Empower female homeowners

On Thursday I read Jan Sosnowski’s letter “Home builders group stuck in the 50s” (March 26). I am a female owner of a residential remodeling company, so I know quite a bit about women maintaining their homes.

As a member of the Anchorage Home Builders Association Home Show Committee, I thought it would be great to turn the event into empowering women to maintain their own homes. How better than the Anchorage Home Builders Association to do this. We propose to educate women by supplying them with free tools and seminars focused on women maintaining their own homes. By making the toolboxes pink we thought it would focus the needs of women having their own tools, instead of borrowing someone else’s...

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AUTO RACING Channel 6 a.m. NASCAR Trucks: Martinsville, practice FS1 41 8 a.m. Sprint Cup: STP 500, practice FS1 41 9:30 a.m. NASCAR Trucks: Martinsville, practice FS1 41 11 a.m. NASCAR Trucks: Martinsville, final practice FS1 41 12:30 p.m. Sprint Cup: STP 500, qualifying* FS1 41 9:30 p.m. Formula One: Malaysian GP, practice* NBCS 39 1 a.m. Formula One: Malaysian GP, qualifying NBCS 39 MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY Channel 8 a.m. Regional semi: Yale vs. Boston Univ. ESU 134 1:30 p.m. Regional semi: Minnesota vs. Minn.-Duluth ESU 134 EXHIBITION BASEBALL Channel 9 a.m. Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves ESPN 34 Noon Arizona Diamondbacks vs. L.A. Angels MLB 149 2 p.m. Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners Root 36 5 p.m. Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals MLB 149 8 p.m....


PREP TRACK AND FIELD: The Mini B, The Dome, 3 p.m.


PREP TRACK AND FIELD: The Mini B, The Dome, 8 a.m. BOYS PREP SOCCER: Bartlett vs. East at The Dome, 8 a.m.; Eagle River vs. West at The Dome 1:15 p.m. GIRLS PREP SOCCER: Bartlett vs. East at The Dome, 9:45 a.m.; Eagle River vs. West at The Dome, 11:30 a.m.

Dear Wayne and Wanda,

My and my boyfriend have been together for just over two years now, and we live together. Things are very serious, and those are his words. I'm ready to take what we have to the next level. I'm ready to start planning a wedding and it’s not because of spring fever. It’s because I know he’s the one for me, and he says I'm the one for him. How exactly should I go about letting him know I'm ready when he isn't yet?

Wanda says:

Your enthusiasm is awesome, but before you start pinning dream wedding ideas to a public Pinterest board, have a private conversation with your partner and make sure you’re on the same page. At varying points in our lives, it’s easy to gaze at the person across from us and profess that they are the one...

Wayne and Wanda

I might be a little strange, but there is just something about carrots and coconut that makes me think of springtime, of fluffy little bunnies hopping through the grass and Easter eggs. Carrots and coconut are also brilliant together in this cake recipe.

This is unlike any “carrot cake” I’ve ever had, and I hesitate to even call it carrot cake because it’s so pleasantly different. For starters, there are no spices in this cake -- no cinnamon or nutmeg or ginger. Also absent are raisins and nuts, ingredients almost always present in standard carrot cakes. Instead, this is a tender, vanilla-flavored cake filled with shredded coconut and carrots, made moist and delicious with the addition of coconut milk as the liquid. Oh my sweet goodness...

Maya Evoy

Airfares are always changing, particularly on hotly contested routes. For Alaska travelers, that means flights headed south to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and a few other popular destinations.

Most of April’s travel deals have come and gone. But there still are a couple of deals on Alaska Airlines for travel in the middle of the month:

- Anchorage-Los Angeles/LAX nonstop for $319 roundtrip for travel April 8-25 (purchase by March 30)

- Anchorage-Phoenix nonstop for $383 roundtrip for travel April 10-May 4 (purchase by March 30)...

Scott McMurren

I worked with a brilliant art director, Howard Greenberg, when I was a food editor for TimeInc. Howard was always ready with a witty remark and obscure facts about French New Wave cinema; he was as well-versed in TinTin adventures as he was in contemporary American poetry. And he could sit in my office or on photo shoots and talk for hours about good home-cooked food, particularly his mother Helen’s during Passover and Hanukkah...

Kim Sunée

WASHINGTON — Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with government officials observing the exercises.

Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing as it plans a new round of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska later this year.

Shell’s last venture, in 2012, was cut short when the emergency containment system was damaged during a deployment test — preventing the equipment from making it to the Arctic in time to safeguard drilling into oil- and gas-bearing zones more than 1,000 feet below the sea floor.

The system, carried and deployed from the Arctic Challenger barge, was later repaired and certified...

Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers

Everything happens fast in the NHL -- shots, passes, decision-making, mistakes, recoveries -- and Casey Bailey’s rise to the world’s best hockey league came in a hockey heartbeat.

Just one week removed from attending classes and playing for Penn State, Bailey on Thursday night made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs and became the 15th Alaskan to play in the league.

Bailey, 23, skated 15 shifts, logged 11 minutes, 49 seconds of ice time in a 4-1 home loss to the Florida Panthers and furnished a plus-1 rating -- he was on the ice for linemate Sam Carrick’s first career goal. The Anchorage native even earned 46 seconds of power-play time...

Doyle Woody

JUNEAU -- Environmental groups announced Thursday that they were appealing the Big Thorne timber sale, the U.S. Forest Service's biggest Tongass National Forest sale in years. The agency said it was disappointed that the sale it had spent years preparing was again being challenged.

"It's just another legal roadblock that's really putting a wrench in us getting to our transition to young growth," said Kent Cummins, a Ketchikan-based spokesman for the Forest Service's Tongass office.

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the Natural Resources Defense Council and several other groups have sued to block the Big Thorne sale, but federal judge Ralph Beistline last week rejected their challenge...

Pat Forgey