3 Top Stories from Home and Away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Rising Worry
A football club called the Wild Boars, comprising boys aged between 11 and 17 became trapped in Thailand during an excursion with their coach.
According to BBC World Service, the twelve boys and their coach were caught within a partially flooded cave in north of the country necessitating a team of 90 divers work to rescue them.
Extraction involves what is described to be treacherous lengths of underwater navigation and sets rescuers against seasonal weather patterns, as rising rain levels may result in more difficult escape for both team and divers.
It took British rescue divers nine days to even find the boys within the underground network’s dark depths.
NATIONWIDE – Past Plastic
A ban went into effect Sunday outlawing straws and utensils at “all food service businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, delis, coffee shops, food trucks, and institutional cafeterias” throughout Seattle, Wash.
Current ruling states businesses can opt for straws and utensils made from more environmentally friendly materials such as paper, steel and bamboo. Adopting reusable straws is now the way to go; even in the home, consumers are looking to buy metal straw sets to reduce the amount of plastic they throw away. Still, the city suggests that businesses provide those only upon request, reports CNN. Violators will be subject to a $250 fine.
Other cities, such as Miami Beach, Florida; Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, and several municipalities in California including Oakland and Berkeley, have all banned the use of disposable plastic straws, but not utensils. New York City introduced legislation to ban plastic straws in May.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Congressional Election
Nine people want to replace Congressman Don Young as Alaska’s only congressman including Carol Hafner…of South Dakota and New Jersey.
Alaska’s KTUU Channel 2 reports Carol’s not the first Hafner to run for Congress while officially residing remotely. An Eric Hafner, perhaps her son, gave the same New Jersey address as Carol when he ran for Congress in Oregon this year. He came in fourth – in a four-person race – when Oregon held its primary in May. In 2016, Eric also ran as a Republican in Hawaii. Legally, the Hafners can do it.
Regarding a federal seat, Alaska’s qualifications defer to the U.S. Constitution, which lists only a few requirements for a House member: Be at least 25, a U.S. citizen for at least seven years and a resident of the state – when elected. That’s much less strict than the Alaska constitution, which requires state legislators to have been Alaskans for at least three years and a resident of the district they represent for a year.