Chinese spy balloon over Alaska
And Perry Green wins a big poker tourney after 35 years. He's 86.
Poker’s north face
Perry Green, Alaska’s own world-renown poker champion, won his first tournament in 35 years last month. Green played at the Los Angeles Poker Classic in the $400 mixed Omaha tournament, and at age 86, placed first out of 91 players who competed for the $30,000 prize. He is a three-time winner from the early days of the World Series of Poker.
It’s been a long, dry spell for the card genius. Green’s last victory was at the 1987 Pot of Gold $225 NLH for a $14,130 purse.
They are revving up, Alaska
There is an organized convoy of coordinated activism picking up speed in Alaska’s political left lane. Moderates and conservatives are in for a shock in 2024, because the Left has made some headway, is laying the groundwork to take over the decision making, and many conservatives who have worked for years to keep Alaska from the brink have given up.
But not Must Read Alaska. We’re still here to fight for a sensible future for our state.
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Leftists lock and load for Mayor Dave Bronson
The resignation letter from Amy Demboski has been weaponized by the Left. Mailed to the voters of Anchorage by the new 907 Initiative, this is clearly campaigning, but is activity that is not covered by APOC.
Feds give thumbs up to scaled down version of Willow Project
The notice, which was expected in late January, is a sign that ConocoPhillips will get a green light on the record of decision and other permits. It’s all up to Joe Biden.
Wait, what? Oh never mind. Interior doesn’t really like Willow
The Department is sending a very mixed message that seems to contradict BLM’s announcement.
Seattle Port brags about its work to kill Pebble Project
The port is run by 90% registered Democrats and they just showed their hands about their behind-the-scenes efforts. They want to control Alaska.
Revak jumps to Peltola team to become state director
The former senator was looking for a job, and that has taken him back to his old D.C. haunt, and the office of the congressional representative for Alaska. A very awkward fit, however.
Yute Commuter Service probable cause: safety, lax procedures, poor decisions
NTSB issued its report in September and writer Colleen Mondor artfully untangles the mess.
Pentagon says ‘sizable’ Chinese spy balloon went over Alaska and is now over Montana
The Defense Department is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States. The balloon went across the entire state of Alaska.
Alaska Attorney General, 19 others, warn Walgreens, CVS about plan to mail abortion pills
The pharmacies are reportedly getting ready to mail out abortion pills to states where abortions have been limited. Against the law.
Court strikes down the law relating to ‘conversion therapy’
This could have a big consequence for the Anchorage ordinance passed in 2020, which curbs the free-speech rights of therapists. Talk about it.
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Downing: Magical thinking environmentalists want green toys, don’t want mining
Pebble is the most misunderstood and unloved mine proposal in America. But the question has to be asked: Does mining have a future in the green-energy America envisioned by environmentalists. An electric future requires mining. Environmentalists just cannot figure it out.
Win Gruening: Education funding is complicated, political
If we keep doing things the way they have always been done, we can’t expect anything to change.
Rep. Kevin McCabe: Defined benefit, golden handcuffs, and HB 22
The problem with a defined benefit plan is that the amount an employee is guaranteed for retirement has little relation to what the employee puts in.
Alexander Dolitsky: U.S. Lend-Lease aid to Soviet Union during WWII
On Aug. 23, 1939, the Soviet Union astounded the world by signing a non-aggression treaty with Nazi Germany. Part 1 of a series on the U.S. lend-lease to the Soviets during WWII, which has strange similarities to our lend-lease to Ukraine in 2023.
Ted Spraker: National Park Service rule on hunting — a big lie
The federal government is trying to apply “sport hunting” rules to Alaskans. The author is one of the top experts on hunting in Alaska and he calls BS on the NPS.
Downing: Biden created an emergency at Strategic Petroleum Reserve
President B. said he’d refill the SPR in 2023, but his administration cancelled the first bids this month. The price of oil is going up again.
Art Chance: We just saw how fragile our civil rights really are
What happened to Mary Fulp is shocking and could happen to anyone. Anyone.
Michael Tavoliero: Sexual grooming of our children must end
The officials at local and state level seem unconcerned with porn in schools.
Rick Whitbeck: A neighbor weaponizes climate change
The climate cultists won’t leave our kids alone. This parent isn’t standing for it.
Price of Alaska oil: $79.28
Price of Henry Hub gas: $2.47
Alaska North Slope Production: 500,923
Permanent Fund (principal and earnings reserve): $79,132,900,000
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