907 Updates December 03, 2017

Man dead in late-night Muldoon shooting
By Victoria Taylor: Bethel Police investigating death of woman discovered lying in snow
Alaska GOP moves to block rogue lawmakers from party primary
Has your State forbid selling/cultivating toxic plants? What sprays do they recommend? We’ve tried several and nothing seems to stop them. Actually the moose seems to consider these sprays a flavor enhancer~
By Cameron Mackintosh: Two moose calves likely die after eating poisonous ornamental plants

“Some plants have cyanide in them like Japanese Yew and Chokecherry and other things that we plant to make our houses look good but unfortunately it poisons moose pretty quickly,” Dyer said.

Chokecherry trees are a common culprit in moose poisonings. According to horticulturist Steph Daniels, Chokecherry is sold at some Anchorage nurseries, and is a common feature in many lawns across town.
By Sean Maguire: Snow tubing opens for the season at Arctic Valley
Congratulations Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, Erik Bjornsen and Scott Patterson!
By Patrick Enslow: Another podium performance for Bjornsen at the World Cup
By Sean Maguire: Mumps outbreak spreads with 71 confirmed cases in Anchorage
Alyeska to open skiing season on December 9


    • Sarah Gedraitis on December 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Why then do I see all kinds of recipes using chokecherry? How can it be so poisonous if you can consume
    it as a human

      • Zibabird on December 5, 2017 at 9:52 am

      wiki: Chokecherry
      Food use
      For many Native American tribes of the Northern Rockies, Northern Plains, and boreal forest region of Canada and the United States, chokecherries were the most important fruit in their diets. The bark of chokecherry root was once made into an asperous-textured concoction used to ward off or treat colds, fever and stomach maladies by native Americans.[10] The inner bark of the chokecherry, as well as red osier dogwood, or alder, was also used by natives in their smoking mixtures, known as kinnikinnick, to improve the taste of the bearberry leaf.[11] The chokecherry fruit can be used to make a jam, jelly, or syrup, but the bitter nature of the fruit requires sugar to sweeten the preserves.[12][13]

      Chokecherry is toxic to horses, moose, cattle, goats, deer, and other animals with segmented stomachs (rumens), especially after the leaves have wilted (such as after a frost or after branches have been broken) because wilting releases cyanide and makes the plant sweet. About 10–20 lbs of foliage can be fatal. Symptoms of a horse that has been poisoned include heavy breathing, agitation, and weakness. The leaves of the chokecherry serve as food for caterpillars of various Lepidoptera.[12] See List of Lepidoptera which feed on Prunus.

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