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Shannyn Moore

I really like "Buy Local" campaigns. I liked it when, in his State of the State speech, Gov. Bill Walker talked about supporting our local small businesses every chance we can because goodness knows those businesses are the ones that support our local youth sports programs. I listened to a radio broadcast this week updating folks on the fundraiser at the Chapman School in Anchor Point. A young girl and her mother were both injured badly on Christmas Day in a car accident. The girl lost both her legs. She's 11 years old. So many local businesses had donated to the cause of helping their family with their financial burdens. This concept isn't really new for me. We take care of our own. About 10 years ago I was on a flight to my grandmother's funeral....

Shannyn Moore

You may or may not know who Paul Allen is. He's kind of a big deal. He is the co-founder of Microsoft, and more importantly, owner of the Seattle Seahawks. You may have heard of them. They play football.

I'm going to ask you to imagine something that isn't true. (I'm telling you this so you don't freak out.)

Imagine if this week, Mr. Allen found out that his head coach, Pete Carroll, and Tom Cable, his offensive line and assistant head coach, were writing plays for the Green Bay Packers.

Again, Mr. Carroll and Mr. Cable did not do this. We are pretending -- to make a point.

As the owner, what do you think Mr. Allen would do? I'm guessing his first question would be "Why?! How could you possibly let your owner, team and supporters down so badly?"...

Shannyn Moore

"Halibut is the fish for people who don't like to eat fish." Clem Tillion told me that. It's true. The halibut wars are on, folks, and I don't mean the Domino's Pizza ad slam from last year. There are a few silly voices trying to make the current arguments regarding halibut an allocation war. Sadly, they are wrong. It's way past allocation, folks, and now its a fight for preservation and sustainability. Areas of the Bering Sea have not been managed to sustain halibut -- specifically Area 4CDE....

Shannyn Moore

I ran out of gas a few weeks ago. I guess if I were by the side of the road instead of in the middle of Kachemak Bay this wouldn't be worth mentioning. I hadn't thought to check the gas levels because I knew there was an extra tank. Yeah. I wasn't worried when I let the motor warm up.

It's not because I don't like the guy at the fuel dock. He's always friendly and has a joke ready. Usually a pun. He hasn't changed much since high school, save an impressively long beard.

Clearly the fuel situation was figured out and my crossing continued safely, but the whole situation has really been bugging me. How could I have just forgotten something so simple and crucial?...

Shannyn Moore

It's that time of year again. Top 10 lists for everything. Trust me. For some of them, I can't figure out how they came up with a top one, much less 10. I was going to piggyback on this cliche and give you my top 10 Alaska stories for 2014, but then I got a grip on myself.

You're welcome. I decided instead to look ahead at what will be a giant war in Alaska in the upcoming year. I figured maybe we needed to start rallying the troops to battle...

Shannyn Moore

This week, President Obama did something I like. (I know, you’re thinking, “Even a secret Kenyan Muslim Socialist gets on base every once in while.”) Actually, there were two things I liked. One, I can hardly wait to visit Cuba. It'll be like going into a time machine -- only warmer. While I realize he had help from my favorite pope, I'm giving the president credit for not continuing to do the same thing we’ve been doing for 50 years and expecting a different result. You know, the definition of insanity...

Shannyn Moore

'Tis the season for so many great things, like Christmas or holiday newsletters.

These days, they have a glossier look, with fancy fonts and graphics. I miss the older ones where you could see the Scotch tape holding down the pictures and fantastic placement of cheeky elf or poinsettia stickers. Maybe they got photocopied at the office or the corner Kinkos; either way they looked like the toner light might have been flashing.

I loved those letters...

Shannyn Moore

Dear Reader: From the time I crossed Kachemak Bay to Homer, drove to Anchorage and caught the flight to Juneau for the inauguration of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott, I tried to remember every detail. I wanted to be the one to share it all with you -- this moment of renewal and hope for Alaska -- before we get busy with our looming financial disaster (thank you, Sean Parnell and legislative Republicans). I’ll skip ahead. I missed my flight home. Partly due to mechanical issues and partly due to celebrating. Alaska Airlines was lovely about putting me on the next plane. (Not a milk run, thank you, Club 49.) I sat next to a charming lobbyist (yes, they exist) and in front of part of the first family -- also charming....

Shannyn Moore

Did you ever hear about gratuity journals? They were part of a movement, somewhat Oprah-inspired, more than a decade ago. The idea was that if you consciously looked for the blessings in your life you'd stop gathering evidence that the universe was against you and maybe you'd stop feeling sorry for yourself...

Shannyn Moore

Alaskans know about airplanes and flying. No other state’s residents fly as much as we do. So we know every plane really ought to have two wings. Same with birds. There are no halibut-style birds, with two wings on one side of their bodies. I find government works best with matching wings, one on the left, one on the right.

For the last few years, we've been trying to fly the Spirit of Alaska with two right wings. As a result, our captain, co-pilot and the rest of the crew never really got us off the ground. They didn’t kill us, they just spent most of their time just taxiing in the wrong direction. Now, at long last, we’ve got a chance to get airborne...

Shannyn Moore

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