Inside out

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2000

Cook like a cruiser

Maybe you can't afford a trip on a cruise ship, but you can eat like you're on one. Crystal Cruises is releasing ``The Crystal Cookbook'' with nearly 100 recipes from the luxury line's award-winning culinary repertoire. And like similar books from Princess, Carnival and Celebrity, they include meals that serve four, not 400.

Unlikely shopping

Looking for beauty products? Try the Alaska Mill Feed and Garden Center, according to a recent issue of Bazaar magazine. An article tells readers how some people are visiting pet shops and hardware stores looking for hard-to-find creams and such. It mentions the Anchorage farm-and-garden business, where regulars are called ``Northern Exposure types,'' as a source for cow-udder balms used on cracked hands and such.

Political power

After Sen. Georgianna Lincoln's lunchtime talk about getting electricity to Alaska villages, a listener commented how appropriate it is that she and her fellow legislators consider wind power, since there's a plentiful supply in the Capitol.

Football priorities

The Thorne Bay community didn't have any plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's, when a reporter called in November and December, but they did have plans for Superbowl Sunday. The community building was reserved months in advance for the potluck party next Sunday, when borrowed TV's will line the walls. The room is divided into sides so fans of each team can holler back and forth at each other through the game. Whichever team scores highest, the winner in Thorne Bay is the Emergency Medical Services department, which is partially funded from donations collected at the annual Superbowl party.

Taxing solution

Restaurant owner Terry Harvey says he's come up with a way to ``sweeten'' state Sen. Jerry Mackie's plan for a last $25,000 per person distribution from the permanent fund. Harvey says U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens should broker a deal with the Internal Revenue Service, under which the state of Alaska would cut a check to the feds to cover all the income taxes that would be due on the dividends. In return for an upfront lump sum, the IRS would accept less money than if had to collect from all Alaskans individually. Meanwhile, the dividend amount would be lowered somewhat, although less than the amount that would be lost to federal taxes, but individual taxpayers wouldn't have to report the dividends as income.

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