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Alaska News September 19, 2021

James Varsos

Well the cats out of the bag so I had better write something.
The last couple days of the Alaska State Fair I was experiencing sme things that didn’t seem right…mostly intense pain. I then went to play Wyoming for a night and things took a turn for the worse.
When I got back to Nashville I went to the E.R. and was immediately hospitalized. After 3 days of pricks, pokes and probes I was diagnosed with end stage cancer. The cancer (which I didn’t know I had) had spread through my system and had several very, large tumors.
The bottom line is that it is untreatable by chemo/ radiation or surgery. I have been given a short 3 to 6 months to live. Probably more than many get.
Now , with that out of the way I would like to say I am not afraid. I have never feared death as I am good with my Lord. It is however , VERY hard to feel the pain of those I leave behind. Especially that of my beautiful wife of 42 years. This coming on almost immediately after this springs loss of our only child and the tragic death of my beloved daughter in law. I love life but 2021 can go away now…I have had enough.
I have had a very blessed life until recently. I have been able to make a living making people happy , I have been able to live in a State that is the crown of God’s creation , I have seen a great deal of the world and all and all…life has been grand and fulfilling. Keep me in your hearts Alaska as you will be forever in mine.
Nearing the trails end
Hobo Jim

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: ‘You came after me and mine’: Chickaloon woman wants justice after pet ducks slaughtered; Medical, other professionals air grievances over workplace vaccine mandates in listening session and more ->
KINY: Bartlett Hospital CEO resigns and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Juneau business hosts fundraiser for employee’s family in Afghanistan; Amid the pandemic, a sweet success for a salty business in Sitka and more ->
Matt Goff, Sitka Nature: Northern Flicker
The Alaska Stalker – September 18, 2021

Alaskia News September 20, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: FBI, US Justice Department shut down subscription-based computer attack platforms that targeted Alaska; Bean’s Cafe extends meal services at Sullivan Arena and more ->
Alaska Native News: Congressman Don Young Introduces Legislation to Protect Taxpayer Dollars by Holding Failed Federal Contractors Accountable; This Day In Alaska History September 19th, 1903 and September 20th, 1914 and more ->
KINY: American Rescue Plan relief funding application opens for Alaskan businesses; Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute reports dramatic rise in retail sales of seafood and more ->
By Matt Goff, Sitka Nature: Rainy Day Mushrooming and Birding
Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Monday Newsletter – for Alaskans Flags to be lowered for former North Pole Rep. Jeannette James and more ->
FYI on GCI The Future of Connectivity in Alaska.
CEO and Co-Founder Ron Duncan, GCI has been making some bold claims about the future of connectivity in Alaska, including its delivery of 10 gig internet speeds within the next five years. With the recent launch of Alaska’s first 5G service last year, the project to bring fiber broadband service to the Aleutians, 2 gig service turning up in October, and an influx of federal funding, GCI is optimistic about connectivity on the Last Frontier.



Alaska News September 18, 2021

KYUU Alaska’s News Source: Man killed in hit-and-run on Seward Hwy Anchorage police investigate the death of pedestrian in hit-and-run collision on Friday; Scientist samples Anchorage creeks for chemical that could be killing fish; Residents near Sullivan Arena voice concerns about future of mass shelter during rocky transition and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s News Source: Rasmuson fellow will use award for a film script, in Lingít, about dark history of Native boarding school and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: LKSD Wraps Up Audit To Prevent Sexual Abuse In Schools; Local English News: September 17, 2021 and more ->
Fairbnaks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks Fish & Game launch radio telemetry arctic grayling study and more ->
KRBD: Amylon honored posthumously for his service to the community and more ->
Our Third Thirds: A Worrywart Goes on a Road Trip

Alaska News September 17, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Missing 85-year-old blind woman who was inside stolen vehicle found safe; Palmer homeowner holds alleged burglars until authorities arrive after catching them in his home; ‘Go With the Flow’ event to release water from Eklutna Lake into the Eklutna River Since 1929, water from the lake has not flowed naturally downstream uninterrupted and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Anchorage refugee assistance program gets ready for up to 100 people fleeing Afghanistan; New Seacoast Trust endowment will support Indigenous-led conservation and development projects; ‘Amazing to see it happening’: Team Rubicon volunteers help with Haines storm cleanup; Juneau may adopt new hazard maps downtown, but some residents want to wait and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Nearly Half Of Bethel Police Are Unvaccinated And Live Out Of Town. They Could Lose Their Jobs; LKSD Hires Teachers From The Philippines To Address Staffing Shortage and more ->
Alaska Native News: Wasilla Woman being Served Arrest Warrant Burns down House before giving up; Nome disregards court order, continues to delay justice for Clarice “Bun” Hardy; Criminal Charges Filed in Los Angeles and Alaska in Conjunction With Seizures of 15 Websites Offering DDoS-For-Hire Services; This Day In Alaska History September 17th, 1868 and more ->
KRBD: Alaska’s ferry link to Prince Rupert, B.C. looks likely to resume; Men’s march against violence set for Saturday in Ketchikan; Arts Council Report and more ->
Fireside Books presents Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, September 17, 2021

Alaska News September 16, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage man and his dog make lap around the planet, walking over 24,901 miles in the past 8 years; One of the largest Halloween displays is back up in Anchorage and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Juneau’s Bridget Weiss named Alaska’s Superintendent of the Year and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Vocal Minority Of Bethel City Workers Ask For Extension On Vaccine Mandate and more ->
Alaska Native News: APD Investigates Wednesday Night Crash Fatality on 8700-Block of Spruce Brook Street; Multi-Agency Investigation Results in Indictment and Arrest of “Drug Kingpin”; Female Anchorage Driver takes Troopers on Car Chase through Glenn Highway Construction Zone; DCCED Warns Health Care Providers About Scammers Posing as Law Enforcement; This Day In Alaska History September 16th, 1929 and more ->
KFSK: Petersburg school board approves COVID mitigation plan that includes masking at times and more ->
By University of Alaska Fairbanks, Phys Org: Natural cycles in the Gulf of Alaska accentuate ocean acidification
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Get Close Up Views Of Byron Glacier On This Easy Family Trail In Alaska

Alaska News September 15, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: An Unangax girl returns home 125 years after being sent to an East Coast boarding school; Construction crew finds dynamite beneath Sterling Highway; authorities detonate explosive; Recent UAA graduate works on Jupiter moon mission; Inside the Gates: Alaska National Guard continue relief efforts in Lousiana, process Afghan evacuees in New Jersey and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Two more Alaskapox cases reported in Fairbanks area and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council To Weigh School Officer Position; The City Of Bethel Has Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations For City Workers and more ->
Alaska Native News: UAS Evening at Egan Speaker Mischa Jackson to present “Alaska Native Education: The Power of Acknowledgment,” September 17; This Day In Alaska History September 15th, 1904 and more ->
KSTK: LISTEN: Evergreen Elementary students celebrate Grandparents Day and more ->
The Seward Journal: September 15 to 21, 2021

Alaska News September 14, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Intruder shot by North Pole homeowner; man recovers in hospital, troopers say; Bronson’s new plan for mass shelter draws mixed reactions from those who have experienced homelessness; Big bears chow down on giant veggies from the Alaska State Fair and more ->
Alaska Native News: High-Visibility Traffic Enforcement Effort Concludes with DUI Arrests and More; Iditarod welcomes Hilcorp Alaska and Harvest Midstream as new Principal Partners; Plastic ingenuity provides safe river exit; This Day In Alaksa History September 14th, 1916 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: 50-100 Afghan evacuees expected in Alaska, beginning later this month and more ->
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: 15 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Alaska Should Take

Alaska News September 10 & 11, 2021

Alaska Watchman: Governor, Anchorage mayor and religious leaders to speak at ‘God & Country’ 9/11 commemoration
The Cordova Times: Obituary: Nancy Marie Titus
KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Fire crews from Alaska are spread across the US battling blazes; Municipality to end contract with Bean’s Café; long-term future of Sullivan Arena uncertain and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Juneau’s 9/11 memorial and park upgraded in time for 20th anniversary; Gardentalk – Second planting for fall and winter harvests and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Storms And High Winds Projected To Become More Frequent In Western Alaska and more ->
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History September 10th, 1918, September 11th, 1958 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Locals come together to unify a community hit by arson; Alaska Airlines passenger goes viral after being escorted off flight in weight-shaming claim and more ->
KINY: Juneau School Board candidates address academic loss from online classes; Groundbreaking held for Juneau Senior Living center and more ->
KFSK: Festival keynote speaker promotes respectful use of indigenous plants; What local control means for Petersburg medical care What local control means for Petersburg medical care; Buoy tenders next on Coast Guard’s replacement list and more ->
KRBD: Ketchikan Fire Chief Hoage honored for service

Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Friday Newsletter – About those mandates..
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Kayaking This Glacial Lake In Alaska Is What Dreams Are Made Of
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Alaska’s Best Kept Camping Secret Is This Waterfront Spot With More Than 120 Glorious Campsites

Alaska News September 08, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Sorce: Left behind fishing line can be deadly for birds; Parks and Recreation looking for help relocating dog memorial and more ->
KTUU Alaska’s Public Media: Anchorage School Board adds name of pioneering Black educator to Fairview Elementary; Dying Sitka building tells complicated story of clan, culture and history and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Kwethluk And Emmonak Lock Down Again; Bethel Planning Commission Once Again Rejects Hackneys’ Appeal To Keep Bed And Breakfast and more ->
Alaska Native News: Child Dies after being run over on the Alaska Highway Monday; Water Truck Driver Dies in Fatal Rollover on Old Nenana Highway Tuesday; on Child Dies after being run over on the Alaska Highway Monday Ketchikan Man Arrested on Attempted Sexual Assault/Weapons Charges Sunday Morning; Two Arrested on Kidnapping/Armed Robbery Charges at Sutton General Store; Piper PA-12 Crashes 30 Miles West of Tyonek Monday; This Day In Alaska History September 8th, 1906 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Red Cross of Alaska seeks volunteers The American red cross of Alaska is looking for people to help provide disaster relief support.; Two Rivers residents rebuild after home lost to arson and more ->
The Seward Journal September 08 – 14, 2021
Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Wednesday newsletter from the pumpkin spice latte-free zone; MID-AIR COLLISION IN ANCHORAGE, NO ONE HURT; Breaking: Taliban holding planes with Americans on ground, including one chartered by Alaska Native-owned Goldbelt and more ->

Alaska News September 07, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Telling Alaska’s Story: New Juneau mural honors Alaska Native civil rights icon; Anchorage police identify officer whose weapon shot another officer in Lana Court altercation; Event to distribute backpacks and school supplies now has registry online and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: Gardentalk – Tomato plant care and greenhouse modding; Alaska waters can be teeming with giardia, as this science writer knows too well and more ->
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History September 7th, 1915 and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Alaska State Troopers say Fairbanks dispatch receiving high amount of accidental 911 calls; Alaska governor adds nursing, telehealth issues to agenda and more ->
KINY: NOAA to create refernce library of deep-sea sponges in Alaska; Two cars repeatedly ram eachother during chase in Juneau, witness intervenes and more ->
By Anchorage Daily News: Teen golfer wins Anchorage Open, then works a shift at the golf course
By Naomi Gaede-Penner, Peninsula Clarion Contributor: Preserving the past with felt: Ruth Ost Towner Ruthie untwists her thread, straightens her shoulders, reaches for a cup of coffee, and calculates her felt-making outcome.
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Explore The Stunning Worthington Glacier State Recreation Area For An Out-Of-This-World Experience