Alaska Man, Who Dressed as Sister, Is Charged With Murder After Friend’s Decomposed Body Found Under Floorboards

By K Newz. Five years after an Alaska man went missing, his decomposed body was found beneath the floorboards of his supposed friend’s home in Wasilla, the Daily Mail reports.

Daniel Roy Buckwalter, 46, hailed from Big Lake and vanished in August 2015. Later, his abandoned truck was found in the Houston area, his blood inside.

Now a grand jury in Palmer has indicted Jay Osmond Gardner, 55, beneath whose floorboards Buckwalter’s body, or what was left of it, was finally found. Gardner was arrested on March 25 at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport in Alaska as the man attempted to flee the state while dressed as his sister. . .

According to 11 KVTA, since being relieved of his drag disguise, Gardner has been stuck in a men’s jail. There he’ll have plenty of time to regret allegedly murdering the Alaska man and hiding him beneath the floorboards. (Read more from “Alaska Man, Who Dressed as Sister, Is Charged With Murder After Friend’s Decomposed Body Found Under Floorboard” HERE)

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Cops Arrest a Wanted Man, 55, Trying to Board a Flight Dressed as His Sister, Then Find Body of a Friend He ‘Murdered’ Five Years Ago Under His Floorboards

By Daily Mail. An Alaska man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his friend who was missing for five years, after police discovered caught him trying to flee the state while impersonating his sister and then found remains under the floorboards of his home. . .

States Troopers took Gardner into custody at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on March 25, 2020 and after it finding evidence that he was attempting to flee the state under his sister’s identity, he was charged with numerous counts related to fraud and identity theft.

Gardner’s true Alaska state ID card was issued in his birth name and identity of Jay Osmond Gardner on March 1, 2019. It is alleged that, on January 22, 2020, a renewal of an Alaska state ID was issued to Gardner after he fraudulently presented himself to be Cher Jammes, in name and appearance.

When confronted by an investigator, he told them to refer to him as ‘Janey’ because he was teased while growing up with the name Cher. (Read more from “Cops Arrest a Wanted Man, 55, Trying to Board a Flight Dressed as His Sister, Then Find Body of a Friend He ‘Murdered’ Five Years Ago Under His Floorboards” HERE)

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Quirky Alaska Tourist Town Struggles for Survival Amid Virus

. . .It’s almost “ghost town-esque,” said Fernando Salvador, a hotel manager in Talkeetna, which lies about halfway between Anchorage and Denali National Park.

By late May, Main Street should be jammed with meandering tourists slurping ice cream cones and stopping at gift shops alongside original cabins built in this community of about 800. But the coronavirus has upended everything.

Communities across Alaska are feeling the financial squeeze, from cruise ship ports where major lines have canceled summer sailings, to Talkeetna, which bills itself as the Gateway to Denali and where the ship passengers arrive on buses for inland excursions. Nearly half of the state’s 2.2. million annual visitors usually arrive on those vessels. (Read more from “Quirky Alaska Tourist Town Struggles for Survival Amid Virus” HERE)

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The Last (And Final) Frontier: Why the Space Force Belongs in Alaska

As the sixth and newest branch of our nation’s military sets out to master the final frontier, it is my belief that Alaska, the Last Frontier, is the clear choice to base this historic mission. Alongside Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, I have submitted a joint request to station U.S. Space Command here in our nation’s 49th state.

In 1935, Gen. Billy Mitchell, father of the U.S. Air Force, called Alaska the “most important strategic place in the world.” From World War II, in which Alaska was the only place in North America to be invaded, to the depths of the Cold War, where Arctic radar outposts protected against Soviet missile launches, the truth of Mitchell’s claim has been well established.

Anchorage, home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, is perfectly positioned to carry on this legacy. In addition, our state-of-the-art Pacific Spaceport Complex provides military launch capabilities just a short distance from Anchorage. The facility, run by the publicly owned Alaska Aerospace Corporation, has conducted successful space launches since 1998 and is quickly expanding to accommodate the current commercial space boom.

But Mitchell’s assertion extended beyond the realm of national security. Today, Anchorage serves as North America’s gateway to Asia-Pacific trade. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which briefly held the title of “world’s busiest” airport earlier this year, lies within nine hours of 90% of the industrialized world. With a deep-water port that continues to grow in significance as Bering Sea ice recedes, the commercial importance of Anchorage will only increase in the years ahead. (Read more from “The Last (And Final) Frontier: Why the Space Force Belongs in Alaska” HERE)

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Joe Miller Endorses Christopher Kurka in Contested District 7 Valley House Race

Former Republican US Senate Nominee Joe Miller has decided to jump into the District 7 State House race with both feet, endorsing Christopher Kurka as the clear conservative choice for Wasilla.

In January, Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard announced that she would not seek re-election to the Alaska State House seat in District 7, clearing the way for an open primary.

While three candidates have filed to replace Sullivan-Leonard, according to his Facebook page, Robert Yundt II has withdrawn from the race in favor of former Representative Lynn Gattis. His stated rationale was that he feared he and Gattis would “split the moderate vote and hand Kurka the victory.” Gattis, who liked the post, presumably agrees with his assessment.

This sets up a head-to-head primary race in District 7 between proven conservative and former Alaska Right to Life Executive Director Christopher Kurka and former Representative Lynn Gattis.

Christopher Kurka is a husband, father of four, businessman, and long-time political activist, serving multiple stints on the Alaska Republican Party’s State Central Committee, both as a Bonus vote and as a District Chair. He also served as Vice President of Alaska Right to Life, and subsequently as Executive Director of Alaska’s largest advocacy group dedicated solely to the Constitutional Right to Life. In addition to his duties as Executive Director, Kurka also ran the Alaska Right to Life Political Action Committees, and has volunteered on numerous candidate campaigns for both State and Federal office. Christopher and his wife Haylee met volunteering on Joe Miller’s 2010 US Senate campaign.

Kurka is promising to take on the State spending issue, advocate for a full PFD, oppose the binding caucus, vote against a State income tax, and stand up for conservative Wasilla values.

His opponent, Lynn Gattis, is a long-time politico in the Valley, serving in various capacities with the District and State Republican Parties, on the Mat-Su School Board, as State Representative, and as staff for the Democrat-controlled House Majority. For conservatives, her time in the State House was at best unremarkable, and at worst problematic. Having voted for some of the largest budgets in State history, and for the infamous SB 91 jailbreak, it would be easy to see her as part of the problem.

In the comment section of the aforementioned Yundt Facebook post, State Senator Mike Shower, who represents much of the mat-su in the State Senate noted: “Lynn is part of the system that got us here.” He went on to call for “new ideas and new people” to bring about “real change.”

Joe Miller’s full statement on the race is as follows:

“If you’re like me, you’re sick and tired of the games being played in Juneau. Conventional politicians tell you what you want to hear at election time, but when it’s time to gavel in they do what they’re told. What we need above all else right now are leaders who are willing to stand up to the Big Government Special Interests and deliver for the citizens they represent. Christopher Kurka is a proven conservative who has not just talked the talk, but has also walked the walk. He has invested years in conservative advocacy, fighting to reform the Alaska Republican Party, to elect conservative candidates, and to defend the weakest and most vulnerable among us as Executive Director of Alaska Right to Life. If you’re worried about the size and scope of government, runaway State budgets, the future of the PFD, proposed State taxes, the Right to Life, the 2nd Amendment, parental rights, private property rights, election integrity and a host of other important issues facing our state – I urge you to vote for a proven conservative. Don’t believe what the politicians say, believe what they do. Christopher Kurka is definitively the right choice for Wasilla District 7 conservatives looking for principled leadership in the Alaska Legislature.”

Christopher Kurka is a known champion of the Constitutional Right to Life, the 2nd Amendment, the Right to Work, parental rights, and private property rights.

The State House District 7 race seems pretty clear cut from the perspective of Restoring Liberty: a long-time Establishment politico versus a proven conservative challenger. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is, well, less than rational. We vote for change, and so should you. Juneau needs a wake-up call. Vote Christopher Kurka in the Alaska Republican Primary on August 18th.

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In Alaska, Summer’s Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

Last summer, across southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region—home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world—tens of thousands of fish washed up dead along riverbanks. Rivers running at temperatures above the threshold for salmon health were killing the fish even as record numbers of them were returning from the ocean to reproduce.

On the Ugashik River, a wide, muddy tributary of the bay, salmon schooled near the river’s mouth, hunkered down in the deeper, cooler water, but they refused to swim upstream into the too-warm waterway. Because no salmon were reaching spawning grounds upriver, the state closed commercial fishing on the Ugashik in early July, right at the normal peak of the run.

Unable to wet their nets and unsure when the fishery would reopen, Ugashik fishermen bided their time at seasonal camps, looking on as jumpers pocked the water all day long. “You’re pretty much watching your income go by,” Catie Bursch, a commercial setnetter on the Ugashik, said later. As Bristol Bay fishermen gear up for this year’s salmon season—one beset by fears that Covid-19 could overwhelm this remote region as thousands of seasonal workers from across the world descend on fishing communities with scant medical resources—they must also contend with a slower-moving hazard: the warming temperatures that threaten a $1.5 billion industry and the people it supports. . .

The state stipulates that water temperature must not exceed 59 degrees Fahrenheit in order for salmon to stay healthy during upstream migration. Last summer, however, river temperatures in Bristol Bay reached 76 degrees. That spells problems for the fish: When salmon can’t avoid warm water, they can sicken or die. Warm water adds stress at a time when fish are already tackling the herculean task of returning to headwater lakes and streams to spawn, making them more susceptible to diseases and speeding up their already-taxed metabolisms. Something like a heart attack can follow: Warm water holds less oxygen than cooler water, but at higher temperatures, salmon actually need more oxygen to survive. Under those conditions, their hearts can’t pump blood fast enough to support their brains and bodies. (Read more from “In Alaska, Summer’s Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run” HERE)

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Lisa Murkowski Celebrates Mattis’s Attack on Trump, Says She Might Not Vote for Trump; President Hammers Lisa Following Joe Miller’s Tweet to @realDonaldTrump

By Lauren Fox, Manu Raju and Ali Zaslav. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with many of her Republican colleagues Thursday, applauding an op-ed by General James Mattis that condemned President Donald Trump’s actions this week.

“When I saw General Mattis’ comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up,” Murkowksi said on Capitol Hill. . .

“I was really thankful. I thought General Mattis’ words were true, and honest and necessary and overdue,” Murkowski said. “And, I have been struggling for the right words, and I was encouraged a couple of nights ago when I was able to read what President Bush had written. And I found that to be empowering for me as one leader.”

Murkowski . . . told reporters Thursday that she was still “struggling” with a decision about whether she would support Trump in November. (Read more about Lisa Murkowski and her criticism of the President HERE)

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President Trump Hammers Lisa Murkowski After Joe Miller Tweets @realDonaldTrump

By News Editor. Maybe it was coincidence, maybe not. But shortly after Joe Miller called on President Trump “to call out corrupt Lisa Murkowski,” he did:

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ZOOM Meeting NOW: Election Integrity in Alaska, Will It Ever Be Fixed?

There will be a presentation by Joe Miller and Brian Endle about Election Integrity in Alaska tonight, June 1, 2020. Lt. Gov. Meyer will be present and participate. All will be available to answer questions.

The waiting room will open at 6:30 pm on Zoom. The host will add you to the meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Invite Link: HERE

Meeting ID: 854 5924 2565
Meeting Password: 5E20gB

Lisa Murkowski Supports Fraud-Laced Mail-In-Voting For Any Purpose, Zero Accountability

Why Using Mail-In Ballots is a Bad Idea

By Hans von Spakovsky. If a state switches to all-mail elections (as Ore­gon has) in which the state mails ballots to all regis­tered voters, such ballots will unquestionably be sent to the addresses of registered voters who are dead or who no longer live at their registered addresses. Most states are notoriously slow in cor­recting their voter registration lists, and the num­ber of registered voters in some, as shown by Census data, is greater than their voting-age popu­lations. When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s voter identification law, it pointed out that “as of 2004 Indiana’s voter rolls were inflated by as much as 41.4 percent.”

Thus, there will be thousands of blank absentee ballots arriving in the mail that individuals will use to cast bogus ballots. For example, in 2000, a sur­vey of just one county in Oregon reported that about 5 percent of residents admitted that other people marked their ballots and 2.4 percent admit­ted that other people signed their ballot envelopes. The professor who conducted the study suspected that the real numbers were higher since most peo­ple are reluctant to admit being a party to a crime.

When the author of this paper attended a meet­ing of the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in Oregon several years ago, an Oregon election official gave a presentation on how “secure” their voting system was. As he was speaking, an election official from another state leaned over and told the author that his sister-in-law, who lived in Oregon, had admitted to him that she had voted three times in the last election. She voted her husband’s ballot, her own ballot, and a third ballot that had been mailed to her house in her maiden name.

Mailed-in votes are often cast in unmonitored settings where no election officials or independent observers are present to ensure that the registered voter is actually the person voting and that there is no illegal coercion or payment for a vote. As a result, the secret ballot is under siege; it is too easy for wrongdoers to request absentee ballots in the names of registered voters, particularly poor resi­dents and senior citizens, and then either intimi­date them into voting a certain way or fraudulently completing their ballots for them. Such intimida­tion is much more difficult to achieve when indi­viduals vote in a polling place by casting a secret ballot under the supervision and observation of election officials and poll watchers. (Read more about why Lisa Murkowski’s love of mail-in ballots is a bad idea HERE)

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Lisa Murkowski Loves Mail-In Ballots

Lisa Murkowski put out the following YouTube on her Senate webpage explaining her view that mail-in ballots should be permitted for any purpose. Given Lisa Murkowski’s historic reliance on vote fraud to win her past elections, this should not surprise anyone:

Alaska Legislator Compares Coronavirus Screening Sticker to Nazi Germany’s Star of David

A Republican state lawmaker in Alaska is facing backlash from Jewish legislators after he compared coronavirus safety measures at the statehouse to the Nazi treatment of Jewish people.

Alaska state Rep. Ben Carpenter (R) complained about the new health screening required for lawmakers returning to the Capitol building this week, Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

In an email copied to all 40 members of the Alaska House, Carpenter reportedly ranted about legislators being asked to wear a sticker proving they’ve passed the screening.

“How about an arm band that won’t fall off like a sticker will?” Carpenter wrote. “If my sticker falls off, do I get a new one or do I get public shaming too? Are the stickers available as a yellow Star of David?”

His message was immediately condemned by two Democratic members of the legislature who are Jewish, the outlet reported. (Read more from “Alaska Legislator Compares Coronavirus Screening Sticker to Nazi Germany’s Star of David” HERE)

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Alaska Airlines Makes Masks Mandatory

Citing a desire to align with CDC recommendations, Alaska Airlines announced it will make masks mandatory for all passengers starting May 11.

Guests will be expected to bring their own masks, Alaska said in a blog post Friday. . .

“In light of COVID-19, we’re in a new era and are continually updating our safety standards to better protect our guests and employees,” aid Max Tidwell, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of safety.

Alaska says they’ve also stepped up cleaning efforts on their airplanes to combat COVID-19. They’re also encouraging more social distancing at the airport and on the planes.

The Seattle-based airline says they will reevaluate the mask rule periodically, and change it as the situation evolves. (Read more from “Alaska Airlines Makes Masks Mandatory” HERE)

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