ANCHORAGE (AP) — When it comes to the voting power of Native populations in the U.S., Alaska comes out on top. Alaska Natives make up 17 percent of Alaska’s voting-age population, the highest percentage of any state, said Malia Villegas, National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center director. Villegas gave a presentation on the Native vote at the joint Alaska Federation of Natives and NCAI conference Wednesday in Anchorage.
A man and a woman live in an old van in our neighborhood. They’ve been living there for over a year. We first noticed the van last winter, parked at the end of the road. We noticed it on the evenings we drove back from the gym. We naively assumed that the van belonged to the house near where it was parked. After a few months, though, we began to wonder, and a few nights later, we noticed a light on inside the van. In the glow of that dim bulb we made out the blurry features of a man and woman sitting in the front seats.
I cannot believe that it’s just a week until Christmas. It seems to have snuck up on me this year. Normally, I start playing Christmas music in November. This year between getting a new phone and a new computer in October, all my playlists were lost. Normally, I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving, but we were out of town. Normally, I go to all the very cool art and craft shows, the Christmas tree lighting, and other fun holiday-themed activities. This year we were out of town, under quarantine for chicken pox, or celebrating birthdays. My husband is a December baby; while my son’s birthday was in November it was postponed because of travel.
The Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership, representing 55 organizations that share an interest in sustaining salmon in the Mat-Su, hosted a conference in November. During the two days of the 2014 Mat-Su Salmon Science & Conservation Symposium, speaker after speaker gave detailed descriptions of recent and on-going projects that are providing baseline data and documenting the scope of impaired salmon habitat in the Mat-Su basin.
It’s been almost four years since we moved to the 49th state, and as a family we have not had the opportunity to visit the mainland. During this time I have missed our family and friends.
It’s Thanksgiving holiday season, time to gather around the table, eat turkey or tofurkey (trust me, it’s not as good as it sounds) and give thanks to the treasures and fortunes of the past year.
My family and I have spent the past week visiting family all over the South. Coming from Alaska they all have lots of questions. Do we live on the tundra? Have I met Sarah Palin? Is life up there really like it is depicted on reality television?
The letter arrived in March. I was summoned for jury duty. The timing could not have been worse. I would have a small baby the week I had been assigned.
Less than two weeks and the torture can end. I am so over political campaign ads. I have had to give up watching the news broadcasts because I cannot take the political ads. If only I could give up talk radio as easily. Even my Facebook feed is sprinkled with ads telling me how my vote should go on November 4.
Anchorage voters have the opportunity to repeal AO 37 during the Nov. 4 election by voting no on Municipal Proposition No. 1. As Anchorage’s former police and fire chiefs, we strongly urge you to vote no.