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Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Steroid talks progress, but no deal yet
NEW YORK Baseball players and owners have made progress toward toughening rules on steroid testing. How close they are to an agreement depends on which side you listen to.

MLB players agree to drug testing
PHOENIX Baseball players gave their lawyers the go-ahead Tuesday to reach an agreement with owners on tougher testing for steroids.

Garciaparra stays with Cubs, Radke with Twins
NEW YORK Nomar Garciaparra stayed with the Chicago Cubs, Brad Radke remained with Minnesota and the Boston Red Sox made arbitration offers to Pedro Martinez and several other World Series stars Tuesday, the first big deadline of the offseason for teams and free agents.

Edward Jones Ranks No. 1 in National Survey of Brokers For the 12th Consecutive Year
For the 12th consecutive year, Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in Registered Representative magazine's annual survey of the nation's seven largest financial-services firms. The magazine randomly selects brokers nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories.

Buying and selling local crafts for Christmas
The annual Arts and Crafts fair sponsored by the Peninsula Art Guild has become a holiday shopping tradition as well as an opportunity for local artists to exhibit and market their wares. Hand crafted items have become popular gifts for Alaskans as well as unique items to send to friends and family living in the lower 48. According to Lauren Wakefield, the fair coordinator for the Peninsula Art Guild, people come from all over the Peninsula to buy and sell their crafts, "We even have people here from Anchorage, Chugiak, and Eagle River and of course lots of people from Homer and the local Kenai, Soldotna, area, plus everywhere in-between like Moose Pass, Sterling, and Clam Gulch," said Wakefield.

Outdoors
During the week of Thanksgiving I'm sure many of you heard about the deer hunting shooting in Wisconsin. Eight hunters were shot on private property by a trespassing hunter over a dispute about hunting in a tree stand. Six of the hunters died from their wounds and two survived. As many of you know I grew up in Wisconsin and spent countless hours hunting deer and other types of wild life there.

Raven's Roost opens; Mascot receives its name...
With the New Year 2005 only weeks away, the eyes of the nations of the circumpolar north and their athletes are focusing on the Kenai Peninsula, the host for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. Underscoring the broad based community support that is growing for the coming of the Games throughout the Peninsula, the official Arctic Winter Games apparel store called the Raven's Roost, had their official ribbon cutting grand opening last Saturday. Local government officials from around the Peninsula joined Host Society president and Borough Mayor Dale Bagley for the event as well as a new Alaskan celebrity, the official mascot for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games "Rascal" the loveable Raven.

Electric Light Parade illumines All American City...
Mild temperatures encouraged hundreds of families to turn out for last weeks Electric Light Parade which began at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center and ended up before a panel of judges in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's parking lot. There were 17 participants in this year's parade which seems to get larger and more creative each year. From Nutcracker Ballet dancers to flying Hogs and marching Young Marines the annual parade was a D-light to see.

Christmas comes to Kenai and Santa too...
Everyone waiting was also treated to hot cocoa from McDonalds and cookies baked at the Kenai Senior Center. "Barry Eldridge kept running back and forth to keep us supplied, the seniors baked 500 for us and Safeway came through with another 300 and Peterkin Distributing supplied us with all the candy canes," said Odgers. It was a tired but jolly Santa that climbed back aboard the Kenai Fire Department ladder truck to finish off the electric light parade which was coordinated and judged by the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Club. Following the parade thousands of eyes turned to the mild evening sky for a zinging fireworks spectacular display presented by Fire Art by Griz in cooperation with the Kenai Fire Department and Fire Marshall James Baisden.

Cranberry Pecan Pie
"This is a recipe from my Great Grandmother."

Loose Change Can Add Up To Holiday Cheer
(NAPSA)-The majority of Americans expect to spend as much on the holidays this year as they spent on them last year-or more. The Coinstar National Currency Poll showed that 80 percent of Americans will be spending the same or more during the 2004 holidays-an average of $892 per household.

Scandinavian Spice Cookies
"My Great Gramma's special treat every Christmas from Erskine, Minnesota."

Crab Muffins
Below, please find a recipe that has been in our family for over 60 years.

Casino-Themed Holiday Gifts: A Sure Thing
(NAPSA)-At many holiday celebrations this year, the traditional tinsel and twinkling lights will be traded in for the glitz and neon of the Las Vegas Strip.

Grandma's Fattigmands
"Of all of the wonderful things that came from my Grandma Evelyn's kitchen, my favorite is a Scandanavian cookie that takes me back to childhood. They are pronounced futti-mund, and are one of my family's favorite to this day. Covered in powdered sugar, these deep fried cookies were a treat we cousins loved to snack on as we played and enjoyed the family gathering every Christmas Eve at my Grandpa and Grandma's house.

Grandma's Recipes Leave Handful of Memories
"Can you imagine preparing a meal without ever consulting a cookbook or looking at a recipe?

Halibut Lasagna
Lasagna Noodles (I usually add a chicken bullion cube and garlic to the water when I cook these)

A Touch Of Homemade Elegance For Your Table
(NAPSA)-With the holidays upon us, add a homemade touch to your celebrations by creating a wonderful Table Runner.

Cranberry Cake
Yummmm

Make Shopping Simpler, Safer, and Even More Fun
(NAPSA)-It's that time of year again, so ready, set...shop. But wait. Taking a few minutes for some pre-planning can save you time, money, and bother this holiday season.

Quick Salmon Casserole
Great for that pot luck.

Spiced Pecans
The perfect appetizer -or gift

Christmas Eve Tradition With An Alaska Flair
" Christmas Eve was spent at my Grandparent's country home in rural Minnesota when I was a child. I can still feel the welcome embrace of the rush of warm, sweet smelling air that greeted us when we walked in the door of their home, and the fantastic sense of anticipation that filled me at the prospect of playing with my cousins and enjoying the festivities. This was an evening of tradition, one of which, like families around the world, involved the meal.

Individual Cheesecakes
This would be a fun recipe to make with kids!

Salmon Dip
"Your holiday party guests will love this dip. You can use either smoked salmon or canned, drained salmon."

Cherry Cranberry Salad
"It tried this recipe from a magazine. Even people who don't like cranberries will like this dish. It adds tang to a bland meal."

Gifts For Film Fans
The game seamlessly integrates single player, multiplayer split screen and online game play for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles.

Baked Eggs
"Holiday brunch is one of the greatest ways to start your relaxed holiday morning. This recipe is a favorite of mine, and in addition to being simple to assemble, creates a lovely presentation. The recipe is suitable for a larger gathering, as it makes 10-12 servings, but can easily be reduced for smaller families. The dish does reheat beautifully in the microwave, so consider making the full batch."

Emergency Nurses Offer Holiday Safety Tips
(NAPSA)-The holiday season can be filled with many pleasurable activities, although the hectic pace can sometimes be stressful. Holiday stress can result in people drinking too much, overeating, not getting enough sleep and generally failing to take care of their health. The Emergency Nurses Association's Injury Prevention Institute/Emergency Nurses CARE, recommends these tips to help you have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Evy's French Dressing
Homemade dressing

Sponsors, volunteers help make wrestling tournament a success
The Soldotna High School wrestling team and boosters would like to say thanks to all the peole and businesses who made the North-South wrestling tournament a success. More than 225 wrestlers from Fairbanks to Homer competed in the tournament that was made possible by the hard work and dedication of many local businesses and volunteers. We owe the following a very special thank you3

Real change in Cook Inlet would be regulating guides, dipnetters
Your editorial in Friday's paper needs some correcting. I take issue with your conclusion, which was I should look to the future and not at the past glory days of full nets and high prices. I am looking to the future and I see full nets and higher prices. This year was a good example. We caught a lot of fish. The price wasn't higher, but we made money. Why? Because we got to fish many more days! Why don't you emphasize that? What good is the Kenai Wild program if we don't get to fish? As soon as we can't supply the demand, the market will be gone to some other region in the state.

Many ideas needed to ensure healthy fishing industry
At present, many new ideas are expressed within the text of more than 300 proposals on Cook Inlet that will be addressed at the Board of Fish meeting in Anchorage in January.

DEI moves crew chief to Waltrip's team
Michael Waltrip will have his third different crew chief in less than a year when he returns for the 2005 season.

NASCAR 2004 Awards
Most Popular Driver Myers Brothers

ESPN movie tells life story of legendary Dale Earnhardt
After all, his success on the track was much like the man himself, a complex tale of twisted fenders and broken relationships that created a figure that made him one of the most loved and misunderstood people in American sports history.

Kenseth disappointed with finish of 2004 season Newsmaker
NEW YORK Matt Kenseth wrapped up his year-long reign as the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion last week when he passed the trophy and the first parking spot in the garage area to his Roush Racing teammate, Kurt Busch.

Cooper Landing
The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District held a planning forum at the community hall Nov. 22. I heard two of the community concerns expressed were regarding the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' decision on a route for the Sterling Highway project through the landing and the need for a community bike path from one end to the other or from Mile 45 to Mile 55.

Sterling
Hi neighbors. If you read a lot,you might be interested in the third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival on Jan. 29. If you are interested in reserving booth space, call Virginia Morgan at 283-9374. It is not too early to make a reservation.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. Dec. 7, 1941 - a date that "would live in infamy," declared President Franklin D. Roosevelt after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Soldotna
Hello, neighbors. A recent e-mail was sent to me that reads: "Two questions I hope you can answer in your column: 1) Whatever happened to the Coldstone Creamery store that was coming to Soldotna, and 2) is there anything to the latest rumors of Wal-Mart coming to Soldotna, which started shortly after the water line work on K-Beach started?"

Kasilof
Happy holidays from festive Kasilof. Like many, for me, the sight of snow is a welcome relief. I hope it's a trend.

Nikiski
Good morning. A sweet thought for your week: "Give a little love to a child and you get a great deal back." - John Ruskin

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. It's hard to write the date without remembering the events that happened on this day in Pearl Harbor so many years ago. I have a shadowy recollection of that war, even though I was a child at the time. Later, I particularly remember standing on my front porch listening to the sirens at the sugar factory, the brick and tile plant, and the fire department announce the news that "the war is over," as tears streamed down my mother's face. I was too young to understand how Mom could be so happy and cry at the same time, but today I know how we will all feel when our loved ones serving in the present conflict will be allowed to come home.

Protection sought for surgeons
Two South Peninsula Hospital surgeons have said they would be unable to continue operating at the facility without some financial assistance in acquiring malpractice insurance mandated by the corporation operating the hospital.

Homer research reserve educates more than students
Madeline Mullikin and Kate Kerns hover over a high-powered microscope taking turns peering at a nudibranch floating in a small glass container.

New property tax notices sent
Kenai Peninsula Borough resident property owners should have received notices recently from the tax assessor's office. If you received a notice with a bright-orange card that reads "Attention Borough Resident - Immediate Attention Required," don't throw it out.

For chef, making eye candy is icing on the gingerbread
The term "building community" usually brings thoughts of picnics, forums and PTA meetings to mind. Nicolena Donald's idea of building community entails pretzels, Lifesavers, gingerbread and lots of icing to hold her town together.

Flight simulator training takes off
In Alaska, where most of the state isn't accessible by road, air travel is a big deal. But while the state's residents are famous for a willingness to take to the skies, Alaska also has earned a distinction as one of the most dangerous places in the world for fliers.

Kenai council looks to add on
An infusion of youth could soon be coming to the Kenai City Council.

Dawn Patricia Hutchings
Soldotna resident Dawn Patricia Hutchings died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 40.

Timothy Stolz Obituary
Nikiski resident Timothy Stolz died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in Nikiski. He was 54.

Education the key to stopping global terrorism
There probably is at least a grain of truth in the statement by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf that a key to winning the war on terrorism is resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Today a day to honor those who sacrificed for their country
Freedoms, values and principles have burned a place into our existance as Americans. We have continually and repeatedly responded to threats on our way of life. During the 1930s and 40s, the world's Axis of Evil enslaved Europe and the far East to the point of destroying all hopes and ambitions and free spirit of responsible people who believe in a good and merciful God.

Looking back on looking forward
These days, "news" is old by the time you read it. People don't want to know what happened anymore they want to know what's going to happen next. In our quest to feed this obsession, and to seem smarter than everyone else, columnists and pundits make a lot of predictions, especially at this time of year. You'll likely see a lot of "what happened in 2004, and what's going to happen in 2005" columns very soon. In fact, you're reading one now.

Schools, cities should benefit from budget surplus What others say
Some states would be envious of Alaska even in our worst budget times, but once again financial fortune has smiled on this state and the result will be hundreds of millions of unexpected dollars into its lap.

Around the Peninsula
Aviation training center opensT-200 poster contest deadline WednesdayChristmas tree lighting plannedKWF to host open houseFord to perform at libraryCaregiver support group to meet'Toy and Joy' applications being accepted

Around the Peninsula
Women voters plan luncheon Multiple sclerosis group to meet CPGH board meeting slated Fishing coalition meeting scheduled Home holiday decorating contest ongoing Band fund-raiser planned Safe Sitter classes offered

Skyview High
Social studies students with Mrs. Raemaeker and Mr. Carey are planning to decorate Parker Park for the holidays. Hundreds of students have been designing, cutting out and laminating ornamentation for the city of Soldotna tree lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday. The fence will be decorated by Soldotna and Skyview High School students Wednesday afternoon.

Milk vending machines flow into schools
DELAVAN, Wis. In schools across the country, milk is replacing sodas, and nowhere is it more popular than in America's Dairyland.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Students of the Month
The following students were named November Students of the Month at Kenai MIddle School.

Digital photography comes to Kenai Peninsula College Around Campus
Remember that new digital camera you got last Christmas, the one with all the bells and whistles and fancy features that just seemed too good to be true? Did you ever figure out how to use the thing? Or maybe you are shopping for a new digital camera and anticipate needing help figuring all the new technology out. If you're like most people, you read the manual to figure out how to use the automatic setting and that's the depth of your understanding about the camera. The other features remain a mystery.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
There will be no PTA meeting Tuesday. The next one is scheduled for Jan 11.

Honor roll
The following students were named to the Honor Roll for the second quarter at Soldotna Middle School

Cook Inlet Academy
The annual Cook Inlet Classic basketball tournament will be Dec. 16 through 18 at the school. Boys and girls teams from Bristol Bay, Galena and Ninilchik will attend.

Connections
DIBELS-CBM testing for kindergarten through third-graders will be Jan. 3 through 14. Call to schedule an appointment.

Mountain View Elementary
Student of the month will begin at 11:35 a.m. today.

Recent grads find themselves longing for student life
CHICAGO Call it college nostalgia, those pangs felt by any number of young working stiffs who long for the days when they could roll out of bed and into class or hang with friends any night of the week, at any hour.

Kenai Middle
The annual canned food drive will continue through Dec. 17. The can count is at 1,500. The staff is thankful and excited to have such participation in this program. The items will be used to sponsor the Christmas drive.

Thinking outside the school building
SEATTLE Students at Aviation High School learn in the shadow of the massive jetliners this region has produced for decades.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The National Honor Society will host an induction ceremony at 1:15 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium.

Soldotna High
The band and choir will host its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. There is no fee. The program will feature traditional Christmas melodies and the band will play for the student body Friday during break.

Soldotna Middle School
Congratulations to Mrs. Burns' first hour physical education class for being the best QSP Magazine sellers. The class celebrated with a pizza party.

Soldotna Elementary
Students have been participating in the "Great Soldotna Elementary Walking program" during recesses and the top walkers for this quarter are Sean Endsley, Brayden Holt, Shay Poole, John Wynkoop, Nathan Byerly and Austin Murray. Congratulations to all walkers. Three hundred and seventy miles were completed by intermediate students this quarter.

Reads
Students have begun learning centers this week. The staff thinks the students have done a terrific job cooperating with their partners and fulfilling the academic goal for each center.

Coffee fuels life skills program
The faculty at Soldotna Middle School has it easy in terms of getting a coffee fix every morning. When the school has its own in-house coffee business, teachers don't have to run all over town looking for a cup of java before the bell rings.

Grades a weighty issue for board
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District parents, teachers and students addressed the school board Monday with concerns about the district's five-point, weighted grading scale system, originally designed to encourage students to take advanced placement courses. However, several people said the system appears to be penalizing students who take the advanced courses.

Redoubt Elementary
Families who need help with Christmas are asked to call Mr. Syverson as soon as possible. Monetary donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. Call the school office for information.

Kenai Cooperative preschool
Last week the students made green, ice-cream laced mittens.

Kenai Central High
Kenai Middle School will have its choir concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Tustumena Elementary
Students are gathering canned food items for The Salvation Army through Friday. Items donated may be boxed or bagged products that have not exceeded an expiration date.

Wings Christian Academy
The school's Christmas program titled "Sing a Song of Christmas" will be held Dec. 17. Parents and students are reminded to bring a favorite holiday snack to share after the program. The students will have a full dress rehearsal Monday.

Kaleidoscope
The Lifeskill this and next week is courage.

Sears Elementary
Ms. Ralston's first-graders have been writing letters to Santa, creating stories using their imagination and learning about word patterns. For part of their body unit, the students traced their hands and one of their feet and created reindeer with them. Students also learned about the skeleton and that without their bones, they would be a "glob."

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors.

Research: Celebrex pain reliever appears to be safer than Vioxx
PHILADELPHIA - New research suggests that top-selling pain reliever Celebrex does not carry the same heart attack risk as Vioxx, a similar drug pulled from the market in September because of safety concerns.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors.

Kidd returns to lead Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Kidd made his season debut and assisted on Richard Jefferson's game-winning jumper from the lane with 7.1 seconds left as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 88-86 Monday night.

Gleason regrets punch
NEW ORLEANS - Saints special teams captain Steve Gleason expects to be fined by the league after being ejected from Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers for throwing a punch.

Pac-10 commissioner wants coaches' votes public
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California coach Jeff Tedford and the commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference called for coaches to make their votes public after California was dropped below No. 6 by six voters in the final poll.

James leads Cavs to eighth straight win
CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 27 points and assisted on Lucious Harris' clinching 3-pointer with 6 seconds left as the first-place Cleveland Cavaliers won their eighth straight at home, 103-97 over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.

Illinois lives up to No. 1 ranking
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Luther Head scored 17 points and Dee Brown added 15 points and nine assists for Illinois, which celebrated its new No. 1 ranking with a 78-59 victory over Chicago State on Monday night.

Cowboys lasso Syracuse 74-60
NEW YORK Stephen Graham scored 16 points, including two three-point plays in the final 4 1/2 minutes, and No. 5 Oklahoma State beat No. 4 Syracuse 74-60 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Singh caps season as PGA Tour's best
Vijay Singh made sure there was no debate about who was No. 1 in golf.

Squirt B goes 2-1-1 on Anchorage trip
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks played four games on a road trip to Anchorage. The Ice Hawks picked up two wins, a loss and a tie.

Julius rules Seattle
SEATTLE - Julius Jones flashed through the line, juked a defender and zipped into the end zone.

Henley's desire pays off
For 2 1/2 months this fall, Kenai Central senior C.J. Henley and either his mother, Sherry, or his father, Charlie, drove to Anchorage nearly every day of the week so C.J. could play Midget A hockey with the Southcentral Wolves.

Jones has Cowboys feeling good
IRVING, Texas The Dallas Cowboys can only imagine how different their season might be had Julius Jones been healthy the whole time.

White also tricked by flaxseed oil
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sprinter Kelli White thought she was taking flaxseed oil when the former world champion first started using banned substances provided by Victor Conte.

The Next Level
O'Donnell takes gold medal Kenai's Hall records sack

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