Celebrate a remarkable life, with a Robin Williams favorite: Classic Pot Roast with Caramelized Onion Gravy

If you read the front inside flap of 2004’s “Star Palate: Celebrity Cookbook for a Cure,” you will discover that cookbook author, Tami Agassi, “was… Continue reading

  • Aug 19, 2014
  • By Sue Ade
  • Food

Pioneer Potluck: About the big brown bear in the blueberry patch

The Ricks Ranch 1999, North Nikiski, Alaska   “I’m going up to see if the blueberries are ripe. Be right back,” I told Bob. I… Continue reading

  • Aug 19, 2014
  • By Grannie Annie
  • Food
Xander Kinsfather

News and Notes

Births Kinsfather family welcomes early arrival Derek and Danielle Kinsfather of Nikiski announce the birth of their son, Xander Lorenzo Kinsfather, at 3:37 p.m. on… Continue reading

Xander Kinsfather

Schrodinger’s cat dined on hamburger – or spaghetti

As I got ready to go home one recent afternoon, I called my wife. She said that she had a package of ground beef and… Continue reading

Learing for Life: Ways to enjoy garden-fresh vegetables

I planted seven zucchini plants in my high tunnel; what was I thinking? Actually I was thinking Food Bank, friends, and freezer. One of the… Continue reading

Here’s the Thing: Back to school time means changes

School is here. I’m a stay-at-home mother with two kids going into school this week. As tame as the subject sounds, it’s my life and… Continue reading

Church news

Parish celebrates pastor's ordination anniversary Members and visitors of St. Luke Lutheran Church (UAC) celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Rev. Tim Tolar’s ordination, as well… Continue reading

With changing seasons, embrace what is to come

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time… Continue reading

White spruce bearing heavy cone crop at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center, August 12, 2014.  Photo by Matt Bowser/USFWS.

Refuge Notebook: Spruce mast events – feast or famine

Peer out the window or take a walk around the neighborhood asking yourself if the spruce trees bear an unusually large load of cones this… Continue reading

White spruce bearing heavy cone crop at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center, August 12, 2014.  Photo by Matt Bowser/USFWS.

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ “An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham,” on Friday at 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Farnam describes his style… Continue reading

A guide waits to net a pink salmon caught by a member of military who spent two days fishing on the Kenai River Friday August 8, 2014 near Soldotna, Alaska. The Kenai River Foundation hosted the "Wounded Heroes" fishing event that brought more than 70 military members down to the Kenai River and paired them up with area guides who took them fishing August 8-9. Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion
A guide waits to net a pink salmon caught by a member of military who spent two days fishing on the Kenai River Friday August 8, 2014 near Soldotna, Alaska. The Kenai River Foundation hosted the "Wounded Heroes" fishing event that brought more than 70 military members down to the Kenai River and paired them up with area guides who took them fishing August 8-9. Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Lucy." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

Reeling it in: ‘Lucy’ won’t make you think too hard

“Lucy”Universal Pictures1 hour, 29 minutes“We only use 10 percent of our brains.” That’s one of those strange little science tidbits that you pick up somewhere,… Continue reading

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Lucy." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)
The Bookworm Sez: 'The Removers' shows a darker side of coming-of-age

The Bookworm Sez: ‘The Removers’ shows a darker side of coming-of-age

Clean up your mess!It’s something you’ve been told your entire life. Put away your toys. Color inside the lines. Straighten your room. Keep your handwriting… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: 'The Removers' shows a darker side of coming-of-age

Business news

■ The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will hold a joint luncheon at noon on Aug. 20 at the Kenai Visitor Center. An update… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About birthday parties and starting traditions

We had a wonderful time this weekend celebrating two birthdays. Great granddaughter Cecile lives in Washington and is visiting here, and her cousin Natalie, who… Continue reading

  • Aug 12, 2014
  • By Grannie Annie
  • Food
Homemade and made from scratch all butter crust fresh blueberry pie

Homemade and made from scratch all butter crust fresh blueberry pie

Even folks who say that can’t make pie, especially a two-crust pie, can achieve success with “All Butter Crust Fresh Blueberry Pie.” Well-chilled butter makes… Continue reading

  • Aug 12, 2014
  • By Sue Ade
  • Food
Homemade and made from scratch all butter crust fresh blueberry pie
Refuge Notebook: Wind carries insidious exotic plant seeds

Refuge Notebook: Wind carries insidious exotic plant seeds

Roses are red, violets are blue, but what are all the yellow flowers along Kalifornsky Beach Road?! Along almost the entire length of Unity Trail… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Wind carries insidious exotic plant seeds

DNA tests to start on zoo’s bison

HUTCHINSON, — Across developed Kansas, with its roads and communities, homes and farms, it’s hard to imagine that millions of bison once roamed freely across… Continue reading

In this photo taken on June 29, 2014, South Sister rises high above the Sparks Lake, a popular place for canoeing and kayaking, in the central Cascades in Deschutes County,  about 35 miles west of Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Zach Urness)

Wilderness lakes offer escapes from masses

BEND, Ore. — With so many recreation-minded visitors descending on Central Oregon this summer, I’m almost hesitant to point this out: Besides Sparks, Elk, Cultus… Continue reading

In this photo taken on June 29, 2014, South Sister rises high above the Sparks Lake, a popular place for canoeing and kayaking, in the central Cascades in Deschutes County,  about 35 miles west of Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Zach Urness)

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibits ■ First Thursday at Kobuk Kaladi Coffee Shop is “Art For Humanity” from 4-7 p.m. These artists are showing — Jan Wallace,… Continue reading