Thursday, December 9, 2004

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.

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.

Web master seeks new search engine after 22 years
Pat Porter, veteran of the Peninsula Clarion, is leaving the newspaper business behind and will take a month or two off work, a break she's never had. She retires Friday from 22 years of work — just in time for the holidays.

Chamber speaker enlightens crowd on uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Dr. Patrick Huffman of Frontier Natural Health in Soldotna uses a different standard of medicine where patients use natural treatments to confront diseases.

Business Briefs
Area Chambers set schedule Daycare to hold open house Kapp becomes consultant

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

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

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

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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."

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

Cranberry Cake

Quick Salmon Casserole
Great for that pot luck.

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

Spiced Pecans
The perfect appetizer -or gift

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.

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.

Evy's French Dressing
Homemade dressing

Art Briefs
Singing Christmas cards offered Victorian carolers for hire Art wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campus Writers' Night accepting submissions

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the road Anchorage Events

All its cracked up to be
With its timeless story of childhood adoration, imagination, whimsy, heroism and adventure, the dance production being staged this weekend in Kenai is, in a nutshell, a classic.

SoHi swim team says thanks
The Soldotna High School swim-dive team would like to thank the following businesses who helped make our 2004 season successful:

Nikiski volleyball season a success thanks to community
The Nikiski High School volleyball team would like to thank everyone in the community for their outstanding support. The support was given in many ways.

Article on teacher appreciated
I really appreciated your report about Mr. Summer. I remember him very well in junior high at Kenai Middle School. He was a great teacher and awesome person. This was a well-written story and very uplifting — about life, death and what really matters.

Alaska tax dollars should not be spent on far-away state capital
I applaud the newly formed lobby group in their efforts to move the state capital. If all Alaskans take a look at the census data we would recognize conclusive data to support this move. Forty percent of the state's population is in Anchorage, 10 percent in the Mat-Su Valley, 10 percent in Fairbanks and another 10 percent in the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Boroughs. It totals reasonable access for 70 percent of the state.

Commercial fishers should heed editorial's suggestions
I re-read the referenced the Dec. 3 Clarion editorial after reading the ranting and ravings of commercial fishers Vanek and McCombs in the Dec. 7 Clarion. I thought the essence of the Clarion editorial was complimentary to Cook Inlet commercial fishers about Kenai Wild fish and simply threw out a few suggestions on how their products might be made even better, e.g., to improve their processing and marketing. I didn't see a mention of river guides or dipnetters in the editorial.

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.

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.

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.

For safety, green is good
As a fire safety reminder, Central Emergency Services in Soldotna has erected a giant green wooden wreath at the corner of Binkley Street and the Sterling Highway, with green Christmas lights that will be replaced with a red one each time a structure fire occurs during the holiday season.

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.

Christmas tree lighting today
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. today at Parker Park and the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center on West Park Avenue.

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.

Insurance issue settled, for now
Patients at South Peninsula Hospital can breathe a little easier. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed Tuesday to OK a $54,000 appropriation from the hospital service area's fund balance to cover the cost of malpractice insurance for two longtime surgeons practicing at the medical facility.

Marilyn Jane Mayfield
Sterling resident Marilyn Jane Mayfield died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna with her husband by her side. She was 71.

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

Diane Walker
Kenai resident Diane Walker died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at her home in Kenai. She was 67.

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

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

Oilers name Coutts as new head coach
Mike Coutts, a longtime associate head coach at the University of Maine and a successful summer head coach in the Cape Cod (Mass.) Baseball League, has signed on to coach the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League for the 2005 summer season.

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.

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.

Election will be hard to pull off amid terror
The deadline of the (Iraq) election, set by the end of January, favors the clash between Shiites and Sunnis. The Shiites, about 60 percent of the total population, do not want a postponement. The vote would legitimate their majority. ... On the other end, the Sunnis are hoping for a delay. And they express this wish in different ways.

Optimism spreading through Middle East
Since the death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, a mood has been spreading in the Middle East that had not been felt for a long time: optimism.

Around the Peninsula
KWF to host open house HEA membership meeting set PSDRA meeting planned Christ-centered addictions group forming Christmas bazaar set Genealogical society to meet

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

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

The Lifeskill this and next week is courage.

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

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Sonics mess up Spurs
SAN ANTONIO — Ray Allen scored 29 points, including a pair of 3-pointers late in the game, as the Seattle SuperSonics ended the Spurs' 21-game home winning streak with a 102-96 victory Wednesday night.

Charges filed from big brawl
PONTIAC, Mich. Five Indiana Pacers and seven fans were charged Wednesday in the melee that broke out at the end of a nationally televised game against the Detroit Pistons last month, one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history.

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.

Kentucky topples state rival Eagles
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kelenna Azubuike scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Kentucky past intrastate rival Morehead State 71-40 on Wednesday night.

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.

Ninilchik volleyball makes trip to state
Ninilchik will be making its second straight appearance today at the Class 1-2-3A-West state volleyball tournament at Dimond High School.

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.

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