John Wayne would be shocked Ms. Patkotak invoking John Wayne’s name is almost anti-American in Wednesday’s (ADN, Nov. 24). She can’t possibly know what his position would be in regard to the Syrian cowards that run instead of fighting their country’s enemies, but we can know what he said when he reminded us that “Life is hard, and if you are stupid, it’s a lot harder,” or words to that effect. It is long past time when we need to start dealing with the reality of evil in this world, and start calling out the stupidity of those on the left. — Jim Lynch Palmer No place for dogma in Alaska I see a letter lamenting the fact that refugees from Muslim countries might bring sharia law to Alaska. I’m sure the letter writer is more comfortable with our own homegrown religious laws as laid down by...Alaska Dispatch News
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials say a business is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states. Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California, has recalled a mix of diced celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods containing celery "out of an abundance of caution," the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Thursday. The foods range from Thai-style salads to packaged dinners and wraps, and they are sold at Costco, Target, Starbucks and many other outlets, the FDA said. Costco says it uses one supplier for those vegetables in the chicken salad sold in all its U.S. stores. A message left Thursday with Taylor Farms was not immediately...Olga R. Rodriguez
An Anchorage jury has found a man guilty of sexually abusing a child. The state Attorney General's office says jurors reached a verdict Wednesday, convicting Arthur Hapoff of sexual abuse of a minor. The trial lasted seven days. Prosecutors say the 6-year-old victim was sexually assaulted in 2014. Hapoff was previously convicted of an attempted sexual assault in 2003 and felony failure to register as a sex offender in 2013. He faces 20 to 35 years in prison when he's sentenced on March 22.The Associated Press
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Some Alaska soldiers are coming home after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. The U.S. Army says about 40 soldiers from the 716th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment will be reunited with family and friends on Friday. The soldiers are part of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Friday's homecoming will take place at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. During their deployment, the soldiers worked daily alongside military service members from Kuwait and other partnering nations stationed in the region.The Associated Press
FAIRBANKS — A former in-home caretaker for a blind Fairbanks woman will spend 20 years in prison for fatally shooting her husband. No time will be suspended for Anthony Wayne Charleston, under a sentence issued Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported . Charging documents said the woman called 911 in March 2013 when her husband, David Schei, was shot and killed. In an interview with Alaska State Troopers, Charleston said he dropped the woman off at her Lakeview Terrace home. He said when he returned shortly afterward at her request, Schei started punching him. Charleston said he fell backward and pulled a gun from his pocket, shooting Schei, an investigator wrote in charging documents. As the victim's family listened by phone, Charleston...The Associated Press
Responding to criticism over remarks he made Tuesday, Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate and real estate developer, denied on Thursday that he was mocking the appearance of a reporter for The New York Times with a physical disability. Trump, who insisted that he had never met the reporter, Serge F. Kovaleski, issued the statement over Twitter one day after news media reports that he had imitated the reporter during a rally in South Carolina. Trump described Kovaleski as trying to back away from a story he wrote in September 2001 while he was working for The Washington Post. The candidate used the article to try to justify his widely debunked claims that there were “thousands and thousands” of people “cheering” the fall of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001,...Maggie Haberman
WASHINGTON - A man draped in an American flag was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after he jumped the fence of the White House while the First Family was inside celebrating Thanksgiving. Joseph Caputo faces criminal charges after he scaled over the north fence line of the grounds and was immediately apprehended at about 2:45 p.m., according Robert Hoback, a spokesman for the Secret Service. Officials did not provide details on Caputo's age, hometown or any reason for the jumper's actions. The U.S. Secret Service did not immediately provide further details of the incident and it is unclear how the man made it past new "pencil-point" spikes added to the White House perimeter earlier this year designed to deter intruders. Virginia resident Vanessa Peña was visiting the White House with...Lynh Bui, Ashley Halsey III
“What are the best herbs to grow indoors?” Ever since I started writing this column, this is a question that has been asked every winter. I understood the frequency of the query back in the day when fresh herbs were not so readily available here. Yet I still get it today despite our plentiful and ample supplies. This just indicates we want really fresh, right from the living plant. Would that it was so easy. You can grow herbs indoors. It is possible, but -- OK, you know it is coming -- if you want to grow herbs indoors in the winter in Alaska you really do need extra light to supplement the meager amount we get. Most herb plants originally came from the Mediterranean where it is always sunny, right? I won’t harp any more than usual, but will note your options have greatly increased over...Jeff Lowenfels
Are you prepared for the upcoming holiday season? This is not about the recent State Department travel warning . That’s a separate story, best summed up by reminding people to be aware and to pay attention to current events. This is important: The "warning" is a lower-level notice than an "alert" and does not mandate that people stop traveling completely. There are a host of gift ideas that can help you be better-prepared, safer and more comfortable both for domestic and international travel. Further, these gifts for those on-the-go need not bust your holiday budget. Tina Baugher runs Mermaid Imports at 209 W. Dimond Blvd. in Anchorage. Almost everything is imported from Asia. One of her go-to travel accessories is simple: a fan. “Imagine being stuck on a hot bus or waiting in a stuffy...Scott McMurren
Among the artists included in the Anchorage installment of the “Living Alaska” show are Da-ka-xeen Mehner and Kathleen Carlo-Kendall . In last week’s column we had news that each were recipient of United States Artist awards. It’s always good to hear that an Alaska artist has received attention outside of Alaska, and the $50,000 prize each received makes it even better. It gave me a reality check, however, to see them honored in the "Traditional Arts" category. While both make visual references to historic Alaska Native aesthetics and address issues of indigenous awareness, I tend to identify them foremost as contemporary artists. Carlo-Kendall’s sculptures are strong examples of abstract/expressionist forms. Mehner’s choice of materials -- photography, steel, multimedia projections,...Mike Dunham