Thursday, August 26, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

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.

Tight Lines: Silver salmon season still succulent -- Float the Swanson, or fish the Kenai and Kasilof rivers this weekend
Silver salmon fishing opportunities still abound on the Kenai Peninsula as the season--and visiting anglers--begin to wane.

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.

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.

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.


Unofficial results

Photo Feature: Under the rainbow

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.

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

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.

Regs limit halibut charters
New requirements for halibut charter operations will cut the fleet by more than a third in Southcentral Alaska next year.

State economy powers through recession
With the nation still struggling to pull itself out of recession, Alaska is in the welcome -- but decidedly unusual -- position of having one of the nation's strongest economies.

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.

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

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.

Creative potters warm many hearts: Potters Guild provides Kenai Peninsula Food Bank with creative, useful soup bowls
At the Kenai Fine Arts Center, ceramic creations look like potted poetry displayed along the walls of standing podiums.

Poet's Corner

I Saw It on My Very Street

Reality TV star searching for 'Diamond in the Rough': MTV's Syrus Yarbrough brings quest for a jewel to Soldotna hotspot
International casting director and former MTV reality TV star Syrus Yarbrough said he was looking for a diamond in the rough. That's why he was holding a reality TV casting party at Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna last Thursday.

'Eat Pray Love' feels unfulfilling
Julia Roberts is a pretty girl. Sure, she's got a long face and some massive teeth, but somehow, instead of looking horsey, she beams. The reason is her attitude, her infectious smile, and her trademark laugh, coming out of nowhere and surprising it's owner as much as the rest of us. Whether you like her as an actress or not, most people would agree that Julia Roberts is fun to watch.

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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.

Golf Report: Azzara brothers win men's Birch Ridge Cup; Weaver-Parker capture women's title
Summer has arrived! It is so nice to see the sun. Wouldn't it be nice to set two weather records this summer? Thirty-one days of sun would be awful nice.

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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