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  • 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 · 48 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...
  • Murkowski Refuses To Explain Why She Campaigned On Obamacare Repeal But Voted Against It

    07/30/2017 1:52:59 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 76 replies
    Although she has won three terms in office, Murkowski has never won a majority of voters in her state. Her next election is in 2022. In 2016, Murkowski won 44 percent of the vote. In 2010 she won 39.5 percent of the vote and in 2004 she won 48.5 percent.
  • ALASKANS HAVE TO BEG FOR AN ELEVEN MILE ROAD

    07/23/2017 1:07:26 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 57 replies
    I was shocked by what I saw on CSPAN a few days ago. There was a session in the House composed of a small group of both Republicans and Democrats debating whether a small town in Alaska should get money for an eleven mile road to connect up to civilization. The Alaskans were Republicans and the Democrats consisted of Niki Tsongas (Massachusetts), Grijalva (Arizona) and a couple more Democrats from other states. The Alaskans asked for the road so that people could get to an airport to access a hospital. Niki Tsongas said no because it would harm the environment...
  • Searchers Locate FV Destination Wreck in Bering Sea(Crab boat)

    07/22/2017 8:26:43 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 18 replies
    G-Captain ^ | 7/20/17 | Mike Schuler
    Searchers have located that the wreck of the missing fishing vessel Destination which sank in the Bering Sea in Februaryh with the loss of all six crew members, the Coast Guard said Thursday. The wreckage was located with the help of two NOAA ships at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation, which is investigating the loss. The Destination and its six crew members were lost February 11, 2017, while fishing for Opilio crab (snow crab) northwest of St. George, Alaska. – a remote island in the middle of the Bering Sea. After searching 5,730 square...
  • Magnitude 7.7 quake hits Alaska - USGS

    07/17/2017 5:05:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    Reuters MSN ^ | July 17, 2017
    A powerful quake of magnitude 7.7 struck in the northern Pacific Ocean between the tip of the Aleutian Islands and Russia's Kamchatka, the U.S. Geological Survey said.  The quake was shallow and powerful enough to trigger a tsunami but there was no immediate advisory.
  • Trump Administration Approves Eni Plan to Drill Offshore Alaska

    07/14/2017 9:38:22 AM PDT · by Oatka · 12 replies
    Reuters via gCaptain ^ | July 13, 2017 | Timothy Gardner
    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – Eni US will become the first energy company allowed to explore for oil in federal waters off Alaska since 2015 after the Trump administration this week approved a drilling plan on leases the company has been sitting on for 10 years. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the drilling plan of Eni US, a unit of Italy’s Eni on Wednesday as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to boost oil and gas drilling and make the country “energy dominant.”
  • U.S. Destroys Incoming Test Missile Off Coast Of Alaska

    07/11/2017 4:43:05 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 Jul 2017
    FOX NEWS ALERT: U.S. flexes its defense muscles, destroys incoming test missile off coast of Alaska
  • LIFE OFF THE GRID-Meet the Atchleys… the world’s most remote family who live hundreds of miles [tr]

    07/09/2017 6:18:02 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 77 replies
    U.K. Sun ^ | 7/8/2017 | George Harrison
    (full article title: LIFE OFF THE GRIDMeet the Atchleys… the world’s most remote family who live hundreds of miles from civilisation with only hungry bears for company) FOR many of us, the dream of living a peaceful, self-sufficient life away from it all will always be just that: a dream. But for the Atchley family, normal life is just a distant memory after 18 years spent living off the grid in remote Alaska. David, Romey, and their 13-year-old son, Sky, are the only people living on their 250-mile stretch of the Nowitna River. The hippy, weed-loving family have cast off...
  • How ‘isolated’ North Korea managed to build an ICBM that could reach Alaska

    07/08/2017 8:07:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | July 8, 2017 | Amanda Erickson
    North Korea is a country in isolation, a place where most citizens don't have access to the Internet or the means to travel abroad. In 2010, the New York Times described the country as a “‘hermit kingdom,’ so poor that there is almost no supply of concrete, bricks or window glass. People suffer shortages of rice, gasoline and even underwear.” And yet. It’s been able to expand its weapons technology at an astounding rate. Earlier this week, it test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say could have reached Alaska. How has the North been able to make big...
  • Parasitic Worm in Walrus Meat Infects 10 People in Alaska

    07/06/2017 8:00:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 46 replies
    Live Science ^ | Jul 6, 2017 | Rachael Rettner
    Ten people in Alaska were recently infected with what is now a relatively rare parasitic worm that they got from eating walrus meat, according to a new report.
  • 19-Year-Old Soldier From Alaska Dies In Afghanistan

    07/05/2017 5:42:56 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 37 replies
    www.SarahPalin.com ^ | July 5, 2017 | Mary Kate Knorr
    A 19-year-old soldier from Wasilla, Alaska has died while serving overseas in Afghanistan, according to Reuters. The Pentagon said Wednesday that he died from injuries sustained during an attack. Check it out (via Reuters): "Private First Class Hansen Kirkpatrick of Wasilla, Alaska, died on Monday when he was struck by “indirect fire,” a military term that usually encompasses rockets, mortars, or artillery, the U.S. military command in Kabul said in a statement. Kirkpatrick was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division, which is based in Fort Bliss, Texas."
  • Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party from charging bear

    07/04/2017 4:13:15 PM PDT · by KittyKares · 31 replies
    Juneau Empire ^ | June 30, 2017 | KEVIN GULLUFSEN
    “There was four of them in a line … my son was third,” Clark said. “The bear came down the trail at them, fella in the front, who was his uncle, the bear was on him so quickly that he didn’t have time to take his rifle off his shoulder.” The bear ran through the first two men, who were pushed to the side of the trail, leaving Elliot Clark in front of his unarmed cousin. The boy raised his pump action shotgun and shot the sow, hitting it with birdshot, which is often used just to scare bears off,...
  • Puerto Rico deserves its star: Alaskans should join...in supporting statehood

    06/21/2017 6:34:42 AM PDT · by cll · 128 replies
    It has been nearly 58 years since the last star was added to the U.S. flag when Hawaii joined the union in August 1959. In a referendum 10 days ago, Puerto Rico residents voted to become the next. The matter isn’t up to residents alone, of course — Congress and the president would have to sign off on the admission of a new state, and there are many political hurdles that stand in between America’s closest possession and statehood. But those obstacles existed for Alaska, too, and we had allies who helped us gain entry to the U.S. As Puerto...
  • In a Bering Sea battle of killer whales vs. fishermen, the whales are winning

    06/20/2017 1:21:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    adn.com ^ | June 19, 2017 | Suzanna Caldwell
    In the Bering Sea, near the edge the continental shelf, fishermen are trying to escape a predator that seems to outwit them at every turn, stripping their fishing lines and lurking behind their vessels. The predators are pods of killer whales chasing down the halibut and black cod caught by longline fishermen. Fishermen say the whales are becoming a common sight — and problem — in recent years, as they've gone from an occasional pest to apparently targeting the fishermen's lines. Fishermen say they can harvest 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of halibut in a single day, only to harvest next...
  • Alaska bear kills teen during race, troopers say

    06/20/2017 5:15:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2017
    A 16-year old boy was mauled and killed by a black bear Sunday while running a mountain race, Alaska State Troopers said. The teenager, whose identity has not been released, was a participant in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race between Anchorage and Girdwood, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. Brad Precosky, the race’s director, said the runner had apparently made it to the halfway point turnaround on Bird Ridge Trail when he texted a family member that he was being chased by a bear. The family member alerted Precosky about the text and a search...