Palmer teens win video contest
ANCHORAGE - Three Palmer High School seniors have won a national video contest, beating out more than 700 entries to take the $25,000 top prize.
Jesse Thompson, Sean Holland and James Klauder learned last week that their 45-second video had won the "Earn Your Stars and Stripes" contest, sponsored by clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger. Entrants were required to design a 20- to 50-second video on the theme "What Does the American Flag Mean to Me."
The trio's production, loosely titled "License to Dream," will be shown on VH1 on Nov. 24 as part of a Hilfiger commercial.
Hilfiger, in a written statement, called the boys' video "creative and inspiring," and said "it spoke volumes about the American spirit, particularly after the tragic events of Sept. 11."
Holland and Thompson were members of a team that won a school district award this year for best production, editing and cinematography in part for a self-produced science-fiction flick called "Chaos Factor."
The team won plane tickets to Hawaii this year after sweeping two of the three categories in an Alaska Society for Technology in Education video contest.
For the Hilfiger video, Thompson, Holland and Klauder pulled together still and video images they shot in Hawaii and Alaska: farm scenes from Palmer, the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor, cross-country runners, mountains, and a sunrise. The three spent a week and a half locked in their rooms working on their computers to put together the images in a video.
Klauder and Holland edited while Thompson wrote and performed the music. The last just about killed the project. They blew up a sound card, and ended up using a $10 microphone to record Thompson's bass and guitar composition, they said.
The three picked mostly black and white shots then used a computer to highlight red, white and blue in the images. They overlaid the pictures with quotes from leaders such as George Washington and Robert F. Kennedy.
The result is a montage backed by Thompson's folksy music. The video starts with the words "225 years ago, America raised its flag," and ends with, "The American Flag: Your chance to dream."
Yakutat mail service improved
JUNEAU - The U.S. Postal Service is now shipping all mail to Yakutat on an almost-daily basis.
Earlier this month, federal air security regulations kept some mail from being shipped on a daily basis into the coastal Alaska community via Alaska Airlines.
Post office spokesman Steven Deaton on Tuesday said Arctic Circle Air Service is now carrying mail into Yakutat six days a week. Alaska Airlines also continues to carry some mail. Yakutat Borough Manager Don Braun said service seems to have improved.
Borough officials at first worried that diverting mail from Alaska Airlines might reduce the company's interest in providing twice-daily air service into Yakutat. Airline officials said they had no immediate plan to change service.
Airplane powder wasn't anthrax
JUNEAU - The white powder found on Alaska Airlines Flight 65 on Monday wasn't anthrax, police said.
Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter said the state health lab in Anchorage said Tuesday afternoon the substance was not anthrax but the lab would not reveal what it was.
A passenger found the powder in an overhead compartment shortly after the flight from Seattle and several Southeast towns landed at the Juneau Airport on Monday afternoon.
Shooting victim is alert
JUNEAU - The business woman shot outside the Nugget Mall last week remains in stable condition, is alert and is answering questions, police said Tuesday.
Juneau police said Seattle officers questioned Tuyet Hagerup, 44, in her hospital room at Harborview Medical Center earlier this week.
Police also said they are continuing to interview people in Juneau about the shooting.
Hagerup, who owns the Big Dipper ice cream shop at the mall, was shot Nov. 8 while walking to her vehicle in the parking lot.
Police ask anyone with information about the crime to contact the department at 586-0600.
Barrow gets record snowfall
BARROW - Barrow received a record amount of snow Monday for Nov. 12, the National Weather Service said.
The new record of 2.3 inches broke the old record of 1.7 inches for Nov. 12, set in 1937.
Barrow's average annual snowfall is a modest 28.7 inches, the weather service said. By comparison, Juneau gets a yearly average of 104.5 inches.