Republican presidential poll approaching

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 22:31

On Tuesday, Kenai Peninsula Republicans will be able to weigh in on their preferred presidential candidate.

The Presidential Preference Poll, the Alaska version of the caucus in other states, will take place in locations across the central peninsula on March 1. Alaska’s preference poll...

Regulators to take applications for pot businesses

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 22:31

JUNEAU — A regulatory board in Alaska today will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses — the next step in setting up the state’s legal pot industry.

Leif Abel has the date marked on his calendar. He and his partners have been building a facility on the Kenai...

Democrats sue state over primary process

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 22:31

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska Democrats have sued the state after Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott denied the party’s request to allow candidates not affiliated with a political party to run in the Democratic primary.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, challenges as unconstitutional a state law that requires a...

Voices of the Peninsula: Alaska must adopt a fish-first policy

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 22:37

Alaskans have every reason to take pride in our fisheries. We have what many can only dream of elsewhere around the world. Anglers descend upon our state from all over the world and many of us call this great state home because of our opportunity to fish and to harvest some of this truly amazing...

Op-ed: The cuss fuss

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 17:21

“Breaking news,” said the local anchorman (who looked a lot like Marco Rubio). “Donald Trump has promised to avoid profanity.” It’s a shame really, because his use of the p-word, the s-word and all the other vulgarities has been one of his most endearing qualities, which isn’t saying a whole h-...

What others say: Trashing the Valley has become all too common

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 17:21

Some careless Mat-Su residents seem to have no problem trashing the Valley.

At least two vehicles have become stuck in the ice this winter at the Palmer Hay Flats, endangering the birds, fish and other wildlife that call the 28,000-acre state game refuge home. Elsewhere on the refuge,...

Mix up your hummus game with carrot puree topped with lamb

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 16:09

Entertaining should not be about fuss or pomp. I want my focus to be on my company. And on making sure the food packs tons of big, satisfying flavor. Not much beyond that matters.

Which is why I tend to gravitate to a particular version of family-style dining when I have guests. It’s not...

Sinfully delicious: Devil's Food Cake

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 16:19

Devil’s Food Cake, frosted with the requisite puffs of Seven-Minute Frosting, is sinfully good. Fluffy and somewhat airy, Devil’s Food Cake is sometimes called the “chocolate” version of Angel Food Cake.

It is an old-fashioned type of chocolate cake, with the bakers among us possessing...

Double-duty take on broccoli - new technique, new ingredient

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 16:09

Of all the trendy/healthy/unusual ingredients I use regularly in my cooking, the one I get questions about most is nutritional yeast (which tastes way better than it sounds).

Nutritional yeast — not the same as baking yeast — is a golden, flaky powder typically sold in natural foods stores...

Pioneer Potluck: About our dad's Kansas ancestors

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 10:28

The Twibell ancestry goes back to Monghan County, Ireland. John Twibell was born in 1760 and died in Montpelier, Indiana in 1853 at the age of 93.

My sisters and brothers, John, Ginger and Elaine, and Jim’s grandmother, Mary Francis Twibell McClure (known as Hattie), were descendants of...