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Saturday, September 21, 2002

IWC appears likely to approve a quota for Alaska Eskimos
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The International Whaling Commission appears likely to approve a bowhead whale quota for Alaska Eskimo subsistence whalers, an official said.

Mayors ask for state fishing disaster declaration
JUNEAU (AP) -- A panel of mayors representing Southeast Alaska are asking Gov. Tony Knowles to declare their region an economic disaster area due to the collapse of the salmon market.

Anchorage hotel shut down in bankruptcy case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage businessman mired in bankruptcy has lost control of the Northern Lights hotel and it has been shut down.

Driver pleads no contest in fatal drunk-driving crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A drunken driver who injured two people and killed a child in a fiery Parks Highway crash last year has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and other charges, according to a plea agreement presented Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court

Troopers investigate death of Alakanuk woman
ALAKANUK (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman in Alakanuk as a homicide.

Scientists spot rare right whale calf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the first time in more than a century, a northern right whale calf has been sighted in the eastern North Pacific Ocean.

Four Alaska fire departments get federal grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaska fire departments have received federal grants aimed at enhancing basic fire services.

Bear makes nighttime visit to Interior bed and breakfast
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Barbara Claspill advertises ''a view of the wilderness'' to potential guests at her Stampede Road bed and breakfast.

Anchorage pioneer Oro Stewart dead at age 85
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage pioneer Oro Stewart died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Alaska Regional Hospital. She was 85.

GCI gets payment on WorldCom debt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- GCI has received $3.5 million of the money due from bankrupt WorldCom, the Alaska telephone and cable company announced Thursday.

Alaska State Fair nets thousands of pounds for recycler
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Fair produced thousands of pounds of recyclable materials, according to recycling promoter Green Star.

Labor group opposes moving Legislature
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's largest labor group is opposing a ballot initiative to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Energy secretary to visit Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The top U.S. energy official is making a stop on his way back from Japan to tour North Slope oil facilities and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Boomer CEOs may buck retirement-age tradition
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dick Cook is an archetypal baby boomer: energetic, ambitious and bent on defying the aging process as long as possible.

Technology being created for elderly to help them live independently
DENVER (AP) -- Ken Nixon sees his 84-year-old mom, Louise, every day. They chat in the morning and sometimes have dinner together, and he watches as she takes her Alzheimer's medication, even though they live about 250 miles apart.

Is zero percent financing too good to be true?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Zero percent financing is back at the nation's Ford and GM dealers. It has proved to be such an effective marketing technique that it's also being adopted by furniture and electronics retailers as well as some credit card companies.

With corporate boards under fire, reform necessary to make them more independent
NEW YORK (AP) -- Corporate boards are supposed to act in the best interest of their companies and shareholders. It's now pretty clear that many weren't doing enough of that.

Kenai area assembly candidates pitch positions to chamber crowd By JENNY NEYMAN
Candidates for the two Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly seats representing the Kenai area discussed their views on several issues at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

Photo feature: Fishing for silvers golden on the Kenai
Frank Miller reels a silver salmon to shore in Centennial Park Thursday afternoon. Fishing is still good along the Kenai River.

'Firewise landscaping' could help keep woodland homes from becoming forest litter
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- The nation's extensive, ground-cracking drought should prompt families with homes on woodland lots to consider doing some landscaping this fall. Otherwise, they could be throwing a real fire sale.

New fast-food restaurant caters to the health conscious
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- You won't have any grease seeping through your paper bag when you pull away from this drive-thru.

Growth of new breed of in-hospital doctors saves money, raises concerns
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Samir Patel was doing his hospital residency as a new physician, he heard a chorus of complaints from primary care doctors who felt visiting their hospitalized patients was costing them too much time -- and money.

In Appalachia, homegrown docs answer the call to ease chronic shortage
WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) -- As a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Katherine Gish could have set up practice anywhere in the country. She chose to return to her hometown in rural Appalachia.

Report: Missouri hospitals facing staff shortages that could affect medical care, growing elderly population
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri hospitals are facing worker shortages because fewer people are entering medical fields while the demand for health care is on the rise, a report suggests.

Future up in the air
The small-schools playoff picture could be crystal clear after this weekend, or it could end up completely out of focus.

Merger does not mean changes for LNG plant
Though the names are different, changes at the new ConocoPhillips will be minimal, officials said.

District offers new pay proposal
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District presented teacher and support staff negotiating teams with new pay scale and health insurance plan offers Thursday during a collective bargaining session at the Borough Building.

Trial begins in '94 murders
Claiming that his client's confession was false, the attorney for accused murderer Billy D. Smith instructed jurors during opening arguments Thursday to decide what information about to be presented as evidence was reliable.

Ida Lela Whetstone
Ida Lela Whetstone died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 94.

Safeguards would protect monument during seismic tests
If self-styled environmentalists ever stop to wonder why they're sometimes regarded as mindlessly obstructionist, they need only consider the determined effort being made to delay or prevent a small seismic mapping project in the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.

Letters to the Editor
Why doesnt Murkowski offer every Alaskan dream vacation? Children belong to parents, not state bureaucrats or school board Bagley has great work ethic, no other business interests Proposition No. 4 about growth in government costs vs. tax relief

Putting addicts in prison not way to win drug war
... Since a smaller share of Americans are breaking the law than at any time since the '70s, who's being locked up?

Loving America doesn't mean never questioning U.S. actions
Maybe you've seen them, the host of e-mailed Sept. 11 anniversary commentaries kicking around cyberspace. Many have found their way to my inbox in recent days, including one titled "DO NOT FORGET."

Outdoor Briefs
Fish Board to discuss rainbow trout policy Division of Forestry urges caution with campfires Mountain bike plan available for comment

Another milestone reached on 'El Cap'
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- With headlamps lighting the way out of the abyss, two rock climbers scrambled atop El Capitan and stepped into the record books on the most celebrated hunk of granite on Earth.

Migratory Bird Treaty Act sets the ground rules for waterfowl hunters
As daylight slowly dwindles and temperature drops, our thoughts turn from chasing salmon and halibut to chasing moose, caribou and waterfowl. As an avid waterfowl hunter and enforcement officer, I'd like to discuss some of the sticky points about the many laws enforced under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).

Hold your fire
This year's hunting season for moose has been average. It is the seasons to come hunters might start to worry about, according to an area biologist.

Around the Peninsula
Auxiliary to host dinner Captain CARTS to make appearance Women's resource center board to meet SeaLife Center to sponsor coastal cleanup Homer Community School to hold registration Seniors plan United Way benefit dinner Kenai chamber gets ready for festival

Time with God is how to get to know him
Ezekiel prophesied, "And from that day the name of the city will be 'Yahweh Shammah,' the Lord is there."

Spurning critics, Oklahoma Gov. Keating plans a vigorous campaign to cleanse the church he loves
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Led by Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, the lay board monitoring how Roman Catholic bishops comply with their new sex abuse policy showed critics and doubters this week it plans to be much more than a token group.

Poll: Most Americans pray regularly
BOSTON (AP) -- While less than half of Americans regularly attend religious services, more than 60 percent said they prayed once or more a day, according to a poll by The Christian Science Monitor.

Wyoming Christians oppose anti-gay protests linked to Shepard's death
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- A group of Christian leaders has asked an anti-gay pastor and his Kansas congregation to stay away from Wyoming as the fourth anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard approaches.

Philadelphia Archdiocese holds synod on future of Catholic church
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- For the first time in 68 years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is holding a synod to discuss the future of the church.

Catholic bishops say proposed plenary council needs more review
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A proposal by several Roman Catholic bishops to hold an extraordinary church council in response to the clerical sex abuse crisis will not be put to a vote when the nation's bishops meet in November.

Evangelist Jim Bakker to start TV ministry in Branson
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- Televangelist Jim Bakker, who was convicted of wire fraud and served five years in prison, plans to start another TV ministry, this time in Branson.

Church Briefs
James Grier to speak at Bible conference Clothing ministry to close for two weeks Native outreach fellowship to meet Men's community dinner slated Children's Bible program scheduled Bible study groups planned

Archbishop of Canterbury warns against Anglican divisions
LONDON (AP) -- The unity of the Anglican communion is increasingly being subverted by bishops taking unilateral action, mainly on sexual issues, the archbishop of Canterbury said.

Controversial new book theorizes Brigham Young ordered pioneer massacre
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Nearly a century and a half after California-bound pioneers were slaughtered by Mormon settlers and their Indian allies, a new book blaming the massacre on church leader Brigham Young is causing a sensation in the Mormon community.

CIA, Ninilchik ready for competition
Cook Inlet Academy and Ninilchik will travel to Susitna Valley Saturday for the Region II, Class 1-2-3A meet.

Athletics win, break tie atop AL West
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Terrence Long hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Oakland Athletics broke a tie for first in the AL West by defeating the Anaheim Angels 5-3 Thursday.

Region III title in the Stars?
The Soldotna girls cross country team will be favored to win its first region title Saturday when the Region III Cross Country Championships come to Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

'Bullet' Bob Hayes dead of kidney failure at 59
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bob Hayes, the gold-medal sprinter and Dallas Cowboys receiver who was impossible to catch and tough to cover, died at age 59.

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