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So, four years with the Alaska Public Defender Agency. To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about it. Where the hell has the time gone? The only concrete difference is that I am now vested 75% in my retirement account. 364 days until 100%! To 'celebrate' I went out bird hunting on a spectacular fall day. Our September continues to be amazing. We had our first frost last night and the day felt like a true fall day. Bright blue skies and fall colors. Truly amazing. As for the job? I don't know. I have my complaints, but I am sure as hell not going to talk about them here. And they are personal to me. The Agency continues to be a great place to work. Bright lawyers, great staff and adequate resources are the norm. I am just at that place where I need a week off. I am getting sick of some parts of this job. Sometimes I just want to grab people and shake some sense into them. YOU HAVE KIDS! STOP SLAMMING METH! GET A JOB! GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER! But I don't. Instead I …
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So, get used to it AJ. She is coming. So is winter. I wish I could say I am slowing down. Work is crazy. It is made worse by the fact that the DA's phones have not been working for 10 days or so. What a joke. We live in the richest state in the richest country in the history of the world and the State cannot have working phones? Yeah sure. With my case load, I do not have time for the DA's to take a 10 day vacation. At least I got my reply brief filed in Mr. Eacker's case. I put more hours into those documents than any in my legal career. I listened to a lot of Winston Churchill. Wrote and re-wrote. And couldn't sleep at night. But for the little one amazed and the little one who is coming, it is worth it. As my hero Winston Churchill said "You do your worst and we will do our best". This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end.










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So, there are a lot of good things about fall in Alaska. For me, one of the best is having almost everything on the plate something I grew or caught myself. Of course we are far from self sufficient. I don't grow wheat for the flour. I don't go down to Cook Inlet and evaporate water for sea salt. But ever since I read how many calories it takes these days to grow and transport food (especially to Alaska), I try hard to eat locally when I can. Of course none of this new....except for the bread. I was never much of a baker until the last few months. I have been trying to perfect sourdough and it is coming along. I'm still not much of a baker. You can really feel the fall in the air now, especially at night. The leaves are mostly yellow and are starting to fall. So a nice roast chicken and sourdough sure goes down easy. Tomorrow it is back to work. It is going to be a long, long week.

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/091510/new_708015023.shtml
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So, July may have sucked but September is stunning. I went out camping on Tustumena lake. I know, I know I keep writing about it, but the place is so stunning it really is my favorite place on Earth. When I go, I want my ashes spread there. We just did the regular stuff...including me teaching Monica how to shoot. I can't tell you how many people have never fired a gun until they met me. It is my deepest honor to introduce them to the experience. Yesterday we went to the far end of the lake and it was so warm, and the lake so calm, that I actually spread my sleeping bag on the top of the boat and took a nap. Talking about the boat, on the way back, it acted up. Crap. At least it got me through the summer. The lake was amazing last night. It was warm and clear out and you could see a million stars. Owls were hooting. It was completely silent except for the crackle of the fire and the owls. This is probably the last trip of the year...I don't know how long the weather will hold …
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So, my new trial motion for Mr. Eacker has made the news. It was on the front page of the Fairbanks Daily News Miner today and on TV on KTUU. I'm not going to say more than is in the public record. Oh God how I want to, especially as the news doesn't have it all correct. I could probably ethically comment but I won't. All I can say is we'll see about it. This isn't over.


http://www.newsminer.com/view/full_story/9447480/article-Convicted-Fairbanks-man-in-cold-case-murder-says-evidence-withheld--wants-new-trial?instance=home_news_window_left_top_2

http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-crime-eacker-murder-appeal-090910,0,5270632.story











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So Tustumena Lake on Labor day. I must admit I was annoyed when I pulled into the parking lot and saw a million boat trailers. I wasn't thinking that it was a long weekend. Moose season. And a stunning day. The water on the entire lake (and we went to the very back) was like glass. In all my time on the lake I have never seen it that uniformly flat. It was amazing. Although the fall colors are not out in full bloom yet in most places, they were stunning near the glacier. Of course, the lake is so big that once we were on it we didn't see many folks. Which is, of course, the reason I like the lake so much. I can't help but feel a tinge of resentment whenever I see someone else there. Perhaps they feel the same about me. Hopefully this is not the last trip of the year. Monica, of the famous Cape Monica, is supposed to come down for a trip next weekend. I hope this weather holds. It rained most of the summer and now, in late August and September we are getting t-shirt weathe…