News archive from 12 November 2015, page 1

Swift Iowa storms wreak havoc across state

Swift Iowa storms wreak havoc across state

FullscreenDamage from intense storms that raked across Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, included damage to the roof of the Wal-Mart in Knoxville. The damage forced officials to evacuate the store and close it to the public until the damage can be...

 

UFC president Dana White coming to Anchorage in search of talented fighters

Alaska Fighting Championship promoter Sarah Lorimer feels like the small-town basketball coach who learns Mike Krzyzewski wants to scout a few practices, or the parish priest who gets a call from the Vatican saying the Pope is coming to Sunday Mass....

 
Aces losing streak hits 5 games with 7-4 loss at Quad City

Aces losing streak hits 5 games with 7-4 loss at Quad City

The Alaska Aces' losing streak continued Wednesday night when they were pierced on the road by several former Alaska Aces. Former Aces winger Raphael Bussieres scored two goals, former Aces winger Olivier Archambault racked three assists and former...

 
Wages: We were better off 10 years ago

Wages: We were better off 10 years ago

DES MOINES — Steve Beck went nearly six years without a raise. The 55-year-old factory worker in Fort Dodge used to routinely get pay bumps in his previous job at an office supply company. But then the owners retired and closed the business. In his...

 
Alaska Gov. Walker downsizes Washington, D.C., office

Alaska Gov. Walker downsizes Washington, D.C., office

Gov. Bill Walker is downsizing Alaska’s office in Washington, D.C., and will help fill in the gaps himself, with his cabinet members and with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Walker announced last month that he was firing the director of the Washington office,...

 
Forward charge: Eddie Izzard brings 'Force Majeure World Tour' to Alaska

Forward charge: Eddie Izzard brings 'Force Majeure World Tour' to Alaska

Comedian Eddie Izzard got an early start. “I was 12,” recalled Izzard in a recent interview with Play. “Everyone was forced into a form review, little sketches, comedy things, singsong. I did a mime about cricket, which is a sport Americans don’t...

 
Nordic ski season returns to Anchorage

Nordic ski season returns to Anchorage

This week’s snowfall means nordic skiing is back in Anchorage. The season began Monday with the first session of the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage’s Junior Nordic program for little kids, but Tamra Kornfield, the NSAA program director, said...

 
Artists show two sides in First Friday openings

Artists show two sides in First Friday openings

A good cook can make more than one kind of soup. And a good artist, it seems, can shine in more than one kind of medium. So we saw in the latest round of First Friday art openings on Nov. 6. Longtime UAA instructor Garry Kaulitz has often surprised us...

 
Lurching 'Lockerbie': Acclaimed play by former Alaskan weakend by misdirection

Lurching 'Lockerbie': Acclaimed play by former Alaskan weakend by misdirection

"The Women of Lockerbie" recounts historical events in dramatic form, but in a format that stretches beyond documentary recitals of facts. One sees elements of classic Greek and Japanese theater in the way that details are described rather...

 

Gov. Walker downsizes Washington, DC, office

Gov. Bill Walker is downsizing Alaska’s office in Washington, D.C., and will help fill in the gaps himself, with his Cabinet members and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Walker announced last month he was firing the director of the Washington office, Kip...

 

Alaska's pricey pipeline negotiator says he's been sent home to South Carolina

The state’s high-priced negotiator on its $55 billion gas pipeline project says he’s been sent home to South Carolina for some “time off” at Gov. Bill Walker’s request, without a return ticket to Alaska. Attorney Rigdon Boykin, who’s paid $120,000...

 

State tests can help us stop fooling ourselves on education

The headlines Tuesday about the new standardized tests taken by nearly 73,000 Alaska students struck a standard theme. "In tougher tests, Juneau students beat state average," the Juneau Empire said about the tests taken last spring....

 
Alaska can't afford another legislative session like the last one

Alaska can't afford another legislative session like the last one

When it comes to Gov. Bill Walker's proposal to use the Permanent Fund as an endowment to fund government, we, the public, cannot just offer the typical knee-jerk reaction, “Don’t touch the PFD.” We must now use the wealth the state has accumulated to...

 
Owning land means working it: Native corporations today live up to Don Wright's vision

Owning land means working it: Native corporations today live up to Don Wright's vision

Alaska author Lael Morgan has a wonderful story about Don Wright, the 1960s-era Alaska Native leader who led the Alaska Federation of Natives through some of the darkest, most discouraging days of the Native claims movement. Wright had been invited to...

 

Alaska state tests can help us stop fooling ourselves on education

The headlines Tuesday about the new standardized tests taken by nearly 73,000 Alaska students struck a standard theme. "In tougher tests, Juneau students beat state average," the Juneau Empire said about the tests taken last spring....

 

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