Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Luscious Dark Chocolate Ice Cream in Cookie Cup Tuiles
2 cups milk

Lettuce: Easy to grow in the garden, on the deck
If you want to feel like a productive vegetable gardener, one of the easiest and most useful plants to grow is lettuce. It is also one of the most productive, as it can be planted both for spring and fall crops and harvested a few leaves at a time. You can do successive plantings, meaning seeds can be planted every few weeks. As you harvest one planting, the next is maturing and will be ready to pick soon.

Chilled Cantaloupe-Orange Soup
2 large cantaloupes, rinsed

Garden Gazpacho
3 cucumbers, peeled and seeded

Cookie Cup Tuiles
2 egg whites

Chill out with cool Labor Day dishes
With a summer's worth of barbecued hamburgers, steaks and chicken behind us, it's time to look for ways to use up the bumper crop of cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers from our gardens and find new ways to enjoy fresh melons.

Reader: Leave the moose alone
I have been a resident of Alaska for over 30 years and would love to see some of the old days return, like in the 1980s we would hunt moose in the Caribou Hills between here and Homer. Every year we would see a sow with one cub, and one year she had three cubs with her. Now there are large number or bears and my hunting friend was in the hills cutting wood for moose season and while up there a couple days, he counted moose from their spotting shack for a few hours.

Bear talk angers reader
Once again I must respond to some news I heard yesterday. A bear attacked a fellow near Eagle River. I've lived here on the Kenai Peninsula for 36 years and the bunny huggers and activists from outside Alaska and the federal government are making decisions for us on our Fish and Game laws.

Flowers pretty, but not welcome
Bright new flowers greet us on our drive home from Anchorage to Soldotna. From Anchorage to Girdwood, tall white sweet clover (melilotis alba) bend gracefully in the breeze -- thousands of them, planted accidentally when a DOT contractor sprayed contaminated seed. Roadside daisies now abound for miles south of the Hope cutoff -- the charming but deceitful Oxeye daisy that, in other states, has taken over roadsides and is a vector for plant diseases.

Multitasking or just plain rude?
What is with the people and their cells phones? I see so many people who can't stay off their cell phones in retail stores or public buildings. Are they surgically attached to these things? People are becoming increasingly ruder as these phone become more affordable.

Cook Inlet gas sought: Aurora begins drilling again
A Texas company has announced resumption of drilling and development activities in Cook Inlet after a two-year hiatus.

Wagoner, Chenault win big
Incumbent Republicans Sen. Thomas Wagoner and Rep. Mike Chenault each easily defeated there party opponents in Tuesday's primary elections in Senate District Q and House District 34.

Drinking party ends in death
A drunken shootout at a late-night drinking party Saturday near Bishop's Beach in Homer ended with a man dead of a shotgun blast to the stomach -- and Homer's first murder in city limits since 1989.

Kenai man's attempted murder trial postponed
The jury trial of a Kasilof man charged with attempted murder, which was supposed to start Monday in Kenai Superior Court, was postponed until October.

Soldotna council to discuss future of Arc Lake
The city of Soldotna is providing residents with one more opportunity to comment on efforts to eradicate invasive northern pike from Arc Lake, and the mayor hopes to learn what city council members would like to do with the recreational lake down the road.

New helicopter, crew land at CPH
On a rainy Monday at about 8 o'clock in the morning the hum of a helicopter echoed against Central Peninsula Hospital's walls. Though it is a familiar sound to the emergency room's physicians and nurses, this landing was special.

Wal-Mart breaks ground: Dignitaries, Kenai officials gather to toss ceremonial first shovel of dirt
If all goes well, by March 2010 the first Wal-Mart Superstore will open its doors on the Kenai Peninsula.

Cecil Demidoff
Lifelong Alaskan Cecil Demidoff died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. He was 82.

Reba D. Mahurin
Former Soldotna resident Reba D. Mahurin died of natural causes Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at her home on Oronogo, Mo. She was 95.

David 'Curly' Lawrence Wynkoop
Soldotna resident David "Curly" Lawrence Wynkoop died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of a stroke. He was 88.

Julia Ann 'Jan' (Goode) (Meers) Fromm
Former Kenai resident Julia Ann "Jan" (Goode) (Meers) Fromm died Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, in Bartlesville, Okla. She was 88.

Pet photo: Best Friend
Monique is a 1-year-old miniature silver dapple dachshund owned by Dorothy Howell of Kenai. Dorothy tells us Monique loves to relax in her chair. She looks pretty comfortable, too.

Pets get school blues, too
Perhaps there's a reason the dog ate your home work. With children returning to school, there are bound to be plenty of pets suffering back-to-school blues.

On a roll: District finals show increasing popularity of barrel horse racing
The district finals for the National Barrel Horse Association showed just how popular the sport has become on the Kenai Peninsula.

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