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US: Alaska (News/Activism)

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  • Secretive Astra Space Suborbital Launch Fails

    12/08/2018 5:16:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space,com ^ | 12/07/2018 | Jeff Foust
    A test flight in Alaska of a small launch vehicle by a stealthy startup company ended in failure in late November, the Federal Aviation Administration has revealed. In a speech Dec. 6 at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce space conference here discussing the agency's approach to commercial spaceflight safety, FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell mentioned a recent, but previously unreported, accident involving a launch taking place from Alaska one week ago. A launch license the FAA issued to Astra Space Inc. on Oct. 15, also available on the FAA website, authorized the company to perform a suborbital flight of its...
  • Earthquake-damaged Mat-Su school to remain closed the rest of the school year (AK)

    12/04/2018 8:28:35 AM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 12/03/18 | Zaz Hollander
    (Alaska) One school in Mat-Su was so badly damaged by Friday’s earthquake that it won’t reopen this school year, and the status of five others remains up in the air. The quake’s epicenter was in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the second-largest municipality in Alaska with more than 100,000 residents, about a third of whom work in Anchorage. The magnitude 7.0 quake shredded asphalt around the borough, but wreaked most havoc near the epicenter on Point MacKenzie, near the borough’s port. At least 117 people here reported mostly minor injuries such as bruises, cuts or anxiety, according to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center....
  • Inevitable: GOP Throwing In The Towel On Planned Parenthood

    12/03/2018 5:30:02 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    HotAir ^ | December 3,2018 | ED MORRISSEY
    “They had two years to defund Planned Parenthood, and they failed,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America. “It’s a huge frustration. We worked so hard to elect supposedly these pro-life Republican officials, and we expected results.” As disappointing as this might be, it comes down to basic math, and Democrats had it on their side. The House has passed defunding language on a number of occasions, but the filibuster rules in the Senate require 60 votes for any appropriation bill. Not only couldn’t Republicans find nine Democrats to vote to strip Planned Parenthood...
  • In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska

    12/03/2018 1:40:01 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 107 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 3, 2018 | Henry Fountain and Steve Eder
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska — It is the last great stretch of nothingness in the United States, a vast landscape of mosses, sedges and shrubs that is home to migrating caribou and the winter dens of polar bears. Aside from a Native village at its northern tip, civilization has not dented its 19 million acres, an area the size of South Carolina. There are no roads and no visitors beyond the occasional hunter and backpacker. But the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a federally protected place of austere beauty that during a recent flyover was painted white by heavy snowfall — is...
  • Republican wins Alaska House race by one vote after mystery ballot tossed

    12/02/2018 7:42:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 2, 2018 | Becky Bohrer,Lisa Baumann AP
    JUNEAU, Alaska — Republican Bart LeBon has won an Alaska state House race by one vote after a ballot recount, officials said. Before Friday’s recount, LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge were tied with 2,661 votes apiece. Recount results showed LeBon with 2,663 votes while Dodge had 2,662 votes, after LeBon picked up two votes and Dodge picked up one, according to the Alaska Division of Elections. A much talked about mystery ballot found weeks ago on a table in a voting precinct ended up playing no role in the race outcome. The ballot was tossed Friday after officials said it...
  • Twitter: Sarah Palin: Pray for Alaska. Our family is intact - house is not...

    11/30/2018 1:53:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/30/2018 | Sarah Palin
    Sarah Palin ‏Verified account @SarahPalinUSA 🙏🏼 for Alaska. Our family is intact - house is not... I imagine that’s the case for many, many others. So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake.
  • 'It was anarchy. Everything that's not tied down is broke': State of emergency declared....

    11/30/2018 1:48:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/30/2018 | By Marlene Lenthang
    A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Anchorage, Alaska on Friday morning at 8.29am The center of the earthquake took place about seven miles from Anchorage, the largest city in the state A tsunami warning was initially placed for coastal areas including Alaska's Cook Inlet and southern Kenai Peninsula but it was later cancelled At least eight aftershocks rippled through the city, the largest one measuring 5.8 magnitude in Anchorage Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, which is more large quakes than the other 49 states combined White House said President Trump, who is in Argentina for the G20 Summit, has been...
  • Alaska Earthquake as it happened - Video from Twitter

    11/30/2018 1:40:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    twitter.com ^ | 11/30/2018 | Heather Hintze
    This is what happened on the 6th floor of the Nesbett Courthouse during the Anchorage #earthquake. Both attorneys jumped under their desks. Evacuated the building after the shaking stopped.
  • Large earthquake, aftershocks, strike Southcentral Alaska, damage reported around region

    11/30/2018 1:11:54 PM PST · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 11/30/2018 | Staff
    A large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck Alaska near Anchorage early Friday morning, damaging roads and buildings, knocking out power and sending people fleeing from buildings and to safety beneath door jambs. The epicenter was just north of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. It violently shook the most populous region of the state as people were settling in to work and school. There were no immediate reports of major injuries but it appeared parts of the region had suffered serious structural damage. The city of Anchorage declared a civil disaster declaration to access...
  • Travel advisory: Temporarily suspended operations in Anchorage

    11/30/2018 12:23:06 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    Alaska Airlines blog ^ | Nov 30 , 2018 | Alaska Airlines
    11:45 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2018 We understand there’s considerable damage being reported at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, due to a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit this morning. There are no reports of any injuries to employees or guests at the airport. As a precaution, Alaska Airlines is suspending operations at the airport until at least 12:30 p.m. Pacific (11:30 a.m. Alaska) to allow for a thorough safety assessment of the facility and infrastructure. We are pausing arrivals and departures in and out of Anchorage during this time.
  • Our family is intact - house is not..

    11/30/2018 11:18:58 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 48 replies
    Sarah Palin ^ | Nov 30 , 2018 | Sarah Palin
    🙏🏼 for Alaska. Our family is intact - house is not... I imagine that’s the case for many, many others. So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake.
  • Huge Earthquake Rocks Buildings in Anchorage

    11/30/2018 10:07:52 AM PST · by Trump_the_Evil_Left · 198 replies
    CBS ^ | November 30, 2018 | staff
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was centered about 7 miles north of Alaska's largest city. Officials issue tsunami warning for coastal areas of southern Alaska after earthquake. There was a tsunami alert for Cook Inlet, the National Weather Service in Anchorage said on Twitter.
  • 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Anchorage

    11/30/2018 9:58:12 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 38 replies
    WNDU.com ^ | November 30, 2018
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage and caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake Friday morning was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Alaska's largest city.
  • Pence casts tie-breaking vote to advance controversial Trump judicial pick

    11/29/2018 3:52:27 AM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    msn/ the hill ^ | November 28, 2018
    The Senate advanced a controversial judicial pick for President Trump on Wednesday after Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote for the nomination. Senators were deadlocked 50-50 to end debate on Thomas Farr's nomination to be a district judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Pence, presiding over the chamber, then cast the tie-breaking vote. The fate of Farr's nomination was held in suspense even going into the start of the vote on Wednesday afternoon. Four Republicans were viewed as potential swing votes: Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). But Collins...
  • Mystery ballot could sway control of Alaska state government

    11/29/2018 4:41:49 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 29 NOV 2018 | Ass. Press
    JUNEAU, Alaska — It's a sign that every vote does count. A single mystery ballot found on a precinct table on Election Day but not counted then could decide a tied Alaska state House race and thwart Republican efforts to control the chamber and all of state government. The ballot arrived in Juneau last Friday in a secrecy sleeve in a bin with other ballot materials. Officials were investigating its origins and handling before deciding whether to tally it. "People kept calling it close," Democrat candidate Kathryn Dodge said of the race for the House seat in Fairbanks. "I just...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compares Sarah Palin to 'grandpa emails' in Twitter feud

    11/21/2018 2:54:39 AM PST · by SMGFan · 75 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 20, 2018
    Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are trading barbs on Twitter. “Now that’s *TWO* fallen GOP Vice Pres candidates going after a freshman Congresswoman that’s not even sworn in yet,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Isn’t it a little early to be bringing out the big guns? Especially when they look like the FWD:RE:FWD:WATCH THIS grandpa emails from the ‘08 election they lost.” The spat began after Palin, running mate to Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008, tweeted on Monday: “YIKES: Ocasio-Cortez Fumbles Basic Civics TWICE In 1 Statement.”
  • Alaska voters make history by rejecting judge who approved no jail time for man who 'choked,...

    11/08/2018 8:13:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 8, 2018 | Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Alaska voters make history by rejecting judge who approved no jail time for man who 'choked, kidnapped and masturbated on a woman' In an unprecedented move, Alaska voters have ousted a judge who signed off on a controversial plea deal that let a man serve only one year of home confinement for choking and masturbating on an Alaska Native woman. Voters on Tuesday opted to not retain Superior Court Judge Michael Corey, who oversaw the assault sentencing of 34-year-old Justin Schneider. Schneider in September pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in prison. With credit for time...
  • 'SNL' Has Been 'Hijacked': Palin Sends Message to Lorne Michaels Over Mocking of Wounded Vet

    11/05/2018 2:32:01 PM PST · by ETL · 80 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 5, 2018 | FoxNews.Insider
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted "Saturday Night Live" creator and producer Lorne Michaels after a comic on the show made fun of a Texas GOP congressional candidate who lost an eye serving in Afghanistan.Comedian Pete Davidson joked about retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw's eye patch, saying he looks like a pirate in a pornographic film.Davidson, 24, giggled afterwards, saying, "Sorry. I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever." Read Full Article While Crenshaw said Monday on "Fox & Friends" that he would not demand an apology from Davidson or the show, Palin fired back at Michaels on...
  • This Battered Women’s Shelter Is Being Investigated For Turning Away A Drunk, Injured Man ( Alaska )

    11/02/2018 3:44:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | NOVEMBER 2, 2018 | Bre Payton
    A battered women's shelter in Anchorage, Alaska, is being investigated because it didn't allow a drunk man to sleep in the same room as women. A battered women’s shelter in Anchorage, Alaska, is being investigated by the city’s Equal Rights Commission because it didn’t allow a drunk man, who came to the shelter after hours and was bleeding from an injury, to sleep in the same room as women. Attorneys speaking on behalf of the Downtown Hope Center have repeatedly stated this man, who identifies as a woman, was not turned away because of his gender, but was sent to...
  • Trump admin approves Arctic offshore oil drilling project off Alaska’s coast

    10/24/2018 1:11:21 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/24/18 | TIMOTHY CAMA
    The Trump administration approved a company’s plan Wednesday to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska, the first time oil would be produced from federal waters in the Arctic. The approval from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conditional, and Hilcorp Energy Co. would still have to get other federal permits and abide by standards like restricting drilling seasons. “Working with Alaska Native stakeholders, the Department of Interior is following through on President Trump’s promise of American energy dominance,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “American energy dominance is good for...