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Republicans in Ketchikan vote to censure Sarah Palin

The Alaska Republican Party officers in Ketchikan have long memories. They have not forgotten that Sarah Palin, when she was governor of Alaska, axed funding to the bridge to their airport, calling it a “bridge to nowhere.” The townspeople and visitors still have to take a ferry to and from the airport of the state’s sixth-largest community, while their bridge funds were redirected to Palin’s pet projects.
KETCHIKAN, AK
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FCC nominee Sohn threatens conservative media

A few months ago, Must Read Alaska highlighted the confirmation hearings of Gigi Sohn, President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve on the Federal Communications Commission. Sohn faced intense grilling from Senate Republicans, led by Alaska’s Dan Sullivan, over her long history of inflammatory, divisive, over-the-top attacks on conservatives.
ALASKA STATE
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Anchorage School District skips rules in superintendent choice, ignoring required certification

Most large organizations have basic requirements for positions within that organization. When you apply for a position, you must meet those minimum requirements. The Anchorage School District School Board hired a contractor, Ray & Associates, to adequately screen the superintendent candidates for further evaluation based on the board’s requirements. It doesn’t appear the minimum State-mandated requirements even mattered.
ANCHORAGE, AK

Rare find: Private island off Seldovia listed for $20 million

Passage Island, 22 nautical miles southwest of the Homer Spit, is for sale by its Washington state owner. The site of a former fox farm for the fur trade, and later a mink ranch in the early 1900s, the island is about 44 acres with nearly 7,000 feet of water frontage. It is sometimes 56 acres, when the tide is out, and is accessible by floatplane, boat, or helicopter at low tide.
SELDOVIA, AK

Firefighting helicopter crashes, one soul lost

A helicopter crashed at the Anderson Airport near Mile 280 of the Parks Highway on Sunday. The 1960 Bell 204B “Huey” was operated by Northern Pioneer Helicopters and on contract with the Department of Natural Resources when it crashed while landing at the airstrip’s helipad. The pilot...
WASILLA, AK

Fairbanks hardware store employee draws on bicycling bandsaw bandit, no shots fired, man runs off

Employees at a Fairbanks power tool store on attempted on Friday to stop a man who had stolen a bandsaw kit from their store. By the time employees caught up with the man, he was already on his bicycle fleeing the scene. Employees chased him down and while attempting to recover the merchandise from the man, the suspect grabbed a holstered firearm from his backpack and tried removing the gun from the holster, according to the report by the Alaska Department of Public Safety.
FAIRBANKS, AK

Breaking: Supreme Court says coach can pray on field

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment rights of a Bremerton, Wash. coach who prayed at the 50-yard line of the football field after football games. Joseph Kennedy was a high school football coach in Bremerton, Wash. who routinely prayed after games by briefly kneeling on the field. The...
BREMERTON, WA

Notes from the trail: Tshibaka at the top of the world

Just 50 days until Aug. 16, and the candidates’ date with destiny. Aug. 16 is the special general election date for the interim congressional seat, and also the day of the regular primary for all seats up for election this year, including state House, Senate, governor, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate. Only one seat in the Legislature — Sen. Donny Olson of Golovin — is not on a ballot somewhere. And Sen. Dan Sullivan gets a bye this year.
ANCHORAGE, AK

Democrats revert to lynching chatter as some call for assassination of Justice Clarence Thomas after ruling

Individuals have been calling on social media for the assassination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, shown above, after he issued a separate concurring opinion on Friday in a ruling that struck down Roe v. Wade. Abortion activists have also published his home address, and others have called to burn down the Supreme Court.
CONGRESS & COURTS

Bob Bird: Morphing of the pro-life movement

“We are in a real war, with real blood being shed, real lives being lost, a true genocide in our midst.”. “This is a war, a bloody war, for the soul of our country.”. “We fight not only in the temporal world, but the Powers, Thrones, Dominions, and Principalities of an evil, supernatural realm. We must arm ourselves with prayer, penance, and sacrifice.”
ADVOCACY

Fritz Pettyjohn: The politics of abortion in 2022

Sensible men, who value domestic tranquility, defer to their wives on abortion. Men like Ronald Reagan and Ron DeSantis look to the mother of their children for guidance, and Nancy Davis and Casey DeSantis had and have knowledge and insight on pregnancy, babies, and motherhood that their husbands lack. So...
FLORIDA STATE

Soldotna permits drag queen shows for kids at outdoor stage next to park built for kids

Anchorage drag queen performers twerked and pranced in front of Soldotna children at the Soldotna Creek Park. The event, sanctioned by the City of Soldotna, took place June 17 during Pride Month events, which celebrate gay-lesbian-transgender lifestyles. At least a dozen children were brought to the performance by their mothers to witness the sexually provocative spectacle, while other families were in the area by happenstance.
SOLDOTNA, AK