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  • Lisa Murkowski announces support for repealing individual mandate

    11/22/2017 11:06:53 AM PST · by entropy12 · 22 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 21 at 10:01 PM | Damian Paletta
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said she would support repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate, giving a potential boost to the Republican effort to pass a massive tax cut package next week. “I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy, in order to avoid being taxed,” Murkowski wrote in an opinion piece published Tuesday by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Murkowski was careful, however, to stop short of saying she would vote for the Senate GOP tax plan. She instead focused the entire op-ed on her views about the...
  • Palin appeals dismissal of New York Times defamation suit

    11/22/2017 5:26:51 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Nov 2017 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) – Sarah Palin, a former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate, appealed on Tuesday the dismissal of her defamation suit against The New York Times, according to a court filing. Her suit against America’s newspaper of record was thrown out in late August by a New York judge who ruled that, in the context of “free” and “robust” American political journalism, “mistakes will be made.”....Palin accused the newspaper of having published the editorial with the full knowledge that the connection it mentioned was unfounded, and has pursued a defamation suit against it.
  • Alaska urged to prepare for North Korean nuclear attack as residents told to have emergency stash...

    11/17/2017 6:10:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 15 NOV 2017 | Michael Havis, Stephen Jones
    Alaska urged to prepare for North Korean nuclear attack as residents told to have emergency stash of food and water The country will NOT attempt evacuations if North Korea fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned - as families are urged to stock up with emergency rations Alaska is being urged to prepare for a North Korean nuclear attack - amid fears that a warhead 'could reach residents in 20 minutes'. The country will NOT attempt evacuations if maniac despot Kim Jong-un fires a nuclear missile, emergency planners have warned. Jeremy Zidek, from the state’s disaster planning team, urged...
  • UPDATE: New ANWR legislation passes by vote of 13-10

    11/16/2017 8:02:32 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 23 replies
    KTUU ^ | 11/15/2017 | Leroy Polk
    Following spirited discussion on both sides of the issue, a vote was called at the Energy and Natural Resources committee hearing, regarding new legislation proposed by Sen. Murkowski. By a vote of 13 in favor and 10 opposed, the legislation passed out of the committee just after 8 a.m.
  • Melania Trump visits military families in Alaska

    11/10/2017 6:57:45 PM PST · by simpson96 · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/10/2017 | Mark Thiessen
    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Melania Trump might have been a fashion model at one time in her life, but she had no qualms ripping off a chunk of messy play dough and getting her hands dirty, just like the three preschoolers seated at the table with her Friday at a military base in Alaska. Trump expertly rubbed the material between her two hands into a perfect sphere and then rolled the red small ball on the table to the girl seated across from her. The nation’s first lady then moved to the table to her right and made a...
  • Arctic Refuge Oil Bonanza More Likely to Be Bust for GOP Budget

    11/01/2017 7:59:22 AM PDT · by Oatka · 7 replies
    Bloomberg via gCaptain ^ | Oct 31 2017 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Alex Nussbaum
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  • Do You Live in One of the Most Sexually Diseased States?

    10/31/2017 10:32:19 AM PDT · by DFG · 71 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/31/2017 | DC McAllister
    Sexually transmitted diseases are getting worse in the United States, increasing for the third year, with 2016 reaching an all-time high. According to the Centers for Disease Control and data analysis by Backgroundchecks.org, here are the ten most sexually diseased states in America:
  • 'I have done absolutely nothing wrong': Four-time Iditarod winner speaks out after being...

    10/24/2017 10:19:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | October 24 2017 | ap
    FULL TITLE: 'I have done absolutely nothing wrong': Four-time Iditarod winner speaks out after being accused of DOPING his dogs in preparation for the annual long-distance sled race Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey denied Monday that he administered banned drugs to his dogs in this year's race and said he has withdrawn from the 2018 race in protest over the allegations. 'I have never given any banned substance to my dogs,' Seavey said in a video posted to his Facebook page. He didn't immediately return calls to The Associated Press after the Iditarod Trail Committee identified him as the musher...
  • Senate Votes to Raise Revenue by Drilling In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (drill, baby drill!)

    10/20/2017 10:33:29 AM PDT · by drewh · 34 replies
    Spokesman Review ^ | Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 10:04 a.m. | By Juliet Eilperin
    WASHINGTON – The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Wash., the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, offered an budget amendment that would have removed instructions to the panel to raise an additional $1 billion through federal leasing. It failed 48 to 52 on a largely party-line vote, with only Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, W.Va., breaking ranks....
  • Republicans May Use Budget to Open Arctic, Atlantic to Oil Rigs

    10/19/2017 9:45:27 AM PDT · by Oatka · 6 replies
    Bloomberg via gCaptain ^ | Oct. 18, 2017 | Ari Natter and Jennifer A. Dlouhy
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  • Scandal rocks Iditarod racing world as sled dogs test positive for OPIOID pain reliever Tramadol

    10/19/2017 4:54:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    AP ^ | October 19, 2017 | Staff
    For the first time in the history of the world's most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials have refused to name the musher involved. Several dogs tested positive for the opioid pain reliever Tramadol, the governing board of the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race said in a statement. The team was tested six hours after finishing the nearly 1,000-mile race in Nome in March, officials said. They estimate the drug could have been administered between 15 hours before the test and right before it.
  • Senate Dems to fight ‘heartless’ Alaska refuge drilling proposal

    10/17/2017 10:28:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2017 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Democrats are planning an amendment to stop the GOP from using the budget process to more easily allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and a handful of others told reporters Tuesday that they’re working on how exactly to fight the ANWR provision in the budget, and to bring on Republicans to oppose it as well. “We’re going to work together with our colleagues to determine just the right moment in this budgetary process to make this amendment,” Markey said outside the Capitol. “But we are going to do so, and we...
  • Alaskan Man Harvests a Record Breaking Bull Moose

    10/03/2017 11:06:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 39 replies
    AK Sportsman ^ | 10/3/2017 | C Bailey
    An absolute giant of moose goes down in Alaska. Israel Payton may have his hands on the new world record moose. World record animals being harvested always gain a lot of attention. Of course, a moose is not going to catch the attention that a world record whitetail would, but a record is sure to turn some heads. And the news of a new world record moose being broke is doing just that. Israel Payton, an Alaskan, may have just harvested the world record moose with a successful hunt on this whopping bull. It is said the bull is coming...
  • Island Hopping in the Aleutians with Eva Shockey

    09/28/2017 4:53:08 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/28/2017 | Eva Shockey
    EVA SHOCKEY’S NEW BOOK CHRONICLES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO ALASKA AFTER A BRUSH WITH DEATHThe three of us (arrived in) the village of Nikolski, population 18, on the island of Umnak, the third largest island in the Aleutian archipelago. From the start of the trip, the vibe was way different from that of my excursion two years earlier. There’s a stark contrast between hunting with an all-male crew and hunting with your girlfriends. Oh, we were just as serious and hard-core when we needed to be, but when we didn’t, there was a lot more laughing involved. Needless to say,...
  • Trump inches toward drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge for first time in 30 years(OH NOES!)

    09/18/2017 10:04:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    libertyunyielding.com ^ | 9/17/2017 | staff
    President Donald Trump is moving toward allowing energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the first time in several decades, according to a report Friday from The Washington Post. Interior Department officials are modifying decades-old regulations that have traditionally prevented the agency from conducting seismic studies seen as the first step towards drilling, the report notes. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director James W. Kurth told the agency’s Alaska regional director to strike constraints on a rule that allowed exploratory drilling between 1984 and 1986, the last time drilling was allowed in the ANWR, according to a...
  • Big Guns for Big Bears

    09/18/2017 4:44:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/18/2017 | L Case
    In the Land of the Midnight Sun, those who traverse the Last Frontier must choose to carry or not carry, and they must choose wisely. As I coast into what may be my sunset years, I have come to realize there are two kinds of people in this world. Some of us believe there are things out there that will hurt or kill you, and there are some who do not. A few of the things pretty high on my list include a summer lightning storm, a poisonous snake, a crazed terrorist and an 800-pound bear. People on the other...
  • AK Gov strips Patriot out of Patriot's Day and pushes diversity & tolerance over 9/11 victims

    09/10/2017 4:05:03 PM PDT · by Amy Demboski · 49 replies
    Must Read Alaska ^ | 9/9/17 | Suzanne Downing
    Governor Walker removes Patriot from 9-11 ‘Patriot Day’ Patriot Day is so … patriotic. Maybe a bit too patriotic for Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. Gov. Walker has declared it “September 11 Commemoration Day,” a day where “we as Americans reflect on the importance to our nation of freedom, tolerance, patriotism, diversity, and respect for others, and are grateful for the rights and freedoms that we hold as Americans;” This word play doesn’t happen by accident. Someone changed it from Patriot Day to Commemoration Day. Someone approved it. And the governor signed it. Did he know that he had taken patriotism...
  • New Yorker Writer Tries, Fails to Escape Trump in Alaskan Wilderness

    09/08/2017 8:20:17 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 7, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    DONALD TRUMP!!! ...Sloooowly I turned...step by step..... Poor Bill McKibben. The former New Yorker staff writer couldn't get Donald Trump out of his mind so, in order to keep from going out of his mind, McKibben took a trip to the Alaskan wilderness. Gates of the Arctic National Park. However, even on the 8.4 million acres of the park with no roads, ranger stations, nor even trails, he still couldn't purge his mind of you-know-who. McKibben recounts his gallant but failed effort in I Went All the Way to the Alaskan Wilderness to Escape Donald Trump which begins with him...
  • Grizzly bears go vegetarian due to climate change, choosing berries over salmon

    08/26/2017 7:46:11 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 86 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/25/17 | Victoria Ward
    Grizzly bears have stopped eating salmon in favour of elderberries after being forced to make a choice due to climate change. Warming temperatures meant that the berries are ripening earlier than usual, at exactly the same time as the freshwater streams on Alaska’s Kodiak Island are overflowing with sockeye salmon. The island's brown bears typically feed first on salmon in early summer, followed by elderberries later in the season, in late August and September. “What you have is a scrambling of the schedule," said William Deacy, a biologist at Oregon State University that studied the phenomenon. "It's essentially like if...
  • This Aleutian town has lost its entire police department (Alaska)

    08/01/2017 12:14:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    adn ^ | August 1, 2017 | Michelle Theriault Boots
    The entire police force of Sand Point quit in July, leaving the town without any law enforcement presence. Sand Point is an Aleutian island town of about 1,000 that swells by several hundred people during the summer commercial fishing and processing season. Until mid-July, it had a police force of three officers and a police chief. Trouble started around July 10, when the first police officer quit when his military spouse was transferred out of state, said city manager Andy Varner. Soon after, two police officers — a married couple — resigned from their jobs "to take care of some...