Saturday, September 14, 2002

Commercial building growth increases in Kenai Borough
KENAI (AP) -- Commercial building growth in the Kenai Peninsula Borough is experiencing its largest increase in seven years.

Two arrested at Anchorage meth lab
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people have been arrested after a raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab in midtown Anchorage, police report.

Radio stations dropping online service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five Anchorage radio stations are pulling the plug on streaming their music programming over the Internet because of costly copyright fees that went into effect Sept. 1.

Lawmakers put some gasline provisions in energy bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Congressional negotiators approved some Alaska provisions for the federal energy bill, but natural gas line tax credits and Arctic refuge oil development remained unresolved.

Two Cook Inlet platforms could be shut down
KENAI (AP) -- Unocal Alaska may shut down two oil platforms in Cook Inlet, the company confirmed this week.

Young's Native lands bill clears committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House Resources Committee has passed a bill that would give Alaska Native Vietnam veterans 160-acre allotments of federal land in Alaska.

Juneau Airport study delayed
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal study to evaluate the Juneau airport is taking longer than expected and now likely won't be completed until next year.

Dalton Highway motorists slog through snow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The last of the tourists making their way up the Dalton Highway will encounter something they may not welcome: snow.

Retired UAF philosophy professor tunes into chickens
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sometimes when retired University of Alaska Fairbanks philosophy professor Walter Benesch attends a conference and addresses some of the greatest thinkers in the world, his German-born wife, Renate, can't help but have her doubts.

Kodiak man convicted of tax fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Richard R. Blankenship was convicted by a federal jury of tax fraud.

Commission moves forward on Kodiak crab fishery
KODIAK (AP) -- The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission decided unanimously Thursday to go forward with developing a limited entry fishery for Kodiak Tanner crab. The plan also includes king crab for Kodiak.

Hospitals give funds to university nursing school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five Alaska hospitals and health care agencies have committed to contribute nearly $2 million over the next three years to the University of Alaska's School of Nursing.

Defendant in Kodiak murder case gets new lawyer
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man charged with murdering his brother in 1993 has a new lawyer in a change that likely will delay the long-anticipated trial.

Forest Service cuts Tongass budget to pay for fires
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is making a big cut in the Tongass National Forest budget to help pay for firefighting expenses in Alaska and the Lower 48.

Veterans honored with Kenai River fishing trip
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai River fishing guides came up with their own special way to say thank you to Alaska's veterans. They took them on a fishing trip.

Homer lagoon opened to snagging
HOMER (AP) -- Anglers are now being allowed to snag fish at the fishing lagoon on the Homer Spit and along the nearby shoreline.

Assembly to return funds seized from boy's bank account
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Anchorage municipal clerk threatened to resign Thursday unless the Assembly returned nearly $700 seized from a 6-year-old boy's savings account.

First time anyone sees tiny warbler in North America
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Bob Dodelson was relaxing at home in suburban New Jersey on Sunday evening when a call came in from St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.

Mat-Su teachers approve contract
WASILLA (AP) -- Matanuska-Susitna Borough teachers on Thursday approved a one-year contract with the school district.

Vizcaino bomb propels Astros past Cardinals
HOUSTON -- Jose Vizcaino hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run rally in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros beat St. Louis 6-3 Thursday night to stop the Cardinals' eight-game winning streak.

Angels rally to tie Athletics in AL West
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Spiezio's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Anaheim a 7-6 victory Thursday night over Oakland and vaulted the Angels into a tie with the Athletics atop the AL West.

Boomers changing the way charities do business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Growing up, Mark Metz remembers his parents writing checks and making other donations to charities. As an adult, he does the same -- with some adjustments.

IPO system needs overhaul to be fair process not controlled entirely by bankers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Landing shares in hot initial public offerings during the stock market boom was like getting courtside seats at a big sports event.

Time can help heal wounds to college savings accounts
NEW YORK (AP) -- For many Americans, the slumping stock market has dealt a double blow: Their retirement accounts have tanked, and so have college savings accounts they set up for their children's education.

Skyview-Kenai, Soldotna-Homer, Sitka-Nikiski, ACS-Seward tee it up
Last week, area football fans hungry for conference play and meaningful games got the appetizer. This week, enthusiasts get the main course.

Bridge officially renamed to honor hometown hero
On a day when the nation remembered the heroes who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the city of Soldotna remembered one of its own, officially renaming the Sterling Highway bridge the "David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge."

School district talks resume
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District tentatively settled four contract points with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and three points with the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association as collective bargaining for teachers and support staff resumed Thursday.

Unocal studies options
Unocal Alaska has confirmed that it is considering suspending operations at two Cook Inlet oil platforms.

Soldotna trooper commander injured in motorcycle accident
The commander of the Alaska State Troopers E Detachment in Soldotna was injured Tuesday when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing.

Prayer, hope mark remembrance ceremony
When I'm called to duty God Wherever flames may rage, Give me strength to save a life Whatever be its age. Help me to embrace a little child Before it is too late, Or save an older person from The horror of that fate.

Roads plan hit by veto
After a year of debate, revision and controversy, the recently approved borough road standards ordinance was vetoed Wednesday by Borough Mayor Dale Bagley.

Photo feature: Icy landscape
Two people are dwarfed by the ice as they look at the toe of Exit Glacier just north of Seward earlier this week. This viewing area is at the end of a short walk on a wheelchair-accessible trail. A more adventurous hike follows the ridge line for about four miles parallel to the glacier and ends with a view of the Harding Ice Field.

Board favors home-school accountability
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District school board voted in favor of home-school accountability and national certification for teachers Monday night at its bimonthly meeting.

Haley Frankel Johnson
Haley Frankel Johnson died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at his home in Kasilof. He was 78.

Teacher learns valuable lessons from wilderness school experience Many contribute to success of state moto-cross race KPC appreciates donations for community barbecue 4-H fair animals purchased, donated to help feed hungry

Onis King's generosity, love of life touched everyone he encountered
This past week our community lost a very special person in Onis King. I had the honor of knowing Onis for the past eight years, and his generosity and love of life was infectious to all he encountered.

Letters to the Editor
Competition means lower prices, improved service for consumers

Report vividly depicts ANWR's economic importance to Alaska
If oil exploration in a small sliver of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) had not been killed by the Clinton administration in 1995, Alaska would be a very different place today.

Injured birds of prey have place on refuge
The Kenai Refuge is one of a handful of National Wildlife Refuges that has had an active bird rehabilitation program since the mid-1980's.

Geese flock to Fairbanks refuge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a sure sign that winter is coming, Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is filled with thousands of Canada geese.

Alaska great to experience on horseback
BUTTE, Alaska -- After 20 minutes of plodding along in the saddle in a string of horses, we reached the top of the 881-foot Butte, 30 miles northeast of Anchorage.

Just do it? Just did it.
I'm lazy. After hitting the hiking circuit hard at the beginning of the spring and through summer, I managed to make it through the entire month of August without spending any time in the great Alaska outdoors.

Around the Peninsula
Orchard to hold apple tasting Beautification committee volunteers needed Council to hold meeting NAMI to hold meeting State offers help to commercial fishers CES board meeting planned Homer Community School to hold registeration Chamber to hold pie auction

Religion can be force for good or evil
Sustainable development is an everyday concern in Alaska, where we constantly strive to hold a balance between forward-moving development and the immeasurable value of our state's spectacular natural beauty and abundant wildlife.

U.S. Muslim group launches new educational project
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations has launched a nationwide project to educate Americans about the faith and to counter anti-Muslim prejudice.

Woman Lutheran bishop quits World Council of Churches post over Orthodox deal
GENEVA (AP) -- Margot Kaessmann, a Lutheran bishop from Germany, has quit her leadership post with the World Council of Churches to protest changes the organization made last week to give Orthodox members a greater voice.

Conflict continues over defrocking and transfer of Episcopal priest
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A rift in the U.S. Episcopal church is widening over a bishop's decision to defrock a priest who says the church has become too liberal on issues such as ordaining women and recognizing same-sex unions.

Christian network went global but missed U.S. Hispanics, until now
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When her faith wavers, Esperanza Falcone turns to where she first found God -- her living room. She settles into a couch, flips on the TV and tunes in to the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Anglican 'flying bishop' rejected in Canada's dispute over same-sex blessings
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- British Columbia's top Anglican churchman says he will never allow an outside bishop to serve church conservatives who are protesting same-sex blessings.

Psychiatrist vows to stay on Catholic review board despite criticism
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Ever since U.S. Roman Catholic bishops set up a review board this summer to monitor the church's response to the clerical sex abuse crisis, victims' advocates have been voicing concern about a prominent psychiatrist named to the group.

Church Briefs
Women's Aglow to hear Evelyn Glass Local mothers take part in prayer rally James Grier to speak at Bible conference Clothing ministry to close temporarily Native outreach fellowship to meet Bible study groups planned Writers sought for faith anthology

Group alleging Jehovah's Witnesses abuse plans protest
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A group that claims child molestation is widespread among Jehovah's Witnesses is planning protests Sept. 27 at the denomination's world headquarters in New York City and elsewhere.

Milan's Cardinal Martini celebrates last Mass before retirement
MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Milan's popular Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, often mentioned over the years as a possible pope, celebrated his last Mass at the Duomo cathedral Sunday before heading into retirement in Jerusalem, where he plans to dedicate himself to prayer.

Unique outfit caters to rare breed of skier, snowboarder
KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) -- In January, when mountain snow is just reaching its finest quality, a rare breed of skiers will begin hitting central Idaho's slopes and giving true meaning to the cliche, ''high-flying adventure.''

Lemieux welcomes long-overdue NHL crackdown on obstruction
CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Mario Lemieux welcomes the news the NHL finally seems serious about eliminating obstruction, making the game more wide open and allowing its stars to score more goals.

Panthers go the distance to beat Kardinals
Both the Skyview and Kenai volleyball teams kept their fifth-game streaks this year intact.

Mourning likely out for season
MIAMI -- Alonzo Mourning's kidney condition has deteriorated and will probably prevent him from playing this season, a source close to the Miami Heat center said Thursday.

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