Shannyn Moore

New kids at my high school were rare. Most of us had been together since what felt like the beginning of time -- and that wasn’t always a good thing. Remember the time Eric barfed in the lunch room? Yeah. Remember when the elastic in Kim’s sweatpants surrendered during fourth-grade dodgeball? She froze like a statue. New kids were suspect curiosities. It took a while to figure out if they were going to be one of “us.”

I remember one in particular. He complained constantly about how lame Homer was. He was in town to live with his relatives for a year -- some sort of punishment for rowdy behavior back home. We figured out pretty fast that he wasn’t one of us (and represented a new kind of mischief we didn’t need)...

Shannyn Moore

A few years ago, I had a close encounter with a brown bear. Your mind can cram a lot of thoughts into a short time when faced with a threat like that. I had already resigned myself to my fate as bear lunch, but then I thought, "I wonder if it's going to hurt?"

I guess most of us wonder about that. Will it hurt? Large teeth and claws would seem to answer the question, but adrenaline does amazing things. The older I get, the more people I know who have died. I’ve been present for the passing of a few. It's hard to watch a friend or a loved one in pain, at the mercy of an illness, struggling. No one wants that. I'm so grateful to the hospice and medical workers for the amazing, compassionate work they do...

Shannyn Moore

It’s politics as usual in Juneau. As Alaska burns, Alaska Republicans bloviate.

We’re staring down the barrel of multibillion-dollar state budget deficits as far into the future as we can see. Are the Republicans majorities in the Legislature acknowledging that their misguided spending and tax policies got us into this fix? Are they prepared to set a new course?

Not bloody likely. Rather than rolling up their sleeves, trying to come up with constructive solutions, they’re trotting out the usual gimmicks to divert public attention from their failures. So, by the lights of legislative leaders, what’s the big problem in Alaska?...

Shannyn Moore

Ever read something, have a snap judgment and then post a response on social media and have people disagree with you?

Oh, you don't have a Facebook or Twitter account. All right then. For those of us who do, it happens. You could post a picture of a pug puppy with the note "Cutest ever!" and someone will tell you pugs look like they ran into a brick wall and lab puppies are way cuter. Seriously. There's no way to fix everyone on the Internet, and you just have to let some things go.

I wrote, "Pete Kelly is an idiot. He's also a fiscal drunk. At a time our state is in deficit mode, he is buying pregnancy tests for women's restrooms in bars. Because. He. Doesn't. Get. It."...

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

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