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Artisan Cuisine: Candied citrus peels a nice holiday treat

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Candied citrus peels can be chopped up and added to cookies or dipped into chocoloate and given as a holiday gift. Photo courtesy of Ann Boulley
Artisan Cuisine is published monthly.

I love taking something normally thrown away like orange peels and turning it into a gourmet treat.

Yeah, instead of the compost bin, you can keep those citrus peels and make them candied and dipped in chocolate. Or, they can be added to holiday cookies for an extra zesty punch of flavor. 

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House Calls: Flying out patients common

House Calls runs monthly. Today’s column is written by Wayne Bunn, a case manager at Sutter Coast Hospital.

There is so much talk in the community and through the media about the concerns of patients being transferred out of Sutter Coast Hospital.

This is not a new concern for our hospital. We regularly transport patients out of the area for specialty services or higher level of acuity needs. We also transfer patients for services that can be provided locally because not all medical specialty services have 24-hour call coverage.

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Church Notebook: Plenty of local holiday services are coming soon

It’s almost Christmas.

So often, the real reason for Christmas is overlooked  as we go about our myriad chores getting ready for it. I think you all know by now that I like to use plants, pets, family situations — anything we encounter to highlight the importance of faith when I write this.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, a miracle of birth.

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Letters to the Editor Dec. 19, 2013

Positive experience with Critical Access

I came to work at Sutter Coast Hospital in 2009 and fell in love with this community. I was fortunate to be offered a full-time job in 2010, and have worked here ever since.

Prior to working at Sutter Coast I worked at another small rural hospital that was designated a Critical Access hospital by the federal government.

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Church Notebook: Complete Grace Lutheran holiday services scheduled

Times have changed!

In the early days of my nursing career, I was reprimanded more than once for making my patients laugh!

It seemed to me that some cheer would help folks who were in the hospital — but some of my supervisors did not agree.

Tuesday, I had my right hip replaced at Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass. I came home Thursday, a much shorter stay than that procedure used to take.

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California Focus: California kids holding own in math, science

Maybe it’s time to stop the steady stream of handwringing over how poorly America’s schoolkids, and California’s in particular, perform in subjects like math and science and realize they are actually doing OK, even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

That’s the takeaway from 2011 test scores in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMS), an exam given by some states and 46 other countries and provinces. The 2011 results, latest available, were released this fall.

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Letters to the Editor Dec. 17, 2013

Lovely experience flying out of Crescent City

About 2 months ago I had the pleasure of waking up at 3 a.m. to meet our red eye flight to SFO that departed at 5 a.m. When I arrived after a lot of anticipation and primping only to find the plane was fogged in and wasn’t there, I decided to go back home and get a little more beauty sleep (at my age, I need all I can get). Well, by the time we flew out at 2 p.m. the sky was sunny and blue, you could easily see the white caps on the ocean and the whale vapor from the occasional passerby. 

For anyone that has never flown out of Crescent City, I highly recommend that trip — it is so beautiful from the air. 

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Letters to the Editor Dec. 14, 2013

Criminal justice system perpetuated injustice

On Nov. 18, Deputy District Attorney Annamarie Padilla argued to keep London’s owner and the entire public from speaking at the sentencing hearing of Zachary Hinton, who entered a “no contest” plea to felony animal cruelty for shattering London’s front legs and leaving him without medical care until his Humane Society rescue and subsequent double-amputation.

 Not even that affront to justice could prepare one for the travesty that occurred at Thursday’s continued hearing (“180-day sentence in dog abuse case,” Dec. 7) to see if Judge Chris Doehle would accept the plea bargain.

Over Ms. Padilla’s strident objections, the judge allowed into evidence the laudable letters of London’s supporters from places as far away as Maryland, Alabama and Australia, all asking for a much stronger sentence. Judge Doehle then, again at the insistence of the DA’s Office, denied the right to speak to a board member of our local Humane Society who had firsthand knowledge and involvement in the rescue of London.

 

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Letters to the Editor Dec. 12, 2013

Hiker thanks all involved in rescue

Regarding the Dec. 10 article, “Helicopter Operation: Slowed by snow, hiker is flown out” by Anthony Skeens), I am so overwhelmed by the support and love my family and I were shown during this traumatic incident.

It is so humbling to know the effort that was put forth on my behalf. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I’d especially like to thank the Crescent City Search and Rescue unit for its quick action and selfless efforts. The SAR unit is a integral part of our community. I for one, seeing their efforts first-hand, will be making a donation to its organization.

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Coastal Voices: Federal government is looking to own you

What if there was a simple non-invasive test that would show whether you had a propensity to get certain cancers or heart disease or kidney failure or were prone to get diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease sometime in the future and it only cost $99.

Would you order it?  This seems to be in the realm of science fiction, but actually is available today with current technology.

According to Wikipedia, 23andme Inc. has been marketing a simple test that uses a swab of the inside of the cheek and then runs the results through genetic testing to find out what your own genes reveal about you.  Using the results, a woman can find out her probability of getting breast cancer or a male can find out the chances of getting testicular cancer many years before the disease manifests itself.

In this way individuals, in consultation with a physician, can be proactive about their own health, modifying behaviors that can mitigate the chances of actually developing diseases. The term 23andme refers to the human DNA that consists of 23 pairs of chromosomes plus you, hence the name 23andme.

The company’s saliva-based, mail order test identifies over 240 genetic traits that offer clues to a person’s overall health. This test has been taken by hundreds of thousands of people. In addition to giving indications as to the probability of developing specific health issues in the future, it also gives the likelihood of negative drug reactions. Now a person can know in advance what the possibilities are that certain drugs will react negatively in the body.

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