Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fresh Carrots Top the List for Beta-Carotene
Although beets edge out carrots as the sweetest of all vegetables, carrots place first as the top source for beta-carotene. If you're interested in the science, beta-carotene is a carotenoid, responsible for giving carrots and other vegetables, like pumpkin and sweet potatoes , their bright orange color. Interestingly, studies show carrots that have been cooked briefly, for periods of less than 15 minutes, actually contain more levels of beta-carotene than carrots that are raw. Beta-carotene is converted in the body as vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that studies say, among other things, may help protect us from certain kinds of cancers, boosts bone growth, and benefits our immune and reproductive systems. Vitamin A is also credited for helping to maintain good eyesight (particularly night vision) and skin. Carrots are the versatile workhouse of the kitchen and an important mainstay in recipes from muffins and cakes, to soups, stews, salads and so much more. Dieticians warn, however, that it is possible to eat too many carrots, with adverse results, so it's wise to check with a health care provider regarding how many carrots are just right for you. For more information regarding vitamin A and carotenoids, visit The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements at

Carrots in Cream with Fresh Mint
1 pound fresh carrots

Moist Carrot Muffins
2 cups Swans Down cake flour (scoop flour into measuring cup, then level off)

Rich Carrot Pudding
10 large carrots, scrubbed and sliced

Honey-Roasted Carrots
1 pound fresh carrots

Iditarod should come clean on mushers who failed drug tests
The Iditarod Trail Committee has reported that two Iditarod mushers have tested positive on THC. ITC will not disclose the identities of the two dopey mushers. The reason for this is because they are in the good old boy network receiving special privileges and double standards. You can take it to the bank, that if they were women, Natives or other minorities who tested positive on their drug test, ITC would hang them out to dry. This is not the right way, but the white way. It is ITC's different strokes, for different folks.

Flood of help makes prom great
On behalf of the Soldotna High School class of 2011, we would like to thank many people for their help and support in making SoHi's "Poseidon's Paradise" prom an enjoyable and memorable night for all who attended.

Soldotna police officer resigns
Sgt. Tony Garcia resigned from the Soldotna Police Department on Friday. Garcia left the force, in part, because of the negative publicity that followed an allegation against him, he said.

District could see more money: Mayor, assemblyman pitch measure to increase borough contribution
In the face of potential layoffs by the school district, the borough mayor and an assembly member are calling to boost the local contribution for education spending.

Rebels with a cause: ABATE club rides for personal rights, charity
There's common answer among motorcycle riders when questioned about their passion for the open road: If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

Jack-up rig won't arrive in inlet this summer
Cook Inlet won't see a jack-up rig brought in by Houston-based Escopeta Oil and Gas this summer, despite the governor signing a bill that offers incentives to drill deeper in the Inlet for oil and natural gas.

Inlet exploration gets a boost: Gov. Sean Parnell signs bill designed with oil and gas incentives
Gov. Sean Parnell signed into law a pack of incentives that could give oil and gas exploration in Cook Inlet a shot in the arm, but the onus is now on the producers, according to state lawmakers.

Photo feature: Link up
Soldotna High School students listen to Sen. Mark Begich respond to a question from one of their peers via a two-way Internet video chat held at the school on Monday. Begich spoke for a little more than a half hour about some of the issues he's working on while fielding a number of questions from the students. Four SoHi social studies classes lead by teachers Dan Harbison, Rick Matiya and Lana Syverson took part in the session.

Motorcycle safety
Gus Sandahl, City of Kenai police chief, said that for the most part the police department responds to few crashes annually involving motorcycles.

Ruby Mae (Branum) Bishop
Alaska Pioneer Ruby Mae (Branum) Bishop, 91, died peacefully of natural causes May 9, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Louise 'Lisa' Westergaard
Ninilchik resident Ms. Louise "Lisa" Westergaard, 93, died Monday, May 10, 2010, at her home with her daughter and friend by her side.

Summer Christine Moore
Lifelong Kenai Resident Ms. Summer Christine Moore, 23, died May 4, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital.

Bill fuels energy independence
Alaskans want to live and work where energy is reliable and affordable. That is why we crafted the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act, which passed unanimously on the last day of the legislative session. This bipartisan legislation will pave the way for lower energy costs, greater energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy in Alaska. It will help Alaskan families, businesses, schools, and communities to cut their costs and find more sustainable ways of meeting their energy needs.

Around the Peninsula

Composting to be discussed

Potty Break: Pet photo
While boating in Prince William Sound, my husband took the dogs to shore for a much needed break. They love boating and camping, but my favorite part is seeing the joy on their faces as they return from shore in the zodiak.

SoHi hurlers stifle Kenai
The host Soldotna softball team defeated Kenai Central 9-1 on Monday behind a commanding performance from Savannah Hegge.

Nikiski boys stay atop division: Soldotna girls soccer clinches No. 1 seed from Northern Lights Conference South
The Nikiski boys soccer team defeated host Skyview 8-1 on Monday to remain on top of the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division.

Piranhas compete at Junior Olympics
The Peninsula Piranhas Swim Team, coached by Will Hubler, competed in the 2010 Speedo Alaska Junior Olympic Swimming Championship in Anchorage from April 15 to 18 at Bartlett High School. Over 400 athletes from throughout the state competed in the swim competition.

Kenai Peninsula Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships results
The second Kenai Peninsula Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships were held Saturday at the Soldotna High Auditorium. The results are as follows:

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