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  • Underwater Volcano Creates Bubbles More Than a Quarter-Mile Across

    10/17/2019 10:15:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Live Science ^ | Yasemin Saplakoglu
    In the early 20th century, sailors near Alaska reported seeing black bubbles seeming to boil out from the sea, each one the size of the dome of the capitol building in Washington, D.C. They weren't the only sailors who reported the bizarre phenomenon, and they weren't mistaken, except for one thing … the bubbles were much larger. When the mostly underwater Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts, it produces giant bubbles that can reach up to 1,444 feet (440 meters) across, according to a new study. These bubbles are filled with volcanic gas, so when they burst they create...
  • Alaskans Stop Grizzly Bear Charge with Glock 10mm On Elmendorf-Richardson

    10/13/2019 4:24:39 PM PDT · by 2111USMC · 49 replies
    Ammoland ^ | October 11, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    On the evening of 18 September 2018, Anthony Reyna was happy and excited. He and his friend, Gary, were hunting moose on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson north of and sharing a boundary with Anchorage, Alaska. Tony had drawn a moose tag for a bow hunt. He was using a 60 lb PSE ThunderBolt compound bow. He has owned the bow since he was a teenager. Tony and Gary set up and started moose calling about 6 p.m. After 40 minutes, they heard a bull moving in. They saw his antlers at 30 yards. Suddenly, a second bull appeared at 15 yards!...
  • Scientists are sprinkling millions of tiny glass beads on glaciers (snip)

    09/26/2019 1:55:21 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 126 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/26/2019 | JAMES PERO
    A newly devised type of silica bead could help save melting glaciers from the onslaught of climate change, scientists say. The innovative new approach, developed by a company called Ice911, employs minuscule beads of 'glass' which are spread across the surface layer of glaciers. There they help to reflect light beating down on them and slow what has become a tremendous pace of melt throughout the last several years. 'I just asked myself a very simple question: Is there a safe material that could help replace that lost reflectivity?' Found of Ice911, Leslie Field, told Mother Jones. What they landed...
  • ‘Pastafarian’ pastor leads opening prayer before Alaska government meeting

    09/19/2019 2:12:22 PM PDT · by DFG · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/19/2019 | Bradford Betz
    A “Pastafarian” pastor on Tuesday gave an opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster before a local government meeting in Alaska while wearing a colander on his head. Barrett Fletcher, the pastor, noted the duties performed by the members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in his message, adding a few of them "seem to feel they can't do the work without being overseen by a higher authority.” "So, I'm called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator (sic) of the all lesser and more recent gods,...
  • Trump administration takes key step to open Alaskan wildlife refuge to drilling by end of year

    09/12/2019 2:48:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2019 | Miranda Green
    The Trump administration announced a key step toward opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration Thursday, rolling out a plan that would see lease sales occur by the end of the year. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its finalized Environmental Impact Statement, which favors the option to offer lease sales across 1.56 million acres of Alaska’s coastal plains. “After rigorous review, robust public comment, and a consideration of a range of alternatives, today’s announcement is a big step to carry out the clear mandate we received from Congress to develop and implement a...
  • Supreme Court allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect, ending 9th Circuit injunctions

    09/11/2019 5:20:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 11, 2019 | Gregg Re, Bill Mears
    n a major win for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court issued an order late Wednesday ending all injunctions that had blocked the White House's ban on asylum for anyone trying to enter the U.S. by traveling through a third country, such as Mexico, without seeking protection there. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – long a liberal bastion that has been aggressively reshaped into a more moderate court by the Trump administration – handed the White House a partial victory in the case on Monday by ending the nationwide injunction. But the 9th Circuit kept the injunction alive within...
  • NBC Announces New ‘Climate Unit’ and ‘Climate in Crisis’ Series

    09/09/2019 10:51:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 9/9/2019 | Kyle Drennen
    Ahead of MSNBC’s climate change forum with several 2020 Democratic candidates on September 19 and 20, on Monday, NBC News announced it will be creating a new “climate unit” of reporters devoted to pushing the liberal environmental agenda and even launch a Climate in Crisis series in the days leading up to the presidential campaign event. “NBC News creating a new climate unit to cover the most important issues that affect our environment,” weatherman Al Roker announced on NBC’s Today show. He continued to tout: “We’re gonna kick things off next week with a special network-wide series....Be sure to look...
  • Alaska reaches settlement in case brought by Muslim inmates

    09/09/2019 5:38:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    AP ^ | Sept. 6, 2019 | BECKY BOHRER
    The Alaska Department of Corrections has agreed to policy changes to accommodate Muslim inmates who wish to practice their religion, settling a lawsuit brought last year. A federal judge Friday signed the agreement in a case brought on behalf of two Muslim inmates by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which argued that meals provided to the men during the holy month of Ramadan did not meet caloric standards under federal health guidelines. They also said the meals were cold when others received hot meals and sometimes contained pork at odds with their faith.
  • Vanity: Sarah Palin’s Divorce and Things to Ponder

    09/09/2019 2:54:33 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 386 replies
    Monitoring Governor Palin’s pre-ascent to the national political scene was one of the stories that prompted my joining FR while in college. I remember Free Republic being one of the few places online (along with Glenn Beck’s show, to his credit) to profile the rising star governor: her successes navigating Alaska’s international corporate oil scene, her carrying a Down Syndrome baby to term, and before anybody in the media or even GOP establishment knew who she was — her qualifications as a viable for runningmate for John McCain. I stayed up all night before the day of the announcement, praying...
  • Court reinstates Sarah Palin suit against New York Times

    08/06/2019 1:46:07 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 30 replies
    KTVA ^ | 6 August 2019 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - An appeals court has revived a defamation lawsuit Sarah Palin brought against The New York Times. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored the lawsuit on Tuesday, saying Palin must be allowed to collect evidence to support her claims. Still, it said Palin's burden of proof was high to show the Times acted with actual malice when it published an editorial titled "America's Lethal Politics" in 2017. The onetime Republican vice presidential nominee sued over the editorial published after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Virginia, wounding U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.
  • BREAKING: Sarah Palin's Husband [Todd] Files For Divorce

    09/09/2019 1:22:28 PM PDT · by LUV W · 107 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 9, 2019 | Matt Margolis
    Anchorage Daily News reports that Todd Palin, the husband of former Alaska governor and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has filed for divorce. In a document filed Friday in Anchorage Superior Court, Todd Palin, 55, asked to dissolve the marriage, citing an “incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife.”
  • Todd Palin files for divorce from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin

    09/09/2019 1:08:25 PM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 262 replies
    Todd Palin appears to have filed for divorce from former Alaska governor and one-time vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, his wife of 31 years. In a document filed Friday in Anchorage Superior Court, Todd Palin, 55, asked to dissolve the marriage, citing an “incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife.” The divorce filing uses initials rather than full names, but identifies the couple’s marriage date and the birth date of their only child who is a minor, Trig Palin. The filing asks for joint legal custody of the child.
  • Mining News: Pentagon orders an about-face on REEs {Rare Earth Elements}

    04/01/2013 5:54:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Mining News ^ | Week of March 31, 2013 | Shane Lasley
    About face; forward; march! The U.S. Department of Defense recently issued this order in the field of rare earth elements. The unique properties of REEs – a group of 17 previously obscure metals that include scandium, yttrium and the 15 lanthanides – are key ingredients in a number of military applications such as guided missiles, lasers, radar systems, night vision equipment and battlefield communications. China is estimated to supply between 90 and 95 percent of the world’s rare earth oxides, according to a September 2012 report penned by Congressional Research Service. Though these Sino-mined elements are key ingredients to much...
  • Walmart to end most ammo sales

    09/03/2019 10:49:23 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 120 replies
    Fox news ^ | 9/3/2019 | Fox
    Walmart is set to end sales of handguns in Alaska and will discontinue the sale of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition in stores nationwide, the super chain's president and CEO announced Tuesday afternoon.
  • Walmart plans to dramatically step back from gun sales after ‘horrific’ shootings

    09/03/2019 10:48:37 AM PDT · by mplc51 · 50 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/03/2019 | Lauren Thomas
    Walmart is discontinuing sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber, discontinuing sales of handgun ammunition and discontinuing handgun sales entirely in Alaska. It’s also asking shoppers to no longer openly carry firearms in stores, in states where “open carry” is allowed, unless authorized law enforcement officers are present. CEO Doug McMillon announces the changes following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores over the summer.
  • Villagers pay airfare in effort to keep out drugs

    09/02/2019 11:49:24 AM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies
    kiny ^ | Sept. 2, 2019 | AP
    Residents of Galena purchased a one-way airplane ticket for a woman believed to be dealing drugs as a way of fighting the spread of narcotics there, a report said. About 40 residents gathered at the airport last week and sent a representative to an arriving plane to tell a woman they believed to be a methamphetamine dealer that they would pay her $210 airfare to leave, The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday. The woman chose to remain on the plane and take a departing flight after being told she would be closely watched if she remained. Drug dealers are known...
  • Navy Confirms Sunken Submarine is Grunion

    10/03/2008 8:24:21 PM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies · 1,059+ views
    US NAVY ^ | 10/2/2008 | Cynthia Clark
    PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny announced today that a sunken vessel off the coast of the Aleutian Islands is in fact the World War II submarine USS Grunion (SS 216). "I am honored to announce that, with records and information provided by the Abele family and assistance from the Naval Historical Center, USS Grunion has been located," said McAneny. "We are very grateful to the family of Grunion's Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Mannert L. Abele for providing the underwater video footage and pictures that allowed us to make this determination. We...
  • Searchers Find U.S. Sub Lost in Second World War (Mystery Solved)

    10/03/2008 10:40:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1,502+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | Friday, October 03, 2008
    The sunken wreckage of a U.S. submarine lost with all hands during the Second World War has been located off an island in the Aleutian chain, the U.S. Navy said Friday. The USS Grunion disappeared July 30, 1942 with 70 crew members after conducting operations against Japanese forces who had seized the Aleutian island of Kiska. Acting on a tip, sons of the submarine's commander, Lt.-Cmdr. Mannert Abele, mounted two expeditions to find the missing submarine and located it at a depth of 3,200 feet off Kiska. "It's like we won the lottery 10 times in a row," Bruce Abele,...
  • Navy confirms lost WWII sub has been found

    10/03/2008 5:08:11 AM PDT · by Abathar · 13 replies · 1,298+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Fri Oct 3, 2008 | Unknown
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The Navy has confirmed the wreckage of a sunken vessel found last year off the Aleutians Islands is that of the USS Grunion, which disappeared during World War II. Underwater video footage and pictures captured by an expedition hired by sons of the commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Mannert L. Abele, allowed the Navy to confirm the discovery, Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny said Thursday in a news release. McAneny said the Navy was very grateful to the Abele family. "We hope this announcement will help to give closure to the families of the 70 crewmen of Grunion,"...
  • Object off Alaska coast may be WWII sub

    10/03/2006 12:15:01 PM PDT · by El Gran Salseron · 14 replies · 2,096+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/10/2006 | Yahoo News
    News of the Grunion.Someone please ping the steely-eyed killers. Thanx.