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  • Donald Trump Promises To Put Sarah Palin In His Cabinet If He Is Elected President (Heads exploding)

    07/28/2015 8:03:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 28, 2015 | Jason Easley, founder & senior editor
    Donald Trump is threatening America with a promise to put Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he is elected president. Audio of Trump: (AUDIO-AT-LINK)According to Politico, Trump said that he would put Palin his cabinet or seek her advice: “She’s really somebody who knows what’s happening. She’s a special person. She’s really a special person. And I think people know that and she’s got a following that’s unbelievable,” he continued. (Palin has more than 4 million Facebook followers.) “I’m looking at some of these candidates, they’re weak, they’re ineffective and to a degree that’s almost hard to believe. And, you...
  • Trump: I'd "Love" To Have Palin In My Admin In An Official Capacity

    07/28/2015 12:57:53 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 61 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would “love” to have former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in his campaign in an official capacity on Monday’s broadcast of “The Palin Update” on Mama Grizzly Radio.
  • 6.9 and 6.9 Earthquakes in Alaska - Nikolski one minute apart.

    07/26/2015 10:06:50 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 36 replies
    Earthquake Map ^ | 7/26/2015 | None
    Info at the site. Developing.
  • An open letter to Jim Robinson: Consider a general amnesty for all the banned Rudy supporters....

    03/05/2008 1:11:46 PM PST · by ken5050 · 1,053 replies · 8,593+ views
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    Dear Jim..OK, the GOP now has its candidate. McCain isn't the first choice of the majority of us on FR, and even now, there are spirited, yet for the most part, civil exchanges on the threads as to whether or not some will support the GOP nominee. One of the more unfortunate, and unpleasant events on FR was the mass banishment and/or leaving of a great many Freepers who were supporters of Rudy Guliani for the nomination. I'm posting this to see if you'd be open to the idea of inviting them to return, and see how others might feel...
  • Will FR embrace socialism to make way for Rudy Giuliani as a Republican presidential candidate?

    04/21/2007 6:42:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18,459 replies · 540,699+ views
    vanity | April 21, 2007 | Jim Robinson
    We've got some real challenges facing us. FR was established to fight against government corruption, overstepping, and abuse and to fight for a return to the limited constitutional government as envisioned and set forth by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and other founding documents. One of the biggest cases of government corruption, overstepping and abuse that I know of is its disgraceful headlong slide into a socialist hell. Our founders never intended for abortion to be the law of the land. And they never intended the Supreme Court to be a legislative body. They...
  • Oil and gas officials scramble after feds review species protections

    07/24/2015 4:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Oil and gas producers in one of the most active drilling areas in the country have had to make concessions to not disturb species such as the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard. Now industry officials in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico may have four other species to contend with: make way for the Cascade Caverns salamander, the Arizona toad, the alligator snapping turtle and the Rio Grande cooter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is giving what it calls “status reviews” to the four amphibians and reptiles found in the Southwest as...
  • GOP launches probe of 'improper influence' on EPA climate rule

    09/02/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republicans are investigating what they call "improper influence" from a national green group on the Obama administration's signature Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change regulation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, are demanding the EPA and the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hand over documents on the organization's involvement in drafting the proposed carbon pollution rules. The investigation is based on a New York Times ' report that said the NRDC provided the blueprint used for the rules, and "heavily influenced the president's proposal." While...
  • SARAH PALIN: DONALD TRUMP AND JOHN MCCAIN BOTH HEROES, SHOULD APOLOGIZE

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)43% ’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign, weighed in on the dispute between McCain and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, posting a message on her Facebook page calling both men heroes and encouraging them to “resolve the media-driven wedge between them.” As Breitbart News reported, Trump set off a media firestorm on Saturday when he said that McCain was a war hero only “because he was captured.” McCain, a Navy pilot who volunteered for service during the Vietnam War, was brutally tortured during his five-and-a-half years as a POW....
  • Palin calls both McCain and Trump heroes

    07/20/2015 6:22:45 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 53 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 7/20/2015 | Jake Tapper
    Asked about the dispute between Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona -- the candidate at the top of the ticket when she was 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee -- former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Monday afternoon called both men heroes. "I have the good fortune of knowing both John McCain and Donald Trump well," Palin told CNN in an email. "Both men have more in common than the today's media hype would have you believe. Both blazed trails in their careers and love our great nation."
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham comes out swinging against Donald Trump's McCain comments

    07/18/2015 5:11:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 89 replies
    WISTV.com ^ | 07/18/2015 | Jeremy Turnage
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Just hours after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a controversial comment about 2008 presidential candidate John McCain's military record, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham came out swinging in defense of McCain. Additional Links Trump on John McCain: 'I like people who weren't captured' The Latest: Rick Santorum favors curbs on legal immigration Trump, in a campaign visit in Iowa, told a crowd of supporters he was not a fan of McCain. “He was a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people who weren’t captured.” In a series of tweets posted to...
  • Navy's newest combat ship in water

    07/18/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN - WJXT ^ | Jul 18 2015 | Brad Lendon
    The U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, the USS Little Rock, slid into the waters of Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin on Saturday morning. .. the 378-foot-long, 3,000-ton littoral combat ship with only a 13-foot draft is ideal for the missions the Navy faces in shallow waters around Pacific Rim, where the Navy is increasing presence as it keeps an eye on China, which is expanding its naval forces and its presence in the South China Sea. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the launching of the Little Rock is emblematic of the Navy's commitment to have a fleet of 304 ships...
  • Al Gore: Obama's Arctic Drilling Plan 'Is Insane'

    07/17/2015 11:08:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17 | Nick Gass
    Former Vice President Al Gore offered up some rare criticism of President Barack Obama’s environmental policy in a recent interview, calling for a ban on all Arctic drilling and blasting the administration’s decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to begin sinking exploratory wells in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea in the Arctic as “insane.” “I think that in his second term, he has done really quite a good job,” Gore said in an interview with The Guardian published Thursday. “Of course there are things I would change. I think Arctic drilling is insane. I think that countries around the world would...
  • Another round of Slope methane hydrate research planned

    07/17/2015 9:11:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE ^ | 2015.07.15 | TIM BRADNER
    Another test of methane hydrates on the North Slope, a potential huge new gas resource, is being planned. State officials are in discussions with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp., or JOGMC on possible joint-sponsorship, and talks are planned with North Slope producers about potential sites for a test within one of the operating units on the Slope, Commissioner of Natural Resources Mark Myers said. A technical evaluation of different sites is now underway, Myers said. Drilling within an existing industry unit is preferable for cost reasons but sites on nearby unleased...
  • Jihad on U.S. troops is not a “circumstance”

    07/17/2015 9:06:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Michelle Malkin
    Four U.S. Marines, barred from carrying weapons at naval training facilities despite explicit ISIS threats against our military, are dead in Tennessee. Another service member and a Chattanooga police officer survived gunshots after Thursday’s two-stage massacre at the hands of 24-year-old jihadist Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called the terrorist’s spree “insidious and unfathomable.” resident Obama bemoaned the “heartbreaking circumstance” in which the murdered Marines found themselves. “Unfathomable?” Not if you’ve been paying attention. Islam-inspired hate crimes against our troops have continued unabated since the Obama White House first dismissed the 2009 Fort Hood massacre as “workplace violence.”...
  • Ohio newspaper calls for Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

    07/16/2015 10:33:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Efforts to change the name of the highest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali have been going on for decades. William McKinley, who would go on to be the 25th president of the United States, was governor of Ohio when the peak was named for him -- a connection that’s meant name-change efforts were stalemated in an on-again-off-again rivalry between Ohio and Alaska on the subject. An Alaska congressional delegation would introduce legislation to give the mountain back its Koyukon Athabascan name; an Ohio representative would block it. When Sen. Dan Sullivan, who has extensive ties in...
  • Over Objections of (Republican)Legislature, Alaska’s Governor Says He Will Expand Medicaid

    07/16/2015 8:19:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    After failing to persuade his Legislature to expand Medicaid, Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska said Thursday that he planned to unilaterally accept the federal funds available to cover more low-income residents under the program. Mr. Walker, an independent who took office in December, said in a news conference in Anchorage that he could not wait any longer to offer health coverage to the roughly 42,000 people his administration projects will be eligible under the expansion. Expanding Medicaid — an option for every state under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act — was a campaign priority for Mr. Walker, who couched it...
  • Alaska governor to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare

    07/16/2015 1:42:22 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/16/2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) on Thursday announced that he will expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. With the move, Alaska will become the 30th state to accept the expansion. After the White House’s victory on ObamaCare in the Supreme Court last month, President Obama said he will renew pressure on the remaining Republican-controlled states to expand the program. Walker, elected in 2014, campaigned on Medicaid expansion, but was met with opposition in the Republican-controlled legislature. On Thursday, though, he announced that he will go around the legislature and expand the program even without its approval.
  • WaPo’s Milbank: Trump a ‘Rotten Pig,’ ‘Fraud,’ ‘Sarah Palin Phenomenon’

    07/12/2015 3:51:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 12,2015 | PAM KEY
    On Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz,” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank attacked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a “rotten pig,” a “fraud,” and a “Sarah Palin phenomenon.” “I love writing about him. Yeah, the man is a rotten pig but good for our business, and yes, it is a guilty pleasure,” Milbank said. He added, “This is a perfectly legitimate story for media to be covering. It’s justified by the polls and what is this man doing but holding up a mirror to our political system? He knows how to work the media. He knows how to work the Republican...
  • ( 13 ) States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

    07/06/2015 2:09:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | June 29, 2015 | Daniel Enoch
    Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who joined in the lawsuit, noted that 35 states have filed comments in opposition to the rule and several other attorneys general are considering filing challenges. The EPA is overstepping...
  • Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

    07/02/2015 5:25:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to scale back its hopes of completing two exploratory oil wells in waters north of Alaska this summer and is another setback for the firm that has spent seven years and $7 billion trying to find crude in the Arctic Ocean. At issue is the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to allow sound from Shell’s planned drilling to disturb walruses, polar bears...
  • Sorry, Jeb, Puerto Rican Statehood Is an Awful Idea

    04/30/2015 8:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | The Editors
    ‘Puerto Rican citizens — U.S. citizens — ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state,” Jeb Bush said this week. But they have had the right to determine that several times, and they seem to have determined the answer: No. The former Florida governor also said he thought statehood was a good idea on the merits, which it plainly is not. The most recent occasion for Puerto Ricans to weigh in was 2012, when they technically did end up voting for statehood — in a ballot process that would make Vladimir Putin blush. Voters...
  • Brown bear shot and killed in Kodiak after it charged man

    06/25/2015 5:20:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 June, 2015 | Tegan Hanlon
    A Kodiak man shot and killed a brown bear Sunday night after it tipped a nearby trash can, returned to the area and charged him, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Nate Svoboda, Fish and Game biologist, said he met with the man Tuesday night and they "walked through the whole scenario." Around 11:45 p.m. Sunday, the man said he was in bed when he heard a loud crash outside his window. He went outside and found a garbage container on its side. Trash covered his yard, Svoboda said. "So the individual grabbed his pistol and started...
  • State Dept. Warns: Same Shi'ite Militias Fighting ISIS 'May Present Threat to U.S. Citizens'

    06/23/2015 5:15:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    A travel warning for Iraq, updated by the State Department on Monday, continues to warn that “anti-U.S.” Shi’ite militias “may present a threat to U.S. citizens,” naming two groups that are playing a leading role in supporting the Iraqi government’s military campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL). The two Iran-backed groups, Kata’ib Hezbollah and Asaib al-Haq (“League of the Righteous”), are at the heart of the Popular Mobilization Forces, set up last year to help Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government fight the Sunni jihadists of ISIS. Although those groups and U.S. armed forces are both supporting Prime Minister Haider...
  • SUPREME COURT CAUGHT MESSING WITH MARRIAGE CASE?Suspicious events'troubling turn'

    06/22/2015 10:43:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 125 replies
    WND ^ | 21 Jun 15 | BOB UNRUH
    A series of events that has been described as a “troubling turn” has been found to have taken place at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the justices’ looming decision on marriage – whether they will affirm the millennia old standard of one man and one woman or whether they will create a right to homosexual “marriage.” The circumstances concern efforts to have Ruth Ginsburg and Elena Kagan recused from the marriage case because they both have taken public advocacy positions for same-sex “marriage” by performing those ceremonies even while the case was pending before the justices. WND reported just days...
  • Please Put Politics Aside – Sarah Palin • Charleston

    06/21/2015 3:41:08 PM PDT · by Bratch · 10 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | June 21, 2015 | Sarah Palin via iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin asks why politics can’t be put aside in the wake of the Charleston shooting: Why can’t politics be put aside in the wake of South Carolina’s mourning? Politicians – please try. It would be in honor of them and the leadership provided by those most tragically affected. Let us follow the wisdom of the people of Charleston who lost their loved ones. The kind and beautiful family members who spoke at the court hearing on Friday know that this is a deeply personal human tragedy. Their words of grace reminded us that the only remedy for evil is...
  • Boise girl catches 333-pound halibut

    06/18/2015 5:17:03 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 98 replies
    KOMO ^ | 6/18/15 | Sierra Oshrin
    BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- 10-year-old Lily Hornish loves fishing. So her family took her on a trip to Ketchikan, Alaska, in the hope of catching a halibut. But the shy angler wasn't expecting to catch one so big. "It was the first bait down, then my pole was tugging," Lily said. "I started reeling it in and then my dad helped me. And then a big fish came out." A big fish that weighed 333 pounds, to be exact.
  • Sarah Palin praises Trump, says he’s doing something RIGHT because the press is going BALLISTIC

    06/17/2015 11:30:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 79 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Jun 17, 2015
    Sarah Palin just penned a nice ‘welcome to the race’ message to Donald Trump, praising his accomplishments and telling him he’s doing something right because the press is going ballistic over his candidacy:
  • Michael Savage: ‘Sarah Palin Could Save America’

    06/16/2015 12:32:37 PM PDT · by Bratch · 56 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | June 16 2015 | Steve Flesher
    Michael Savage, the tough-talking conservative radio show host to millions of Americans had some remarks on a few of the current candidates running for the GOP nomination.  After assessing the names he ran through, he said the following on Governor Palin (who is not a current candidate): I hate to say this, but I’m beginning to think that only Sarah Palin could save America. I would love to see her go up against Hillary Clinton. You think she wouldn’t stand a chance? As far as I know, Sarah Palin’s husband didn’t make hundreds of millions of dollars while Sarah Palin...
  • Palin praises Jeb Bush

    06/16/2015 1:44:17 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin praised Jeb Bush on Monday, highlighting his remarks on raising children with special needs. The comments from Palin, who remains a favorite with some grassroots conservatives, come a day after Bush’s official entry to the presidential race. “It was encouraging today to hear Governor Jeb Bush speak directly to an issue that touches so many lives in these challenging times, both culturally and fiscally – raising a child with special needs,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. “I'm glad Jeb's life was touched by God's purpose-filled children, and hope he continues with a positive message...
  • Sarah Palin on Rachel Dolezal: “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t laugh … this hard”

    06/14/2015 5:23:52 PM PDT · by drewh · 54 replies
    Salon.com ^ | SUNDAY, JUN 14, 2015 08:50 AM CDT
    Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page for a typically insightful and nuanced contemplation of the Rachel Dolezal controversy and a thoughtful, complex consideration of race in America. "Our original civil rights freedom fighters are rolling in their graves over the backward steps we've taken lately" But here are the highlights. Ok, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t laugh… this hard. I know this isn’t a victimless crime, what this white chick perpetrated. But it’s a most crystal clear picture of so many screwed up things we’ve let society adopt as the norm. Namely, the practice nowadays of judging someone not...
  • Weekend militia gathering near Talkeetna, Alaska, aims to debunk stereotypes

    06/14/2015 11:43:10 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 11 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 06/14/2015 | Marc Lester
    TALKEETNA — David Luntz grilled steaks Friday evening as the summer sun lit up a broad meadow fringed with canvas tents. A few people sitting in camp chairs sipped gin and tonics, getting to know each other before the weekend got started. Rick Ford and Jon Droska walked up with unloaded hand-built machine guns. Ford, in head-to-toe camouflage, shouldered an AK-47. Droska, a bearded, burly U.S. Navy veteran who now conducts emergency medical instruction, carried an AR-15. Around his legs rippled a charcoal-gray “Elkommando” kilt made by Mountain Hardware. Welcome to the fourth annual Prepper, Survivalist and Militia Rendezvous.The gathering...
  • NAACP releases statement standing by Rachel Dolezal (#Transracial)

    06/12/2015 9:52:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 105 replies
    KHQ ^ | 6-12-2015 | KHQ
    A day after the parents of Rachel Dolezal, the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP, said she has been misrepresenting herself as black for years, the NAACP says they are standing by Dolezal. In a statement released Friday, the organization said: "For 106 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds. NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One's racial identity...
  • Oil exploration in the U.S. Arctic continues despite current price environment

    06/12/2015 5:49:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JUNE 12, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Alaska's crude oil production has declined from 1.8 million barrels per day (MMb/d) in 1991 to 0.5 MMb/d in 2014, and it is expected to continue declining through 2040. Almost 75% of Alaska's crude oil production from 1990 to 2012 was from the Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk River fields in the central North Slope, which respectively produced 4.9 billion and 1.7 billion barrels of crude oil over this period. Crude oil production in Alaska is sensitive to the challenging environment—including variable ice conditions and limited time without ice coverage—as well as pipeline economics. However, recent conditional approval granted to Royal...
  • 82-Year-Old Lawmaker Marries in Capitol Building (Don Young/Alaska)

    06/10/2015 10:06:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 09, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) now has two reasons not to forget the date June 9—it’s his birthday and his anniversary. Young wedded his fiancé, Anne Garland Walton during a private ceremony in the Capitol on Tuesday. The House chaplain, Rev. Patrick Conroy, officiated the ceremony. “As I celebrate my 82nd birthday, Anne has given me the best gift anyone could ask for – her hand in marriage. She jokingly says I will never forget our anniversary,” Young said in a statement. “Anne and I are truly fortunate to have found each other. We are excited to begin our lives together...
  • North Pole rejects ban on pot sales

    06/03/2015 10:46:36 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 18 replies
    Fairbanks [AK] Daily News-Miner ^ | June 2, 2015 | Amanda Bohman
    NORTH POLE — Marijuana stores are welcome in the city with the motto “where the spirit of Christmas lives year round.” The City Council on Monday rejected a measure that would have banned marijuana dispensaries in North Pole. Even Santa Claus — yes, that’s his real name — spoke in favor of a marijuana store opening in the Christmas-themed community. “As far as the image goes here at North Pole, how do most people perceive Santa Claus?” Claus said. “I would say Santa Claus is a pretty jolly fellow. “I am a medical marijuana patient,” he said. “I would like...
  • Global warming has hit Alaska and the Eskimos' livelihoods are melting away

    06/03/2015 9:25:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 3, 2015 | By Lynnley Browning
    Frank Logusak, a tribal elder in Togiak, a ramshackle settlement of 842 people on Alaska's remote Bristol Bay, is a hunter and a fisherman, a Yupik native who knew the village's last shaman. Logusak is no scientist, but in his 64 years here, he has watched and felt startling changes in the world around him. "It's a problem, the global warming," Logusak says, sitting at a lunch table at the village's public school, where older residents join students for government-subsidised free meals. "Ice used to stay in the bay until May," he says. "It's way different now." From Alaska to...
  • CD-5 upheld, production to begin in December {oil, NPRA}

    06/02/2015 8:10:10 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Alaska Journal of Commerce ^ | 2015.05.27 | TIM BRADNER
    In what is likely the final action in a lengthy environmental lawsuit against ConocoPhillips’ CD-5 project on the North Slope, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason denied the plaintiff’s final motion for a summary judgment to invalidate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Record of Decision and permits for the project. The suit was filed in 2013 by several residents of Nuiqsut, a nearby Inupiat village. The project itself, a satellite of the producing Alpine oil field near the Colville River, has been under construction since 2013 and is nearing completion. Although Gleason ruled in 2014 that the Corps did...
  • Exxon Mobil gets DOE approval for wider LNG exports at Alaska terminal

    06/02/2015 8:05:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | Jun 1, 2015 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. said June 1 it received authorization to export liquefied natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries at its Alaska LNG terminal. The proposed project received conditional authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of LNG for 30 years. The terminal previously received authorization to export to countries with U.S. trade agreements. “As with any large scale LNG project, access to as many markets as possible will improve the commercial viability of the proposed project,” Steve Butt, Alaska LNG senior project manager, said in a statement....
  • Gov. Sarah Palin On The 2016 GOP Presidential Field

    05/22/2015 1:30:09 PM PDT · by Bratch · 26 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | May 21, 2015 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin shares some thoughts on the 2016 Republican presidential field.  She spoke with Extra TV at the SEAL-NWS event last weekend. Full Transcript of her remarks available after the video: • Gov. Sarah Palin On The 2016 GOP Presidential Field • 5/21/16 • Begin Transcript Extra TV: I know it’s a long way off, but I gotta ask you. There’s a lot of people already put their name in for the presidential race, is there anyone that sticks out to you right now? Gov. Palin: Well I’m very thankful that common sense conservatives who love our constitution and love our military,...
  • WaPo Cranks Tie Texas Biker Thugs to …Sarah Palin?

    05/20/2015 3:53:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    The Washington Post actually tweeted this out today on the Texas biker gang shootings. The race-obsessed paper wants desperately to make the story about race… And threw in a photo of Sarah Palin for kicks.
  • A Narrow Opening for Arctic Oil

    05/13/2015 5:30:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 12, 2015 | NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
    ...Shell acquired the lease for just over $2 billion in 2008, and, absent a very good reason, the government felt obliged to approve it. Shell will be bound by safeguards that did not exist seven years ago. Several factors — including lawsuits and vigorous lobbying by environmental groups, widespread public dismay caused by the 2010 BP oil spill, and Shell’s ineptitude in earlier trial runs — have led the government to devise rules that are likely to make this project safer than it would have been. Shell is seeking to drill up to six exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea...
  • 2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

    05/12/2015 3:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again: Today, The Cook Political Report puts two Republican-held seats in the “Toss Up” category—the open seat in Florida and Kirk in Illinois. That toss-up column will certainly grow as...
  • Questions linger for ConocoPhillips on Arctic drilling program following Shell’s OK

    05/13/2015 4:16:42 AM PDT · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 12, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance said Tuesday that the Obama administration’s decision to allow a competitor’s Arctic drilling program to move forward has provided some, but not all, of the clarifications they were looking in their own projects in the region. The U.S. government on Monday gave Shell’s $6 billion plan to explore for crude oil in the northern Chukchi Sea a preliminary OK, reviving exploration plans that have faced significant political, engineering and cost challenges. Lance said that the go-ahead given to Shell’s program has not resolved all of ConocoPhillips’ Arctic questions. “A lot of the [regulations] are still subject...
  • Woman arrested after breaking 7 flat-screen televisions with hatchet at Alaska store

    05/12/2015 7:37:37 AM PDT · by dware · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05.11.2015 | AP via Fox News
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A woman smashed seven flat-screen TVs at a store in Alaska with a hatchet and later told police that people on the televisions were watching her, according to police and court documents obtained Monday. Miranda Davison, 33, was arrested on a felony charge of criminal mischief following the vandalism Sunday at a Walmart in Juneau.
  • (D'Rat) Berkowitz headed to victory over Demboski in runoff race for (Anchorage) mayor

    05/06/2015 12:39:59 AM PDT · by balch3 · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 6, 2015 | Devin Kelly
    Ethan Berkowitz headed to victory with a big lead over opponent Amy Demboski in the Anchorage mayoral runoff election Tuesday night. With 93 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had nearly 60 percent of the vote to Demboski’s 41 percent, a margin that was insurmountable. Berkowitz had held a commanding lead over Demboski throughout the counting Tuesday night. As his margin over Demboski held strong, Berkowitz stood on a chair at his campaign party in a downtown restaurant to wild applause and waving signs. He asked his supporters’s to continue to help after the night’s celebration to work on unifying...
  • Seattle ruling won’t derail Shell’s Arctic quest, executive vows

    05/06/2015 4:55:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A ruling by the city of Seattle may throw a wrench into Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, but it won’t delay the company’s plans to bore two new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, a top executive vowed Tuesday. Although “it’s not my preferred approach . . . we have backup plans,” said Ann Pickard, Royal Dutch Shell’s executive vice president for the Arctic. “I don’t think this will delay the program.” At issue is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s ruling this week that the city port must obtain a new land-use permit to serve as a home base for Shell’s...
  • Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska

    05/03/2015 7:40:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Tu-95 Bear H bombers flew into the Alaska zone on April 22. But unlike most earlier incursions, no U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow them, said defense officials familiar with the latest U.S.-Russian aerial encounter. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), declined to confirm the incursion. But he said no jets were dispatched last week to intercept intruding aircraft.
  • Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska: Two Bear H bombers intrude into air defense zone

    05/01/2015 8:42:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 05/01/2015 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers intruded into the U.S. air defense zone near Alaska last week in the latest saber rattling by Moscow, defense officials said. The Tu-95 Bear H bombers flew into the Alaska zone on April 22. But unlike most earlier incursions, no U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow them, said defense officials familiar with the latest U.S.-Russian aerial encounter. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), declined to confirm the incursion. But he said no jets were dispatched last week to intercept intruding aircraft. The incident...
  • Alaska residents are paid a unique yearly dividend from state’s permanent fund

    05/01/2015 6:17:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MAY 1, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    The Alaska Permanent Fund, established using revenues paid to the state by oil and natural gas producers, provides Alaska residents with an annual cash dividend, which is unique among natural resource permanent funds in the United States. In 2014, the annual dividend was $1,884 per resident, more than double the 2013 dividend and the highest since 2008. All Alaska residents receive an annual cash dividend from the permanent fund. The fund was established by voters in 1976, as the extent of Alaska's oil and natural gas resources began to emerge, and retains at least 25% of the royalties that oil...
  • Suspected gunman in Talkeetna shooting dies in hospital

    04/30/2015 7:59:35 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 7 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | April 30, 2015 | Megan Edge
    A Willow man accused of killing another man before turning the gun on himself in an April shooting in Talkeetna died Wednesday night in Anchorage. Billy Kidd, 57, spent 11 days in the critical care unit of an Anchorage hospital before dying around 10:22 p.m. of injuries sustained in the shooting that left 33-year-old Andrew Lafrance dead, Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen said.