Sarah Palin’s Alaska Podcast Interview

Sarah Palin’s Alaska Podcast Interview
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TLC contacted Cynthia Smoot, who writes the popular Dallas Lifestyle and Events Blog – Oh So Cynthia, to attend Sarah Palin’s book signing in Dallas Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 and participate in a podcast about her new TV show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Pictured here is Cynthia Smoot with host, Brian Reich.

Read all about it here:
www.ohsocynthia.com/2010/11/sarah-palin-comes-to-dallas-a…

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Sarah Palin’s Alaska Podcast Interview

Sarah Palin’s Alaska Podcast Interview
Mom Blog
Image by CynthiaSmoot
TLC contacted Cynthia Smoot, who writes the popular Dallas Lifestyle and Events Blog – Oh So Cynthia, to attend Sarah Palin’s book signing in Dallas Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 and participate in a podcast about her new TV show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Pictured here is host, Brian Reich, with blogger, Jennifer Buxom.

Read all about it here:
www.ohsocynthia.com/2010/11/sarah-palin-comes-to-dallas-a…

Sarah Palin’s Alaska Podcast Interview

Sarah Palin’s Alaska Podcast Interview
Mom Blog
Image by CynthiaSmoot
TLC contacted Cynthia Smoot, who writes the popular Dallas Lifestyle and Events Blog – Oh So Cynthia, to attend Sarah Palin’s book signing in Dallas Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 and participate in a podcast about her new TV show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Pictured here is host, Brian Reich, with blogger, Jennifer Buxom.

Read all about it here:
www.ohsocynthia.com/2010/11/sarah-palin-comes-to-dallas-a…

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914
Dinner Recipes For Kids
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PHOTO CAPTION: View of the new Fort Greely Community Activity Center, Alaska. The menu will include regional favorites such as reindeer sausage and bison burgers, but will also include American favorites such as pizza and Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. The new center will have food, bowling, arcade and game activities, meeting rooms and Wifi.

Photo by Daniel Cain, Fort Greeley

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914

By Robert Dozier
IMCOM Public Affairs

Reindeer sausage and bison burgers have only one thing in common. These regional delicacies are featured on the menu for the new Fort Greeley Community Activity Center set to open soon.

“Our menu is extremely family friendly,” said Russell Littel, Chef/Food & Beverage Specialist, Business Operations Directorate. “We offer the ‘lighter fare’ that is in high demand today. There are a variety of healthy salads, and for central Alaska, the soup of the day is essential.”

Fort Greely sits about 320 miles northeast of Anchorage. In July, the average high temperature is 69 degrees. In January, however, the average low is – 11 degrees. At these extremes, comfort is measured in family, fun and good food.

“Healthier options for Soldiers and their Families are the key,” said Littel. “As a father, I can appreciate how important the kids’ menu is.”

There are 84 recipes that Business Operations is managing at the center, where normally a 30-to-40 item menu is common.

“These Soldiers haven’t been to the lower 48 in a while, and pizza, cheesesteak and a good hamburger are a must,” said Littel. “What is uncommon is our “broasted” chicken, which is fried in a pressure cooker.”

Broasted chicken is a method similar to that used by some of the most popular and successful fried chicken retail restaurants.

“This method is quicker to prepare and is a more juicy and crunchy product,” said Littel. “With this recipe and the others, we wanted broad menu choices so that our customers could eat here on a daily basis, maybe two weeks straight, and not have to choose the same menu item.”

The Greely facility has been on the radar for about a year at Business Operations, a department in the G9 Division of the Installation Management Command. They get involved once a need is defined at the Army garrison. In this case, a brand new multi-purpose facility was proposed, including dining, bowling, meetings, arcade and games, requiring the best food that the Army could provide. Business Operations assessed the existing facilities and employee skill sets, lunch and dinner programs, and determined what was best and realistic for the area.

“We don’t just plan the meals,” said Littel, “we design comfort for the men and women serving here.”

Chef Littel also serves as an infantryman and food operations sergeant for the Texas National Guard in the 36th Infantry Division. He will be deploying next year to Afghanistan.
“There are hundreds of Reservists and National Guardsmen who come to Greely to do their mission,” Littel said. “Many have families close by or in town who can really benefit from our planning.”

The Fort Greely Community Activity Center will feature an 8 lane bowling center, billiards, darts, shuffle board and air hockey.

“Think: rec center meets warrior club meets NCO club,” said Daniel Cain, Community Activity Center Manager. “It’ll have a sports bar feel, with a giant chalet-style fireplace at its focal point, but good food is the key.”

The center will have a reading area, an internet capable computer room, a 60-inch television room with theater seating and Wifi, as well.

“This will be the social hub for the Fort Greely Family – Soldiers, , Families, full time National Guard and civilians,” said Cain. “Quality of life-wise, this will be night and day.”

Fort Greely has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. With growth comes the expectation from the community for facilities that improve the day-to-day experience.

“We are chomping at the bit for the opening,” said Tracy Miley, wife of Col. Joseph L. Miley, commander of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, “and I love that the menu will have healthy choices for the adults and the children. The community center will become a huge mecca. How amazing is this to have everything right here?”

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914
Dinner Recipes For Kids
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PHOTO CAPTION: Army Chef Russell Littel at home perfecting his technique for the menu preparation of the new Fort Greeley Community Activity Center, Alaska. The menu will include regional favorites such as reindeer sausage and bison burgers, but will also include American favorites such as pizza and Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches.

Photo by permission

Army chef provides comfort to Soldiers and Families in central Alaska 110914

By Robert Dozier
IMCOM Public Affairs

Reindeer sausage and bison burgers have only one thing in common. These regional delicacies are featured on the menu for the new Fort Greeley Community Activity Center set to open soon.

“Our menu is extremely family friendly,” said Russell Littel, Chef/Food & Beverage Specialist, Business Operations Directorate. “We offer the ‘lighter fare’ that is in high demand today. There are a variety of healthy salads, and for central Alaska, the soup of the day is essential.”

Fort Greely sits about 320 miles northeast of Anchorage. In July, the average high temperature is 69 degrees. In January, however, the average low is – 11 degrees. At these extremes, comfort is measured in family, fun and good food.

“Healthier options for Soldiers and their Families are the key,” said Littel. “As a father, I can appreciate how important the kids’ menu is.”

There are 84 recipes that Business Operations is managing at the center, where normally a 30-to-40 item menu is common.

“These Soldiers haven’t been to the lower 48 in a while, and pizza, cheesesteak and a good hamburger are a must,” said Littel. “What is uncommon is our “broasted” chicken, which is fried in a pressure cooker.”

Broasted chicken is a method similar to that used by some of the most popular and successful fried chicken retail restaurants.

“This method is quicker to prepare and is a more juicy and crunchy product,” said Littel. “With this recipe and the others, we wanted broad menu choices so that our customers could eat here on a daily basis, maybe two weeks straight, and not have to choose the same menu item.”

The Greely facility has been on the radar for about a year at Business Operations, a department in the G9 Division of the Installation Management Command. They get involved once a need is defined at the Army garrison. In this case, a brand new multi-purpose facility was proposed, including dining, bowling, meetings, arcade and games, requiring the best food that the Army could provide. Business Operations assessed the existing facilities and employee skill sets, lunch and dinner programs, and determined what was best and realistic for the area.

“We don’t just plan the meals,” said Littel, “we design comfort for the men and women serving here.”

Chef Littel also serves as an infantryman and food operations sergeant for the Texas National Guard in the 36th Infantry Division. He will be deploying next year to Afghanistan.
“There are hundreds of Reservists and National Guardsmen who come to Greely to do their mission,” Littel said. “Many have families close by or in town who can really benefit from our planning.”

The Fort Greely Community Activity Center will feature an 8 lane bowling center, billiards, darts, shuffle board and air hockey.

“Think: rec center meets warrior club meets NCO club,” said Daniel Cain, Community Activity Center Manager. “It’ll have a sports bar feel, with a giant chalet-style fireplace at its focal point, but good food is the key.”

The center will have a reading area, an internet capable computer room, a 60-inch television room with theater seating and Wifi, as well.

“This will be the social hub for the Fort Greely Family – Soldiers, , Families, full time National Guard and civilians,” said Cain. “Quality of life-wise, this will be night and day.”

Fort Greely has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. With growth comes the expectation from the community for facilities that improve the day-to-day experience.

“We are chomping at the bit for the opening,” said Tracy Miley, wife of Col. Joseph L. Miley, commander of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, “and I love that the menu will have healthy choices for the adults and the children. The community center will become a huge mecca. How amazing is this to have everything right here?”

Worker Health and Safety During the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup in Alaska in 1989

This cleanup was the first done under OSHA’s then recent Hazwoper regulation and maybe the first time an OSHA program went into voluntary compliance mode (like the agency later did during the World Trade Center cleanup and Katrina). Contact me for more information on worker health and safety issues during this spill. I was living in Alaska at the time and worked with the Alaska Laborers Union on occupational health and safety concerns during the cleanup. My email is mdcatlin@earthlink.net . For a detailed federal government review of worker health and safety issues, read the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report, Alaska Oil Spill Health Hazard Evaluation (HETA 89-200 & 89-273-2111), published in May 1991 and available on the NIOSH website at www.cdc.gov . For more information on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill go to the Website – Sound Truth and Corporate Myths: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill at www.soundtruth.info This website is from Riki Ott, PhD, a marine oil pollution expert and former commercial fisherman in Alaskas Prince William Sound. She was on the scene before, during, and after the Exxon Valdez oil spill and experienced firsthand the spills effects, including environmental devastation, economic losses to the fishing industry, and psychosocial trauma to the close-knit community. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Workers Exxons Collateral Damage Exxon Authorize the Toxic Chemicals for Spraying Alaskas Oily Beaches which has caused
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‘Dancing’ pro Mark Ballas gets cozy in Alaska with Sarah Palin

‘Dancing’ pro Mark Ballas gets cozy in Alaska with Sarah Palin
That was quick!.
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What’s the big deal, Mom? It’s just a tattoo!
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Calf named Glory Bee joins other babies on farm
We were surprised a couple of weeks ago with a baby calf. OK, we knew the cow was pregnant, but we didnt know when to expect the baby. Shed been bred on the “buffet” plan, having been with a bull for four months, and we didnt know for sure if sh…
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