Friday, September 3, 2004

Yanks top Tribe, get back on track
NEW YORK Orlando Hernandez limited the Cleveland Indians to three hits in seven innings and Jorge Posada hit a go-ahead, two-run homer that led the New York Yankees over the Indians 5-3 Wednesday night.

Cubs edge Expos
MONTREAL Nomar Garciaparra scored the go-ahead run on Claudio Vargas' wild pitch in the 11th inning and Mark Grudzielanek added an RBI single to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Montreal Expos 2-1 Wednesday night.

Marlins sweep Mets, set sights on Cubs
NEW YORK Carl Pavano moved into a tie for the NL lead with his 16th win, helping the Florida Marlins gain ground in the wild-card chase with a 9-6 victory Thursday over the New York Mets.

AL West-leading A's maintain torrid pace
CHICAGO Mark Redman pitched seven strong innings and Billy McMillon homered to lead the Oakland Athletics past the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Thursday.

Google's governance comes up short
NEW YORK (AP) All the hype over Google Inc.'s initial public offering allowed one important tidbit about the company to get lost in the shuffle: Its corporate governance is anything but shareholder friendly.

NAFTA rules against U.S. lumber subsidies
WASHINGTON For the third time, a North American Free Trade Agreement panel has ruled that the United States failed to prove its softwood lumber industry is harmed by Canadian imports.

Business briefs
Area chambers set scheduleKeyBank staffs new branchRaft trip offered to support land trust

Costs of owning a pet can add up quickly
NEW YORK (AP) Kittens and puppies at the pet store or local pound may tug at your heartstrings, but new pet owners soon find that animal companions can also tug at their pursestrings.

Oil prices bounce to $44 on government, industry inventory data
NEW YORK (AP) Oil prices bounced nearly $2 to $44 a barrel Wednesday after government and industry data showed a sharp drop last week in the nation's supply a surprise to most traders, who expected inventories to be steady or grow slightly.

Construction spending rises to all-time high
WASHINGTON Construction spending sprang back to life in July, rising to the highest level on record, the government reported Wednesday.

Internet remains work in progress 35 years later
NEW YORK Thirty-five years after computer scientists at UCLA linked two bulky computers using a 15-foot gray cable, testing a new way for exchanging data over networks, what would ultimately become the Internet remains a work in progress.

Keep a pink eye out when silver fishing
By all accounts the silver salmon season continues to be a good one.

707-pound Nikiski pumpkin sets record
Driving by the front of the Tuboscope shop in Nikiski this summer, you'd never suspect anything unusual was tucked away behind the metal building off Old Nikiski Beach Road near the high school.

Compromise reached for Fairbanks hunting area
FAIRBANKS (AP) A waterfowl refuge will open to hunters a day late this year after a flap between federal and state game officials threatened a longer closure of the popular Fairbanks hunting area.

Book explains totem poles' significance
Totem poles are an emblem of Alaska, famous the world over. Yet many misconceptions persist about them, and the interesting facts of their artistic, historical and cultural roles are little known.

Alaska artist paints clogs for Dansko
ANCHORAGE On a rainy summer afternoon, Anchorage artist Romney Dodd-Ortland brushed red paint into a crosshatch over the toes of two dozen black leather clogs.

Professional dancers take new career tracks teaching in Soldotna
The kids at Vergine's Dance Studio in Soldotna this year may not fully grasp the intricacies of ballet, what it's like to audition for a dance company or how much work it takes to be a professional dancer, but they're learning from people who do.

Art Briefs
Art scholarships awardedBallroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredFavorite poem project solicits submissions

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Fall film stars: Ray, Bridget and Phantom
LOS ANGELES What, no ''Lord of the Rings'' movie this fall? Wake us up when ''The Hobbit'' hits the big screen.

Firefighters showed leadership, dedication to dangerous job
The recent rains may damper the fire and smoke from the Tustemena Lake shores, and the sky will hopefully return to blue again, but, before I forget it, I want to express my respect and admiration for the Forest Service personnel fighting the fires.

Violence does happen on Kenai Peninsula
This letter is in response to John McCombs' "When did Soldotna become dangerous?"

Shooting range, runway have no place in residential area
I have lived in my current location for 15 years. My modest abode is approximately one road mile from the Kenai Spur Highway at Mile 28. While life has not always been idyllic, it has been a fairly quiet neighborhood and neighborly relations have been acceptably cordial. Apart from outright criminal behavior, which eventually was remedied, there have been two egregious exceptions to this rule. The first was a plan to insert a runway capable of handling heavy cargo aircraft into the neighborhood.

KRSA claims hurt community, walk fine line with regulations
My fellow Kenai Peninsula residents, as your state representative for District 33, I've stood on the issues of representing my constituents here on the Kenai. Now I find myself again standing up to special interest once more, in a recent flurry of e-mails and letters to Alaska Department of Fish and Game board support section, Kenai River Sport Fish Association executive director and their founder have made accusations toward my community, as to the public's safety to holding the Board of Fish meetings here in Soldotna this coming January.

Chase for top 10 takes California spotlight
FONTANA, Calif. The championship can wait. Never has there been so much attention on 10th place in NASCAR's premier stock car series.

Council kicks in support for soccer
Soccer's growing popularity on the central peninsula has led to a problem that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago: there's more players than places to play.

Deadline looming for voter sign-up
One down, two to go. Alaska residents exercised their democratic rights last week, voting in the 2004 Alaska Primary Election. But as evidenced by the slew of campaign ads on television and radio, the voting season is far from over.

Lawsuit filed against governor
ANCHORAGE Gov. Frank Murkowski violated the state constitution last month when he rejected all three nominees to fill an Anchorage Superior Court vacancy, a lawsuit filed Thursday claims.

Kids carry ton of trash from beaches
A program designed to help the city of Kenai deal with damage done to its beaches during the popular summer dipnet fishery netted more than a ton of trash between June and August.

Skating helps girl put shyness, lifelong health problems on ice
The 2004 summer Olympics ended Sunday, but Megan Garoutte didn't watch many of the events. She was busy training for the winter Olympics 2014.

Falling by the wayside
Many consider themselves fortunate to live in an area with four distinct seasons.

No paper planned for Labor Day
The Peninsula Clarion will not be printed Monday to allow newspaper employees to spend the Labor Day holiday with family and friends.

Rainfall douses wildfire
Rain falling in the past several days has decreased fire activity at the Glacier Creek Fire near Tustumena Lake and prompted the reopening of one area trail, the Alaska Division of Forestry reported Thursday.

Brandon Lowell Crezee
Kenai resident Brandon Lowell Crezee died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in a plane crash near McGrath. He was 28.

Carl Dennis
Kenai resident Carl Dennis died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 86.

Clayton Doyle McAuliffe
Kenai resident Clayton Doyle McAuliffe died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, surrounded by his family at Stonebrook Inn Assisted Living in Soldotna. He was 86.

Brewing a bad mix
Let's just say Frank Murkowski is not a marketing genius. If he were, he would never propose to increase pollution in Alaska salmon streams.

Urban myths have no place in rural game management
Again, Bambi's disciples are hard at it in Alaska, this time to ban at the ballot box the most tightly regulated and controlled form of hunting in the state.

Education key factor in earning power, building economy
"Those Who Learn More Earn More"

Riding makes wilderness trekking more comfortable
COOPER LANDING Floyd Green showed up wearing spurs and a neckerchief, looking so country-western he would put Toby Keith to shame. Gaelyn Alexander, with arm muscles any tough woman would die for, tightened the horses' harnesses with practiced ease.

Survival 101: How to make it out of the woods alive
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Surviving a night or longer in the woods may sound like a nightmare to most people, but according to at least one local man, surviving can be relatively uncomplicated if you know what to do and keep your wits about you.

Raven rules await Southeast golfers
Eagles, wildflowers, a glacier, towering mountains and the occasional bear are elements that can enhance any outdoor experience. These same elements provide a unique atmosphere and majestic touch to the golf courses of Southeast Alaska for locals and visitors alike.

On the move: Following directions in wilderness requires a backup plan
It's that time of year again, when many folks dig out those old topographic maps, compass, and possibly that new GPS unit (which they scored last Christmas) and head for the woods. For some, these are tools to figure out where they are and where they are going. For others, like myself, these are tools which help me find my truck at the end of the day.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist to meetDrivers' safety class plannedDonor appreciation day scheduledAuction fund-raiser setSocial Security reps to visit areaPhone card donations sought

Around the Peninsula
Sterling seniors hold fund-raiser Final day to register for basketball league La Leche to meet Soldotna to repaint hydrants Public health centers plan one-day closure Multiple sclerosis group to meet Developmental screening offered

Coconut-Rum Balls
Ute Kautz, Arlington, Wash.

Potato Doughnuts
Mrs. Hanes Hall

Ann Tappana, Sterling

Baked Carmel Corn
One of my favorite holiday recipes is for baked caramel corn. It is one from my mother's collection of many fine, tasty treats that were special to our family. It also had the nickname of "Cracker Jacks." It's a great gift idea for those who have a sweet tooth.

Butter Rum Mix
Deana Huckstead, Bothell, Wash.

Linda Brackenreed, Arlington, Wash.

Coconut Bon Bons
Bonnie Misner, Lewiston, Idaho

Salmon Ball
This is a great hostess gift.

Gingerbread Men
"At my mom's house, gingerbread men decorate the tree and the garland. It is a tradition that is carried over at my house. It is a great activity with children."

Mince Meat Cookies
Bev Mitchell, Healy

Bourbon Applesauce Cake
Deana Huckstead, Bothell, Wash.

Frosted Gingerbread Cake
Proving that recipes are timeless, this 1941 recipe comes from my grandmother's collection. I love this cake warm from the oven. Nan

Santa's Whiskers
Lisa Perkins, Arlington, Wash.

Holiday treats that are good to eat
Food is a universal means of celebration. America is made up of many different cultures and at any given time someone is celebrating, be it a holiday, religious or family event. Each culture uses recipes that are handed down from generation to generation. Sharing food is a gift from the heart.

Marshmallow Cream Fudge

Congregation granted land after splitting from church
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) A Fresno congregation that quit the United Methodist Church has been granted ownership of its property under a unanimous state appeals court ruling that overturned a lower court.

Boston Catholics seek ways to fight parish closures
BOSTON (AP) _ Since the Boston Archdiocese announced the closing of 82 parishes, at least a dozen Roman Catholic parishes have followed various tactics to fight to keep their churches open. However, church officials say chances of changing Archbishop Sean O'Malley's mind are remote.

Australian Anglican diocese proposes no discipline over Communion minus priests
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Leaders of the Anglican Church of Australia's large Sydney Diocese recommended against formal authorization for Communion services without priests but said no disciplinary action should be taken if non-priests lead the sacrament.

Smoke gets in your eyes, can cause change in your heart
As I write, there are fires burning near Tustumena Lake that are causing discomfort for many of us. The ubiquitous haze of smoke that envelops us daily on the Kenai Peninsula can taint a beautiful fall day here.

Amid carousels and corndogs, heavenly inspiration
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) The Rev. John Vakulskas walks tall here in the midway, among the twirling rides and twinkling lights, where the scent of cotton candy wafts and the playful cries of children resound.

Church Briefs
Friends Day planned Sunday Fall Bible study scheduled Womens prayer group to meet Bible study slated Family worship offered Church changes name

Seventeen magazine, the girls' fashion bible, gets religion
NEW YORK (AP) Faiza worships five times a day, while Rhianna is as likely to believe in God as in the Easter Bunny. Kristin prays too, but to the God and the Goddess.

Nikiski, Eielson meet in pivotal GLC tilt
Nikiski has outscored the three Great Land Conference opponents it has faced this season 144-18. Eielson has outscored the one it has faced 53-0.

Birch Ridge Report: It's time to relax, and golf
Autumn is, to me, a very peaceful season. September means the end of the hectic chauffeuring of visiting relatives back and forth between fishing holes; the end of watering those stupid violets that never grew any bigger than when I bought them in May; the respite from the constant shedding of dog hair; the end of visiting friends who automatically assume that because I live on a golf course I must be a fantastic player and the stress of having to lie my way out of that one.

Haynes enjoys moment in Open spotlight
NEW YORK (AP) As a tot, Angela Haynes hit her first tennis strokes on the same Compton courts that produced Serena and Venus Williams.

Patriots finish dismal preseason
FOXBORO, Mass. Quinn Gray threw three touchdown passes in the final eight minutes and the Jacksonville Jaguars ended the New England Patriots' poor exhibition season with a 31-0 win Thursday night.

No. 20 Utah blows past Texas A&M
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Alex Smith threw for three touchdowns, rushed for two more and finished with 435 yards of offense, and No. 20 Utah backed up its first preseason ranking with a 41-21 win over Texas A&M on Thursday night.

Russia tops U.S. hockey
ST. PAUL, Minn. Alex Kovalev scored the winning goal and minor-league goaltender Illya Bryzgalov held his own against the American stars as Russia beat the United States 3-1 Thursday night in the World Cup of Hockey.

Sports Briefs
Bird Homestead Golf Course hosts tourneyKPSC ends season on high noteMourning to attempt comebackPennington gets contract extensionIchiro's monthly hit total the most in 66 yearsAnkiel back in majors

Still going
NEW YORK Maybe it's time for Andre Agassi to pick on someone his own age. These kids just can't keep up with him.

Canada has easy time with Slovakia
MONTREAL Ryan Smyth scored two goals to lead Canada to a 5-1 victory over Slovakia on Wednesday night in the World Cup of Hockey.

Sprint Invite wraps up
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Circle Track Division hosted the final day of the 2004 Sprint Invitational at Twin Cities Raceway Saturday.

Prosecutors drop Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. The criminal case against Kobe Bryant case collapsed Wednesday as prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge against him, saying they had no choice because the NBA star's accuser no longer wanted to participate.

Racing Lions to host state event
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division will host the Alaska State Motocross and Quad Races Saturday and Sunday at Twin Cities Raceway. These are the final state races of the year.

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