Saturday, October 12, 2002

Body of shooting victim found in garage stairwell
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man who had been shot was found inside the stairwell of a parking garage in downtown Anchorage, police said.

Trustees move more money into stocks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund will move three quarters of a billion dollars out of its bond investments and put that money into the stock market, the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees decided Thursday.

Game Board considers protections for Denali wolves
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A buffer to protect a wolf pack that occasionally strays outside Denali National Park and Preserve is working well, but another pack is under pressure from hunters and trappers, the Alaska Board of Game was told Thursday.

Problem shuts down tanker in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two tugs escorted a tanker loaded with oil to a safe harbor after the crew heard a loud thud in the engine room and shut the tanker down at the entrance to Prince William Sound.

Summer ridership increases on ferries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ridership on the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries increased this summer compared to last year's season.

Alyeska promises to do better job of keeping state informed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. officials this week promised to do a better job of keeping state environmental officials informed about their efforts to improve on pipeline leak responses.

Mat-Su school district, staff reach tentative agreement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna School District and the union representing nearly 700 support staff have tentatively agreed on a two-year contract.

Polar Bear wandering 100 miles from shore
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Security personnel on the Dalton Highway got a surprise visit recently from a wayward polar bear.

Board looks at change in permanent fund rule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A ban on tapping the principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund

Pro-move group drops its legislative move fight
JUNEAU (AP) -- A ballot initiative to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough lost its chief backer this week.

Senator Stevens supports probe of weapons tests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is considering calling for congressional hearings to learn more about chemical and biological weapons tests the Army conducted near Fort Greely in the 1960s.

Kenai borough gives emergency volunteers tax break
KENAI (AP) -- Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians in the unincorporated parts of the Kenai Peninsula Borough are now eligible for a partial exemption on their borough property taxes.

Former Marine pleads no contest in man's drowning
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Marine accused of drowning a man in Lake Spenard in 1998 has pleaded no contest to manslaughter.

Tour association announces new marketing plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Travel Industry Association said Thursday it will improve its efforts to market the state as a tourist destination.

Man shoots and kills bear trying to break into house
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau-area man fatally shot a bear that was trying to break into his house.

Happy Valley hunter bags enormous moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Danny Presley trudged for miles through ankle-deep mud, stopping every few feet to hand-saw a spindly spruce tree as rivulets of rain poured from the rim of his white Stetson. He didn't complain.

Goodbye Homer Hankies, hello 'rally monkey'
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goodbye wacky dome, hello sunny California.

Giants deliver Busch-whacking
ST. LOUIS -- Rich Aurilia, Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants set down the Cardinals without much of a fight.

This rivalry has great potential
Everybody knows where the commotion started. Nobody is prepared to say where it might end.

Are Mom and Dad OK? Ways to check up on parents' financial health
NEW YORK (AP) -- As you've watched your savings accounts shrink, have you given any thought to how the 2-1/2 year market slide and depressed interest rates have affected your parents' retirement nest egg?

When kids move on, many boomers more open to job relocations
NEW YORK (AP) -- A distant job opens up, and your resume makes you an ideal candidate. Your spouse works from home and the new location seems exciting.

Investors rush into bond market, but will the big payouts last?
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you play the stock market these days, there's a good chance that anything you put in, you won't get back out.

Ninilchik hunter harvests 74 3/8-inch moose
Few can call themselves big game hunters and truly mean it. Ninilchik hunter Dan Presley is one of those few who earned such a moniker when he harvested a 74 3/8-inch trophy bull moose last month near Tustumena Lake.

Title time - Kardinals, Stars tee it up for small-schools crown
How bad do you want it?

Bomb scare empties SoHi; reward offered
Soldotna High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon when someone called the school saying a bomb had been planted there.

Borough emergency management office getting 'new' space
Call the borough's Office of Emergency Management for the next few weeks and you're going to get one of the three employees at their homes rather than the familiar old offices in the Borough Building on North Binkley.

Photo feature: Riding into the sunset
A truck heads west and into the setting sun on the Sterling Highway just outside of Sterling Wednesday night. The area is losing more than five minutes of light each day as winter approaches.

Soldotna woman to face charges in Wisconsin
A Soldotna woman was being extradited from Portland, Ore., to Madison, Wis., this week after being charged with interfering with child custody.

High tides, big surf pound Homer's new anti-erosion project in Homer
HOMER -- The waves hit the seawall so hard on Tuesday afternoon that the ground shook atop the bluff it was built to protect. The sound was like distant cannonfire, and the eruption of water off the corrugated surface was part Old Faithful, part Las Vegas fountain.

Proposal would lift ban on tapping principal; fund would work more like endowment
ANCHORAGE -- A ban on tapping the principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund, now enshrined in the state constitution, could be eliminated under a proposal backed by some of the fund corporation's trustees.

Letters to the Editor
Hawkins right about permanent fund; he deserves consideration Thoughts on First Amendment freedoms and gracious winners

Working toward agreement
As the process of finding a new set of contracts for school district employees unfolds, I think it is appropriate to provide an update to the community.

Central peninsula in spotlight at state football championship
First, we'd like to congratulate both Kenai Central and Soldotna high schools for making it to this weekend's Alaska School Activities Association Small Schools Football Championship.

Fall: A season full of wonder and enjoyment for everyone
Well here we are, another fall has come and swept all of its leaves and frost onto our doorsteps.

Around the Peninsula
Speaker planned for disability awareness Oktoberfest planned by Elks Refuge to host play Swim Team to hold registration Community dinner set for next week WRCC to hold workshop Chamber to hold lights tour

With an attentive ear, truck-stop minister tends to constantly changing flock
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- Truckers and other weary travelers who pull into the Carlisle Travel Plaza in search of food, fuel or a rest room can find much more than creature comforts if the Rev. Donald Mason is around.

U.S. State Department report cites German discrimination against Scientologists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some local authorities and private firms in Germany use ''sect filters'' focused on the U.S.-based Church of Scientology in hiring and contracting, the annual report from the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom said.

Church council joins Muslims in denouncing Falwell's comment that Muhammad was a ''terrorist''
NEW YORK (AP) -- The executive board of the National Council of Churches said the Rev. Jerry Falwell's remark in an interview that ''Muhammad was a terrorist'' was uninformed and dangerous.

Jesus offers the only eternity
The year was 1976. The powerful dictator of the Communist party in China for 27 years, Mao Tse-tung, had died.

World Evangelical Alliance reaffirms commitment to Jewish evangelism
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) -- The World Evangelical Alliance is taking issue with an August report from U.S. Roman Catholic bishops that opposes efforts to target Jews for conversion.

Thai police to live as monks in anti-corruption effort, report says
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- To fight police corruption, Thai authorities want to teach police officers the value of austerity by having them experience the luxury-free lives of Buddhist monks.

How many Muslims? Latest U.S. count is around 3.5 million, well below some claims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There are perhaps 3.5 million Muslims in the United States, according to the latest estimate from a Muslim researcher. That's fewer than other efforts to count the population have found.

Oregon sex abuse suit filed against Jehovah's Witnesses
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Tyler Davidow of Corvallis has filed a $3 million suit against two local Jehovah's Witness congregations and the faith's national headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., claiming leaders ignored sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

Presbyterian project brings Muslims, Christians together
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Muslims and Christians sat near each other, crossed-legged in their stocking feet, listening to a sermon that stressed connections binding people separated by faith and custom.

Church Briefs
Bedwell to share personal testimony Rummage sale to raise library funds National speaker to address groups Native outreach fellowship to meet Clothing ministry open Bible study groups meeting Religious poems sought Writers sought for faith anthology

Ready to ride?
Sooner or later, all this rain is going to turn into snow. Now is the time for snowmachiners to start getting their machines ready to ride the powder, because it's not that far away.

Leafs hang pasting on Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Alexander Mogilny and Mats Sundin scored twice each on Toronto's newly formed top line, and Ed Belfour had a shutout in his first start for the Maple Leafs, a 6-0 victory Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Koch fires 10-under, takes lead
MOBILE, Ala. -- Sweden's Carin Koch shot a 10-under 62 on rain-softened greens Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

NCAA hires Brand as new president
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA hired Indiana University president Myles Brand as its president and chief executive Thursday, ending a seven-month search for a new leader.

It's not Elway, Marino anymore for Dolphins, Broncos
Jay Fiedler and Brian Griese aren't Dan Marino and John Elway by any standard. But they'll be doing Sunday night what Marino and Elway rarely did in their long and distinguished careers: facing each other on the football field.

No. 4 Virginia Tech's rushing attack grounds Eagles
BOSTON -- Virginia Tech stayed unbeaten by doing what it does best -- run the ball and force turnovers -- and passed its toughest test so far.

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