Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fresh pumpkin pie
1-1/2 cups pured roasted fresh pumpkin pulp (directions follow) , or 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin

Tuna or Salmon Salad
This is my absolute favorite easy tuna salad recipe. I use it on sandwiches, atop tomato wedges and by itself, served on a bed of lettuce. -- Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator

Recipes sought
Marge Hays has requested low fat and healthy recipes so, Clarion readers, we are asking you to help us out by sending some in. The Clarion is seeking recipes to include in its Wednesday Food section. Send recipes to, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai. Name, address, contact number and brief description of how you came up with or came by the recipe is needed. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail her at

Pumpkin is favorite ingredient in many dishes
Whatever your food plans may be for Thanksgiving, it is probably safe to assume that those plans will include pumpkin. Pumpkin's rich color and smooth texture makes it a favorite ingredient in many holiday dishes and moves with ease from one course to the next. The same pured pumpkin used for making Thanksgiving pies, also loves the Christmas table in the form of side dishes and soups.

Pumpkin soup en cappuccino
Recipe courtesy: "Jasper's Kitchen Cookbook: Italian Recipes and Memories from Kansas City's Legendary Restaurant," by Jasper J. Mirabile, Jr.; published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

Pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust
1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs

"Trail Mix in a Chip"
I got this recipe from Mary Armstrong and she got it from Brother Juniper's Cookbook. She calls it "Trail Mix in a Chip" or I would say, Trail Mix in a Cookie. Great, really, for any time of year, but seems like the fall is when you want an energy cookie for outings of all kinds, hiking, hunting, football games, a late afternoon beach walk. -- Maria Allison, Kalifornsky Beach

Health care reform has ramifications
As we Americans sit on the side lines as the House just passed its Affordable Health Care for America Act by a vote of 220-215 Saturday evening, at a cost of $1.055 trillion over the next 10 years, I have to wonder how many Americans know the real ramifications of this incurred expenditure by our American government, directly at a cost to we, the American people?

Why is peninsula so scary to fish board?
Once again our neighborhood is too dangerous for a board of fish meeting. Ricky Gease is so scared he will not answer his phone. KRSA has worked the fish board into a frenzy of fear at their meeting in Sitka and at the board workshop in Wasilla. I cannot understand how a 501c habitat organization can be a constant lobbyist to the Alaska Board of Fish. I am asking Governor Parnell and all elected officials from the Kenai Peninsula to counteract the divisive dishonest actions of KRSA and have the fish board conduct their deliberations here, the area of concern. Tell board member Howard Delo we are not a bunch of bullies. If the meeting is held here Dan Coffey cannot invite the fish board to his house for dinner, Bob Penney could not have Alyeska Resort cater lunch, board members like Campbell and Jensen could not go to the Captain Cook bar. Please print the letters from Penney, Rainey, Gease, and Cutler, that called our neighborhood too dangerous. Re-publish the letter of apology Gease penned for the Clarion the last time he played this card.

House vote is a great day for Alaska
It's a great day for America! Growing up in Alaska, I was taught that neighbors help neighbors. Now I live in a small town that holds improptu fundraising for families in need.

Discriminatory behavior ongoing at hospital
Over the last year I have attempted to expose the Workplace Bullying at CPH. Initially, senior management rejected discussing this cooperate management style and attacked my politics and belief system. I have been called a "radical extremist" and "conspiracy theorist." This attack is discriminatory based on my politics and beliefs. When senior management attacks me personally and does not dispel the message of workplace bullying it is an obvious ad hominem attack.

Kardinals football team benefits from huge community support
With hockey officially starting it is time to put an end to another successful football season for the Kenai Kardinals. The players, coaches, parents of the players, and the administration at Kenai Central High School would like to take this opportunity to thank the following groups and individuals for their help in making this past season of Kenai football very rewarding and enjoyable for the kids involved.

Team effort makes for spectacular Spooktacular
On Oct. 31 we held our fifth annual Kenai Elks Halloween Spooktacular. We had so many families attend this free event that is was difficult to get an accurate head count. We estimated that about 600 children and adults participated in the Spooktacular, which was far beyond our expectations. With over 50 dedicated members and volunteers working together so diligently the event went on with out a hitch. This year's Spooktacular could not have been this successful without everyone's time, effort and dedication. The generosity of members, volunteers and sponsors made it possible to host this event completely free for the children of our great community. I would like to especially thank our local businesses who are always so very supportive in sponsoring the free youth activities we have hosted throughout the years. The sponsors for the Spooktacular consist of XTO Energy, Spenard Builders Supply, Magtec Alaska Sales and Leasing LLC, McDonalds, Candy Bouquet, Three Bears, Kenai River Pizza, Dairy Queen, Beemuns, .406, Malstons, Coca Cola, Kenai Safeway Bakery, Jersey Subs, Save U More, Kenai Blockbuster, Cresent Electric, Pollard Wire Line, Trustworthy Hardware, Home Depot, Hooked on the Bean, Amore Mocha, Espresso Barn, Station 51, and many members made candy and food donations for the event. Thank you to all who made this years Halloween Spooktacular such a huge success!

Raise attempts rejected : Assembly: No to increases for 2 KESA positions
Less than two weeks after a swell of negative public opinion arose surrounding large pay raises to his chief of staff and special assistant, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey attempted to increase two more position's salaries.

Assembly: No CPH Audit
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey and several assembly members indicated Tuesday they would not support a recommendation to conduct an operational audit of Central Peninsula Hospital.

SPD to carry automated external defibrillators
The Soldotna Police Department will soon be equipping officers with automated external defibrillators that would allow them to tend to victims of cardiac arrest.

Mayor's aide skirts ordinance: $18,000 equipment sale violated borough's purchasing law
Following an $18,000 equipment purchase from Chumley's Inc. by the borough in August, the borough mayor's Chief of Staff, Hugh Chumley, violated borough ordinance when he failed to file a critical piece of paperwork noting his conflict of interest in the deal.

Charities hope dividend gifts exceed costs
The new Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend donation program called "Pick. Click. Give." raised $550,000 this year, but is expected to cost about $900,000 to administer during the program's first three years.

H1N1 clinics planned
The Kenai Public Health Center has received enough doses of the Novel H1N1 vaccine from the state to begin dispensing clinics in central peninsula schools next week.

Heroes honored: Community gathers to remember all veterans
During his brief speech at the 2009 Veterans Day ceremony inside the Soldotna Sports Center, Jim Herrick, the commander of American Legion Post No. 20, asked all the veterans to raise their hands. Then he asked all the spouses of veterans to raise their hands. Then mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and cousins. By the time Herrick had finished, nearly everyone in the audience pointed a hand straight to the ceiling.

Photo feature: Bundle up
Jane Smith and her dog, Moby, both bundled up for the cold, walk along Fireweed Street in Soldotna on Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for snow.

Joy 'Mama Joy' Doyle
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Joy "Mama Joy" Doyle died Sunday Nov. 8, 2009, at her home. She was 69.

Frances Joebertta Gough
Kenai resident Frances Joebertta Gough died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna due to complications of kidney disease. She was 70.

Elisa Louise Weathers
Sterling resident Elisa Louise Weathers died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, from heart failure at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 58.

Rena Coulter
Longtime New Hampshire resident Rena Coulter died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at her daughter's home in Soldotna. She was 94.

William Kent Mattson and Jane Louise Mattson
Longtime Kenai residents William Kent Mattson and Jane Louise Mattson died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in an automobile accident in Nebraska. Kent was 66, and Jane was 63.

Barbara Joann Carlson
Former Homer resident, Barbara Joann Carlson, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She was 79.

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