907 Updates December 11, 2017

By Leroy Polk: Weekend homicide suspect arrested after Anchorage police deploys SWAT
By Liz Raines: Harassment in Alaska’s capitol building: HR perspective
One Alaska Update A Note From Gov. Walker…

Coming This Week: Walker-Mallott Budget for FY 2019

This week, the Walker-Mallott Administration will unveil the budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019. Budgets are moral documents, as they reflect the values and priorities we have for our state. Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott envision a Safer, Smarter, and Stronger Alaska that is thriving for future generations. We can only get there if we get our fiscal house in order.


What Do I Know?: AIFF 2017: The Awards Ceremony – UPDATE: All Winners Announced (Unless They Surprise Me)
Craig Medred: Explainin’ the rainin’
8 p.m. on Sunday, the temperature at 1,000 feet above Anchorage was an unseasonable 40 degrees and rain was falling steadily.

The normal White Christmas season was already long washed away. All that was left was the ice that clung to the ground anywhere snow had been compressed over the course of the past week.

Far below at Ted Stevens International Airport, the National Weather Service was reporting 41 degrees and forecasting temperatures to climb above freezing all through the week with snow, if there is snow, mixed with more rain.

It was all very odd, but climate scientist Daniel Swain – a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles – thinks he has an answer to what is going on.

Our Third Thirds: Driver Ed: Third Third Style
Driver Ed in our First Third: harrowing films of terrible car accidents, screeching breaks, bodies burnt to crisps.

Driver Ed in our Third Third: harrowing statistics like, “Seniors aged 65 and over are more than twice as likely as younger drivers to be killed when involved in a crash;” that we need 20 times more light to see at night at age 40 than at age 20; that deaths in crashes start increasing around ages 60-64.

I decided to click on all those AARP emails about saving 30% for a limited time only – with a promo code! – on the Smart Driver™ online course so I’d get an insurance discount. It looked easy enough: there were six units, and it would take about four hours. I could do it on my own schedule.

Little Big House Alaska: Catch 49 Halibut Giveaway
This is a Sponsored Post on behalf of Catch 49 and the AMCC.
Catch 49 Halibut Giveaway

One of the best things about living in Alaska is the abundant access to sport fishing. Salmon, trout, halibut, you name it, you can get on a boat or go for a hike and try your luck at catching dinner. Or catch enough fish to stock your freezer for the season. It depends on time and ability and sometimes budget. But what about if you don’t have time to go fishing or maybe being on boats makes you sick or you cant afford a charter to get you out to where the halibut are hitting hard? Whatever the reasons you CAN’T get to where the fish are, Alaska’s fishermen have you covered. And sometimes I have you covered, like with this Catch 49 Halibut Giveaway. Read on for details!

Little Big House Alaska: Friday Frenzy
What a wild holiday time of year, we’ve been going going going for two weeks now and we’ll probably keep right on through the New Year. I don’t mind though I enjoy being busy. My hands are busy making Christmas presents and we’re busy taking in all the free entertainment our community puts on this time of year. We’ve been to a Robotics Competition, A Holiday Market (where my son sold Handmade Christmas Crackers to raise funds to go to DC in the spring, a Christmas Concert and looking at Christmas lights. Today we’re celebrating Colony Christmas in Palmer, there’s lots of events going on and we’re going to view Gingerbread houses, tour a Colony House, make paper cranes, crack the Cookie Cypher and go to another concert where our kids are playing in the orchestra. Fireworks follow after the concert. This coming week we have more concerts, plays with kids, parties and even a Christmas Cookie baking day. In between all these events I’ll be cranking out handmade gifts left and right!

Moms Everyday Alaska: Meal under $10: Veggie frittata with easy fried potatoes