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Bright, shiny objects: Olympian Corey Cogdell wins bronze for shooting


The Chicago Tribune shoots women athletes in the foot: While announcing Alaskan Corey Cogdell-Unrein’s win of a bronze medal, there was simply not enough room in the headline for “second bronze” or “trap shooter,” what with having to mention her husband and the NFL Bears.

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The newspaper blunders on: “This is Cogdell-Unrein’s third Olympic games, but Unrein, a defensive end in his second season with the Bears, was unable to get away from training camp to join her in Rio and see her in the Olympics for the first time.”

In Chicago, it’s all about ‘da Bears.

In Alaska, we love our women shooters.


By the time you had your first cup of coffee today, the Alaska Marine Highway System unloaded a massive life-sized humpback whale sculpture. It’s Juneau’s bronze metal artwork.

After years of contention and fund-raising, the six-ton whale headed through the rain for the Douglas Bridge this morning, where the sculpture will be erected and properly feted. It’s taken 10 years, and the dedication is another year away, but what’s another year in the history of Juneau public art?

We found a KTOO video of the whale en route to downtown Juneau this morning (congrats to the digital video guy for his early-Monday efforts). Here’s a screenshot:

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Every time we do a site visit to Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’ new parking-garage-park atop the 5th Avenue Mall parking structure, we see the same thing: Not much … Nothing to see here, folks … Move along.

The parking garage’s top level cost taxpayers $11 million to build, back when the garage was constructed, but it’s now it is off-limit to cars as has become the home of the wind and an occasional lonely seagull. The idea was to have a playful downtown park that would be used by all the hipsters the mayor was hoping to attract, since the Towne Square Park has been taken over by the homeless. Whatever becomes of the rooftop park, it appears to need that certain something. The photo is meme-worthy.

Mayor Berkowitz' jailyard-theme park on top of the 5th Ave. Mall Parking Garage.
Mayor Berkowitz’ jailyard-theme park on top of the 5th Ave. Mall Parking Garage. All it lacks is razor wire.


The envelope, please. It’s no surprise that conservatives do better when it comes to protecting business owners, entrepreneurs, and job creators. Here’s the list.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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