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Saturday, October 5, 2002

Mediator tries to reopen ports as pressure for intervention rises
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- West Coast dockworkers and shipping companies returned to the negotiating table Friday while business turned up pressure on the White House to intervene and end further economic damage caused by a lockout at all 29 ports.

Mourners pay last respects to Athabascan priest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Rev. John Starr Jr., an Athabascan elder and Episcopal priest, has died at age 76.

Anchorage car-window vandal gets prison sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in an Anchorage vandalism spree that left broken windows in 180 cars.

Coast Guard commandant sees increased Alaska security, safety role
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard's increased emphasis on national security is good news for Alaska because it means more boats in the water and more emphasis on safety as well, the agency commandant said Thursday.

Democrats file compalaint against Murkowski
JUNEAU (AP) -- Democrats allege GOP candidate for governor Frank Murkowski is hiding thousands in campaign expenses by using credit cards.

Senate committee approves university land grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would give the University of Alaska up to 500,000 acres of federal land.

Whaler dies when boat capsizes near Barrow coast
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A whaler died Thursday when his boat overturned off the coast of Barrow, North Slope Borough police said.

Moderate quake shakes Aleutians
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook the Aleutians early Friday.

Coast Guard commandant sees increased Alaska security, safety role
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard's increased emphasis on national security is good news for Alaska because it means more boats in the water and more emphasis on safety as well, the agency commandant said Thursday.

State prods Alyeska on shooting response
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Company hasn't moved fast enough in correcting problems brought to light by last year's pipeline shooting and the resulting oil spill, state officials said.

Frequent traveling state candidate asserts residency
JUNEAU (AP) -- An East Anchorage candidate for state Senate and his family have not applied for permanent fund dividend checks since 1999, saying vacations and work travel outside the state make them ineligible.

State to add up bill for DFYS recommendations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has directed state agencies to figure out what it would cost to put in place the dramatically expanded services for troubled families that the Governor's Commission on Child Protection recommended this week.

Dogs attack woman in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 70-year-old woman was attacked by two dogs in a Fairbanks parking lot Wednesday.

Alaska flagstop train service to continue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The last regularly scheduled flag stop service in the country is safe once more.

Vandals fire more bullets at pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A year after a bullet pierced the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, spewing 286,000 gallons of crude oil, three more bullet impacts have been found along the line north of the Yukon River.

St. Louis leads series 2-0, but injury to Rolen dampens enthusiasm
PHOENIX -- They battered Randy Johnson and eased past Curt Schilling. The St. Louis Cardinals headed home needing one victory to finish off the World Series champions Arizona Diamondbacks.

Holiday spending planning a good idea
NEW YORK (AP) -- Autumn brings with it the approach of an event both loved and dreaded by many Americans -- the holiday shopping season.

Global Crossing chairman's $25 million pledge to employees: PR move or real compassion?
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's hard to decide whether to cheer or jeer Global Crossing chairman Gary Winnick's offer to give $25 million of his own money to employees who lost it all when his company went bankrupt.

Greater disclosure from mutual funds could cost investors
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you thought forcing more disclosure on Wall Street would automatically make things better for investors, it's not so cut and dried.

Boomers, industry find hearing isn't what it used to be
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the ad, two laughing couples, perhaps in their late 40s -- their teeth flashing, skin tanned -- crowd together on a sofa, sharing a conversation and maybe a joke or two, and clearly relishing each other's company.

Winter gardens can be cool -- and colorful
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Your perennials have gone dormant, leaves are drifting down and the winds blow chill. But there's no need to mourn the passage of another growing season. Snow time can be show time with a winter garden.

Homer has high hopes for new visitor attraction
Mindful of the winter's rapid approach, construction crews were hard at work in Homer this week laboring to enclose the wood and steel framework of the new Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center before the snow falls.

$11,000 in reward money offered in Sibley murder
Friends and family of Gerald "Sib" Sibley have added $10,000 to the $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects in Sibley's murder.

Photo feature: 'Tis the season
Mike Christian bags birch leaves Thursday afternoon in his yard at the corner of Maple Drive and Oak Avenue in Kenai.

Arson fires set challenges for investigators
When arson is declared as the cause of a fire, it does not necessarily mean someone will be arrested. First, investigators must prove arson; then, they must prove who did it.

Barbara Barnes
Seward resident Barbara Barnes died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 near Moose Pass.

William Garcia
William "Uncle Billy" Garcia died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002 at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was 63.

Lauren Sue Kane-Robinson
Seward resident Lauren Sue Kane-Robinson died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 46.

Government too small if it doesn't welcome diverse points of view
There's nothing like an election to give residents a different perspective on the place we call home.

Getting district back on track Ideas for improving school employees' morale, moving forward in negotiations
When I first came to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, I was 6 years old, a first-grader at Mo

Letters to the Editor
Borough ignores valid concerns about subdivision; public will suffer Will Alaskans soon hear about California Classic?

Colorado man's tepees considered top notch
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- When it comes to tepees, Dave Ellis sells to both the cowboys and the Indians.

Low bush, high praise
While many on the Kenai Peninsula may lament the fireweed's final blossoms and the first hard frost of the season, there is a group of folks for whom this time of year brings another good reason to go into the woods: Lingonberries.

Refuge sponsors play about Rachel Carson
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host the play, "A Sense of Wonder," at Soldotna High School auditorium on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The play is based on the life of Rachel Carson, noted American writer and conservationist.

Ligonberry Nut Bread
Recipe for Lingoberry Nut Bread

Photo feature: Wildgame classroom
Students in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's moose butchering class work to finish cutting up a moose Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2002, at the Fairbanks Community Foodbank in Fairbanks, Alaska. Participants paid $50 for the day-long class, which started with a lecture about field dressing a moose, handling the meat in the field and then the hands-on lesson of cutting and wrapping the meat for the freezer.

Around the Peninsula
Historical association to hold meeting Kayaking class to be offered School program to hold dinner next week Public meeting to be held for watershed

Church Briefs
Native outreach fellowship to meet Childrens Bible program scheduledr Nikiski church begins AWANA Club Christian ministries convention slated Bedwell to share personal testimony Clothing ministry open Bible study groups meeting Religious poems sought Writers sought for faith anthology Christian Scientists open Mary Baker Eddy library Black Mormon pioneer honored with monument

Baltimore cardinal's naming of accused priests stirs debate
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A report issued by Cardinal William Keeler naming all area priests who have been the object of credible sex abuse allegations over seven decades has provoked criticism from some Roman Catholics.

World body asks local Anglicans and Episcopalians for restraint on gay disputes
HONG KONG (AP) -- Concerned about possible schisms, an international governing body of Anglicans and Episcopalians wants local dioceses to consult with larger church bodies before taking positions that defy its traditional views against homosexual activity.

The 'VeggieTales' studio takes a $14-million gamble with its first movie
The star is an asparagus. His buddies include a tomato and a cucumber. And they're featured in a movie based on the biblical tale of Jonah, the guy who got swallowed by a whale.

Christian Scientists open $50-million Mary Baker Eddy library
BOSTON (AP) -- Some 25,000 pages of writings by Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy have been made available to the public for the first time at a newly opened library that collects her complete works.

Sermon titles on Georgia Baptist signboard are too explicit for some
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Some parents are protesting suggestive sermon titles on the signboard at a local church.

In feud between colleagues, Episcopal Church bishops decline to take sides
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Bishops of the Episcopal Church delayed wading into a feud between a colleague who removed a conservative priest and another bishop who rehired the ousted clergyman.

Pastors also need prayers, support
"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" -- Isaiah 52:7

Opus Dei founder on eve of canonization still stirs religious fervor
FUENLABRADA, Spain (AP) -- When his alarm clock rings in the morning, Tello Aguilar never hits the snooze button. He says God doesn't want him to.

Stars, Kards prepare for football playoffs
The small-schools football playoffs in Alaska , unlike the NFL, don't have a wild-card weekend. But with Seward and Houston in the draw, it might as well be a wild-card weekend for Soldotna and Kenai.

A football school -- and proud of it
Wars have been halted to play soccer games. A vote-swap was arranged in England's Parliament once so a Labor Party bigwig could watch his son's matches at Wimbledon

Skyview netters snare Kardinals
Because it was the last home game for Kenai Central's volleyball team, Thursday night was senior night, a time to pay tribute to the Kardinals' five seniors.

Patriots-Dolphins showdown has a little less glamour
OK, so the Patriots and Dolphins are 3-1 instead of 4-0. Their meeting in Miami on Sunday is still one of the premier attractions as the NFL season enters its second quarter.

Bad teams abound in the National Fooball League
Dave Lapham was a guard for Cincinnati when the Bengals were a legitimate NFL team in the 1970s and early '80s.

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