Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ABC Dog returns home after busy summer hazing birds at Kenai Airport
Rose the Airport Bird Control dog known throughout Alaska as Kenai Airport's "ABC Dog," returned to her home last week in California at the Dog & Whistle Goose Control kennel. Her handler Olivia Pfeifer said it was pretty sad to see her go, but that the results of her trial program seemed very positive. "It went very well, we're still analyzing the results, but there were a record amount of birds at the Kenai Airport this summer so it was a perfect year for the trial and Rose had her work cut out for her." Olivia told the Dispatch, "Last year they recorded having to haze some 800 birds and this summer Rose alone hazed more than 1,400 birds, so we were fortunate to have her here this year and it will allow us to evaluate her effectiveness better," said Pfeifer.

Lemongrass, Thai Basil, and Kaffir Lime Leaves
Lemongrass, Thai basil and fresh kaffir lime (magrood) leaves are essential ingredients in many popular Thai dishes. If you enjoy Thai food regularly, you are already familiar with the bright taste of lemongrass, a cross between lively ginger root and refreshing lemon. And, lovely purple-stemmed Thai basil, a showstopper of an herb, crowned with beautiful purple and lavender flowers great for garnishing and even better or eating, tastes like licorice. Finding the right words to describe the inimitable aroma and essence released by kaffir lime leaves, however, is a bit more challenging. Unlike lemongrass, which has become increasingly more available, fresh kaffir lime leaves can be difficult to locate, and, unless you live in an area with large Asian markets, you may have to rely on the Internet for your supply and your freezer for storage. Although lime-like in flavor, kaffir lime leaves don't really taste like fresh limes, nor will the grated zest of a fresh lime make a suitable substitute, no matter how hard we wish. And, once you experience the unique flavor of kaffir lime leaves, especially in combination with that of lemongrass, you'll understand why. So, step out of the box, and seek out what exactly what your recipe needs. Our gardens have become good for growing lemongrass and the freezer for gathering leaves.

Others deserve as much criticism
Regarding criticism of Sarah Palin (Clarion letters, Aug. 18), you have such a wonderful way of expressing yourself with words. I would love to have you inform me and some of my friends about your lovely lady, that is Madam Pelosi. She has such a wonderful popularity rating now, I think it is approaching the 10 percent level. My mother taught me, about 70 years ago that it did not do any good to call people names and to tell lies about them. But I think about 50 years ago, the schools lost control of the education system, so we have to now live with what is left. Thank God I will not see what is in the future, but I can only feel extreme sorrow for our grandchildren and all the people who will see what a depression is all about. The depression that I was born into, was nothing compared what the next one will be. There is already about 100 percent more violence and robberies and killings and racism than any time in the last one.

Commercial opening at the expense of sport fishermen
It appears that the Commercial Fisheries Biologist for the Kenai River is determined to exterminate the early run of Silver Salmon, along with all of the other fisheries that occur at the same time. He has allowed the commercial fisheries to net, non-stop, for the last 4 days. And no fish are entering the Kenai River.

Wood boiler emissions cause for concern
Five years ago I chose Kenai as my new retirement home. I've lived in Alaska 57 of my 67 years. Having lived in Anchorage, on the Yukon, and Kodiak I chose Kenai for its safe, clean, close knit community. I bought a house in Woodland Estates Subdivision to live out the rest of my senior years. Over the past 5 years I have worked hard to make this modest ranch home my own. To create a home and yard for which I can be proud.

Republican majority could help Senate Democrats
Look at Lisa Murkowski scurry toward the far right of her party as fast as she can. Wow! I'd hate to be an Alaskan Republican incumbent who hasn't done exactly as Sarah Palin has ordered over the past 2 years. That would really be terror right about now before the primary.

Lack of leadership in Senate discouraging
As an Alaskan and a fisherman, I must register my sincere displeasure at the lack of leadership of late from our two U.S. senators. Alaskans and their economy face an imminent threat from climate change and ocean acidification, yet Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich appear to prefer the easy playfield of partisan politics to the hard work of writing significant energy policy for our future.

Miller leads Murkowski; Parnell wins
ANCHORAGE -- Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski was locked in a tight race Tuesday to hold on to her seat amid a surprisingly tough challenge from a Sarah Palin-backed conservative.

Photo Feature: On the move

Empire analysis of state program shows lackluster results
A state agency has its sights set on making Alaska the nation's most important potato-producing state, topping even Idaho's famous potatoes.

Hunting season opens: When in doubt check the regs out
Count the shells; Hunting season is underway.

Bowhunting season review
The week-long bowhunting season ended on Aug. 17.

Who is LHP?: Hospitals in partnership with company have positive words
Who is LHP Hospital Group?

A first day for everyone: New school year brings new students, parents, teachers
Tuesday was a first for everyone in Shannon Hoffbeck's kindergarten class at Mountain View Elementary.


Unofficial results

Casting their votes: Traffic steady at Kenai Peninsula polls
Central Kenai Peninsula voters are concerned about how public money is spent, favor parental consent before minors have abortions and are still willing to change their minds on candidates in the general election, the Clarion's exit polling at three voting locations on Tuesday showed.

Jonathan G. Baker
Kasilof resident Jonathan G. Baker died Thursday, August 19, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a long illness. He was 55.

Cheryl Ann Martin
Longtime Nikiski resident Cheryl Ann Martin died unexpectedly Saturday, August 21, 2010 at her home in Nikiski. She was 60.

Cheryl Ann Martin
Longtime Nikiski resident, Mrs. Cheryl Ann Martin, 60, died unexpectedly at her home in Nikiski.

Around the Peninsula

Annual soup supper Saturday

Pet Photo: Puss not in boots

Sports Briefs
Kenai, SoHi start swim season. / Rookies do well at raceway.

Skyview volleyball downs Nikiski
Skyview swept visiting Nikiski 25-15, 25-11, 25-19 to win its first, nonconference dual match of the season.

Golf Report: Recent warm weather welcomed at KGC as golf season winds down
Finally we have had some nice weather, and to top it off -- moose season opened this past weekend. Sadly, this just confirms my realization that our summer is truly winding down now and our golf playing days are numbered.

Sports Brief: Revised Run for Women results
On Tuesday, the LeeShore Center sent a revised version of results from its Run for Women, which took place on Aug. 14, to the Peninsula Clarion. The LeeShore Center can be contacted at 283-9479. Here are those results:

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