Thursday, January 28, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Fresh peppers are smokin' hot
The dramatic taste and stunning color of fresh peppers is exciting. We enjoy peppers roasted, grilled, baked or sauted, and we particularly like them stuffed.

Italian-style stuffed cubanelle peppers
12 medium Cubannelle peppers, washed

Stove top roasted peppers
Place peppers on a stovetop non-stick griddle over medium heat. Turning several times with tongs, allow peppers to blacken and blister. Immediately place peppers in a paper bag and allow peppers to steam for 10 to 15 minutes to loosen skin. With your fingers (use gloves if peppers are spicy hot), pull off skins.

Chili rellenos
6 Poblano peppers, grilled and peeled (directions follow)

Peppers angelo
1/4 cup olive oil

Scholarship program worth funding
Several years ago, the University of Alaska Coalition of Student Leaders (the Coalition), which consists of representatives of each University of Alaska student government office state-wide, drafted a piece of legislation to provide for the financial needs of students who are not eligible for private scholarships, those who do not qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, and for those that the Pell Grant does not provide sufficient funding.

Begich not representing people of Alaska
In response to Senator Begich's letter in "Voices of Alaska" he managed to pat himself on the back for voting for Democratic Party agenda items including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) and the Senate's health care bill. Voted for these even though the majority of people in the country and in Alaska didn't want them. Voted for them because he "owes" his position to the Democratic Party. His letter was nothing more than the rhetoric of the Democratic Party.

Alaska gas prices 'ridiculous'
We recently drove from Seattle to LasVegas in a truck driving through parts of Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada. The highest gas price was Hawthorne Nevada at $3.06 a gallon and the cheapest was $2.69 in LasVegas. We took the back route through Susanville, California, through Reno, and saw very little traffic. Most small towns were at $2.90 per gallon and most major stops and truck stops were $2.80. I got back yesterday and Anchorage was $3.57 and Soldotna at $3.87. I guess that pretty well explains how we are getting gouged by Tesoro. Call your legislators; this is ridiculous.

Should sick day policy be of concern?
I was listening to the Assembly meeting last night and heard the nurse talk about the policy at the hospital where workers are coming in sick. Today I had to go collect my daughter from school because she had developed a fever. I was thinking about the nurses who need their jobs. What if their children are sick so they have to call in? Then suppose the nurse catches it or on another occasion slips and breaks a leg? It doesn't take long for sick days to pile up, and it's no one's fault. In this time of economic uncertainty, no one should have to choose between going to work sick or being fired. I would imagine such decisions place great stress on the hospital workers.

Reports: Tempers flare, weapons brandished; no injuries reported
Two arguments in Kenai on Jan. 26 escalated to disputes involving weapons.

Carey to trim pay to top aides: Mayor says fiscal policy back in focus
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey announced Tuesday that he would be lowering the salaries of the top two positions in his administration.

Let the games begin: Annual event encourages families to get out and enjoy wintertime
The weather is still cold enough that it won't melt the ice sculptures around town, but that's no reason not to go out and play.

Poetry on tap: Poets gather today in Kenai
While summer can be a fast paced time for many, the winter months offer a chance to catch up on many meaningful things, and for Steve Shoonmaker of Kasilof that includes his poetry.

Former prep star returns to face charges
Anthony J. Griglione returned Tuesday to the Kenai Peninsula to face charges stemming from an alleged robbery plot.

Photo feature: Goal setting
Bradley Kishbaugh, right, a goalie for the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B squad, gets some tips from Brad Fusaro, a member of the Kenai River Brown Bears Junior A hockey team, during a KPHA practice Tuesday at the ConocoPhillips/City of Kenai Multipurpose Facility in Kenai.

Joanne Helen (Demientieff) Holly
Soldotna resident Joanne Helen (Demientieff) Holly died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, of a massive stroke at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 68.

Glenn Orland Jennison
Longtime Alaskan Glenn Orland Jennison died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of ALS. He was 81.

Around the Peninsula

Boating safety course offered

Ninilchik, Seward cagers earn sweeps
Ninilchik's boys basketball team pulled out a 47-46 victory over host Nikolaevsk on Tuesday.

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Cycle of the Snowmen
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Sports Briefs

Liebner wins Pepsi Challenge

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Bye bye Brownies

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