Dishing up deliciousness

Azcentral Top Home Chef contestant, SRP employee Laura Licona.  Licona is photographed at her home in Scottsdale making shrimp ceviche Wednesday September 7, 2016.

SRP employee competing for Top Home Chef designation

As a young girl, Laura Licona remembers making rice with dill and butter in her Mexican parent’s kitchen. Over the years, that Latin influence — from using escargot to cumin and cilantro — has permeated into more sophisticated dishes that her lucky friends and family devour.

It recently paid off in a more public way as well.

Licona, Senior Business Analyst, Project Controls Group B, submitted three recipes — charred chile shrimp, squid ink pasta and corn flan – for the 2016 Top Home Chef contest on Next thing she knew, the diehard Anthony Bourdain fan was selected as a finalist.

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Green thumbs give back


SRP volunteers dig in to combat hunger

Some days, watermelon, cucumber and sweet potatoes are on the menu. On others, squash, corn and broccoli form part of a meal. Thanks to St. Vincent de Paul’s Urban Farm, the Valley’s homeless community and others in need get nutritious, fresh food in St. Vincent’s dining rooms, grown in urban gardens on the grounds of two of the nonprofit’s campuses.

More than 20 SRP volunteers spent much of a recent Saturday spreading mulch and pulling weeds to help prepare the plots that grow some of the produce. It was the first time our volunteers went there as a group, but they plan to revisit in the coming months to help plant and harvest crops.

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Symbols of support

Cody Penoyer

SRP employee makes flags to honor those who ensure our safety, freedom

Green for military, blue for police, red for firefighters.

The stripes may be different colors, but the message Cody Penoyer hopes to convey through the wooden American flags he makes is the same: Support those who put their lives on the line for our safety.

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Safety hero

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Valley resident credits SRP employee with saving his life

Flynt Smith was on his way to his parent’s house, looking forward to spending a relaxing Memorial Day weekend with his wife and eight children.

Just as Smith, a senior engineer at Coronado Generating Station near St. Johns, Arizona, steered the family van out of the Salt River Canyon toward Globe, he came upon an accident —  an overturned tractor-trailer gasoline tanker.

Smoke poured out from the back of the truck. Gasoline flowed down the side of the road. It sounded like a heavy downpour, Smith recalled. One spark could have ignited the vehicle and the surrounding area.

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