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Lt. Governor Mallott testifies in front of U.S. Senate Committee on Energy in support of King Cove

No.. 16-28
Contact:
Katie Marquette, Press Secretary – (907) 465-58
Aileen Cole, Deputy Press Secretary – (907) 465-3985

April 14, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC – During a congressional hearing today, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott underscored the Walker-Mallott Administration’s support of a road that could connect the isolated village of King Cove to the nearby community of Cold Bay and provide emergency medical transportation for the residents.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, chaired by Senator Lisa Murkowski, held the hearing to conduct oversight on options for addressing the continuing lack of reliable emergency medical transportation of King Cove, a remote community located in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

As an Alaska Native, hunter, fisherman, and former chair of the Nature Conservancy of Alaska, Mallott said constructing a road between King Cove and Cold Bay is the only viable, long-term and responsible thing to do to ensure the health and safety for those who call the community of King Cove home.

“We need to recognize that we (the people) are as important on this land as anything else,” said Mallott. “For those who live in rural and remote Alaska, those living, breathing human beings who have been there for generations and for those who arrived yesterday and choose and desire to live there for continuing generations-- their reality, their importance, their aspirations, their desire to live on that land needs to be recognized and brought into a proper balance that does not exist today.”

Over the past three decades, scores of King Cove residents have been medically evacuated from King Cove to the nearby community of Cold Bay and, regrettably, more than a dozen individuals have passed away – either due to weather-related aircraft accidents or the inability to obtain timely medical treatment.

Mallott was one of several Alaskans who spoke at the hearing. Speakers included:
Denise Desiderio, Policy Director, National Congress of American Indians; Stanley Mack, Mayor, Aleutians East Borough; Della Trumble, Spokeswoman, Agdaagux Tribal Council and King Cove Corporation; John Whiddon, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.); and Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska Regional Director, The Wilderness Society. [Video link]


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Meet the legally blind UAA student who still has a vision for dance

Carmel Young seems like a typical college student when you first meet her.
The bespectacled 21-year-old chatted about her classes, dance rehearsals and the pressures of finding a job after college while walking through the University of Alaska Anchorage campus on a recent chilly spring afternoon, her brown curls bobbing slightly with each step.

But her vision isn’t what it used to be. Legally blind, she can’t drive anymore, which is frustrating.

While leotards, tights and ballet slippers are part of a phase for many girls, Young’s love of dance didn’t fade as she grew up. She was good at it, it was a challenge and a portal away from everyday life.

But things haven’t been easy. Less than a year after her mother died, she received her own cancer diagnosis.

“It’s exhausting,” she said. “First, you get this diagnosis and you’re just in a whirlwind of emotions and just out of it.”

But dance, and choreography, remains part of her life. She’s a dance minor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and has been busy preparing for this weekend’s showcase, New Dances 2016, for which she is choreographing and performing in a piece called “Love Stories.” Several people were interviewed for it -- a mother talking about her son who has special needs; Young’s sister, who spoke about their mom; a woman whose sister had died of cancer; a young boy who describes his mother; a man who talked about his wife.

Those interviews will play on a screen as Young and five other dancers perform movements inspired by them.

She is one of 10 choreographers and among the many dancers in the performance that’s been months in the making. The pieces are mostly modern and were created by veteran choreographers, UAA faculty and students.

Brian Jeffery, an assistant professor for UAA’s Department of Theatre and Dance, said he’s known Young for a few years and that she “has recently been emerging as a very gifted choreographer.” [Full Source]

Girl Absolutely Nails the National Anthem!


Girl with "CP" (Cerebral Palsy) absolutely crushes the National Anthem! [Made your Humble Editor Shed a Sole Tear] Much better than this Version of Girl with CP

Update on the Floating Missile Boxes

Clinton Cook Sr., of Craig, said he was on the 24-foot charter boat that discovered one of the white containers labeled "guided missile." It was not how he expected to spend his Sunday.

"I seen the data plate," Cook said of the hard plastic box, which was bobbing in the water about seven miles north of Craig. "It said, 'Contains: Guided missile.' And I was like, 'Holy crap.'"

"We need to leave it alone,'" he told the others.

Cook, a longtime Craig resident, said he was traveling to a job site to lay propane pipes in an area called Steamboat Bay when someone on the boat saw the object. They thought it was some kind of float, at first, and planned to motor by until noticing the unusual shape and size.

The container looked to be about 8-feet by 2-feet and was too heavy to lift, Cook said.

Wires could be seen inside, through a hole in the container, he said. The boaters phoned state troopers.

Eric Huestis, assistant harbormaster in Craig, said he saw the containers as well. They were from the 70s and 80s, looked to be fiberblass and had foam inside, he said. [Full Source]

Charlie Chaplin Accidentally Started a Riot While looking for a Restroom in Paris

One afternoon when Charlie Chaplin was in Paris, he slipped away from his hotel to take a walk on the Left Bank. But as he was strolling along the streets he received an urgent call of nature. He stopped to ask a porter where he could find a men’s room, but since he couldn’t speak French and the porter knew no English, he couldn’t get his message across. He then decided to convey his plight by pantomime; he grunted and groaned and wriggled and rolled his eyes to heaven. But he only succeeded in frightening the porter away. He then tried his pantomime on a cab driver, but only managed to amuse him by his antics. 
While Chaplin was working on the cabbie, people began stopping to watch him and soon they were breaking into applause. But just as he was about to lose hoppe, a shopkeeper who knew some English came out of his store and said, “Do you want a job? You could draw in the customers, my amiable citizen.”
”Not a job,” gasped Chaplin, “a toilet!”
Suddenly the shopkeeper recognized him.
”Charlot!” he screamed in ecstasy. “Charlot!” 
At this point Chaplin rushed into the store, found a restroom in back, ran in, slammed the door, and locked it. But the crowd followed him in, shouting his name in French, and began tearing the place apart. First they got the door down and then the walls, and then they began fighting over souvenirs of the occasion. 
Chaplin managed to escape before they started in on his clothes and by the time he got back to his hotel his peristalsis was gone. After that he was always careful about his casual strolls about town. [Source: Boller, Paul F., and Ronald L. Davis. “Comedy.” Hollywood Anecdotes. New York: Morrow, 1987. 246, 247. Print.]

How Dark is Your Personality

Do you have a ruthless streak? Psychologists believe the “dark triad” of personality – Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy – might help you succeed in life. To measure your own dark side, choose how much you agree or disagree with the simple statements below – and we’ll tell you how dastardly you actually are.

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[In Case you are Curious my Results Are:]
Moderately Nefarious 
Like Don Draper, you are moderately nefarious. You walk on the dark side of humanity, but your ruthless streak may just help you get ahead.

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