4 Compelling Stories From Home, Away & Far, Far Away
By Robert Foran III
ALASKA — From salmonfestalaska.org
The 2019 Salmonfest (Aug. 2-4) announces another dynamic lineup. Two powerful and renowned national acts, including for the first time, two Grammy winners Jason Mraz and Ani DiFranco, top the bill with the returning festival favorites, The California Honeydrops, WookieFoot and over 20 other prominent acts from all over the country will bring an electric mix that promises to provide something special for everyone. Dozens of the top Alaska bands will fill out the lineup and provide a strong element to the artistic extravaganza that awaits us all.
Salmonfest 2019 will take place on the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds at 16200 Sterling Highway in Ninilchik. Tickets are on sale now.
NATIONAL — From npr.org
Lori Lightfoot has won Chicago’s mayoral election, which capped a historic campaign between two African-American women who branded themselves as progressive and independent in a city known for its political machine.
Lightfoot – a former federal prosecutor who has worked in police oversight – easily defeated Cook County Board President and county Democratic Party leader Toni Preckwinkle. With more than 70 percent of precincts reporting, Lightfoot had won 74 percent of the vote, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
“In this election, Toni and I were competitors, but our differences were nothing compared to what we can achieve together. Now that it’s over, I know we’ll work together for the city we both love,” she said. “Today, you did more than make history. You created a movement for change.”
Regardless of who won, the nation’s third-largest city would get its first black woman mayor. Lightfoot also becomes the city’s first openly gay mayor.
INTERNATIONAL — From bbc.com
Canada is warming on average at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, a new scientific report indicates.
The federal government climate report also warns that changes are already evident in many parts of the country and are projected to intensify. Canada’s Arctic has seen the deepest impact and will continue to warm at more than double the global rate. The report suggests that many of the effects already seen are probably irreversible.
Canada’s annual average temperature has increased by an estimated 1.7C (3F) since 1948, when nationwide temperatures were first recorded. The largest temperature increases have been seen in the North, the Prairies, and in northern British Columbia. Annual average temperature in northern Canada increased by approximately 2.3C.
OUT OF THIS WORLD — From Foran Brand Journalism
April brings many spectacular astronomical events.
During the early morning of the 3rd, three planets: Mercury, Venus and Neptune rise and will be visible in the sky with the thin crescent moon. Mercury can be seen again on the 11th, where the planet reaches its greatest western elongation of 27.7 degrees from the Sun. The 19th will present the full moon known as the ‘pink moon.’ The Lyrids Meteor Shower will occur between the 22nd & 23rd, displaying 20+ meteors per hour, and 2019 proves to be good year for Saturn occultations, for its third will happen on the night of the 25th — but will only be visible in parts of Australia, New Zealand and South America.