MRAK Almanac: Sine die day, and Roald Amundsen and the dirigible Norge
May 15: 121st day of legislative session and final day of session per the Alaska Constitution, barring hijinks.
May 15: Copper River king commercial opening is under way. Check with 10th and M Seafoods in Anchorage for the first fish of the season; they may have some of the prized protein. The prices, we are led to believe, are running between $40 per pound for whole fish, and $60 a pound for fillets at Pike Street Market in Seattle. Last year that market sold fillets for as high as $75 a pound.
May 16: Resource Development Council breakfast, with John Binkley, president, Cruise Lines International Association. Dena’ina Center 7 am. Reserve breakfast by Tuesday. Details
May 16: Eaglexit meeting to discuss Eagle River separating from Anchorage, Chugiak Senior Center. 7-9 pm. Details
May 16: Valley Republican Women of Alaska, monthly meeting, with speakers Kim Bergey on the school budget, and Liz Vazquez, speaking about the legislative process. Mat-Su Family Restaurant, 7 pm
May 17-18: Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee meets in Kenai.
May 17: Police Memorial Day Ceremony, Fairbanks Police Department, 11 a.m.
May 17: Kenai Chapter of Alaska Support Industry Alliance final spring lunch; speaker Bill Biebers, of Barrick Gold Corp. Kenai Visitors Center, 12-1 pm.
May 17: Bike to work day in Anchorage. Anchorage drivers — be extra aware today.
May 18: Fairbanks Aviation Day, tours of the airport, pancake breakfast. Details
May 18: Police Memorial Ceremony, Twin Lakes Pavilion, Juneau, 11 am
May 14, 1926: The dirigible Norge with Roald Amundsen on board, arrived at Teller, Alaska, after flying over the North Pole from Norway. The flight originated in Rome and was billed as the ‘Rome to Nome’ expedition, but bad weather forced a landing at the smaller village of Teller. Read about it here.
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.