Thanksgiving week landslide
Three perish, three missing in tragic Wrangell catastrophe
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This appears to be a typical mass wasting event, as is found throughout Southeast Alaska. If you fly around the region, you see signs of this all over the place, what with the shallow soil and wet weather. Unfortunately, there were houses and humans in the path of this one, similar to the slide in Haines three years ago. More details here.
Update: One of the three who died is a girl, age unknown. A woman was injured and three are still missing. Authorities have brought in a dog trained to sniff out bodies, and are using heat-sensing drones to look for the living.
Weather-geology condition or climate change?
Listening to the mainstream media, one could wonder if this is all due to the weather being more extreme than usual because of climate change. But these weather events are normal for this time of year in Southeast Alaska as fall sets in.
The weather outside was frightful on Monday. Thane Road had an avalanche alert, and the capital city was pinned down under howling winds and blowing slop. An early Thanksgiving Day storm.
Legislative Council met and came up with the rents and the pet policy for the 33 newly remodeled apartments in the building now owned by the Legislature on the corner, across from the Capitol. Government housing for government workers. Bring on the special sessions and the per diem. Bring on the socialism.
Murder suspect complains, and ACLU sues to force Corrections Department to allow his Muslim headwear
It’s not required by Islamic law, but inmates around the country have won the right to wear the special skullcaps, under which it is easy to hide a weapon or contraband, unlike the Jewish yarmulke, which fits tight.
A Freedom of Information Act request for records shows that there were no identifiable fingerprints on the packet of cocaine. That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.
The opportunities in Kenai have drawn the regional carrier back to focusing on Kenai.
It was domestic-violence related. Police are no longer looking for the suspect because he’s in the morgue.
A growing list of Republican governors are getting on the Trump train. Gov. Abbott is sick and tired of what’s going on at the border, so he’s all in for Trump.
New details about George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter spark that burned a city, and tore apart a nation.
This time in New Jersey, another case that is a lot like Penn’s Lia Thomas, where a man had competed for three years on the men’s team, and then switched to the women’s team to win trophies.
This is the transgender drag queen event, first time ever held in Alaska. It adds to Juneau’s reputation.
On the move
Jon Gregg was chosen to finish the school board term of Sandra Martinson in Nome. Jon was sworn in on Nov. 14. He has been a resident of Nome since 2020.
Matt McConnell is the new president and CEO of Alaska Communications. He comes from being board chairman of Anderson College of Business and Computing at Regis University.
Nathan Wurtzel, who was one of Congressman Don Young’s most prolific fundraisers, has died. He passed suddenly on Oct. 24. Wurtzel was Young’s D.C. fundraising genius.
Quote of the day
Nellie Connally turned to President John F. Kennedy, sitting behind her, and said, "Mr. President, they can't make you believe now that there are not some in Dallas who love and appreciate you, can they?" Kennedy's reply was: "No, they sure can't." They were his last words, as a bullet struck him.
Question of the week
This day in history
Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 60 years ago as he rode in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas. He was 46 years old and had been president for less than three years.
A debriefing from the events for Alaska Family Council to raise awareness about the changing norms in colleges that allow men to compete as women.
Jay McDonald: Campaign finance laws must not be weaponized
But the Democrats have done just that, repeatedly, and it’s time to fight back, he says.
But much work remains to make it right in this Southeast Alaska town.
Third in the series about the hopes for renewables in Alaska — and the realities.
We can balance stewardship and responsible development.
Part 2 of the problem with assessments of Haines properties.
The document mentions God four times — and there’s a reason that the nation was designed for a faithful nation.
How many sexual deviants slipped through the cracks? This one case is enough to send chills down your spine.
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Permanent Fund (principal and earnings reserve): $76,623,400,000
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