You may remember mention that Alaska's Governor, Sean Parnell, has been stockpiling food around the State. There are piles o' supplies in Anchorage & Fairbanks, with others planned. The talking heads on local news said we have enough, now, to feed 40,000 people for a week.
That's a lot, until you compare it to the population. Anchorage is a city of 285,000. If our food supplies are not replenished by ship, twice weekly, the shelves here would be bare in less than 5 days. Suddenly, food for 40,000 isn't very much at all.
There's a news report this morning that the State is requesting proposals to create additional emergency food supply & storage depots. We're a very long way from the States, and as we watch agencies mobilizing for the after-effects of Tropical Storm Isaac in the Gulf states, we know it would be much harder to get supplies here in a timely manner.
It behooves us to be prepared for natural disaster and/or political upheaval which might interrupt our supply line. I applaud Gov. Parnell for his ongoing efforts to make us better-prepared.
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The surging, tempestuous Matanuska River (the one that has been taking cabins for white-water rides) is depositing some of the resulting debris on sandbars; no surprise there. The interesting thing is that none of the agencies which have been contacted about the house-sized debris seems to care. "It's not our problem" is the most common response, reports the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.
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I'm not terribly surprised - or impressed - by the GOP's platform calling for broader gun rights & "unlimited ammo" (that's what they shoot in movie & TV guns, I think). Planks in political platforms rarely translate into real-world solutions. But what the hey ... go for it.
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It was 42 degrees, yesterday morning. Today it's 55, with heavy clouds and rain moving in. Like Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, "it just goes to show you, it's always something--if it ain't one thing, it's another."