Thursday, January 6, 2011

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

On A Casserole
Casseroles are great family fare because they can be cooked and served from the same dish. They emerge from the oven hot and bubbly and when they come to the table covered, there's always that great moment when the lid comes off, the steam rises, and everybody anxiously looks to see what's for supper. Although many folks glumly report having endured another holiday season with green bean casserole, most of us would gladly enjoy a casserole, albeit not the Campbell Soup Company 1955 mushroom soup classic, on any night of the week and during any time of the year. Even finicky eaters are crazy for casseroles, where vegetables, meat and sometimes a starch come together in one delicious dish that is generally easy to make, economical to serve and won't mind sitting around while family comes to the table. Casseroles are great for making ahead, for bringing to a neighbor or friend who is sick and are the ultimate potluck food. Only one reader complained, in February of 2008, about my printing a recipe for a retro tuna fish casserole. But, it was Lent and over 50 years of oh-so-good perfect tuna casseroles leaves an impression.

Keep the little ones warm
Parents, it's winter time in Alaska again. Time to put hats, mittens and boots on your children.

New-fangled gadgetry confounds
Texting and voting are supposed to be very simple. Except texting is not so easy for an old fossil like myself. You see, there are still a few people living who learned to spell, and it is difficult for us to relearn how not to spell correctly. Reads like gobbledy gook to me, but my grandkids are quite proficient at it.

Help a fifth-grader learn about Alaska
Each member of our class is working on a project called the "Parade of States." We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can from a number of sources.

America is at the shopping mall
Only our military and their families, and our veterans and their families endure the war on terrorism.

Community support much appreciated
The Coury family would like to thank everyone in Alaska for their support, love and prayers in our time of sorrow. We especially want to thank the Sterling Brotherhood for their help with many things during our time in Sterling.

School holiday drive a success
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals, families, organizations and businesses that helped make our 2010 Christmas Drive a success.

Off to the races: Assembly approves raceway lease
After rounds of public testimony supporting the Twin City Raceway at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers Tuesday night, the assembly unanimously approved a 30-year lease of borough land at less than fair market value to the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions.

Fatal collision closes Sterling Highway
The Sterling Highway is closed around mile 62 after a fatal collision this afternoon near the access to Kelly and Peterson Lakes.

Medal of Honor recipients visit Juneau station
Looking out at a sea of young United States Coast Guardsmen, 67-year-old retired U.S. Army Maj. Drew Dix, a Medal of Honor recipient said, "The faces don't change, the uniforms do."

Air Supply Alaska plane crashes; pilot uninjured
A cargo plane carrying groceries and other goods from Kenai to New Stuyahok crashed during its failed runway landing at the New Stuyahok Airport on Monday afternoon. The pilot, who was the only person on board, walked away from the wreckage uninjured.

Fatal collision closes Sterling Highway
The Sterling Highway was closed near Mile 62 after a fatal collision Wednesday afternoon.

Photo feature: Bound for the Capitol
Juan Espinoza of Carlile Transportation Systems shrink-wraps a pallet of supplies for local legislators Tuesday afternoon in front of the state office building in Kenai before loading it onto a truck bound for Juneau. State government workers from across the state are preparing for the opening of the Alaska state legislative session on Jan. 18.

Reforestation plan takes root: Stimulus funds boost project reduce Peninsula's wild fire risk
In 30 years, forests may begin to spread on small-to-medium sized parcels of land around the Kenai Peninsula that are currently covered in native blue joint grass. Hopefully that means those parcels -- and the surrounding land -- will be less likely to catch fire.

Library expansion progressing: Grand opening could come sometime this summer
Since breaking ground on their expansion project on May 3 of last year, the Kenai Community Library has been awash in the sights and sounds of conventional construction: the intermittent buzzing and clanking of power tools, men in hardhats and work boots, that pervasive smell of dust and sweat and freshly cut wood.

Carey: We've got to get moving; Borough mayor emphasizes resource development
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey gave his own version of a "state of the borough" address, emphasizing the importance of human and natural resources while discussing upcoming budget challenges, at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's luncheon at Froso's Tuesday.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Resilience monthly gathering

Around the Peninsula

Boys and Girls Club soccer coming

KCHS cagers hampered by flooded gym
Kenai Central High School basketball teams will play away from home for at least three weeks after a pipe burst and caused flooding in the school's gymnasium over winter break.

Gulliver travels to the 3-D dimension
"Gulliver's Travels"

What's Happening

First Thursday

Soldotna cagers sweep Skyview
The Soldotna boys basketball team held off a pesky Skyview squad for a 58-44 victory Tuesday at Skyview in the Northern Lights Conference opener for both sides.

Brown Bears return to home ice: Soldotna product Fisher joins Kenai River for playoff run
Don't complain about winter on the Kenai Peninsula to Brett Lubanski or any of his teammates.

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