907 Updates July 05, 2018

Girdwood Forest Fair Safety Tips

5 tips from the Girdwood Fire Department to help keep you safe when you visit Forest Fair this weekend.

Drive the speed limit, obey the parking signs. Park the car and take advantage of the free local Girdwood shuttle bus.
Tune into 88.9 FM KEUL, Glacier City Radio from Bird to Hope to listen to Forest Fair live and get updates on traffic.
Be bear aware, Girdwood has many resident black and brown bears. If you are camping or renting a cabin in Girdwood, keep all food indoors or in bear proof containers. These are available to rent from the Glacier Ranger District in Girdwood and other outdoor rental locations in Anchorage. Do not keep food in tents. Do not run from bears. Know how to use bear spray.
Keep hydrated. If you need us, please call 911 and give a good description of where you are, and give firefighters room to work.
Report any fires or fireworks. As Always fireworks are illegal. NO open fires this weekend.
By Devin Kelly: Record heat prompts Anchorage-area burn bans, fireworks restrictions
By Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Young woman found, alive, after a camper helped save her life
Confiscate all liquor and automobiles~
By Mary Simton: AST: Drunk driver runs over, kills girlfriend

Confiscate all Machete’s~

By Mary Simton: Machete-wielding man threatens good Samaritan in Fairbanks
By Anchorage Daily News: Minnesota woman fatally buried under collapsing snow formation in Portage Valley
By Anchorage Daily News: 5-year-old killed by falling rock during family hike near Valdez
By Mary Simton: Body ID’d in Carr-Gottstein Park mudflats death
By Cameron Mackintosh: Woman charged by brown bear near Muldoon neighborhood
By Derek Minemyer: Alpenglow Elementary students raise money for their vandalized school
Write a song!
By Devin Kelly: Anchorage car thieves are targeting Subarus. This man’s was stolen twice in one week.
By Alex DeMarban: Searchers find bodies of missing hikers in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
By Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media: Junior runners battle heat at Seward’s 91st Mount Marathon Race on Wednesday
The Anchorage Daily News: Photos: Mount Marathon 2018
By Anchorage Daily News: Complete results for the 2018 Mount Marathon Race

Crime, Punishment, Personal responsibility and Financial assets?

By Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – Juneau: New law gives judges more discretion when setting bail

“People were being held in custody and in jail simply because they were poor,” said Alaska Public Defender Quinlan Steiner of the original bail system. He said judges were making decisions that had little to do with whether or not people were likely to show up for their court hearings.

John Skidmore directs criminal prosecutions for the state of Alaska and says other states have used scores to set bail. But, “what no state did other than the state of Alaska was to make it mandatory that the risk assessment tool absolutely controlled the judge’s discretion.”
By Michelle Theriault Boots: Feel like a swim? Here’s the lowdown on Anchorage lakes
By Mary Simton: Paradise Inn tree could be yours via auction
By Mary Simton: Fire engulfs building near Midtown
By Daybreak Staff: 500 men walk, run, bike for cancer awareness
The run is five or two miles, and takes place Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at the Anchorage Football Stadium.

To register and learn more, head to alaskamensrun.com.
By Carey Seward: This Countryside Restaurant In Alaska Has The Most Stunning View
Comments on these books? What do you think of ebooks and audiobooks? Personally, I love ebooks! The print doesn’t fade, the pages don’t yellow or fall out, you can increase the font size, they can be a lot less expensive than printed books, more authors are available, they take up a lot less space, and on and on. Audio books = sleep. I have tried a few different audio books (subject, narrator, etc.) and they just put me to sleep.
The Cunningham Family: 2018 Reading Goal: Mid-Way Check In
We are halfway through 2018 now, (I can’t believe it!) and I wanted to check in with my yearly reading goal. First, I am on Good Reads now, and I’d love to be friends on there. (Click the link to find my profile.) It’s fun to keep track of my goals and books I want to read in the future on there. I feel so late to the party. Ha! I am also listening to more audio books than ever, using the Overdrive app to check out books from my library and listen for free.

I have discovered this year, however, that as I gave up nursing in January, I no longer have an interest in reading ebooks. I far prefer “real” books. I just love them most!

So far this year, six months in, I have read 36 books. My goal is 60, so I feel confident I will make my goal. I want to share with you three books I think you should read, three I think you should listen to, and three that I think you should skip.