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April 1, 2013 |
When Boyle Heights shop owner Arturo Macias hears fellow Latinos use the Spanish word for "wetback," he doesn't necessarily take offense. Macias, who crossed illegally into the U.S. through Tijuana two decades ago, has heard the term " mojado " for much of his life and sees it less as an insult than a description of a common immigrant experience. "As a country of immigrants," he says in Spanish, "in one way or another, we're all mojados . " Macias is very offended, however, when he hears a non-Latino say "wetback.
April 1, 2013 |
Alaska state troopers were attempting Monday to determine the cause of a rescue helicopter crash over the weekend in the mountainous region near Talkeetna in which all three aboard are feared dead. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the crash occurred Saturday night after the troopers helicopter had picked up a stranded snowmobiler near Larson Lake, seven miles east of the town that is one of the main centers for climbers attempting to scale Mt. McKinley. A second helicopter spotted the wreckage Sunday morning, but it was not yet known what caused the crash.
March 30, 2013 |
JUNEAU, Alaska - Over most of the last several decades, Alaska's North Slope was America's energy powerhouse. The legendary oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk gushed 2 million barrels a day out of the frozen tundra and down the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The state abolished its income tax and paid its citizens generous annual oil dividends. Then in an alliance with Democrats that enraged the GOP old guard, former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin in 2007 helped push through an unabashedly liberal tax plan that boosted oil production taxes, in some cases up to 350% above 2005 levels.
March 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - One of the longest-serving House Republicans apologized Friday for using the term "wetbacks" to describe the migrant workers his family once employed in California, calling it "insensitive" and saying, "There was no malice in my heart or intent to offend; it was a poor choice of words. " The comment by Rep. Don Young of Alaska, which drew a rebuke from the House speaker and others, flies in the face of his party's efforts to improve its appeal to minority groups, particularly Latinos.
March 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - One of the House of Representatives' longest-serving Republicans now says he meant “no disrespect” when he used the term “wetbacks” to describe migrant workers his family once employed. His comment, which drew a strong rebuke from the House speaker, flies in the face of his party's effort to improve outreach to minority groups. In an interview with a local radio station Thursday, Alaska Rep. Don Young was discussing how advances in technology have reduced the need for some types of employment and referred to farming his family once did in California.
March 25, 2013 |
SEATTLE - A court in Washington, D.C., has rejected the last legal challenge to prohibitions on logging and road building in backcountry roadless areas, ending more than 12 years of fighting over one of the nation's signature wilderness protection policies. The state of Alaska had challenged the rule adopted in 2001 by President Clinton to preserve the last large tracts of untouched forest in states including Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Alaska - along with about 1.7 million acres in California - that still have not been opened to logging and other development.
March 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon plans to add 14 missile interceptors to a problem-plagued anti-missile system in Alaska aimed at North Korea, which has issued increasingly bellicose threats since it tested an underground nuclear device and launched a small satellite. The upgraded ground-based interceptors would augment 26 interceptors already deployed at Ft. Greely, part of a multi-layered missile defense system that includes up to five Navy Aegis cruisers with tracking radars and their own interceptors in the northern Pacific.
March 13, 2013 |
Well, what do you know, we had a quake, and we had a warning too. As my colleague Joseph Serna reported Wednesday: An earthquake early warning system being tested in California gave seismologists in Pasadena up to 30 seconds to prepare for Monday morning's temblor in the desert of Riverside County. “It was right,” said Kate Hutton, a seismologist with Caltech. “I sat really still to see if I could feel it and it worked.” Hopefully, Hutton was saying that without surprise in her voice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 |
Virginia "Ginny" Hill Wood led a life of adventure beginning at a young age, guiding horseback trips in her native Washington state, bicycling through Europe before and after World War II, serving as a WASP pilot and, after moving to Alaska, building a rustic backcountry lodge and leading wilderness treks. But her lasting legacy may be her role as a pioneer Alaska environmentalist. Wood died Friday of natural causes at her home in Fairbanks, Alaska, friends said. She was 95. The outdoors enthusiast guided her last backcountry trip at age 70, cross-country skied into her mid-80s and gardened into her early 90s. But she also "had a vision outside of her own personal interest.
March 11, 2013 |
With apologies to Stephen Foster: “ Oh! Susitna, do not cry for me; you come from Alaska, on bended knee .” OK, so it's not going to be No. 1 on the Billboard charts (bullet or no bullet). But then again, this Susitna is not a lady. She's a ferry. Sort of. The Times' Kim Murphy wrote Sunday about officials in the Alaskan borough of Matanuska-Susitna who are offering the $78-million vessel free to any government entity in the U.S. that will take it. Seems the late pork-barrel king of the frozen north, Sen. Ted Stevens, procured the Navy amphibious assault vessel for his home state, converting it for use as a ferry for commuters from Anchorage's rapidly growing northern suburbs (you know, where Sarah Palin lives)