volunteers

Church Briefs
This Hope' to perform in concert Radio celebrity to speak here Women to share Swaziland experience

African church leader wants to avoid sole focus on gay issues
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The new head of the All Africa Conference of Churches said debate over gay clergy should not distract the continent's Christians from addressing other critical concerns.

Pope condemns violence in Mideast, Africa
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) Pope John Paul II decried hatred and violence in the Middle East and Africa, and prayed for pardon and reconciliation among peoples.

At 97, Haight becomes oldest Mormon church leader
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) David B. Haight became the oldest Mormon apostle or prophet in the church's history when he turned 97 on Monday.

Film on Catholic nuns' Magdalene laundries reveals cruel corner of Ireland's past
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) When Mary Norris went to see ''The Magdalene Sisters,'' a film dramatizing life inside the forced-labor laundries that Roman Catholic nuns once ran in Ireland, she saw her reflection and couldn't stop crying.

Idaho's Ten Commandments monuments provoke few complaints
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) Idaho has Ten Commandments monuments in public areas throughout the state, but none has provoked a controversy like the recent one in Alabama, a civil liberties attorney said.

Final Mass celebrated at steelworkers' church
DUNDALK, Md. (AP) The local Roman Catholic church that served steelworkers for 47 years has celebrated its final Mass.

New chief of church council says he will bring an African perspective
GENEVA (AP) The Rev. Samuel Kobia of Kenya said his experience facing challenges in Africa will help him lead the World Council of Churches when he becomes its secretary general in January.

As the world awaits Mel Gibson's crucifixion epic, another Jesus film raises the Jewish issue
TORONTO (AP) Mel Gibson take note: There's another new film about the life of Jesus that also depicts Jews' involvement in the events leading to the Crucifixion. But this one has several Jewish producers and has attracted much less controversy.

Rains interrupted by shower of tennis
NEW YORK At 2:43 p.m., the announcements began over the loudspeakers in the lounges and locker rooms of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Redskins' Hall defeats former team
LANDOVER, Md. The JetSkins let their feelings be known when the grudge game was finally over and they had won.

Titans seek revenge on Raiders for title game loss
In two games last season, the Oakland Raiders scored 93 points on the proud Tennessee defense, 52 in the regular season and 41 in the AFC championship game.

Familiarity adds intrigue to Week 5 matchups
The matchups on the sideline may be just as interesting as the matchups on the field in tonight's football matchups on the central Kenai Peninsula.

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