Oyster Roundup! Mush, Mountains & Miscreants
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We’ve got irons in the fire, and as one of our editors put it, “enough on our plates to feed a third world country.” So enjoy a platter of newsy sliders to tide you over until we get back into full swing this weekend.
The Yukon Quest 1,000 mile international sled dog race starts on Saturday in Whitehorse, Yukon. It’s a tough field this year, and fans are gearing up for what should be an exciting competition. It will be easier to track your favorite musher and team with a little extra item that will be mounted on each sled – a small tracking device.
The trackers, which are mandatory gear for the 26 entrants in this year’s Quest, allow virtual spectators to follow sled dog teams on the Internet. While mushers are grinding their way through 1,000 miles of frigid trails starting Saturday, fans of the race can get an up-to-the minute update on the location of their favorite teams.
Oops. Looks like our old friend Dan Coffey had a bad week. Despite being hired as a lobbyist, portraying himself as a lobbyist, saying he was going to register as a lobbyist, and lobbying while being a lobbyer… Mr. Coffey not only failed to register as a lobbyist, he donated money to 20 legislative candidates, which is a no-no if you are a lobbyist. Then, in true Coffey style, he tried to worm his way out of an APOC fine by saying that he’d had less than 10 hours lobbying in a 30-day period, so he didn’t need to register. But he “forgot” to count all the lobbying apart from actual face-to-face meetings with legislators – not the time he spent with legislative staff members, or Parnell administration officials, and he didn’t include communications other than meetings. “Nice try,” said APOC and slapped him with a $12,000 fine. It could have been more than 3 times more. For all the details, click HERE.
A lot, if you have skin in the game on the Mt. McKinley vs. Denali showdown. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has again proposed legislation to restore the continent’s tallest peak to its original Athabascan name “Denali,” which means “The Great One.” Nothing against President William McKinley, but as far as presidents go, he was hardly “The Great One.” He never even saw the peak which bears his name, and he wasn’t even the President when the mountain was renamed in his honor by a gold prospector, because McKinley championed the gold standard rather than silver. But many know the mountain only as McKinley, and Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio (birthplace of Wm. McKinley) has already introduced his own legislation to keep the name McKinley.
It’s finally starting to make the news – tons of debris from the Japanese tsunami of 2011 is washing ashore on Alaska’s beaches. Alaska, with more coastline than the rest of the US combined, and with most beaches being remote and difficult to access, there are unique and overwhelming challenges.
He said Ruedrich is trying to prevent Millette from taking over. Part of that effort, he alleges, are the complaints filed by the GOP against Millette and Brown trying to stop them from taking over. Ross said the complaints should be dismissed.
“The divisive actions of our current chairman and certain members of the SEC are causing grave harm to our beloved GOP,” Ross wrote. He said some members of the executive committee are “sowing the seeds of our party’s destruction.”
We can only hope.