Saturday, December 15, 2001

Conservation group buys 37 acres near Anchor River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Nature Conservancy has bought 37 acres near Anchor River to protect the area against encroaching development.

Knowles wants $9.2 million to expand Smart Start
Gov. Tony Knowles will ask the Legislature for $9.2 million in new state spending for a broad range of children's initiatives to be added to his proposed fiscal 2003 budget.

Ferry officials apologize for leaving casket
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Marine Highway System officials issued an apology for leaving the body of a family member behind when the ferry Aurora left Sitka.

Federal Subsistence Board won't govern over marine waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has decided it will not govern subsistence fishing in marine waters now controlled by the state.

Unalaska police chief resigns
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska's police chief has resigned, effective immediately.

Fort Yukon man charged with attempted murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man is facing a charge of first-degree attempted murder for allegedly trying to strangle a Fort Yukon woman.

Magistrate refuses to provide Maad with a public defender
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal magistrate refused Thursday to appoint a public defender for a businessman arrested on bank fraud charges.

Treaty withdrawal will mean missile defense construction in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Construction of a missile defense system in Alaska can proceed with President George Bush's decision to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty with Russia, state and federal officials said Thursday.

Federal Subsistence Board won't govern over marine waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has decided it will not govern subsistence fishing in marine waters now controlled by the state.

Jury finds big game guide innocent of violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a jury just eight minutes to find big-game guide James ''Jake'' Jacobson innocent of hunting and guiding violations.

Eielson Air Force Base troops to spend holidays in Kuwait
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Almost 700 airmen from Eielson Air Force Base -- or almost a quarter of the base's complement -- will be spending three months in Kuwait.

Cold creates ice jams on Kenai River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Subzero temperatures are freezing the Kenai River, prompting concern about damage to bankside docks, stairways and landings from the grinding ice chunks, according to the National Weather Service.

Airline meal cuts result in Anchorage layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Airline catering companies are slashing staffs nationwide after major airlines drastically reduced meal service earlier this fall.

It's official: Yankees land Giambi for whopping $120 million
BOSTON -- The big names went to the big markets at the winter meetings.

Telecommuting interest grows since Sept. 11
Until Sept. 11, software engineer Marcella Parsons worked long days at the office for a Silicon Valley networking company and dreamed of retiring to the mountains someday.

Online retailers work harder to convert browsers into buyers.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Online holiday traffic might be surging, but e-tailers, like their brick and mortar counterparts, are working hard to turn cautious browsers into shoppers.

Banish winter with house plants
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Whether you're an expert in the greenhouse or just a windowsill guy, indoor plants expand the joy of gardening through the year. And new cultivars add the thrill of discovery.

Soldotna girl, 11, turns October outing into big moose memory
When you can't find what you're looking for, sometimes taking a peek from a different perspective can open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Photo feature: Makin' movies
While fans watch two wrestling matches underway in the gym at Kenai Central High School Thursday, Petersburg wrestler Jack Marsh watches a closed-circuit television broadcast of a match underway in the school's wrestling room on the opening day of the state championships.

Borough administration seeks revision of 5-year agreement with hospital
With only a few days left before a Dec. 31, 2001, "trigger date," the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration has notified Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. that it wants to make changes to the five-year lease and operating agreement.

Assembly takes up hospital contract
If no one hears a tree when it falls in the forest, does it still make a sound? Applied to Tuesday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly, the answer is yes.

Ice jams threaten flooding along river
Last spring, warm weather caused high water on the Kenai River. Now frigid winter temperatures are causing similar problems.

Subsistence fishery to open on Kenai
There was cautious reaction to the Federal Subsistence Board's Tuesday ruling that rural residents of the state may subsistence fish on portions of the upper Kenai River, in Skilak and Kenai lakes and in the waterways of Lake Clark National Park.

Kathryn Jean (Purintun) Andress
Kenai resident Kathryn Jean (Purintun) Andress died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, from complications awaiting a stem cell transplant at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She was 55.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign infielder from Stetson

One thing should not change after Sept. 11: nation's love of liberty
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, almost everyone is rethinking their position on almost everything.

Lack of funding hurting schools
Teachers in New Jersey took extreme job action recently and were jailed. Harsh feelings between the different shareholders in the issue have developed.

Letters to the Editor
Americans should understand what Bill of Rights mean to them Our Bill of Rights: the first 10 amendments to the Constitution Peninsula schools should postBill of Rights for all students to see No child should be forgotten during Christmas season

Outdoor Briefs
Ski clinic offered National forest still closed to snowmachines Sport fish plan open for comment

Why haven't you died in an avalanche yet?
On March 21, 1999, avalanche expert Jill Fredston awoke, looked out her window, then proceeded to take out her rescue pack and load it with a few sandwiches.

Cycles of nature evident in short walk through wildlife refuge
After a recent snowfall, I took a midday walk in the woods to look at some of the fine points of winter life.

Around the Peninsula
CPR/first aid instructors sought Benefit for Kasilof fire victims tonight Basketball league taking registrations Sleigh rides and Santa at mall Craft sale to raise money for fire station Open house planned at new learning center Family caregiver outreach support program to meet KPC to hold new student orientation KPBSD seeks members for budget review panel

Lutherans' president wins ruling in dispute over Yankee Stadium interfaith service
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- The Rev. Gerald Kieschnick, new president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, has emerged the winner in an internal spat over another clergy member's participation in an interfaith prayer service.

National Presbyterian offices take a financial hit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The recession and a brewing protest by conservative congregations are taking a financial toll on national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which anticipates a $2.5 million shortfall in the 2002 budget.

Religion Briefs
New 2 U clothing ministry open Saturday Church hosts dessert and show Christmas for Kids planned Revelations discussed Special services scheduled Hanukkah celebration planned Christmas musical planned for Sunday Birthday service scheduled Longest night service slated Musical planned Christmas Eve Holiday service plans sought

Change of heart: It's not too late to start a legacy
I don't know when the Christmas season begins in your home, but generally we don't put up the tree or play the Christmas CDs until the weekend after Thanksgiving. One holiday at a time, please.

Reform Jews applaud Bush leadership but express concern over civil liberties
BOSTON (AP) -- Reform Judaism's synagogue union praised President Bush's leadership since Sept. 11, while urging him to preserve civil liberties during the war on terror.

Robertson confident Christian Coalition can survive, others not so sure
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Christian Coalition was once an influential force in U.S. politics, helping Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in 1994 and championing conservative causes.

Vietnam Communists ask Protestants to help maintain order in Central Highlands
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam's Communist Party has asked Protestant leaders in the restive Central Highlands to support government religious policies and help maintain political and social order, state-controlled media reported.

As church attendance drops, experts divided over long-term religious impact of terrorist attacks
To the congregation at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., it must have seemed like their city had been born again.

The U.S. Jewish population increased slightly in 2000, annual says
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's Jewish population reached 6,136,000 as of 2000, an increase of 75,000 over 1999, according to the new ''American Jewish Year Book.''

Shadow of Sept. 11 worries organizers of World Youth Day
TORONTO (AP) -- The shadow of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has Roman Catholic organizers of next year's World Youth Day promoting the event as more necessary than ever in a troubled world.

Roman Catholic leaders use teen conference to promote vocations
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A National Catholic Youth Conference encouraged the nearly 24,000 teen-agers attending to consider religious vocations and help reverse the declining number of priests, sisters and brothers.

Christians in northeast India plan rally to take Christmas peace vow
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Thousands of tribespeople plan to rally before Christmas to pledge peace and an end of ''mistrust and misunderstanding'' in Nagaland, India's predominantly Christian northeastern state.

Fresh snow spruces up trails
Moderate snowfall on the central Kenai Peninsula throughout the week has touched up the ski trails perfectly for the weekend, but it looks like skiers are going to have to battle a little cold to enjoy the trails.

Canadiens dump Flyers, continue hot streak
PHILADELPHIA -- Doug Gilmour scored a power-play goal and Jose Theodore made 31 saves as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Thursday night.

CIA girls notch win at Classic
Opening a new season with a victory is always a good thing, and the Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team did just that Thursday, defeating Matanuska Christian School 45-33 on the opening day of the Cook Inlet Classic.

Baron flies Hornets past Raptors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Baron Davis had 17 points and a career-high 15 assists and all five Charlotte starters scored in double figures Thursday night as the Hornets rolled to a 104-90 victory over the slumping Toronto Raptors.

Soldotna girls topple Service
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team opened up the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament with a 42-32 win over Service at Nikiski High School.

Group boycotts Nuggets
DENVER -- Hispanic groups launched a boycott Thursday of the Denver Nuggets, demanding Dan Issel be replaced as coach after he shouted an insensitive ethnic remark and a profanity at a fan in the crowd.

Bulldogs sit just behind Skyview at state wrestling
After the first day of the fall state wrestling tournament at Kenai Central High School Thursday, the only thing that had been determined is that the event is running smoother than last year.

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