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Saturday Pathetic Alaska Blogger Update

7:31 pm in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

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Dennis Zaki hasn’t made it to Bethel yet, let alone Emmonak. He is stuck at what he calls the "Jay Hammond International Airport." That’s what a lot of us have begun calling the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. The Weather across Alaska has been ferocious for weeks. First, very cold – now warm, windy and wet.

It looks like three of the four huge low pressure systems that smacked Alaska this past week have done their work, so Dennis may be heading on over to the lower Yukon tomorrow. By the time Bethel and Emmonak and the lower Yukon airports and airfields open, there will probably be a backlog of relief supplies coming in from other Alaska Native villages, the huge Alaska Native community in Anchorage, from donations made through our Alaskans for Truth international relief network (handled by Mudflats, so far), and other sources.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin looked really, really, REALLY pissed Friday, when having to answer a couple of questions at her long-delayed energy plan rollout in Anchorage. When I find video or a still picture of that look, I’ll post it.

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Troopergate Target Walt Monegan Refuses to Rule Out Running Against Palin

8:09 pm in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

Former Anchorage Police Chief and Alaska Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan, speaking Wednesday afternoon in Anchorage, to a group of journalism students, UAA faculty, and community members, refused, when asked whether he might consider running for governor of Alaska, to rule it out.

When asked a third time about this, he stated that he had agreed with his faculty host, not to discuss his political future at the event.

I attended the talk to meet Monegan, a public safety officer I’ve long respected. There were a couple of questions I had hoped to ask, but they weren’t about his political aspirations. The questions on future politics and potential political considerations he might be pondering, took me completely by surprise.

Monegan’s address to the students was mostly about how public safety career professionals need to develop their attitude toward their job as one of service, improvisation, learning and humility. He cited examples from his past that showed he has long created images in his mind about the importance of selflessness in the realm of public service.

In Monegan’s metaphor, using the recent movie, Kingdom of Heaven, as a fixing point, he compared shields of old to modern methods an officer needs to use, once one takes up the "shield" of a police officer. As I listened to Monegan describe this and some of his other examples of personal sacrifice, I got an answer to a question that had probed my mind since his termination as commissioner of Read the rest of this entry →