To-do list for lawmakers

Dear state legislator,

Here’s your to-do list:

1. Pass a fully funded budget.

2. Expand Medicaid.

3. Pass Erin’s Law.

4. Go home and spend time with loved ones.

Love,

A bunch of mad Alaskans.

— Jayson P. Valentine Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

Ian Moore was the fastest competitor on the 17-control, 5.9-kilometer red course on Thursday to claim victory on the most difficult layout at the Eric and Jill’s Orienteering meet at Bicentennial Park. Moore completed the course in 57 minutes, 59 seconds to edge Tobias Schworer by two and a half minutes. Regan Sarwas was third.

Eric and Jill’s Orienteering Meet

Thursday, Bicentennial Park

Red Course 17 controls 5.9km

Men

1)Ian Moore 57:59 2)Toby Schworer 1:00:29 3)Trond Flagstad 1:11:30 4)Regan Sarwas 1:16:20 5)Steve Grunn1:20:53 6)Bill Johnson 1:23:15 7)Mike Robinson 1:35:35 8)Art Harmon 1:36:289)Dan Billman 1:41:25 10)Tom Bronga 2:01:50 11)Tom Herrnstein 2:08:05

Green Course 13 controls 4.4km

Men...

Alaska Dispatch News

East continued its undefeated march through the Cook Inlet Conference with an 8-0 win over South on Thursday in the semifinals of the conference tournament at Albrecht Fields.

Daisy Page allowed just two hits in five innings for the three-time defending state champions, who also got a 3-for-3 performance out of Sierra Rosenzweig.

Chugiak advanced to the loser’s bracket final with a pair of wins Thursday, defeating Dimond 10-0 in the first game and taking care of West 9-3 in the second. Mustangs pitcher Juju Montgomery went the distance in both games.

East will face the winner of Friday’s 6 p.m. game between South and Chugiak in the conference championship at 7:45 p.m. at Albrecht. If East loses, an if-necessary game will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday...

Alaska Dispatch News

Dimond overcame a bad break and a balky Bartlett side to advance into the semifinals of the state soccer tournament with a 2-0 win over the Golden Bears on Thursday night at Bartlett.

Jack Sedor scored a pair of goals for the Lynx, who had to shake off the shock of losing defender Brent Quinn to a gruesome arm injury midway through the first half.

“We played for him,” Sedor said after the match. “He’s the heart and soul of this team.”...

Matt Tunseth
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After catching the first fish of his life, the reaction of Anchorage's Niko Vang was about what you’d expect from a 10-year-old boy. Proudly holding the wriggling 10-inch trout aloft for fellow anglers to see, Vang giggled as he pushed the fish into his sister’s face...

FRIDAY

AUTO RACING Channel 6 a.m. XFINITY: Buckle Up 200, practice FS1 41 7 a.m. Sprint Cup: Dover, practice FS1 41 8:30 a.m. World Truck: Lucas Oil 200, qualifying FS1 41 10 a.m. XFINITY: Buckle Up 200, final practice FS1 41 11:30 a.m. Sprint Cup: Dover, qualifying FS1 41 1:30 p.m. World Truck: Lucas Oil 200 FS1 41 Midnight World Truck: Lucas Oil 200* FS1 41 COLLEGE SOFTBALL Channel 3 p.m. World Series, Game 5: Teams TBA ESP2 35 5:30 p.m. World Series, Game 6: Teams TBA ESP2 35 BASEBALL Channel 4 p.m. Dodgers at Cardinals or Red Sox at Rangers MLB 149 6 p.m. Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners ROOT 36 9:30 p.m. Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners* ROOT 36 NHL PLAYOFFS Channel 4 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at N.Y. Rangers, Gm 7 NBCS 39 SOCCER Channel 5 p.m....

FRIDAY

PREP TRACK AND FIELD: ASAA/First National Bank State Championships — Field events, 9 a.m.; track events, 12:10 p.m., Dimond High. GIRLS PREP SOCCER: ASAA/First National Bank State Championships — Semifinals, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Bartlett High; Consolations, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Eagle River High. BOYS PREP SOCCER: ASAA/First National Bank State Championships — Semifinals, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Bartlett High; Consolations, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Eagle River High. PREP SOFTBALL: Cook Inlet Conference tournament, games at 6 and 7:45 p.m. CYCLING: Campbell Airstrip Road Hill Climb, 7 p.m...

FAIRBANKS -- Before Alaska marijuana businesses open their doors, owners will need to know they are growing, testing or selling on land zoned for those activities, local government leaders here say, and residents deserve to know in advance what might or might not be allowed in their neighborhoods.

The state has yet to resolve some key questions about marijuana regulation following voter approval of the legalization initiative last November, but local governments have powers under the measure to establish regulations on commercial activities, though they cannot prohibit personal use...

Dermot Cole

After weeks of inaction, the state House of Representatives spent nearly all day Thursday in session at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building debating the new budget proposal from the Republican-led majority caucus.

But what the Republicans had called a "compromise" budget looked much less like a compromise after Republicans steamrolled over a series of Democratic amendments proposing budget cuts and new spending.

And tensions rose as House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, refused to even allow Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, to bring a Medicaid expansion amendment to the floor, making it appear the new budget proposal would lack the Democratic support needed to tap the state savings account that would be used to pay for it...

Nathaniel Herz,Pat Forgey

“What’s in your wallet?” That phrase was the tagline for a clever set of ads from Capital One, promoting their credit cards for frequent fliers.

While most frequent-flier plans zoom in on rewards and bonuses for miles flown, Capital One, American Express and Chase focus on dollars spent. Specifically, they are using the allure of free flights as an incentive to get you to carry their credit card.

Despite years of consolidation in both the airline business and financial markets, competition remains fierce on the credit card front. Alongside the offers, bonuses, promises of free flights and “elite status,” a group of “travel hackers” has sprung up to encourage travelers to think a little bit differently about points, miles and awards...

Scott McMurren

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