Thursday, April 23, 2009

Labor, business spar over Free Choice Act
It was like two freight trains headed for collision, neither one yielding track.

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Subtly Sweet and Just Here For A Bit: The Best Tasting Soft-Shell Crabs Are Taken Alive
Soft-shell crabs are here, and from now, until July, when the soft-shell crab season ends, the demand for one of nature's greatest gifts will remain high.

Fresh Tartar Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise

Sauteed Soft-Shell Crabs
6 medium to large soft-shell crabs, dressed

How to dress (clean) a soft-shell crab
1. With sharp scissors or kitchen shears, cut across the soft-shell crab's "face," removing the eyes and mouth. If a translucent-looking membrane is visible just inside the newly made opening, remove it.

Team skates, thanks to many
The Nikiski High School hockey teams, past and present, would like to express our gratitude to coach Irv Smith. His dedication and encouragement throughout the years have allowed us to overcome the challenges that our team has faced. There are also many people in the community that have helped the program in a variety of ways.

Letter shouldn't have been printed
I am surprised and disappointed by your printing letters spewing such prattle and obvious vituperation as the one by Troy Wise (Clarion, April 10).

Reader unhappy with governor's performance
There was a time, not very long ago, I was a big champion of Sarah Palin. I'm a Democrat and a lifelong Alaskan. She appeared to be a breath of fresh air for Alaska, one that seemed much needed in the wake of the trampling done by Frank Murkowski. But, sooner or later, the dawn comes.

Money needs to be spread around
Remarkable is all that can be said about the lack of rural participation in the stimulus money being gobbled up by Anchorage.

Here we go again
Ah, it's that time of year again. Springtime. Don't ya just love it? Yep. Our friendly oil companies are at it again. Seems (like for the past 20 years, at least) just like clockwork between March 1 and May 1 they start easing up the prices in advance of the supposed tourist season. Problem is, we live here all year long and pay up, too.

Repair work to shut down two Seward area bridges: Access denied
If you were planning on a weekend getaway to Seward, cancel your trip -- or stay for the whole weekend.

Still on the drawing board: '09 Pebble focus to be on engineering, environment, economics of project
Just uttering the words, "Pebble Mine," will not only elicit a response but mostly likely a firm opinion.

Fish guide policy passed
New legislation passed this month will allow commercial sport fishing operations on the Kenai River to replace injured or lost guides, keeping their clients hooks in the water.

Cemetery on council agenda
The Soldotna City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution recommending parcels on Knight Drive for development of a memorial park.

Tom not-so-terrific: Non-native turkeys spotted around peninsula
Ed Marker, and his wife Roxanne, are familiar with the sight of birds hanging around the feeder near their home off the Kenai Spur Highway, between Kenai and Soldotna, but some recent visitors caught the couple completely by surprise.

'Budget can be reduced': Sen. Wagoner reflects on Legislature's first session
The budgets approved by the Alaska Legislature this year were still "too high" in Sen. Tom Wagoner's opinion.

Elizabeth Berry Fritz
Anchor Point resident Elizabeth Berry Fritz died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at home. She was 95.

Saylor T. Rehm
Longtime Kenai resident Saylor T. Rehm died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at St. Elias Hospital in Anchorage. He was 74.

What's really at stake?: A chance to share energy expertise with Washington, D.C.
It's not every day that officials from the Outside trek all the way up to Alaska to hear what we have to say about energy -- just so long as we keep it flowing. But April 14, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar convened a public hearing to discuss his Department's five-year strategy for new offshore energy exploration. At stake was a very real chance to meaningfully impact the direction of our nation's energy and economic future.

Around the Peninsula

KCHS choir concert Thursday

Newbould finishes strong in Boston
Brandon Newbould, a 2000 Soldotna High School graduate, finished 80th in Monday's Boston Marathon.

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