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  • Senate Republicans call on Trump to re-engage on TPP

    02/21/2018 2:55:42 PM PST · by seacapn · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/21/18 11:22 AM EST | Vicki Needham
    More than two dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Trump to re-engage in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The 25 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Trump on Friday saying they support his recent comments that he may consider U.S. participation if the 11-nation Asia-Pacific pact is improved.
  • UPDATE: Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan Officially Won't Seek Re-Election (Democrat)

    02/06/2018 5:13:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KTUU ^ | 2/6
    As planned, Alaska Sen. Dennis Egan (D-Juneau), announced he won't seek re-election due to a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. He made the announcement on KINY radio. Original Story: Alaska Sen. Dennis Egan, one of the Legislature’s most colorful members, and certainly its saltiest, plans to announce his retirement live on radio Tuesday. He said he will serve out the remainder of his term as a Democratic senator, but he will not stand for re-election in November. Egan, who will turn 71 in two weeks, said his retirement is related to his health and not any political issue in the Legislature. Egan...
  • West Virginia Bill Would Finally Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

    02/06/2018 7:48:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A West Virginia bill that would end taxpayer funding for abortions in the state is slated for a public hearing Monday in the state House. West Virginia is one of 17 states that funds elective abortions for low-income women through Medicaid. State House Bill 4012 would end taxpayer funding for abortions except when medically necessary to save the mother’s life, the AP reports. Since 1977, state taxpayers have been forced to pay millions of dollars for tens of thousands unborn babies’ abortion deaths, according to West Virginians for Life. “The federal government limits tax funding of abortions to cases of...
  • Ohio lawmakers urge Trump to change Denali's name back to Mt. McKinley

    02/04/2018 7:39:31 AM PST · by SMGFan · 68 replies
    MSN / The Hill ^ | February 1, 2018
    GOP lawmakers from Ohio are pressing President Trump to uphold a promise to reverse former President Obama's decision and rename the Alaskan mountain Denali to its old name, Mt. McKinley. In a letter to Trump, the 11 lawmakers say it was "disrespectful" for Obama to change the name of the mountain, which had been named after William McKinley, a former president from Ohio. The mountain was named after the 25th president in 1896. "President William McKinley's legacy should not be compromised by a political stunt," the letter signed by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and other lawmakers stated.
  • Climate change diet: Arctic sea ice thins, so do polar bears

    02/02/2018 7:07:13 AM PST · by Puppage · 19 replies
    AP via WTNH.COM ^ | 02/02/2018 | AP
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up, a new study shows. It’s the climate change diet and scientists say it’s not good.
  • The Two Republicans Who Voted Against The 20-Week Abortion Ban

    01/29/2018 6:51:32 PM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/18 | Peter Hasson
    Two Republican senators helped kill a 20-week abortion ban in the Senate on Monday evening.The Senate voted 51-46 in favor of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which was short of the 60 votes required to proceed to a final vote under current Senate rules.Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine both voted against the bill, which would have prohibited abortions on unborn babies after 20 weeks, the age at which they can feel pain, with exceptions in cases ripe, incest or to save the life of the mother.Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain was absent...
  • Retailers Choose Guns for Defense Against Armed Robbery

    01/28/2018 4:54:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 January, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Two retailers have chosen firearms as effective means of protecting themselves and their customers against armed robbers.One store was a pizzeria, which had the unfortunate experience of having an armed robber shot and killed by an armed employee in Amarillo, Texas. The other was a drive-thru coffee stand in Anchorage, Alaska. Two sisters own the shop. They are on the left of the photograph.The AK Sweet Cup in Anchorage, Alaska, was the victim of an armed robbery at about 4 p.m. on 8 January, 2018. The shop has a gun in the restaurant, but the employee did not feel...
  • 8.2 magnitude earthquake Alaska

    01/23/2018 2:32:44 AM PST · by tired&retired · 16 replies
    Just announced on Fox News Tsunami warnings for Washington and Oregon Coasts.
  • Tsunami alert West Coast, BC, Washington, Oregon, California

    01/23/2018 3:22:06 AM PST · by ifinnegan · 52 replies
    USG ^ | 1/23/18 | USG
    WEAK51 PAAQ 231042 TSUAK1 BULLETIN Public Tsunami Message Number 3 NWS National Tsunami Warning Center Palmer AK 142 AM AKST Tue Jan 23 2018 UPDATES ------- * Revised magnitude ...THE TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT... ...THE TSUNAMI WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT... Tsunami Warning in Effect for; * BRITISH COLUMBIA, The Juan de Fuca Strait coast, the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, the central coast and northeast Vancouver Island, and the north coast and Haida Gwaii * SOUTHEAST ALASKA, The inner and outer coast from The BC/Alaska Border to Cape Fairweather, Alaska (80 miles SE of Yakutat) * SOUTH ALASKA...
  • Did any other Alaska Freeper Feel that? 8.0 near Kodiak!

    01/23/2018 1:45:48 AM PST · by Species8472 · 124 replies
    USGS | 1-23-18 | Me
    8.0 earthquake here. Probably shook 3 minutes!
  • Earthquake - M 8.0 - 281km SE of Kodiak, Alaska

    01/23/2018 1:42:20 AM PST · by Drago · 18 replies
    The USGS ^ | USGS
    Big one in Alaska...haven't checked on Tsunami warnings yet...
  • Zinke signs agreement to allow ‘live-saving’ road between Alaska tribal village, airport

    01/22/2018 1:57:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 22, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    Alaskan tribal members have fought for decades to win approval for a 12-mile road between their remote Aleutian fishing village and a critical all-weather airport, and the federal government’s shutdown wasn’t going to get in their way. At an emotional ceremony Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an agreement for a land exchange that will allow construction of a road between King Cove and an all-weather airport in Cold Bay. The Obama administration blocked the project because of concerns about its impact on a wildlife refuge. Signing the deal on behalf of the King Cove Native Corp. was finance manager...
  • GOP Senators Send Trump ‘Amnesty-Or-Shutdown’ Threat

    01/18/2018 6:47:56 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 241 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | by NEIL MUNRO
    Pro-amnesty GOP Senators are working hand-in-glove with Democrats to block a government budget until President Donald Trump agrees to break his campaign promise and his presidency by amnestying millions of wage-lowering illegal immigrants. The hostage-taking is being fronted by a group of GOP legislators, led by Sen. Jeff Flake and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who announced Wednesday they would not allow 2018 funding for the Pentagon until Trump approves an amnesty, saying:
  • Trump Administration Aims to Open Nearly All of America’s Offshore Waters to Drilling

    01/05/2018 11:15:11 AM PST · by Oatka · 16 replies
    Reuters via gCaptain ^ | Jan 4, 2017 | Valerie Volcovici
    As per copyright - link only
  • Vigilante pedophile-hunter says it wasn’t worth it

    01/02/2018 12:18:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 2, 2018 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    An Alaska man who brutally attacked three registered sex offenders — telling one he was an “avenging angel” — says his experience should serve as a deterrent to anyone considering vigilante justice. Jason Vukovich, 42, of Anchorage, is facing up to 25 years in prison after agreeing to plead guilty to first-degree attempted assault and a consolidated count of first-degree robbery in connection to the 2016 attacks. In exchange, prosecutors will drop more than a dozen charges, according to court records obtained by the Anchorage Daily News. In a five-page letter sent to the newspaper in November, Vukovich said he...
  • Inside Knowledge About Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Could Lead To World-Changing Technology

    10/11/2017 11:53:11 AM PDT · by dubyagee · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 10/10/17 | Leslie Kean
    Then, in late 2016, Wikileaks published a number of Tom’s emails to John Podesta, which revealed the names of some of these sources. Among his advisors were two generals: one was a commander of the U.S. Air Force’s research laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and responsible for managing the Air Force’s $2.2 billion science and technology program; the other was the Special Assistant to the Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base. As devastating as this was to some, it established for those who doubted him that Tom was indeed telling the truth about his...
  • Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

    12/17/2017 4:13:45 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    NYTimes ^ | HELENE COOPER, RALPH BLUMENTHAL and LESLIE KEAN
    In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze. The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down...
  • Alaskan Hunter Becomes the Hunted, Kills Large Brown Bear That Had Stalked Him

    12/26/2017 7:46:58 PM PST · by Simon Green · 41 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12/26/17 | Dan Zimmerman
    To paraphrase The Stranger, sometime the you eat the bear and sometimes the bear almost eats you . . . Bear Meets Match After Stalking Sitka Hunter For a few memorable moments, Ryan Wilson was both the hunter and the hunted. “I was hunting deer; (the bear) was hunting me,” he said, telling about his confrontation with a full-grown brown bear in the woods north of Sitka last month. Wilson had time for only one shot, but it was enough to stop the charging bear in its tracks. And what round did Mr. Wilson use to drop that bear...
  • Alaska's Pebble Mine moves closer to fruition as permitting process begins

    12/22/2017 11:05:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2017 | Andrew O'Reilly
    A proposed gold and copper mine that nearly got buried by the Obama administration moved closer to reality when its developers filed new permits with the federal government. The company behind Pebble Mine, in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, were poised Friday to file a wetlands-fill permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The permit application by the Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of Northern Dynasty Minerals, marks a milestone for the project that has seen renewed interest since President Trump appointed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. “At the outset of 2017, we established three ambitious...
  • Fight to save Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling is not over

    12/21/2017 2:52:33 PM PST · by MAGA2017 · 49 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/21/2017 | Seattle Times Editors
    During her nearly four years as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell said, oil companies did not pressure her about opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling. Politicians, however, were a different story. Jewell says she heard about the issue repeatedly from Alaska’s governor and members of Congress, who were worried about a state budget crisis amid plummeting oil prices and declining local production. The state of Alaska, which lacks a sales tax and an income tax, relies on oil revenues to pay for the vast majority of its state budget, as well as fund...