Thursday, January 14, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Pepper Steak with Crispy Cellophane Noodles
1 pound flank steak, cut into 2-inch thin slices*

Tastes great today, better tomorrow: Stew, mmm, so fine, the second time
I woke up the day before yesterday, hungry for beef stew. So, I made a pot knowing that it would taste even better the day after it was made, and it did.

Fried cellophane noodles
1 (8-ounce) bag cellophane noodles

Crock-pot beef chili
1 pound lean ground beef

Beef stew with egg dumplings
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil

Mother's drop egg dumplings
2 cups all-purpose flour

ANWR in no way a barren wasteland
In response to the letter to the editor, ANWR coastal plain should be opened (Clarion, Jan. 7), and in defense of the opinion that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be opened to exploration, I would like to voice the concern of the environmental community. And while I am not Alaska Native, I am fully aware of the impact drilling will have on the Gwich'in people's way of life. Understanding that America is a country that is dependent on oil and its by-products, I am not condemning the idea of new oil exploration missions. I am defending what is Alaska's and America's one true, pristine wilderness. Many people have misguided ideas about what exploration on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain might entail; supporters of exploration and drilling say that drilling will not affect the coastal plain, it is a barren wasteland. Sen. Frank Murkowski's famous description of the coastal plain resembling a white piece of paper, and huge oil companies' statements on the low impact of directional drilling indicate that there is nothing sacred left in this beautiful state.

Rules should be followed, but at what cost?
It seems to me, the bottom line is that the Borough Assembly voted to spend possibly three times the amount of money needed for CES maintenance equipment because a form was not filed. Please say it isn't so! The Assembly could have saved the citizens of the Borough about $40,000, but voted not to, because of a piece of paper? I can understand rules, regulations, laws and codes and the need to enforce them, so levy a fine, and let the form be filed.

Catching counterfeiters: Wave of phoney $20 bills hits Kenai Peninsula
Police have discovered more than 30 counterfeit $20 bills circulating in the area, and they are warning all businesses and consumers to be on the lookout.

Close call: 2 charged with intent to kill; victims escape
Two men accused of involvement in an incident when someone allegedly entered a Soldotna family's home, set a Teddy bear on fire and stole several items from the home, were arraigned on felony charges this week.

Morris Publishing Group to file pre-packaged bankruptcy plan
Morris Publishing Group, publisher of the Peninsula Clarion, announced Wednesday that it expects to file a prepackaged plan of reorganization by Jan. 19 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, in order to restructure its debt.

2 stolen sleds found: Kenai Police arrest 2 men, 1 woman
Police have recovered two of three reportedly stolen snowmachines and an accompanying trailer, but they are still in pursuit of the final sled.

Morris Publishing Group to file pre-packaged bankruptcy plan : Parent company's restructuring not expected to affect Clarion's day-to-day operations
Morris Publishing Group, publisher of the Peninsula Clarion, announced Wednesday that it expects to file a prepackaged plan of reorganization by Jan. 19 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, in order to restructure its debt.

Wal-Mart opening on tap
The word is out: the new Wal-Mart store in Kenai is set to open at 7:30 a.m. on March 31.

John Edwin McClain
Fairbanks resident John Edwin McClain, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, of complications from cancer.

Patricia Lee Shadel
Hayden, Idaho, resident Patricia Lee Shadel, 87, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at home with her family by her side.

ACES oil tax good for business
In 2008 Exxon rode staggering oil prices to the highest profits ever earned by any company in the history of the world -- for the second year in a row. Between 2006 and 2008 Conoco netted a very healthy $7 billion, after expenses, just from its Alaska operations. Yet despite strong profits, it looks like the 2010 legislative session may bring a call by oil industry members and some legislators to reduce the share Alaskans receive from oil from companies like Exxon, British Petroleum and Conoco.

Around the Peninsula

Dog obedience offered

Around the Peninsula

Recycling group meets again

Kardinals take 2 from Panthers
Tough defense.

Art Briefs

Call for submissions

2009 on the silver screen: the best and the worst
Looking back over 2009, it occurs to me that this might have been a pretty big year for movies.

What's Happening

Best Bets

Nocturnal Omissions
Things that go bump in the night,

Brown Bears back from break: Kenai River goes to Fairbanks for 3-game series: Fisher moves to USHL
After nearly a month break, the Kenai River Brown Bears resume North American Hockey League action tonight for the first of a three-game series at Fairbanks.

Sports Briefs

Robertia leads area at Copper Basin

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Can the PA, bring on the band

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