As our local legislators return to Juneau for the legislative session, we’d like to first wish them well in their travels. Although they’re often criticized for “hiding down in Juneau” on the state’s dime, the work of our elected officials is neither glamorous nor comfortable. Between time spent away from family, long hours in meetings and uncomfortable trips back and forth to Southeast, they’re not exactly living the high life down there. We sincerely wish the best for these citizen representatives who truly sacrifice much of their own comfort for the greater good.
Mother Nature sure has a way of evening things out. Last winter, Southcentral was blessed with seemingly endless amounts of snowfall, providing winter recreation enthusiasts with mountains of fun, fluffy white stuff in which to play.
In memory of Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana M Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeline F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler and Allison N. Wyatt ...
The snow reminds us perforce, when it is falling and before the plows have had a chance at it: Take it easy. Our roads are winding and, in some places, light-challenged, in the best of times. When temperatures are cold enough for visible snow or stealthy black ice, it’s a small matter to go into a skid. Such an eventuality can turn worse, depending on oncoming traffic and what lies along the road.
Nothing speaks to the kindness of the holidays as this timeless editorial, from the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, and written by Francis P. Church, Sept. 21, 1897. We hope you enjoy its reprinting – it likely will appear in newspapers the country over this week – and may you have a safe, happy and heartwarming holiday season.
Every year, we get peppered with questions from young readers asking if we have ever interviewed Santa Claus. Well of course we have! Whenever the Star needs a good source on, say, reindeer behavior or toy maintenance, he’s the first person we call. And most of the time, he’s just as jolly as can be to speak with the media.
That’s the only way to describe news this week that a real-life monster recently walked among us. On Monday the FBI announced Israel Keyes — who police believe killed Anchorage’s Samantha Koenig, 18, in February — was likely a serial killer. The FBI also said it had recovered caches containing “weapons and other items used to dispose of bodies” that Keyes hid in Eagle River and New York for use in future crimes.
Gov. Sean Parnell is asking, on behalf of Alaskans, a full review and disclosure of the facts surrounding the possible relocation of the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to speak at a Spartan Brigade redeployment ceremony for the second time in my career. I was the brigade commander and brought them home from a tough deployment to Iraq in 2006 and now could not have been prouder to welcome them home from Afghanistan as their commanding general.