- The Washington Times - Monday, June 25, 2007

ALASKA

Tool sparks start destructive wildfire

ANCHORAGE — An enormous forest fire started by tool sparks has destroyed dozens of homes and cabins on the scenic Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage.

The blaze had blackened about 78 square miles, or 50,000 acres, as of Saturday, forestry officials said.

The fire had destroyed 30 homes and seasonal cabins and 40 other buildings, according to the state Division of Forestry. In addition, 600 homes and cabins were threatened and an evacuation order was in effect for the area.

The fire was started Tuesday by sparks falling onto dry grass from a grinder being used to sharpen a shovel, officials said. About 250 firefighters were at work on the blaze.

UTAH

Mormon president honored with building

SALT LAKE CITY — The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got a 97th birthday present Saturday that was too big to wrap: a building bearing his name built with donations from followers.

“If I’d known so many nice things were going to be said, I would have had a party like this 10 years ago,” Gordon B. Hinckley joked after his counselors in church’s First Presidency lauded his contributions to the church.

The 83,000-square-foot building is the new home of Brigham Young University’s office of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Public Affairs and Guest Relations.

Last year, the church president celebrated his birthday by turning over a shovel of dirt and dedicating the building site. On Saturday, Mr. Hinckley’s son, Richard G. Hinckley, christened its use with a dedicatory prayer.

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco mayor restricts bottled water

SAN FRANCISCO — Is city water better than bottled water? Mayor Gavin Newsom thinks so.

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