Saturday, October 27, 2001

Alaskaland gets new name
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaskaland is officially now Pioneer Park.

Taylor to run for lieutenant governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican state Sen. Robin Taylor said Thursday he will run for lieutenant governor.

Coast Guard investigates Unalaska spill
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Coast Guard is investigating a 500 gallon diesel fuel spill in Dutch Harbor.

Caribou numbers added to Fortymile winter hunt quota
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The quota for this winter's Fortymile caribou hunt is likely to be increased by 100 caribou.

Forest Service names new Alaska regional forester
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on Friday announced that Dennis Bschor will the Alaska regional forester.

Conservationists plan to sue federal agency to protect whales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A conservation group is planning to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service, saying the federal agency failed to assign critical habitat to two endangered Alaska whales.

NANA Corp. president to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Charlie Alasuk Curtis, the president of NANA Regional Corp., has announced he is retiring at the end of the year.

AFN postpones plan to take subsistence fight to Congress
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. crisis has stalled an effort by the Alaska Federation of Natives to take its subsistence fight to Congress.

Arrival of winter slows pipeline spill cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cold temperatures and snow have slowed the cleanup of oil spilled earlier this month when a man shot a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline north of Fairbanks.

Children Missing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers headed out again Friday morning to look for two Napaskiak children feared drowned in the Kuskokwim River.

Anchorage boys charged in anthrax hoax
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have charged a pair of 14-year-old boys with making a false report and harassment in connection with an anthrax hoax last week.

AFN keynote speaker stresses cultural resilience
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Federation of Native's 21-year-old keynote speaker urged Alaska Natives to bring the resilience of past generations to the modern battle against alcoholism.

Breaking out the bubbly
Few people would think of California's Napa Valley as Yankees territory, but along comes further proof of how baseball sometimes makes for strange bedfellows.

Rivera separates Yankees from rest of pack
NEW YORK -- The real Mariano Rivera isn't the pitcher with the cold-blooded stare on the mound.

Photo feature: Cold lunch
A cow moose ambles through the snow while browsing near Kenai Thursday afternoon.

Time to change clocks, detector batteries
The time change Sunday gives people a chance to sleep in an extra hour but also brings with it a responsibility to protect their homes and families from fire by changing the batteries in smoke detectors.

Bioterrorism scare mounts
WASHINGTON -- A State Department mail handler lay ill with inhalation anthrax Thursday and the besieged Postal Service set up spot checks at facilities nationwide as the bioterror scare widened.

BP to study frozen gas with grant money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP is one of six recipients of federal grants to study the viability of energy production from natural gas hydrates, a frozen form of the gas.

Airline safety on lunch agenda
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, which shut down air travel in the United States for three days, severely affected the viability of airlines across the nation. Most have not returned to 100 percent service, and those that have are struggling to break even as passengers stay away in droves.

Subsistence, hate crimes top agenda
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles reviewed his accomplishments and called again for subsistence and hate crimes legislation in a speech Thursday morning to the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Oilers Corner
Brian Green has agreed to return as head coach for the 2002 season.

Kenai planning session worthy of residents' time
Kenai residents have a unique opportunity to shape their community's future Saturday by participating in a planning session with the theme: "What will Kenai look like in 20 years?"

Alaska's wild salmon deserve to be known worldwide as 'organic'
What comes to mind when you hear the word "organic"? Natural? Healthy? Safe? Pure? Real? Nothing artificial? As good as it gets?

Knowledge best weapon to kill fear
I keep thinking of that T.S. Eliot line: "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." This is what the terrorists -- whoever they are -- have shown us with their malevolent mailings. By sowing their seeds of anthrax, they hope to reap a harvest of anxiety, fear, panic.

Searching for No. 1 terror suspect like looking for needle in haystack
WASHINGTON -- President Bush says the goal of the Afghanistan campaign is to rout the terror network of Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice ''dead or alive.'' Nearly three weeks into the bombing, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says bin Laden is proving tough to catch.

Small native species -- 'nature's bug zappers' -- great for mosquito control
Bats, as they flit about in the gloom of darkening skies, are spooky to many people. But the little-known bats of the Kenai Peninsula are more treat than threat.

Body-warming fire can be lifesaver
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska adventurer Roman Dial still remembers the day when his numb fingers refused to work and fire became not just a comfort but a necessity.

How chickadees thrive in the long, cold Alaska winters
As winter approaches, we realize that the chores around the house are not quite complete, and there is a mad rush to get things in order before the snow flies. The birds fly south, the berries ripen, the salmon fishers depart, and then it happens -- the first snowfall. Just we hardy ones are left to enjoy the beautiful dark winters in Alaska.

Outdoor Briefs
Park ranger honored Instructor joins Outdoor Leadership Program Forest Service cabin to be closed

Around the peninsula
KCHS hosts winter gear swap VFW Auxiliary offers smoke detectors Red Cross offers first aid class Violence awareness quilt on display Chamber's Festival of Bacchus this weekend Satellite meeting tackles health care disparities Stakeholder meeting slated Brunch will honor pastors Bazaar table space available

Lawsuit claims anti-Semitism at Minnesota's St. Cloud State University
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three Jewish professors and a student have sued St. Cloud State University, arguing Jewish faculty are paid less and are denied promotions, as part of a pattern of anti-Semitism at the school.

Terror attacks are theme for displays at Hindu festival
CALCUTTA, India -- Giant, illuminated images of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York are drawing huge crowds at an annual Hindu festival in eastern India dedicated to ridding the world of evil.

Conservative Jewish scholars nix Internet minyan, but OK some Web, phone prayer
NEW YORK (AP) -- A panel of Conservative Jewish scholars has ruled that a person participating in prayers with other Jews over the phone or Internet cannot be counted toward the quorum needed for communal prayer.

Rival Unitarian groups settle lawsuit over name of organization
BOSTON (AP) -- The Unitarian Universalist Association has settled a trademark lawsuit against a maverick group that accused the denomination of replacing spirituality with social activism.

Michigan Catholic leaders launch antisprawl campaign
DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan Roman Catholics who see urban sprawl as a moral issue are backing a campaign to promote balanced growth.

Muslim chaplains support troops, U.S. campaign against terrorism
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- One day back in 1979, Qaseem A. Uqdah was in the mess hall line at the Parris Island boot camp when a cook slapped a piece of ham onto his outstretched tray.

Religious leaders ask Bush to remember the poor in his economic policy-making
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders have urged President Bush to remember the poor as he develops his economic stimulus plan.

In the wake of Sept. 11, Muslim leaders criticized for statements on terrorism
In the days after Sept. 11, Imam Fawaz Damra of the Islamic Center of Cleveland represented Muslims at interfaith gatherings. When someone rammed a car into his mosque, Christian and Jewish clergy rallied around him.

Religion Briefs
Volunteers sought for breakfast programs Anchorage man to serve as interim pastor Reformation services planned Sunday Kids Harvest Carnival scheduled Wednesday Bible classes to start in November SolFirst to offer additional service

'Fear not': God's love helps
Several men recently attempted to row their boat across Tustumena Lake.

In the wake of Sept. 11, Muslim leaders criticized for statements on terrorism
In the days after Sept. 11, Imam Fawaz Damra of the Islamic Center of Cleveland represented Muslims at interfaith gatherings. When someone rammed a car into his mosque, Christian and Jewish clergy rallied around him.

80-acres broadens existing trail system
It's not often that the actions of one individual can make many different people happy, but with the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation's newly created Eveline State Recreation Site in Homer, outdoor enthusiasts should be thrilled for generations to come.

With nothing to lose, Stars win
With nothing to lose, the Soldotna volleyball team proved pretty hard to beat.

Indianapolis scores 28 after the break to outrun Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Only players as talented as Edgerrin James and Peyton Manning can afford to show up late for work.

'Canes blow away Mountaineers 45-3
MIAMI -- Miami's Ken Dorsey has as many career touchdown passes as Steve Walsh and Vinny Testaverde.

Totally '80s: San Francisco, Chicago meet in pivotal game
The last time the 49ers played the Bears in a game of major magnitude was Jan. 8, 1989 for the NFC championship, when Mike Ditka waited until the last minute to choose Jim McMahon over Mike Tomczak as Chicago's starting quarterback.

Shortest race should build intrigue all the way to Paris
PARIS -- They're trying to ''Lance-proof'' the Tour de France.

Kards get chance to mix it up on the mat
The Kenai Central High School wrestling team played host to Ninilchik and Soldotna Thursday, giving grapplers from all three schools valuable mat time as they prepare for this weekend's King of the Mountain tournament in Seward as well as the area tournaments down the road.

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