Thursday, May 19, 2011

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Author's diverse background makes for exciting cuisine
Readers of this column already know that I love any cookbook written by Tessa Kiros. With a Greek-Cypriot father, a Finnish mother and a Russian great-great grandmother, London-born Tessa Kiros was born into a family with diverse culinary backgrounds. When Kiros was four years old, she moved with her family to South Africa and when she was 18, began traveling to learn about the cuisines and cultures of other places such as Australia, Greece and Mexico. Kiros' experiences come to life through her cookbooks' recipes and through the numerous reminiscences about the people and places she cares for. All of Kiros' cookbooks, "Twelve," "Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes," "Apples for Jam," "Piri Piri Starfish," Venezia: Food and Dreams" and the soon to be released "Food from Many Greek Kitchens" contains the brilliant photography of Manos Chatzikonstantis. The photographs are as inspiring as they are beautiful and it's easy to get lost in them again, and again and again. If you embark on any of Kiros' recipes, do purchase the freshest ingredients possible, especially as it relates to the produce. With many foods coming into season, check your neighborhood farm stand first. It's fun giving local food a foreign flare and Kiros' recipes can get you started, fast.

Pioneer Potluck

Punishment by Dad

Borough mayor position doesn't deserve raise
On the evening of May 17th, 2011, I attended the Kenai Borough Assembly meeting where the Borough Assembly members voted in favor of Ordinance 2011-11 to increase the mayor's salary to $99,000 per year even though there were many objections heard during public comment time. This ordinance was brought forth by Assemblymen Smith and Pierce.

Is university as open to ideas as it should be?
We are often told Universities/Colleges are places for thinking outside the box. People believe this is encouraged and we should hear from all sides of all issues.

Speaker's leadership applauded
Dear Mr. Speaker:

Birds, birders flock to Kenai
Visitors have started flocking to the central Peninsula for the annual Kenai Birding Festival this weekend.

Assembly wrestles with budget
Funding of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's non-departmental agencies took center stage during Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Mayor to get raise: $19,000 boost to take effect after next election
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Mako Haggerty contends residents don't run for the Borough Mayor position for the money, but rather to have the privilege to serve the public.

Denali ditches pipeline; BP-ConocoPhillips venture doesn't secure support
JUNEAU -- One of two companies planning to build major natural gas pipelines in Alaska has dropped its bid, saying Tuesday that it didn't secure the support necessary to justify going forward with its project.

Bodies of clam diggers found; Officials begin investigation into Cook Inlet accident
ANCHORAGE -- The bodies of all five clam diggers who were reported missing from their 20-foot skiff as they returned from a day of harvesting have been found, authorities said Wednesday.

3 dead, 2 missing in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE -- Coast Guard rescue crews responding to a report of four missing clam diggers southwest of Kalgin Island discovered the bodies of two men more than 1,700 yards from the beach at Polly Creek on the west side of Cook Inlet Tuesday.

Announcement renews AGIA gas pipeline debate
JUNEAU -- Tuesday's announcement that a company is scrapping plans to build a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska has renewed the debate over whether a line is viable or the state is chasing a mere pipe dream.

Ocean Renewable moves forward with tidal plans
When Doug Johnson asked attendees at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce lunch on Wednesday how many wondered if the Cook Inlet tides could be used to create energy, most people raised their hands.

Deidre Kathleen Littell
Longtime Alaskan and North Pole resident, Ms. Deidre Kathleen Littell, 37, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 14, 2011, at her home in North Pole.

John 'Jack' Griffel
John "Jack" Griffel, age 73, of Albert City, Iowa died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at his home.

Patrick M. Maltby
Patrick M. Maltby died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at the Atlantic Healthcare Center, in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 71.

Let's all do our part to end deaths on the road
Summer means many things to Alaskans, enjoying fishing, hiking, outdoor sports and picnics. But as the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner and the Department of Public Safety Commissioner, we know the long days of daylight inevitably mean more deaths on the road.

Around the Peninsula

River Fest still needs volunteers

Around the Peninsula

Still time to get involved with solstice fest

What's Happening

Best Bets

Poet's Corner

Morning Monsters

Anchorage Symphony's Young People's Concert: Kaleidoscope students share their experience
The following pieces are reviews of the Anchorage Symphony's Young People's Concert submitted by students in Marianne Kasch's fifth- and sixth-grade class at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences in Kenai:

'Love Rides the Rails (or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?)'
The Kenai Performers, Soldotna Senior Center and Midnight Sun Rowing Club present "Love Rides the Rails (or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?)," a melodrama by Morland Carey, directed by Terri Zopf-Schoessler, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at the Soldotna Senior Center. Tickets are $15 available in advance at Curtain Call Consignment and Charlotte's in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.

Art inspired by life in Nikolski finds home
A collection of art inspired by a Homer artist's first teaching job in Alaska will return to the village where it was created. This month, the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association purchased R.W. "Toby" Tyler's paintings and sketches he did of students he taught in the Aleutian Island village of Nikolski while teaching there in the 1950s.

Art Briefs

Memorial Day Weekend Shindig at the Diamond M Ranch Resort

'Priest' a little late for vampire craze
"Priest"

SoHi girls set sights on title: Southern Division girls have taken last 3 NLC crowns
The girls soccer teams from the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division will be looking to continue a trend at the conference tournament today, Friday and Saturday in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys.

Sports Brief: Kenai Central baseball earns 1st victory
A 12-run fifth inning sparked the Kenai Central baseball team to its first win in program history on Tuesday, 18-8 at Homer in Northern Lights Conference action.

Sports Brief: Mariners softball upends Kardinals, 13-4
Brooke DeVaney went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, Lauren Cashman went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs and the host Homer softball team defeated Kenai Central 13-4 in Northern Lights Conference action Tuesday.

Stars stop Kenai, near state berth
The Soldotna softball team needed two hits to score 17 runs in a win against Kenai Central two weeks ago.

Stars topple Kards
Jarret Urban went 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs and Josiah Covey was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, leading the Soldotna baseball team to an 11-8 win over host Kenai Central in Northern Lights Conference action Wednesday.

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