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What’s Ahead For Gov. Palin? Seven Challenges

Gov. Sarah Palin, back from the campaign trail, faces a changed landscape in Alaska.

Gov. Sarah Palin, back from the campaign trail, faces a changed landscape in Alaska.

It appears that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will probably be back on the national scene in two years campaigning as the Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential election.  We here at the Sarah Palin Truth Squad have decided to continue posting information about Governor Palin in anticipation of that race.  Today the Anchorage Daily News published the following article by Tom Kizzia on the political future of Gov. Palin.

For two months she basked — and sizzled — in the world’s hottest celebrity spotlight. Now Sarah Palin has come home to begin the last two years of her term as governor of Alaska.

Everything has changed: Palin’s personal horizon, her relations with the state’s other elected officials, the public’s sense of who she is.

Palin returned to her office Friday amid a brutal crossfire between detractors and defenders in the McCain camp. At the same time, however, a new national poll said 64 percent of Republicans consider her their top choice to run for president in 2012.

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Will Gov. Palin Help Save the Beluga Whales? 18 Threats to Alaskan Belugas (Videos)

The Anchorage Daily News examines what the next steps will to save the endangered Alaska Cook Inlet Beluga whales. Will Alaska Governor Sarah Palin assist in saving the Beluga whales? Perhaps right after she saves the Polar bears.

Declaring Cook Inlet beluga whales an endangered species – as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did Friday – was only the first step toward protecting them. Now federal biologists are trying to figure out exactly what’s endangering them.

The newly released “Conservation Plan for the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale” – a 128-page report compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service – takes a preliminary stab at the question, listing 18 possible threats to the local whale population.

Five of those threats would pose a “high” risk of jeopardizing the belugas were they to occur, the study says. Among them are two natural dangers: disease and strandings of whales on mud flats.

Three are man-made dangers: whale poaching, food reduction (by damaging salmon habitat or over-fishing) and unnatural noise in the water (such as off-shore drilling, pile-driving in the construction of a Knik Arm bridge or expansion of the Port of Anchorage).

The report also lists as “unknown” the impact on belugas that might result from three man-made dangers: Oil and gas spills, systematic water pollution (including the partially treated sewage Anchorage discharges into Cook Inlet) and environmental change (such as ocean warming).

“Certainly oil and gas development and all in-water activities that might introduce pollutants are a concern,” says Fisheries Service biologist Brad Smith, one of the conservation plan authors.

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