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Political correctness and free speech Don Young is the congressional court jester and nobody much in Congress or in Alaska for that matter cares or is surprised at what comes out of his mouth. As an environmentalist, it has been my longstanding argument that we are better served by a fool than someone who is not. The flap over Congressman Young’s oafish gaffe about “wetbacks,â€? however, speaks to a problem that has become a pernicious part of American culture. One can imagine the fireworks if there were organizations like the National Council of The Race, the Anglo-American Legal Defense Fund, or the National Association for the Advancement of White People. What if the Huffington Post had a section called “White Christian Voicesâ€?? Political correctness is an obvious double standard and is often used by minorities to stifle debate and advance their own, often-suspect agendas. The surest way to put someone on the defensive is to call him and/or her a racist or a bigot no matter that most of those who do it cannot correctly define the terms. Political correctness is an enemy of free speech. It is hard for me to believe that Don Young is a “racistâ€? or a “bigotâ€? given that he was married to and had children with an Alaska Native woman. My guess is that what his detractors were really up to was to discredit his views on immigration. Political correctness is part of the mix that has brought American society to a standstill because it detracts from the substance of debate. Americans are so thin-skinned that is seems that we do not have anything better to do than to be uptight all the time. Even the President cannot call a “babeâ€? a “babeâ€? without being labeled sexist. His own self-description as an African-American in itself evidences our double-standard, because he is half-Caucasian (not to mention that Caucasians also have their genetic roots in Africa). So should not we all be African-Americans or in the President’s case an African-Euro-American? The fact we are becoming a society of hyphenated names underscores the split personality of America. Another recent piece of silliness is the fuss over the Mexico Barbie Doll. Come on folks—I do not hear an outcry about the Holland Barbie. ‌ and while on the subject, why is it not ok to say “Jewed downâ€?—as unflattering as that might be—but ok to say “Dutch treatâ€? or “get Scotchedâ€?? As a ScottishSomething-Something-American, I am not in the least offended of being denigrated for being frugal and will refer readers to The Millionaire Next Door for a more detailed discussion of the subject. There may be some Scots who are offended, but I have not met any. There are also the “Mics,â€? “Wogs,â€? “Frogs,â€? “Itis,â€? “Newfies,â€? and “Kaffirsâ€?—too many to list them all, but in time they all will be forgotten to be replaced by other epithets. How come Mel Brooks can get away with breaking the bounds of political correctness while the rest of us can’t? Labels can only mean something if we allow them to. We all have been called names that we do not like. It is not right but it part of being living in a social environment. What happened to “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt meâ€?? People who know their worth rise above it, but there are those who want to stew in it and in some cases make careers out of it. Who are these self-appointed gatekeepers anyway, and why do we let them get away with controlling the dialogue by dictating the use of vocabulary? Political correctness is as bad as its opposite, and it detracts from what we really should be concerned about, like how to stop a human-caused mass extinction. We do not want to even talk about that much either because it would entail bringing up religions, cultures, social predilections and a whole bunch of other thorny stuff that somebody will find deprecating even while we commit planetary suicide. —David McCargo, Anchorage

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I’ll take a pass

Depends who’s doing the tapping

With all the fuss over UAA athletics, you’d think it was important for education

or peer-group to care about how my team was fairing competitively. So I decided to look it up. I used the miracle of the Internet and did a Wikipedia search on “college sports.” Apparently, college sports are a way bigger deal here in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world. The main point of it is to engender a tribal spirit and so encourage alumni to donate money to their alma mater. At big league colleges it’s far more mercantile. Their objective is similar to any corporation, to By Ryan Kennedy squeeze every last cent out of the public in the form of jerseys, hats, ticket sales, and so on. In o what’s the deal with organized the process there is a perverse situation where sports? I mean really. I just don’t get it. I’ve they exploit college athletes who often would read about the current hullabaloo about not have gotten into the school they are playthe University of Alaska Anchorage hockey ing for were it not for their athletic ability. Afplayer getting whacked by a stick from his ter college, those who don’t graduate often find coach and somehow this is supposed to be a they are unprepared for a vocation that does scandal. not involve sports and are left to find some kind Meanwhile a $109 million arena to what of entry-level job after helping their alma mapurpose I don’t know exactly is being erected, ters make millions. and a month after saying he’d stand behind his Here in Alaska the reason is more mysteriman, Chancellor Tom Case throws the director ous. If you go Outside you won’t see many Seaof the whole department under the bus because wolf jerseys and the like and I just can’t believe he’s getting heat from politicos gearing up for donations from alumni come anywhere close the silly season. All this in an institution whose to covering the cost of the new palatial arena or ostensible goal is to educate people, not build a even a significant fraction of the UAA athletic Winterfell kingdom ala Game of Thrones. budget. Again, what is going on? I was an athlete. In So this is why I can’t muster so much as a high school I wrestled, long-distance ran, and “meh” about Steve Cobb’s firing in the context was on the diving team—all with the objective of the big picture of academic life. That is to, of impressing the ladies. Sadly it never came to you know, educate students and make them fruition. But in all my athletic endeavors I nev- well rounded individuals. er expected anyone outside my immediate family or peer group to care about how my team Ryan Kennedy lives in Anchorage and is forfared competitively. mer student and athlete at University of Alaska So let me just put it out there. I hate sports. Anchorage. When I pick up a newspaper (not this blessed one) I automatically and surgically remove the crossword from the sports section and drop it like a bad habit. I just don’t get it. One group of guys moves the puck, ball or arbitrary object into the other guy’s too-close-for-comfort area, yet how exactly does this impact anyone’s lives outside those immediately involved? And besides, any given professional team is comprised of ringers from God knows where. Those Texas Tea-Baggers you’re cheering on, well they come from every corner of the galaxy, Jemone from Mississippi, Sven from Duluth, Jose from the Dominican Republic or T’pau from Samoa, everyone except J.R. from Dallas, he’s probably playing for the Fudge-Packers as a free agent. The next day a billion Chinese plant and harvest rice and the world keeps spinning east— big deal. That’s why I can’t wrap my mind around the current folderol about this Cobb guy getting canned. What is the point of college sports? I mean really. No, I really want to know. Again, I was in sports myself both in the high-school and collegiate level but I never wanted or expected anyone outside of my immediate family


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he government is reading your emails. I read these words the other day and immediately thought of something I’d read recently about YouTube. Let’s say a terrorist makes some nasty video of an enemy corpse being defiled or a hostage being decapitated or something, and then goes and posts it on YouTube. It doesn’t get checked for appropriateness before it gets on there. Users will usually flag snuff videos pretty quickly and they’ll get pulled, but real-time moderation is unrealistic. About 100 hours of video get posted to YouTube every minute. It would require about 20,000 YouTube employees doing nothing else but viewing newly-posted videos in order to make sure we’ll never see anything we don’t want to see. So do you really think the government is reading your emails? Large boiler rooms of National Security Agency employees sifting laboriously through all your missives? Having a good chuckle while they do so? Really? Life should be so short. So let’s be clear first of all… the “metadata” the government collects, concerning both phone calls and emails, is described best as “outside of the envelope.” It is who it’s from and who it’s to. It is length of call. It is bytes of data. I think reasonable people, looking at this issue dispassionately, would agree that maintaining an ongoing communications database is a reasonable thing for the government to do in order to keep us safe from terrorist threats. You don’t think so? Well, you must not be looking at the issue dispassionately. The way I see it, there are two types of people who disapprove of the kind of domestic surveillance the NSA is currently doing. The first kind falls under the large umbrella of conspiracy theorist/wingnut/hate government/fear and stupidity type. People with a deeply ingrained distrust of government who are convinced, despite the prevailing evidence, that this is just the first step toward Big Brother having unfettered access to the most deeply private details of our lives. The reality is, the government is no more likely to read my emails and listen to my phone calls than it is to nuke my house. Just because it can doesn’t mean it will, and let’s face it, if we worried all the time about what the government could do to us, we wouldn’t stop worrying. The second type of disapprover of domestic surveillance is frankly much more annoying. To identify them, we have to go back to 2006, to a question asked in a Washington Post survey as soon as the evil wiretapping intent of the Bush-Cheney administration had become widely known. “As you may know, the National Security Agency has been investigating people suspected of involvement with terrorism by secretly listening in on telephone calls and reading emails between some people in the United States and other countries, without first getting court approval to do so. Would you consider this wiretapping of telephone calls and emails without court approval as an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?” Notwithstanding, of course, that this particular type of wiretapping was quite illegal at the time, which some argue makes it substantially different

from the seemingly similar circumstances today, but anyway… the results back then were: 54 percent acceptable, 46 percent unacceptable. This is why it’s a hot issue, because people don’t agree on it. It’s contentious and divisive, seemingly pitting the civil libertarian, pro-privacy crowd against the homeland security, fight-terrorism-atall-cost types. Now, move forward to today and we see very similar results in a Pew survey: “As you may know, it has been reported that the National Security Agency has been getting secret court orders to track telephone call records of millions of Americans in an effort to investigate terrorism. Would you consider this access to telephone call records an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?” The results were: 56 percent acceptable, 41 percent unacceptable in 2013. The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? But is it the same? Well, when we look at the results by party affiliation, we see that it’s actually not. In the 2006 result, 82 percent of Republicans approved of Bush-Cheney wiretapping. But now that BHO is in power and running the NSA, Republican approval is down to 52 percent. Among Democrats in 2006, 68 percent of Democrats felt wiretapping was wrong because Bush was doing it, yet miraculously, now their exalted leader is ensconced in the White House, that disapproval has plummeted to 34 percent. In both cases, about a third of party registered voters changed what I’m sure they would claim were firmly held beliefs, based not on the pros and cons of the issue itself but based solely on the party affiliation of the president in charge at the time. Can you imagine anything more asinine? Clueless people, so incapable of firing off neurons and coming up with an original thought themselves, so slavishly devoted to the apparat of party that they no longer think for themselves at all really… their mantra becomes: if the other party does it, it’s wrong. There are, by my figuring from this data, about 30 million people in this country right now who fit this profile. About 20,000 in Anchorage alone. I know many of them personally! Both registered Republicans who were all for Bush and Cheney when they were tapping our phones, but who are all holier than thou in their opposition now, or registered Democrats who sprayed spittle around in 2006, but are now hoping against hope that no one notices they’ve changed their tune. Are you one of them, dear reader? Please, tell me you’re not. It’s frankly what’s wrong with politics these days. Way too much adherence to party, and not enough thinking for ourselves. - Ivan Moore is a public opinion pollster who lives in Anchorage and works for a variety of clients— political, corporate, public sector, or just plain curious—around Alaska. His opinions are his own and we give him a long leash. He can be reached at

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An unexpected education A woman called the Anchorage Police at about 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, to report two people—apparently not bothered by mosquitoes—in the midst of a nude entanglement in full view of the public at Cuddy Family Midtown Park. The woman’s daughter was walking with her and, APD spokeswoman Dani Myren said, “She obviously was not interested in her young child having an education that early. The woman’s daughter would later tell police she saw a naked woman in a wooded area. Cuddy Park is well traveled and near the Z. J. Loussac Library and a post office. It’s not the most discreet place for a romp on a grassy knoll. Police investigated and met a woman with a man asleep beside her. What happened next reads like the lyrics from a misogynistic song by Rod Stewart and The Faces. The man, 37-year-old Mike E. Jones, was combative when he awoke and kicked at his female partner. He would be charged with misdemeanor assault for the kicking and disorderly conduct for engaging in public sex. He was arrested and his case was closed the next day with no contest pleas to both charges, according to the online database of the Alaska Court System. Jones was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation and his ID should be red-striped because the judge told him not to consume any alcohol during probation, according to the database. Jones is not to have any contact with the woman he was accused of having public sex with and then kicking. She wasn’t charged with anything. Police report she had known Jones only two days. Saturday, June 8—A 63-year-old Big Lake woman had been ordered to stay put and not leave the vehicle while her 36-year-old driver (a man from Seward) was being arrested for driving drunk on the Sterling Highway, near mile 39. Blotter suspects some heckling ensued. The woman, Alaska State Troopers report, got out and “charged at the trooper,” and demanded the driver be released. That did not go over well. Readers should keep in mind that working on a busy highway close to traffic is one of the most dangerous things a cop does. They are trained to work safely while they’re out there, and your heckling won’t speed things up. But charging a trooper? Well, that just endangers everyone. Both driver and passenger were taken to jail in Seward. Sunday, June 9—Troopers report they cited a 54-year-old Anchorage woman for negligently feeding wildlife. She had improperly stored trash outside her home and attracted at least one complaint about a bear eating her garbage. She could be fined up to $310. The trooper dispatch does not say where the home is located. (At least one trooper knows how to avoid this particular urban bear-bait station.) Blotter would remind readers that all of Anchorage is bear country, or was in the past and could be again. Improperly stored garbage, streams stocked with fish, various-and-sundry carrion, or pretty much anything odiferous, might bring a bear up your alley. Sunday, June 9—A Fish & Wildlife trooper cited two Anchorage men—ages 56 and 57—for mutilating and/or disfiguring halibut. The men were on Whale Bay in Prince William Sound and the fishing violation was not as horrible as it sounds. They skinned and filleted the halibut on a boat, making it impossible for the trooper to count the fish to see if the fishing party had caught more than their limit. The fine could be up to $210 for each fisherman. Tuesday, June 11—Troopers disqualified a potential father of the year candidate from Kasilof. The 34-year-old was charged for having marijuana in his vehicle while driving, a misdemeanor, and second-degree child endangerment, a minor offense. The child was allegedly in the car with the man when callers reported a dangerous driver. Troopers caught up with the man at Slackwater Campground in Kasilof.

Yo, Nikiski, did you see that? Trooper say a 26-year-old man was shot on Industrial Avenue in Nikiski on Friday, June 14, at about 12:02 a.m. (That would be late night Thursday and earlymorning Friday for people watching the sky refuse to go dark.) The man was riding in the back of a truck when he took a shot to the leg. Troopers are investigating leads and seeking more information. If you know something, do the right thing and call troopers at 907-260-2702 or Crime Stoppers at 800-478-4258.

Mammoths and microblades Digging up ancient culture in Interior Alaska By Molly Rettig


n a small hill surrounded by boggy muskeg in the Tanana River Valley, prehistoric skin scrapers made of schist, polished slate tools and glass beads were recently uncovered. Based on the design of the tools and the way the animals were butchered, it appears to be an Athabascan campsite from the turn of the 20th century. “These are very typical Athabascan tools. But you usually think of polished stone tools with the Eskimo area, not in the Interior, so it’s very interesting,” says Chuck Holmes, the archaeologist who first discovered the site several decades ago. He’s leading a team of 10 graduate students and volunteers at the excavation through June. Swan Point is just north of Delta Junction. You can see the Alaska Range to the south, the Yukon-Tanana Uplands to the north, and Donnelly Dome just across the valley. Fourteen thousand years ago, long before the boreal forest of today, the views were even better. “It was an open grassland and mammoths, horse and bison were roaming around. You would have almost a 360-degree vantage to see game coming and going. So this is a really good spot.” That’s why many different cultures made the site their home over millennia. Swan Point goes back more than 14,000 years. “It’s the oldest, well-documented age we have for any humans in Alaska,” Holmes says. “It’s older than the oldest established culture in the Lower 48, known as the Clovis culture.” He discovered the site in 1993 while working for the Office of History and Archaeology, part of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. It was the first link between the Dyuktai culture of Siberia and Alaska. “In that period the sea level was lower and there was a land bridge, Beringia, connecting Alaska with Siberia. Alaska was actually more a part of Siberia than the Lower 48,” Holmes says. That’s because the Canadian ice shield— which existed until around 13,000 years ago— blocked the migration of animals and people between Alaska and the Lower 48. How did they make the connection between the two groups?

The answer is a very special type of stone tool technology called microblade. The Dyuktai people in Siberia were using identical hunting technology during the same time period. “Think of a single-edge razor blade, long and narrow and sharp as heck on both edges,” Holmes says. About an inch long, they were made of rocks like chert, obsidian and basalt and could be used to make precise cuts like an X-Acto knife. These blades were inset into a projectile point made of ivory, bone or antler, similar to sticking razor blades into slots on a flat pencil. They were constructed as long darts and flung from an atlatal, which extended the throwing arm of the hunter like a lacrosse stick. “It would make a very wicked deadly weapon.” Yet it matches no culture in the Lower 48, suggesting the Dyuktai technology never made it down south. Where the oldest cultures in the Lower 48 came from is still hotly debated. Swan Point also holds a trove of information on wooly mammoths, helping confirm that people overlapped with the hairy elephant-like beasts. “The site is almost like an ivory workshop, where people are taking the ivory tusks and breaking them up and utilizing them.” While many ivory tools had been found in Alaska, there was no evidence that people hunted mammoths—for example, bones with an arrow tip sticking out. So some archaeologists thought that humans had simply scavenged ivory from cutbanks thousands of years later. Radiocarbon dating of ivory and teeth from Swan Point showed otherwise. “It became perfectly clear that people and mammoths were coexisting. The people were killing the animals using this microblade stone tool technology.” Now they are digging their way toward the past, uncovering different cultures as they move down through the soil sediments. This summer, the group is also investigating 800-year-old hearths discovered last season that contain stone tools as well as burned, white bone fragments. “We suspect this was a method of rendering the grease out of them, by boiling them in water and skimming off the grease.” Swan Point is not only the oldest record of humans in Alaska—it’s also very intact. “A lot of sites are disturbed by construction. This site was totally undisturbed. It was found in a test pit by archaeologists.” Holmes will begin a comprehensive report on Swan Point after this season. Molly Rettig is a science writer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.

Yo Anchorage, did you see that? Anchorage Police detectives are still seeking information about a 2 a.m. shooting Sunday, June 2. The incident began with a disturbance at the Office Lounge, at 545 East Northern Lights Blvd. The bar’s security staff escorted a couple out of the bar and, police say, several people argued with each other both inside and outside the bar. Security staff were busy with this hubbub—you would remember—and heard multiple gunshots outside. One man was shot in the leg. He was seriously injured and was on Fairbanks Street near the front of the bar when he was shot. Detectives called for help from the public this week. They believe there may have been photos or video captured on that night on bystanders phones—late night Saturday, June 1, to early morning Sunday, June 2—that they have not yet reviewed. Anyone with information can call APD at 907-786-8900 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP. —Scott Christiansen


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Going north Restaurants, roadside treats for Wasilla, Talkeetna and beyond By Ash Adams


ummer in Alaska, with its long days and manic energy, is the time for road trips, friends, and good food. Driving south quenches longings for the sea and the beach, and driving north takes you to a whole different Alaska—rugged forests, Denali, and rivers. The northern part of Southcentral Alaska is lush, verdant, and wild in the summer. It smells like earth and wood and campfire. The food scene on the road north is often not what you’d expect and sometimes exactly what you’d expect—there is always something hearty nearby. However, there is also alternative fare, some delicious Thai food, and cookies like your grandma made if she was a professional baker.


ust a little longer than a two-hour drive north of Anchorage, Talkeetna is home to many must-visit historical locales, including the Fairview Inn, which regularly hosts Alaska bands and has an enormous bear-skin rug tacked on the ceiling. At the Fairview, you’ll spend the evening and afternoon with Alaskan hipsters, and if you stay into the night, you’ll see some local talent while you sit on your barstool. The Fairview Inn was constructed in 1923 to serve people traveling between Fairbanks and Seward on the railroad, but now it is a destination on its own. Talkeetna has a thriving culinary scene, too, which makes it a destination for both Anchorage and Fairbanks foodies. Of course, you aren’t an Alaskan until you’ve visited The Roadhouse in Talkeetna. Breakfast is the star here, so be sure to get in before 2 p.m., and bring friends so that you can try everything. The starter used for the Roadhouse’s pancakes is from 1902, so there’s history in every bite, and you’ll take a lot of bites because one pancake is about 12-14 inches in diameter. Biscuits and gravy are prepared with the creamiest gravy ever and reindeer sausage. “The Standard” is pretty standard (scrambled eggs, home fries, extra thick peppered bacon, toast, juice, and coffee), because it has everything you could need for breakfast on one plate. Shy folks may have to wait for their own table; the Roadhouse is a family-style place, so you’ll probably find yourself sharing a large table with visitors and locals alike. Don’t be stuffy; make a friend. On your way out, grab a cinnamon roll as big as a softball and some cookies to munch on the drive home. Down Main Street, West Rib Pub and Grill serves up colossal burgers and shrimp. The Food Network’s Man Vs. Food filmed on location at West Rib several years ago and featured “Seward’s Folly,” the so-called “biggest burger in Alaska,” which weighs in at over five pounds and is prepared with caribou burgers, ham,

bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and Fat Ass sauce. “If you can eat this one,” the menu reads, “you are a Master.” If burgers aren’t your thing, West Rib serves wild Alaska Pacific salmon and halibut—there’s no farmed fish on the menu. It’s a funny place that serves good food—quaint kitchen tables and chairs in a room walled with photos and memorabilia, making it feel like your Uncle Bob’s cabin or some other home away from home. If you keep driving north, you may end up camping for the night and eating some camp food, or you can stop in Healy for a diner-style meal at the Totem Inn, which people describe as an “okay breakfast” and “decent.” It is okay, and even decent here. Eggs are eggs, and sausage is sausage. There is no flair, no fuss, but everything is tasty and just what you’d expect on the roadside. Drive through the night if you like, and you’ll find yourself in Fairbanks in no time. The Cookie Jar is Fairbanks’ version of Girdwood’s Bake Shop, in that it feels like your grandma’s kitchen. It’s a family business that “started with a chocolate chip cookie” and grew into a full-scale restaurant that serves a variety of American favorites, from homemade deepfried mozzarella, burgers, sandwiches, and lasagna to all kinds of baked goods, homemade pies, and breakfast and brunch fare. The menu is a little overwhelming at first, so if you’re in doubt, order a cookie or cinnamon roll while you mull it over. Lemongrass Thai Cuisine will blow you away—at least, it blew me away the first time I ate there. It seems out of place in Fairbanks, but it is some of the best Thai food I’ve had in Alaska. Choose from a variety of curry and noodle dishes, grilled seafood and meats, or just stick with soups like the traditional Tom Yum. The restaurant’s interior is open and bright, and the food presentation is simple and lovely. Flavors are complex, from the curries to the soups and satays, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. You can keep going here, or turn back—you’re now about seven or eight hours away from Anchorage, and there is still so much more Alaska to see! I know a few that have driven over the ice to Barrow in the winter, but that’s another story.


ou don’t have to go as far north as Talkeetna or Fairbanks for a treat—Palmer is home to several food destinations that are less than an hour away, like Bistro Red Beet on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. The Beet has a bakery offering gluten-free, soy-free, corn free cookies, English muffins, and pastries as well as a full-service bistro-style restaurant of alternative fare. Picky eaters can relax here—Bistro Red Beet understands picky. The menu serves favorites like the Breakfast Burger (sausage patty, folded eggs with cheese, leeks, greens, toasted English muffin and a side of roasted potatoes) as well as the Ultimate Veg Sandwich (beets, pears, sweet peppers, onions, sprouts, caramelized apples, grated carrots, and berry herb drizzle), and coffee comes served in a French press carafe. The walls are bright, the ceiling is yellow, and the old-world charm of mismatched wood furniture makes the dining

Owner Sally Koppenberg and the Bistro Red Beet’s display of gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free cookies, English muffins, and pastries. Photos by Brian Adams

The Roadhouse, in Talkeetna. area feel homey while still fresh and modern. The most important thing that I’ve learned in my time dining in Alaska and when traveling anywhere is this: try everything. You nev-

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une is the perfect month for a road trip into Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Interior. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the perfect getaway for the intrepid beer lover. Plan on heading north for the 49th State Brewing Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural Solstice Brew Fest, featuring a week of sudsy fun in a beautiful location just north of the entrance to Denali National Park. Events are already underway, although the real fun begins on Friday night. The gig started Monday, June 17, with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;beer chatâ&#x20AC;? at the Prospectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub and Pizzeria in Denali Village, 13 miles south of the brewery. The 49th State Brewing Company, Prospectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub and Pizzeria and the Denali Salmon Bake share the same ownership, so this makes sense. The beer chats ran every night from 4-5 p.m. until Thursday night and focused a different style of beer each session. The 49th State brewers conducted the chats and served not only their own versions within the style, but showcased beers from other Alaska breweries that are part of the expansive draft line within the pizzeria. German beers, IPAs, specialty beers and Belgian beers were dissected and sampled. Anyone attending all four sessions came away quite a bit smarter about what they were drinking. Also, on Thursday night, a beer dinner at the brewery paired 49th State beers with specialty dishes cooked using the beers as ingredients. If you make it up there, Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big day. Plan on attending the Friday, June 21, solstice beer release event that takes place all day at the brewery. There are actually two all-day beer release events, the second one is on Saturday. This is a ticketed event and tickets go for $12 for one day or $20 for both. At 4 p.m. Friday, attend the Grilling with Beer Seminar. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn some of the master chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secrets when using beer as an ingredient in grilled foods and about beers that best accompany goods from the barbie. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being held in the expansive beer garden, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re free to enjoy beer through the demonstration (pay as you go), with free food samples at the end. At 5 p.m., if you are interested in making your own beer, attend the Introduction to Homebrewing Seminar and get your name in the hat for a chance to win a homebrewing kit. Live music starts at 8 p.m. in the beer garden. Denali Cooks, H3 and Superfrequency, all legendary Alaska bands, are slated to get you twisting in the midnight sun. And if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough, an indoor dance party will run from 1-4 a.m. in the beautifully appointed indoor restaurant and pub. If you survive the whole thing, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bet you sleep well. I played this game at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Augtoberfest Celebration at the brewery and I fell into a heap when it was all said and done. On Saturday, in addition to the all-day beer release party, there will be a homebrew competition in which submitted beers will be professionally judged to see whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beer bubbles to the top in selected categories. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got judging experience, show up a little bit before the noon-4 p.m. event and lend your palate to the cause. Even in you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t brew or judge beer, peek in on this event and watch how beer is run through the sensory analysis process. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots more to judging beer than just tossing it back and saying that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s either good or it sucks. And, if you want to see how good homebrew is, samples will be provided

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Pot is back in Alaska politics By Scott Christiansen


laska’s marijuana reformers are back, this time offering a wholesale legalization of the drug in a state once known as the most permissive in the nation when it comes to smoking pot. Last week the group called Campaign to Regulate Marijuana cleared its first hurdle with an approval from Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell to circulate a petition and put the legalization of pot on the August 2014 primary election ballot. If the petitioners are successful, voters will be asked to pass a seven-page law that legalizes and regulates the production, sale and possession of marijuana on a footing somewhat similar to alcohol. “The idea of this initiative is to treat alcohol and marijuana about the same,” said Bill Parker, one of the initiative’s sponsors and a former member of the Alaska State House who debated marijuana policy in the 1970s and early 1980s. Parker is retired from the Alaska Department of Corrections. He was deputy commissioner of Corrections in the 1990s. He believes marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and that marijuana prohibition is expensive and impractical. “There are probably a couple hundred thousand people in this state who know, firsthand, something about marijuana. I don’t know if the campaign changes them or not, but we are going to see,” Parker said. The organizers believe Alaska voters will follow a trend of states that have decriminalized marijuana. But few of those states have a history similar to Alaska’s, where courts decriminalized pot and the political system pushed back to re-criminalize it. Parker sounds optimistic despite the history. “I have got to believe that it is soaking in, bit by bit, that the war on drugs does not work,” Parker said. “It is time to stop ignoring the elephant in the room.” The proposed law would allow local communities to opt-out of various levels of legalization. A city or borough could prohibit growing marijuana, manufacturing products from the plant or operating retail sales within local boundaries. A community could limit hours of sale and it could pass those prohibitions by ordinance or by voter initiative. Parker said the authors wanted a local option to protect the rights of communities that prohibit alcohol. “Because they have a right to opt-out on alcohol, we thought we would extend that to them for marijuana,” Parker said, adding he is not sure if alcohol prohibitions work. “Does it work? I don’t know, frankly. Prohibition on any level is pretty tough, but I guess a town that wants to be dry would probably want to be marijuana-free, too. I guess if we want to treat it like alcohol we have to take the bitter with the sweet,” Parker said. Alcohol prohibitions are common in rural Alaska, where many villages have opted to go dry. Even in Anchorage, the bars and liquor stores close earlier than the state-required last call at 5 a.m. But the proposed legalization of pot would not allow a community to ban smoking the plant entirely. That’s because Alaska courts have consistently ruled in favor of privacy when it comes to small amounts of marijuana in the home, for use by an adult. State criminal statutes say otherwise, but the statutes have not changed significantly since a 2003 court decision said that outright prohibition of marijuana is not enforceable under the Alaska Constitution. In a case called Noy v. State, the Alaska Court of Appeals wrote that, “Alaska citizens have the right to posses less than four ounces of marijuana in their homes for personal use.” The decision referenced the landmark 1975 Alaska Supreme Court opinion called Ravin v. State, in which possession of “a small amount” of marijuana in a person’s home was protected. The Appeals Court, in the 2003 Noy opinion, limited enforcement of Alaska’s marijuana prohibition. The judges explained in the opinion that even though Alaska voters criminalized marijuana by initiative, they didn’t have the power to make an unconstitutional law. The power of the initiative process is equal to that of the legislative process, no more and no less. The Appeals court wrote: “just as the statutes enacted through the normal legislative process must not violate the constitution, the statutes enacted by ballot initiative must not violate the constitution.” Jason Brandeis, a lawyer and professor at University of Alaska Justice Center, said the ruling reinforced what he called “the


Ravin doctrine,” which limits how far the state can intrude into the private lives of adults. Cops don’t get search warrants in Alaska based solely on evidence of personal use in a home—it takes evidence of a commercial pot farm or other serious crime. “Ravin, and the other cases, don’t really allow for a way or means for you to procure marijuana other than growing it yourself,” Brandeis said. “If you leave your home or travel outside your home you are not protected within the bubble of Ravin anymore.” In a 2012 paper for Alaska Law Review, Brandeis wrote that the somewhat confusing state of Alaska marijuana law is similar to a “dead letter law”—a law that stays on the books after the courts have ruled it unconstitutional. There is one important difference with Alaska’s prohibition of pot. The prohibition was passed, by voters and later by the Alaska Legislature, after the courts said the right to privacy was more important than the state’s need to ban marijuana. Brandeis has represented marijuana advocates in the past, but says his paper for the law review was academic and he tried to approach it in an objective fashion. “Marijuana law has a number of moving pieces,” Brandeis said. “But when you talk about privacy, the state can only reach into your life so far.” The current initiative offers broad legalization that would put many arguments about privacy aside. Pot would be legal for adults, but not legal to smoke in public. The state could enforce rules against unlicensed sales or illegal manufacturing of, say, cookies or caramels laced with pot, but Alaska law would be on par with the law in Washington and Colorado. Voters in those two states approved recreational marijuana in 2012. So far, Colorado is ahead in terms of announcing regulations. Sixteen other states have either decriminalized marijuana or allowed its use if prescribed by a doctor.


he legalization initiative would not allow people to smoke marijuana in public. It would require anyone transporting a small amount to keep it sealed and hidden from view. It also leaves intact the prohibition against driving while stoned. It would require the state to create a marijuana control board to regulate and license production and sales. Alternatively, the state could enlist the current Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to do that job. The initiative also includes an excise tax. Commercial growers would collect $50 per ounce when marijuana is sold to a manufacturer or retailer. If the state doesn’t enact regulations—which seems likely given Alaska’s history of conflicting pot laws—local communities would be allowed to move forward and regulate marijuana by ordinance. The initiative has yet to attract organized opposition, but there is little doubt it will. Between 1990 and 2004, Alaskans voted on marijuana law four times and in most cases campaigns were hard fought and ended with prohibition reinforced or preserved by healthy margins. One exception was a 1998 election in which voters passed a medical marijuana law that allows patients with a doctor’s prescription to possess the drug. In some states, cardcarrying medical marijuana patients can purchase the drug at licensed shops. Alaska has no such system. Here, patients must grow their own pot or have it provided by a designated caregiver. The initiative would certainly make it easier for registered medical patients to access the drug. “If there are no restrictions on anybody, than certainly medical users will have better access,” said Tim Hinterberger, another sponsor of the initiative. Hinterberger is a University of Alaska professor who teaches anatomical science to medical students and conducts research in molecular biology. Hinterberger smokes pot, he says, “in small amounts,” and has been interested in marijuana reform since he was a teenager. He was involved in a failed 2004 legalization campaign. “I’ve always thought that our drug laws, especially for cannabis, were just a bad idea,” Hinterberger said. “For most people who try cannabis it is the only illegal drug that they ever use. So really, for most people, it’s not a gateway but an ending point for their drug experimentation.” He suggested legalization could help prevent the use of more dangerous drugs, because pot smokers would no longer have to buy their drug on a black market. “It seems likely that if it were made legal it would reduce the interaction of cannabis users with

vendors of other illegal substances,” Hinterberger said. The sponsors say they looked at Alaska alcohol laws and recent marijuana reforms in other states. They also tout a poll conducted by the firm Public Policy Polling that showed 54 percent of Alaska voters polled either strongly support or “somewhat support” legal marijuana for adults when sold by state-licensed dealers. The New York Times has described Public Policy Polling as a company that conducts polls “for liberal and Democratic clients,” while conservative web sites have attacked the firm and accused it of having a liberal bias. The company has tracked bizarre questions, such as an approval rating of God and asking if hipsters should be taxed for being annoying. It also conducts a media trustworthiness poll. Mason Tvert, communications director of the national group Marijuana Policy Project, said Public Policy Polling has delivered consistently accurate polls on marijuana issues. Tvert was involved in a 2005 local initiative in Denver that removed all city penalties for marijuana. Colorado voters turned down a similar statewide initiative in 2006, Tvert said. Some local governments voted to make marijuana their lowest priority for police over the next couple of years. In 2012, Colorado legalized pot for recreational use statewide. The numbers from the pollsters and at elections go in one direction, Tvert said. “Up—Always up, up, up. We have heard of the voter fatigue concept, but I think it is a lot easier for insiders or folks in the media to get fatigued about a policy issue,” he said. “When you think of it from the perspective of the voter, it’s once a year and one policy question. I guess it’s just not that much to get fatigued about.” Colorado and Washington are both working on regulations for recreational marijuana sales. Colorado seems to be ahead on that front, it has a marijuana tax division within its department of revenue and retail dispensaries for medical marijuana patients. In May, regulations for recreational pot sales were unveiled in Colorado and retail trade could start in January 2014. The federal government has taken a hands-off approach to medical marijuana dispensaries in recent years. It’s unclear how the U.S. Department of Justice will react to legal recreational marijuana in those two states. Alaska could get a preview of how conflicting federal and state laws are reconciled—if they are reconciled—before they are asked to vote on the issue. Tvert, said prohibitionists in Colorado argued the new law would make marijuana too accessible. He dismisses that wholesale—pot is already easy to obtain, he says. “Some might argue that we are going to be the least permissive state, because it is going to be more controlled,” he said. “It will be treated like any other product for adults that is regulated and controlled.” He said there have been few, if any, negative results of the vote last fall. For Tvert the vote to legalize warranted a victory lap. He delivered some light-hearted gloating with a dash of sarcasm in an interview with the Press. “You know I’ve got to wash the sky off my car every day,” Tvert said. “It just keeps falling.” —

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Is that your final answer? Alaska’s long, strange, trip with pot laws 1972—In August, Alaska voters amend state constitution by adding privacy clause: “The right of the people to privacy is recognized and shall not be infringed. The legislature shall implement this section.” That December, Irwin Ravin is arrested and charged for having two joints in his pocket. Ravin was a lawyer and informed police he was holding weed with the intention of testing the state’s marijuana prohibition against the constitution. 1975—Alaska Legislature votes to decriminalize marijuana. The new law limited penalties to “a civil fine of not more than $100” for possession of one ounce or less in public or for any amount in the privacy of a home, provided the marijuana was intended for personal use. The lawmakers voted in May, just 11 days before the Alaska Supreme Court issued a ruling in Ravin v. State.

than Hickel.” 1991—A group called Alaskans for Hemp Awareness toke up in an Anchorage motel and alert police by dialing 911. Anchorage Police refuse to respond. A report in the Anchorage Daily News notes the group planned a privacy defense if anyone was charged and there were about a dozen joints and a baggie with about two ounces of weed in the motel room. The reporter also noted the group listened to Pink Floyd song “Breathe” from the album Dark Side of the Moon.

1991—Two lawsuits are filed to prove the new misdemeanor is unconstitutional. Both lawsuits fizzle out. Courts agree with the state that lawsuits without a criminal defendant cannot compel the courts to revisit a criminal code. Alaskans debate whether a law passed by voters can overturn Ravin. The answer seems 1975—Alaska Supreme Court rules in Ravin v. State that “pos- to be an obvious “no,” because voters passed a law so similar to session of marijuana by adults at home for personal use is con- the one overturned in 1975. Still, the question would remain and stitutionally protected.” The court studied evidence about the get no formal answer for a dozen years. Alaska apparently has a health effects of marijuana and found the state failed to prove “dead letter law” when it comes to pot in the privacy of a person’s marijuana use in the home was a danger to the user or to anyone home. else. The decision did not extend the right to privacy into any public place and was the first time the court attempted to define 1998—A medical marijuana law is put on the ballot by citizen the boundaries of the privacy clause. The court acknowledged initiative. About 69 percent of voters say yes and the law passes. the state could prohibit the sale of marijuana. The state can also The state provides a registry for people with a doctor’s prescripprohibit driving while stoned and any marijuana activity involv- tion for marijuana. The law limits possession to one ounce or less ing minors. The ruling left Alaskans wondering how small their and six live plants, only three of which can be flowering. The law stash must be to qualify as “personal use” in their home. allows for a designated caregiver to grow marijuana on behalf of the patient. Caregivers and patients are prohibited from selling 1982—Alaska Legislature responds to the Ravin decision by the drug. Alaska is one of the first states to pass a medical maridumping the $100 civil fine (which was unconstitutional) and juana law, but patients have few legal avenues to obtain the drug. legalizing possession of up to four ounces in a private place. Alaska becomes the most permissive state in the union when it 1999—Alaska Public Offices Commission fines Christian Cocomes to pot smoking. alition $1,850 for campaigning against medical marijuana initiative without complying with campaign disclosure laws. The 1987—Alaska Legislature considers criminalizing marijuana. Coalition admits a mistake was made. The Department of Law estimates it would cost an extra $1.06 million to prosecute offenders over the first five years of the new 2000—An initiative to legalize pot makes the ballot. It law, according to an account in the Anchorage Daily News. The would’ve allowed anyone over 18 to grow and possess pot. It lawmakers stop short of passing the law under criticism it would also would’ve granted amnesty to marijuana convicts, destroyed be unconstitutional. criminal records for marijuana convictions and established a panel to explore compensation for anyone ever jailed on mari1989—Prohibitionists begin circulating a petition to re-crim- juana charges. It would’ve prevented police agencies from using inalize pot by a statewide vote. The Anchorage Assembly con- a urine test to establish if someone had used marijuana. It fails siders a local ordinance criminalizing pot. Both strategies are by 165,315 votes to 114,321. criticized as attempts to pass unconstitutional laws. The Assembly debates the ordinance over several months but postpones it 2001—Alaska Department of Law denies ballot access to a indefinitely, in part because the initiative appears headed to the petition to legalize and tax pot. The initiative would allow local ballot. governments to tax marijuana if state lawmakers failed to implement a tax. State lawyers said the Alaska Constitution does not 1990—An initiative passes that makes it a misdemeanor to allow the state to surrender its tax powers. possess any amount of pot, even in private. The law passes by a margin of about 10 percent. The maximum penalty is 90 days 2003—Alaska Court of Appeals overturns the conviction of in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for any amount less than eight David S. Noy of North Pole. Police had searched Noy’s home and ounces. In the same election, Walter Hickel becomes governor found about 11 ounces of harvested pot, which included buds, with about 38 percent of the votes in a three-way race. The pro- stems and leaves. Police found no packaging supplies or scales. marijuana campaign lost, but attracted about 13,000 more voters Prosecutors brought photos of the evidence to trial and a jury than Hickel. The cheeky slogan was born: “Pot got more votes found Noy guilty of only the lowest level misdemeanor for pos-

session of four ounces or less. The Court of Appeals court overturned the conviction based on the Ravin doctrine established in 1975. The court pointed out that the 1990 citizen initiative did not change the constitution of Alaska when it comes to privacy in the home. Alaska’s prohibition on private use of marijuana by adults is once again a dead letter law. 2004—An initiative to legalize is headed for the ballot. Lt. Governor Loren Leman battles with petitioners over ballot language and loses in court over editorial changes that leaned in favor of “no” votes. Reprinting ballots costs the state about $300,000. Leman also moves the question from the August primary to the November general election over objections of the petitioners. Leman directs his chief of staff to write an opinion against the pot initiative for the state voter information pamphlet. His office then recruits an Anchorage doctor who worked in drug rehabilitation, Dr. Charles Herndon, to sign the statement as if it were his own. Reformers sue and Anchorage Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner finds that Leman violated his obligation to be impartial. Judge Rindner’s ruling came in late October. The judge concluded it was too late to amend the pamphlet, and trying to correct the situation with information near the polling place would only foster confusion. 2004—Alaska’s most recent initiative for broad legalization fails, 169,608 votes to 134,353. 2006—Alaska Legislature, at the urging of Governor Frank Murkowski, passes a bill making even small amounts of marijuana illegal and enhancing penalties for marijuana convictions. Once again the criminal code is at odds with the Ravin decision. The Legislature makes findings that the drug is stronger than it was in the 1970s. Those, even after expert testimony to lawmakers, turn out to be nearly identical to findings Murkowski recommended. Murkowski says his intention was to have Ravin overturned. The Murkowski line: enforcement will wait until the courts decide. ACLU of Alaska takes the bait and sues, representing clients who could be prosecuted if the law were enforced. 2008—Alaska Supreme Court hears initial pleadings in State v. ACLU, and then surprises both sides by ruling the case is not ripe for a decision. The court wants a defendant to be prosecuted before it reconsiders the privacy rights of Alaskans when it comes to marijuana. 2013—Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell approves a new petition that would put legalization of marijuana on the ballot. Organizers, who must gather just over 30,000 signatures, are shooting for the August 20134 primary election. [Timeline sources: Alaska Division of Elections, archives of Anchorage Press, Anchorage Daily News and the Associated Press, Alaska Law Review (“The continuing vitality of Ravin V. State” by Jason Brandeis) and various court decisions listed above.]

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Cains headache Timing is paramount for this popular Seward beach hike By Benjamin Waschke

I can’t speak for the rest of humanity but personally I like to get outdoors and do stuff. My idea of outdoor “fun” doesn’t generally involve carrying a 50-pound backpack for hours on end over rough terrain. To me that sounds like work, hard work. Occasionally, though, I can be persuaded by a pretty face to step outside of my laid back box of leisure and strap on a frame pack, as was the case last weekend. The target trail was Cains Head in Seward. This particular trail is restricted by the tide and can be found near the end of the road in Seward. Melanie and I got confused and ended up paying for parking at the lower parking lot and wasted 20 precious low tide minutes before realizing that there is an upper parking lot for our particular trail. The Forest Service in Seward would do well to reposition some vital signs. The second part of the four and a half mile trail is on the beach beside sheer cliffs, so you have to pay very close attention to the tides before heading out. The thing about Cains Head is that if you don’t make it to a certain point called “the death rocks” in time you must turn back or your hike will become a swim. We

hit the trail a half hour late and ended up scrambling up and over the slimy jagged death rocks (not recommended) rather than walking around them. We also had to maintain an uncomfortably fast pace as we raced the rapidly incoming tide. After enviously passing by two occupied Forest Service cabins we reached North Beach: the primary camping beach for this adventure. With only a few other campers spread out further down the beach we found a suitable location for our tent near a fresh water stream. As with most popular camping locations it takes a bit more work to locate good firewood then I would have liked and I was glad I brought my wood-chopping device despite the extra weight. With a fire roaring and water boiling we sipped apple cider and good bourbon and enjoyed the evening. Unfortunately, popular trails can attract a certain… element and we were disheartened to watch two girls ignore their dog pooping along the beach, even in front of other camper’s tents, and on the stream bank where everybody gathered and filtered their water. It wasn’t the fact that the dog pooped that was surprising, hell I had my dog with me and had to handle some icky business; It was the fact that the owners didn’t care and just laughed. I pointed out that the beach was made up of flat rocks that are perfect for scooping and digging but her response was “yeah, I hear you but I didn’t know he was going to do that,” and then she simply walked away, leaving her dog’s feces on the stream bank. It’s people like her that cause pet restrictions to be implemented and it’s maddening. The next day our friends hiked out on the morning tide to join us and we headed two and a half miles up the mountain to a World War II fort. If you visit Fort McGilvray bring a flash-

light and headlamp; it’s got a lot of dark rooms and it’s creepy as hell. After having lunch on the hill it was another two miles back down to check out South Beach. When we popped out of the forest we were wonderfully surprised to find the water was nearly turquoise, with waves actually curling before crashing on the rocky beach. The weather was bright, sunny and hot, so after a snack I just couldn’t take it anymore and demonstrated an Alaskan baptism to the group (it doesn’t count if you don’t submerge completely.) Yes it was cold and shrinkage was unavoidable I’ll admit, but the second plunge wasn’t as bad as the first and I found that an actual swim was possible—it was a short one but a cleansing experience none the less. They don’t call it Resurrection Bay for nothing. That night the four of us played “Cards Against Humanity” beside a micro bonfire while drinking and laughing our blisters away. The next morning as our friends packed up and hiked out I gave an unapologetic farewell and called the water taxi for a pick up. For $85 Melanie and I had a boat from Miller’s Landing arrive and rescue my out-of-shape physique from carrying that goddamn backpack another inch. The benefit to being within sight of civilization is cell service, and we were picked up by a cheery young man who even stopped near a gray-faced old sea otter for pictures. With the weather scorching hot, now is the perfect time to scratch an Alaskan requirement off the list: swim in the ocean. We can work on peeing in the Yukon River later.

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American History June 20, 1782: June 21, 1788: June 22, 1944: June 23, 1972: June 24, 1997: June 25, 1876: June 26, 1945:

After 6-year discussion, Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States** New Hampshire becomes last state necessary to ratify US Constitution; delay due to Constitution’s lack of basic individual rights President Franklin D Roosevelt signs GI Bill; provides financial aid to World War II veterans** Senator Ted Stevens’ Title IX is enacted; amendment mandates equal opportunity for females in education US Air Force release 231-page report dismissing speculation of UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico, 50 years ago Tribes under Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse wipe out Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and his 7th Cavalry detachment at Little Big Horn; 215 dead United Nations Charter signed; organization to negotiate and maintain world peace

June 20, 1782: After 6-year discussion, Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States On this day in 1782, Congress officially adopted the Great Seal of the United States. Charles Thomas outlined the symbolic connotations of the seal when he presented the design to Congress. The front of the seal depicts a bald eagle clutching an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left, signifying the power of Congress to make peace or war. On the breast of the eagle is a shield marked with 13 vertical red and white stripes topped by a bar of blue, representing the 13 states united in effort and topped by the Executive. The eagle clutches a banner in his beak that is inscribed E pluribus unum, a Latin phrase meaning “Out of Many, One”. Above the eagle’s head are golden rays encircling 13 stars, “which unites the whole and represents Congress”. The colors of red and white represent the important balance between innocence and valor, topped by the blue of “vigilance, perseverance and justice”. The constellation of stars indicates that “a new State is taking its place and rank among other sovereign powers”. The reverse side of the seal bears the familiar Masonic pyramid motif, which Thomas proposed as a symbol of “strength and duration”. The pyramid, like the new nation, is unfinished. The eye floating above the structure is that of “Divine Providence”, a term used to acknowledge the founder’s belief in the hand of God, who had acted “in favor of the American cause”. Beneath the pyramid the number 1776 appears in Roman numerals as a reminder of the year of American independence. The phrase “Annuit Coeptis”, Latin for “Providence has Favored Our Undertakings” is over the Providential Eye, and “Novus Ordo Seclorum” (“A New Order for the Ages) is shown below the pyramid.

June 22, 1944: President Franklin D Roosevelt signs GI Bill; provides financial aid to World War II veterans President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 to provide financial aid to veterans returning from World War II on this day in 1944. Roosevelt believed that ensuring veterans’ employability was critical to a sound post-war economy. The “GI Bill” provided funding for education and twelve months of unemployment insurance, along with job counseling and the construction of veterans’ hospitals. Tuition for advanced education or technical training was covered up to $500 per school year, along with a monthly living allowance during the term. GIs could also apply for guaranteed home and business loans. In the speech he gave at the signing of the Bill, Roosevelt acknowledged the sacrifices of American men and women in uniform, emphasizing the moral responsibility of assisting the brave military members in their return to civilian life. He also hoped the GI Bill would prevent a repeat of the experiences of WWI, where the return of 2.2 million servicemen created massive unemployment, economic depression and social unrest, including the “Bonus March” of 1922. Veterans of wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and UN-led coalition conflicts continue to benefit from an evolving GI Bill, which has been expanded from combat vets only to all honorably discharged members of the military.

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COFFEEHOUSES & BAKERIES Indigo Tea Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Offering a wide variety of loose leaf teas to enjoy in our cafe, on the go or in your own home. Also providing a full espresso bar, baked goods, soups and free wi-fi. 221 E. 5th Ave. 222-1619. Open 7 days a week. Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Great Harvest Bread Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Famous for their whole grain bread, free slices, enormous cookies, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. Bread varieties change daily and range from Honey Whole Wheat to Wholegrain Rustic to High Five Fiber. Great Harvest Bread Company also offers sandwiches on their fresh bread. Located at 570 E. Benson Blvd 274-3331. Open Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sandwiches available Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Superstar Pastry Designâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Corner of Benson & Minnesota 336-STAR(7827). Fabulous scratchmade designer cakes, pastries and brownies, along with a fantastic cupcake bar. Drive thru espresso window open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Order early for specialty and wedding cakes.

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Jensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; The everchanging dinner menu features unique soups, salads and appetizers, plus classic Danish dishes and American favorites. The lunch menu also has a good mix, offering veal and pork meatballs with red cabbage or Copper River king salmon, among others. 701 W. 36th Ave., 561-5367, Mon., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Kincaid GrilLâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Offering dishes such as Kodiak scallops Nicoise, Alaskan seafood cioppino, roasted duck breast and pork chops, steaks and more. Or for a lighter fare, sample the gorgonzola fondue, forest mushroom soup or beet salad. Classic desserts and wines will top things off. 6700 Jewel Lake Rd., 243-0507. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. Kinleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Barâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Casual fine dining at its best! The eclectic lunch and dinner menus are similar, with sandwiches offered mid-day only and entrees scaled up in the evenings. Sample their bacon wrapped dates, calamari steak, lobster ravioli, or almond crusted halibut. Draught beers and great wine. 3230 Seward Hwy, 644-8953. Hours: Dinner Mon-Sat 5-10p, Lunch TuesFri 11:30a-5p. Closed Sun. Maxineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fireweed bistro â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Maxineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fireweed Bistro offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere, using the freshest of local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from house baked bread and flat breads, to every sauce and sorbet. Sundays are family style supper with different themes each week. Full service at the bar and an excellent sun room that is great for parties. 770-7600 5-10 Mon.-Sat 5-9 Sun. www. ORSOâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the place to beâ&#x20AC;? - Happy Hour daily from 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to close in the bar at ORSO featuring half priced appetizers, beer, wine and outstanding specialty cocktails. Enjoy our new lunch, bar and dinner menus featuring our wonderful flatbreads and a wide selection of â&#x20AC;&#x153;from our watersâ&#x20AC;?. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about our weekend brunch from 11am to 3pm with favorites such as Blueberry Stuffed French Toast or our take on the Classic Eggs Benedict (we use crab cakes instead of English muffins). 222-3232 or - Lunch M-F 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Weekend Brunch 11am - 3 PM - Dinner Sun-Thurs 5 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 11 PM. PIZZA OLYMPIA- For homemade Greek and Italian dinners, subs, gyros, mouthwatering Greek salads, plus much more. All sauces, dressings and pizza dough made fresh daily form their own Greek family recipes. For deliveries call 5615264. Open 11a.m.-11p.m. Mon. thru Fri. 3p.m. -11p.m. Sat. Closed Sunday. 2809 Spenard Rd. Across from REI. Sackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ- Upscale, chic with a sophisticated menu that is sure to delight. Fabulous tomato/gorgonzola cheese soup and mouthwatering gourmet desserts. Perfect for any

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ITALIAN Little Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lots of appetizers await you including Calamarakia Sto Tigani (baby squid in olive oil) and shrimp & scallopes with fresh spinach. Palate cleanser-sized salads with homemade dressings the Italian-Greek influence prevades this great restaurant. 2300 E. 88th Ave., 561-0424. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Romanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Upscale atmosphere with a full Italian menu. Top-notch service, fancy dĂŠcor, and fresh food. 2415 C St., 276-0888. Sun.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 4-11 p.m.

JAPANESE Damiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Come dine with us at the most popular sushi bar in town for the newest fusion rolls and specials of the day. We take pride in serving the best and freshest ingredients for our entire menu. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the competition fool you; we are the true sushi restaurant located in the heart of downtown. Take out and catering available. 605 E. 5th Ave, 274-5211. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Dish Sushi Barâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A contemporary and upbeat spin on the classic sushi bar and Japanese restaurant. Our sushi is served immediately from the sushi bar to ensure quality and freshness. Our menu also presents some of the most creative Asian inspired dishes by the most talented chefs in Alaska. Our sake house menu features infused sake cocktails, imported sakes from Japan, wines, imported and locally brewed beers. Delicious desserts such as Oreo Tempura and Banana Spring Rolls to complete your meal. Great atmosphere for any occasion. Voted best Sushi and Japanese in Press Picks 2009 and ADN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;? Platinum Award for Best Sushi! 639 W. International Airport Rd. (907) 562-1275 Haru Sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A new addition to Anchorage, Haru welcomes you in like an old friend! Sushi made to order in the old Pizza Hut location on Dimond, monthly cash drawing to reward their loyal customers 729 E. Dimond 522-4444 Jimmyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; One of Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest, convenient little spots to pick up a roll or stop in for a sitdown dinner. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., 1-10 p.m.

301 E. Dimond Blvd., 344-0888 Kansha Japanese Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bright, clean and offering all the standard Japanese fare â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noodles, mixed grill, tempura, bento, sushi and sashimi. 209 E. Dimond Blvd., 272-8888 Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m. Silk Sushi Bar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A chic restaurant offering a variety of cuisine. Come experience new flavors of Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese and Classic American dishes. Silk also offers a variety of wines, beers, ciders and sake to compliment your dish. Come Savor the Flavors at Silk. 907 274 5236 500 E Benson Blvd. Ste 114, Sushi Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Boasting amazing ambiance and a comfortable atmosphere, Sushi Garden offers modern and traditional Asian cuisine, balanced with wine and spirits that defines culinary excellence. Serving Anchorage for over 14 years, our entire restaurant can be reserved to host your next company party or special event. Great place, Awesome food! Open Daily 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 p.m. 1120 E. Huffman Rd. (907) 3454686 Tempura Kitchen- Korean, Japanese and Sushi. They have authentic Korean BBQ tables and many sushi combinations. Their food is naturally healthy. Open Lunch and dinner 7 days a week 3826 Spenard Road 646-1174

MEDITERRANEAN Antoniosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Greek Bakery and CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Located at 3020 Minnesota (in Choi Plaza), Antonios has the best real Greek food in Alaska according to many customers, plus a plethora of just-baked Greek desserts like baklava, galaktoboureko, and various Greek cookies. Fresh bread is served with most entrĂŠes, Arni Fricassee (lamb and greens) is a specialty, as is moussaka, spanakopita and kid-friendly pastisio. A full menu of Greek food available. 6461090. M-Sat 11-9, Sun 1-7.

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t’s almost like a dance—a dozen yogis, each on a mat, stretching and twisting into shapes and animal-like poses in unison. Sometimes, chanting hums through the crowd, but more often than not, a yoga class is like any other group exercise class; there is a teacher giving directions, adjusting students’ poses and explaining movements. The first time I attended a yoga class, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I sat down on my mat—as straight as I could!—expecting to just stretch for an hour or so. Throughout the course of the next hour, I learned that I had muscles I had never felt before, and I really felt them. I also learned that I was incredibly stiff and that I had both underestimated yogis and overestimated my good posture. Although yoga has ancient roots in the East, the yoga community in the West has really only blossomed in the last few decades. Here in Anchorage, there are several studios that offer daily classes, as well as classes at local gyms and even a group that gathers on the Park Strip every Wednesday evening during the months of June and July. Many students and practitioners claim that yoga has changed their lives and made them happier, and they swear by yoga’s ability to improve health and prevent disease. The anecdotal evidence is deep as an ocean. “I prioritize my yoga practice over almost everything,” says Randie Schmidt Mead, a yoga teacher at the Alaska Club who taught last week’s Yoga in the Park. “I arrange my free time and work schedule with a priority on yoga. I really feel it’s that beneficial for well-being. Yoga has the ability to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and calm the entire body. That’s why people practice yoga, and why it was created—to calm and balance. In yoga, we practice being rather than doing because after all we are human beings, not human doings.” Amanda Lyon, the ayurveda director at Spirit Path Yoga, thought that yoga was “hokey and weird” until she took her first class in college. After college, she trained to be a yoga teacher, not to be healthy necessarily, she says, but to be happy. “I thought, yoga teachers seem happy and seem to like their jobs, and I want to be happy,” she says. “And so I decided to learn to be a yoga teacher to be happy. In yoga, I found what it felt like to feel good in my body. I found a greater sense of peacefulness. I found a whole different way of life.” Her sister, Cassandra Lidin, the owner of Spirit Path Yoga, had already studied acupuncture, qi gong, tai chi, and was living what she describes as a “holistic lifestyle” before practicing yoga. “One day I went to a class and it was revolutionary,” she says. “It opened my eyes to a whole other way of understanding meditation, movement, and self-care. It has, over time, become a strong tool to offer to my patients. It’s something that’s beneficial to many people.” According to Lidin and Lyon, yoga and ayurveda work well in conjunction with Western medicine, but while Western medicine is very effective at cutting off symptoms, it is isn’t as effective for treating chronic illness. “For many people dealing with chronic illness, Western medicine doesn’t have much to offer them,” Lyon says. “Western medicine often doesn’t address the question of ‘why’ when it comes to chronic illness. If you’re just taking medication for a chronic illness like blood pressure, you’re not really answering the question, ‘what made the blood pressure go high?’ Often, when a person takes a medication to suppress a chronic symptom, another symptom shows up that then needs medication, and then once that symptom is suppressed, another symptom shows up. In

“In yoga, I found what it felt like to feel good in my body. I found a greater sense of peacefulness. I found a whole different way of life.”


Local yogi Michael Franklin. Photo by Ash Adams

ayurveda, we recognize that these symptoms are all happening in the same system of the body as we know it. When something like that happens, in the body the body is trying to tell you something—it’s telling you that something needs to change.”


cience backs the claim that yoga is good for health; studies have indicated that yoga may be beneficial for everything from mental disorders to chronic pain and blood pressure issues. There are ongoing clinical trials to find other areas and conditions for which yoga might be helpful, including cancer treatments and therapy for patients with PTSD. Research indicating yoga can help combat heart disease and lower blood pressure is well documented. In 2004, a study published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians in India found that yoga aids in the regression of coronary lesions and improves myocardial perfusion. Another study published in 2005 in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that yoga can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and improve insulin resistance syndrome. A Harvard Mental Health Letter from 2009 reported findings regarding yoga’s impact on stress and inflammation, stating that yoga practices reduce heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and eases respiration. A study published way back in 1985 in the British Medical Journal found that practicing yoga can improve bronchial asthma in patients. Whether or not yoga makes people happy is difficult to study, but there is evidence that it helps people with psychological disorders and is good for mental health. Earlier this year, researchers at Duke University found that practicing yoga can improve mental health and benefit people suffering from depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, and insomnia, perhaps because yoga improves the body’s stress responses. Reading the studies, even without the hoards of personal testimonials, the benefits go on and on. A study published this spring in PLOS ONE found that yoga actually has an almost immediate effect on gene expression in the body, which may be the reason for its many benefits. The study examined 10 participants before and after four-hour yoga sessions throughout the course of a week and found that the practice altered 111 genes in immune cells. By contrast, walkingbased relaxation changed the expression of 38 genes. What this means is that, according to the evidence, the practice of yoga can benefit the body almost immediately.

without the serious disadvantages of many other forms of strenuous, weight-bearing exercises. “High impact aerobic activity, and even jumping rope (which has recently and mistakenly been recommended for osteoporosis) leads directly to osteoarthritis,” she writes. “While yoga is no panacea, it does provide weight-bearing exercise with none of the dangers that lead to osteoarthritis.” According to Lidin and Lyon at Spirit Path, the benefits aren’t just from the physical practice of yoga, but the adoption of the yoga lifestyle, which encourages healthy choices in all aspects of life, including healthy eating and emotional health. “Yoga was never meant to be just taking yoga classes, it was meant to be part of your whole life,” Lyon says. “In modern times, we’ve found that there are many physical benefits to yoga, but in ancient times, yogis understood the body in a different way— they looked at the way the energy circulates. The yoga postures were designed to work with the chakras, which is the energetic template for our nervous system. So they had this understanding that doing these postures is not only balancing to that chakra and what they believe that this chakra stimulates mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, but also working very physically on what areas the nervous system is affecting within that posture, too.” But even if all you do is go to class, Lidin says, there are positive health benefits. “Yoga benefits everybody,” Lidin says. “Everybody needs mental health support, and yoga provides that. Everybody needs digestive support, and yoga provides that just by the nature of the poses.” In yoga classes, there are usually positive mantras, encouragement, and a general message of acceptance—of one’s body and self— which might make it easier for people who have gone for long periods of time without exercise to improve their health. The idea that every body can do yoga in whatever shape it is key. “People often say, ‘I can’t do yoga—I’m not flexible or in shape,’” says Schmidt Mead. “But I tell people that that’s a reason to do yoga—to get more flexible and get into shape. I teach my classes with modifications so that everyone can do the poses.” There isn’t an end goal or finish line in yoga, however, and many yogis will tell you that there is no “perfect” pose that applies to every body. The yogic practice is not competitive but instead encourages a constant striving to better oneself and learn more. “I’ve been doing yoga for almost 10 years,” Schmidt Mead says, “and I’m still working and learning.”


he question that I find myself asking while reading these studies is: why yoga? Doesn’t any exercise program benefit the body and probably make us happier, too? Yes and no, according to experts. Loren Fishman, MD, writes in a 2009 Huffington Post article that yoga is unique in its ability to improve certain conditions like osteoporosis, for example,

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summer styles (cont.) look altogether, but if you are someone who can floss the look check out the travel-sized Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray collection (Halo Salon, $28).


ow itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to transition to fashion! May I present you with my current list of summer wardrobe essentials: First and foremost, my summer uniform has been and will continue to be structured by the denim vest. Obviously people are catching on to my badass wardrobe staple because they are currently available at most mass retailers in multiple washes of denim and sweet colors. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about the piece being too much of a faded-out trend or being mistaken for a cast member of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s sitcom Blossom, just pick the wash that goes best with your personality and make it your own by the way you accessorize and rock it. You can throw your denim vest on with any short or long sleeve shirt, you can dress it up or downâ&#x20AC;Ś the possibilities are endless. It keeps your core warm without completely overheating (kind of like the winter â&#x20AC;&#x153;pufferâ&#x20AC;? vestsâ&#x20AC;Ś get it? Vests are cool!) If you are not totally sold on the idea of a denim vest, may I suggest the first and second cousin to the piece, a denim jacket or chambray shirt. Both are easily taken from day to night, and work to play, with great chicness. Roll up the sleeves on both items if desired and you are good to go. Personally, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m prone to wearing dresses, as I feel they are the simplest way for me to look

feminine and polished in a snap. My favorite styles include: the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ankle lengthâ&#x20AC;? maxi (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m short and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rock the to-the-floor-and-thensome maxi length), scuba knit (okay, keyword here is scuba, aka tight, aka this is for a day you are feeling lean), and my all-time favâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;fun and flirty fit and flare! Right now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m loving retro Hawaiian print dresses (mainly because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m obsessed with Marissa A. Ross and her show, plus the print is just quirky and cute. Forever 21 and Nordstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Savvy department are the go-to spots for a fun Hawaiian print punch. If you have a wedding or 12 to attend this summer, may I suggest the totally sophisticated and posh Ted Baker Line found at the phenomenal Circular Boutique (320 W 6th Ave), which also hosts my current favorite line of jewelry, House of Harlow 1960. If you are more into separates, I suggest getting a nice high-waisted skater skirt (Nordstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Savvy, TBD, and BP departments have a great selection of both solid and printed styles) mixed with a cool, slightly cropped top. I know you might be thinking â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not Miley Cyrus, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be Miley Cyrus, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull off the crop topâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? But high-waisted skirts can help balance the crop-top length, making the midriff not so exposed or even completely un-exposed, so I say, by all means give cropped a try. Obviously, the essential summer staple denim vest looks amazing with this combo! If you are a tried and true pant girl get yourself over to Her Tern (811 W 8th Ave) to check


out the amazing Textile by Elizabeth and James line of denim. I stopped by last week and store manager Ashley Munson and I put together what we think is the perfect summer pant look featuring the EandJ Textile â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ozzyâ&#x20AC;? Conductor Striped Stretch Jean ($178), they are cropped and we rolled them to make them extra special for summer), Numph â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vegaâ&#x20AC;? blouse ($80â&#x20AC;&#x201D;with silver star embellishments on the collar, guys), the most phenomenal Chie Mihara â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crolaâ&#x20AC;? sandals in jade ($389â&#x20AC;&#x201D;go ahead and make Her Tern your number one stop for summer shoes while you are there, they have an abundance of snazzy styles that suit summer perfectly), and the best two-tiered gold chain necklace (I want to apologize, I actually bought the necklace that day because it was so cool but they probably have more and if not they have an assortment of other super fly gold chain necklaces). Of course, one of the absolute best perks of living in Alaska is the tremendous outdoors. If you are planning on spending every possible waking moment outside, the fashions found at Skinny Raven (800 H Street) are going to be your best friends. Skinny Raven has such an amazing collection of gear, including an awesome pink Nike windbreaker ($135) I found, and I am always in the mood to shop for a new Hulin-Alaskan designed hoodie (roughly $55-$60). Skinny Raven also carries one of my favorite lines of sunglasses by the brand Toms. Each pair of Toms sunglasses you buy ($88$149) provides sight for someone in need in the form of prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery, or medical treatment through the Toms One for One program.

â&#x20AC;&#x153; NORTH OF HOPEâ&#x20AC;? L

in on an Alaska lake (or are planning a â&#x20AC;&#x153;glam beach dayâ&#x20AC;? at Goose Lake) you are going to have to rock water wear of some sort. Again, I am all about taking a somewhat retro approach with a high-waisted bikini bottom and flirty haltered bikini top or owning the water with a secure one piece. Both options can be highly sultry and fabulous! Nordstrom carries two of my favorite brands of swimwear, Trina Turk and Betsey Johnson, both of which have great swim styles and cover ups, which are so much fun and make the whole â&#x20AC;&#x153;swimsuitâ&#x20AC;? baring look a little less intimidating. My tips for swimsuit shopping include self-tanning the day before shopping, checking out a swim brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size chart online in advance so you can be prepared, and scoping out a sales associate with a similar body type so you two can easily connect and relate about suit shopping. Alright folks, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all hope and pray the sunshine is here to stay! The summer is yours, time for you to own the midnight sun with your superior summer style. Tess Weaver loves anything summer-related with the exception of â&#x20AC;&#x153;little devils,â&#x20AC;? more commonly known as mosquitos. You can typically find her leisurely lounging in her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hammock, Arnold Palmer drink in hand, or at almost any summer BBQ buffet table wearing whatever fabulous Forever 21 dress fit into the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. You can keep up with Tess via her website,

ast but certainly not least, we need to acknowledge the swimsuit factor. If you have the privilege of heading to some sweet cab-



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Solstice Showcase â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Alaska Film Forum and Alaska Filmmakers proudly present the Solstice Showcase. The showcase will be a presentation of five original short films produced in Alaska. Featured films include My Time Machine, Skit Show, Exes, Orc, and Matt and Maddie. Content is not rated. Viewer discretion is advised. Showing Thursday, June 20 at 10 p.m at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W. 27th Ave.)

EXPERIENCE THE AURORAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marvel as the Northern Lights shimmer and glisten overhead through timelapse footage captured in the Arctic Circle. This immersive show is the next best thing to being under Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter night sky. Unearth the science behind auroras, and learn about mankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest to find and understand this incredible phenomenon. 1 p.m. weekdays, through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Grab a bag of popcorn or a snack and settle in for a new favorite or classic movie. Call 343-2818 for movie titles. Fridays, 3-5 p.m. in the Mountain View Library Community Room (120 Bragaw Street)

LED ZEPPELIN COSMIC LIGHT SHOWâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Be transported by moodprovoking abstract art, themebased imagery and transportive effects choreographed to some of Led Zeppelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest hits, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whole Lotta Love,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Immigrant Songâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ramble On.â&#x20AC;? Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. 4:30 p.m. each Saturday through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

PLANETARIUM SHOWS Astronomy Alive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Join a science Wonders of the Universe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years to witness the birth of the universe. On this immersive excursion through the sky, witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. Showing 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO PANGAEA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This new animated adventure explains one of the greatest geological events in Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history: The separation of the supercontinent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn about the mysterious process that created present-day continents. 12:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

Alaska Spirit of the Wild â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This planetarium show is an Academy Award-nominated adventure into untamed Alaska. Charlton Heston narrates as glaciers calve, caribou stampede and a wolf pack hunts.Showing at 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

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Free and family friendly Roustabout Circus Take the kiddos out for an afternoon circus adventure. Jugglers, a magician, musicians, singers and acrobats share their world of wonder and delight. They’ll astound you with acts of dexterity and courage. This event is free and for school-age youth. Event begins at 2 p.m. at the Loussac Library, Wilda Marston Theatre, level one on Tuesday, June 25. The circus will be at the Muldoon Neighborhood library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, as well. (3600 Denali Rd. and 1251 Muldoon Rd.)

Goose Lake Beach Party Friday, June 21 Newsflash: record-breaking temps bring Anchorage citizens out of their winter funk! Bring your beach gear (or super soakers!) and join in for fun in the sun and sand. There will be games and entertainment for all ages. For more information call 3434247. This event is in collaboration with Anchorage Parks and Recreation and is free and open to the public on Friday, June 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Goose Lake Beach. (3220 E. Northern Lights Blvd.)

LaVoy will have their last show in Alaska Friday, June 21, at Humpy’s.

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Humpy’s 19th Anniversary The Rockin’ the Lot concert series is back this summer and kicking off with LaVoy’s last concert in Anchorage, featuring special guests Young Fangs, The Modern Savage and Historian followed by the after party inside with DJ Alex the Lion. This is an all ages outdoor show in the parking lot behind Humpy’s, the after party indoors is 21 and over. Tickets are $10 and are available at Show begins at 6 p.m. (610 Sixth Ave.)

Lick this Boxx Drag queen, actor, comedian, recording artist and writer Pandora Boxx is best known as a season two contestant of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Boxx will be performing a new stand up comedy show on stage at Mad Myrna’s for one night only on Friday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available online at (530 E. Fifth Ave.)

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artslistings>> Downtown ALASKA NATIVE ARTS FOUNDATIONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; An exhibit featuring new paintings by Wendell Brower. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have seen...â&#x20AC;? depicts the Inupiat culture, whaling and celebrations of the past and future. (500 W. 6th Ave.) ANCHORAGE MUSEUM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation.â&#x20AC;? (625 C St.) ARTIQUE LTD.â&#x20AC;&#x201D; New works in watercolor and acrylic by Christine Fortner, plain air oils by Jim Fowler, mixed media paintings on glass by Ayse Gilbert, and blown glass fish sculpture by Andy Nichols. (314 G St.) ARCTIC ROSE GALLERY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Multimedia show by community and gallery artists. (423 W 5th Ave.) AURORA FINE ARTS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jeanne Young expresses her passion for Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving waters in a collection of new works in oil. Living in Hoonah, Naknek, Homer and Kodiak, Young deeply experienced Alaska, growing up and harvesting food from the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bounty. (737 W. Fifth Ave.) BERNIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BUNGALOW â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presenting local Alaskan Kasha Palmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

low-brow pop art with Alaskan themes on skate decks, snowboards, and found objects. (626 D St.) CAKE STUDIOâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cake Studio presents metal artist Jonny Hammond, who will display all new, amazing, larger-than-life sized octopus and colorful salmon schools. (608 W. 4th Ave. Ste. 102) COSMIC CAFĂ&#x2030; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cosmic Cafe presents artist Kay Hanelineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original mosaics. The show offers both contemporary and whimsical mosaics for your home or office, including patio tables and wall art. (701 W 36th Ave.) G STREET FOX â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Artist and teacher Kelly Hebert shows his paintings of local scenes. (420 G St.) HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK COFFEE CUBBY â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Local artist V Rae inspires smiles, nostalgia, and a desire to decorate with her quizzical, bold, and colorful animals. From favorite pets to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;moose next door,â&#x20AC;? V Rae has made a name in the community with pieces hanging in local hubs such as Spenard Roadhouse and Table 6. (939 W. Fifth Ave.) INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Main Galleries: Enzina Marrari, â&#x20AC;&#x153;of love.â&#x20AC;?

Performance, installation and dance exploring the diverse physical and emotional landscape of love. Guest Room: Dave Swensen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rising Tide,â&#x20AC;? an examination of monogamy through digital and still media. (427 D St.) NAMASTE NORTH YOGA STUDIO & CAFĂ&#x2030; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Namaste North Yoga Studio and CafĂŠ presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journeys and Meditationsâ&#x20AC;? photography by Michelle Rothoff. (508 W 2nd Ave.) MIDNIGHT SUN CAFĂ&#x2030; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Midnight Sun Cafe presents Alysin Padilla, Brian Hubble, and Julia Aiken. Padilla has expanded her Skura and Modern Flower paintings collection. (245 W 5th Ave. Suite 106) OCTOPUS INK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty is as Pretty Does,â&#x20AC;? a bohemian collection inspired by the beauty of our environment, its fragility, and a desire to act with mindfulness. No.Apology.Clothing by Kari Multz uses recycled, reloved, and found materials. Fresh floral creations by Dallas Wildeve of Bloomsbury Blooms. (410 G St.) OPEN SPACE ALASKA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents the works of Sibohan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara. (630 E 57th Pl #A2) SEVIGNY STUDIOSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sevigny Studios features the popular silk paintings of Joanne Noyles. Her

theme is aquatic fauna with an octopus, whale, and sea otter. Also featured will be her familiar shorebirds, including sandpipers and sandhill cranes. (608 W. 4th Ave. Suite 101)

Chih-Chiang Lo. This exhibit features a vibrant collection of works from two artists who interpret the medium of painting in very different ways. Runs through June 11. (1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

SLIPPERY SALMON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents art by Faith Woolsey. (115 E 3rd Ave.)

MODERN DWELLERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; August Crass presents a collection of various faces, including old men, monsters and skulls, hand-carved from cottonwood bark. (751 E 36th Ave.)

SNOW CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents C. Ryan Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body of acrylic and pastel work on canvas entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portrait.â&#x20AC;? The show of images on canvas of a person, animal or object. (1034 W. Fourth Ave.) STEPHAN FINE ARTS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Layered and sensual, the encaustic medium is a combination of wax and resin, and has experienced a huge rebirth in popularity over the last decade. New original encaustic paintings by artists Sheary Clough Suiter and Janet Hickok, both wellknown artists who work exclusively in this hard-to-master medium. Also, new works in glass by local glass artist Laura Mendola. (939 W. Fifth Ave.) AROUND TOWN ALASKA BOTANICAL GARDEN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Juneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured artist is Elise Ros. (4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd.) MIDDLE WAY CAFĂ&#x2030; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents works by Peter Graziano and Brian

OUT NORTH CONTEMPORARY ART HOUSE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Curated by Michael Walsh, featuring artwork from Matthew Burtner, Sonya Kelliher Combs, Carla Klinker Cope, Tehben Dean, Rachelle Dowdy, Elizabeth Ellis, Asia Freeman, Hal Gage, Mariano Gonxales, Ruby S. Kennell, Drew Michael, Jennifer Norton, Evan Phillips, Jimmy Riordan, Ryan Romer, Gretchen Sagan, Ethan Woods and Bud Uminski. (3800 DeBarr Rd.)

Northern Lights Blvd.) TERRA BELLA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Welcomes Alaskan artist Rhonda Scott. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? is an explosion of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorful wild and nurtured flowers. (601 E. Dimond Blvd.) TAPROOT PUBLIC HOUSE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alison King is an Anchorage artist and musician, and a 30-year Alaska resident. Her pen and ink sketches, paintings and beaded jewelry designs have won local fans for many years. (3300 Spenard Rd.)

SPEEDWAY CYCLES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents Greg Morgan and Joe Edwardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photographs of The Big Wild Ride, Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1200K Grand Randonnee. The show chronicles the ridersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; journey as they pedal across Alaska: starting in Valdez, traveling to Fairbanks, then Talkeetna and ultimately ending in Anchorage in 90 hours or less. The show will be on display until July 31. (1231 W.

performingartslistings>> STAGE & THEATRE Super Solstice Improv Comedy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; After seven weeks of training, Warrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Students of Improv are being released onto the stage, where they will soar like eagles or crash to the Earth like Icarus (either way, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the ones laughing). Audiences will have the opportunity to guide the show with suggestions, providing the seeds from which scenes will grow like a cabbage in the MatSu Valley. See the spectacle that is improv comedy from people who said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I

think I can do that.â&#x20AC;? Show begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, in the Snowgoose Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door. (717 Third Ave.) Scared Scriptless â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier improv comedy troupe (ir) regularly performing in Anchorage Alaska every second and fourth Saturday of the month since May 2000. Live improv has a heightened intensity, a voyeuristic glee that comes from watching comedy without a net. A close-contact brand of improv, as fast and furious as a video game, with words and

movements thrown out in a continuous mix of voices, accents and energetic motions. Show begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, in the Snowgoose Theater. Tickets available online at (717 Third Ave.) Whale Fat Follies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a high-falutinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show in a low-falutinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; town! The Whale Fat Follies is the most extravagant Alaskan multi-media musical comedy ever staged, and features what Alaskans like bestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;vicious political satire set to a happy, toe-tapping beat.

The Follies proudly presents a live band, stunning singers and dancers, nearly 1,000 awe-inspiring images of Alaskan stupidity, and a costume budget of over thirty five dollars. The Whale Fat Follies originally ran for 21 years at Mr. Whitekeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fly By Night Club, and was seen by nearly 600,000 Spam-andsatire-loving fans before the iconic Spenard bar closed itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doors in 2006. This 2013 limited 30-show season is the shortest run ever for the Whale Fat Follies. This is a show for mature audiences. Show runs Monday, June 24, through

Wednesday, August 21, at Tap Root Public House and CafĂŠ. Tickets available online at (3600 Spenard Rd.) Poetry parlay â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Featuring local poet David Cheezem. Cheezem studied poetry in the MFA program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He and his wife, Melissa Behnke, are the proprietors of Fireside Books in Palmer. Also featuring poems by CzesĹ&#x201A;aw MiĹ&#x201A;osz. Thousands lined the streets of KrakĂłw to watch the funeral procession of poet CzesĹ&#x201A;aw MiĹ&#x201A;osz when

he died in 2004 at the age of 93. Days earlier, ultra-nationalist Catholics had threatened to disrupt the Nobel Laureateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceremonies with demonstrations. MiĹ&#x201A;osz would have been amused. He once wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unavoidable contradictions are his purgatory.â&#x20AC;? Event begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at Out North Contemporary Art House. (3800 DeBarr Rd.)

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Music in the wild A guide for newbie festival goers By Daniella Cortez


laska in the summer is a majestic thing. Nearly everyone wants to be outdoors. I say â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearlyâ&#x20AC;? because some of us are not made for the out of doors. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just far tooâ&#x20AC;Ś outdoorsy. However, with the summer music festival season now upon us, featuring everything from day trippers like the Girdwood Forest Fair to events in the middle of nowhere like Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival, and even the big weekender Salmonstock, that brings up national acts, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something for everyone. Maybe even me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve long wanted to attend some of these festivals but the idea of living away from my creature comforts for a weekend at a time has me a little wary. Thankfully, my sister is as outdoorsy as I am bookish, so I bought her a beer and got the low down on how to survive a weekend roughinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it in the name of music.

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at Cortez has traveled all over the state attending music festivals for most of the last decade. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something of an expert on surviving and thriving in the particular culture that is festival life. (While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not standard journalism practice to interview oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own sis-

ter, she is the best person I could think of to tell me about how to build your own festival porta potty.) Cortez says the most important things to bring with you to a festival are water, something to barter with, tarps, rope and cigarettes. Even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t smoke, bring cigarettes. They are an important barter item, as most prison inmates can attest. Most festivals have food vendors but they can be pricey (think Alaska State Fair expensive and then some), so bringing your own food and water is more cost effective. It will also help you barter for other things you might want or need. The barter economy includes all manner of things, â&#x20AC;&#x153;some people bring 1,000 hot dogs, some people bring extra water, and some bring large amounts of mushrooms,â&#x20AC;? Cortez says. So, how can you get the most out of your festival experience this year? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, my first day when I get there I get set up as quickly as possible and start drinking. Then I walk around and try to meet as many people as possible. If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there early too you know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be there the whole weekend. So those are the people you can count on to help you out and give you advice,â&#x20AC;? Cortez says. People watching can be as fun as the music itself, and Cortez says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made friends at festivals with people she would never normally talk to. Some are strictly festival friends, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re â&#x20AC;&#x153;not people youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want to run into at the grocery store.â&#x20AC;? But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the charm of the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep an open mind. You never know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see. There will be people in loin clothes and peacock suits and full monkey outfits. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably one of the most diverse groups of people you could encounter in Alaska,â&#x20AC;? Cortez says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people at festivals are cool. The vibe is good. Your neighbors are your neighbors, you have an addressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatever your camp

name is. Your neighbors watch out for your stuff, you watch out for your neighbors. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a musical utopian community that exists for only one weekend. So be kind to your neighbor.â&#x20AC;? Festivals tend to be sort of self-policingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; when someone does something bad other festival-goers will toss them out. I ask Cortez about what she means by a â&#x20AC;&#x153;utopian community,â&#x20AC;? and she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I imagine it would be like if the zombie apocalypse happened, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve killed all the zombies and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rebuilding. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the villages would be. Everyone comes to a central fire, cooks their food, just like a little village.â&#x20AC;? The key to keeping the peace is pretty simple: donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be stupid. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a jerk. Use the golden rule, treat your neighbors like they are your family, and watch out for one another. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t steal stuff that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yours and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break stuff that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yours. In such close quarters you will be found out, Cortez says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so small, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got nowhere to go. Why would you want to steal from someone who is two tents down and will know you stole?â&#x20AC;? Cortez also recommends building your own

porta potty. The bathroom situation can be sketchy, especially at smaller festivals where there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t portable restrooms, but outhouses that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t particularly well maintained. How does one build a bathroom in the wild? Cortez says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty simple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a fan of digging a hole in the ground, cutting a hole in a bucket and going in that. Then when the hole is full, bury it and move on. Wrap a tarp around the bucket area [hung like a curtain, to create privacy] and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got your own area to do your business.â&#x20AC;? It all makes sense now, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the tarps are for! Cortez says the main things to remember are: bring water, at least four tarps (one for under your tent, one for over your tent and at least two for the potty situation), and cigarettes for yourself or to barter, plus twice as much beer as you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need. Oh and, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avoid anybody in a loin cloth.â&#x20AC;?

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Alaska Music Festivals Which one is right for you? By Emily McLaughlin and Daniella Cortez

Creek is definitely for you. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if you wake up next to someone being â&#x20AC;&#x153;tarred and featheredâ&#x20AC;? with honey outside of your tent as punishment for stealing a pirate flag. Check Facebook for dates and times closer to August.

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or some, festival season is the cherry on top of the entire year. For others, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what keeps them hanging on through the winter. Some Alaskans compile checklists of the summer festival lineup as soon as the dates are announced and vow not to miss a single weekend. If you are new to the Alaska music festival scene, here is a round up to make sure you get yourself to the right ones this summer and fall.

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for folk music and handmade ceramic mugsâ&#x20AC;Ś Girdwood Forest Fair July 5-7 Price: Free to enter, $25 to camp The rules are pretty simple: â&#x20AC;&#x153;no dogs, no politics, no religious orders and no beer outside the beer garden.â&#x20AC;? The Girdwood Forest Fair is a ramshackle collection of food stands and merchant venders on winding paths, interspersed with several stages that feature mostly folk, acoustic, and bluegrass music during the day. The beer garden gets a little unruly, but the reindeer dogs and handcrafted soaps, pottery and jewelry are worth the 45-minute drive out of town. Parking is a craft all its own at this event, but there are shuttles that run from the Alyeska Hotel to the fairgrounds in case you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to schlep it down the hill. This is a family-friendly event that attracts all kinds and, as the name suggests, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the trees so bring plenty of bug repellent.

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re strictly looking for a partyâ&#x20AC;Ś Trapper Creek Music and Arts August (exact date TBD) Price: $50 All festivals are essentially a party, and all-night raging is common to most summer music fests in Alaska. However, if you are looking for the type of festival with homemade Dumpster hot tubs and fire dancers, look no further than Trapper Creek. With two similar events, one at the beginning of summer and one at the end, Trapper Creek is wrought with mysterious substances, drums and body paint. If you want to see people building tree forts 50 feet up in the air, or are eager to make new friends you forget the next day, Trapper Creek just might be for you. If the thought of an overflowing four-wheeler racing by with its passengers yelling â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Bluegrass!â&#x20AC;? sounds enticing, Trapper

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Salmonstock August 2-4 $115 Salmonstock, still in its early years, is already one of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest festivals. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the official anti-Pebble Mine festival and the whole weekend celebrates wild salmon and music. Vendors from all over the state serve up food like homemade salmon burgers and falafel sandwiches. There are a few different stages with music playing all day, plus an after-hours indoor dance concert that ends whenever the band feels like stopping. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headliners include national acts like Brandi Carlile and Trampled by Turtles, alongside some of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular local bands. The festival is held at the Kenai State Fairgrounds, so there are some real toilets and sinks, which can really make or break the weekend. At some point during the festival, a few hundred people are recruited to be a part of an aerial photograph that also celebrates wild salmon. This can include an inordinate amount of time lying in the sand, but the result is pretty stunning.

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for seaside music and art just a couple hours awayâ&#x20AC;Ś Seward Music and Art Festival September Price: varies, daily as low as $2-6 or passes for $5-26 Just a lovely day trip away from Anchorage, the Seward Music and Arts Festival is like a craft bizarre, farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market and an entire month of Saturdays at the bar rolled into one. The festival brings together a wide range of music offerings, from quintessential Alaskan singer-songwriters, to down and dirty blues jams, to hard rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; indie bands and bluegrassâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and just about anything in between. The festival itself is centered around the ideals of youth involvement, education and keeping a low profile as far as their impact on the environment. The weekend is put on by the Seward Arts Council, which goes out of its way to present a very family friendly event, right down to including crafts, performances fit for children, and an exceedingly fair price structure.

If classical is your jamâ&#x20AC;Ś Sitka Autumn Classics September 6-15, 2013 Price: TBA The Sitka Music Festival has brought world-class chamber music to Alaska for the last 40 years. In the spring the festival takes place in Sitka proper, but in the fall the ensemble of musicians travel to Anchorage for the Autumn Classics series, which feature solo and small ensemble performances. Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own virtuoso violinist Paul Rosenthal retired from the position of artistic director last year, and the job was taken over by premier cellist (and verifiable hottie) Zuill Bailey. If his vision is anything like Rosenthalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the program will feature a healthy portion of classical heavy hitters (with an emphasis on the lush, romantic side of things), with enough lesser known and contemporary pieces to keep things interesting. Nothing can really describe a weekend at a music festival as well as experiencing it yourself. Most of these festivals are safe, friendly environments where people let their kids and dogs roam free. So get out there and experience itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there is never a night too cold to be warmed up by dancing hard to a late-night old-time set. You may smell like campfire for the entire week following, but you might find yourself sad when the summer ends and the smell fades.

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musiCLISTING>> THURSDAY 06.20 Jared Woods. 8 p.m. (Whale’s Tail) Alameda, Bow Thayer, Perfect Train. 9 p.m. $5. (Taproot) Joey Fender and the 55’s. 9 p.m. $15. (Blues Central)


Eternal Cowboys. 9 p.m. (Humpy’s)

Dj KY. 10 p.m. (The Anchor Pub)

Misha Shimmek. Noon. (Organic Oasis)

Rockin the Lot with LaVoy. 6 p.m. (Humpy’s) Pinnacle Pajama Party with DJ Mixta B. 10 p.m. (The Avenue Bar) Friday Night Diva Variety Show. 9 p.m. $5. (Mad Myrna’s)

DJ Evil One, 10 p.m. LaVoy with Young Fangs, 9 p.m. VooDoo Boots 10 p.m. Adam J. 9 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s)

Kenneth Jacobson. 6:30 p.m. Free. (Organic Oasis)

Country Night hosted by KBEAR. (Anchor Pub)

D.J. Twizt, Open Mic. 12 a.m. (Club Soraya)

Dan Lesperance. 9 p.m. (Humpy’s)

Shawn Lyons. 7 p.m. (Villa Nova)

The Long and Short of It. 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

Karaoke. 10 p.m. (Blue Fox)

Karaoke. 6 p.m. (Elim Café)

SUNDAY 06.23 Blues Jam. 9 p.m. (Taproot) Live & Local 9 p.m. Karaoke, Dj Adam J 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) Blues Jam. 8 p.m. (Blues Central) Irish Seisiun. 4 p.m. (McGinley’s Pub) Open Mic. 8 p.m. (Humpy’s)

Open mic. 6 p.m. (Indigo Tea Lounge)


Open Mic with Rick Brooks. 8 p.m. (The Avenue Bar)

Pub Scouts. 10 p.m. (Blue Fox)

Wasteland Hop. 10 p.m. (Taproot)

Spenard JazzFest Brunch with Melissa Bledsoe Band. 12 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

FRIDAY 06.21 Alameda, Young Fangs. 9 p.m. $5. (Taproot)

Back Street Blues Band. 9 p.m. $5. (Blues Central) DJ Evil One, VooDoo Boots, Dj Adam J, Dj Spencer Lee 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) Firefly. 9 p.m. (McGinley’s Pub)

MONDAY 06.24

3Kisses, The Quiet Cull. 10 p.m. $5. (Taproot)

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TUESDAY 06.25 Voodoo Boots, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) Open Mic. 9 p.m. No cover. (Taproot) Bob Parsons. 6 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

WEDNESDAY 06.26 Voodoo Boots, 10 p.m. Comedy Open Mic. Dj Open Decks. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) Constant Mountain High. 10 p.m. (Taproot) Diane Hall. 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis) Whoop It Up! Jam out to old timey music. 8 p.m. (McGinley’s Pub)

The Eternal Cowboy, Karaoke. DJ Adam J. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlies)

Joey Fender and the 55’s. 9 p.m. $15. (Blues Central)

Ukulele Russ and the Highway Parks Band. 10 p.m. (Blue Fox)

DJ Evil One, VooDoo Boots, Dj Mixta B, Dj Adam J, DJ Jesse Cross, Dj Tangent. 10 p.m.(Chilkoot

DJ Ky. 10 p.m. (The Anchor Pub)

Comedy Open Mic with Wyatt Berlanger.10 p.m. (McGinley’s Pub)

Shawn Lyons. 7 p.m. (Villa Nova)

Mossira on drums. 6:30 p.m.

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DAILY LIST Thurs 06.20

Tom Walker and Todd Helgeson: Two Alaskan Authors and Adventurers —Join Tom Walker and Todd Helgeson for two presentations. Tom Walker is an award winning writer and photographer, author of more than a dozen books on Alaska wildlife and natural history. Todd Helgeson is author of Alaska Bouldering Guide. This event begins at 1 p.m. at the UAA Campus Bookstore. (2901 Spirit Dr.)

Children and Youth Steven’s Puppets Presents Rumplestiltskin — This fastpaced, action-filled, rhyming rendition of the classic tale follows the Miller as he weaves a web of lies to convince the King that his daughter can spin straw into gold! This event is for school-age youth and begins at 1 p.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Neighborhood Library. (12001 Business Blvd #176, Eagle River)

Historic Site Summit Tour — Friends of Nike Site Summit invites the public to tour historic Site Summit in Arctic Valley. Site Summit, one of eight Nike-Hercules missile sites in Alaska during the Cold War, is the only one still standing. To comply with Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson security requirements, reservations in advance are required. Call 694-3570 or visit the FONSS Web site for more information about the tour and the organization. This event begins at 7 p.m. at Arctic Valley Ski Area. (Arctic Valley Rd, JBER)

Other Houseplant Pruning and Trimming Class — Join Green Connection for a free class on how to prune and trim your indoor plants. The class will cover trees, shrubs, and vines. Please RSVP to 2767836. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Green Connection. (804 E. 15th Ave.)

Super Solstice Improv Comedy — After a grueling seven weeks of training, Warren’s Students of Improv are being released onto the stage, where they will soar like eagles or crash to the Earth like Icarus. The audience will have the opportunity to guide the show with your suggestions. See the spectacle that is improv comedy. You be the judge. Tickets are $5. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Snow Goose Restaurant and Brewery. (717 W 3rd Ave.)

Doors and Windows — It is a big decision whether or not to replace your windows and doors. This class will give you a logical framework to evaluate your home. What are the features of a more energy efficient door or window? Learn terms you’ll run into while shopping. This event begins at 7 p.m. at Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste. 9)

Fri 06.21

Beach Party —Bring your beach gear (even super soakers) for fun in the sun and sand. Games and entertainment for all. This event is in collaboration with Parks and Recreation. For more information call 343-4247.This event begins at 1 p.m. at Goose Lake Park. (3220 E. Northern Lights Blvd.)

Arts, Entertainment, and Culture: Smithsonian Curator’s Tour — Join Smithsonian anthropologist Aron Crowell for a curator’s tour of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Gain a better understanding of Alaska’s nine indigenous cultures through 600 Alaska Native artifacts. Learn about traditional lifeways in Alaska’s diverse regions through clothing, tools, ceremonial objects and more. This event begins at 12 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

Children and Youth Play Date — Treat toddlers to educational and fun child’s play through guided activities. June’s play date focuses on colors and painting. This

event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

Sat 06.22

Arts, Culture, Entertainment Downtown Summer Solstice Festival — Go downtown for music, art, food, skateboard demonstrations, Hero Games, Chainsaw Carving Competition and more. On Fourth Avenue from C to L Street you will find activities for all ages. Kids will enjoy the giant sandbox, kayak pool, petting zoo and more. Teens will want to watch the skateboard demonstrations. Spenard Jazz Festival hosts a stage and brings that great jazz sound downtown. Find your favorite food vendors and check out the Chainsaw Competition. This event begins at 12 p.m. on Fourth Ave. Pinnacle Pajama Party — Just another way to heat up this summer, a Pajama Party during a hot night of music from DJ Mixta B. There will be featured drinks from Pinnacle Vodka and prizes for the best pjs worn. This event begins at 10 p.m. at The Avenue Bar. (338 W Fourth Ave.)

Children and Youth Lego Club — Try to complete the monthly build challenge or just free build to test your creativity. The best of the month’s creations will be displayed inside the library. School age children encouraged, but there will be a little builders section of blocks for younger siblings. All children under age 8 must have a parent. Snacks provided. This event begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Neighborhood Library. (120 Bragaw St.)

Sun 06.23 Art, Culture and Entertainment Captain Cook Walk Tour — Join the National Park Rangers as they tell the stories of early explorers who came Alaska. England’s Captain James Cook and his voyage to the arctic in search of the elusive North-

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Mon 06.24 Other Air Leakage — Is your house drafty? Do you run a humidifier? Are your utility bills high? This class gives you tools to diagnose and fix the leaks in your home to create a more comfortable and energy efficient environment. Ask questions to experienced professionals. This class begins at 7 p.m. at Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste. 9)

Tues 06.25 Art, Culture, and Entertainment Alaska Public Media Series Presents Melissa Block — Melissa Block is a 28-year veteran of NPR and has been hosting All Things Considered since 2003, after nearly a decade as an NPR correspondent. Throughout her career, Block has covered major news events for NPR ranging from on-the-scene reporting from the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the days following Hurricane Katrina to a series from Texas gauging the impact of the Iraq War on the surrounding communities. Her reporting after the September 11, 2001 attacks was part of coverage that earned NPR a George Foster Peabody Award. She will be speaking at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

Insulation — Your home’s insulation may have been fine for energy prices at the time it was built, but is it sufficient for today? The air leaks into your attic have been fixed, but are you still losing purchased heat? This class helps you understand insulation improvement options. This class begins at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste 9.)

Children and Youth Roustabout Circus — Jugglers, a magician, musicians, singers and acrobats share their world of wonder and delight. They’ll astound you with acts of dexterity and courage. This event is for school-age youth. This event begins at 2 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Public Library in the Wilda Marston Theatre. (3600 Denali St., Level 1)

Wed 06.26 Other Indoor Air Quality — Have you ever considered that the air outside your home could be healthier than the air inside? By bringing fresh air into your home, you can control indoor air quality. This class gives you the steps to ventilate your home adequately. This class begins at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste 9.)

ONGOING ACTIVITIES Fairy Princess Arts Camp — This week long camp offers a a fun and unique introduction into the world of music, art, and dance. See a dance studio transform into an imaginative play land where fairies sing, dance, and learn. This camp is for children ages 4-8 and runs from Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28. It begins at 9 a.m. at Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy. (501 W International Airport Rd. Ste 22)

Knitters of the North — Knitters of the North meets every Saturday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. All knitters are welcome. Bring your knitting. (2222 E Tudor Rd.) Food for Life Cancer Prevention & Survival Cooking & Nutrition Classes — Sponsored by PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) this class series is designed by physicians, nutrition experts, and registered dietitians, that includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage cancer growth, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and healthy recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Each 2½-hour class includes a nutrition video and discussion, followed by a cooking demonstration of 4 or 5 different foods. Attendees then have the opportunity to taste the food prepared in class and take home the recipes. This event repeats every Thursday at 6 p.m. starting on Thursday, June 20 and ending on Thursday, August 1 at Providence Family Medicine Center. (1201 E. 36th Ave) Borealis Toastmaster’s Club — A member of Toastmasters International, this club’s mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. The club will meet every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. at the BP building. (900 E. Benson Blvd., Suite 146) PRESCHOOL STORYTIME — A halfhour of stories, songs and movement that builds early literacy skills and prepares preschool aged children for Kindergarten. This event repeats every Friday from June 7 to July 26 at 11:15 a.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Neighborhood Library. (12001 Business Blvd. #176) MOTHER GOOSE — Twenty minutes of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and action for infants, birth to 18 months, and their caregivers. This event repeats every Friday from June 7 to July 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Library. (3600 Denali St.) FAMILY STORYTIME — A half-hour

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DAILY LIST a.m. at Fred Astaire Dance Studio and repeats every Saturday until May 25. Cost of the 4 week session is $90. (1300 E 68th Ave.)

of stories, songs, and more to build early literacy skills; a blend of entertainment and education for children birth through kindergarten and their caregivers. This event repeats every Saturday from June 8 through July 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Public Library. (3600 Denali St.)

Anchorage Public Library Events

ADVOCACY SERIES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Young adults who advocate for themselves are invited to join Amy Westfall at Stone Soup Group as she presents a two part series on advocacy. The series will focus on defining advocacy and empowering young adults with special needs. This event begins on Thursday, May 23 and repeats every Thursday until Thursday, May 30. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Stone Soup Group. (307 E Northern Lights)

GAMING at MULDOONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Games galore at the Muldoon Neighborhood Library on Tuesdays with video games, board games, card games and snacks! If you plan on attending with a large group, please call ahead at 343â&#x20AC;&#x201D;4035. Tuesdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Muldoon. GAMING at TEEN UNDERGROUNDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Need a study break? Join us for open gaming on Xbox and PS3. Fridays, 3â&#x20AC;&#x201D;5 p.m. Teen Underground, Loussac, level 3.

ORGANIC FOOD GARDENING SHORT INTENSIVE COURSE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Have a productive, organic food garden this season. Learn best methods to ensure soil fertility, pest, and weed control. Learn from veteran Alaskan Horticulturist Julie Riley in this short but intensive course. This course repeats every two days, starting on Tuesday, May 21 until Saturday, June 1 and goes from 6 to 9 p.m. at Alaska Botanical Garden. (4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd.)

TEEN OPEN ZONEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Come get your game on! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got board games, card games, and video games for the new or experienced gamer. Wednesdays, 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Mountain View Library, Community Room. FAMILY MOVIESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Grab a bag of popcorn or a snack and settle in with your family to enjoy a classic or a new favorite movie. Call 343â&#x20AC;&#x201D;2818 for movie titles. Fridays, 3 p.m. at Mountain View Library, Community Room.

DIG INTO READING! SUMMER READING CELEBRATION â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invited to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig into Readingâ&#x20AC;? as part of Anchorage Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 Summer Reading Celebration. Sign-up starts May 18. Kids: Read and keep track of your minutes in the official summer reading booklet for a chance to earn prizes. Teens: Delve â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beneath the Surface.â&#x20AC;? Track your minutes online for rewards and recommend your favorite reads to other teens. Adults: Write online reviews to be entered in weekly drawings. This events repeats every day from 12 to 9 p.m. starting May 18 until July 31 at all Anchorage Public Library locations.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DRUMMING CIRCLEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; All are welcome to join this fun circle of local drummers. Learn from a great instructor, Jesse Wright, as he leads the beat. Borrow one of GrassRootsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; djembes or feel free to bring your own instrument. Free and open to all. 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. at GrassRoots Fair Trade Store (1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

BELLY DANCE BOOT CAMP â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Learn the fundamentals of Middle Eastern style belly dance. Each 75â&#x20AC;&#x201D;minute class includes introduction of basic belly dance movements: shimmying, undulations, pops, locks and travel steps. This event takes place at 10

DRUM CIRCLEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hand drummers interested in festival drumming, circle drumming, drum councils, feeling a heart beat rhythm groove or anyone that likes dancing around big fires is welcome to join Arctic

Circle of Anchorage for a Drum Circle second Friday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. (3201 Turnagain St.) ANCHORAGE GO CLUBâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Anchorage Go Club meets to enjoy the strategic and ancient games of Go and backgammon. Players of all abilities are welcome, and there is always somebody available to teach a beginner. More info at www.knoticalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;arts. com/goclub. Free. 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and every Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

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BINGOâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pullâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;tabs, door prizes, and potluck. $10. 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at The Chugiak Senior Center (22424 Birchwood Loop Rd., Chugiak) CHESS CLUBâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Are you the next Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov? Come find out at the chess club. All skill levels are welcome. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. each Friday at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) COOKING CLASS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Classes weekly covering a variety of themes. Times and prices vary. Details at www. Classes at Allen & Petersen (3002 Seward Hwy.) CRAFT â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CHATâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Meets every Thursday evening in the Arts Room at the Anchorage Senior Center from 6 to 9 p.m. (1300 E. 19th Ave.) D&D ENCOUNTERSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Get into the action quickly by creating a classic 1stâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;level D&D character using the new D&D Essentials rules options, or grab a preâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;generated one. For players of all levels. Free. Contact 274â&#x20AC;&#x201D;4112. Thursdays, 6 p.m. at BOSCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Spenard. (2606 Spenard)

NETWORKING OPPS ANCHORAGE COMPUTER CLUBâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Come and share your computer issues and knowledge and get answers for basic to advanced computer questions. Call 267â&#x20AC;&#x201D;4200 with any questions. Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m.

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ey you – graduate. By now, your cap and gown are probably collecting dust in the corner, or packed away in a box bound for your parents’ attic. But before you hit the road for your big exciting future, we’d like you to take a beat. See, it’s in that first rush after high school that you cast the dye for your 20s, 30s and maybe beyond. You’ve got a whole bunch of adult mistakes ahead of you and that’s okay—that’s how people learn to grow up. It’s also how we develop the important characteristic of empathy for other people’s occasional blundering. But before you jump in headlong, we’d like to offer you some of the advice we wish someone had given us at the dewy age of 17 or 18 (or 25). So here it is, our unsolicited wisdom. You can take it or leave it because, what do we know—we’re old.

1. Companies that want to give you a credit card when you’re 18 are not looking out for you Some debt is hard to avoid, because we’ve been taught it’s smart and necessary—a mortgage for a house, or a student loan (more on that later) are often viewed that way. But credit card companies are looking to leverage the fact that you’re young, hip, optimistic, and don’t have a fully developed frontal lobe—in other words, your judgment isn’t all there yet. Now’s the time you’ll find yourself getting in the habit of using credit to close the gap between the stuff you want and the cash in your bank account. Trust us, the result will be years of payback.

That would be you, paying them. So buy your car for cash, even if it’s a heap. It may not be cool, but what’s even less cool is driving a heap at 40 because your credit is jacked. Don’t take a loan if you don’t have to (that includes cards). Live on campus or even at home if it gets you through college cheaper. Keep your overhead low.

every once in a while. Wherever you go, find the nearest real grocery store and make visits to the produce section a regular habit.

in your field is important. But before you sign that dotted line, take a minute to reconsider the $60,000 theater degree from that small, West Coast liberal arts college you got into. We’re just saying.

4. Just because it’s an education doesn’t mean it’s a smart idea 5. Ten years from now, if you look Some people will tell you that a college de- back and reflect that prom was gree is always a good investment so never mind 2. Whatever crummy job you have, the price tag—the more prestigious the college, the greatest night of your life, then the better the investment will be. This is a trap. you’re doing something wrong. work hard at it

Starting out is tough, whether you’re at the bottom of your career field, or knocked out of that field entirely and doing a gig just to get by (believe us, reader, we’ve been there). Nevertheless, be good at it. Show up on time, make nice with customers no matter how difficult they might be, and treat co-workers the same way Seek out the best mentors you can find and watch their example without interrupting their work. There is no substitute for on-the-job experience and a letter of recommendation. “But my dream career isn’t to be dishwasher extraordinaire,” you say, “so why bother?” You’ll get further if people like working with you, and they won’t like working with you if they constantly have to cover for you. You never know where your next opportunity will come from, and your last shift manager or your favorite regular might be the connection getting you to the next step.

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The cost of an undergraduate degree has nearly doubled since 1995, while the job market, if you haven’t heard, is looking pretty gloomy. Today, having a degree doesn’t always pay off. In fact, it can come at a crippling cost. It’s one thing if you aspire to enter a robust, typically high-paying industry where a degree is necessary (engineering students, we’re looking at you). Or you have the good fortune of getting a free ride. But let’s say your passion is for something different—you want to spend your days making art, or working at an environmental nonprofit. Maybe you’re not sure what you want to do, but there’s a big world to explore and you can’t wait to see what’s out there. It’s marvelous to be unsure, or to want something altruistic or off the beaten path. But if four years from now your student loan payments are more than your rent, it’s going to hem in your dreams, compel you to take jobs just to get by, and rob you of opportunities to pursue your passions. That’s when you’ll wonder if you’d have been better off finding entry level work in your career field of choice, or going to a more modest community college, at least until you had a clear direction in mind. That’s not to say you shouldn’t go for it— perhaps your school caters to people with just your kind of dream. Having excellent mentors

6. Drugs If you’re trying marijuana for the first time, remember that it makes some people paranoid. If a drug does not kick in at first, wait before you take a second hit. If you are going to experiment with any drug, make sure you are with people you know and trust, and that you have plans to stay safe. If you’ve heard the drug is psychedelic—such as LSD, mushrooms or ecstasy—it pays to have a sober sitter. That person is not merely a designated driver, but someone there to monitor other people’s actions and state of mind. Never “just try” a new drug with strangers. Never lie to a doctor to get pills. And remember that a big reason drugs have a bad rep because they are addictive—that counts for the legal ones, too. Just because it comes in a bottle with a prescription, doesn’t mean it won’t make you a junkie.

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new graduate (cont.) there is a measurement problem you must navigate on your own, because every body is unique and the magic elixir comes in many, many forms. That education slogan “a drink is a drink” makes little sense to us. Not every wine glass is the same size. Not every wine is meant to be poured into 6-ounce servings. No two bottles of spirits are the same, either, and there is no legal standard for how much is in a shot (except in Utah, where a legal shot is 1.5 ounces). Beers vary, too. Not every beer is the same, but many of them have a label that says “ABV” to tell you the alcohol by volume. Never put hard liquor, or even strong beer, in a beer bong. Frat boys have died from that. A hangover is a signal you had too much. Vomiting is a reaction to an overdose. You can avoid those things by monitoring your own consumption and learning when to stop. A tummy full of food will slow the absorption of alcohol, but won’t stop it entirely. If you’re going to get wasted, don’t get behind a wheel (or let your slightly-less-drunkthan-you buddy drive either). If you’re hosting the party, make sure your guests have access to water, soft drinks and food.

ing much and strike up a conversation with him (intelligent observers, who tend to go underground in high school, often hit their stride after graduation). Your friends don’t always have to get along with each other, and a friendship may only survive in a certain context (a job you both hate, or a class you’re both working hard on). Nevertheless, these are the people that make ordinary days fun and great days even better.

9. Find the love of your life by having an awesome life Being in love is really great. We recommend it to everyone. But sometimes people get really hung up on finding happiness as embodied by a single individual. The cruel math of adult relationships is that the more desperate you are to find someone, the harder the search tends to be. So here’s our advice: do you first. Find work you are passionate about (it doesn’t have to be your job). Create a home you are happy in. Build a marvelous circle of friends who you can admire and support, and who do the same for you. Help make something cool happen for your community, or find a hobby that you love. The goal is to make a life that you’re in love with, regardless of your relationship status. Then if you find a certain fetching individual who digs you too, falling in love will be the big beautiful cherry on top.

8. Grow your social circle — the days of high school cliques are over As you move into college or the workforce, you’re going to encounter lots of new people. If you can set aside your preconceived notions about the kinds of people you are friends with, you’ll open yourself up to making alliances with folks from all walks of life. Don’t let petty things like musical taste, age, or fashion interfere. You know when you’re at a party, and there’s one person who tends to take center stage? Find the person standing by the wall that is munching on chips and not really talk-

10. Learn to get by, but don’t let it get you down

ing beautiful things—while also figuring out how to get by. Some people take day jobs and devote their off hours to their passion. Others learn to adapt their passion to a profession. We don’t know anyone who gets by purely on their passion (even professional artists are usually called upon to teach or do craftwork of someone else’s design). Money is important and necessary, but so is doing what you love. Your goal shouldn’t be to quash one for the other. It should be to find a way to get them to work in tandem. The balance changes and evolves over time, so don’t get discouraged.

One for the road… You’re young and pumped full of hormones and experiencing the first flushes of freedom. It’s time to get it on. Practice safe sex: use condoms (they’re usually free by the handful in college health centers, community health clinics or health fairs), don’t store condoms in wallets or purse pockets where they can be broken in the package, and get tested often. There are many different kinds of birth control that aren’t hormonal. Also, get consent (enthusiastic consent even!) before and during any sex act. When in doubt: talk to your doctor as frankly as possible about your concerns.

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Dazed and doomed This Is The End a funny romp of an apocalyptic stoner comedy By Bob Grimm


’m thinking the likes of James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and especially Danny McBride and Michael Cera are going to get crossed off a lot of Christmas party guest lists this year. After what happens at their party in This Is the End, the visual of any of these guys near the Chex mix might be disconcerting. Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg make a directorial debut for the ages with this one, a caustically funny, blooddrenched satire of Hollywood vanity and biblical end times. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is safe in this movie, which has Rogen and a bunch of his film cronies playing themselves. For the most part, they don’t behave civilly when the Devil comes knocking with his huge junk hanging out and apocalyptic hellfire burns the Hollywood hills. When Jay Baruchel comes to Hollywood to visit Rogen, he is dragged against his will to self-centered James Franco’s new, incredible house—which he has, of course, designed himself—for a blowout party featuring the likes of Cera jacked up on coke and slapping Rihanna’s ass. Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and an uninvited Danny McBride are all in attendance, along with nearly everybody else of comedic relevance in today’s movie world. Baruchel and Rogen go out for smokes and watch helplessly as blue beams of light suck convenience store patrons up into the sky. When they return to Franco’s, the ground opens up, and most of the partygoers meet their demise in gruesome ways (Poor, perverted Michael Cera gets the nastiest exit). The core group of Rogen, Franco, Hill, Robinson and Baruchel survive and take inventory of their food and beverages. Matters get worse when an oblivious McBride awakens and eats most of their stuff. Constant infighting about who gets the Milky Way, and masturbatory practices ensue while the stage is set for Satan’s earthly return. Not surprisingly, McBride is the biggest jerk of the bunch, not departing far from his usual movie persona. Hill gets ribbed for thinking he’s too good for anybody after Moneyball, and Franco is the Renaissance Man who decorates his house with his own, self created art. There’s a true, anarchic spirit at play with this project. Rogen and Goldberg get their stars to do mighty unsavory things in this film (Cera’s three-way in the bathroom scene, for instance). And major props go to Emma Watson for taking part in something that has her behaving in a way that would make Hermione puke. On top of being very funny, Rogen and Goldberg manage a pretty decent horror show here, replete with decapitations, impaling, burnings and devils with the aforementioned really big privates. In the future, when you are planning a horror comedy

Stars facing the apocalypse in This Is The End. night at home, this one will go nicely slotted next to the likes of Evil Dead 2 and Dead Alive. The whole enterprise reminded me of Ghostbusters, a movie that successfully mixed big comedic star elements with sci-fi and horror. Rogen and Goldberg mix genres with much success. Oh… I forgot to mention, this is a stoner comedy, too. There is lots of weed in this movie. Hey, Rogen and Franco are in it, so what did you expect? Some of these guys have been screwing up a bit as of late. Rogen made the wasteful The Guilt Trip with Barbra Streisand, Franco bored me with Oz: The Great and Powerful and Spring Breakers, and both McBride and Franco stunk up movie theaters with Your Highness, a mixed genre failure to the highest degree. This Is the End gets them all back on track and reestablishes them as the reigning kings of Hollywood comedy. However, I am thinking that there’s virtually no chance for a franchise here, unless Rogen and Goldberg care to satirize the afterlife.

Now showing at Century 16 (301 E. 36th Avenue) and Regal Cinemas Tikahtnu Stadium (1102 North Muldoon Road)

This Is The End Rated R Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Jay Baruchel 107 min.

HOMEVIEWING Rapture-Palooza (iTunes, Amazon, On Demand) Lions Gate Movie: D

I was on an apocalypse comedy high after seeing Seth Rogen’s funny This Is the End, so when I saw another end-of-times laugher on iTunes (which also stars Craig Robinson) I bit. I bit, and I got a mouthful of worms. Anna Kendrick stars as Lindsey, a non-believer left behind after the rapture with her boyfriend Ben (John Francis Daley). They live in Seattle, where the Anti-Christ (Robinson) has decided to settle and await his showdown with Jesus. There’s some sporadic laughter, but nothing consistent. Rob Corddry, who really can’t be unfunny, gets a few giggles as Ben’s dad (A bit where he keeps hitting his son on the head is slightly humorous). Robinson riffs a bit, and he’s always good for a chortle or two. However, most of the humor is stale, poorly timed, and weak. I for one am tired of Ken Jeong’s shtick, and he shows up in a pivotal role in the finale that provides no help to the sloppy movie. This is an apocalypse movie where way too much time is spent on a date with the Anti-Christ, a date that stops the movie in its tracks. No need to see this one. Move along folks… move along.

Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow (Blu-ray) Eagle Rock Entertainment Movie: BSpecial Features: D+

I had the pleasure of seeing Sir Paul McCartney at Coachella a few years back, a few decades after he made his debut with a


little bar band from Liverpool. At a festival full of amazing up and comers, Paul vanquished them all with a Beatles-heavy set that paid beautiful tribute to mates George Harrison and John Lennon. This 1976 show features Paul McCartney and Wings, the good band he put together after calling it quits with that little bar band that wound up becoming the single greatest entity in rock/pop history. This was McCartney, with wife Linda in tow, getting used to the idea of playing in front of large crowds again (The Beatles quit touring in the ‘60s basically because they were afraid for their lives). The set is a mixed bag. If you are a big Beatles/McCartney fan, he does make a few nods to that catalogue with nice versions of “The Long and Winding Road,” “Blackbird” and “Lady Madonna.” But this is mostly a Wings/Solo McCartney affair, and for every “Live and Let Die” or “Maybe I’m Amazed” there’s a “Silly Love Song” or “Beware My Love.” His Wings stuff definitely had some gold, but offered up some clunkers as well. When I saw McCartney in concert he handled all of the vocals with full-throated bravado. Here, he lets guitarists Denny Laine and the late Jimmy McCulloch handle quite a few tunes. They aren’t bad, but they aren’t what you want to hear when you pop a McCartney Blu-ray in. And, as much as I loved Linda, she pretty much just took up space as a musician on stage. I love Linda though… let me make that clear. The video actually warns light sensitive people about its blinking strobe lights at the beginning. I thought that was silly, but I left the room for a bit and returned to see my living room looking like a disco, so they weren’t kidding. Special features: “A Very Lovely Party” is a little short containing backstage footage.

June 20 - June 26, 2013

SPORTS&RECLISTING>> LIVE EAGLE RELEASE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Watch a rehabilitated eagle fly away! A Bird Treatment and Learning Center volunteer will give an introductory presentation with an education eagle at the viewing deck. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. Event begins at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River) WILDFLOWERS WITH VERNA PRATT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wildflower expert Verna Pratt will show you whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blooming at this time of the year. Verna is the author of Alaskan Wildflowers and founder of the Alaska Native Plant Society ( Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. Event begins at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 23, at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River)

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Learn the basics of climbing knot tying in an in store setting. This class will focus on building solid fundamental skills teaching you the climbing related knots you need to know. Regardless of your past climbing experience, this is your opportunity to learn and practice. REI will provide all rope, webbing, cord and other related equipment for you to learn and practice the most essential climbing knots. You will learn when, how and why to use a figure-8, prusik, Kleimheist, overhand, water knot, clove hitch, girth hitch, bowline, double-bowline and several more, as well as variations on these. No previous experience required! Event begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Anchorage REI store. (1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)


Cleaning knot basics class

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lesson. Inner Dance Yoga Studio. (2610 Spenard Road, Suite A)

TAP DANCE STUDY GROUP â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This weekly gathering will explore the art of tap dance. Each session focuses on a new tap master; studying their history, style, and routines based on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Master of American Tap Danceâ&#x20AC;? instructional series. The class meets every Wednesday going through August 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the UAA Dance Studio (PSB 162). $5 suggested donation to support UAA Dance Club.

Medieval Sword and Buckler Class â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fiddlebow Fechtschule offers a weekly class on the use of the medieval sword and buckler. Each class incorporates the development of fundamental skills, technique exchange, and conditioning in a relaxed but mindful atmosphere. No prior martial arts or fencing experience is necessary. Please contact Fiddlebow Fechtschule by email at chris@ to make arrangements to watch or participate. Please no drop-ins. Classes take place each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Alaska Dance Theatre. (550 E. 33rd Ave.)

WATER AEROBICS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Water aerobics in the Dimond High School pool on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 6:10 to 7:10 p.m. Cost is $3/session or $27 for 10 punch card. Dimond High School Swimming Pool. (2909 W 88th Ave.) Mommy and Young Children Play group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Connect with other moms and share parenting joys and challenges. Interact, play and build supportive relationships. Children ages infant to 5 years. This is a free event every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the AWRP Gathering Place for Women. (505 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 102) Little Lotus Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In this ongoing yoga class little ones ages 3-6 will learn to breathe and move in a fun, playful and interactive environment, improving concentration, self-esteem and encouraging cooperation with others. Class is every Wednesday, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Laughing Lotus Yoga. Visit to register. (630 W. 57th Pl.) Argentine Tango Lesson & Milonga â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Discover your inner artist through the creative movement of Argentine Tango. Dance with fantastic people in a pressure free atmosphere. New dancers are welcome to the class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., with social dancing afterwards in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;milongaâ&#x20AC;? from 8:30 p.m. to closing. $10 dance

Mindfulness Yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stressed out and ready for a break? Join this group for their weekly groupsits of Mindfulness (Vipassana) meditation and learn to relax, balance and quiet your mind and body. Sharpen your focus and attention with the help of your breathing and to let go of your mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuous chatter. Develop mindfulness and discover and retrain your mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ingrained habit-patterns of craving and aversion. Build a basis of kindness and compassion for your daily life. Beginners and meditators from other traditions are welcome! Cost: $5.00. Pre-registration is required for all classes at snowbuddhayoga. org. Every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at Snow Buddha Yoga (13910 Venus Way) Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Yoga practice for cancer survivors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Yoga Practice is a life style intervention. Yoga can teach us self empowering ways to meet and live with the cancer reality; help us release tension so our bodies really â&#x20AC;&#x153;feelâ&#x20AC;?, when we are stressed we can make decisions about our activities and our attitudes that can change our relationship to our cancer experience. Saturdays 11 a.m. at the Alaska Club East (5201 E. Tudor Rd.)

Thur. Jun 20 Wasteland Hop Fri. Jun 21

Dan Lesperance

Sat. Jun 22

Todd Grebbe

Sun. Jun 23

Open Mic Night with Dan

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Longshaft outboard compatible 27â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tubes 14â&#x20AC;&#x2122; - $1899 â&#x20AC;˘ 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122; - $2099 Package 14â&#x20AC;&#x2122; - $3099 â&#x20AC;˘ 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122; - $3299

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Dining Room available for Large Groups or Parties

All You Can Eat Sushi & Steak

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DJ Steve Franklin, 7 p.m. Fri., 6/21: DJ KY, 10 p.m. Sat., 6/22: DJ KY, 10 p.m. Tues., 6/25: EDM (Electronic Dance Music) with T Marteen, 9 p.m. Wed., 6/26: 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night with T Marteen, 9 p.m. OPEN: Tues. - Thurs. 4 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. s Fri. - Sat. 4 p.m. - 3 a.m. s NO COVER

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Must be in-state. One item per ad. 4 lines. Price must appear in ad. Must be $200 or less. Private parties only. No firewood, animals, rentals, employment, etc. 8) Items only for sale. 9) Limit 3 Free Ads per household per week.*


* Any Situation * Any Location * Any Condition 907-602-0090

150 Lots/Acreages CREEK FRONTAGE

1+ Ac. off KGB

* No Obligation * No Hassle * No Fees


Low down with reasonable credit. 907-561-2257

7.5 Acres Hatcher Pass $119,000 Please visit:

107 Homes for Sale /Wasilla LAKE FRONT


2 Bdrm, 2 Bath, 1 Car Garage and Storage Shed on each Side, All Paved Parking, W/D Stays, Some Furniture. $210,000. 907-357-2414


ESTATE 11.35 Ac on a private lake. 244' lake front, MLS#12-5783. Call 373-5676 evenings.



200 Apts. for Rent/Palmer PALMER FISHHOOK AREA, 1 PERSON furnished efficiency apt. incl. utilities N/P, N/S $550/mo.+ $550 dep.355-7241

135 Cabins SMALL CABIN FOR RENT at Big Lake turn-off on private property. (907)229-4910

WANTED: Small to Medium Cabin for removal/relocation.. 562-5010 229-4910


Mi 2 Wasilla-Fishhook

Coin Laundry. Most Util Incl. $950 per mo. 373-3047

Includes basic cable $700 & up 232-2665

4425 E Birchwood Dr.

125 Waterfront Property

205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla


with 1200 sf shop

Floor to ceiling windows!Awesome Lake Views. Hurry! 907-317-4830 Joe Lowndes, Realtor

205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla 1st. Fl. 2 BD kit/din LR W/D gar/stor/heat water/trash pickup. on Parks near Hospital $1000/mo Avail. now!


DEADLINE: Friday, 9 a.m. for following week

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* SORRY, WE CANNOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS FOR FREE ADS Free Ads run in the Tuesday, Friday & Sunday Frontiersman, Wednesday Valley Sun, plus Thursday’s Anchorage Press and Friday’s Arctic Warrior

245 Duplex for Rent/Mat-Su area GREAT VIEWS!

3BD 2BA,1600sqft $1450/mo. incl’s heat, plowing & garbage. POA 376-4605

260 RV/Trailer Space RV/CAMPER SPACE FOR RENT on private property @ Big Lake turn-off, water, sewer, elec. Call 907-229-4910

Bella Vista Townhomes

3bd, 2.5ba, 1310 sq.ft., garage, granite countertops, W&D, community park, Colony School District. For more information visit:

FSBO, MILLION DOLLAR VIEW or call 907-352-1824


D/W, Coin Laundry. $850/mo, Most Util Incl. 373-3047

210 Apts. for Rent/ Mat-Su WOODSY 1 BD COTTAGE

Near Lake Full size appliances Includes: trash, cable, propane, snow removal. Low oil usage

4200+sf, 4bd, 4ba, granite counters, all stainless steel appliances, htd floors throughout. 2 car attached htd gar, 1500sf detached htd shop, 2+ Acres. Up to 2 horses ok


Call Brian or Karen for appointment, 907-745-0406. Co-op w/ realtors at 3%


$850 per month

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To inquire: Sharon 746-6836 or email

So Sell It! With Our Wheels & Steals Package you get a 1x2” ad for up to 3 months for only $85!

225 Homes for Rent/Wasilla 2BD, FENCED YARD, MOST UTILITIES INCL. W/D, DW, Carport $850/mo., POA,

Avail Now 373-3047

32 x 44’ Log Home, 25 x 50’ Log Barn, 3.9 Ac Mi. 66 Glenn Hwy. Mtn Views & South Facing. Open concept, all wood interior. Gas FP, 2 story barn, 3 BAYS.




109 Homes for Sale/Mat-Su

FAX: 352-2277 • EMAIL:

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100 Real Estate

DROP OFF: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm at 5751 E. Mayflower Ct. off Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.


Call TOD AY! 352-2290 or 694-63 18

June 20 - June 26, 2013

BEWARE Employment offers that suggest guaranteed out of state or overseas positions, glamorous travel, gifts or high wages for limited experience may be deceptive or unethical in nature. Please contact the following for possible information: Better Business Bureau at (907)562-0704 Wage & Hour Admin AK Dept of Labor at (907)269-4900

400 Employment Office

Pediatric Dentistry of Alaska Front office position available, 2 yrs. medical/dental office experience req’d. EOE Qualified applicants call 907-373-8684

Outside Sales Representative


330 Announcements St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of difficult cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of Heaven in all my necessites, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly _________________ ,and that I may bless God with you and all the Elect thoughout

Searching for a new home? Check out the homes for sale in the 100’s

TO APPLY: Learn more today by sending a resume and cover letter to: Cheryl Metiva at Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman PO BOX 873509 Wasilla, AK 99687-3509 You may also send your materials by email to addirector@ or drop them off at 5751 E. Mayflower Court off the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.

Come grow with the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman! We are actively recruiting for an outside sales person to contact local businesses about print and online advertising opportunities.

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated self-starter who is goal oriented and has good time management skills. You also must have a professional demeanor and appearance, as well as good computer skills.


The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla, Alaska, has an immediate opening for a Web Press Operator. Come work for our growing printing operation. The Frontiersman is a three-times-a-week newspaper with a thriving commercial printing operation. This is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week job that comes with a full benefits package. The candidate needs to have a minimum of two years' experience printing full-process color on a Goss Community or similar web press. Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to lift 80 pounds, and available to work nights and weekends. E-mail inquiries to:, or pick up an application at our office, 5751 East Mayflower Court, just off the Palmer-Wasilla Highway near Mile 4.5.

501 Adult

Come grow with the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman! We are actively recruiting for a classified advertising sales person to contact local businesses about print and online advertising opportunities. We'd love to hear from you if you are a highly motivated self-starter with good planning, time management & computer skills. We're ready to reward the right person with hourly base pay plus commission, a fast-paced work environment and an excellent benefits package. Sales and customer experience is highly desired but not required. Learn more today by sending a resume and cover letter to: Cheryl Metiva Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman 5751 E. Mayflower Court, Wasilla, AK 99687-3509 Or email to: addirector@ or you may drop them off at the address above which is located off the Palmer-Wasilla Highway

June 20 - June 26, 2013

ATTENTION Frontiersman Readers!

in downtown Palmer area. Gold Nuggets on each side. CALL 745-3062.

525 School and Instructions ATSSA Certified FLAGGING CLASSES Call 232-2542


- Good Supply of large logs from Kodiak- Nice Lumber- Good Prices-

This position requires dependable transportation, a valid Alaska driver's license, good DMV record and proof of auto insurance. The Mat Su Valley Frontiersman is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Have a Building Project?


Call Valley Sawmill 907-357-3081 and talk with Vern

BILL’S BUILDING COMPONENTS ASC Steel Roofing; Norclad; Skyline; Trilap Steel Siding. With Duratech XL paint system for lifetime warranty. Grace Ice & Water Shield. Foundation Flashings


Delivery Available Visa & MC

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, a Wick Communication

745-4515 1-800-478-4516

Co. publication, is seeking a hands-on Circulation Manager to lead our team and manage all aspects of our growing circulation department. Our publications include a thrice-weekly AM newspaper and weekly shopper, the Valley Sun, located in the fastest growing region of the state and in the recreation heart of Southcentral Alaska, the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough.


Good leadership, marketing and management skills are required, along with a strong commitment to growing our paid and free circulation base. Experience and thorough knowledge of circulation, including home delivery, single copy and budgeting, are necessary for this position. You will be responsible for increasing market penetration and meeting circulation volume and revenue goals.

530 E. Steel Loop, Palmer

746-7800 1-800-478-6242

Metal Roofing & Building Components Locally Owned & Operated

We seek a person with the ability to move this department forward in a professional manner that is committed to growing our paid circulation numbers and building a solid circulation team. In return, we offer a competitive salary and bonus plan, benefits package that include health/dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, relocation allowance & a good working environment as a part of our outstanding management team.

627 Health & Fitness EXERCISE BIKE W/ BACK SUPPORT $50 OBO, Pls call 376-6552

632 Fuel/Heating Firewood for Sale Tree length Birch Saw log Spruce Contact Bond Bros Logging at 715-4019

Please send resume, including salary expectation to: Mark Kelsey, Publisher, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, P.O. Box 873509 Wasilla, AK 99687 or email: The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

637 Household 612 Auctions

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It has been brought to our attention that a puppy scam is targeting animal lovers. Readers are asked to wire money to a seller who is either out of the country or out of state, with the promise that the seller will ship the animal once the wire transfer has been received. If you can not speak to a person locally through a phone call or email without verification, please make sure not to give out ANY personal information.

615 Building Supplies

You'll be rewarded with an existing client base, guaranteed commissions to get you started, an auto allowance, and an excellent benefits package including health insurance, 401K and more.

400 Employment

Are you outgoing, self-motivated and goal oriented?

652 Pets/Supplies


501 Adult

eternity. Amen


515 Lost and Found


305 Business Opps


and shampp’er, $125 OBO, 376-6552

We at the Frontiersman take every precaution to protect our readers and ask that they look for red flags and consider the following when purchasing an animal: • Purchase locally • Be wary of ads that do not list a telephone number, but an email address only • Have the animal examined by a vet before purchasing • Never wire money or send a check • Be sure to obtain the pet at the time of purchase. Classified Advertising (907)352-2290

AK CAT RESCUE Cute, cuddle bugs for adoption! Ask how you can get your momma cat spayed. (907)232-4444

ALASKA CAT Adoption Team

is seeking good homes for its great foster kittens. Lots of kittens available, as well as some adults. Call 982-2228 or see them at

Alaska SPCA Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic 907-562-2999 549 W. Int’l Airport Rd, Anchorage Spay-neuters, microchips, rabies, vaccinations, nail clips, MOA licenses Great prices year-round

"Mat Valley Kitties is in need of Foster Homes for Adult Cats. We can supply all the necessities, you just supply the love! Must have a quiet area separated from your pets. If you can help, please call Susan @ 841-7711.

Spaying and Neutering is Important to us! Bring us your puppies and we will spay your Momma dog at NO COST! For more info call Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue (907)745-7030

642 Livestock SADDLE BAGS LEATHER 1 tooled, 1 plain. $75 ea. Pls. calll 907- 841-4513


652 Pets/Supplies FOLDING METAL DOG CRATE w/ Pan, 40x28x30, $50. 907-338-6361

662 Sporting Goods LOADED TACKLE BOX

$30 OBO Pls. call 376-6552


w/ K2 cinch bindings, travel bag, goggles, helmet & tool..$ 250 takes it all!!! 907-376-3048 JENNINGS BOW WITH SIGHT & arrow holder, 60# wt., 28” draw. $150, Call 841-4513

695 Misc. for Sale WHIRLPOOL FOOT SPA &

massage, $40 OBO 376-6552

701 Professional Services The Think and Grow Rich of the 21st Century! Revolutionary break-through for success being released! For a FREE CD please call 1-888-241-8182

805 All Terrain Vehicles 1995 ARGO

Original Owner, $7K. 907-232-2482/ 907-232-8071

825 Motorcycles 1994 HONDA GOLDWING

39K miles, $5500. 232-2482/ 232-8071

_______________ 2003 SUZUKI INTRUDER

New carb, new tires & new battery. Runs great, Looks Good, Saddlebags, tool bag and extras. $3,000. Call 907-355-6308


800 CC, 17,000 +mi Excellent Condition, $2,500 call 775-0131

850 Travel Trailers ‘07 MONTANA 5TH WHEEL

3 slides, arctic insulation pkg., one owner, sell for loan pay-off $32,200 355-6080

652 Pets/Supplies

652 Pets/Supplies

TELL YOUR MOTHER-IN LAW THE GUEST ROOM IS TAKEN! Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue invites you to join our group and become a foster parent to a homeless dog. All supplies are provided - food, crates, toys, and blankets. YOU PROVIDE THE LOVE… Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue 745-7030

Advocates for Dog and Puppy Wellness

Offers microchippping at PetZoo, once a month. Keep your pet safe, w/ a HomeAgain microchip! Please check our website for the next event date

Rescue Cats for Adoption

Fixed, with shots and Microchip Money back Guarantee Find out about our reduced adoption fees. Call 980-8898


June 20 - June 26, 2013

PUZZLES Code quote In these Code Quotes from America’s history, each letter given is a code consisting of another letter. To solve this Code Quote, you must decode the puzzle by replacing each letter with the correct one. An example is shown. A ‘clue’ is available if you need extra help. Example: G E O R G E W A S H I N G T O N Is coded as: W J A M W J G I T C X Z W F A Z



Hint: Twenty-five years after nominating George Washington to be commander-in-chief, this person  nominated John Marshall as Chief Justice of the United States. Last week’s answer:  “In the great fulfillment we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.”  Warren G. Harding


last week’s solution

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CROSSWORD “BOTTOMS UP!” ACROSS 1 Like positive numbers 10 “Peace” 16 Toll, as a bell 20 Person at the helm 21 “Om,” e.g. 22 River of Hesse 23 Composer of the opera “Prince Igor” 25 Hightail it 26 “Z” actress Papas 27 Musical reworking: Abbr. 28 Most macabre 30 Martial arts actor Jackie 31 Baseball’s all-time leader in stolen bases 36 Boat rower’s need 37 Throws 39 Ship’s back 40 Giant in insurance 41 Glancing piercingly 43 Syr. neighbor 44 Next year’s srs. 45 Suffix with east or west 46 Organism on a slide 48 Fraction of a fl. oz.


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Longtime Hearst publication Call for help Ryder of “Heathers” Introduce, as a new year - Gay (old war plane) Theme of this puzzle Go with the flow Medium of many all-talk stations 72 Asimov and Newton 74 Anti-trafficking gp. 75 Tomatoey seafood soup 81 - -cone (cooling treat) 82 Divide up by type 83 Suffix with prefect 84 Bolted 86 - Lankan 87 Acacia’s kin 94 Spring zodiac sign 97 Onyx or opal 98 Certain fishing pot 99 “Yummy” pair 100 Locale of the Venezuelan city Porlamar 103 “- a Lady” 104 Autumn zodiac sign 105 Ocean off FL 106 Legendary furrier

108 Prong 109 Carnivorous North American rodent 116 Right fielder Slaughter 117 Dissimilar to 118 Rocks atop 119 Camera part 120 Willow family member 121 Consensus DOWN 1 Tennis’ Ivanovic 2 “South Pacific” song 3 Like some swimming strokes 4 Female fox 5 New York City cardinal Edward 6 Writer Grey 7 Airport abbr. 8 Future fry 9 Bruins great 10 Campfire snacks 11 Actor Hamlin 12 “It’s - -brainer” 13 English “Inc.” 14 Situate 15 Like horses 16 Shoots a rifle again 17 Least busy 18 “Kinsey” star Liam 19 - Green, Scotland 24 Dried by heat 29 Raise 30 Machine tooth 31 U.S. 1, e.g. 32 Bitterly cold 33 Guerrilla Guevara 34 Is sporting 35 Violinist Zimbalist 37 Salon option 38 “I can just see -” 42 French “the” 43 “- bad boy!” 44 Drinking binges 46 Slanting 47 - & Lomb 48 Angry rant 49 Hidden marksman 50 Tetra- plus one 51 Swindling guy 52 City in south Chile 53 Lace loops 54 “Starpeace” singer Yoko 55 Rapper Tone -

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NEWS OF THE WEIRD By Chuck Shepherd

Very personal hygiene Orestes De La Paz’s exhibit at the Frost Art Museum in Miami in May recalled Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and film Fight Club, in which lead character Tyler Durden’s principal income source was making upscale soap using discarded lipo-suctioned fat fetched from the garbage of cosmetic surgeons (thus closing the loop of fat from rich ladies recycled back to rich ladies). De La Paz told his mentor at Florida International University that he wanted only to display his own lipo-suctioned fat provocatively, but decided to make soap when he realized that the fat would otherwise quickly rot. Some visitors to the exhibit were able to wash their hands with the engineered soap, which De La Paz offered for sale at $1,000 a bar.

The entrepreneurial spirit

As recently as mid-May, people with disabilities had been earning hefty black-market fees by taking strangers into Disneyland and Disney World using the parks’ own liberal “disability” passes (which allow for up to five relatives or guests at a time to accompany the disabled person in skipping the sometimeshours-long lines and having immediate access to the rides). The pass-holding “guide,” according to TV’s Today show could charge as much as $200 through advertising on CraigsList and via word-of-mouth to some travel agents. Following reports in the New York Post and other outlets, Disney was said in late May to be warning disabled permit-holders not to abuse the privilege. ***** After setting out to create a protective garment for mixed martial arts fighters, Jeremiah Raber of High Ridge, Missouri, realized that his “groin protection device” could also help police, athletes and military contractors. Armored Nutshellz underwear, now selling for $125 each, has multiple layers of Kevlar plus another fabric called Dyneema, which Raber said can “resist” multiple shots from 9 mm and .22-caliber handguns. He said the Army will be testing Nutshellz in August, hoping it can reduce the number of servicemen who come home with devastating groin injuries their man junk. ***** Lawyers have been less frequently accused of being “ambulance-chasers” or even employing the tactic because of bar association crackdowns, but fire truck-chasing contractors and “public adjusters” are still a problem—at least in Florida, where the state Supreme Court tossed out a “48-hour” time- out rule that would have given casualty victims space to reflect on their losses before being overwhelmed by home-restoration salesmen. Consequently, as firefighters told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in May, the contractors are usually “right behind” them on the scene, pestering anxious or grief-stricken victims. The Sun-Sentinel found one woman being begged to sign up while she was still crying out for her dog that remained trapped in the blaze

Unconventional treatments


Researchers writing recently in the journal PLoS ONE disclosed that they had found certain types of dirt that contain antimicrobial agents capable of killing E. coli and the antibioticresistant MRSA. According to the article, medical “texts” back to 3000 B.C. mentioned clays that, when rubbed on wounds, reduce inflammation and pain. ***** Researchers writing in May in the journal Pediatrics found that some infants whose parents regularly sucked their babies’ pacifiers to clean them (rather than rinsing or boiling them) developed fewer allergies and cases of asthma. (On the other hand, parental-cleansing might make other maladies more likely, such as tooth decay.)

Army Major Nidal Hasan went on trial in June for killing 13 and wounding another 32 in the notorious November 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, but his 43 months in lockup since then have been lucrative. WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) reported in May that Maj. Hasan has earned $278,000 (and counting) in salary and benefits because his pay cannot be stopped until he is convicted. By contrast, some of the 32 surviving victims complain of difficulty wrenching money out of the Army for worker compensation and disability treatment—because the Army has refused to classify the spree-shooting as a combat-similar “terrorist attack” (in favor of terming it the politically correct “workplace violence”).

Leading economic indicators

John Allison, 41, who was arrested inside a Hannaford’s grocery store in Massena, New York, in May, first aroused suspicion as an anticipated shoplifter, but it turns out that all he wanted to do was to remove a pepperoni from the meat case, rub it on his penis and put it back. He was charged with criminal mischief. (2) David Beckman, 64, was charged in DuPage County, Illinois, in May with misdemeanor animal cruelty after he allegedly sexually abused his pet peacock, “Phyl.”

Until recently, apparently, gene mutations were considered merely freaks of nature, but that was before Myriad Genetics obtained binding U.S. patents for mutations it discovered—now known as BRCA-1 and BRCA-2. Those mutations were in the news in May when actor Angelina Jolie announced that she had chosen to have a double mastectomy based on the presence of the cancer-causing mutations, which she had learned of through a Myriad Genetics test costing about $4,000. There is no price competition for the test, due to the patent, and Jolie, along with oncologists and OB-GYN doctors, fret that the test is too expensive for tens of millions of women around the world whose lives could be saved by knowing their status. ***** Archeologists discovered in May that a construction company had bulldozed 2,300-year-old Mayan ruins in northern Belize— simply to mine the rocks for road fill to build a highway. A researcher said it could hardly have been an accident, for the ruins were 100 feet high in an otherwise flat landscape, and a Tulane University anthropologist estimated that Mayan ruins are being mined for road fill an average of once a day in their ancient habitats. Said another, “(T)o realize” that Mayans created these structures using only stone tools and then “carried these materials on their heads” to build them—and then that bulldozers can almost instantly destroy them—is “mind-boggling.”

Finer points of the law

A woman in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood reported to a local news blog in May that she had seen (and her husband briefly conversed with) a man who was operating a “drone” from a sidewalk, guiding the noisy device to a point just outside a thirdfloor window in a private home. The pilot said he was “doing research” and, perhaps protected by a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court decision, asserted that he was not violating anyone’s privacy because he, himself, was on a public sidewalk while the drone was in public airspace. The couple called for a police officer, but by the time one arrived, the pilot and his drone had departed, according to a report on the Capitol Hill Seattle.

People with issues

Least competent criminals

Three men committed home invasion of a Houston, Texas, residence on May 14 and, although two escaped, one wound up in the hospital and under arrest. The three men kicked in a door and shut the resident in an upstairs closet while they ransacked the home, but they failed to inspect the closet first and thus did not realize that it was the resident’s handgun-storage closet. A few minutes later, the resident emerged, locked and loaded, and wounded one of the men in the shoulder and leg.

Readers’ choice

Bryan Zuniga, 20, was (according to a deputy) weaving in traffic in his SUV in May near the St. Petersburg, Florida, city limit, but instead of submitting to the deputy, he fled on foot and eventually climbed a fence to a water-treatment plant—and apparently disturbed an alligator residing in a pond. Zuniga was treated at St. Petersburg General Hospital for bites to his face and arm. (2) In Albuquerque in May, Luis Briones, 25, became the most recent person arrested for distracted driving—after he crashed into another car while engaged in sexual intercourse in the driver’s seat. (His naked lady-friend was thrown from the car, but not seriously hurt.)

This week’s thank-you note

Thanks to Elaine Weiss, David Swanson, Gary DaSilva, Michael Harris, Candy Clouston, John McGaw, Steve Dunn, Paul Krause, Peter Swank, and Chris Banta, and to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors.




June 20 - June 26, 2013


By Rob Brezsny

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) “I know that I am not a category,” said philosopher Buckminster Fuller. “I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process.” Philosopher Norman O. Brown had a similar experience. “The human body is not a thing or substance, but a continuous creation,” he mused. “It is an energy system which is never a complete structure; never static; is in perpetual inner selfconstruction and self-destruction.” Now is an excellent time to imagine yourself in these terms, Cancerian. You’re not a finished product, and never will be! Celebrate your fluidity, your changeableness, your instinctual urge to reinvent yourself.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

Renowned 20th-century theologian Karl Barth worked on his book Church Dogmatics for 36 years. It was more than 9,000 pages long and contained over six million words. And yet it was incomplete. He had more to say, and wanted to keep going. What’s your biggest undone project, Leo? The coming months will be a good time to concentrate on bringing it to a climax. Ideally, you will do so with a flourish, embracing the challenge of creating an artful ending with the same liveliness you had at the beginning of the process. But even if you have to culminate your work in a plodding, prosaic way, do it! Your next big project will be revealed within weeks after you’ve tied up the last loose end.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)

Susannah Cibber was a popular 18th-century English contralto whose singing was expressive and moving. On one occasion, she performed Handel’s Messiah with such verve that an influential priest responded by making an extravagant guarantee. He told her that as a result of her glorious singing, any sins she had committed or would commit were forever forgiven. I’d like to see you perpetrate an equivalent amazement, Virgo: a good or beautiful or soulful deed that wins you a flood of enduring slack. The cosmic omens suggest that such an achievement is quite possible.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)

Johnny Appleseed was a 19th-century folk hero renowned for planting apple trees in vast areas of rural America. During the 70 years this famous Libra was alive, he never got married. He believed that if he remained unwed during his time on earth, he would be blessed with two spirit-wives in the after-life. Have you ever done something like that yourself, Libra? Is there an adventure you’ve denied yourself in the here and now because you think that’s the only way you can get some bigger, better adventure at a later date? If so, now would be an excellent time to adjust your attitude.

“It is kind of fun to do the impossible,” said Walt Disney, a pioneer animator whose cartoon innovations were remarkable. Judging from your current astrological omens, I think you Scorpios have every right to adopt his battle cry as your mantra. You’ve got an appointment with the frontier. You’re primed to perform experiments at the edge of your understanding. Great mysteries will be tempting you to come closer and lost secrets will be teasing you with juicy clues. As you explore and tinker with the unknown, you might also want to meditate on the graffiti I saw scrawled on a mirror in a public restroom: “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”


Astronauts on lunar expeditions have orbited the moon and seen its entire surface. But the rest of us have never seen more than 59 percent of it. As the moon revolves around the Earth, it always keeps one side turned away from our view. Isn’t that amazing and eerie? The second most important heavenly body, which is such a constant and intimate factor in our lives, is half-hidden. I’d like to propose that there is an analogous phenomenon in your inner world, Sagittarius: a part of you that forever conceals some of its true nature. But I’m pretty sure you will soon be offered an unprecedented chance to explore that mysterious realm.


Anglo-Irish novelist Laurence Sterne married his wife Elizabeth in 1741. Twenty-five years later he fell in love with another woman, Eliza. In composing love letters to his new infatuation, he lifted some of the same romantic passages he had originally written to Elizabeth when he was courting her. Try hard not to do anything remotely resembling that, Capricorn. Give your intimate allies your freshest stuff. Treat them as the unique creatures they are. Resist the temptation to use shticks that worked to create closeness in the past.


It’s important that you not punish yourself or allow yourself to be punished for the sins that other people have committed. It’s also crucial that you not think nasty thoughts about yourself or put yourself in the presence of anyone who’s prone to thinking nasty thoughts about you. Self-doubt and self-criticism may be healthy for you to entertain about ten days from now, and at that time you will probably benefit from receiving compassionate critique from others, too. But for the moment, please put the emphasis on self-protection and self-nurturing.


For over three decades, a man in Assam, India has worked to build a forest. When Jadav “Molai” Payeng started planting and tending seeds at the age of 16, the sandbars bordering the Brah-

maputra River were barren. Today, almost entirely thanks to him, they’re covered with a 1,360-acre forest that harbors deer, birds, tigers, rhinos, and elephants. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you could launch a comparable project in the next 12 months, Pisces—a labor of love that will require your persistent creativity and provide you with sanctuary for a long time.


Maybe you’ve seen that meme circulating on the Internet: “My desire to be well-informed is at odds with my desire to remain sane.” If you feel that way now—and I suspect you might soon if you don’t already—you have cosmic permission, at least for a while, to emphasize sanity over being well-informed. Lose track of what Kim Jong-un and Kim Kardashian are up to, ignore the statements of every jerk on the planet, and maybe even go AWOL from the flood of data that relentlessly pours toward you. Instead, pay attention to every little thing your body has to tell you. Remember and marvel at your nightly dreams. Go slow. Lay low. Be soft. Have fun with unspectacular influences that make you feel at home in the world.


I expect you will be called on to move fluidly between opposing camps or competing interests or different realities. Maybe you’ll volunteer to serve as an arbiter between the crabby good guys and the righteous bad guys. Perhaps you’ll try to decode one friend’s quirky behavior so that another friend can understand it. You might have to interpret my horoscopes for people who think astrology is bunk. You may even have to be a mediator between your own heart and head, or explain the motivations of your past self to your future self. You can’t be perfect, of course. There will be details lost in translation. But if you’re as patient as a saint and as tricky as a crow, you’ll succeed.


Pablo Casals was one of the greatest cello players who ever lived. Among his early inspirations was the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Casals discovered Bach’s six cello suites when he was 13 years old, and played them every day for the next 13 years. Have you ever done something similar, Gemini? Devoted yourself to a pleasurable discipline on a regular basis for a long time? I invite you to try it. The coming months will be an excellent time to seek mastery through a diligent attention to the details.


It’s a shame so many of us try to motivate ourselves through abusive self-criticism. Are you guilty of this sin? How so? What will you do to change? Write

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