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The Weekend Off – News You Missed



KTVA – Anchorage mayoral candidate threatens to sue media

Mayoral candidate Dan Coffey has stated he doesn’t want the public to hear a private conversation he had with current Anchorage Assembly member Bill Starr back in 2008. The conversation with Starr was recorded onto an answering machine.

ADN – State sells $4 billion in stocks because it may need the cash before long

The state is liquidating about $4 billion of long-term investments in stocks because it may need the money soon and can’t afford the risk of a market decline.

The need to draw billions from the Constitutional Budget Reserve over the next few years prompted the move away from stocks, Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck said in a phone interview Thursday.

ADN – Wood bison set for return to Alaska wilderness after a century away

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Sunday plans to begin moving wood bison from a conservation center near Anchorage to the village of Shageluk, the staging area for the animals’ release into the Innoko Flats about 350 miles southwest of Fairbanks.


NY Times – At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film

Of the roughly 200 buildings that once stood on the 1,300-acre campus of Eastman Kodak’s business park in Rochester, 80 have been demolished and 59 others sold off. Terry Taber, bespectacled, 60, and a loyal Kodak employee of 34 years, still works in one of the remaining Kodak structures, rubble from demolition not far from its doors.

LA Times – No, California won’t run out of water in a year

Lawmakers are proposing emergency legislation, state officials are clamping down on watering lawns and, as California enters a fourth year of drought, some are worried that the state could run out of water.


Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been fighting all month against claims by former state employees that his administration banned the use of “climate change.” With state workers now upping the ante — including news yesterday one state employee was ordered into a mental health exam for demanding to use the forbidden words — Scott has remained firm: There’s no such policy, he insists.


Vice – Are Mining Interests Behind Western Australian Remote Aboriginal Community Closures?

Yesterday, 18,000 people turned out at rallies across Australia in protest of the Western Australian government’s proposal to close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities. The move will see municipal and essential services provided by the government cut. Premier Colin Barnett announced the closures in November last year, claiming many of these communities are economically unviable.

The Guardian – Yemen suicide bombings leave over 130 dead after mosques targeted

Yemen’s deepening crisis took a terrible human toll on Friday when a series of coordinated suicide bombings targeting mosques in the capital Sana’a killed 137 people and injured 345 others. At least 13 children were among the dead.

BBC – Climate change: China official warns of ‘huge impact’

Zheng Guogang told Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a “serious threat” to big infrastructure projects.



13 Responses to “The Weekend Off – News You Missed”
  1. mike from iowa says:

    Does this song make anyone want to run out and become a lesbian? Girl Crush by Little Big Town. I like the song and I like women. If that makes me a lesbian,so be it. 🙂 🙂

  2. Alaska Pi says:

    This session the wahoos are making stuff up so fast it is hard to keep up.
    We have our dippo junior Senator on the one hand with his vague federal over reach dealie and the wahoollies in the House trying to take federal land?!:

    Alaska- we rilly, rilly gotta grow up. This spoiled brat schtick doesn’t cut it…

    • Alaska Pi says:

      So, while our jr-senatorOhio Dan postures and puffles and piffles our (lost, damn it! ) Senator Begich has signed on to continue some very important work he started.
      Thank you Senator(past)!!!
      I attended one of your tribal addresses during the last election. I have never been so impressed with a politico’s ACTUAL stance and work record in 40 plus years of voting as I am/was with yours on Native issues.
      Can I say it?
      Can I say you actually get a heckuva a lot of it.? And you actually not only get it- you truly got some s**t done?!
      Thank you and I am so glad you will still be helping.
      And, sir, ? I didn’t get a chance to tell you- I thought the work you did on a preliminary update to the MSA was very good and made me forgive you asking for IRS to leave tax exempt status for CDQs.
      Ya know- most of what Senator Murkowski does for Native peoples come with a cost. Your work did not.
      Thank you.

  3. Alaska Pi says:

    Junior Senator acts like a spoiled 5 Year old :

    holy moley, crimenently, and jeezncrackers, Danno!
    You think you could act more even more childish in your first outing in general AK public view?
    Whatever we are paying you to work for us in DC is too much if this is gonna be your schtick.
    Frickin, feckin PFFFFFFTTTTT!!!
    Mr Obama is not Alaska’s friend? We are all one family??!!!
    Oh yarg! Oh double yarg!!!
    I’m not family ‘cept with my family, buster butt . I’m sure not family with whole gobs o folks who live in this state- less’n you wanna talk about the every-family-has-one( fifty ?)of -those-dinglefritzes phenom, hmmm? And I like Mr Obama just fine. He’s done ok with with, by,and for Alaska regardless of what you and your state’s- rights dingbat friends say.
    This is gonna be a looonnngggg 6 years waiting to try to get rid of you Danno, ennit?

    • Mike D says:

      Sullivan is the senator for all Alaskans, even those who like the president. Rather than exhibit a spirit of independence that is part of the Alaskan character, he chides the president, signs the letter to Iran, and proves he is a loyal solider of a party that harbors extremists. Having dinner with some democrats does nothing to heal the divisions within our own state. Why not be a republican even democrats can support? The work needs to begin at home–his Alaskan home.

    • mike from iowa says:

      Carpetbagger Barbie ain’t near as pretty as Begich,nor as likable. Got some new PFTTTTs out in public,Ms Pi. I like that immensely.

  4. mike from iowa says:

    New Aladamnbama law-written and passed by wingnuts of course-forces a juvenile girl seeking an abortion by means of of judge to endure a trial-like process where her fetus is assigned a lawyer and her parents can be brought to court to testify against her.

  5. Mike D says:

    The Chinese should take a lesson from Florida governor Rick Scott. Once the term ‘climate change’ no longer appears in government documents, the problem vanishes. Who knew it was that easy?

    • Alaska Pi says:

      One of Pi’s dearest friends lives in that state. Friend tells Mr Scott every single day that climate change is as real as his own mortality , Mr Scott’s mortality that is .
      Ain’t Mr Scott gonna be ‘sprised when the creeks rise and he dies?

  6. mike from iowa says:

    If Alaska had any fiscally responsible beavers anymore,one would surely notice that breach in the treasury that allows a couple billion bucks per year to trrickle back to Big Awl and would prolly fill the breach quickly to prevent having to sell off future bonds. Somewhere along the line beavers were designated as predators of moosies and caribou and had to be gunned from helicopters to allow the swindle of state resources to flow unabated.Now that the mysterious loss of revenues has been identified,can higher and new taxes be far behind? Wingnuts brought this upon themselves because they know lower taxes increases revenues. Don’t believe me? Check out Saint Ronnie Raygun’s deficits and dumbass dubya’s deficits for proof. And beavers are waterproof,not slime proof. 🙂