Saturday, November 11, 2000

Anchorage goose count dropping; hunters may be aiding effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After years of effort, the number of Canada geese is down in Alaska's largest city. But it may not be because of the efforts of local wildlife managers.

Lawmakers huddle to chose new leaders
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers huddled Thursday to pick leaders for the new Alaska Legislature, but no announcements emerged from closed-door meetings.

Salcha musher hurt after running into tree
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A musher from Salcha was reported in critical condition after his dog team ran into a low-hanging tree a half-mile from his home during a training run.

Harrington named new trooper commander for Western Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers have announced a new commander for Western Alaska.

Stevens wants Congress to wait out outcome of presidential race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is urging congressional leaders to delay until after Thanksgiving a lame duck session that was called to complete work on 2001 funding bills.

Gary King Sporting Goods closing its doors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gary King Sporting Goods is calling it quits after decades of being the place where outdoor enthusiasts here could find everything from cross-country skis to freeze-dried food.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
New ideas on treatment presented TOPS garage sale plannedHistory presentation slated Mothers group to meet MondayHospice to hold workshopCommunity dinner held to raise fundsContra dance plannedFlu shots offered in NikiskiAlaska Junior Miss deadline approachingSwim lesson registration under way

Torgerson urges Ninilchik students to get involved
Taking advantage of all the campaign energy charging the atmosphere, Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, sparked political involvement in the minds Ninilchik School students on Monday.

House, Senate choose leaders
JUNEAU -- Lawmakers huddled Thursday to pick leaders for the new Alaska Legislature, but no announcements emerged from closed-door meetings.

Ceremony to be held in Kenai
These men have witnessed humanity's best and worst moments in its most ugly and terrifying act -- that pitiless macrocosm of human suffering: war.

Carrier pulls plug on route
Yet another air carrier is giving up on the Kenai-to-Anchorage run. Anchorage-based TransNorthern Aviation suspended operations Wednesday.

Icy conditions plague drivers
A steady rain that began in the late morning played havoc with area drivers Thursday, creating treacherous driving conditions on side roads and causing several accidents.

Most, but not enough, voters favor utility sale
A majority of voters in Seward approved selling the city's small electric utility, but the count wasn't large enough to get it done.

Date-rape drug ups ante for area youth
Teen drinking is as old as Larry Kuhns, as the Homer state trooper puts it. But alcohol is not the only substance circulating at some parties this fall.

Constitutional confrontation looms
WASHINGTON -- Step by incredible step, the overtime struggle for the presidency is inching toward the constitutional confrontation both sides declare they do not want. But stopping short of one will become increasingly difficult should the struggle go to court as the Democrats intend.

Historic election holds invaluable lessons for U.S.
Is this a great country, or what?

Leave the cotton at home
There's nothing worse than being cold and wet while skiing, and that's why there's nothing worse than wearing cotton while skiing.

Forest Service sets motorized-use restrictions
Chugach National Forest lands are currently closed to motorized use. The normal opening date is Dec. 1, but depending on snow cover, the opening date may be delayed.

Pediatric group: Young kids should not operate snowmachines
CHICAGO (AP) -- With winter approaching, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants curbs on snowmobiling and says children should not be allowed to drive the vehicles.

Trails plan available to public
Alaska State Parks Director Jim Stratton announced Thursday that copies of the Alaska Recreational Trails Plan are now available. With only a limited number of copies printed, Stratton urges interested persons to visit the state's new trails Web page at www.alaskatrails.org, where a copy can be reviewed and downloaded.

Firefighter goes from Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to 'The Abyss'
People come to Alaska for a variety of reasons. For some, it's definitely a fling: the great fishing, abundant wildlife, every day a Kodak moment, then returning home to the security of routines and the conveniences of modern lifestyles.

Religion Briefs
Men's retreat plannedSpiritual Renewal Week plannedNew pastor arrives at Nikiski churchNew pastor celebration slatedPie served to welcome pastoral familyKenai Aglow to host speakerCommunitywide worship meeting plannedWorkshop scheduled for Nov. 18Music group, evangelist to visit

AIDS deaths among Catholic priests higher, newspaper says
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Star reports that the death rate from AIDS among U.S. Roman Catholic priests is higher than it estimated in a January series.

Survey examines attitudes toward intermarriage among U.S. Jews
NEW YORK (AP) -- A poll of American Jews finds a minority voicing distress over intermarriage with non-Jews. Some 39 percent say ''it would pain me if my child married a gentile,'' while 56 percent disagree. Twelve percent ''strongly disapprove'' of mixed marriages.

Church World Service postpones reopening West Timor work
NEW YORK (AP) -- Church World Service has postponed plans to reopen relief work in troubled West Timor.

Survey examines attitudes toward intermarriage among U.S. Jews
NEW YORK (AP) -- A poll of American Jews finds a minority voicing distress over intermarriage with non-Jews. Some 39 percent say ''it would pain me if my child married a gentile,'' while 56 percent disagree. Twelve percent ''strongly disapprove'' of mixed marriages.

Pope to politicians: Be guided by moral values, service
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II concluded a two-day Holy Year event for more than 2,000 politicians from 92 nations, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, by telling them to be guided by moral values and a sense of service.

Church ministry features high technology, preaches community outreach
DALLAS -- High-tech gadgetry meets high-impact worship at Bishop T.D. Jakes' mammoth, $32 million sanctuary in southwest Dallas.

Baylor ousts think tank leader, advocate of 'intelligent design'
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor University has fired the head of a think tank who is a noted advocate of the ''intelligent design'' theory, which says scientific evidence shows that nature is so complex it must result from a higher power.

Pizza magnate puts riches behind Catholic causes
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- His childhood spent in and out of foster care, Tom Monaghan didn't dream of being a firefighter, doctor or astronaut, as kids often do. Even as a second-grader, he wanted to be a priest.

Gays protest donation by AOL founder's wife to Christian academy
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A gay-rights group is criticizing an $8.35 million donation by the wife of America Online chairman Steve Case to the high school she attended. The school is run by a church that strongly opposes homosexual activity and sponsors ads saying gays can become heterosexual.

City modifications provide Orthodox Jews a Sabbath social life
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- After Steve Bickel finishes worshipping at his synagogue every Sabbath, he and his wife Eliyana have to do a little more praying. They pray their twin 2-year-olds won't be too tired to walk home -- because if Bickel or his wife had to carry them, it would be a violation of Jewish law.

Nikiski passes first test
The Nikiski volleyball team faced a pair of obstacles Thursday in the first round of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at West High School in Anchorage.

Kenai, SoHi up to Challenge
If you're going to host a brand new tournament, you might as well start the event off with a win.

Service gets by Skyview
Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid is convinced she had the team to beat Service Thursday in the first round of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament at West High School in Anchorage.

Service gets by Skyview
Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid is convinced she had the team to beat Service Thursday in the first round of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament at West High School in Anchorage.

Bulldogs get first victory
Things are coming together for the Nikiski High School hockey team.

Bulldogs get first victory
Things are coming together for the Nikiski High School hockey team.

Stars swimmers set for another run at Lynx
If the Dimond boys swimming and diving team walks off with its fourth straight title Saturday after the state meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, nobody will be able to accuse Soldotna of not learning from its mistakes.

Kenai, SoHi up to Challenge
If you're going to host a brand new tournament, you might as well start the event off with a win.

Sonics find sweet victory in Hornets' nest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vin Baker scored 22 points and Rashard Lewis added 19 as the Seattle SuperSonics got their first road win of the season, 102-94 over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

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