Organizers deliver petition signatures for instant runoff in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thousands of petition signatures were delivered Thursday to the Division of Elections in an initiative that could result in an instant runoff system for most state offices in Alaska, though not the governor and lieutenant governor.
Schlereth toys with idea of retirement
DENVER (AP) -- Veteran Denver Broncos guard Mark Schlereth, recovering from his 28th surgery, is using his strongest words to date that this season could be his last.
Kodiak-based plane joins search for missing Chinese fishing boat
KODIAK (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has joined in the search for a missing Chinese fishing boat about 750 miles southwest of Adak.
Cook claims self-defense in fatal shooting of police officer
PALMER (AP) -- Kim Michael Cook is claiming self-defense in the shooting death of a Palmer police officer last year.
Opponents take aim at tax cap proponents' claims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Statewide tax cap opponents handed out bologna sandwiches at a news conference Thursday to dramatize their opinion of the revenue sources that cap proponents say will be available to fill in for lost property tax revenue.
BC-AK--Salmon Disaster,269. Disaster aid for Cook Inlet fishermen
KENAI (AP) -- Commercial fishermen, processors and small businesses hurt by dismal Cook Inlet sockeye salmon returns this year are eligible for low-interest loans under an economic injury disaster declared Tuesday.
Former trooper homicide investigator temporarily ends retirement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Police Department has enticed a former Alaska State Trooper homicide investigator out of retirement.
35,000-gallon crude oil leak contained at site
LAUREL, Wash. (AP) -- About 35,000 gallons of crude oil leaked out of a vent along a pipeline that was being restarted after a shutdown for improvements to the line, officials said.
Light quake shakes Kodiak; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says a light earthquake shook Kodiak early Friday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.
Schaeffer named interim director of UAF's Chukchi Campus
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former state Adjutant General John Schaeffer has been named interim director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Chukchi Campus at Kotzebue.
Federal Medicaid share to Alaska would go up under Murkowski provision
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal government would pick up an extra $200 million in Medicaid costs for Alaska over the next five years under a bill Sen. Frank Murkowski hopes will become law this year.
Economist predicts solid job growth for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An economist based in Utah predicts the Alaska economy will add 7,000 new jobs this year.
UAF researchers finds dead salmon nourish lakes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has found evidence that decaying sockeye salmon nourish lakes in Alaska and lead to better salmon production.
SBA declares Cook Inlet an economic disaster
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Small Business Administration has declared an economic disaster for the Cook Inlet region because of poor red salmon returns to the Kenai River over the summer.
Flu vaccine arrives in Alaska, almost two months late
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's health department finally received its allotment of flu vaccine Wednesday -- almost two months later than usual.
Money for new Kake dam headed to Clinton's desk
JUNEAU (AP) -- Federal money to replace the broken dam in Kake is expected to receive President Clinton's signature soon.
State: Commercial fishing continues to top job-related deaths in Alaska
UNALASKA (AP) -- Commercial fishing again led the list of workers killed on the job last year in Alaska, the state Division of Public Health says.
Shares in Alaska Air rise on word of Gates' stake in carrier
SEATTLE (AP) -- Shares in Alaska Air Group rose nearly 10 percent on Friday after it was revealed that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates owns 1.4 million shares of the group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.
Around the Peninsula
Book fair held todayHalloween Carnival slatedMini-course plannedFall bake sale, bazaar scheduledSoldotna bazaar, art show slatedAARP driver safety class scheduledClass held for diabetes education
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.
Sterling hunter takes trophy of a lifetime
Sterling resident Lee Riley turned 63 in June, and as he reflected on successful hunts and the animals taken in Alaska and elsewhere, one trophy was missing -- a brown bear.
Users find Kalifornsky Beach trail smooth going
Seniors strolling hand in hand, boys on bikes, dog walkers, marathon runners-in-training, teens on in-line skates and mommies pushing strollers all have a great new place to play: the pedestrian trail next to Kalifornsky Beach Road.
District facing teacher shortage
If you have been considering a career in teaching, now is the time to make your move.
Program changes complicate training
People considering pursuit of education degrees through Kenai Peninsula College need to do some homework. Changes at the statewide University of Alaska have complicated the process.
Standard time returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's time for most Americans to get back to the old standard. Standard time, that is.
Committee keeps campaign funding on the level
Voters' attention doesn't come cheap. Radio, television and newspaper ads, yard signs, bumper stickers and travel budgets aren't magically donated to candidates when they decide to run for office, but the bucks have to come from somewhere.
Recess time -- in memory of Ryan Flood
I had Ryan Flood as a kindergarten student in my classroom many years ago. Each child that has passed through my classroom over the years has become part of me, in some small, yet rather significant way. Although I have not seen or kept in contact with Ryan or his family since those kindergarten years, I wanted to share this memory I have of Ryan.
Hemp initiative deserves to go down in flames
Of the six ballot measures before voters on Nov. 7, Ballot Measure No. 5 is the most ludicrous.
Letters to the Editor
Initiatives undermine state's sustained use wildlife policyBan on wildlife initiatives at odds with democracy
Many contribute to success of group's dinner-auctionNikiski seniors appreciate support for scholarshipVolunteers play major role in success of state meet
Buying ill-fitted ski equipment can be costly
Buying the equipment for skis is pretty much like buying the equipment for anything else. Be prepared, or be disappointed.
Refuge offers excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities
As the snow starts to fly and the weather turns foul, it's time to dust off the over-under, mend the decoys, practice calling, start retraining the faithful Lab and get out to enjoy some of the excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Civil liberties union and Arizona mayor reach 'Bible Week' pact
PHOENIX (AP) -- A two-year legal battle over ''Bible Week'' in suburban Gilbert is finally settled.
Federal appeals court permits school prayer if initiated by students
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Atlanta says a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Texas school prayers doesn't prevent Alabama students from voluntarily talking about religion or praying publicly.
Orthodox leader seeks to reconcile differences with Greek church
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of worldwide Eastern Orthodoxy, made a private visit to open a regional office, expressing hopes this will improve testy relations with the powerful Greek Orthodox Church.
Pakistan Christians in court to challenge separate status
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Charging discrimination, the Christian Liberation Front has filed a Supreme Court suit to challenge separate electorates for religious minorities in Muslim-dominated Pakistan.
Church ministry features high technology, preaches community outreach
DALLAS (AP) -- High-tech gadgetry meets high-impact worship at Bishop T.D. Jakes' mammoth, $32 million sanctuary in southwest Dallas.
Massachusetts tax break for charity giving: goodwill or greed?
BOSTON (AP) -- It seems like a relatively harmless way to boost charitable giving in Massachusetts: Provide state income-tax deductions for gifts to charity, as the federal government and 42 other states already do.
Nun named a top official for U.S. Catholic bishops
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sister Lourdes Sheehan, secretary of education for the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops' conference, has been promoted to be one of the organization's three associate general secretaries. Monsignor William P. Fay, who in February becomes general secretary, or chief staff executive, made the announcement.
Presidential candidates often at odds with their denominations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush say they are guided by religious teachings. But not necessarily from their own traditions.
Pastor cleared in dispute over allowing woman speaker
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A pastor who allowed a woman to speak from the pulpit has been cleared of violating church doctrine by a judicial panel of the Presbyterian Church in America.
God's never too busy, just make sure you dial the correct number
In February, I was invited to give a presentation about the ministry of LOVE INC to the people of a church in Soldotna.
Scientologists protest France's attitude toward their religion
PARIS (AP) -- Thousands joined actress Kirstie Alley and singer Isaac Hayes in a protest against the French government attitude toward the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology.
Church conducting classes on Catholic faith Speakers featured at conferenceMen's retreat plannedMusic group, evangelist to visit
Stern: Timberwolves put franchise's future in jeopardy
MINNEAPOLIS -- NBA commissioner David Stern said Thursday that ''shocking'' fraud by the Minnesota Timberwolves forced him to inflict record punishment over a secret contract for star forward Joe Smith.
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees took turns parading their World Series trophy around the field, hoisting it high so fans could see it gleaming gold in the lights.
Mike Colton recently was elected president of the Peninsula Oilers board of directors, replacing John Lohrke, who steps down after three years at the helm.
Keenan sets Bruins back on winning track
BOSTON -- Mike Keenan won his first game as coach of the Boston Bruins and Jason Allison scored twice in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
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