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Pat Race,Alaska Robotics

AKRN - Lame Tricks

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of six Alaska Robotics News multimedia commentaries leading up to the 2014 general election. Look online for new videos each Monday and Thursday.Unless you've been hiding in a cave on the moon, you probably caught the Sullivan campaign's advertisement featuring X-Games silver medalist Cory Davis. Davis calls out Sen. Mark Begich for his lame riding skills and inability to fly through the air in slow motion on a quarter-ton sled.I think it's one of the more annoying political ads this year. Davis seems likable, friendly even, and the spot itself has admirable production quality. There's just no substance.At first I thought the commercial might be a more nuanced criticism of Begich, I didn't know the Colville River Road project and thought Dan Sullivan might be implying some more condemnable act. For example, if Begich had taken credit here for a project he didn't work on, that would be a lame trick. But that doesn't appear to be the case.A quick breeze through news archives reveals several articles providing evidence that Begich has been involved in the Colville River project for years and was a big part of making it happen by repeatedly pushing back against the feds.I'm not saying this is a reason to vote for Begich, but I do think we should all be demanding a little more from Sullivan before we hand him the keys to the sled. He's campaigning on hyperbole and sound bites and that shouldn't cut it.I would like to vote for more than a construct built in thirty second increments.Contributors' note: We're working on three more of these segments before the election and we're interested in what you'd like us cover. Drop a comment here or you can always email us at hotnewztips4u@alaskarobotics.com.Created by Pat Race, Lou Logan, Aaron Suring, Jamie Karnik and many others, Alaska Robotics News is a political satire series focused on Alaska. The series was initially funded through Kickstarter and some cash donated in an unmarked brown paper bag. Alaska Robotics is group in Juneau publishing short films, comics and many other creative works. Follow their projects online at AlaskaRobotics.com or in person at their gallery at 220 Front Street.The views expressed here are the writer's own and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, email commentary(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Marc Lester
Spawning salmon can be seen at many places on Chester Creek in a section that runs from University Lake through the Providence Alaska Medical Center campus and across the UAA campus.
Egan Millard
The touring production of "Les Miserables," playing at the Atwood Concert Hall through Oct. 26, mostly delivers on its promise of extravagant excitement.
Bill Roth
Students at Williwaw Elementary School were surprised by Anchorage firefighters and police who provided them with new winter coats after they attended a safety presentation on Monday.
Tara Young
The Tanana 4-H group spoke at the First Alaskan Institute Elders and Youth Conference for the second year in a row. The group talked about drinking and violence in Alaska villages, then challenged the kids at the conference to lead active lives and stop the cycle of abuse. Ashley Nicholia, 17, and Violet Erhart, 12, were among seven girls in the Tanana 4-H group to talk. Cynthia Erickson, the chaperone and group founder, was there to give support and encourage the audience to accept the challenges the group presented to them.Read more: Tanana 4-H girls tell of dysfunction -- and hope for better wayWatch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Laurel Andrews
Audio clips and photographs taken by police at the scene of a Sept. 6 brawl involving the family of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were released Tuesday by the Anchorage Police Department.
Alaska Dispatch News

Plaintiffs challenging Alaska's same-sex marriage legally wed

Stephanie Pearson, and Courtney Lamb wed in Anchorage on Monday, October 20, 2014. The couple was one of five same-sex couples that sued the state for the right to marry in Alaska.Read more: Plaintiffs challenging Alaska's same-sex marriage legally wed
Alaska Dispatch News

COOLEST SOUND EVER! - [Living in Alaska 43]

YouTube filmmaker Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams, aka DudeLikeHELLA, discovers the bizarre sounds skipping rocks on frozen lakes can create (the rock skipping starts at 3:41)According to Cottage Life, "Ice vibrates up and down, similar to a drumhead or cymbal vibrating after being struck. Different ice produces different sounds: A high-pitched noise when your rock hits the lake likely means you have “clear” ice. This is the glassy, see-through ice that’s formed under cold, still, non-snowy conditions. “Snow” ice -- the opaque ice that forms after snow falls on the surface of the lake, becomes saturated with water and then freezes -- produces a lower-frequency sound, because fine grains in the ice absorb some of the noise."Williams moved to Alaska last August and, along with his girlfriend, has been documenting his adventures. Watch more of DudeLikeHELLAs escapades in Alaska on his YouTube channel. He previously had Internet acclaim through his other YouTube channel SMPFilms, where you can see skits and stunts, including shock collars and mean cats.
Bill Roth
The importance of Alaska Native languages to culture, identity and individual well-being took center stage Monday as the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference – the precursor to the biggest Native gathering of the year – began in Anchorage.
The first significant snowfall of the season arrives Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Anchorage. 
Suzanna Caldwell
Courtney Lamb and Stephanie Pearson wed in an impromptu ceremony outside of the Midtown Anchorage Frontier Building Monday, a mere half-hour after picking up their marriage license from the Bureau of Vital Statistics. They were among the five couples who challenged Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban in May, arguing that the amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman denied them equal protection and due process rights.
Pat Race,Alaska Robotics

AKRN - Victory Chili

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of six Alaska Robotics News multimedia commentaries leading up to the 2014 general election. Look online for new videos each Monday and Thursday.I opened my email and there it was, “Stop by for a bowl of homemade Victory Chili!”With the general election so far away and polling still tight, I knew it was too early to celebrate victory. This must be something else. An ancient source of power upon which Alaskan Republicans have long dined? A dish imbued with the very essence of victory?I had to know. I had to drink from this spicy fountain of bean juice.Victory is a bloody word, derived from battle and conquest. The roots of victory tie deeply to warfare, and it's hard to argue that elections are not battles. Reputations are dismembered and soldiers fall for their leaders.I suppose political battles are always fought this way, with noise and bombast. With reality distortion fields and rivers of cash corrupting the entire process. All for an audience that is barely awake or too busy to pay attention.It seems like there must be a better way, but the system is alive and provides its own strange incentives.There's a film I like very much called "Princess Mononoke." It's an ambiguous story with very little room for good and evil. The protagonist, an exiled prince, views his own purpose in the story's conflict as seeing with eyes unclouded by hate. I think that's an important role in any conflict.As the general election looms, it's tempting to pick a team and fire all guns in the opposite direction, but why? Look across the battlefield and you'll see people you know and love. Political ideologies aren't battle lines, and we can respectfully disagree if we abandon our own frustration.I think I'm writing all this because of the chili. I feel slightly euphoric, probably an increase in endorphins brought on by magic beans.Or maybe Victory Chili doesn't have any magical properties at all. Maybe Victory Chili isn't even about destruction of our enemies or which campaign has the bigger pile of cheddar. Maybe Victory Chili is something more powerful, maybe Victory Chili is just taking a moment to break bread, and wind, with your neighbors.Created by Pat Race, Lou Logan, Aaron Suring, Jamie Karnik and many others, Alaska Robotics News is a political satire series focused on Alaska. The series was initially funded through Kickstarter and some cash donated in an unmarked brown paper bag. Alaska Robotics is a group in Juneau publishing short films, comics and many other creative works. Follow their projects online at AlaskaRobotics.com or in person at their gallery at 220 Front Street.The views expressed here are the writer's own and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, email commentary(at)alaskadispatch.com.

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