Thursday, October 14, 2010

Recipes from the kitchen of Natalie Merrick

Banana Bread

Old-fashioned Desserts are Memory Makers

All Around Good: Warm Apple Dumplings, Homemade Ice Cream

Call for war to end
They continue to march into America's longest war and if they survive they return to us shattered and broken. We make them prosthetic limbs, counsel them, and prescribe drugs and yet there is no remedy for the wounds they suffer and no pill to make the sounds, sights, and smell of war go away.

Murkowski supports tourism
Tourism is very important to the state of Alaska and to the economy of the Kenai Peninsula. While it tends to be summer oriented, statewide more than 37,000 people are employed in it, and in excess of a billion dollars is realized.

Thoughts on illegal immigration
It seems that the information about illegal immigration is all about the southern border and Mexicans and South American countries. It started out at about 30 million illegals and now is down to only maybe 10 million. There is one thing that is totally missing in this assessment as there is no accountability of the millions of other people who have immigrated and are not counted in this tally.

Voting for McAdams
I am outraged that my Native corporation, Sealaska, has contributed our money to Lisa Murkowski's campaign bucket. They have no right to speak for us, nor do they have any right to spend our money on political campaigns without our permission. They had no right to publicly endorse a candidate on behalf of all of us. They have overstepped their authority to speak for us and it should be stopped.

Play fair out there
You know, I like Homer. I even have relatives who live in Homer. What I don't like was the attitude and actions of some of the players at Saturday's football game between Homer and Kenai.

What disqualifies a politician?
Politics attracts some good patriotic Americans who are intelligent and morally upright people; politics also attracts many Americans that have selfish motives that fuel their political ambitions. Many politicians attempt to ingratiate themselves with the electorate by adopting popular viewpoints on the issues. Many voters find they have two choices for a political office, and they choose the candidate that is closest to their viewpoint.

CPH task force evolves
Borough Mayor Dave Carey has compromised with two Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members on the health care task force idea.

House races take shape: Candidates meet at chamber forum
The race for local state house seats kicked off Wednesday at a forum held in Kenai.

Assets on the block: Chevron to sell off Cook Inlet interests
Chevron announced on Tuesday that it's selling all of its Cook Inlet assets owned by Union Oil Company of California and Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Kenai election tallies finalized: Bookey, Gabriel retain election day lead for council seats
After hours of reviewing and counting absentee ballots Tuesday, the City of Kenai's Canvassing Board confirmed the results of last week's regular election. Council hopefuls Terry Bookey and Brian Gabriel Sr. have won the two seats on Kenai City Council.

Gas leak clears out block: Broken line leads to evacuation in Kenai
Emergency officials evacuated part of a Kenai neighborhood on Wednesday after a utility company struck an Enstar line that leaked natural gas for about an hour and a half.

District asks for funding changes
The school district is proposing to potentially end a long-standing tradition of asking the borough to fund it to the "cap" in favor of a formula that would be based on local revenues instead.

Kimberly Jean Johnson
Kenai resident Kimberly Jean Johnson, 50, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna after a lengthy illness.

Betty Joan Hogue
Betty Hogue-May died of ovarian cancer Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at her home in Cleveland, Tenn. She was 78.

Voices of the Peninsula: What's happened to our kings?
Most anglers on the Kenai are very concerned about the health of our Kenai River King salmon fishery. Most agree that there are fewer fish returning and the fish are smaller than ever before. Scientists tell us that the low numbers of King salmon are a widespread phenomena occurring throughout most of Alaska and probably caused by rearing conditions in our oceans, but the size of the fish is probably an in-river issue that has allot to do with selective harvest of larger fish over time.

Voices of the Peninsula: Nelchina caribou issues complex
Alaska Board of Game met in Anchorage recently to consider proposals from the public, Department of Fish and Game and several conservation groups concerning hunting options for the Nelchina Caribou Herd near Glennallen. Since this is a complex issue that has been changed many times in the past, a summary and explanation of laws and Board decisions may be helpful. In our final decision, the Board adopted a proposal that encompassed a combination of several proposed ideas. First, we looked at an open general hunt where permits would be issued using the standard random draw that most hunters are accustomed to. However, our state subsistence law prohibits the Board from adopting only a drawing hunt because that type of hunt does not provide a reasonable opportunity for a subsistence hunter to draw a permit. Next, the Board considered a registration type hunt, again open to all Alaskan residents. This type of hunt would be legal under the subsistence statutes, if it were the only hunt available, but it had several obvious draw backs. As an example, in 1996 a similar unlimited registration subsistence hunt was held and 50,361 permits were issued, resulting in an early closure. Board members were concerned that relying on just an unlimited registration would make it unlikely that Fish and Game could exert the necessary control to close the hunt and avoid a huge overharvest, if a comparable number of hunters signed up. Even options of a one day registration hunt were considered but the majority of the public that testified opposed such a hunt and did not consider it to be a reasonable opportunity for subsistence. The Board also investigated the option of authorizing a Tier-II hunt but since the harvestable surplus is over the number of animals necessary to satisfy subsistence needs, the Board was prohibited by law from returning to a Tier-II hunt. Finally, the board considered a combination of options to first satisfy the state subsistence mandate and also provide an open opportunity for non-subsistence hunters. Because of legal complications relating to interpretation of Alaska's subsistence law, the last general draw hunt was held in the fall of 1987 on this caribou herd.

Around the Peninsula

Public radio membership drive next week

Around the Peninsula

Toys for Tots drive under way

What's Happening

Best Bets

'Splice' not a smart sci-fi thriller

Isn't it sweet? Artists create using cake in October exhibit
The Kenai River Council on the Arts experimental art show this month at the Kenai Fine Arts Center is a piece of cake. But creating the show was not as easy as pie.

Sports Briefs

Stars netters sweep Bulldogs

Kenai River Brown Bears ready for Rage
The Kenai River Brown Bears will face road Rage tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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