Homer soccer sweeps Nikiski

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 23:42

The visiting Homer soccer teams swept Nikiski on Tuesday.

The Homer boys won 5-1, while the Mariners girls notched a 5-0 decision.

The games also kept clarifying the postseason picture in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division.

The Homer boys are now 1-3 in the...

Legislative panel releases oil, gas tax credit rewrite

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 22:22

JUNEAU — An Alaska legislative committee on Tuesday unveiled a draft oil and gas tax credit bill aimed at breaking an impasse that helped send lawmakers into overtime, proposing to phase out most existing credits and calling for a new tax structure for Cook Inlet by 2019.

But it received a...

Cook Inlet grads recall unique education

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 22:31

Always an intimate affair, this year’s Cook Inlet Academy graduation ceremony was smaller than usual, with four graduating seniors being honored.

The students graduated in front of family and friends at the school Sunday. Afterward, they celebrated the milestone in the gymnasium where...

School transportation meetings scheduled

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 22:22

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators are holding two public meetings for the families in Ninilchik, Anchor Point and Homer whose transportation options may change at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Buses may be cut or school start times staggered to offset costs...

Ordinance would merge two borough departments

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 22:22

Facing decreased revenue from the state, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has proposed merging the Capital Projects Department with its Purchasing and Contracting Department.

The Capital Projects Department handles capital improvement projects in the borough, such as roofing a school or...

Commission accomplished

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 22:29

A seven-member charter commission will likely spend the next year working on a home-rule charter for Soldotna.

In a special election Tuesday, Soldotna voters approved a proposition that asked “Shall a Charter Commission be Elected to Prepare a Proposed Charter?” Unofficial results Tuesday...

What others say: Pass the crime bill

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 18:11

On Thursday, the Alaska House voted 28-11 to approve Senate Bill 91.

The Alaska Senate should concur with the amendments made by the House to this 114-page measure. Then, Gov. Bill Walker should sign it into law.

Alaska’s criminal justice system is broken and desperately needs repair...

Pioneer Potluck: About our 10,000-mile trip

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 18:04

Laird Hot Springs, 10-hour drives and Hell’s Gate

Sept. 10, 2000


We gassed up at Swift River at 1:30 and started seeing wildlife, bears, coyotes, a moose and baby. Deer at Laird Hot Springs. We decided to stop and stretch our legs at...

The Kitchen Ade: Unripened tomatoes star in best fried green tomato dishes

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 18:07

While I truly love “Fried Green Tomatoes,” starring Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker, I never visited Juliette, Georgia, where the movie was filmed in 1991. Juliette was refurbished to create the fictional town of Whistle Stop, with the focal point being...

Roasted chickpeas, grilled cheese combine for a robust salad

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:22

Roasted chickpeas can be a surprisingly meaty snack. They also can be a delicious addition to grain and fresh salads, adding a savory, crunchy component to an otherwise humdrum dish.

In this case, we start by roasting canned chickpeas after tossing them with olive oil, smoked paprika and...