An Outdoor View: Salmon 7 Ways

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 17:35

While grilling the last of last year’s salmon the other day, I got to wondering about what other people did with salmon. Curious, I e-mailed 20 people, asking them for their favorite salmon recipes.

The response was immediate and enthusiastic, testimony to the popularity of salmon as food...

Alaska Rodeo Tour comes to Soldotna

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 17:34

With a thundering crash, the metal gate containing a nervous bull was thrown open and Anchorage rider Bobby Smith was sent on one of the wildest rides an adrenaline junkie can experience. The animal jerked and twisted and tore into the sandy arena surrounded by onlookers with the violence and...

More than edibles, artichokes can be ornamentals

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 17:34

Globe artichokes have much to contribute to home gardens, from providing thin layers of leathery leaves for delectable dining to serving as flowery backdrops in border settings. Pollinators like their purple, thistle-like blooms, too.

“I think they’re kind of a novel plant,” said Dan Drost...

Break free from meat industry

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 10:03

What ever happened to the good old days when our worst worries on the 4th of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

A well-warranted worry, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Meat & Poultry Hotline, is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs hiding in hot...

PFD cut the least outrageous option

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 16:05

When Gov. Bill Walker announced his veto of a portion of the funds allocated for Alaska Permanent Fund dividend payouts Monday, the outrage was swift and strong.

But where was that outrage last month, when the Legislature passed a state operating budget funded almost entirely by a draw on...

Rich Lowry: A vote for self-government

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 09:51

Democracy is too important to be left to the people.

That is the global elite’s collective reaction to Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, which is being portrayed as the work of ill-informed xenophobes who never should have been entrusted with a decision of such world-historical...

Oilers battle Glacier Pilots

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 00:24

The Peninsula Oilers wrapped up a home series against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Wednesday night with a 7-5 loss at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The loss dropped the Oilers below .500 for the first time this summer at 6-7 in the Alaska Baseball League standings and 9-11 overall...

Bird Homestead golf course continues to thrive

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 00:24

Larry Hamilton has been doing a wonderful job on the course, the greens and fairways are in spectacular condition. Bird Homestead is a very unique golf course 12 miles out Funny River Road. The drive isn’t as long as you may think, and the scenery is beautiful. If you don’t have your own set of...

Onward and upward

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 16:47
Soldotna Market celebrates development

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the business Artzy Junkin. It has also been edited to include both owners of the Where It's At food bus.

 

Though the cluster of shops tucked away from the road in Soldotna and...

Boys & Girls Clubs rely on new revenue sources as federal funding decreases

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 22:08

Since 2009 federal grants to the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska have declined to less than $1 million of the more than $8 million previously allocated.

Only 26 of the formerly more than 40 clubhouses operate statewide and local services are provided under increasing strain. Private...