Thursday, May 20, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Appeals won't affect fish in Red Dog Creek
What's ironic about the fuss over a federal permit for a new pit at the Red Dog mine is that even if environmental groups win and the permit is denied, and the mine closes, it won't make any difference to pollution levels in Red Dog Creek. And that's what the controversy is supposed to be about.

Luscious Tropical Pineapple Cheese Pie
1 (9-inch) prepared cookie or graham cracker crumb crust

To cut a fresh pineapple
Twist off pineapple's crown

Prime Time for Pineapples is Now: Symbol of Hospitality for Centuries
We're about midway into prime pineapple time. From March to July, when pineapples are at their peak, you'll find beautiful plump pineapples at the market, with a sweet fruity fragrance and a crisp green crown. Pineapples will not ripen once picked, nor will they sweeten once you get them home, so be sure to select your pineapple carefully. While a little brown on the leaves is acceptable, the leaves should not pull out easily. Choose pineapples with a little "give" when pressed, without soft spots, or bruises. Refrigerated, whole pineapples will keep up to three days. If cut, store them in an airtight plastic container or bag for no more than a week. Fresh pineapple can be frozen, with their juice, in a freezer-safe container for up to six months. Fresh pineapple, an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C, also contains an enzyme called bromelain, which acts a meat tenderizer by breaking down proteins. The bromelain in fresh pineapple will also prevent gelatin from setting, so if you're planning to use pineapple in a recipe that includes gelatin, be sure to use canned pineapple. (The heat of the canning process destroys bromelain.) Canned pineapple has many uses, but for dramatic effect and taste, there's nothing like a fresh pineapple. Pineapples are easy to cut through and once the shell and core are removed, ready to eat.

Pineapple Chicken
1 pound (16-ounces) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

Safety Day a super day
What a super Saturday for Soldotna Safety Day! It was perfect weather for car seat check ups from The Safe Kids Coalition, an excellent showing for the 4-H tree sales and the MS Walk even had some runners this year! Cook Inlet Academy 's band performed lively tunes ranging from soft jazz and drum solos to bass guitar accompaniments. Many thanks to the sound system donated by the City of Soldotna; the performers played on the flat bed stage supplied by Lynden Transport. Bob Nath of Diakonos Services provided the sound system expertise while HEA gave demonstrations as to why to stay more than 10 feet from a power line!

Education need not be one size fits all
I'd like to share a few facts in response to some negative comments that have recently been made by Mr. Paul Zobeck in regards to charter schools and home-schools.

Volunteers make prom a wonderful night
Kenai Central High School would like to thank all the volunteers for their invaluable help during our 2010 KCHS Prom. Without their help we would have not been able to put on such a wonderful event. On the night of April 17 the Junior Class put on the Senior Prom. In light of the recent catastrophic events occuring in Haiti, the Junior Class decided to turn this years prom into a coorindated fundraiser. Instead of spending money on an expensive promenade theme we decided to save that money and put it towards the Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts. With all of the valuable help from our parent volunteers we would have not been able to put on such a successful event. We would also like to thank all the local businesses and familys who donated items to our Prom and Promenade. Without their gracious donations we would not have been able to put on such a beautiful promenade. It total we raised more than $3,200 to go toward the Haiti relief efforts. We could not have put on such an amazing event with out the help of such a wonderful community.

Support helps students in transition
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Students in Transition Program, I would like to recognize those who have given so kindly to the homeless students in our community throughout this school year:

HEA board expenses should be published
During the most recent Homer Electric Board meeting a motion was made to require the Homer Electric Board to publish their expenses in the Kilowatt Courier. It was then amended to include the Internet in the motion. I believe both the amendment and motion passed without a dissenting vote by the 400 or so attending.

Town hall meeting appreciated
I would like to thank the Kenai City Council and administration for holding the recent City of Kenai Town Hall Meeting. The experience was a positive one for me on many different levels. It made me feel like I had a voice in what was happening in my city. It confirmed my belief that positive change could be effected through a respectful, mutual exchange of ideas. It allowed community members from very different backgrounds to find some common ground. Perhaps most of all, it highlighted the level of dedication by our elected officials who were willing to sacrifice a beautiful Saturday morning to listen to the vision of their residents. Thank you.

Photo feature: Pomp, circumstance and a high five
Soldotna High School assistant principal Tony Graham high-fives Josh Harvey as SoHi's class of 2010 makes its way to the floor of the Soldotna Sports Center on Tuesday night. Graham greeted each graduate with the salute. The Clarion will publish a special graduation section on June 7.

Borough boosts school funding
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was granted an additional $2 million in funding for the next fiscal year after the borough assembly approved a resolution on Tuesday night.

Borough names new director: Mohrmann to lead the Office of Emergency Management
Before he was even asked a true question last Thursday afternoon, Eric Mohrmann already had a pen in hand and had begun sketching an incident command diagram. The Kenai Peninsula Borough's new Office of Emergency Management director looked like a war general as he drew up the plan that most organized emergency units follow when doing battle against fire or other major disasters.

Woman found with serious injuries on Swanson River
Rescuers had to wade through part of the Swanson River on Tuesday afternoon to reach a woman who sustained "life-threatening injuries," according to Alaska State Troopers.

Chevron platform down for 'several weeks'
Chevron's Platform Anna in Cook Inlet will likely remain out of operation for "several weeks" according to a company spokesperson.

Gardeners amp up for season
When Bill Osborn plants his small vegetable garden at home he has to worry about those 1,200-pound Alaskan pests.

LNG plant looks ahead: Conoco seeks 2-year extension
ConocoPhillips is confident they'll secure an extension to their current export license, due to be submitted to the Department of Energy by the beginning of next month.

Before Gulf spill, Shell touted Arctic drilling safety
Shell Oil executives assured Alaska legislators earlier this year that they could drill safely offshore in the state's pristine Arctic waters. A representative for the oil giant also blasted federal environmental regulators for what he described as an overly cumbersome permitting process.

Photo feature: Spring cleaning
Kevin Rowe gives winter's dirt the heave-ho Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot at Bailey's Furniture.

Terry Jo Hardcastle
Kenai resident Terry Jo Hardcastle, 50, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from melanoma cancer.

Clifford Bond
Kasilof resident Clifford Bond, 67, died unexpectedly, Friday, May 14, 2010 at his home off North Cohoe Loop in Kasilof.

Around the Peninsula

Pools announce schedules

Around the Peninsula

Pools announce schedules

NLC soccer tourney begins
Beautiful facility. Beautiful game.

Kenai Central downs SkyHi
Kenai Central's softball team scored six runs in the fifth inning to notch a come-from-behind victory over host Skyview on Tuesday. The Panthers remain winless on the season while Kenai improves to 4-4 overall.

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'Robin Hood' lost in the forest
'Robin Hood'

Children exhibit wildlife depictions in Peeps show
Budding artists and perhaps freshly-hatched birders will have their art on display at the Blazy Mall this week for the Peeps Art and Photo Exhibit.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Course greening up at Birch Ridge
While the temperatures have yet to warm up, things sure have been greening up. The rains have been beneficial with everything looking fantastic. Work crews just completed plugging and seeding the greens. I expect to see these in fine shape in a few short weeks.

Golf season under way at Kenai Golf Course
Hello and happy golf season, golfers. It's our favorite time of year again - gardening, fishing, and fun, fun, fun at the Kenai Golf Course. The course is looking great and the greens are filling in very well, and the nets are up at the driving range. My better half and I have already managed to squeeze in a couple of rounds on the course plus time on the driving range I wish I could say that my game had improved, like fine wine, from resting over the winter but sadly that would not be the case. It was great to be back and see so many familiar smiling faces. It was also great to hear that yours truly was the recipient of the early bird drawing for a season pass from the KGC. I'm not sure who was more excited, me or Gordon.

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