07 October 2013

What's In The News?

Southcentral Alaska and the Blustery Day Dept: The high wind warning is in effect from 4 a.m. Monday till 1 p.m. AKDT Tuesday. Turnagain Arm and higher elevations can expect to see winds from 60-75 mph with gust up to 90mph. Elsewhere in the Anchorage area can expect to see winds from 25-40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

Heavy rains could swell creeks and rivers, a weather advisory also released Sunday said. "The fact that this is an early season storm means the impact of heavy rain and strong winds could be greater than during the middle of winter," the statement said. "The ground is not frozen and there are still leaves on the trees in most areas, which could lead to downed trees and power outages if these winds do occur."

It's a Dangerous Job Dept:  Coast Guard crews along with multiple state and local agencies continue their search for a man who fell into the water near the Port of Anchorage late Sunday night.
Searchers are looking for a man missing since late Sunday when he fell off a skiff into the frigid waters of Cook Inlet near the Anchorage Small Boat Harbor. (www.adn.com)

According to Coast Guard officials, the 28-year-old man fell into the water while trying to transfer from a skiff to a tug boat. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time he fell into the water and was quickly overcome by the current, Coast Guard officials wrote in a Monday morning report.

Something You Don't Hear Everyday Dept: I'm willing to bet most of you have never heard Alaska's State song, "Alaska's Flag". This is a pretty good rendition:

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue,
Alaska's flag, may it mean to you,
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes and the flowers nearby,
The gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams,
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The "Bear," the "Dipper," and shining high,
The great North Star with its steady light,
O'er land and sea a beacon bright,
Alaska's flag to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.

~ Written by Marie Drake, composed by Elinor Dusenbury 
    Adopted on February 23, 1955


PioneerPreppy said...

So is sourdough a name for panhandlers or something? Or does it just mean old bearded guys in general?

Rev. Paul said...

Preppy, assuming you're serious (smile), "sourdough" is the opposite of "greenhorn". It's the Alaskan term for anyone who's survived a few winters (or who "wintered over", in local parlance).

Most carried their own sourdough starter from which to make bread.

Chickenmom said...

Your header made my heart skip a beat....(sigh).

Rev. Paul said...

I'll assume that's a good thing, Chickenmom. :) Glad you liked it.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Beautiful header on your blog!

This weather will be heading our direction later in the week.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Sandy. If the weather does make it down your way, you'd best lace your bonnet tightly. :)