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  1. Duke’s Alaska

    When Duke Russell paints Alaska, he's more likely to portray rust than aurora. The so-called "built environment"-streets, buildings, landscaping, and commercial signs-gives Russell what mountains, glaciers, beaches and trees give the bulk of Alaska's artists, most of whom expend their talent idealizing nature. In a market flooded with fish, Russell gives us portraits of fry cooks. His characters, and he seems to genuinely admire most of them, are apt to be doing ordinary things such as shopping, ordering a coffee or lining their vehicles up at a traffic light. They may have panned for gold or flown a bush plane, but Russell only rarely shows them doing such overtly Alaska things. Instead he immerses them in the busy contemporary gestalt of Anchorage, the city more Alaskans than care to admit it have actually been a part of.

    "This is my favorite block," Russell says as we roll west along Fourth Avenue in his Subaru wagon. We pass murals that seem to have been allowed as much as commissioned. He loves them. We've just left the White Spot Café, a landmark small diner on the east end of downtown that hosts its own Duke Russell original. His favorite block is a jumble of old-Anchorage commerce between C and D Streets, where a late-‘70s aesthetic remains intact. Downtown is where the young Duke Russell taught himself to sketch. He arrived at the age of 12 with his father, a single dad and son, and the two lived in a one-room apartment above a bar.

  2. The Moore Report: Palin’s perfect storm

    Us pollsters don't like making predictions. No really... we don't. We can measure things at any given point in time, but we can't, no matter how much others may want us to, see into the future. Today, however, I'm going to make an exception, because I'm absolutely certain of what I'm going to predict.

    No ands, ifs or buts about it, Sarah Palin is going to run for president.

  3. It’s past time to stop bullying in Anchorage schools

    Bye Bye Bullies (a 501(c)3) educational nonprofit) came to life after the most heart-wrenching case of my legal career starting nine years ago. Eight top lawyers turned it down. In desperation a father came to me. His son, "Tom", an 87-pound 7th grade genius with a math IQ of 177, with no social skills, who soloed and got his pilots license in 12 hours, was bullied and beat up 12 times at Central Junior High School by the children of some prominent Anchorage families and suspended each time by the Anchorage School District.

    This continued into November of 8th grade until "Tom" gave up and hanged himself. Part of him was revived. Premera would not cover a self-inflicted injury. Today he lives with his loving parents who feed him through a feeding tube in his stomach and change his diapers and take him for walks.

  4. Electronic monitoring vs. I.D. checks

    The Anchorage Assembly is now confronted with three mandatory I.D. checking ordinances for the sale of alcohol.

    The assembly's answer to the question of how to stop those few abusive drinkers who still drive is mandatory I.D. checks. A "Red Stripe" requirement was implemented in 2007 to signify that the license holder was court-ordered not to purchase or consume alcohol. Out of over 200,000 adults of drinking age in Anchorage, and a million tourists annually, there are only 486 "Red Stripers."

  5. Feedback from the issue of 5.19.2011

    This defense attorney disagrees with Ivan regarding sexual assault plea bargains

    Mr. Moore writes of his profound displeasure in Governor Parnell because a local business owner's sexual assault charges were reduced to misdemeanors ("The Moore Report: Parnell's failure," May 12). His report displays an appalling ignorance on several levels.

  • Barbie’s ‘hood

    There is no shortage of restaurants in Anchorage. No matter what you're hankering for, you can usually find an establishment that will satisfy…

  • Special sauce

    Tempura Express anchors one end of a strip mall on Mountain View Drive, just off the Glenn Highway. Optimistically sited next to the never-fil…

  • Getting Philthy

    "I actually came into punk rather later in life," explains local DJ Philthy Phil. As the host of the Anchorage-based punk radio show "Radioact…

  • Northern exposure

    "Well, we all went to the same high school and we were kind of the only guys who wore the metal t-shirts," says Nick Forkel, describing the ge…

  • Sage advice

    Paul "Sage" Francis got his start in music early on. As a child, he fell in love with hip-hop in the fourth grade. The rest is history. "I lov…

  • Om

    I can do big, loud and brash; I can do exercise until you puke, and I can narrow my mental focus until laser beams shoot out of my eyes. But a…

  • Ghost town

    My first glimpse of Rick Goodfellow outside the Snow City Café, starting point for the Ghost Tours of Anchorage, was a crushing disappointment…

  • A simpler love

    Eventually, people must settle down because they're tired. They're tired of moving from place to place, working crazy-ass, replaceable jobs th…

  • Fevered

    Three years ago you blew your nose, wiped your eyes, and called your doctor. You were calling to tell her she had been wrong. Just like you ha…

  • Lighten up this spring

    If last week was any indication, we're rapidly approaching deck weather and this signals a shift in beer drinking toward the lighter beers. Mo…

  • Peninsula brews

    It wasn't long ago that a beer lover found locally produced craft brew scarce on the Kenai Peninsula. Except for Homer Brewing Company, a smal…

  • Charmingly raunchy

    Kristen Wiig delivers the best performance of the year so far by an actress in the raucously hilarious Bridesmaids.

  • Madea-free fun

    I'm still suffering from a serious cinematic hangover after the latest Tyler Perry movie, and when I saw the trailer for Jumping the Broom, I …

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