Saturday, September 4, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Ann Tappana, Sterling

Salmon Ball
This is a great hostess gift.

Coconut Bon Bons
Bonnie Misner, Lewiston, Idaho

Butter Rum Mix
Deana Huckstead, Bothell, Wash.

Potato Doughnuts
Mrs. Hanes Hall

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."

Coconut-Rum Balls
Ute Kautz, Arlington, Wash.

Mince Meat Cookies
Bev Mitchell, Healy

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.

Linda Brackenreed, Arlington, Wash.

Marshmallow Cream Fudge

Santa's Whiskers
Lisa Perkins, Arlington, Wash.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Through Aug. 28*

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.

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.

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.

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