Saturday, September 8, 2001

Kaktovik whaling crew gets first bowhead of season
BARROW (AP) -- A whaling crew in Kaktovik harvested the first bowhead of the fall season.

Fairbanks man sentenced for sexual abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former employee of the Boys and Girls Club of Tanana Valley has been sentenced to serve two years in prison for sexual abuse.

Piece of Alaska granite imbedded in Chicago's Tribune Tower
JUNEAU (AP) -- A piece of Alaska granite is now embedded in Chicago's Tribune Tower, thanks to the efforts of Michael Orelove of Juneau.

University enrollment up for second year in a row
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second year in a row, the number of students enrolled at the University of Alaska's three main campuses in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau has increased.

Council to take up stellar sea lion concerns
SITKA (AP) -- Poor salmon prices have forced commercial fishermen in five villages of the Aleutians East Borough to depend on the same groundfish that environmentalists say are essential to endangered Steller sea lions.

Man indicted for allegedly secretly videotaping girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been indicted on charges he secretly videotaped a teen-age girl while she was in various states of undress.

Man sentenced in crash that killed two
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for a crash that killed two young boys and injured their grandparents last year.

Costo joins competition for thrifty gas buyers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Discount club store Costco has joined the competition for thrifty gas buyers.

North Pole man recovers from bear attack near Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man is recovering from serious wounds suffered in a bear attack in the Interior this week.

Report: cruise ships not meeting wastewater discharge standards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A report to be released Friday says cruise ships that sail Alaska waters continue to have problems with wastewater discharges, according to a former regulator.

Emmonak man charged with sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Emmonak man has been charged with sexually assaulting a juvenile, Alaska State Troopers said.

Fishing head doesn't expect new rules to curb sea lion decline
SITKA (AP) -- Proposed new rules for commercial fishing in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska will not halt the decline in Steller sea lion populations there, according to the nation's new top fish manager.

Spokesman: Gas producers will shut down study if route is mandated
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A spokesman for Alaska's three main gas producers is warning lawmakers that the companies will shut down their study of a gas line to the Lower 48 if government ends up deciding the route.

Indians dismantle Red Sox
BOSTON -- Chuck Finley (6-6) gave up four hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Juan Gonzalez drove in three runs Thursday night in the Cleveland Indians' 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Bonds rips 60th tater
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds doesn't think he's going to have too many more chances to hit home runs. The pennant race is just too tight

Mums enliven autumn: Ancient flower comes in numerous varieties
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- With fall nearing, mum's the word.

Mums enliven autumn: Ancient flower comes in numerous varieties
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- With fall nearing, mum's the word.

With adult children separated from aging parents, geriatric care managers stepping in to help
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sandy Van De Graaf was trying to raise a teen-ager, care for her husband, tend a household and help an ailing father 1,000 miles away.

With adult children separated from aging parents, geriatric care managers stepping in to help
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sandy Van De Graaf was trying to raise a teen-ager, care for her husband, tend a household and help an ailing father 1,000 miles away.

Soldotna man bags bison
Despite describing it as the hardest hunt he's ever been on, Timber Wolf Lodge owner Michael Beals is thrilled with the 1,800-pound bull bison he bagged last week on the Cheshnina River in the Copper River drainage.

Skyview, Soldotna set to renew rivalry
Central peninsula schools Kenai, Skyview and Soldotna all sit atop the Northern Lights Conference with 1-0 records. Beginning this week, hotly contested rivalries will break the logjam at the top of the standings.

Photo feature: Solitude
Patsy Collins walks her dog Lady on the wind-swept beach in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

FAS: What everyone should know
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a collection of mental, physical and behavioral defects caused by a baby's exposure to alcohol before birth.

Mother's drinks haunt daughter
Annie Street is a pretty girl with honey-colored hair, a wide smile and blue, blue eyes. Meeting a stranger, she shyly turns her face to the wall. Annie will never graduate from high school, drive a car or live on her own. She has full-blown Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Land issues heat up assembly meeting
They might disagree on other issues, but the nine members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assem-bly unanimously supported a resolution that Kenai assembly member Bill Popp described as "the strongest worded resolution" the assembly has written since Popp began serving in 1997.

Stan Hansen
Kenai resident Stan Hansen died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2001, at his home. He was 50.

Letters to the Editor
Public safety is government's job, not one for private business

Legislature takes steps to improve education
Alaska's schools are once again hives of academic activity as students return from their summer vacations and take up their studies. From pre-schools to universities, Alaska's educational system is in full swing, and it is an opportune time for the rest of us to reflect on the Alaska Legislature's work last session to support education.

How can you help? Ways to make impact too numerous to count
It's been said so much that sometimes it sounds insincere: The Kenai Peninsula is a generous community. Very generous.

School district appreciates Teachers of Excellence program
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District would like to send special thanks to British Petroleum of Alaska for the development and sponsorship of the BP Teachers of Excellence program.

What are all those plastic-covered piles along Funny River Road?
Even though we live in the so-called Information Age, and you can send or receive just about any information you want -- around the globe, just by depressing a few keys on a computer keyboard --I am amazed at how poorly we humans communicate, sometimes. The Funny River Road fuel reduction project is a case in point.

Paddling with a purpose
JUNEAU -- When Ian Kean loads a raft for a trip down the Taku River, he brings gourmet food, wine and a heavy environmental agenda.

14-mile gravel and dirt path quickly leaves Talkeetna behind
TALKEETNA -- Some Alaskans call any place off the road system the Bush. But when people in Talkeetna told me you could reach the Bush by a path called the Chase Trail, I was dubious.

Around the Peninsula
Artist reception scheduled for todayFarmers' market scheduled for SaturdayDevelopmental screening to be offeredLow-cost spay clinic scheduledKenai Historical Society to meet SundaySpaghetti feed to help defray medical expensesResurrection Creek watershed meetings setKenai council schedules work session on prisonRegistration open for arts enrichment classesConsumer-Directed Program training session offeredGeologist to speak at Kasilof meetingRed Cross classes scheduled for Sept. 15Soldotna Historical Society plans 'Fall Fling'Alaska Independent Blind chapter to meet Sept. 17Food safety class offeredHospice schedules grief support programsBoaters warned to take care in high water levels

Presbyterian (U.S.A.) high court to hear case of gay elder
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The supreme court of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has scheduled arguments this month in the case of a gay man whose 1997 installation as an elder in a Connecticut church has been challenged.

Evangelist combines 'a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of Elvis'
DELAWARE, Ohio -- Evangelist Leroy Jenkins sings like Elvis and has the king's hairdo.

United Methodists begin first TV advertising campaign
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The United Methodist Church this month started its first television advertising campaign to draw new members to the Protestant denomination.

Mums enliven autumn: Ancient flower comes in numerous varieties
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- With fall nearing, mum's the word.

Jewish lawmakers say Texas redistricting plan discriminates
AUSTIN (AP) -- Four Jewish members of the Texas House have accused Attorney General John Cornyn of insensitivity for dividing ethnic communities in their districts under the redistricting plan he shepherded.

Religion news in brief
Presbyterian (U.S.A.) high court to hear case of gay elderUnited Methodists begin first TV advertising campaignKansas museum focuses on Orthodox Christian immigrantsFoes of renovations squeeze Catholic parish's financesJewish lawmakers say Texas redistricting plan discriminates

Kansas museum focuses on Orthodox Christian immigrants
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Heartland Orthodox Christian Museum opened this month, giving visitors a look at the culture, traditions and daily lives of Orthodox immigrants to the Midwest.

Christian coffeehouses are more than a cup of Joe
EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) -- Henry Sanchez was reluctant to restart his social life after his wife of 27 years, Barbara, died from breast cancer last December.

With adult children separated from aging parents, geriatric care managers stepping in to help
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sandy Van De Graaf was trying to raise a teen-ager, care for her husband, tend a household and help an ailing father 1,000 miles away.

Foes of renovations squeeze Catholic parish's finances
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) -- Opponents of a $3.5 million dollar renovation of a century-old neo-Gothic church in this Lake Michigan shoreline town hope to sink the project in a sea of red ink.

Nuns imprisoned in human rights protest cope with life behind bars
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) -- They wear the same green uniforms as the drug offenders and thieves incarcerated with them.

Mormon church, accused of protecting pedophile, to pay $3 million to abuse victim
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church has agreed to pay $3 million to an Oregon man who claims the church did too little to protect him from sexual abuse by a pedophile.

Religion Briefs
Crusade set at Kalifonsky centerSoldotna chapel to host performerTeacher affirmation service plannedGospel meetings scheduledUnitarian Universalist Fellowship to meetWorkshop designed to help church staffBible workshop offered

Replacement referees to open NFL season
NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time in 14 years, replacements will be on the field for NFL games. Replacement officials.

Russian walker sets world record
BRISBANE, Australia -- A Russian walker named in honor of the Olympics set the first track world record at the Goodwill Games on Thursday night.

Salary cap working against both teams, players
Absolute parity is almost here as the NFL opens the 2001 season.

Skyview sweeps Kardinals
The Skyview High School volleyball team defeated Kenai in three games Thursday in a Region III/4A match at Kenai.

Sports Briefs
Public invited to Riverskate FallfestTitans finish long-term contract for RolleKoivu prepares to fight abdominal cancerNCAA delivers letter of inquiry to Alabama

Roddick loses cool, match against Hewitt
NEW YORK -- The backward-cap kids took their turn in prime time at the U.S. Open, and for more than 3 1/2 hours Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt matched wits, aces and effort, applauding each other's best shots. Then Roddick lost his cool -- and the match.

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