Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, and more also slated to join Nashville, Tenn., Country Rising benefit concert for Texas, Florida and Puerto RicoRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 2, 2017 – 11:02 am Your favorite country artists have stepped up to the plate to form an all-star line-up to contribute to the hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other devastated areas. Country Rising Concert Benefits Hurricane Relief carrie-underwood-sam-hunt-join-hurricane-benefit-concert NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 12, 2015 – 11:59 am Carrie Underwood Wins Best Country Solo Performance Facebook Twitter Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt Join Hurricane Benefit Concert Called Country Rising, the Nashville, Tenn., benefit show will include GRAMMY winners Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Dierks Bentley and GRAMMY nominees Sam Hunt and Martina McBride, among others.Funds raised from the concert will go to the Country Rising Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The fund was created to benefit victims from all the recent hurricanes and their affected areas, including Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.The concert will be held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 12. Tickets will go on sale starting Oct. 6.Puerto Rico: Lin-Manuel Miranda Pens Star-Studded Benefit Track Email News
Twitter From writing songs about her dog to showing a sexier side in her music, the East Tennessee singer/songwriter blazes a new trail on her fourth LPNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 22, 2018 – 12:28 pm You might not recognize Ashley Monroe’s new album, Sparrow, right away — at least not until her unmistakable voice delivers the first few words 12 seconds into the opening track, “Orphan.” Monroe made a sharp left turn on her fourth full-length album, honing in on total honesty and sensuality in her songs and teaming up with GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb to add an extra layer of gorgeous strings, roomy glue and heart-worn grit to her unmistakably East Tennessee style.While the album has a different feel from her earlier work, it also feels undeniably authentic. The album’s focus flows from Monroe’s family relationships to her most personal fantasies and desires. Perhaps Sparrow steps out of country’s shadow and leans toward Americana, but it still all starts with the song.”I just love writing about and singing about what I’m feeling right then. If it’s sexy and sensual, I’ll write something like ‘Hands On You’ or ‘Wild Love,'” says Monroe. “I really had never written songs like that until this album.”The first single, “Hands On You,” offers a particularly candid, lucid and daring moment on the album. The song presents a sexy side of Monroe and uses sultry imagery devices she channeled from one of her songwriting heroes, Aimee Mann.”Well, I had that [she sings] ‘I wish I lay my hands on you.’ I had that started and the melody started when I went in with [the song’s co-writer] Jon Randall,” she says. “He and I both love Aimee Mann. … We were just talking about, let’s make it great. Let’s make some ‘innuendos indiscreet,’ you know? That was like, ‘What would Aimee Mann say?’ Let’s just not make it boring; let’s keep it real. ‘Bathroom stall,’ all that stuff. We wanted to have those gritty lyrics in it.””I’m all about putting an image to a song. I actually think of an image a lot when I sing. I’ll associate an image with that song.”From Sparrow’s honest writing process to its organic recording process, Monroe set out to make an album with nothing to hide, and it worked. A key decision toward that end was working with Cobb, who has experienced unmatched success in recent years with acts such as Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. The key to Cobb’s sound, and to Monroe’s transformation, lies in the vibe.”Dave is actually super laid back in the studio,” says Monroe. “It seems like a simple thing but he didn’t try to fight me or, ‘Because I’m the producer I have this idea.’ He lets things breathe until it becomes perfect. It’s really a beautiful way of approaching it.”The ease in the process can be heard on the aforementioned album opener, “Orphan.” Monroe lists “She Wakes Me Up” as another one of her favorites from the album.”That started about my dog, Betty,” she says. “I would sing ‘Oh, my Betty, she’s the light of the world. She wakes me up with the sun in her eyes,’ every morning when she would come to me. And then I started thinking, ‘I like this song. This is more than a Betty song.’ Then, at the time, I was trying to get pregnant and thinking, ‘We’re having a kid,’ and in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘It’s gonna be a girl, so I’m just gonna finish this song for my future child that will be a girl.’ But it wasn’t. I kept it she. Betty still loves when I sing that to her.”Where many artists find themselves slowing down as life changes under their feet — Monroe gave birth to her first child, Dalton, Aug. 4, 2017 — Sparrow is only the beginning of a wealth of new material the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter says is inspired in part by these major milestones. Ashley Monroe Talks ‘Sparrow,’ Eminem, Pistol Annies & More News Facebook Email Ashley Monroe On ‘Sparrow,’ Pistol Annies & More ashley-monroe-talks-sparrow-eminem-pistol-annies-more “I’ve written a lot more since I’ve had my son. I just feel more confident, you know? I always want to keep music pure,” says Monroe. “The world is so complicated, and everything is complicated, but when the music’s pure, I feel like people can escape it for a little bit. I always want to keep it honest. I want to keep it true. Not to say everything I write has to be about my life, but I just want to keep it true and real.”Monroe’s prolific writing period has also spilled into the other project she’s become famous for, her collaboration with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley as Pistol Annies. The country supergroup are heading into the studio next month to resume working on their third full-length album.”Angaleena, Miranda and I are the most real and honest versions of ourselves as human beings when we’re around each other,” says Monroe. “It’s crazy how fast the walls fall. That’s why I think that we can write from our true selves. We all have that input in every single song. I feel like this album will be definitely a more grown-up version, cause we’ve grown up a lot since our last one. That’s [not] to say there’s not still humor and all that stuff. There’s heavy topics too, but these are hands-down the favorite songs we’ve ever written.” Visibly excited about all the new music she’s working on, Monroe also teases more solo material in the works. With essentially two main musical projects going at once, a long list of collaborations and live appearances, plus a busy family life with an infant (and don’t forget Betty), she has come to cherish the few quiet moments her life has to offer.”Yesterday, I flew here [to New York] from Nashville. It was very hectic at home, lots going on. Dalton’s sick. This morning I woke up and I had coffee while reading the E.B. White ‘[Here Is] New York’ book in complete silence,” she says, smiling wide. “I had the most amazing morning just doing that.”Monroe is wise to take any opportunity she can to unwind, as her whirlwind year seems to only be getting started. And considering how far she’s come, musically and personally in the first decade of her career — from a budding country talent drawing big-time Nashville buzz and comparisons to Dolly Parton, to a family woman and an artist all her own with a bona fide Americana authenticity. Anything seems possible from here.When asked who she still dreams of collaborating with, Monroe presented a formidable wish list, including Ray LaMontange, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Ryan Adams, David Gray, and even Bobbie Gentry. But Monroe’s scope is even wider when it comes to the possibilities, as the success and transformation she has seen in her life and career have removed any musical barricades.”I just like so many different kinds of music. Eminem, he’s an amazing writer. I would really like to write a beautiful hook, [like] Dido. … I love those samples,” says Monroe. “I love Lil Wayne. He’s an amazing writer. I really don’t see any boundaries anymore. I feel like everything can fit in anywhere.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
WILMINGTON, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington Pop Warner. Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders. (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Sarah DJ Carter Committee will be celebrating its 108th year of presenting free entertainment to the residents of Wilmington and neighboring towns with a very special free concert on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7pm at the Wilmington Middle School (25 Carter Lane).Rodney Brunelle and his group “Counterfeit Cash” along with Jorene Lange as June Carter will transport you back to a time when “The Man In Black” ruled the country music scene. Rodney grew up listening to and singing the songs of Johnny Cash. Being blessed with a rich deep voice drove Rodney to make it his mission in life to keep his idol’s songs and stories going.Coming from Attleboro, Rodney is well known in the New England area and looking forward to performing in the our region. Recently, he had the thrill of being on stage at “Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge” in Nashville, Tennessee!Sarah D. J. Carter’s endowment, which provides cultural programs to the Town of Wilmington, is dwindling. We are sincerely thankful to the Wilmington Cultural Council, through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which has awarded a Grant to the Sarah D. J. Carter Lecture Fund; enabling us to present this performance. Through their support, we have the funds needed to continue giving the residents of Wilmington quality entertainment.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Sarah DJ Carter Committee.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFREE CONCERT: Johnny Cash Tribute Band To Perform At Wilmington Middle School On October 12In “Community”Wilmington To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Woodstock: FREE Tribute Concert Set For October 18In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For October 12, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between October 14, 2018 to October 21, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierGet scared at the Wilmington Town Museum by Heather BurnsEarly voting returns in Wilmington this Monday by Lizzy HillKids reaped fun at Harvest Festival by Mary LeachUpdate on local substance abuse initiatives by Lizzie McDermottLace ’em up: skating rink comes to town by Heather BurnsTown Manager’s contract renewed for three years by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunMemory care open for those with dementia by Kori TuittState rep candidates to debate in Billerica, WilmingtonWilmington High makes its Hall of Fame ’18 SelectionsHearing on detox facility postponed by Kori TuittStudent exodus worries Brand by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”
WILMINGTON, MA — As part of its strategic planning process, the Wilmington Memorial Library is seeking community feedback regarding library services. Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey which should take only five minutes. The survey is live through March 17.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept. 10; Classical Music Concert on Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”Wilmington Memorial Library Receives $7,500 Federal Grant To Provide Programs On Healthy AgingIn “Community”
WILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team was defeated by Burlington High, 3-2, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Wilmington.Wilmington senior Emily Hill was defeated by Madison Metzdorf, 6-3, 6-3.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney defeated Liz Gillespie, 7-5, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Jess Abeveya, 6-0, 6-2.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco were defeated by Niti Seereean and Kady Rustizzi, 6-2, 6-3.Wilmington sophomore Jess Murray and sophomore Vidhi Shah were defeated ny Neha Panke and Annabel Willey, 6-3, 7-5.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Suffer Losses To Winchester & LexingtonIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Fall To Burlington, But Beat WakefieldIn “Sports”
Phones Security Apple Apple See All Share your voice Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags reading • Lawmakers have questions for Apple about FaceTime eavesdropping bug Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment 0 Congressional lawmakers want answers about FaceTime’s eavesdropping bug. César Salza / CNET Congressional lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for more information about a FaceTime bug that allowed users to eavesdrop on each other.The letter — penned by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee — said they’re “deeply troubled” by reports that the vulnerability could inadvertently or intentionally turn any Apple device into a listening device.”We are writing to better understand when Apple first learned of this security flaw, the extent to which the flaw has compromised consumers’ privacy, and whether there are other undisclosed bugs that currently exist and have not been addressed,” the letter said (PDF).The bug, revealed in late January, is a black eye for a company that prides itself on its efforts to protect its users’ information. Cook has advocated for more privacy regulation and taken subtle shots at companies that use people’s data to create personalized ads.The vulnerability allowed FaceTime users to call another device and hear audio on the other end before the recipient answered the call and without the other user’s knowledge. Apple said Friday it’d fixed the vulnerability on its servers and that it would issue a software update to re-enable Group FaceTime sometime this week.”As a first step, we believe it is important for Apple to be transparent about its investigation into the Group FaceTime vulnerability and the steps it is taking to protect consumers’ privacy,” Pallone and Schakowsky wrote. “To date, we do not believe Apple has been as transparent as this serious issue requires.” The letter requests specific information about when the company first learned of the vulnerability and a timeline for Apple’s response, including why it took so long to address the bug once it was identified. They also have questions about testing procedures and what the company is doing for those consumers who may have been affected by the bug. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Privacy fight: Apple restores Facebook’s permission to run internal appsThe return of the iPhone SE: The phone’s available in the box, not as a refurb. •
The Buddi app in the film can connect all your smart home systems, giving Buddi, or Chucky, more ways to torture you. Screenshot by Marrian Zhou/CNET Artificial intelligence just got even scarier thanks to our favorite killer toy, Chucky. The latest trailer for the Child’s Play reboot shows Chucky has a lot more toys to torture people with — smart home devices. Share your voice Tags Post a comment Chucky’s coming 0 TV and Movies In the trailer, Andy and his mom move to a new apartment for a fresh start. They, and many others, use an app named Buddi that can connect all your smart home systems. This gives Buddi, or Chucky in this case, the ability to control items like thermostats, connected cars, phones, TV and even a smart lawn mower. While Chucky still uses his signature knife, smart home devices give him a lot more ways to toy with his victims. 77 Photos Blue Frog Robotics Buddy Preview • This autonomous smart home ‘bot looks kind of creepy Mark Hamill to voice AI Chucky doll in Child’s Play remake As people become more curious and concerned about what artificial intelligence can do, a murderous ghost controlling internet-of-things devices may give the world a good chill on a hot summer day. Mark Hamill voices the evil Chucky, and the film also stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman and Brian Tyree Henry. Child’s Play will premiere on June 21 in the US. 2019 movies to geek out over
Share your voice Facebook’s logo. James Martin/CNET Facebook said Wednesday that more people are visiting its video hub Facebook Watch and spending more time there compared with the end of last year.The number of people visiting Watch every month increased to more than 720 million, up 80% from the 400 million reported in December. The number of daily visitors rose to 140 million, up 87%, from 75 million in December. Facebook counts visitors only after they have spent at least one minute on a Watch video, a sign that the viewing is intentional.The average time a visitor spent with Watch rose to 26 minutes, up 30%, from 20 minutes. The growth in viewers suggests Facebook has had some success luring visitors to its video project, which went global less than a year ago. Facebook Watch streams original shows, such as Huda Boss, Five Points, Sacred Lies, and Sorry For Your Loss.Still, the number of people who visit Facebook Watch is smaller than other video sites. YouTube has more than 2 billion logged-in viewers every month. As Facebook tries to attract more people to watch videos, it also has to make sure it moderates content that violates its rules such as hate speech, nudity and violence.Facebook said it’s partnering with entertainment, news and sports producers around the world to bring new shows to its online audience. Those include The Voice Germany and MTV’s The Real World. The company recently started a news program, called Uncovered and produced by the UK’s award-winning Channel 4 News, to combat online news. Facebook will also stream sports, including highlights from International Cricket Council’s world cup and Australian Football League. Facebook already streams a handful of Major League Baseball games. Tags Internet Services Tech Industry 0 Post a comment Facebook
Tags 5,000,000,000 shipments. F I V E B I L L I O N .The most heartfelt thank you to our incredible members that have been with us for the past 21 years of DVD Netflix. Five billion discs delivered is a huge milestone and we owe it all to our amazing members and team members. pic.twitter.com/Eg1bjEMtcx— DVD Netflix (@dvdnetflix) August 26, 2019 The 21-year-old company made its bones as a DVD-by-mail rental service but has steadily been pushing subscribers toward its streaming service for the past decade. Netflix announced last month it had surpassed the 150 million streaming subscriber mark, but it still has 2.4 million DVD-rental subscribers, which translates to roughly $157 million in revenue.So what was the movie tucked into that familiar red envelope that pushed Netflix across the 5 billion threshold? Entertainment Weekly reports that it was the Elton John biopic Rocketman that propelled Netflix past its milestone. It’s worth noting that while Rocketman is available to rent on disc through Netflix, it’s not available to streaming customers yet. So maybe there’s not much mystery in why many people choose to stick to the DVD program. TV and Movies Home Entertainment Digital Media Comments 6 Netflix Share your voice Netflix still ships a million discs each week. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images It’s no secret that the major focus of the home entertainment business is streaming, but many may be surprised to learn that people still rent DVDs and Blu-ray discs. So much so that Netflix shipped its 5 billionth disc this week.The company, which ships a million discs each week, announced the milestone in a tweet Monday.”The most heartfelt thank you to our incredible members that have been with us for the past 21 years of DVD Netflix,” Netflix said in its tweet. “Five billion discs delivered is a huge milestone and we owe it all to our amazing members and team members.”
How to address the teacher retirement debt is another friction point for lawmakers.Governor Sean Parnell says a House Finance Committee proposal to deal with the teachers’ retirement system is “immoral” and shifts the debt obligation to future generations.Download AudioParnell wants the plan pulled from his education bill.The committee added the retirement plan to its rewrite of the bill, HB278. But Parnell says they’re two, very separate issues.The bill is scheduled for the House floor Friday.Parnell has proposed putting $1.1 billion into the system and making annual payments of about $340 million over 20 years. Trust fund earnings would eventually be used to pay benefits.The committee plan proposes a $1.4 billion cash infusion and would start with smaller annual payments, and payments stretched over a longer period.Legislative Finance Division Director David Teal says the approaches are just philosophically different.
The National Archives in Anchorage is closing its doors to researchers in less than two weeks, despite impassioned pleas by historians and researchers. But they aren’t the only ones who use the stacks of historical records. Audio Playerhttp://www.alaskapublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/10-NARA-closing.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The National Archives building in downtown AnchoragePlaywright Peter Porco sits in the white-walled research room of the National Archives in Anchorage. He’s searching through stacks of old papers from Adak in the 1940s.Download Audio“I mean here’s another one, hand-written,” he says as he holds up an old work memo. “I’m gonna take a picture of this because I just think it’s so neat… oh wow! A cigarette burn.” He’s quickly distracted by the pale green paper with a memo about chow passes. “We got a cigarette burn in a piece of paper! I mean that’s so silly… but now you really get a picture of this guy sitting at a desk…”Porco is looking for information for his series of plays on life in the Aleutians during World War II. He says the archives do more than just store history, they inspire creativity. “I’m trying to get as a clear a picture of what it’s like to live and be there at that time.”The National Archives and Records Administration officials say they’re closing the facility’s doors because of low numbers of visitors — only 352 per year on average since 2009. More than half of the reference requests are written. Closing the facility and transferring about 75 percent of the holdings to Seattle will save NARA about $500,000 per year.At the request of the state’s Congressional delegation, the other 25 percent of the records will go to the state archives in Juneau. Among them are most of the territorial court records that are held at NARA. They include everything from civil and criminal court dockets to coroner’s inquests.Kip Knudsen with the governor’s office says they looked into many options for keeping all of the records in Alaska, like moving them to the archives in Juneau. “I have a feeling that’s probably outside our budget desires, but we looked at all options. The federal employees were not really very enthusiastic about all of them, quite frankly, and they were even a little bit resistant to leaving the territorial court records.”Knudsen says the governor’s office even did a survey of all of the state agencies to see how they would be impacted by the Archives closing. He says it will be an inconvenience, but it’s not devastating.Other organizations in the state, like the Alaska Federation of Natives, say moving the Archives is more than just an inconvenience. The Archives include everything from village census records from before statehood to histories of fur seal hunts in the Pribilof Islands.“Well it’s going to create a huge void and vacuum in the native community,” says Nicole Borromeo, AFN’s general counsel. “I’ve personally been down to the archives, doing research, and the information there is just phenomenal. It’s a living history. And to have that removed from our community is going to leave an impact.”Borromeo says her organization is still working with Alaska’s Congressional delegation to try to get more records to stay.NARA plans to eventually make all of the records available online. But the agency does not have any money set aside to digitize Alaska’s history. They are accepting recommendations for what should be prioritized until the end of the month. State Historian Jo Antonson says she prefers the records stay in Alaska, but digitization could work if Alaskans participate in the process.“It’s so important for Alaskans to speak up, speak out, about what records they need to have access to,” she says. “And after the list is compiled we need to keep vigilant to make sure that plans become action to make things digitized and become available.”NARA is considering having citizen archivists, like Peter Porco, help with the process.Back in the research room he leans over the table with his digital camera and portable scanner, capturing what he can. But he says it doesn’t work for everything.“This is a 1941-43 blueprint or something,” he says referring to his find from earlier in the day. “It filled the entire table plus and no, there’s no way you’re going to digitize that.”He has until June 20th to try.
A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government on Friday.The Kerr-Sulphurets – Mitchell project’s environmental protection plan got the OK from the nation’s Ministry of the Environment.The project, known as the KSM, is in northwest British Columbia, northeast of Ketchikan and east of Wrangell.Brent Murphy, of mine owner Seabridge Gold, says the federal action is an important step.“It means that the project can proceed,” Murphy said. “We’ve received both the provincial and Canadian governments’ approvals.”“Essentially, it’s an approval in principal and now we move forward in the permitting phase.”He says the project has about 100 of the 150 permits it needs. It’s also seeking investors to develop the proposed $5.3 billion mine.The KSM is a copper, gold and silver deposit upstream of two rivers that enter the ocean within about 50 miles of Ketchikan.Fisheries, tribal and environmental groups in Southeast Alaska oppose development, saying the mine would pollute those rivers and harm salmon and those who eat them.Canada’s action disturbs Carrie James, who co-chairs Southeast’s United Tribal Transboundary Mining Working Group.“I’m just really disappointed in the decision; it doesn’t surprise me. We’re not going to stop. We’ll keep fighting and we can’t stop,” James said.Opponents are asking the Obama administration to pressure Canada to use more stringent permitting standards. They’re also pressing British Columbia to give the project a higher level of review.
The Wrangell Cooperative Association cut the ribbon on its cultural center and carving shed Saturday, completing the second phase of the tribe’s three-part Native cultural revival plan. The center will serve as a place for recreating eight sacred totem poles and for teaching Native arts.Dancers started the dedication of the Wrangell Cooperative Association Cultural Center with a performance in front of the new building’s gleaming cedar façade. A crowd gathered in the street for the grand opening of what is also known as the carving facility.Download AudioDancers kick off the grand opening of the Wrangell Cooperative Association Cultural Center on Saturday, July 25, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Wrangell Tribal Council Vice President Richard Oliver said it is a place for local artists, carvers and entrepreneurs to develop their skills and trade.“Our mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of our tribe,” Oliver said. “And it is also to help build a strong, unified and self-reliant membership.”It is the second part of a three-phase plan to revive the Wrangell tribe’s assets. The first part was completed when the Chief Shakes Tribal House was rebuilt in 2013. The next step for the association is to carve replicas of eight totem poles that used to stand near the tribal house on Shakes Island. The cultural center is where carvers will work on that project.Virginia Oliver introduced Tlingit elder Marge Byrd.Photo: Katarina Sostaric/KSTK“Cedar Rope Mother is going to help us bless the building right now. She is the one that had been holding the culture here in Wrangell for us,” Oliver said. “And she was holding on with a cedar rope, holding us all together so we could come here today so that you could be a witness to this.”Together, they led a cedar bough ceremony to purify the new building. A long line of tribal members and spectators slowly circled the outside of the building, singing and brushing the walls with fragrant cedar boughs. When everyone circled the building, Byrd, Cedar Rope Mother, spoke.“It’s like we always hear. We’ve been here for a long time. And we’ll always be here, as long as you hear our drum,” Byrd said. “We’re here, and we’re going forward. We have our new facility. We have our new Shakes house, and some other things going on ahead to keep our culture alive for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.”Oliver explained cedar is a cleansing and purifying medicine of the Tlingit people. She said it is wonderful to see these ceremonies being revived in Wrangell.“It’s powerful to me. I’m so glad that this is finally happening,” Oliver said. “And now we’re looking forward to the re-carving of our totem poles and putting up those totem poles and putting the other ones to rest.”Sealaska board member Richard Rinehart Jr., who is from Wrangell, said he wanted to convey the regional Native corporation’s appreciation for the cultural revival that has taken place in the local Native community.Tlingit elder Marge Byrd thanks project manager Todd White.“It’s obvious, and everybody can see it,” Rinehart Jr. said. “Where for a number of years things seemed silent. Our old ANB hall had fallen into disrepair. Our totem poles were falling down. The totem poles are still down, but thanks to Rasmuson and a number of the other contributors, these things are all coming back to life.”The Rasumson Foundation supports Alaskan nonprofits, and it helped fund construction of the cultural center and the Chief Shakes Tribal House.Rinehart Jr. also mentioned the role this cultural revival plays in the effort to push landless legislation through Congress to make the Wrangell tribe a federally recognized Native village.Construction of the carving facility was completed last fall, led by Project Manager Todd White. It has already housed a major carving project and Native arts classes. Artists also use the building to sell their goods to tourists.Tribal Administrator Aaron Angerman said it has been more than 10 years since they started planning the cultural restoration.“It’s great to see that we’re this far and knowing that we’re going to be carving these totems very soon. And we made it this far from next to nothing,” Angerman said. “And I’m really confident these things will pay dividends to members of this community for decades and decades to come.”After a series of speeches, it was time to cut the big blue ribbon tied across the front doors.Kris Norosz of the Rasmuson Foundation held the ribbon down so Marge Byrd could cut it, and they welcomed everyone inside.
Seiners in Starrigavan Bay during the first opening of Sitka’s 2014 sac roe herring fishery. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Because of Alaska’s budget crisis, state agencies cut spending this year and are planning additional reductions in the next few years.For the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, those cuts have meant less monitoring of fish runs, a change that will lead to more conservative management and less fishing opportunity.That was the message from Fish and Game officials to a commercial fishing industry organization that met in Petersburg in late October.ADFG commissioner Sam Cotten told the board members of the United Fishermen of Alaska at its fall meeting in Petersburg that the department is looking at several years of budget reductions.“Last year I think we took an 18 percent cut and the governor’s asking for another 10,” Cotten said. “And the legislature’s not going to be satisfied with that. So it isn’t a matter of whether our budget’s going to get cut it’s a matter of how much. But we would like your help on the where part.”The department’s total spending this year is over 208 million dollars, with 65 million of that coming from the state’s general fund. More than half of that general fund money goes to programs in the commercial fisheries division. That general fund portion was cut from 80 million dollars the year before.In Southeast, programs that were reduced or eliminated were red king crab research, salmon aerial surveys, herring management and studies, port sampling and several weirs for counting salmon. Other cuts were made to sockeye salmon stock assessment and rockfish surveys.Elsewhere in Alaska, the cuts were made to herring monitoring and sampling, fish counting sonar, habitat mapping, aerial surveys, weirs and salmon counting towers.Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brooks said the department has looked to cut out time on the shoulder season, the beginning and end of salmon runs, for monitoring equipment or programs. “So the first thing we’re gonna do is we’re cutting back on the shoulders,” Brooks said. “If we had a weir we might go back to a tower or doing an aerial survey, something that’s less expensive and less precise, or shortening the time a weir might be in the water. But at some point we can’t just take incremental cuts we have to eliminate a project.”Weirs, towers, sonar, aerial surveys and sampling are all tools managers use to count fish and determine the strength and timing of returns. That information is used to decide how long and where commercial fishing fleets get to fish. In a budget handout given to the UFA board, the department said less precise data means more conservative management and less opportunity to harvest for all users of the state’s resources.The department is also looking at consolidating administrative staff and cost savings that could come with a proposed reorganization or elimination of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, the organization in charge of vessel licensing and permits for commercial fisheries.Commercial fleets and processing companies pay tens of millions of dollars of taxes to the state each year. That number fluctuates with the changing volume of the catch and the changing dollar amount for that catch.Industry members said they would continue to advocate for the Fish and Game budget in the legislature and noted the importance of the commercial fisheries division in the overall department’s operations. UFA members also asked for greater transparency in the state budgets; they wanted to see easily understandable budgets with program costs down to specific line items so they could suggest spending cuts.The governor’s budget proposal for next year is due out in December.
Aniak. (Google Maps screenshot)An investigation into a death in Aniak has taken an odd turn, with someone else connected to the situation found dead yesterday.Alaska State Troopers earlier in the week put out a missing person alert for Aniak resident Thomas “Tommy” Tom, after a yet-to-be-identified man was found dead in his house on Sunday.Now Tommy Tom has been found dead, along a trail outside of Aniak.Troopers report that the body of Tom was found in the woods. He was not wearing adequate winter clothing, and had apparently tried to start a camp fire.There were no signs of foul play, but the body is being sent to the state medical examiners’ for an autopsy.Thomas Tom was 57-years-old.Troopers are still investigating the first Aniak death this week.
The University of Alaska Board of Regents will meet in Juneau on Thursday and Friday to discuss the university system’s budget and programs.The meeting agenda includes updates on the university’s compliance with federal requirements for handling sexual discrimination, harassment and assault. It also includes progress on Strategic Pathways, the university’s comprehensive cost-cutting plan now in its third and final phase.At the University of Alaska Southeast campus, regents will begin discussing their budget request to the Alaska Legislature for next year.Tuition for most UA students increased 5 percent this fall. Regents approved that hike last November. Tuition will rise another 5 percent next school year as well.The board plans to hold a public reception Thursday evening at the UAS Recreation Center.The meeting will be livestreamed at alaska.edu.The full board meets regularly every two months at alternating campuses.
Jason and Shauna Adams in their licensed cannabis retail establishment, Wintergreens. (Photo by Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines)Alaska is poised to become the first state to regulate cannabis cafes. The state’s Marijuana Control Board is now accepting applications for onsite consumption. That’s despite uncertainty stemming from recent board appointees by Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration. Nevertheless, one pot shop in Haines is already prepping to open the first marijuana lounge in town. Jason Adams is using tweezers to select fuzzy green marijuana buds from an oversized glass jar. It’s for a customer stopping into Wintergreens, his state-licensed marijuana store in Haines.This place feels like the cross between a cell phone store and a college dorm room. It’s spartan and clean with bright green walls and glass cases displaying product and all manner of smoking apparatus.Adams is an owner calls himself a budtender. Like a bartender serving alcoholic cocktails, except his patrons can’t imbibe here.Adams ran the idea of a cannabis lounge by one of his customers.“I’d be in here everyday after work!” the man said with a laugh.But that could soon change. This month marks the first time businesses can begin the process of applying for on-site consumption licenses. The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office hasn’t received any applications yet, as the first step is posting a notice for three weeks before filing papers.This shop is one of the first buildings that cruise ship passengers see when they step off the dock.“We have such a variety of customers that come in. Not just locally. But a variety of all over Alaska and all over the whole world,” Adams said.Residents can take product home. Tourists – especially cruise ship visitors – don’t have that option.“We should have a spot within a year,” Adams said. “And then when everyone asks ‘Where do we use this?’ when they come in to our shop, then we’ll be able to say, ‘Right over there.’”But there’s still some uncertainty over whether it’ll happen. That’s because Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s appointment to the Marijuana Control Board says he’s skeptical about pot cafes.The legislature has confirmed the appointment of Alaska Wildlife Trooper Lt. Christopher Jaime. He’s indicated he’d like the board to take another look at allowing cannabis cafes. The governor’s other appointee Vivian Stiver of Fairbanks had a history of campaigning against commercial cannabis; lawmakers didn’t confirm her and it’s unclear who the governor will appoint in her place.But because the marijuana control board passed onsite consumption regulations by a narrow 3-2 vote, any new member could be a crucial swing vote that could overturn the previous board’s action. Even so, Adams says he’s optimistic. He feels like history is on his side.“When I was young, it was the war on drugs and Nancy Reagan was leading “just say no” and everyone from my grandparents to my parents believed cannabis to be something that was bad and negative,” Adams said with a smile. “Now, I work with my father in the cannabis industry… So the community I believe has decriminalized it in their minds.”Onsite consumption licenses won’t be rubber-stamped. Businesses will need to submit detailed plans, keep a separate area from the retail shop and secure approval from local authorities. The model is similar to a liquor license but if anything more strict.And it’s still unclear how to reconcile on-site cannabis consumption with a statewide indoor smoking ban. There are edibles, but the most popular form is smoking or vaping.The Haines Chamber of Commerce hasn’t taken a position over public consumption of marijuana, but Wintergreens is a chamber member. Chamber Director Tracey Harmon says the chamber recognizes pot shops are part of the business community.“I would say the Chamber kind of prides [it]self on [its] diverse membership,” Harmon said. “I think we’d be in support of industries that bring in more to grow and develop our economy.”The prospect of a cannabis lounge has some locals excited. Jeff Taylor of Haines says he uses cannabis products at home to manage arthritic pain. He said he would frequent a cannabis lounge.“Mean not having to partake by myself all the time!” he said with a laugh.Adams rings up several more customers. CBD oil, cones for rolling, and pre-rolled joints. To go. But if his application makes it through, his customers could have the option of settling into a comfortable chair and stay awhile.
Mumbai: Several parts of the country are facing severe water crisis with small towns and villages having no access to potable water. People are fighting amongst themselves to get their share. One such bizarre incident took place in Mumbai where a woman was killed by her brother-in-law after a fight over water on Friday. The husband of the deceased told the police that the argument broke out on Friday when the man was fetching water from a public tank in Khar west area. Namita Pokhare was later attacked by her brother-in-law by a sickle after the tussle. The accused was arrested by the police after an FIR was lodged under 302, 37(1) (A) and 135 sections of the Indian Penal Code of Maharashtra police act. More details in this regard are awaited.