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731 I Street, Suite 102 Anchorage AK 99501 (907) 561-7737 Fax: (907) 561-7777 ANCHORAGE PRESS Publisher Emeritus Nick Coltman General Manager Clare Tilley Editor Cody Liska Staff Writer Ammon Swenson Calendar Editor Alejandra Buitrago Page design Bethany Strunk Matt Hickman Advertising Account Executives Karen Edes Bridget Mackey Circulation Director Cody Liska WICK COMMUNICATIONS ALASKA Publisher Dennis Anderson Regional Sales Development Manager Tia Conley Editor Matt Hickman Advertising Coordinator Candice Helm Advertising Account Executives Petra Albecker Tawni Davis Nicole Anderson The Anchorage Press is an news, opinion, features, arts, entertainment and recreation paper. Established in 1992, the Press is printed weekly on Thursdays and distributed throughout Anchorage and the surrounding area. Copyright: the Anchorage Press is published by Wick Communications Co. With the exception of syndicated features and cartoons, the contents of the Anchorage Press are copyright 2016 by Anchorage Press. No portion may be reproduced in whole or in part systems without the permission of the publisher.











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ast Thursday, around midnight, I heard two gunshots ring out in Fairview. It was 7 degrees outside and the fog had lifted, if only for a few hours. No sirens followed the gunshots. Later that day, around 3:30 p.m., a man jumped to his death off a downtown parking garage. The gunshots from that morning were a reminder of the year we just left behind–a violent one that claimed more homicides than any other in Anchorage’s history. It was difficult not to interpret the body lying in the alley as foreshadowing the year ahead. A friend told me that someone ran into the alley and began snapping photos of the newly dead man with an iPhone like some ambulance-chasing Nightcrawler. Later that evening, when I got home and had time to reflect on the day, I remembered a conversation I had last year with Allan Barnes, a Professor of Justice at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He told me that an upswing in crime and violence is never caused by one variable, but that it is the outcome of many variables. Unemployment is one of those variables. “Unemployment rates used to be related to crime rates dead-on,” Barnes told me. Population is another. “We generally think the more people that exist, the more crime that [a community] should have,” he added. Guns: “There are people today who might say that it’s safer if everybody is carrying a gun everywhere you go–at church so you don’t have church shootings or schools so you don’t have school shootings, grocery stores, wherever. And that seems to fly in the

face of historical perspective.” Crime, climate, oil prices, insurance, leadership, the economy, there’s no end to these variables and the outcome of their constant weight on the shoulders of society. If there’s one unifying link between these variables, it’s change–for better or for worse. When I was a kid, growing up in Anchorage in the 90’s, our Halloween costumes had to fit over our snowsuits. Back then, we wore snow gear because it actually snowed in town. Cul-de-sacs were filled with it, plowed into conical heaps. I haven’t seen heaps of snow like that in Anchorage for at least three years now. Growing up as a snowboarder, these are the kinds of things you notice when you drive around town–the things that are and the things that are not. But the past always seems sweeter because time has allowed embellishment to retool memories for the sake of physical and mental preservation. (In my mind, Fireweed Theatre still exists and Burger Town never burned down.) We can’t do that with the present, though, because that’s where we live. It’s where everything happens. Our city is changing and it’s up to its people to determine which way it swings. The Press, for its part, will be making a shift toward providing content that better represents, informs and entertains the city and the people of Anchorage. Small changes that will eventually amount to a rebuilding. So, if you notice something missing that you’d like brought back–a column or a section–let us know. And, as always, if you’re interested in commenting, contributing or just talking shit, you can reach me at If you need me, I’ll be at the Press office asking our contributors for answers to hard questions.

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shura in Dahiyeh, the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon. Here, the 10th day of Muharram commemorates the day that Hussein and his army were massacred during the battle of Karbala in 680 AD. But today it has a larger meaning for Hezbollah; as their role in the war in neighboring Syria drags on, many are fighting and dying to prevent Bashar al-Assad's regime from collapsing, and to protect not only their own interests, but Iran's as well and Russia's newly vested military presence in the region. They also march in solidarity with those being killed in the war in Yemen, a war that mirrors the divide amongst regional powers in the Middle East, particularly between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as the two, backed by various world powers on each side, continue to fuel the brutal war in Syria that is about

Michael Downey is an independent journalist based between the Middle East and the U.S., covering conflict, culture, politics and current events. His writing, photography and film work has been featured on the BBC, Channel 4 UK, Rolling Stone, amongst other publications and organizations. He is originally from Anchorage. Follow him on social media: @michaeldowneyphoto on Instagram or @mgdowney on Twitter.

ekaa Valley, Lebanon – Lately, whether it's in the news or in public, you hear a lot of politicians, public figures or even ordinary people across the world vilifying refugees, blaming them for their countries woes or wrongly painting them with a wide brush, labeling them as "terrorists" who are secretly ISIS – an absurd notion considering the amount of screening refugees are required to go through as they are vetted, first through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), then if they're the lucky 1 percent that get approved for resettlement and if they happen to apply to move to the U.S., they are then handed off to the State Department, who then have additional agencies (the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), FBI, Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Defense) run background checks, interviews and other screenings in an exhaustive process that can usually take two years. Whenever I hear someone say something against refugees, I remind them not only of that process, but of the horrors they've had to endure and the lengths they went to escape the indiscriminate barrel bombs, the sieges of cities where children starve and the countless brutal tragedies that happen everyday as innocent civilians are caught in a brutal war. I think back on this photo I took in 2012, of this mother holding her child while waiting to register with the UNHCR after arriving from Homs, Syria. Less than a week had passed since they fled their home, which was destroyed by government airstrikes. They'd just arrived in Lebanon, after having to walk most of the way when they were forced to abandon their car due to fighting, which contained what few belongings they had left.


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What trends have you seen in the industry?


One pretty big trend that I’ve noticed has definitely coincided with Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty Shades of Grey BDSM accessories have been getting a lot more popular.

et’s be honest, people have sex. Your biological parents had sex, and at one point probably did it all the time. Maybe they still do. In consensual situations it’s a healthy, normal activity for adults to take part in, but even in sexually healthy relationships the mention of bringing toys into the mix can still make some people bashful. That’s why we talked to Caitlyn Peterson. She works at the Look which, among other things, carries a wide array of gadgets and devices that can help people spice up their sex lives. She says that one of the reasons for taking the job was wanting to help promote sexual health and sex positivity. Here’s our conversation about what it’s like to sling sex toys for a living. What are some of the misconceptions about buying and selling sex toys? The biggest misconception is that we’re going to be judgmental or that there’s a certain type of person who comes in here or who uses these kinds of things. People come in and they’ll say something like, “I’ve been sitting in the parking lot, amping myself up to not be afraid to come in here.” What I would really like to get across is that anyone from any background can come in here and feel comfortable shopping for whatever they want without judgement.

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I’ve heard from various people that Fifty Shades of Grey paints the BDSM lifestyle in a way that isn’t rooted in reality and isn’t how typical BDSM relationships occur. I’ve never read it, but can you comment on that? The thing to keep in mind with Fifty Shades of Grey is that it is—above all things—a fantasy. For people who liked it and who enjoyed the writing and who enjoyed living out that fantasy, it has a lot of positives. It helped a lot of people get in touch with and learn the names of things that they might have been interested in. So, I’d say it’s a net positive. I’ve never read the whole thing either, but I’ve heard about it and it does have some troubling issues. Issues of consent—issues of pushing people’s boundaries, issues of pushing their consent—things that should remain relegated to the fantasy world. But I like to think of Fifty Shades as sort of a stepping stone for people to use, because if they read the book and they enjoyed the book, they can sort of use it to find out a more practical, safe way to live out their fantasies or to live out that lifestyle.

A FRANK AND MOSTLY VANILLA CONVERSATION ABOUT SELLING SEX TOYS It’s very important in BDSM or in kink, to be fully consensual, risk-aware. Understanding that if someone says “no” or has limits, you have to stop. In the movie, she signs a contract and gives up all bodily autonomy, but in real life that’s just not practical. So, you sort of have to understand that, as fantasy, it’s nice and as a fantasy it’s sexy, but in real life you need to be more safe and sane and practical about what you do. Do you have any typical questions that people ask when they first come in? Everyone comes in and they’re looking for something different. I’ve found that a lot of people ask for specific materials that they like. They ask if we have anything made of silicone or anything made out of rubber, or people who have seen something or read something that they liked ask if we have anything that can help them play out that fantasy in real life. What have you learned about society by doing what you do? I’ve learned to never judge a book by its cover, and that underneath it all, everyone is pretty much the same. We get both genders [coming into The Look], anywhere from their mid-twenties to their late-forties usually. We’ve had some customers in their seventies or eighties even.

Where do you see the future of sex toy technology heading? I see a general trend towards smartphones being involved. Instead of coming with a basic remote, you download [an] app and the smartphone becomes a very specifically adjustable remote. I’ve also found that a lot of sex toys are working to address the issue of long-distance relationships or simulated sex through the use of technology. I see the future of the industry connecting partners, even if you don’t have the benefit of skin to skin intimacy. We have things like wearable vibrators that your partner can use from around the world–if you’re in a long-distance relationship, through the use of the app, you can have control of the vibrator or they just came out with a duo—a sleeve and a dildo that work in unison for a partner or a pair of partners in a long-distance relationship. Anything else you’d like to add? I think that the most important thing to clarify is that this is really a judgment-free area. I feel like everyone should feel comfortable and at ease coming in, even if this is your first time at a sex shop. We get a lot of people who either say, “oh, this is going to be such a weird question” or “oh, this is going to be such a weird request.” And really none of it is weird—or all of it is weird. There’s nothing that people would need to be afraid to ask us about because everything in here is a learning experience.





whether the assembly will ultimately amend its proposed CUP so that its setback requirements match the states, or not. Currently, the CUP requires each facility be 100-feet from the nearest property line. Alaska Precision sits 22-feet from the nearest property line. The nearest structure of his nearest neighbor is a chicken coop a couple hundred feet away from the property line through thick brush and forest, and farther up from that, a house, barely visible. The small structure the limited cultivation facility is in lies on the high ground of the mostly swamp-filled five acres Straub owns. He could build another 500-square-foot “tin can” closer to the swamp and next to the current structure, he said. But it would cost upward of $10,000 to build and relocate, and get approved. He’s hoping the borough will approve changes to the state’s 50-foot setback requirements, and that he’ll be able to finally operate. “It’s like getting everything you need to do a job, and going seven months without a paycheck,” he said.

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Sara Williams, chair of the Mat-Su Marijuana Advisory Committee and owner of a small business that provides consultation services to marijuana start-ups, said she’s hoping the CUP will be amended in a way that fits what she called more common-sense considerations for cultivators who are operating essentially in the middle of nowhere without a likelihood of adverse impact to the surrounding area. She said she would like limited cultivation facilities–the smaller marijuana grow operations categorized as “limited” under state regulations–be exempted from the CUP and instead have the planning commission consider each one on a case-by-case basis, similar to what it currently does for alcohol licenses. She said she’d also like to see setbacks modified to be in line with what the state requires– including 50-feet instead of 100 from the nearest property line–and for the manner of counting the distance also to be brought in line with the state, measuring from the front door instead of the corner of the building the business is in. That kind of amendment would mean businesses such as Green Degree on

2610 Spenard Rd, near Fireweed

Knik Goose Bay Road would be in compliance with the CUP and could go forward with their businesses. Williams also expressed frustration with the delays in getting a local regulatory system set up for marijuana businesses. A proposition to ban marijuana businesses in the borough was defeated in Oct. 2016 by a wide margin, but delays have contributed to a state-wide shortage of available product for marijuana retailers eager to get off the ground. Both Williams and Straub broke down in tears at points during their interviews, a frustration that echoed what occurred at the assembly Dec. 20 meeting, when members of the public both in favor of marijuana businesses and those urging caution seemed barely able to hold back tears during the general comments portion. “I’m already prepping my speech,” Williams said. “I’m ready to light a fire under this assembly, to have economic freedom for people to have their businesses and dreams, whether they choose to do it with this plant. We’ve got nothing left to lose.”

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t the far end of Willow, an hour and a half outside of Wasilla, David Straub’s 500-square-foot limited marijuana cultivation facility sits on his five-acre lot. The former dog musher and carpenter from Kansas moved to Alaska in 1997 to follow a dream to run in the Iditarod, and has stayed ever since. It’s obvious that Straub has taken pride in his work on the small facility. The clean, three-room space includes a production and packaging area in a garage, a room for raising young plants, and a flowering room for mature plants. He points to a ventilation system that exceeds state standards, with a carbon filtration system, that cleans the air for the space, fully, about once every minute. He shows me the security system, required by state licensing regulations, with about 10 cameras feeding to a separate security room. Every step in production at the limited cultivation facility must be videotaped at all times, according to the state regulations, and a security system must also include views of the outside of the facility with face-recognition capability at 200 feet minimum. He pets a puppy as he shows me the security room, the youngest in a pack of several guard dogs he owns, a special breed from the Czech Republic. They make a ruckus from inside their pens when I walk in–they seem security enough for the establishment, which is called Alaska Precision. Straub loves breeding dogs, and he’s a wellversed devotee to what he calls the art of marijuana growing and husbandry. But so far, Alaska Precision is missing one thing that makes a marijuana cultivation facility: actual marijuana plants. That’s because the Mat-Su Borough has yet to put its proposed conditional-use permit in place for marijuana businesses. A speedy process to get the permit in place last December was halted when the borough clerk realized her staff had failed to provide adequate public notice for the public hearing on the CUP planned for Dec. 20, after she returned from a vacation just before the assembly meeting. Noting that hosting a public hearing without adequate notice would be illegal, the borough changed the date of the hearing for Jan. 10. It’s another in a long line of delays for Straub and other marijuana cultivators in the Valley who have received their state licenses and are waiting on the borough to decide on its local regulations. It’s been seven months since Straub received his state license for Alaska Precision, he said. That’s put him in limbo waiting to find out

David Straub, owner of Alaska Precision, discusses different types of light wavelengths needed for different stages in marijuana cultivation in the flower room, designed for mature plants.



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Budding Industry. By Whitney Branshaw


hat exactly is it about the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) process that is holding marijuana business up? After some very in-depth research and many upset phone calls, it seems to be that the Title 21 Land Use Code is the root of the issue. Title 21 comes from years and years of developmental history in Anchorage. “The first zoning ordinance in Anchorage was adopted all the way

back in 1946,” says Margret O’Brien, Planner of the Day at the Economic and Community Development Planning Division. “This identified parcels of land that would be affected by zoning. This has been amended throughout the history of Anchorage, as it incorporated other areas of the city. The Greater Anchorage Borough of Anchorage and City of Anchorage merged, becoming the Municipality of Anchorage in 1976. Title 21 has a long and complex history that spans across decades and decades of developing Anchorage.” When I mention that I’m doing a story on marijuana businesses in Anchorage, she immediately refers me to Erika McConnell down at City Hall. Erika works for the Office of Economic and Community Development in Land Use and Development and has been a part of the regulatory process surrounding marijuana businesses as they move through the MOA process. She answers the phone after one ring and I introduce myself. To my surprise, she knows who I am and references my last column down to the title. (Alright Erika, I see you too!) We begin talking about the concerns I brought to light and she begins sharing her views on

why marijuana businesses are struggling with the process: “I think one of the main issues surrounding the difficulties that these people are having is that they aren’t familiar with the regulatory process. Because of this, they are getting into properties that have not had successful businesses start up because of the issues associated with bringing a building up to code. The lack of options for funding also compounds onto this problem, as by the time they reach the MOA they are at the end of their financial rope, per se. I don’t think that people were thinking ahead to Title 21, change of use permits or Special Land Use permits.” So, wait, I just lost my train of thought concerning Title 21. Did anyone else pick up on the tone of that statement? Because I did and I can’t help but interpret that as being pushed into the “stupid stoner” bracket. Wouldn’t it make more sense, what with the financial risk involved–think of your kid’s college fund, retirement accounts and your life savings–and the lack of access to funding that people would be even more meticulous in their planning? I don’t think folks aren’t paying attention–every single business I have encountered has a meticulous plan

and they often search for a location for months before settling on one that will be easiest to work with the city on. That is what drives their location choice, working with the MOA and following the state regulations surrounding the industry. I’m still trying to wrap my head around what is really going on here. We continue talking and discussing the possible conspiracy theories regarding people behind the scenes not wanting to see marijuana businesses operate successfully in our city. “From everything that I’ve seen and encountered with this process through the MOA and the Anchorage Assembly, I don’t believe that marijuana businesses are being treated any differently than other businesses trying to open in the city. This is what it is to do business in Anchorage,” Erika says. At this point, Erika and I decide to meet in person on January 19 at City Hall. There, we’ll go over some of my questions and hear from the MOA in hopes of dispelling any confusion surrounding these issues. I thank her for her time and hang up the phone. Still, I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth. Many of the people I have had the pleasure to meet and work with in this industry are average,



hardworking people. They’re smart. They’re thorough. They have raised their family in this community. They are competent. They are driven and many have opened businesses in Anchorage that have nothing to do with marijuana and have navigated that process just fine. So, what gives? Why the confusion and runaround? I call Jana Weltzin, cannabis attorney extraordinaire, and ask her if I heard Erika right. “Whatever the city’s opinion on the intelligence of these businesses is, the reality is that over 100 businesses have applied to operate in the last 6 months and only a handful are actually operating. To me, that indicates not a failure of the user of the system, but a failure of the system. This is just another sign that the system is inherently flawed.” Apparently, I heard Erika right. We just aren’t smart enough to think ahead and slog through the process like everyone else. I know I strayed from talking about Title 21 and the havoc it has wreaked on any new business in Anchorage. Next week I’m attempting to untangle that knot by meeting with the city. Whitney Branshaw can be reached at



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f you’re like me, you’ve read, watched or heard just about every hunting story and watched every show about Alaska. All or most of those shows portray one of the many seasonal hunts located in a desolate, secluded spike camp deep in the middle of nowhere. This story, however, is about a little-known hunt located in the middle of the largest city in Alaska–Anchorage. Each year, there are Lottery Hunts and Draw Hunts. This is where Alaska residents and non-resident disabled veterans can apply for a handful of what I refer to as “special hunts.” These hunts are reserved to areas not open during the normal hunting seasons or in areas where only lottery winners can go. One of these hunts is what the military calls DM426. DM426 is on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. It’s the epitome of a luxury hunt. The hunting area is almost a thousand square miles. With all that space, you would think that finding a moose of any sex in the allotted 30 days would be a gimme. *** It was about 8 a.m. when I rolled out of my nice warm bed to a phone call from my buddy, Joe. “You up,” a rude voice asked. Lying through my teeth, I said, “I’ve been up since 6, you lazy moron. Get your tail over here and let’s go kill something!” I threw a pack-sled and all my cold weather gear into the back of my truck and tapped my temp gage to make sure I was reading it right. I was. Minus seventeen and dropping fast. We were about to be in an area on the eastside of Anchorage, alongside the mountains, which meant it would be even colder there. I grabbed my seal and beaver skin hat and headed out the door. After topping-off on fuel and getting some health food at McDonalds, we headed for the gate. I tapped on the temperature gage again. “Bummer,” Joe said after taking a sip of coffee and looking at the gage, which now read minus twenty-three. It was about 9:15 a.m. when we finally rolled ourselves out of the truck and into the sub-zero wilderness. Geared up, we looked like two scruffy Michelin men in camo. I could barely move as we made our way under the pole of the locked gate and into the hunting area. Good news was, we were the only ones out here; Bad news was, we were the only ones out here. It was just starting to snow when we made our way down the unplowed access road. The snow was just below our knees. Thick, wet and deep, each step was exhausting as we struggled to lift our legs completely out of each hole and into the next. Snowshoes were out of the question due to the type of dense brush and tree-covered terrain we would be going through. The temperature was holding steady at about minus twentyfive when Joe picked up the first tracks. Looked like a lone bull that came up and over the road, then went back into the thicket. Judging by the feel of the powdery soft edges of the imprint, the tracks were fresh. Everything was completely covered in snow from a recent snowstorm; it was like something out of a winter wonderland post card. Like God had dusted everything with white powdered-sugar. Beautiful beyond words. Unfortunately, it was also a hunter’s worst nightmare–besides not being able to see anything, the snow acts like a natural sound barrier where you can hear a gnat fart in. Prior to getting hammered with snow, we had a major ice storm which left about a twoinch layer of ice below. So, in addition to the cold and not being able to see 10-feet in front of us, it sounded like we were walking on broken glass with every step we took. I was only a few yards in when I spotted a young bull straight in front of me. He was standing there, feeding on the leaves and twigs of some dead fall birch. I thought for sure he was going to bust me–he was no more than 25-yards from me–but he just continued feeding like I wasn’t even there. I drew a 29” 5575 Gold Tip arrow with a Slick Trick 100 grain broadhead from my quiver and slowly placed the shaft inside my frost-covered whisker biscuit. Then, right when I was leveling my bow to make nocking the arrow a little easier, he looked up at me. I stood motionless, my eyes almost closed so he couldn’t catch me blinking. “Whew, that was close,” I thought as I continued trying to nock my arrow. His back was turned now and he was quartering left to right when the arrows nock finally met the string. Next thing I knew, the bull flew up and over a pile of logs and disappeared into the snow-covered forest. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught another moose stepping into the picture. I steadied my 20-yard pin on her, but she darted off in the direction of the bull. I followed her at full-draw the best I could, but it was like watching an old 8 mm movie–her image flashed repeatedly through the open holes in the snow-choked


brush. I gave her my best bull grunt and, to my surprise, she stopped right in her tracks. However, the only thing I had now was a neck shot inside a radius of about 6” at over 50-yards. Standing in waist-high snow and at full-draw, her dark brown neck was sitting just below my 50 pin; my frozen, gloveless finger began to squeeze the trigger when I heard the bull call out. And the next thing I saw were two cows in my sights: the one I had the bead on and another that came out of nowhere. They were both running left to right as I dropped my 30-yard pin, again, on the first cow. She disappeared behind the first, so I switched my sights to the other cow. Both in a full run now, I followed their flashing silhouettes the best I could, just waiting for one to stop, but they never did. And like the bull before them, they disappeared silently into the white of the forest. I never saw hide nor hair of those three again. Before I knew it, it was closing day. Between all of us–Joe, Joe’s uncle Karl, our buddy Sam and myself–we had spent almost 20 of the allotted 30 days in the woods on this hunt. Joe and I laughed about how this has been one of the longest, most grueling hunts either one of us had done in a long time. Hell, hunting brown bear on Kodiak was almost easier. Today would be day 21 and it was time for something to die. “And this is the day,” I thought. We had just slid our bikes through the west gate and were making our way down to one of the firing ranges when we picked up our first fresh tracks of the day. What looked like a cow and calf had made their way along the road, weaving in and out to grab at the alders. Their tracks went in next to a creek surrounded by more snow-packed alders. Why don’t you go around to the access road in back and I’ll see if I can get in here,” I whispered to Joe. “Maybe we can stir them up.” As I stood there contemplating how to get through the labyrinth of what appeared to be some really pissed-off snow-covered alien plant life, I watched a cow and calf shake snow off the trees as they busted out of their hiding place just yards from where I stood. It had warmed up to minus five. I was riding to the end of Bulldog Trail when I saw a dark brown blur running through the woods. At first, I thought it was people–we were really close

to a housing area–but it turned out to be a nice, big bull and he was on the wrong side of the road. He spotted me pretty quick when I locked up my squeaky brakes, but went right back to eating. It was almost like he knew I couldn’t touch him until he crossed the road. After throwing my bike to the side of the road, I slowly made my way towards the bull. I scanned for a place where he might cross, made a guess and hunkered down just 70-yards from him. All I needed now was for him to cross. “Just step over here, Mr. Moosey, and let me put you in my freezer,” I said under my breath. But he just stood there. Minutes turned to hours and I began to question my motives and methods. And then, just like that, he laid down. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” I thought as he looked right at me. I crossed to the other side of the road and stood 65-yards from him. I thought that might get him to move. But no, he just laid there watching me as if to say, “not today, Buckwheat.” And he was right. Not today. It’s highly illegal to harass, corral or coax the game in any way, so all I could do was watch and wait for him to make a move. But that damn bull never got back up, at least not for me. I got back to my house at about 7:30 that night and was thinking about what I had done to anger the hunting gods. All the mistakes and missed opportunities were flooding my mind. This hunt was supposed to be a gimme. I made my way downstairs and down a hallway filled with years and years of hunting memories. As I sat there looking at those pictures, I realized that all of them had one thing in common: the smile on my face. Even during the unsuccessful hunts, I was still smiling. Somehow, during this trip, during the last thirty days, I had forgotten to smile. I had forgotten everything that I learned and became obsessed with the kill. And that’s not what the hunt is about. I stared endlessly at the wall. A successful hunt isn’t always about the kill. Success comes in many forms. My crazy friends and I trudge through the worst elements on this planet in search of just one dumb moose. We fight off freezing temperatures, ice storms, waist deep snow, illness, injuries. We’re successful in that we enjoy each other’s company and camaraderie. With only one thing left to do, I cracked the cap on the Maker’s Mark and toasted the next hunt.

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trying to make Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grow with me. I plan to keep making Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the [bar] people come back to. I plan on hanging out for a while.â&#x20AC;? Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is growing and she came back. The bulk of my formative beer years were spent at Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I have no formal ties to the place, but I helped pull the first set of beer lines from the cooler to the taps at the bar. My dollarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still hanging on a wall there somewhere. I was Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first customer. All of this was under Ramirezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever watchful eyes. She told me where I was wrong and told me where I was right. Our occasional encounters since she left have always been familial; we go back a long way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I got a little itchy. I went through some sort of midlife crisis, or however you want to categorize it. I think I needed a little bit of an adventure. I wanted to try something different to see how it fit,â&#x20AC;? says Ramirez of the amicable split 10 years ago. Since then, she had a four year stint as the general manager at La Mex. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From La Mex, I did something completely different. I went to the Anchorage Daily News as an advertising rep,â&#x20AC;? she says. Ramirez worked for the Anchorage Press after that, doing ad sales. Her absence brought some things into focus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I miss the camaraderie,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camaraderie outside of the bar and restaurant industry, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem as tight. Being away from Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was fun and different and it was all still kind of in my wheelhouse, but as good as they were to me, Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was always home.â&#x20AC;? The real impetus for her return is a message for all of us: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know I was coming back. I had some pretty serious health issues this year. After actually not dying and recovering from that, I realized I needed to do something my heart and soul is into and something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m vested in. I hate to be clichĂŠ, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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no place like home,â&#x20AC;? Ramirez says of her return to Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We caught up on a few things. I told her about my oppressive day job that keeps me at work seven days a week. Ramirez scolded me, reminding me of the importance of a healthy work/life balance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if you absolutely love

ly Subzeroâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;and the Williwaw complex across F Street, are newer editions to the empire. More are on the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know it will be a hell of a ride,â&#x20AC;? Ramirez says. But it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be at the hectic pace she lived during Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formative years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a well-greased machine now. We all know

Being away from Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was fun and different and it was all still kind of in my wheelhouse, but as good as they were to me, Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was always home. your job, you have to find that balance. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lying on your death bed, the regrets you have are not the ones you think you will,â&#x20AC;? she told me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being back at Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is restorative for me; I feel home now.â&#x20AC;? Ramirez left a cozy bar and restaurant and is returning to an empire. Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is now the original bar/restaurant. Flattop Pizza and Pool, Bootleggers 8 Star Saloonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;former-

what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all able to have lives outside of our occupations, which is obviously super important to me.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be doing pretty much what I did before,â&#x20AC;? says Ramirez of her returning role. Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has a marketing team in place and Ramirez isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t replacing or displacing anyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The marketing team has a great handle on everything and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to dis- â&#x20AC;˘ 274-0074

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rupt. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just looking forward to working with them. I have a lot to learn.â&#x20AC;? Ramirez is bringing along the wealth of her experiences from her time away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gained an appreciation for what I had. I bring back more maturity and more common sense. Coupled with my respect and love for the Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s institution as a whole, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a perfect fit and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll appreciate it more this time around.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never met anyone so excited to return to an old haunt. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refreshing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess my leaving was like going off to college. It was great fun. I met amazing people in the long run. I think I needed to come home. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend my time being someplace I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really love. I am a very lucky girl that I get to come home again,â&#x20AC;? she says. Will there be an official welcome back ceremony? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyndi was looking for something to do. She wanted to come back aboard with us and I said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make some fun happen.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a good soul and she helped us open 23 years ago. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very



ometimes folks just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay away from something so meaningful to them, even though they give it up for a while. I left Alaska once. I was instantly homesick and the three years it took me to get back were agonizing. Maybe this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case with Cyndi Ramirez, but her return to Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Alaskan Alehouse has great personal and institutional significance. Ramirez never left the state, but Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original employee left the downtown institution in 2007 after 15 years there. After a 10 year hiatus, she returned last week for good. I met managing partner Jim Maurer when I was a barfly at Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Key Bank Building. I worked on the fifth floor and Maurer was slinging beers on the ground floor in the former establishment. One day he leaned across the bar and whispered to me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;can you keep a secret? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re opening a real alehouse in the downtown corridor.â&#x20AC;? I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t writing for the Press back then, but my keen interest in all things beer had me perked up. Maurer introduced me to another managing partner, Billy Opinsky, and I started hanging around in the shell that was soon to be Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ride my bicycle down there and help where I could. That was 23 years ago and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I met Ramirez. She started out as a bartender a couple of months before Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opened. Maurer and Opinsky postured her to shape the future of beer in Anchorage. Ramirezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Air Force father brought her to Alaska from Texas. She graduated from East High. One of her most endearing quotes is â&#x20AC;&#x153;I graduated from East High because it was the best high.â&#x20AC;? This gives insight to her local sass. Bartending at Darwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was her intro to the industry. She moved along. Through the Marriot, she opened Cheers in the Anchorage International Airport. In a May 1993 interview Ramirez said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I'm

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Thank you for contacting me regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obamacare.â&#x20AC;? I appreciate you contacting me on this issue, and welcome the opportunity to respond. In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Americans were promised that they would be able to keep their health care plan if they chose, however millions of Americans have lost their coverage. Americans were promised that they could keep their doctors, and that premiums would be lowered for families. In reality, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the ACA will cost the American people $1.207 trillion from 2016 through 2025. To date, start-up costs total more than $73.49 billion, and the program is far from being fully implemented. More money has been directed toward incentivizing doctors and hospitals to transition to the new system than toward actual coverage expansion. ACA marketplaces are collapsing all over the United States. There are up to eight states that will have only one provider in the insurance marketplace, including Alaska. These costs are only increasing the tax burden on the American peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;not improving their access to affordable care. In short, the ACA has been anything but affordable. As Attorney General for the State of Alaska, I sued the Obama administration over the constitutionality of the ACA. As your United States Senator, I have continued fighting to repeal and replace this law. This is why I voted in favor of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which repealed most of the policies and mandates implemented by the Affordable Care Act. This law passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but unfortunately President Obama chose to veto this legislation. Voting to repeal the ACA was a promise I made to Alaskans when I ran for office and is a promise that I have wanted to keep. The ACA has failed to deliver on the promises made by its supporters, especially in Alaska. Premiums for Alaskans are skyrocketing. Alaskan families and businesses are asking for help, as paying for health care coverage is no longer affordable. Not a day goes by when I do not hear from Alaskans who worry about having to make tough choicesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;food on the table or health care coverage for their family. This is unacceptable and I will not idly stand by while Americans continue to suffer under the weight of this law. In addition to the increase in taxes, insurance premiums in Alaska are some of the highest in the United States. Small businesses and middle class families in Alaska are being penalized for not taking the federal subsidy while at the same time being forced to change their coverage. As a result, thousands of Alaskans have lost their health care coverage they once relied on, leading to higher deductibles, fewer choices and less freedom. According to media reports in Alaska, the top four highest places to purchase health care are in Alaska. Until full repeal is realized, Alaskans are desperate for relief. That is why I recently introduced S.3320, the Ensuring Health Care Opportunities Act. This legislation will offer Alaskans, along with residents of states and localities with only one insurance company offering plans on the exchange, immediate relief and the option to buy health insurance that does not include certain Obamacare mandates that might not apply to them. For example, under my legislation, an individual could pick and choose the services that are most important to them. My plan allows tailored plans for each individual instead of paying for a one-size-fits-all package that has caused insurance prices to skyrocket across the United States. Those options are still available for those that want them, but it is clear that a one-size-fitsall approach just does not work. Alaskans are desperate for more health care options and this legislation will provide those choices for all Americans. This is a fight that I am not tackling alone. There are several bills in the United States Senate that are working to fix sections of the ACA until a full repeal and replace solution can be offered. I am a supporter of legislation that makes health care affordable while getting the government out of the health care business. Thank you again for contacting me on this issue. If you have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or my staff. My office can be reached at 202-224-3004, or online at Sincerely, Dan Sullivan United States Senator January 12 - January 18, 2017 January 12 - January 18, 2017


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cross the U.S., states have begun passing and implementing various iterations of the Justice Reinvestment Act, a program of criminal justice reforms advanced by the U.S. Department of Justice under the auspices of its Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Under the program, states can qualify for assistance in analyzing the state’s criminal justice data and crafting reforms from one of the initiative’s nonprofit partners, such as Pew Charitable Trusts. Alaska’s own version of the criminal reform bill, SB91, was crafted based on the work of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. The bill passed in the state legislature last spring and was signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker in July. Now, Alaskans are taking a harder look at the Justice Reinvestment Initiative-based criminal reform bill, passed by the legislature amidst battles over the budget crisis. The bill was already under fire from some law enforcement and victims’ rights groups even before the bill passed. The Anchorage Police Department Employees Association, Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, Alaska Peace Officers Association, Public Safety Employees Association, Office of Victims Rights, and Standing Together Against Rape, signed and sent a letter addressed to members of the Alaska House and Senate on April 7, 2015, a week before the bill was passed. “As a Government with the primary duty to protect all Alaskans, it is unconscionable to jeopardize public safety and exacerbate the trauma crime victims endure in the name of fiscal savings,” the letter said. Senate Bill 91 was hardly a household name at the time. But since it’s been passed and signed into law, the bill has drawn more ire from a public concerned about crime. House Representative-Elect David Eastman of Wasilla is a former military police officer at Fort Richardson, and a former board member of the Alaska Peace Officers Association. He said he “mostly opposes” the bill, has heard from constituents recommending changes, and supports amending what some have called its soft-on-crime measures. “I think it needs serious revision,” said Eastman, who is the only representative in the house or senate from the Mat-Su Valley who will also serve on a legislative judicial committee. “It’s very discouraging if, as a victim, you approach the judge and have testimony to give,” Eastman said, “but then you know before you even get to court that the judge’s hands are tied, and no matter what you say the outcome will remain unchanged.” Aimed at reducing incarceration and recidivism, SB91 consists of a few main pieces. First, incarceration is reduced by reducing some criminal behaviors that were class C felonies – the least severe level – to misdemeanors; and requiring no jail time for some crimes, such as DUI, some thefts, and drug possession, if the offender has no prior convictions. Remember the state’s strict jail-time and car-impound consequences for DUI? Alaska drivers were once warned in educational outreach materials by the state, that they’d get three days in jail on a first DUI, and likely have their car impounded, since arrested people can’t drive. Now, an officer can issue you a citation to appear in court for a first DUI with no priors. Secondly, incarcerated individuals are administered a pretrial services and a risk assessment program. Under SB91, as with other states’ Justice Reinvestment Acts, this risk assessment means the state must fund a big-data product that pre-

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dicts recidivism. Predicting the statistical likelihood of committing a new offense for individual people who are caught up in the criminal justice system is a fairly new industry, and it’s one that’s had both fans and critics. Fans call it a data-driven method for adjusting the criminaljustice response to offenders in a way that saves time, resources and money. Critics call it a ‘Minority Report’ provision, referencing the movie starring Tom Cruise, that hands out incarceration or reform opportunity based on the crimes offenders are predicted to commit. The Alaska Dept. of Corrections is currently working with Community Resources for Justice to develop Alaska’s risk assessment tool for offenders, Dunham said. Thirdly, SB91 applies cost savings on incarceration toward drug treatment and rehabilitation programs. So far, only the first of those pieces—the reclassification of crimes and no jail time for certain crimes for first offenders— has already gone into effect. As for treatment centers, “Help is on the way,” said Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The legislature appropriated $11 million for treatment programs in the last session, and after a $5 million veto by Gov. Walker, $6 million was left available for the programs. A good chunk of that is going to the Mat-Su Valley. The Department of Health and Social Services is close to making public announcements on awards of the moneys to those bidders that have been put in for its Requests for Proposals for the treatment programs. “The concept of SB91, I absolutely support,” Commissioner Monegan said. “It’s a better way to salvage people who are going into an area that would otherwise, under the old system, make them career criminals. It’s the concept of early intervention, make some corrections, allow some mistakes, make some adjustments, give them some support.” Monegan acknowledge that SB91, as currently implemented, isn’t providing the help it’s intended to, calling it “only half the bus” in trying to redirect first-time offenders into rehabilitation and treatment. But that’s mainly because the risk assessment tool and treatment programs are not yet up and running, he said. He added that, once those pieces are in place, SB91 will provide a long-term solution that addresses underlying causes. “If we can make an earlier intervention, get them on the right path, then we don’t have to mess with them anymore,” Monegan said. “They’re good.” The bill’s approach to Alaska’s drug addiction epidemic – treatment instead of incarceration – has garnered wide support among groups advocating for more treatment options to fight the opioid epidemic. In regards to changes in how Alaska’s criminal justice system responds to thefts, Monegan said the theft problem is the drug problem. If you posted dots on a map for reported thefts in any given community, he said, you’d find a trap house at the center of it. But for people who want to be protected from theft in the short-term, long-term approaches may provide little comfort. Car theft can leave a family’s breadwinner unable to get to work. Tool thefts can hurt the family budget and economic well-being for households headed by labor-based workers. And gun thefts can make perpetrators more dangerous. Orders of restitution payment from criminals who are caught can take time to reach impacted families. But keeping a convicted thief or burglar in jail means he or she won’t be committing those crimes – at least for a while. A serial offender caught for the first time receiving multi-

ple charges still has no prior convictions and so, under SB91, depending on the value of property stolen that he or she is caught for, might receive no jail time. “I think there’s loopholes that need to be closed,” said Alaska House Representative-Elect George Rauscher, from Sutton. “If you’ve figured out a way to keep your pilfering under a certain amount, you can be a serial pilferer, because you know how to play the system. I do think we need to look at that some more.” When contacted, Alaska Senator-Elect Shelley Hughes’ staff said they have already been working on researching SB91, and are considering changes to the bill that could be made in the next legislative session, which convenes on Jan. 17. Alaska House Representative DeLena Johnson, of Palmer, said, “I think there’s been some things brought up that have to be looked at.” She pointed to what she called a sex-trafficking loophole, something Gov. Walker has identified as something about SB91 that needs to be fixed. Monegan said SB91 hasn’t had the same level of stakeholder involvement and public scrutiny that other iterations of the Justice Reinvestment Act have received in other states, before being implemented and passed, and that’s affected how it’s been received by an Alaska public caught fairly unawares. To receive assistance from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative in the first place, a state must first form a qualifying criminal reform commission. For Alaska, that commission was the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. When asked whether the commission was formed for the express purpose of instituting the Justice Reinvestment Act in Alaska, or whether it was already in existence for other reasons and later became a participant, Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan talked at length instead about a previous effort, the Criminal Justice Working Group. But Barbara Dunham, the project attorney for the commission, was more specific. “As for which came first, the Commission or the JRI: the Commission, in concert with the Governor and the Legislature, invited JRI to participate in the Commission’s work,” she wrote in an email follow-up to an in-person interview. “They provided much-needed technical assistance (sifting through data, etc.), given that the Commission has limited resources and staffing.” However, a review of public records show the Alaska Judicial Council, which provides administrative support and staffing for it, had its sights set on bringing in JRI and Pew from the beginning. At the commission’s first meeting held on Sept. 22, 2014, Judicial Council staff said it had already been looking at applying for assistance from Pew under JRI. Then, Zoe Towns of the Pew Charitable Trusts delivered to the commission a presentation on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. In the presentation, Towns highlighted the free analytics and assistance in developing criminal reforms, that would be provided to the state of Alaska. Dunham was not the commission’s project attorney at the time, and not yet hired at the Alaska Judicial Council. Eastman, from Wasilla, said it’s important to have the treatment side of SB91 implemented, but that, even with treatment options, the bill contains provisions he’d like to see changed. “I’d like to see more discretion given to judges,” in sentencing, he said, “so that cases become a case-by-case basis, so that sentences match the crimes of the particular circumstances. When you take away that discretion from judges, you are going to ensure that a one-size-fits-all approach is given, and one size does not fit all with crime.”

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INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS Fri. Jan 13 and Sat. Jan 14/ Discovery Theater/ Ticket prices vary/ myalaskacenter. com for tickets and information An Intergalactic Nemesis show is hard to categorize. It’s like a radio play meets a comic book, in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. The adventure is set in 1933. The place: Robonovia, the Robot Planet. When the commander is lost in space, it’s up to reporter Molly Sloan and her assistant to find him—but they soon uncover a plot that threatens the safety of Earth itself. Three actors perform the voices, a Foley artist creates sound effects and a keyboardist performs the score. Over 1000 hand-drawn, full-color, mind-blowing comic book images blast from the screen. And here’s the kicker—it’s all performed LIVE. The Intergalactic Nemesis last visited in 2015 and returns with an all-new story you and the family won’t soon forget.


Thurs. Jan. 5 through Sun. Jan. 15/ Sydney Laurence Theatre/ Ticket prices vary/ for tickets and information Gordon Hirabayashi, the son of Japanese immigrants, had just graduated from the University of Washington when he was ordered to report to an internment camp outside of Seattle. Gordon chose to fight U.S. government action rather than obey an order he felt was unlawful. His experiences in the courts and camps of the time sparked his passion for the U.S. Constitution and the courage of his convictions led him to the Supreme Court and a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. This one man show starring Greg Watanabe is his true story.


Sun. Jan. 15, doors open at 7:15/Bear Tooth Grill/ $65/ for tickets and information In honor of Alaska Beer Week, the Grill will be hosting a beer dinner featuring Broken Tooth Brewing!


Fri. Jan. 20, 8 p.m./ Williwaw/ $25-30/ for tickets and information P.O.S. (from Doomtree) is coming north for his first live show in Alaska. This Minneapolis native is signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and is the founding member of the indie hip-hop collective DOOMTREE.



Sat. Jan. 21, 8 p.m./ Sullivan Arena/ $49.5076.50/ for tickets With a gold album and a handful of platinum singles under his belt, Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz's bling extends well beyond the two signature gold chains adorning his neck. After getting his start as one-half of southern hip-hop duo Playaz Club, 2 Chainz launched into mainstream success in 2012 with his No. 1 solo debut Based on a T.R.U. Story. Featuring street anthems like "No Lie" and "I'm Different," the album earned him 3 Grammy nominations and the honor of being named Source Magazine's 2012 Man of the Year. In 2013, 2 Chainz kept the acronyms flowing with follow-up record B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, featuring Pharrell on "Feds Watching." Ticket buyers have been eating up his eccentric personal style and swagger. Fans can catch him live in concert opening for Rihanna on her 2013 Diamonds World Tour.


Sat. Jan. 28, 8 p.m./ Atwood Concert Hall/ $27 - $52/ for tickets. A night of the unexpected with three sensational works, including superstar Black Swan violinist, Tim Fain, playing Brahms' iconic “Concerto for Violin”—an Anchorage Symphony Orchestra premiere. Now regarded as a masterpiece of the 20th century, “Rite of Spring” so incensed concert-goers at its premiere that rioting broke out in the aisles of the concert hall over this jarring ballet.


Sat. Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m./ Alaska Dance Theatre/ $15/ for tickets. The 7th annual Breaking Ground event features new work by Alaskan choreographers.


Weds. Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m./ Atwood Concert Hall/ Ticket prices vary/ for tickets and information Arctic Entries is one of Anchorage’s best selling shows. Now see the show that launched this local phenomenon. The Moth celebrates the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who’s lived through something extraordinary and

yearns to share it. Starting as a small gathering on a porch in Georgia (a hole in the porch screen allowed moths to fly in), The Moth migrated to cafes and clubs in New York and transformed into a national radio show (which airs weekly on KSKA) and a top-ten podcast. The Moth road tour features favorite storytellers from past shows sharing the stage with Arctic Entries’ local voices. You owe it to yourself to see The Moth when it alights in Anchorage.


Sat. Feb. 25 & Sun. Feb. 26/ Sydney Laurence Theatre/ $26 - $38/ tickets and showtimes available at Journey with Alaska Dance Theatre into the mystical forest as fairies and nymphs enchant you and quarrelsome lovers entertain you with Shakespeare’s classical story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream brought to life through ballet.


Thurs. March 2 through Sun. March 12/ Sydney Laurence Theatre/ Ticket prices vary/ for tickets and information When 17-year-old Nick takes a floatplane from Juneau to his grandparents’ village, his arrival means changes for his fisherman grandfather, his cousin Edward–who hasn’t spent much time away from home– and his Desert Storm veteran father. Just as these Tlingit men are adjusting to their new lives together, the boys’ grandmother delivers shocking news. A world premiere portrait of a 1990s Alaskan family. Produced in Association with Native Voices at the Autry and La Jolla Playhouse.


Tue. Apr. 25 through Sun. Apr. 30/ Atwood Concert Hall/ $49.25 - $91.75/ tickets and showtimes available at Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a beautiful young woman in a provincial town, and her unlikely encounter with the Beast, who is in reality a young prince trapped in a spell. As their story unfolds, we’re introduced to an unforgettable cast of characters—Lumière, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and other familiar favorites. With songs by legendary composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide.

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rowing up and coming up in the late 90's Alaska hip-hop scene I was fortunate enough to witness something very special. As one of the original pioneer rappers out of Fairbanks, I made my own waves. At the time, I was still very much a young student of the game. So, I was looking around at my peers. And, in Anchorage, there was a group of individuals who were building quite a buzz. That group was called Arctic Flow. Josh Boots caught my attention immediately. As time went on, he caught the attention of an entire state as well. He had a look all his own, completely different from what I was used to seeing–back in the late 90's, early 2000's, other than Marshall Mathers and a few other underground artists, there weren't a lot of legitimate white rappers. What was most noticeable about Boots was his sharp lyrical prowess, along with a strong, aggressive, raspy voice that immediately commanded respect and attention. You knew, even from his earliest work, he was a rapper's rapper. Boots and AKream–rapper and CEO of Arctic Flow Records–put out several records in the beginning of their careers, but the record that really put the stamp on Boots being the standout came in 2002, when he released Cold Weather Survival Guide (CWSG). I was fortunate enough to meet up with my good friend, Josh Boots, have a couple beers and re-listen to CWSG, 15 years after it was originally released. So, we sat there, in Adam “ADAMN” Hoyt’s basement. ADAMN is another local rap pioneer; He’s one-fourth of Indefinite Etticate.

For about four hours, all three of us discussed the making of what is, without question, one of, if not, the ultimate classic Alaska rap album.

Intro The album starts with a string instrumentation courtesy of Ysea, a cat out in Brooklyn, New York. He produced half of the album. "Soon as the beat dropped for the intro, you just knew... you just knew," ADAMN says as he presses play. "It was the perfect beginning to what would be a monumental album. When I first heard [CWSG], the first thing I thought was that I had never heard anything like this out of Alaska." Right off the bat, Boots spits, "I meditate to the sky, blue, in these coldest months..." "We originally recorded the first half of the album in Paramount Studios in California, but ended up scrapping it and re-recorded the album from scratch at AKream's house, which was on [the] Glenn Highway, headed towards the Butte area,” Boots says. “Every morning at 9 a.m., after dropping my kids off at school, I'd drive out to AKream's and see that beautiful blue/purple sky with the mountains and just the entire view. It definitely gave me inspiration, heading to his place to record."

Independent Hustle If you had to pick a song that best represents Josh Boots' illustrious discography–his stand-out record–it would either be "No Show Sox" or "Independent Hustle." Most hardcore local rap fans will tell you, track two off CWSG put Mr. Boots in a league of his own. "I was at Costco with my daughter a couple months ago and I noticed this dude is just staring at me,” Boots says. “He's kind of following me around the store, so I'm trying

to curve him, not knowing where this is going to go. He eventually approaches me, gives me a pound and tells me that Independent Hustle is his shit. And, to this day–15 years later–still bumps it regularly. I was just telling my daughter earlier that day, while listening to my old music, that ‘Independent Hustle’ was the song people related to the most. That shit happens to me about twice a month. It's still crazy to me."

Move When I asked Boots if there was anything he would change about CWSG, he said the Phresh Kutz produced "Move" probably would've been removed from the final tracklist. "I wasn't happy with the way the hook turned out. I visualized it differently

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Julia Scully led a peripatetic childhood, dragged along by her mother who bounced around between San Francisco, Nome, Alaska, Seattle and Taylor Creek, Alaska–a remote frontier outpost providing rudimentary food and shelter to an itinerant group of gold seekers. But, for Scully, the seemingly endless moving comprised a bare slice of her all too quixotic youth. If her adolescent and teenage years were only influenced by her mother’s rambling about from one home to another, this would have been a very different, far less painful memoir. Scully begins her memoir in Nome, right before the onset of World War II. This was a vastly different Nome than the one famed today as the Iditarod’s destination point. Back then, as Scully remembers it, Nome was a barren outpost in the middle of nowhere. The first two sentences of her book aptly define its remoteness: “There wasn’t a single tree in Nome. There wasn’t a road that connected it to any other village or town.” In fact, her opening description of Nome pretty much sets the tone for the rest of her book–bleak despondency. The uplifting moments in the Outside Passage are few and far between. Her mother, constantly in search of a job, or better yet, an entrepreneurial gold strike that can lift her out of poverty, is a tight-lipped, laconic, embittered woman who tells her children where they’ll be moving at the very last minute. In a poignant, heart-wrenching scene, while living in San Francisco, Scully describes how her mother takes her and her sister on an outing to a new place. Often, weekend jaunts meant a streetcar trip to Golden Gate Park or the amusement park at the beach. On this weekend, they visited a place without rides or attractions. Her mother left them there without any explanation–it was an orphanage where she and Lillian thought they’d spend the rest of their childhood before being

food is delivered to them and times passes in a hazy, nauseous fog till they finally arrive in Dutch Harbor, where their mother is waiting for them. When she finally greets them and places them on a plane headed for Taylor Creek she behaves as if nothing odd has transpired over the last several years; she provides no explanation for why she had abandoned them for so long or why they were now headed toward this remote outpost other than telling them, “You’re going to meet someone.” It’s little wonder then that Scully’s entire worldview is shaded by this pervasive feeling that life’s outcomes are determined not by your own efforts–anything you might remotely control–but by forces beyond your command. This sensibility translates into a ubiquitous wave of impotence. For someone like Scully, it felt like her life was constantly buffeted by whatever prevailing winds happened to be blowing her direction. All of this helped to create an environment within which Scully felt abandoned–there was no one she could turn to, not even herself. Toward the end of her memoir, just before Lillian marries, she explicitly conveys this loss when she discovers that her sister does not remember any of their childhood events. She does not remember the orphanages, or the tortuous ocean voyages, not even the bleak periods of isolation in Taylor Creek. “And so I realize that I was alone. For if she remembers none of it, then, in a way, she wasn’t really there, and so there’s no one, no one in this whole world, who can tell me if it’s true, no one who can tell me if I remember things the way they really happened.” This epiphany drives home the point for her that she cannot even rely upon her own memory of what she believes has passed. The thin line between reality and illusion, if not shattered, has to some degree, been denigrated to an educated guess. What she’s left with are not valid recollections of her past, but ghost memories, fleeting images that may or may not be true, but in the end, are the only ones she can claim her own.

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SHARP WORDS, SHARP KNIVES The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that a resident of Fairbanks was arrested after she had apparently attacked her boyfriend. The Minto village public safety officer responded to the Minto clinic after getting a message about the assault. The victim told officers that he had been sitting on a bed when an argument about the location of car keys escalated from sharp words to sharp implements. The woman grabbed a knife off the floor and stabbed the man’s leg before slicing his arm “so quickly he didn’t know what had just happened.” When the man ran to the kitchen to clean himself up, the attacker cut and run. She was later found at a neighbors house “stumbling and glassy eyed.” When confronted by officers, she said the attack was an accident. Tell that to Julius Caesar. The man had to be flown to Fairbanks to treat lacerated tendons in his forearms. The woman was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center, where her blood alcohol content was 0.208—six hours after the attack.




It’s never a good idea to go blasting off rounds from a handgun while inside a residence, let alone when there are drugs and alcohol in the mix. On January 4, a man in Fairbanks was arrested after troopers received a report of someone firing a weapon inside an apartment building. Troopers and Fairbanks police contacted the upstanding citizen as he was exiting the building and found a handgun on him when he was detained. It turns out that some sort of disturbance inside the residence caused him to start shooting through a window in the direction of a house. Apparently he wasn’t intentionally shooting at anyone or thing, but most people frown upon indiscriminate gunfire where they live. Luckily nobody was hurt during the man’s apparent display of dick swinging. He was charged with misconduct involving weapons, felon in possession of a handgun and for firing a gun toward a residence. He was also charged with assault in the third degree for firing the gun in close proximity to an occupant of the apartment and making that person fear for their life.

On January 6, a man in Seward decided he had too much to drink, so he left his vehicle and decided to walk home. He made it safely to his house, but was soon arrested by troopers. While he did manage to get home safe, he had already run off the road and got stuck in a ditch. Troopers received a report that after the driver went off the road, he was seen walking away from his vehicle. We’ll give him partial credit for walking home safe, but after his DUI charge, hopefully he’ll decide to ditch the car before trying to drive home. GOOD SAMARITANS Here’s a little good news for once. A young man in Kodiak was driving his car and went off the road and after hitting a ditch, the engine compartment caught fire. Luckily for him, some good samaritans saw the accident and pulled his unconscious body from the wreck. The car was a total loss and the man was transported to Providence Kodiak Medical Center and later to Providence in Anchorage with unknown injuries. The investigation is ongoing, but troopers wanted to give a shoutout to the members of the public who stepped in as well as the US Coast Guard Military Police and Fire for their help. Unlike the young man’s car, humanity isn’t a total loss yet.

ARTS AND CRAFTS Troopers in Homer contacted a man in the parking lot of an Anchor Point business. They must have recognized the man, because troopers arrested him on a warrant for failure to appear in court. Not to be taken without a fight, the man resisted arrest, but apparently succumbed to the troopers’ persuasions, physical or otherwise. Not only had his driver’s license been revoked, but he was found to have a homemade license plate. What a homemade license plate looks like, we don’t know. We’re hoping it was macaroni on poster board or perhaps a tasteful cross stitch.

BY CHUCK SHEPHERD istration numbers are needed if an accident victim needs to report the camel or to help trace smugglers. (No actual license plates on camels have yet made the world's news photographs.) [Daily Mail (London), 12-7-2016] -- Martin Shkreli became the Wall Street bad boy in 2015 when his company Turing Pharmaceuticals bought the right to market the lifesaving drug Daraprim and promptly raised its typical price of $18 a pill to $750, but in November, high schoolers in the chemistry lab at Sydney Grammar in Australia created a molecular knockoff of Daraprim for about $2 a tablet. Their sample of "pyrimethamine" (Daraprim's chemical name) was judged authentic by a University of Sydney chemistry professor. Daraprim, among other uses, fights deadly attacks on immune systems, such as for HIV patients. [Washington Post, 12-1-2017] -- Gazing Upon Nature as Nature Calls: To serve restroom users in a public park in China's Hunan Province's picturesque Shiyan Lake area, architects gave users in toilet cubicles a view of the forest through ceiling-to-floor windows. To discourage sightseers who believe the better view is not from the cubicles but into them, the bottom portion, up to the level of the toilet, is frosted -- though that stratagem probably blurs only a pair of

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or the first time in three years, it is possible to skate ski through Anchorage. Your endurance and patienceâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;no ice, nor asphalt, nor rainâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;are the only limitation. Just a few years ago, this was normal. Winter equaled snow. The multi-use trails that crisscross our fair city, many of them lit for night skiing, provided for exercise so joyous that it seemed chimerical. And, for two years, skate skiing across town was a fantasy, as ice and rain rendered Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible trail network usable only for studded bike tires, studded shoes, creating a surface that challenged even the grip of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best crampons: dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toenails. Given the bizarre and erratic weather around the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;an Arctic Ocean whose ice melted back in November, temperatures thirty degrees above average over the Arctic landmassâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;it would be crazy to expect pre-global warming winters to return to Anchorage. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the more reason to get out now and skate ski like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2016. The remarkable thing about Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-use trail network is that almost every neighborhood is within walking distance of a trailhead. Downtown dwellers can walk down to the Coastal Trail, South Addition, Valley of the Moon, North Star, Fairview, Rogers Park and Airport Heights residents are minutes from Chester Creek Trail. Many East Anchorage residents are a short distance from Russian Jack, APU, or Far North Bicentennial Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trails. Lower Hillside residents have their choice of Campbell Tract or the Hillside lighted trails, and Campbell Creek Trail bisects Midtown. West Anchorage, of course, is a fine place to live primarily because of its proximity to Kincaid Park, with its myriad groomed ski loops. Many Anchoragites hop in their car and January 12 - January 18, 2017

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drive to a trailhead, then ski loops at Hillside or Kincaid. Those are fine trails, though Hillside is a little hilly for beginners to enjoy. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t skate skied much before, or are just remembering the sensation of winter, hop on a multi-use trail near your house. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be surprised how quickly you glide from one end of Anchorage to the other. You can skate from Westchester Lagoon past the university complex in a half hour, or make it from Lynn Ary Park to Kincaid in little more time than that. If, like many people, you live near but rarely visit Russian Jack Springs, now is the time to go. The place is laced with trailsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;broad loops around fields, a long, lighted multi-use trail running north from APU. The mundane Chester Creek Trail becomes a joy to traverse on skate skis, particularly on the north side of the university complex. Slight downhill grades create the sensation of flying, particularly because passing through the slits of light filtered through spruces make you feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re leaping across frames in a film thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s racing forward ever faster. Chester Creek is part of the annual Tour of Anchorage route and you can check it out without being an extreme athlete. Just follow the groomed trail all the way around APU, then cross the pedestrian bridge over Tudor near ANTHC. Near the new Martin Luther King Boulevard, which the trail passes under, is a three-way split. This is where Campbell Creek Trail begins and Chester Creek ends. For more interesting terrain, head into the darkness on the still wide and still groomed Rondy Trail, which heads up into Far North Bicentennial Park toward Campbell Air Strip. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need to speculate about trail conditions. Skiers and fat bikers update snowio. com daily, and sometimes hourly, with trail conditions from around town. It also has useful trail reports for trails at Government Peak, Independence Mine and other destinations near town. As I write this article, most of the major trails in town are groomed and the slight

inconvenience is that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no snow yet in Chester Creek trail under Seward Highway. Almost all the other bridges and tunnels have nice snow paths for skiers. As climate change has decimated our winter, hundreds if not thousands of Alaskans have turned to fat bikes for winter exercise, myself included. Fortunately, fat bikes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t create ruts or divots in the multi-use trails. You can fat bike to work during the day and skate ski at night on the same trail, enjoying both activities.

It seems unlikely now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go a whole winter without one or more rains and the ice sheet that they leave behind. Now is the time to skate, while there is snow. Ignore those brief uphills. On the long, gentle downhill grades, as hoarfrost sparkles under moonlight, distant lights flicker through the trees, you see Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;our forests, our watersheds, our neighborhoodsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;in a way that is only possible with the light touch and the glide of skate skis.

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Great Northern Retail Services, Inc. is applying under 3 AAC 306.300 for a new Retail Marijuana Store license, license #11783, doing business as GREAT NORTHERN RETAIL SERVICES, INC., located at 541 W. 4th Ave., Anchorage, AK, 99501-2211, UNITED STATES.

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Piccolinos’s Restaurant, Inc. d/b/a Piccolino’s located at 12801 Old Glenn Hwy, Eagle River, Ak 99577 is applying for transfer of a Beverage Dispensary AS 04.11.090 liquor license to Kinley’s Restaurant & Bar, Inc. d/b/a Kinley’s Restaurant located at 3230 Seward Hwy. Anchorage, Ak 99503. Interested persons should submit written comment to their local governing body, the applicant, Law Offices of Ernouf & Coffey, PO Box 212314 Anchorage, Ak 99521-2314 and to the Alcoholic Beverage and Control Board at 550 West 7th Ave, Anchorage, Ak 99501.

AK Slow Burn Cannabis Outlet, LLC is applying under 3 AAC 306.400(a)(1) for a new Standard Marijuana Cultivation Facility license, license #10898, doing business as AK SLOW BURN CANNABIS OUTLET, located at 2042 E. 3rd Ave, Suite B, Anchorage, AK, 99501, UNITED STATES. Interested persons should submit written comment or objection to their local government, the applicant, and to the Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office at 550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1600, Anchorage, AK 99501 or to not later than 30 days after this notice of application.




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Each row, column and 3-by-3 box must contain every digit 1 to 9. A true sudoku puzzle only has one correct answer. Created in Alaska, these puzzles are guaranteed to entertain. John Bushell’s, Alaska Sudoku, book of puzzles and Alaska facts can be found in stores throughout the 49th State and at < >.


Fit to Fight: Cross-country skiing Eagleglen Fitness Park offers a cabin fever reliever By AIRMAN 1ST CLASS VALERIE MONROY JBER Public Affairs Cross-country skiing was first a tool for survival in snow-covered areas to gather food and firewood. It is the oldest form of skiing, and though it emerged from a need for travel, it soon developed as a sport and appeared in the 1924 Winter Olympic Games. In an effort to encourage service members, dependents and civilians at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to get out during the winter, the Fit to Fight Cross-Country Ski program offers free ski equipment rentals for service members at the Eagleglen Fitness Park. The equipment issue office is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed for holidays. “Fit to Fight is a resiliency program that may help as an addition to other physical training sessions,” said Tyler Glenn, the 673d Force Support Squadron’s outdoor recreation director. “It’s an alternative resource for the men and women in uniform to get out and enjoy the many different things Alaska has to offer.” Cross-country skiing is one of the few sports that offers a full-body workout. “It definitely gives you a chance

A sign at the Eagleglen Fitness Park cross-country ski trail ensures no four-legged animals posthole the groomed trails. The course is host to several beautiful landscape views. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Bedard)

to get out and enjoy the snow and also get that physical push to get your body moving,” Glenn said. Though it may be challenging to learn, it’s not impossible and staff are there to help. “It’s definitely a new skill to acquire but it can be easily learned,”

Glenn said. “Our staff does a great job with helping people get fit properly with skis and teaching some basic motions.” The park offers several miles of groomed trails marked with signs. “Maps are located at the equipment issue point and all trails lead

back to the entrance to make sure no one gets lost,” Glenn said. Though the Fit to Fight Program has certain hours for equipment rentals, the park is open to all. For more information regarding the Fit to Fight Cross-Country Ski program, call 552-2023.

Use of marijuana on federal land still prohibited By AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CHRISTOPHER MORALES

JBER Public Affairs

Two years after the legalization of recreational marijuana usage in Alaska, many establishments have opened in Anchorage, some as little as five miles from the installation. Although marijuana is legal for many Alaskans, all service members are subject to article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which prohibits the use, possession, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances on and off duty, on and off the installation. Additionally, federal law still prohibits marijuana and other drugs on any federal-owned land.

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“Dependents, civilians, contracted employees or anybody who possesses said substances on base are subject to the federal crime of possession on a military installation [Federal Law 21 U.S. Code 844],” said Detective Duane Leventrey, 673d Security Forces Squadron Investigations Unit drug recognition expert. Military members, civilians and contracted employees, depending on their job requirements, have random urinalysis testing. A person who tests positive for marijuana, and any compounds or derivatives, such as tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, may be discharged or fired, respectively. Spouses, dependents

and contracted employees, whether or not they are a licensed doctor or own a medical marijuana card, can be charged with possession on a military installation which results in a fine of up to $1,000 or one year in jail or both, for the first offense, progressively getting a larger fine and longer sentence for multiple offenses. There is not a limit to how high someone can legally be, but if an individual is driving on base and stopped by security ence after a field sobriety test. forces, they could be charged If the officer suspects a with driving under the influ- controlled substance to be VOLUME 8

the cause, a drug recognition expert will be called. The driver may be required to take a blood and urine test to determine which drugs were used, and findings may result in additional charges. “If an active-duty military member gets apprehended and charged with a DUI and 112a,” Leventrey said, “[they would] generally get court-martialed and dishonorably discharged.” To deter military members from potentially bad situations, JBER plans to release a ‘restricted areas’ list soon of all the establishments selling marijuana and other THC substances. NO. 1

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CAROLINE COTTER, 7 p.m. (TapRoot, 3300 Spenard Rd.) IRISH MUSIC, 7:30 p.m. (McGinleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub, 645 G St., Ste. 101) STAND-UP COMEDY, 8:30 p.m. (Brown Bag Sandwich Co., 535 W. 3rd Ave.) DJ JAMES, 9:30 p.m. (Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Alaskan Ale House, 610 W. 6th Ave.) DJ MARK, 10 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.) TWISTED THURSDAYS FEAT. DJ TWITCH, 10 p.m. (Kootâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE KIDS YOGAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Yoga for little people is an active and fun way to promote the physical, emotional and social development of children. Kids will learn the basics of yoga, through creative poses, storytelling, songs, games, breathing exercises and other fun and energizing activities. DropIn: $12/ class or 10 classes for $100, 11 a.m. (Open Space Alaska, 630 E. 57th Pl.) BOOKS AND BLOCKSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Join in for stories, songs and construction fun with blocks, gears and other building materials. Ages 5 & under with their families. Free, 11 a.m. (Muldoon Library, 1251 Muldoon Rd., #158) WATER AEROBICS CLASSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Community water aerobics class in a newlyrenovated saltwater pool. Great exercise that's kind to your joints, great teachers and a fun atmosphere. $4.50 - $5, noon to 1 p.m., weekly. (APU Moseley Sports Center, University Dr.) POWER YOGAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Spend your lunch reconnecting with your body and mind. Lunchtime yoga takes place Wednesdays and Fridays. Make space for your spirit and get to your mat. By donation, noon to 1 p.m. (Open Space, 630 E. 57th Pl.) RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;In celebration of the partnership between Loweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America renovation of the Woodland Park Boys & Girls Clubhouse. Light refreshments will be provided. Free, 4:30 to 6 p.m. (Woodland Park Clubhouse, 2300 W. 36th Ave.) CHESS NIGHT AT TITLE WAVE BOOKSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Please join in each Friday evening for Title Wave's chess club. This event is free and open to all ages. All skill levels and abilities are welcome. They like to see new faces. Free, 5 p.m. (Title Wave

ALOHA DAYSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Enjoy Hawaii in the middle of the winter at the Dimond Ice Chalet on January 13 & 14. With live Hawaiian music and dancing, contests, giveaways and more itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun for the whole family. Live performances will include Hawaiian music and dancing, featuring Kekoa Kane and Anchorage's H3. Enter to win one of two $500 Alaska Air Gift Certificates as well as other great prizes and contests. Free, 5 p.m. (Dimond Center Mall, 800 E. Dimond Blvd.)



UNDER 21 OPEN MIC NIGHT, 5:30 to 8 p.m. (Middle Way Cafe, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

BOOGIE SHOES, 9:30 p.m. (Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 610 W. 6th Ave.)

COMMUNITY DRUMMING CIRCLEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Come join in for a fun evening of drumming. All are welcome regardless of age and experience. Instruments provided, but if you have one, you are encouraged to bring it. Free, 7 p.m. (Alaska Center for Spiritual Living, 929 E. 81st Ave., Ste. 105)


MEDITATION CLASSESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Experience a unique style of meditation by choosing the technique that suits you. Whether it be through dance, sound or breath this practice will give you a sense of fulfi llment and peace. $10 - $12, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Gitanjali Meditation Center, 4143 Raspberry Rd.) FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE LOUNGEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Join in for a night of dancing, learning, practicing and more for all of you social dancers. The night starts at 8 p.m. with a salsa class or mambo. At 9 p.m. a bachata class will follow. Then social dancing ensues from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Their DJ will be playing salsa, bachata, kizomba,

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DJ MARK, 10 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.)

INTERGALACTIC NEMESISâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a radio play meets a comic book, in a oneof-a-kind theatrical experience. The adventure is set in 1933. The place: Robonovia, the Robot Planet. Tickets available at On stage through Sat., Jan. 14. $40.25 - $54.75, 7:30 p.m. (Discovery Theatre, 621 W. 6th Ave.)

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MISHA SHIMEK, 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.)

FRIDAY NIGHT MAGICâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Looking for a way to play Magic while meeting new friends and winning cool foil prize cards? Friday Night Magic is designed to bring casual players together on Friday nights to play for fun in a less-competitive event. Try it out and discover why Friday night is the best night of the week. All are welcome to come and play without joining the tournament. Free, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2606 Spenard Rd.)

TRIVIA UNTAMEDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Attention trivia masters and beer connoisseurs. Prepare your team for an educational trivia night with multiple rounds of questions to challenge even the best Alaskan mindsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;beer, food and wild fun included. This event is open to teams of up to four people and advance reservations are required as there are only a limited number of seats. A $100 per team reservation fee covers food, beer and a night of challenging trivia among peers. Untamed souvenir Mason jar provided for each participantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trivia and beer experience. Challenge your team and take a chance to win $500 cash. This event is 21 and older only. For more information or to make your reservations today, call 341-6463. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event sponsors include the Alaskan Brewing Co. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Bird Management. $100, 7 to 10 p.m. (Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Rd.)

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FREE COMMUNITY TAI CHIâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cultivate internal harmony while increasing strength and balance. Join LaoShih Holly as she guides you through the principles of standing meditation and Yang-style Tai-Chi. No experience or special attire required. Protect the floors, no street shoes please. Free, 9 a.m. (Jade Lady Meditation, 508 W. 2nd Ave., Ste. 103) SCREEN PRINTING ESSENTIALSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Screen printing essentials is a three session workshop where you can learn the process to print t-shirts, posters, fine art prints and other products. The workshop is by Will Dowd, who has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has exhibited work in Alaska since 2014. Supplies and one month of membership are included. Seating is limited to 5. This is a hands on workshop so please bring an apron or don't wear your dress clothes. $100, 10 a.m. (Anchorage Community Works, 349 E. Ship Creek Ave.)

Teck Alaska Incorporated, located at 3105 Lakeshore Drive, Building A #101 Anchorage AK, 99517 is looking for a Geotechnical Engineer. A BA in Geological, Geotechnical or Civil Engineering is required, along with 5 years of exp. Frequent traveling to Red Dog Mine, 700 miles north of Anchorage is also required.



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cha cha, merengue and more. If you have any questions please call the studio at 336-0333. $10, 8 p.m. (Alaska Dance Promotions, 300 E. Dimond Blvd., Ste. 11A)


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FAFSA WORKSHOPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;College Financials with AK Commission on Post-Secondary Education Staff. Get assistance with your FAFSA, State scholarships and more. Free, 11 a.m. (Muldoon Library, 1251 Muldoon Rd.) BEER 101 CLASSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Start Beer Week 2016 South at our Beer 101 class. Brandon Hall from Resolution Brewing Company and beer aficionados from La Bodega will be joining to teach you all about beer basics. Learn about the brewing process, the difference between styles and taste beers from all around the world. $50, 3 to 5 p.m. (South Restaurant + Coffeehouse, 11124 Old Seward Hwy.) BOURBON AND BEERâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Celebrate AK Beer Week with a one of a kind tasting featuring four American whiskies, hand selected by the Koots crew, to pair with four locally crafted brews from Midnight

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iewers who don’t know ULTRAMAN, and there are many in the U.S., will have a chance to get acquainted with the benevolent and powerful manga giant characterized by his shinny costume, large eyes and codependent relationship with his human sidekick during screenings of the 50 Year Anniversary Double Feature Celebration of Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE 2016, and ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE 2014. ULTRAMAN is an interesting development in the evolution of manga. The genre can be dated back to ancient Japanese scrolls from the 12th century and is still going strong. The ULTRAMAN series, written in the late 1960s by Eiichi Shimizu and illustrated by Tomohiro Shimoguchi, bridges generations and illustrates a global paradigm shift between a post-WWII reality and today’s technologydriven reality. Global political and military dynamics changed forever after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and so did the balance between nature and man.

Many of the Japanese films that came out after this era reflect the angst and state of panic that persisted after the unprecedented destruction and dawn of the Cold War. Many of the films that preceded ULTRAMAN use as a premise the unfortunate side effects of the coercing of nature through radiation, chemicals, or other means, which results in dire metamorphoses that give rise to monsters and threats that leave human beings scrambling. With ULTRAMAN, the dynamics change so that humans are not alone in a losing battle, but instead find their compliment in an intergalactic hero. Together, they are able to create a powerful champion and build a spirit of collaboration. Interestingly, the 50th anniversary celebration of ULTRAMAN is just on the heels of another manga giant release, Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson and scheduled to hit theaters at the end of March 2017. The latter was written in the late 80s and represents a different generation of manga angst and moral dilemma. By today’s cinematic standards, ULTRAMAN movies, whether from decades past or the current double feature event, are not great movies, they’re not even good movies—but that’s not the point of them. ULTRAMAN’s staying power is due to a number of other

reasons, including the vast market that was seeded by the Japanese movie and television industries for decades when Japanese programming was dubbed to Spanish and widely distributed, creating generations and millions of faithful viewers across the globe. ULTRAMAN likely also benefits from the staying power of the genre itself across multimedia platforms, from comic books and anime, to books, movies and action figures. Another reason for ULTRAMAN’s resilience may be that there’s something noble at the heart of the human-ULTRAMAN relationship with which everyone can identify, there is goodness and team-building. Are the plots of ULTRAMAN movies believable? Absolutely not. And thus, viewers are released from the confines of structure and continuity and are given the freedom to just ride the imagination wave of the actionpacked eye candy. Despite thin plots, transparent character development and shoddy effects, once the fighting sequences start, they’re pretty engaging and even delightful, especially the main battle scene in ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE 2016. Another characteristic of the ULTRAMAN franchise is that there isn’t just one ULTRAMAN and his singular person; there are many variations on ULTRAMAN



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 25 CONTINUED FROM PAGE Sun Brewing Company. Tickets available at $22 - $25, 3 to 5 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie's, 2435 Spenard Rd.) SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER AND DANCE—Enjoy live music, dancing, food, beverages, free dance lessons and good company in a safe, clean and friendly atmosphere every Saturday night. In the spirit of camaraderie and community responsibility, the 35+ Singles Club of Anchorage seeks to bring together adult singles over the age of 35 years, for the enjoyment of dancing, friendship and social interaction. Twitter @35SinglesClub. $15 - $18, 7 p.m. (Carpenter's Hall, 407 Denali St.) SPEEDSKATING—The Alaska Speedskating Club offers opportunities for people of all ages with any level of previous skating experience to learn how to speed skate. The first session is free. Skates and protective gear are provided. Bring your own helmet if you have one. Come at 7:45 a.m. to get skates and safety gear. They also meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. $18 - $23, 8:30 a.m. (Subway Sports Center, 11111 O'Malley Centre Dr.) BEAT 2 BEAT—This musical trivia show tests your knowledge of music ranging across all genres. Join your host, Nicole, every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. Think you can name the song and the artist first? Come try Beat 2 Beat for your shot at awesome prizes and to prove your musical expertise. (Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

MUSIC SING SONGWRITER SHOWCASE, 7 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) SONGBIRD SATURDAY FEAT. LAURA ODEN, 7 p.m. (TapRoot, 3300 Spenard Rd.) LOCAL ROOTS, 9 p.m. (Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.) SATURDAY CINDERS, 9 p.m. (Avenue Bar, 338 W. 4th Ave.) DANGER MONEY, 9:30 p.m. (Humpy’s, 610 W. 6th Ave.) DJ MARK, 10 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE AERIAL SILKS CLASS—Classes are for 18+ and vary weekly. For more information, visit Sunday Specials will vary by demand. Each Sunday will be a different challenge–learning a new climb, practicing a new sequence, or introducing a new apparatus. $30, 12:30 to 3 p.m. (Anchorage Community Works, 349 E. Ship Creek) PAINT A SCARF—Painters can choose from four designs to paint their very own silk scarves, creating a beautiful personal accessory, or a gift for the holidays. This weekly event also takes place on Tuesdays at 49th State Brewing Co. To register visit $49, 3:30/ 4:30/ 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. (Williwaw, 609 F St.) GEEKS WHO DRINK—Simply, a quiz game played in a pub. It's an Anglo-Irish tradition, but the goal is the same: to foster friendly competition, and promote social drinking, a noble cause indeed. Free, 6 p.m. (TapRoot, 3300 Spenard Rd.)

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MUSIC BYOV—Koot's Bring Your Own Vinyl provides the turntables and speakers, they just need you to bring your favorites from your collection. Who's got the best collection? Come show off your vinyl every Sunday at Koot's. Free, 9 p.m. (Koot's, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

MUSIC ERIN PESZNECKER, 1 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) OPEN MIC NIGHT HOSTED BY JUSTIN BOOT, 8 p.m. (Van's Dive Bar, 1027 E. 5th Ave.) OPEN MIC, 8 p.m. (Humpy’s, 610 W. 6th Ave.) KARAOKE, 9 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.) TAPROOT KARAOKE, 9 p.m. (TapRoot, 3300 Spenard Rd.)

MONDAY, JANUARY 16 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE POKÉMON CLUB—Get the lowdown on where the best Pokémon are in Anchorage. A $5 tournament starts at 5:30. Free, 5 p.m. (Bosco's, 2301 Spenard Rd.) HOW WE MAKE IT MONDAY—Get a whole new view of the brewery. Share some up close time with the brewers, packagers and everyone who makes the beer flow at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Enjoy sessions with each part of the brew crew component, learning how they make it all happen. And grab a few beers from their tap line up, picked by the brewers. Free, 5 to 7:30 p.m. (Midnight Sun Brewing Company, 8111 Dimond Hook Dr.) ALASKA OUTDOORS WEEKLY EVENING HIKE: BICENTENNIAL PARK SMOKE JUMPER—Alaska Outdoors hosts easy to moderate social hikes every Monday and Thursday, all year, throughout Anchorage. Monday’s hike is designed for hiking beginners and families with children on established wide and mostly flat trail about 3.5 - 4.5 miles in 1.5 hours. Thursday hikes are designed for moderate hikers. Free, 6:30 p.m. (Bicentennial Park Smoke Jumper Trailhead, 4700 BLM Rd.) MEDITATION—In this busy, chaotic world, it is very important for our day-to-day happiness and peace that we learn how to control our mind. This is a class designed to show how to apply simple meditation techniques and basic Buddhist psychology in the midst of a normal, modern lifestyle. $5 - $10, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Namaste North Yoga Studio, 508 W. 2nd Ave.) GEEKS WHO DRINK AT THE 49TH STATE BREWING CO—Yes, it's really at the 49th State Brewing Co. Come get your geek on while having 49th State beer and food in the theater with quizmaster Warren Weinstein. Tables will be set up to accommodate a plethora of teams. Doors open at 6, quiz at 7 p.m. Free, 7 to 9:30 p.m. (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W. 3rd Ave.) BACHATA DANCE LESSONS—Bachata is a dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean islands. Both the music and the dance have been influenced by Cuban bolero, merengue, salsa and cumbia styles. Join ADP on Mondays to learn what these beautiful and intimate dances are all about. Drop-in classes are only $12; all levels welcome. 8 p.m.

BOB PARSON & KENNY BLACKWELL, 6 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) FIRESIDE LIVE FEAT REBEL BLUES, 9 p.m. (Koot's, 2435 Spenard Rd.) KARAOKE, 9 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE YU-GI-OH TOURNAMENT AND OPEN PLAY—Born from the game Duel Monsters within the original Japanese manga, the Yu-Gi-Oh card game is a battle-based gameplay where players duel each other using monster face cards. Come and try it out for free, or if you’re a more serious dueler, bring your decks along. Occasional sealed deck tournaments may come with a higher charge. Free for casual play, $6 - $7 for tournament play, 3 p.m. (Bosco’s, 2301 Spenard Rd.) AFTER SCHOOL SKI CLUB—Enjoy winter, learn to cross country ski at Russian Jack Springs Park. The After school Ski Club is open to children who would like to learn to cross country ski in the classic style. No experience is necessary. Students will learn to diagonal stride, stop, and turn, use poles, climb hills and move over varied terrain in a small group setting with an experienced instructor. Equipment and scholarships are available. The program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 17 to February 2. $60, 4 p.m. (Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Ln.) SKINNY RAVEN PUB RUN—Join the weekly joggers scurrying around downtown. The runs are approximately 5K in distance which starts at Skinny Raven and finishes at McGinley’s Pub. Product demos and fun prizes every week. Free, 6 p.m. (Skinny Raven, 800 H St.) I READ WHAT I WANT BOOK CLUB— The book club for those that don’t want to be tied down. No assignments, no judgement–just read what you want. Free, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Siam Cuisine, 1911 W. Dimond Blvd.) ALASKA BREWS ENGLISH—Alaskans breweries tip their hats to Samuel Smith’s iconic craft beers with their own tribute brew. It’s free to come and they’ll be selling both sample size pours and full 16 oz. drafts. Free, 7 to 10 p.m. (Williwaw, 609 F St.)

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 protect their neck if they don't comply. "Imagine was produced by Phresh Kutz,” Boots says. “We were on some break beats, shit. We made this out in Bakersfield, California."

Mighty Mentals One of my personal favorites off CWSG. Though I've listened to this record countless times, I always wondered who the rapper was on the beginning of the song and whatever happened to him. "The dude in the beginning is my boy Oscar, who went by O-Dog. He was a real ass dude and was an inspiration to me back then. He's in jail."

All Up In The Game "This track was produced by Ysea. There isn't much I can really say about this song, other than it's all real," Boots laughs.

Reflections For a long time, I wondered why Boots put a vocal-less instrumental right in the middle of his album. Was it a mistake? Was it intended to be an interlude? Over a decade later, I finally got my answer and it couldn’t have been explained any better. "I did that for y'all,” Boots says. “I put an instrumental of one of the dopest beats for those who like to rap over beats. I know I do. I figured if the listener made it halfway through the album, they were feeling it and perhaps they were smoking, chillin’ with their homies and wanted to spit some shit. It's like you're vibing to the album with your boys, here's an instrumental for you to freestyle to, before going into the second half of the album. That was for the spitters." Genius.

Snake Charmer I knew, early on, that “Snake Charmer” was Boots' attempt at making a commercial, radiofriendly track. The Phresh Kutz produced track is very catchy and, with help from a local radio DJ by the name of Don Megga, “Snake Charmer” became the first local rap record to air on Anchorage's mainstream radio station KFAT. "Don Megga showed me a bunch of love,” Boots says. “I gave him the album and that was the record that he liked. And he pushed for it and got it on the air and, to my knowledge, that was the first local song played on there by a local rap artist."

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tracks on the album. The Presh Kutz produced "Inspiration" is a braggadocios, battle anthem where Boots throws subliminals at his haters. "I make money on the streets and I don't got time for no beef, but if you come up in my grill, I'll lift you off of your feet," Boots raps. "I guess I'm that fucking white boy, that you wish you could be and there's a lot of folks that's hating on me, just wish they was me." "This is one of the best lyrical tracks on the album." says Boots with a mischievous grin. For longtime hip-hop heads in the loop, we knew who he was referring to. (I'll save that story for another day, though.)

Contact "The dude rapping first on this track, Prosper... that was his one and only rap verse, ever,” Boots says. “Dude never rapped again. That was his only verse, ever." Though I was never a fan of the first two guys rapping on "Contact," Boots’ verse is still so dope. "I'll hop on a grizzly bear's back, strapless / I'll slit his throat and eat his flesh and burn his ashes / Made a coat out of his skin for when the summer passes / I'm cold hearted." True Alaskan rap shit right there!

Cold Weather Survival Guide On the title track, which is probably one of my favorite beats on the album (produced by Ysea), Boots declares his loyalty to his legendary crew–"Arctic Flow till the day I die"–while showcasing his razor-sharp delivery. "It was one of those things where... I'm very competitive and I just wanted to be better than everyone, without necessarily saying that. I felt like I did that."

Forever As much as I love the last track of this classic album, I was so confused as to why Boots was not featured on the track. When discussing why he wasn’t on "Forever," Boots said, "I was so mad that I wasn't on this song. Soiled Seed and AKream snuck off to the studio and knocked it out and when I asked them about it, they said they had called me, but I didn't answer so they recorded it without me. It's such a dope beat. I was definitely bummed out. We had plans on knocking out this group project and 'Forever' was like a preview of that. Kind of like a bonus cut. We never made that group album," Boots laughs.

As we sat at ADAMN's house, smoking, laughing and listening to this classic piece of Alaska hip-hop history, we reminisced about "the glory days." Seeing the joy in Boots’ eyes while we listened to CWSG, I could tell the fire and passion that was evident on CWSG was still there. The smile on his face while he talked about his love for hiphop, the music he's made, the impact he's had on so many in our beloved state and beyond … I know that Josh Boots' story isn’t over. CWSG is available on Apple Music and iTunes.

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Savage Love. By Dan Savage My partner and I have been playing with male chastity devices. We’ve been considering going to a strip club while his cock is caged up and getting him lap dances. Is there some etiquette for this with the dancers? Do we let the dancer know before she is on his lap? Or do we not mention it? Is it rude to get a dancer involved at all? I’ve not yet found an etiquette guide for this situation. Letting Our Cage Kink Show “I think I speak for most dancers when I say I don’t care what’s going on underneath a customer’s pants,” said Bobbi Hill, a lap dancer based in Portland, Oregon, strip club capital of the United States. “Grazing over a stiff object in the crotch region is not an uncommon experience when giving a lap dance and, depending on the texture of the device, I might not even give it a second thought.” While your concern for lap dancers is commendable, LOCKS, the

person most at risk of injury is your partner. Nothing is more fun than inducing an erection in someone who’s locked in a male chastity device—a necessarily painful and punishing erection—but the devices are unyielding (ideally) and the cock flesh is weak (even when hard). A dancer who grinds down on your partner’s crotch is likelier to hurt him. That said, lap dancers don’t like surprises. If a dancer grinds down on your partner’s crotch and feels something hard, clunky and un-cock-like in his pants, “she might go into airdance mode,” Hill said, “which is essentially a lap dance where you make as little contact with the customer’s crotch as possible. Of course, you can never go wrong investing in a stripper’s patience and well-being—try handing her a Benjamin as you explain your situation.” Just in case you’re not interested in dancers who are hers, LOCKS, I ran your question by a male stripper. “I don’t think most dancers would mind if a customer was wearing a male chastity device as long as it caused no physical harm or discomfort,” said Aaron, a dancer at Stag PDX, Portland’s new male strip club. “If all parts of the device are safely tucked away between your legs while you receive the lap dance, there should be little to worry about. But if the device has parts that protrude—and could possibly harm an overzealous dancer while they grind up on you—you may want to be more cautious. It also never hurts to ask the dancers what they’re comfortable with.” Strippers! They’re just like us! You can ask them questions! They will answer them! They respond positively when you take their comfort into

account! They also appreciate large tips! And good personal hygiene! And clients who aren’t completely shitfaced! I recently left my husband and moved from the suburbs to my own apartment in Philadelphia. It’s very liberating and I have been starting to venture out for some great sex, something missing in my 25-year marriage. Two weeks ago, I decided to be adventurous and went to a clubby bar around the block and brought a guy back to my place. The guy was in his 40s, lean and muscular. The sex was great! He was very oral, unlike my vanilla husband. When we got this stud’s clothes off, I saw that his pubic area was completely shaved, basically from his navel down. I don’t know if I looked as shocked as I felt. While he was humping away—I have never had anyone with such stamina and power—he told me to feel his anus, and that area, too, was shaved. I didn’t want to ask him why he shaves, but I am wondering if this is common these days? Is there some “meaning” to it? And is anal touching now customary? I am really out of it and thought I’d ask you. Confused Over Under-GarmentArea Region While I love your signoff, COUGAR, sleeping with a lean, muscular guy in his 40s who likes to have his anus touched doesn’t earn a woman her cougar wings or whiskers or whatever. You’re going to have to fuck a few boys in their 20s if you want to be a cougar. In regards to your recent hookup, COUGAR, the removal of pubic hair has definitely become more common over the last 25 years. Studies have



his week, we go exploring. So, grab some waders, rubber gloves, goggles, bug net and maybe a machete or two because we are off to find the swamp that Trump promised us he would drain. Before we set off blindly in our search, I will let you know that I spent the past week asking people if they knew where the swamp was and what it looked like. Some said it was chockfull of Republicans, while others declared just the opposite–that the swamp was a breeding ground for Democrats. My Grandma told me that we will come to find the swamp by the stench of those who have been there far too long, marinating in their own self-worth, disconnected from those that sent them there in the first place. When I looked to the media for clues, I discovered that the swamp was a wine bar for the One Percent, but then I turned the channel and found it to be a job fair that special interest groups went to hire professional swamp creatures and where regulations spread like the plague. Lastly, I headed over to and checked out what he had to say about the swamp. In a press release dated October 17, Donald Trump was quoted as saying, “It’s time to drain the swamp in Washington D.C. That’s why I’m proposing a package of ethics reforms

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to make our government honest once again.” According to Trump, when we find corruption in government we will have stumbled upon the swamp. No matter how many different ways the swamp was described to me they all told me the same thing: when we do find the swamp, do whatever we can to drain it. Because Americans are tired of the system not working for them. Unfortunately, a swamp does not drain fast and it does not drain easy. Think about it, those swamp creatures have been there for a long time. Coated in slime, slow moving and with tentacles securely wrapped around our democracy. So, for all of you out there complaining that Trump is not fulfilling his promises–hold your horses! He hasn’t even been inaugurated yet. Not to mention the current tenants of the swamp are going to do whatever they can to plug the drain–which they recently tried to do– and successfully pissed me off in the process. These dirty swamp monsters held what they hoped would be a secretive vote to castrate the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The OCE is an independent, non-partisan body charged with reviewing allegations of misconduct against members of the House of Representative. The keyword there being independent. You see, the Swampy McSwampertons of Congress were voting to strike that part of the OCE and merge it with the House Ethics Committee. That’s right, they wanted the OCE

found that upwards of 60 percent of women regularly remove most or all of their pubic hair; there aren’t studies about men removing their pubic hair, but many men do. Shaving or waxing doesn’t necessarily mean anything in particular, other than a preference for hairless junk. And the younger people are—chronologically or in spirit—the likelier they are to remove their pubes. And while I wouldn’t describe anal touching as customary, there are definitely more straight men around today who aren’t afraid of their own assholes. I met my boyfriend at a gay night in a club. I thought he was gay because he was dancing shirtless. But he loves going down on me, the PIV sex is the best I’ve ever had and I believe him when he says he’s straight. He’s got an above-average cock, but he likes me to tell him it’s small and compare him unfavorably to men I’ve been with who had bigger cocks. I’ve had bigger and I don’t mind degrading him like this. (It’s a nice change of pace to be with a guy who doesn’t want me to pretend like I’ve never seen another cock before!) So that’s not the reason I’m writing. This is: He likes to be called a “ faggot” when he’s fucking me. It makes him incredibly horny, but I feel guilty for using an antigay hate term while we’re having straight sex. Is this okay? Is it fucked up? Should we stop? Female Anxiously Grants Slurs It’s not okay, it’s completely fucked up, and you don’t have to stop. And if you feel the least bit guilty about calling your boyfriend a fag when he’s fucking you, FAGS, an hour on gay Tumblr will make you feel better about that. The number of gay men

out there who think it’s hot to call their own assholes or other men’s assholes “cunts” will both surprise you and make you feel less conflicted about calling your straight boyfriend a fag. I recently stopped reading your advice column due to its current focus on homosexuality. Just letting you know the heterosexuals are still alive and doing well. Bored Reading Endlessly Experimental Deviants Exploring Rectums Over the last year, BREEDER, I published 140 questions from readers who identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bi, trans or straight. Twenty-six of those questions were from gay men (18 percent), 16 were from bisexuals (12 percent), 6 were from trans people (4 percent), 2 were from lesbians (1 percent), and 90 were from straight people (65 percent). Almost all of the bisexuals whose letters I responded to were in opposite-sex, aka “straight,” relationships and the same goes for half the letters from trans people. (Lots of trans people are straight identified and in opposite-sex, aka “straight,” relationships.) So nearly 80 percent of the questions I answered last year focused on straight people and/or straight sex. If a sex-advice column that’s about straight people and/or straight sex 65 to 80 percent of the time is too gay for you, BREEDER, then my “current focus” isn’t the problem—your homophobia is. I would say that I’m sorry to lose you as a reader, BREEDER, but I’m not. Listen to the Savage Lovecast every week at

While You Were Tweeting under the control of the very people it was charged with investigating. They complained that the office was too aggressive and overzealous in its investigations. Are you kidding me? You signed up for this, remember. You are a public official fighting for the interests of your constituents. We need to always know that you represent us and not special interests. If you can’t handle a little ethics investigation here and there, perhaps you should step out of the swamp before you drown. Fortunately, the Plumber himself stepped in to save the day, tweeting, “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority…” His tweet finished with the hashtag #dts. After an emergency meeting, the House Republican Conference decided to scrap its plan and thus the plug was removed. Now we must ask ourselves if we think Trump really meant it. Is he serious about raking out all the muck in Washington? Or, was it the most clever campaign slogan ever? If you think about it, what Trump did was say that those who have been in Washington are the swamp and he was the plumber. He took his campaign theme of outsider vs. establishment a step further with “drain the swamp.” He is the guy who is going to end the establishment. Powerful stuff, right? The only problem here is that Trump will

not be draining the swamp. Yes, he thinks he is a plumber, but he is not a plumber–although I wouldn’t put it past him that he knows the best plumbers. But, you see, you can’t drain the swamp once you’re in the swamp, it’s just not possible. As a President you are forced to work within the existing system in order to get things done and unfortunately the foundation of our democracy is built on a swamp. Rich Lowry expounded on this with his December 1st opinion piece in Politico, “the fact is that in a country with an enormous federal government and a First Amendment that guarantees the right to petition the government, the swamp is always going to be extensive and miasmic. As long as there is so much power and money in D.C., the lobbyists, the consultants, the associations, the media pooh-bahs, the contractors and the courtiers will gather and jockey for influence here.” As citizens and as voters, we cannot let President Trump escape our watchful eyes for the next four years. Because we will be the ones draining the swamp. We are the swamp drainers and we do not care if you are Republican or Democrat. We care that you represent America, us small guys. We demand transparency. And we will point it out every single time that someone tries to plug our drain. And by “we” I am not referring to the mouse in my pocket, I am talking about us citizens of this great nation. January 12 - January 18, 18, 2017 January 12 - January 2017


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with Merrill Field, Anchorage based air charter company

Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) seeks a dynamic and detail-oriented Project Coordinator for the R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness) Collaborative.

Veteran owned and operated, currently 40% veteran staff Why vets? We value teamwork, commitment, integrity, being safety minded, a yearning for challenge, and a willingness to improve one’s self through training What we offer: the opportunity to contribute to the success of a growing air charter company with a solid reputation and a culture of continuous improvement and quality customer service. Potential for subsequent assignment as a Flight Coordinator, with a key role orchestrating the company’s resources to serve our customers What’s in it for you: good pay, matching 401(k) plan, and health insurance, and the satisfaction that comes from contributing to a winning team

January 12 - January 18, 2017

This is a full-time position with an annual salary range of $40 - $50K DOE plus full benefits.A complete job description is available at To apply, send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Open until filled, with first review of applications Feb. 3, 2017. Mat-Su Health Foundation XNLV309076

What you’ll do: prepare aircraft for flight. This includes towing, fueling, loading, post-flight securing, freight handling, and anything else needed to serve our customers What you’ll need to succeed: • the main thing is having a positive attitude and the desire work well with your team • be a good communicator • have a desire to learn new skills • be able to lift up to 50 pounds • computer proficiency needed to qualify for subsequent Flight Coordinator training contact Pete at 907-276-5422 or


The Project Coordinator will be part of a small team responsible for driving the work of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su forward, in particular supporting day-to-day communications and administration, community engagement, and data functions.

(907) 352-2892 • (907) 352-2865 fax 950 E. Bogard Road • Ste. 218 • Wasilla, AK 99654


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January 12 - January 18, 2017

Anchorage Press 1/12/17  
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