Man Who Had His Face Torn off by a Bear Describes Attack in Grisly Detail

A man who was left severely disfigured after a vicious bear attack has shared his incredible survival story in hopes it can help others who find themselves in a similar situation.

The attack happened in 2011 but 65-year-old Wes Perkins still bears the scars of a terrifying encounter with a grizzly beast in the Alaskan mountains. Interviewed by Youtuber Dannie Rose for a short film released last month, Mr Perkins, a former fire chief in the city of Nome, recounted the attack in detail.

Mr Perkins had been on a hunting trip with his friend Dan Stang and Stang’s son Edward. The trio was tracking a “nice size bear” and drove around the hill hoping to find it, but before they could hunt it, the animal emerged from a hole it had dug and surprised Mr Perkins.

The bear charged at Mr Perkins, causing him to lose his teeth, tongue and jaw, before it was subdued and eventually killed by Mr Stang and his son. To survive, Mr Perkins instinctively removed the mud from his fresh wounds and he was then airlifted to receive medical care.

“I basically kept my airway open and had to dig the debris out of my airway, when I lost my tongue, jaw and all but a few teeth,” Mr Perkins told Newsweek. “So telling myself to function and never close my eyes or go unconscious was the main concentration.” (Read more from “Man Who Had His Face Torn off by a Bear Describes Attack in Grisly Detail” HERE)

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More Than 16,000 People Have Gone Missing From One Mysterious Area of the U.S. Since 1988

The Alaska Triangle, or Alaskan Triangle, is a swath of land with an area of 32,000 square miles located between Utqiagvik, Anchorage, and Juneau, Alaska.

It consists of a variety of rough terrain like vast forests, frozen tundra, and icy mountains, making it extremely difficult to navigate.

Since 1988, over 16,000 people have disappeared without a trace when traveling through the area.

People go missing there at a rate of 4 out of every 1,000 travelers. This is more than twice the national average. The total number of people who were never found is even higher.

The disparity in the data indicates that there is something more sinister at plan than simply wandering off. The most notable disappearance is that of House Majority Leader, Hale Boggs.

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Oath Keepers Member From Alaska Will Keep His State House Seat

The plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of state Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, to hold office said Tuesday that he will not appeal a judge’s decision allowing Eastman to retain his seat in the Alaska House.

After the weeklong trial, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna ruled that Eastman is eligible for office. McKenna found that Eastman is a member of the Oath Keepers, and the Oath Keepers “have advocated imminent, concrete action to violently overthrow the United States government and have engaged in conduct to that end.” However, McKenna found that Eastman “did not have a specific intent to further the Oath Keepers’ unprotected speech or conduct.” . . .

Joe Miller, the attorney who who represented Eastman, said in a statement that Kowalke’s decision not to appeal “is no surprise,” and went on to say that Kowalke filed the lawsuit in an effort “to restrict Alaskans’ rights to free speech and association.”

“The irony of Kowalke’s case is that he essentially accused Rep. Eastman of attempting to overturn an election when that’s precisely what he was attempting to do himself through this lawsuit,” Miller said. (Read more from “Oath Keepers Member From Alaska Will Keep His State House Seat” HERE)

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Canceled Seattle Flight Costs Alaskan Chance at Heart Transplant

An Alaska man in need of a heart transplant had to give up his opportunity to receive the life-saving organ to another patient when travel chaos from the US winter storm over Christmas prevented him from flying to the procedure in time.

Patrick Holland, a 56-year-old father of seven battling congestive heart failure, received the potentially life-altering call from the University of Washington Medical Center on Dec. 22 that a heart was becoming available. . .

Holland, who is from Fairbanks, Alaska, was given an 8-hour window to fly to Seattle for the procedure so he immediately booked an overnight flight and rushed to the airport.

But when he got there, he learned it was canceled amid the ferocious storm last week that battered most of the country. . .

Soon after he got the call that the hospital was going to give the heart to somebody else. (Read more from “Canceled Seattle Flight Costs Alaskan Chance at Heart Transplant” HERE)

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Alaska Judge Rules Conservative Lawmaker, Despite Oath Keepers Membership, Eligible for Office

Editor’s note: Restoring Liberty’s publisher Joe Miller was the trial attorney who litigated and won the below case. In response to press inquiries, Attorney Miller stated, “We’re pleased that Judge McKenna agreed with us that Representative Eastman should not be removed from office just because he attended President Trump’s speech on January 6. As we argued from the very beginning in this case, the First Amendment protects the rights of association and speech that were attacked here. However, we are disappointed in the court’s determination that Oath Keepers is an organization that sought to overthrow the government by force or violence and believe there was no admissible evidence supporting that finding.”

If you would like to read the decision, it is available HERE. You may also donate to Representative Eastman’s legal fund HERE.

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By Associated Press. An Alaska lawmaker with ties to the far-right Oath Keepers group is eligible to hold office, a state judge ruled Friday.

Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna issued the ruling after overseeing a trial this month in the case against Republican state Rep. David Eastman. The decision can be appealed.

The ruling found that Eastman is a member of the Oath Keepers, but that he “does not and did not possess a specific intent to further the Oath Keeper’s words or actions aimed at overthrowing the United States government.” (Read more from “Alaska Lawmaker with Oath Keepers Membership Eligible for Office” HERE)

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Rep. Eastman’s Trial Concludes

By Alaska News Source. After both sides rested their cases Tuesday in the case questioning Rep. David Eastman’s eligibility for office, closing arguments were heard by Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna Wednesday morning. . .

Eastman’s active lifetime membership was proved early on when he took the stand and openly admitted his affiliation. After a number of expert and witness testimonies for both the plaintiff and defense teams, attorneys from both sides made their final statements on record Wednesday.

Eastman’s attorney Joe Miller reinforced his stance that speech — including that which advocates for the force or violence to overthrow the government — is constitutionally protected under the First Amendment. The attorney for Kowalke, the plaintiff, painted a different picture before the judge, stating that it’s proved that the words and actions used on Jan. 6 go beyond protected rights to free speech. (Read more from “Rep. Eastman’s Trial on Oathk Keepers Membership Concludes” HERE)

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Environmental Groups Deal Another Blow to Key Alaska Mine, Undermining Biden’s Green Energy Dreams

Two environmentalist nonprofits purchased three conservation easements for $20 million to make lands and waters near Southern Alaska’s Bristol Bay permanently off-limits to economic development, a move that will impede the development of a mine that produces minerals that are needed to manufacture green energy technologies.

The Conservation Fund and the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust purchases will put over 44,000 acres of land and water off limits to development, which would prevent Pebble Mine’s operators from building a road that would transport minerals, after the Pedro Bay Corporation, an Alaska Native group, previously voted to let the nonprofits purchase the easements, according to a Thursday press release. Pebble Mine sits on an estimated 80.6 billion pounds of copper deposits and 5.6 billion pounds of molybdenum, highly conductive metals which are crucial to manufacturing solar panels, wind turbines and constructing geothermal energy facilities.

“It’s important to recognize that mining is a valuable economic activity and provides benefits to society that can’t be derived in any other way,” Conservation Fund President Larry Seltzer said in a statement provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “However, not all projects should be approved, and the Pebble Mine is the wrong mine in the wrong place – up high in the watershed that supports the greatest wild salmon stronghold in the world.”

President Joe Biden wants to generate all of the country’s electricity from solar energy, wind power and other forms of “clean” energy by 2035, up from just 40% in 2020, according to a White House fact sheet. However, the Biden administration has previously worked to block large mining projects in both Minnesota and Arizona, citing environmental concerns. (Read more from “Environmental Groups Deal Another Blow to Key Alaska Mine, Undermining Biden’s Green Energy Dreams” HERE)

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‘A Recipe for Tyranny’: Here’s Why an Alaska Lawmaker Faces Removal From Office Under the State’s ‘Disloyalty Clause’

Editor’s note: Restoring Liberty’s Joe Miller is the trial attorney for the Alaska lawmaker discussed below.
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By Daily Caller. An Alaska state representative faces potential removal from office due to his affiliation with a group accused of partaking in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, despite the fact that he was not accused of entering the building.

Republican State Rep. David Eastman, who was re-elected for a fourth term during the midterm election by nearly 25 points, is currently on trial after an Alaskan resident accused him of violating the state’s “disloyalty clause” for his affiliation with the “constitutional service” group the Oath Keepers, according to court documents. The clause, found in Alaska’s constitution, states that anyone who advocates for the overthrow of the government cannot hold a public office. . .

Eastman attended former President Donald Trump’s rally on Jan. 6, but did not enter the restricted areas of the Capitol grounds, Alaska Public Media reported. However, two Oath Keeper members, including founder Stewart Rhodes, were convicted last month of “seditious conspiracy” for their actions on Jan. 6, according to AP.

“This trial is proceeding as though the 1st Amendment had already been repealed,” Eastman told the DCNF. “That is a terrifying reality for the voters in my district. It is a fundamental American right that your vote will be counted. This lawsuit was filed to ensure that the voters in my district would not have their votes counted.” . . .

“The judge in this case has decided that the state now has a legal obligation to determine whether or not each candidate is sufficiently loyal to those in government before their name may be placed on the ballot in the future,” Eastman said. “Where is the America of my birth?” (Read more from “‘A Recipe for Tyranny’: Here’s Why an Alaska Lawmaker Faces Removal From Office Under the State’s ‘Disloyalty Clause’” HERE)

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Oath Keepers Founder Testifies His Group Was Acting in ‘Counter-revolution’

By Fox News 28. Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, testified to an Alaskan judge on Tuesday that efforts to postpone the certification of the 2020 presidential election were a “counter-revolution,” not an insurrection.

“My perspective is that we’re preserving the Constitution, and it’s — I wouldn’t even call it insurrection, I would call it a counter-revolution against an insurrection. … I consider the left to be an insurrection,” Rhodes said. . .

Rhodes’ testimony came as a defense witness for Alaska state Rep. David Eastman, a Wasilla Republican who is defending against a lawsuit that claims Eastman’s life membership in the Oath Keepers violates the disloyalty clause of the Alaska Constitution. The lawsuit was filed in July by Randall Kowalke, a Matanuska-Susitna Borough resident. . .

After Rhodes, Miller called attorney John Eastman to testify. On Monday, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection recommended the U.S. Justice Department bring criminal charges against Eastman, a legal expert who advised former President Trump.

Eastman, unrelated to David Eastman, said he believes Rhodes’ words and actions fall short of the standard needed to rule speech illegal under the protections offered by the First Amendment. (Read more from “Oath Keepers Founder Testifies His Group Was Acting in ‘Counter-revolution’” HERE)

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Oath Keepers Tried To Overthrow US Government on Jan. 6, Extremism Analyst Claims in Alaska Trial

Based on “twisted ideas of patriotism” and a desire to keep President Donald Trump in power, the Oath Keepers tried to violently overthrow the United States government on Jan. 6, 2021, an analyst on domestic extremism testified in Alaska Superior Court on Sept. 13 and 14.

Jonathan Lewis, a research fellow at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University in Washington D.C., testified for the plaintiff in a state lawsuit that seeks to throw Alaska state Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla) out of office for being a member of the Oath Keepers.

Randall Kowalke of Willow, Alaska, filed suit against Eastman in July, claiming that a Cold War-era amendment to the Alaska Constitution bars him from office because the Oath Keepers is allegedly an organization advocating for the overthrow of the U.S. government.

In more than a day of testimony at a bench trial before Alaska Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna, Lewis said Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes III ordered subordinates to attack the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the government.

“My opinion is that both before and during January 6th, the Oath Keepers called for and attempted to execute a plan that would have resulted in the overthrow of the U.S. government on Jan. 6th,” Lewis said. (Read more from “Oath Keepers Tried To Overthrow US Government on Jan. 6, Extremism Analyst Claims in Alaska Trial” HERE)

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Murkowski Takes Lead Over Tshibaka in Alaska Senate Race

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, has claimed a slim lead over Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, according to the updated results from the Alaska Division of Elections.

On the morning of Nov. 18, with 95 percent of the ballots counted, Tshibaka was ahead with 104,898 votes (43.28 percent) compared to 104,470 (43.11 percent) for Murkowski, according to the Associated Press.

The Alaska Division of Elections’ report that was released on the evening on Nov. 18 showed Murkowski with 112,519 votes (43.32 percent) and Tshibaka at 110,861 (42.68 percent). Democrat Patricia Chesbro followed with 26,874 votes (10.35 percent).

Republican Buzz Kelley, who dropped out of the race in September and backed Tshibaka but still appeared on the ballot, occupied the fourth spot with 7,484 votes (2.88 percent). (Read more from “Murkowski Takes Lead Over Tshibaka in Alaska Senate Race” HERE)

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Sarah Palin Tells Supporters to Stop Donating to the GOP: ‘They Opposed Me Every Step of the Way’; Midterm Election Results: These Key Races Have Yet to Be Called

By Independent UK. Sarah Palin has gone nuclear on the Republican Party, claiming the GOP sabotaged her Alaska House race and that they deserved their drubbing in the midterms.

In a conspiracy-laden Instagram post, Ms Palin blamed the “cockamamie” ranked choice voting system, Senator Lisa Murkowski and the “dark, dysfunctional GOP machine” after she was seemingly trounced by Democrat Mary Peltola for a second time in three months.

“The GOP establishment deserves losses until it’s willing to fight for what is right,” the former vice presidential candidate wrote.

“They opposed me every step of the way in my Congressional bid, which is par for the course.”

With 80 per cent of votes tallied in the Alaska first congressional House race, Ms Peltola appears to have an unassailable lead with 47 per cent. Ms Palin is second on 26.6 per cent and fellow Republican Nick Begich is on 24 per cent.

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Midterm Election Results: These Key Races Have Yet to Be Called

By Fox News. The United States midterm elections may have been held on Tuesday, but Americans still do not know who will have control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Outstanding mail-in ballots are still being counted in several states, as anxious voters wait to see if their preferred candidates will prevail. Republicans appear to be inching toward a House majority, but the Senate remains a toss-up as important races in Arizona and Nevada are unresolved, and the Georgia Senate race will head to a Dec. 6 runoff. . .

The Fox News Decision Desk has called the race for all but three races where mail-in ballots are still being counted. The Georgia Senate race between Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will head to a runoff on Dec. 6, because neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote.

The outstanding races are in Arizona, where Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly leads Republican Blake Masters, and Nevada, where Republican Adam Laxalt leads incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.

The Senate race in Alaska uses ranked choice voting and will head to a runoff with the top two vote-getters. Currently, Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka leads incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, ahead of all other candidates. (Read more from “Midterm Election Results: These Key Races Have Yet to Be Called” HERE)

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