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Bright, shiny objects: Public Assistance office closes


As of Aug. 1, the Muldoon Office of Public Assistance at the Muldoon Mall in Anchorage, has been closed until further notice. The closure notice went up on the web site today, but no explanation was given and the phone message gave no clues.

The offices were closed last week due to flooding and clients were referred to the Gambell Street offices at 400 Gamble Street and at the Frontier Building, at 3601 C Street.  The statewide toll-free line is  1-877-326-5551.

Treasury warrant that purchased Alaska from Russia.

Treasury warrant that purchased Alaska from Russia.


We can’t let the day pass without noting the check signed Aug. 1, 1868 for $7.2 million for the purchase of Alaska from Russia. On July 7, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act, allowing Alaska to become the 49th US state. But the land had been purchased nearly a century before.

In 1866, the Russian government offered to sell the territory of Alaska to the United States. The deal was struck the following year and for 2 cents an acre, the United States grew by 600,000 square miles.


Earlier this year, passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight to Hawaii were treated to seeing a solar eclipse. The airlines shifted its path and even its departure time so passengers could see that once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event.

But this may top it. Today, the Blue Angels Navy flying crew sought and got permission to descend to 28,000ft so that passengers aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 80 could see them refueling mid air as they headed down to Seattle for Seafair. The video is here. Better than Board Room privileges.



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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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