"Twenty-five years ago on March 24, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez slammed into Bligh Reef and spilled more than 11 million gallons of crude oil into the cold, clear waters of Alaska's Prince William Sound — one of the 'last best places' on Earth. The oil charged through Prince William Sound and out into the Gulf of Alaska, damaging more than 1,300 miles of some of the most remote, wild shoreline in this country. This happened 25 years ago, so we might note the anniversary as we do any other historical event. That, however, would imply that the oil spill is over. [...]
To Alaska: "U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller confirmed Monday night that his wife — once hired to work as a part-time clerk for the same Alaska court in which he was serving as a U.S. magistrate judge — went on unemployment after she left the job. Miller is running on a self-described constitutional conservative platform, arguing that the nation must return to the principles and powers penned by the founding fathers to save it from bankruptcy. Putting an end to entitlements on a national level and empowering states has been a key message in his campaign."
Up in Alaska, a federal judge has ruled that wolves may not be shot from helicopters on federal nature preserve lands-not even to save the disappearing caribou, the caribou the wolves are chomping down on left and right. Whose side are you on? That of the sad, munched-upon and now-disappearing caribou? Or those who like to shoot wolves from helicopters? The people who make wolf jerky at home? I propose we kill them all-the animals, not the people, silly-so that we can get at the tasty oil they are just trotting around on. At least if all the caribou die, they won't get in our oil.
A Friendly Chat: Greg Karais, Yukon Enthusiast and Publisher of Four Profitable Magazines with Wily Business Models–and a 20-Hour Workweek
We had to google "Yukon." The GMC truck was the first hit, of course, and second, but the Canadian territory was third and it was in this illustrious page (Wikipedia) that I learned these very important facts: The Yukon was officially called the Yukon Territory until 2003 when it was changed to just the Yukon, by law. It is the most northern and western territory in Canada and borders the following things: British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Alaska, the Beaufort Sea. It has a flag, a seal, but no motto, and though it is very, very large, it is also very, very cold, and is home to just 34,000 [...]
"We eat, therefore we hunt." —Sarah Palin, Going Rogue
In December, after an episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska," The Awl, along with many in America's hunting community, asked some questions about the former Governor's longstanding claim of being an avid and experienced hunter.
At some point, all hunters are inexperienced, and even experienced ones are often unsafe, but being unlicensed is more than just illegal, it's detrimental to natural resource efforts. Palin herself believes this, writing in 2010's America by Heart that "…it's important that we're managing our fish and wildlife resources for abundance in the Last Frontier."
Curious if Palin was licensed for her 2010 [...]
The new Vanity Fair Sarah Palin profile is enthralling: rage-fueled breakdowns, domestic violence (is there a battered spouse center for First Dudes?) and Madoff-worthy financial manipulation. Equally fascinating is the climate of fear and confusion that Michael Joseph Gross discovered in Wasilla, where townspeople are terrified of discussing their former mayor/governor, and deeply uncomfortable with the world-famous media creation that she has become. "To appreciate how alien Palin has become in Wasilla, how inscrutable to her own people, you have to wrap your mind around the fact that Sarah Palin is more famous than any other Alaskan, ever," Gross writes. "It still does not quite seem real to [...]
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell was unable to attend President Obama's first visit to the state because of an unbreakable prior commitment to deliver a speech at the Associated General Contractors of Alaska Annual Conference in Anchorage. To be fair, it was the "Excellence In Safety Awards Luncheon," and that's something you don't pass up easily.
Voter intent is hard to measure: "U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign on Thursday accused observers for rival Joe Miller of making petty challenges in the counting of voters' write-in ballots in an attempt to tilt the Alaska Senate race in their favor…. Shortly after the second day of write-in ballot counting began in the race, a Miller observer challenged a vote for Murkowski that appeared to have her name spelled and printed correctly, though the 'L' in 'Lisa' was in cursive handwriting." [Via]
It was not his first plane crash. Ted Stevens had been there before-during a rough touch-down in 1978 at Anchorage International, which would later be renamed for the senator. That first crash left Stevens with minor injuries but it killed his wife, Ann.
The circumstances of yesterday's crash, the one that killed him, when taken in the context of his history, presence and reputation are such that they tempt metaphor and hint at irony. The plane was owned by Alaskan telecom giant GCI (where one of the senior VPs is a former Stevens chief of staff) and was en route to a retreat at the corporation's Agulowak Lodge. [...]
Like most of you, I spent the weekend reading the full, 157-page text of the final report on the future of space exploration that NASA's Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee released last week. Having done so, I'm sure we share the same disappointments: No manned launch until 2017, Ares rocket underpowered, Orion capsule too big, trajectory of entire current U.S. program "unstable" due to lack of funding from congress, etc. The biggest problem, though, is that NASA doesn't seem to have a clue about what is so clearly the future of space exploration: flying laser hockey bears.