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Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Cold Stone Creamery to host ice cream social

Sweet and Sour, Hot or Cold: Red Cabbage Colorfully Good
We're accustomed to seeing cabbage in the market year-round, but fall is an ideal time to enjoy white, green and purple varieties. While green cabbage remains the most popular, red cabbage possesses the greatest concentration of vitamin C and high amounts of anthocyanin polyphenols, a substance some health experts believe promotes brain function and helps protect the body from some diseases and certain types of cancers. Recipes for red cabbage frequently contain tart apples, or some other acid ingredient, like lemon juice, or vinegar, which keeps its color bright and from turning a ghastly, unappetizing blue color when cooked. (If you've already cooked your cabbage and it's begun to discolor, just add a little vinegar to bring it back.) Red cabbage slaw, mixed with shredded carrots and red onion, is beautiful and never better than it is at time of the year, when cabbage is in season and inexpensive. And, you'll find homemade sweet and sour red cabbage, flavored with bacon and tart Granny Smith apples, exceptionally flavorsome, economical, and far superior to anything found in a jar. Store whole heads of cabbage in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Due to the loss of Vitamin C, avoid buying pre-cut cabbage, or storing cabbage after it's been cut.

Killing dogs shouldn't be allowed
On Sept. 9 our family dog Trigger was snared and shot to death by our neighbor. He kept her in the snare we believe for approximently 3-4 hours and waited for our other dog to be let out and caught in snare. When I heard our second dog named Egan yelping I went to help her as I was running down our driveway I heard the first shot ring out when I entered the woods the second shot rang out. Our neighbor was then headed toward Egan but when he saw me he stopped and put his pistol in his pocket. When asked if he shot our dog he admitted to it and said he was going to shoot the other one too. When asked why he said Trigger was tormenting his chickens but admitted never killed any of his chickens. He then switched his story and said the dogs were chasing moose which is a lie we have moose in our yard all the time one that comes back every year to have her calves. Troopers said he was in his legal right to snare on his property for rabbits, however rabbit snares are very small he was using a wolf/coyote which is considerably larger and they were up high snaring my dogs around the waist. We have lived across the street from this neighbor for seven years he knows our phone number he could have called us. Our kids have helped him over the years with firewood and mowing his yard he paid them by killing our dog. We had recieved no dog citations and or warning. These laws need to be changed on killing family pets.

Changing one's mind isn't always bad
There is an old saying that goes, "Wise people change their mind. Fools never do."

Community makes homecoming special
On behalf of Soldotna High School, we would like to thank the community for their support during our homecoming. Our students showed enthusiasm and school spirit that was amazing. They participated in over 15 activities during the week. These ranged from traditional games like tug-of-war and "trash can" to newer games like Knight, Rider, Princess and Simon Says. We concluded our week with a pep assembly, the crowning of our royalty, a bonfire, football game, halftime show, and our Night in Wonderland themed dance.

Manager would consolidate branches of government
If the voters fall for the Manager idea this October 5, we will essentially have five members of the Borough assembly runnning the show. That is not a good outcome, even if you happen to agree with five out of nine assembly members.

World champ! Nikiski man sets record on classic video game
Brandon D. Moore is a video game world champion. Maybe that's not an impressive title to everyone, but to Moore and others into competitive gaming circle it's kind of a big deal -- yeah, really.

Helping arms

All Wildwood inmates to be tested for tuberculosis
Officials will test all of the approximately 255 Wildwood Correctional Complex inmates for tuberculosis after two prisoners received positive TB test results Tuesday.

Local businesses targeted in check fraud scheme
The scheme went something like this:

School board races uncontested
Three school board members are running for reelection to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Tuesday, all unopposed in their bids.

Deadline to register to vote in November approaching
While the local elections are right around the corner, the deadline to register to vote in November's general elections for governor and U.S. Congress is even closer.

Koch out of the running for Mat-Su job
Kenai City Manger Rich Koch did not make the short list for the Mat-Su Borough's vacant city manager position, which he applied for this summer.

Kenai council candidates share their views
Kenai City Council candidates were able to sound off against their opponents at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon forum Wednesday at the Merit Inn.

Their ideas: Soldotna City Council candidates continue to campaign
Soldotna City Council candidates proposed developing fall-back economic magnets to draw and hold visitors in case summer salmon runs fall short. Those ideas came up at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's luncheon and candidate forum Tuesday.

Edwin George Ruberg
Kenai resident Edwin George Ruberg, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in Soldotna.

Economic development good for city
Citizens of Kenai, thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your council member for the past 4 years. Kenai is a city I love and enjoy. I am a 20 year resident of Kenai and a 30 year resident of Alaska, I love the city and the people who live here, my desire is to see the city continue to grow and improve. As your council member I will continue to promote economic development and other projects which will enhance the quality of life in our great city.

Voices of Alaska: Putting food on our tables
Across Alaska, harvest time is well under way. As our dreary summer slips into a sunny fall, Alaskans are busy putting crops away for winter. In Palmer, mountains of potatoes are growing inside large potato barns. In Delta, huge combines are harvesting barley and other grains. Farmer's markets, from Kodiak to Fairbanks, are still busy selling the last of the zucchini, broccoli and lettuce. Families are filling their freezers and canning jars with local peas and berries.

Local government: Complex, but we're all in it together
In the early 70's, my wife Susan and I came to visit Kenai just one time, then packed up all of our worldly goods and moved here, jobless, but committed to making Kenai our home. I still remember family members, who were so sure we would get Alaska out of our system saying, "You're going from the Bush to where?" While they couldn't pronounce Kenai properly, it didn't stop them from visiting and growing to understand what kept us here.

Cohesive trail system a worthy goal
My name is Terry Bookey and I work as a Firefighter and Paramedic with Central Emergency Services. Born and raised in Kenai, it is now where I have chosen to raise my own family. My wife, Jessica, and I have three children ages 17, 9, and 7. After some time in Washington for college I realized that Kenai is where I wanted to remain permanently.

Strong community must continue to look forward
Wow, it is amazing how fast three years slips by. Each day as Mayor I look forward to taking on new challenges. I am motivated by the fact that with challenges come opportunities. During this past year we have seen the opening of Wal-Mart, ACS choosing Kenai to expand their retail business, extension of water and sewer down Bridge Access Road, the beginning development of Daubenspeck Family Park, the possibility of Enstar Reinjection Gas Plant, the expansion of our public library, national automotive retailer purchasing property, Kenatize Tribe Medical Clinic received Federal Funding and many other projects positioned to bring new jobs and economic development.

'Village with a Past' has bright future
In 1984 the book called Once Upon the Kenai, Stories from the People was compiled by the Kenai Historical Society. Towards the back of the book, there is a ledger from the Alaska Resident Fisherman's Union dated 1934. Excerpts from the ledger include:

Kenai would benefit from plan for development
On October 5 when you to go to the polls, I am asking for your vote to allow me to represent you as Mayor of the City of Kenai. Five years as a Councilmember have given me the background to understand the Mayor's role in our city and what is necessary to perform those duties.

Around the Peninsula

Garden club gathers

Around the Peninsula

Garden club gathers

Kenai Mayor: Mike Boyle

Bluff stabilization, comprehensive plan deserve attention

Kenai City Council: Brian Gabriel Sr.

Kenai must balance growth, impact on neighborhoods

Sammi Crawford: District 1 -- Kalifornsky

Better teacher evaluations, 21st century student skills are priorities

Kenai City Council: Terry Bookey

Water quality, Kenai dipnet fishery top list of concerns

Kenai City Council: Hal Smalley
New comprehensive plan should be a living document

Kenai City Council: Barry Eldridge

Community input important to new comprehensive plan

Kenai Mayor: Pat Porter
Quality of life, good business environment top priorities

Sunni Hilts: District 9 -- South Peninsula

School board members' job is to represent children of the Peninsula

'Wall Street' sequel turns into a meltdown
"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

Poet's Corner

A Yellowing (my tribute to Charlotte Perkins Gilman)

What's Happening

Best Bets

Gala Opening: 7th Annual Homer Film Festival
Hollywood insiders predicting nominees for the best documentary in the Academy Awards could poll critics, read trade magazines and look at recent winners of film festivals. But why do that when the Homer Documentary Film Festival has shown winners or nominees in the seven years of its history?

SoHi, Kenai take nonconference tilts
Volleyball teams from Soldotna and Kenai Central high school won their nonconference matches Tuesday.

Bear Tracks: Brown Bears show positive signs on long NAHL road trip
At the conclusion of the NAHL Showcase, we took our show on the road to Wenatchee to face a team we have had very little success against the past two seasons. The first of two games proved to be too much for our group to handle, as Wenatchee pulled out all the stops for their first home game of the season. The place was packed with 4,000 fans screaming louder than I'd ever heard them. The game was delayed and our boys had to sit in the locker room for a few extra minutes as the wild hung their back-to-back regular-season title banner and played last season's highlight reel.

Golf Report: Classic ending at Birch Ridge
This past Saturday, September 25 golfers were welcome to blue skies, sunshine and a bit of wind for the final tournament of the year, the Cold Weather Classic. Twenty-six couples took to the course, playing a scotch twosome, to see who could capture the trophy and maybe, just maybe, set a new Cold Weather Classic record. No record was set but Erin Bell, teaming up with partner Nick Horn, captured first place low gross with a round of 76 outpacing Tanna and Mike Chenault by three strokes. In the low net division, after a card-off, Leona Jackson and Gary Dawkins captured first place with Vicki and Mike Hollingsworth taking second place. The women definitely had their "game on" Saturday securing three of the four individual prizes. Sharon Keating captured closest to the pin on hole 6, just over nine feet from the hole, and Pat Bird put her tee shot 28 inches away on hole 8. Dave Keating captured long drive for the gentleman while Erin Bell took long drive for the ladies.

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