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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Lobster Pumpkin and Corn Bisque
1 pound lobster

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Mock Cheese Blintzes

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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