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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

For great holiday meals, there's safety in numbers
The only accurate way to be sure your holiday turkey is safely cooked is to check its internal temperature with an accurate meat thermometer.

What's Cooking?

Mock Cheese Blintzes

Elegant seafood spread
3/4 pound (12-ounces) cooked crabmeat, lobster or shrimp (if using cooked lobster or shrimp, chop coarsely)

Thanksgiving wine choices varied as foods
You probably don't have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to cook for Thanksgiving dinner. Tradition pretty well lays that out for you.

Lobster Pumpkin and Corn Bisque
1 pound lobster

Gas price drop not enough
A lot of you aren't aware of the fact that our gas prices are currently hovering $1.00 to $1.10 higher than the national average. You're just so happy that the price has dropped that you haven't noticed.

Many make kids' safety event successful
On Nov. 15, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital held the 10th Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School. This year, 130 children and their guardians attended the event. Over 100 children purchased full faced shield helmets for $25.

Opportunities for Scouts open up through sales
After seeing little faces in the stores' fronts and walking around their local neighborhoods, it is a pleasure to send a thank you to all of friends, families and businesses that purchased popcorn from a Cub Scout or Boy Scout.

Not room for intolerance
I was saddened to read the stories in our newspapers about the violence and verbal hate being directed toward our new President-elect Obama across this country. And yes, Alaska is no exception, as I have seen a number of hate-filled Letters to the Editor in our local papers.

Donation gives students educational opportunity
Ninilchik High School Close-Up students would like to thank American Legion Post No. 18 for its $1,200 donation to our trip in April. The Close-Up program is an opportunity for students to travel to Washington, D.C., and participate in activities that provide insight into how our nation's lawmakers work.

Friends grateful for support for library
Recently the Friends of the Kenai Community Library held its annual dinner/raffle. As has been the case for more than a decade, the greater Kenai community demonstrated its support for the library and our efforts to enrich the programs and services it offers.

Coal mine concerns reader
I am writing to express my feelings on an important topic facing our part of the state, the Chuitna Coal Mine project. If allowed to go proceed, this strip mine will dump millions of gallons of mine waste into a pristine watershed. More large ships will be coming in and out of our beautiful Cook Inlet possibly at the detriment of our abundant marine life. We will be shipping millions of tons of coal to Asia so they can burn it and it can blow back in our faces. The existing pollution in Asia is already an issue around the world as the wind blows with no regard to political boundaries. Besides, if you really think about it, isn't that pollution already ours? We outsource massive amounts of petroleum product manufacturing and then call it "China's Pollution"? Think of the hundreds of thousands of container vans that make a longer voyage than most of us ever will. Is it really worth poisoning our planet just to have the convenience of kid's meal toys and and never ending amounts of packaging materials, etc.? Yes, some things that are "made in China" have a purpose, but many are just to feed our need of never ending convenience. If we want to create a sustainable future we need to find other ways to do it than stripping our land of all the combustible materials it contains. Besides, if we leave the coal there, our childrens' great-grandchildren will have some beautiful diamonds.

Group seeks coupons to help soldiers
As the holiday season kicks into high gear, there are enough food drives, clothing collections, empty bottle round-ups and causes to donate to it can make your head spin.

Kenai police look into 3 buglaries
Three burglaries took place on three consecutive days in Kenai.

ACT bends mayor's ear: Access doesn't mean agreement; meetings are open to the public
Borough Mayor Dave Carey has agreed to meet with members of the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers on a monthly basis through January, thus affording free access to the mayor's office to a group that has been highly critical of the borough and which is responsible for numerous controversial ballot initiatives over several years.

Foundation has new challenge: Funds being raised for endowment
Last year the Kenai Peninsula Foundation was given a challenge: If it could raise $25,000, the Alaska Community and Rasmuson foundations would also each contribute $25,000.

City to help light the sky: Kenai council members approve fireworks, KVCC heating system
Southcentral Alaska's 20-plus hours of daylight in July don't lend themselves to the customary Fourth of July fireworks, so Kenai folks typically hold off until Christmas comes to town to feast their eyes on pyrotechnic displays filling the night sky.

Tax not easy to implement: Borough notifies retailers on what food items will be exempt
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has notified retailers how they are expected to implement the voter-approved seasonal food-tax holiday set to go into effect Jan. 1.

Community jells to help girls hockey: Team effort nets new locker room at Kenai Mulitpurpose Facility
At a certain age, around 9 or 10, kids become more aware of their surroundings and girls in particular no longer want to suit up for hockey in the same locker room used by the boys.

Borough code on tax-free food
(Applies Sept. 1-May 31 annually)

Photo feature: Just browsing
A cow moose looks up from browsing in Kenai last weekend. So far, this winter's light snow has made the going easier for the animals.

Photo feature: Homeward bound
Ashley Lambert helps her son Mason look for the plane his dad was flying home on Tuesday afternoon at Kenai Municipal Airport.

Robert S. Okamoto
Kasilof resident Robert S. Okamoto died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at the Mayo Clinic, Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., after a short courageous battle with leukemia with his family by his side. He was 70.

James N. Wolverton Jr.
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident James N. Wolverton Jr., died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at Puget Sound VA Medical Center in Seattle. He was 65.

Around the Peninsula

Ten Thousand Villages sale slated

Around the Peninsula

Recipes wanted

Photo feature: Best Friends
Isaac Coon, 7, takes a break last summer on his English Mastiff, Silas. Silas is 3 years old and his family includes Greg and Jaimee Coon of Kenai and Isaac's two siblings, Gabriel, 8, and Amaya, 3. That's one way to save gas.

Going to the dogs: Despite economy, pet-sitting services still popular luxury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Amy Disney was 12 in 1982 when a pit bull owned by her father's friend brutally attacked her at a family barbecue, leaving her with 250 stitches in her face and in need of a dozen plastic surgeries.

Sports Briefs

Soldotna tops Nikiski, Kenai

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