Post a comment We got a world exclusive first look at the Lamborghini… Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 5:19 10 Photos More From Roadshow Tags Superluxury Cars Coupes 2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder first drive: Worth every sunburn The Lamborghini SC18 will tear your face off on the track 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 0 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar There’s rich, and then there’s “hey, Lamborghini, make me a custom car” rich. We don’t know much about the latest super-wealthy person with the cash to commission a one-off, extravagant Lamborghini. But do know they have a son named Alston, hence, the Lamborghini SC18 Alston.As for the rest of the name, SC stands for Squadra Corsa. The 18 refers to the year it was produced, although we had to wait until the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed for it to break cover. The Alston is based on the Aventador SVJ, but the changes are numerous. The engine has a modified intake, which pushes the power up to 800 horsepower. A host of bodywork changes include a new front splitter, new rear deck cover and an adjustable rear wing that, in typical Lamborghini style, can be set to alto, medio or brasso, and can deliver more downforce than on the SVJ. A titanium exhaust and a new diffuser are also on hand, and we expect these to make their way to future Lambos soon.There are also few smaller touches, like the lights, that can be recognized from the Centenario. Flashback to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Centenario was built to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ferrucio Lamborghini, the company’s founder. This is where I usually say something like, “I’ll take two,” but only one will be built and I’m definitely not its buyer. Lamborghini Back to the SC18, you might be shocked to learn it’s road-legal. We wouldn’t expect to see it in the parking lot of your local grocery store anytime soon, but in theory, you could. Just watch the ground clearance — the SC18 sits even lower to the ground than the SVJ.The interior isn’t quite as excessive as the exterior, with a simplified steering wheel that’s completely free of buttons or switches. It has the same centrally located infotainment screen that we saw on the Centenario, and the door pulls are simple leather loops. It’s hard to ever call any part of a Lamborghini “basic,” but this interior is about as basic as they come. Presumably, that’s entirely the owners choice, because from what we understand about the performance and handling, it’s aggressive. Very aggressive. So it stands to reason that you’ll want to keep focused on the job in hand if you take this out for a proper drive. In addition to having more power than the SVJ, Lamborghini says the SC18 has more grip and sharper throttle response, too.We’ll likely never know the full details of who this car belongs to, but considering this one-off request really ups the ante over the already-bonkers SVJ, it’s fair to assume they’ll be making good use of it. Lamborghini Lamborghini
2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech? 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 48 Photos Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door is a muscle car in fancy pants Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshow 8:42 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations Enlarge ImageThat’s one excited package recipient. Must be something good in there. Daimler Delivering packages to vehicles instead of households is a great way to ensure your parcel doesn’t get nicked while you’re at the office. Automakers are trying it. Heck, even Amazon is giving it a go. And now Mercedes-Benz is entering the fray.Mercedes-Benz announced this week that it has started a pilot program for in-car package delivery in Berlin, Germany. The program has the unfortunate name of Chark, which is a portmanteau of “change” and “park,” but it sounds like something you’d look up on Urban Dictionary. It’s part of Daimler’s Lab1886 innovation center, which devises and tests new programs outside the traditional core business.The pilot program is open to owners of 2015-or-newer Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, as well as the V-Class van. Everything is set in motion by using the address of the Chark hub and the user’s personal Chark ID number when checking out online, and the owner can choose a window for delivery. When the parcel is within 500 meters of the car’s location, the courier will be granted one-time access to unlock the vehicle, placing the package inside and locking it again. The car cannot be started using this method. At the end, the owner will get a notification, including a picture, confirming the package is in the right spot.There are some basic requirements, but they’re all pretty straightforward. The car needs to be within 500 meters of the indicated parking location at the agreed-upon time, and the vehicle must be easily accessible. The windows and doors need to be closed and locked, with the vehicle in Park, and it must be devoid of valuables, animals and people. The car also needs a solid connection with the Mercedes Me network, which is how the courier is granted vehicle access.Mercedes-Benz isn’t the first group to give in-car package delivery a try. Volvo started trialing a similar service in 2015, and more recently, Skoda has run a pilot program of its own. And then there’s Amazon Key, an in-car parcel drop-off service that works with multiple automakers, including Ford, GM and Honda vehicles. Tags 0 Auto Tech Luxury cars Car Industry 2019 Lexus LC 500h review: Take ‘er easy 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door Mercedes-Benz
Matanuska – Susitna Borough voters elected two Borough Assembly representatives on Tuesday. The unofficial results of the Valley elections show that only 11 percent of the Borough’s registered voters turned out at the polls on election day. They passed both ballot propositions by an overwhelming margin. Prop. One approved a reapportionment of Borough districts, while Prop. Two increased the amount to tax exemption offered to Borough seniors and disabled veterans. Borough District Five’s Assembly seat was won by Big Lake’s Dan Mayfield. Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Mayfield thanked his supporters. “I want to thank the crew that supported me. I had an absolutely fantastic campaign committee. And all the people in the district who really took the time to talk to me and let me know what was important to them. That was an awesome experience and I really want to thank them all. “Mayfield ran against Knik/ Goose Bay’s Bill Kendig. Steve Colligan, running unopposed, kept the District 4 Assembly seat.Two Borough school board seats were won by Tiffany Scott and Ole Larson, both running unopposed.Mat Su Borough officials still need to count close to 1500 absentee ballots, and more than 300 questioned ballots. The election results remain unofficial until certified on October 21.Two Valley cities also held elections on Tuesday. In Wasilla, Bert Cottle took almost 75 percent of the vote to win the mayor’s race over Loren Means.Wasilla’s Colleen Sullivan – Leonard and Stuart Graham won city council seats.In Palmer, Linda Combs and Brad Hanson won Palmer city council seats. Wasilla and Palmer election results are unofficial until certified.
A small, unmanned fuel barge is adrift in the Beaufort Sea and may be heading toward Prudhoe Bay after its tow line snapped in a storm on Monday.Download AudioThe 134-foot barge has 950 gallons of diesel fuel on board. It’s owned by a Canadian company, and was in Canadian waters when it broke loose from its tugboat.Now, Coast Guard response commander Shawn Decker estimates the barge is drifting west in ice-free water at a speed of three to four miles per hour. At that rate, he says it could reach Prudhoe Bay sometime late Friday – and there aren’t any vessels nearby that could try to stop it.Decker says it’s not guaranteed the barge will run aground in Prudhoe Bay. It’s drifting between the Arctic coastline, and winter sea ice advancing from the north.The Coast Guard wasn’t able to visually locate the barge today, so they don’t know for sure where it’s drifting, or how fast. Decker says a Coast Guard aircraft will find the vessel again Friday and drop a tracking device onto its deck.
A Tuluksak man is under arrest after he allegedly set fire to a home in Kwethluk.The incident happened Tuesday. Troopers say 21-year-old Ferdinand Andrew had been upset with the occupants of the house and splashed gasoline on theexterior door and lit it on fire.The residents and neighbors were able to put the fire out with minimal damage. There were no injuries.A plastic container with gasoline inside was found at the scene. When troopers contacted Andrew he was wearing clothing that matched the description given by witnesses.Andrew is charged with Arson in the 2nd degree and violating conditions of release.He was transported to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center where he awaits arraignment.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioDallas Seavey Predicts His Winning Team Will Be Back Emily Schwing, APRN ContributorDallas Seavey is the winner of the 2015 Iditarod. This is his third win in four years. The 27-year old musher says he’s notthe only young member of his team. Many of his dogs are only three years old.MDA Boss Favors Radar Over Missile Site In EastLiz Ruskin, APRN-Washington, DCThe director of the Missile Defense Agency on Wednesday suggested Alaska’s Fort Greely should remain central to the nation’s ground-based missile defense operations, at least in the near term. In Congress, some members have cheered the idea of a new missile site in the East, an idea the Pentagon is studying.Murkowski: No Confidence In USFS Plan In TongassLiz Ruskin, APRN-Washington, DCU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t see any good news for the families in Southeast Alaska that still depend on the harvest of Tongass timber. She says nothing Congress does seems to increase the national timber harvest, and Murkowski told Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell at a budget hearing on Wednesday she’s not confident the transition to second-growth in the Tongass will work.House Pushes Back Deadline for Financial DisclosuresThe Associated PressThe Alaska House has passed legislation pushing back the date by which legislators and other public officials must file annual financial disclosures. HB 65 would move the filing deadline from March 15 to May 15. A minority-led effort to keep the reporting deadline for legislators as March 15 failed.Walker, Mallott File Income ReportsThe Associated PressGov. Bill Walker and his wife each reported income of between $100,000 and $200,000 for the sale of their law firm. The information is included on the financial disclosure Walker filed Sunday. The Walkers each reported between $200,000 and $500,000 in capital gain on the sale of business properties. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott reported at least $1 million in income upon resigning from the Alaska Air Group board.Wishbone Hill Coal Project Draws LawsuitEllen Lockyer, KSKA-AnchorageThe Trustees for Alaska are going back to court to fight a federal okay for coal mining at Wishbone Hill in Palmer. Trustee attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage on Wednesday on behalf of the Castle Mountain Coalition and other groups opposed to coal mining in the area.Mat-Su Assembly Rejects Pot VotePhillip Manning, KTNA-TalkeetnaThe Mat-Su Borough Assembly unanimously opposed Mayor Larry DeVilbiss’ request for an advisory vote on banning commercial marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the Valley.State Pulls Funds for Knik Arm, Juneau Access Road from STIPEllen Lockyer, KSKA-AnchorageThe state has amended a transportation plan to delay two large projects. Funds for the Knik Arm Crossing and the Juneau access road have been pulled from the 2012- 2015 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP.Sac Roe Herring Fishery Quieter This YearRachel Waldholz, KCAW-SitkaThe Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is a quieter affair this year, as the fleet conducts its first fully cooperative fishery since the mid-90s.Officials ID Port Accident VictimZachariah Hughes, KSKA-AnchorageOfficials have identified the victim of a fatal accident at the Port of Anchorage last Friday as Charlie Tom “WD” James, Jr.Food: Source of Comfort or Division?Anne Hillman, KSKA-AnchorageIs food a source of comfort–or division? How can it be used to spark conversations about global conflicts? Those are the questions Anita Mannur is asking in her upcoming talk called “Kitchens in Crisis” at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mannur is a professor of Asian & Asian American studies at Miami University in Ohio. She says her research looks at ways in which food can bring people together, or push them apart.Freeride World Tour Comes to HainesEmily Files, KHNS-HainesSome of the best big mountain skiers and snowboarders in the world are in Haines this week for the Freeride World Tour. After taking on slopes in France, Andorra and Austria, the tour is holding its first ever Alaska stop.
It’s been unusually wet across a large section of the state this summer.(Graphic courtesy of Brian Brettschneider)Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of a new segment- Ask a Climatologist.Brettschneider told Energy Desk editor Annie Feidt that some parts of the state, especially near Fairbanks, have had double their normal rainfall since June. That has been good for tamping down wildfires, but it has its own ties to a warmer world.Listen nowAnnie: Why has it been so wet?Brian: Well, there’s been a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the ocean temperatures around Alaska have been quite warm, near record warm, and those warm waters provide a nearly endless supply of moisture, much more moisture than is typical for the summer. So when we’ve been having rain showers, all that additional moisture is fuel for these storms and it turns a light to moderate storm into a moderate to heavy rain event.Annie: At least in Southcentral Alaska, in Anchorage, we haven’t thought of this as a rainy summer. What accounts for that?Brian: Sometimes the perception can be a little bit different than the reality. So here in Anchorage we had a big rain event in June, over an inch in one day. But even if you back that out, it’s been an above normal rainfall summer. So it’s not just the last few days, it’s not just that one storm, there have been a number of events that have contributed rain and those all add up.Annie: What about Southeast Alaska, are they in the same boat?Brian: The switch has been flipped a little bit from the first half of the year. The southern Alaska coast and Southeast were quite wet from January though May. But this summer so far, they’re all below normal for precipitation.
Natalie Norris, then Natalie Jubin, from the cover of This Week magazine in December of 1945. Photo via Histoire des courses mythiques et des grands mushers)A pioneer of Alaska mushing passed away earlier this week. Natalie Norris moved to Alaska in the 40s, and along with her husband, Earl, helped establish the oldest kennel for Siberian Huskies in the world.Listen nowBreeding and mushing Siberian Huskies has stayed part of the Norris family itself. The kennel is now run by Norris’s son, J.P., and her granddaughter, Lisbet, has finished the Iditarod the last three years.Natalie Norris grew up in Lake Placid, New York in the 20s, when it was still common to see people driving dog teams. She began collecting dogs at a young age, eventually competing in sled-dog races across New England.In 1946, Norris made the rare, bold move to Alaska as a young, unmarried woman, taking with her nine dogs.“Shortly before her move, Grandma was featured on the cover of this national magazine,” recalled granddaughter Lisbet Norris by phone. “It was a picture of her, in her parka with one of her big beautiful Malamutes. And somebody mailed that magazine to my grandfather.”“He was already in Alaska. And when he read that she was planning on moving out there — soon as possible — he immediately wrote to her and offered to help in any way that he could. I think he was quite smitten by her photo,” Norris said with a slight laugh.So smitten, in fact, that he met her at the dock, and not long after they married.From the beginning, Norris’s life in Alaska was an inseparable mix of family, dogs, and the outdoors. The young couple established their Anadyr Siberian Husky kennel the same year they wed. They raised their three children on a homestead in Anchorage before moving to Willow in 1967, where the kennel has remained ever since. Throughout, Natalie continued racing dogs.“She was one of the earliest competitors of the Fur Rondy race in Anchorage,” Lisbet Norris said. Decades later, in the 1970s, Natlie won the Women’s Open North American. “That was kind of the culmination of her racing career.”But Norris’s real focus and passion was on Siberian Huskies as a breed. She traveled the world judging competitions and lecturing on the line’s traits.That dedication to sled-dogs survives in her children and grandchildren.“They’re athletes,” Lisbet said of the family’s huskies, “and we believe that training and conditioning them for racing is the best benchmark for the breed.”Lisbet Norris was extremely close with her grandmother, living in the same house with her for several years until just a few months ago. It was her grandmother’s character, more than accomplishments, that have had the greatest influence on her.“She was really the epitome of a pioneer woman. She was so gracious and kind to everybody that walked into that house. And she was a mentor to so many, including myself,” Norris said through tears. “I take a lot of comfort in knowing that I’m following in her footsteps today.”Instead of holding a formal service, the family is planning a picnic this spring, “accessible by dog team, skis, or snowmachines,” along the nearby trails named for Natalie and Earl Norris.“Well Grandma was never a fan of big stuffy gatherings,” Norris said.Natalie Norris was 94-years-old when she passed, “peacefully & in the presence of family,” according to a social media post on the Anadyr Siberians Facebook page.
Every spring, hundreds of sandhill cranes visit Homer to mate and nest. You’ll often find them looking for tasty morsels along the shoreline or silently strutting across your backyard. For the last thirteen years, Kachemak Crane Watch has organized a “sandhill crane count” to keep track of their population.Listen NowA sandhill crane looks and sounds like a modern day dinosaur.Lesser sandhill cranes in Homer, Alaska.(Photo courtesy of Nina Faust)They stand about three feet tall and have a six-foot wing span. They use their sharp four-inch beak for probing in the dirt and catching insects and small mammals.And sometimes, they use that long beak for defense.“That beak is a very very lethal weapon,” says Faust.That’s Nina Faust. She’s the co-founder of Kachemak Crane Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of sandhill cranes.“I think they’re very majestic birds. A lot of people describe them as regal, they move like royalty and they’re just very elegant. When they dance, it’s just the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen,” says Faust.A flock of 20 lesser sandhill cranes forages in a grassy field at Inspiration Ridge Preserve in Homer. Faust points to a group of three cranes standing close together.“You can see a family right there. The adults have red on the top and they have a yellow eye. The young are totally golden colored with no red top and a dark eye,” Faust explains.They’re getting ready to migrate 2400 miles to their overwintering grounds in Sacramento, California. But before the cranes leave in mid-September, Faust has a job to do.Every fall, she organizes a “citizen science” survey of the crane population on the southern Kenai Peninsula. On three specific days, residents contact her to report sandhill crane sightings. Using this information, she’s able to estimate how big the population is each year.Habitat loss and predation can have a big effect on the crane population, says Faust. Around Kachemak Bay, bald eagles are a constant threat.“It’s interesting to watch because sometimes they’ll see the eagle way off in the distance and they’ll start giving this little brrr growling call. Everybody stands up and looks and they all get ready. If it gets closer, poof, they’re gone!” Faust laughs.A juvenile lesser sandhill crane (“colt”) in Homer, Alaska.(Photo courtesy of Nina Faust)A large-scale die-off of Common Murre seabirds in early summer attracted bald eagles to the Homer area. Faust says that many of the eagles appear to have stayed behind and are now preying on other animals, including cranes.Another potential hazard? Humans.“You almost never see them on roads. But this year, there’s been a problem because someone who lives on a busy road started feeding them. And they’ve been starting to walk all over the neighborhood. I’ve had people stopping me in the post office, calling me on the phone, saying what’s with the cranes marching down the middle of the road in Homer?” says Faust.Cranes strolling in downtown areas risk getting hit by cars. They can also fly into power lines.“I mean, my gosh. They get panicked and they can fly right into ‘em. It breaks their wings, it can rip their beaks off. Just a horrible death,” says Faust.Despite these threats, this year’s survey showed that the lesser sandhill crane population in Homer is holding steady at about 200 individuals. The population produced 47 babies this year, but only 30 survived to the end of the nesting season. That’s about normal.In early September, the sandhill cranes left Homer and headed back to California’s Central Valley.Faust and her fellow “craniacs” watched the last cranes depart for the year. She says this time always feels bittersweet.“It leaves a big hole in your heart,” she says.In California, Bart McDermott is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the cranes. He manages Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, just south of Sacramento. He says the cranes start arriving in early October.“You start to hear them first. If you’re fortunate enough, you can hear their prehistoric sounding cackle,” McDermott says.The cranes roost in wetlands at night and go out into neighboring agricultural fields during the day to forage for grain. But McDermott says that the cranes are facing a growing list of threats in the Sacramento area.“Unfortunately there’s a lot of urban development. So we’ve seen a lot of these fields that cranes typically go out and forage in start to be converted into housing developments ,” he says.The ongoing drought in California also poses a risk to cranes.“In order to have a wetland you need water. And you need a lot of water. The birds also rely on the farmers having water to grow those crops. There’s also concerns of wildlife diseases. You get smaller areas where you have higher concentrations of birds roosting in water and there’s the risk of disease communication and outbreaks,” says McDermott.The cranes will remain in California through the winter, before heading north in late February. For now, craniacs in Homer will have to wait until spring before these graceful giants return to nest.
Ashley Johnson-Barr (Photo courtesy of the Kotzebue Police Department)It’s been a week since 10-year-old Ashely Johnson-Barr went missing in Kotzebue, and the response is shifting their focus from search and rescue to investigation.Listen nowAlaska State Trooper spokesman Jonathon Taylor says some search efforts will continue along shoreline and water access points, but the exhaustive nature of the multi-agency operation, and length of time that’s passed, warrant transitioning the focus toward investigation. Taylor says that includes investigating ”whether criminal activity could’ve been involved in her disappearance.”For now, Taylor says law enforcement, including the FBI, is not downsizing its presence in Kotzebue, and that investigators are following up on information received from the public.”There could be criminal activity involved in Ashley’s disappearance. It could just be a tragic accident,” Taylor said. “Law enforcement is trying to pursue all of the leads.”Taylor says a forensics analysts in Anchorage are going through Johnson-Barr’s cellphone, which was found on a local street near a Kotzebue park where she was last seen September 6th.About 3,000 people live in the remote Northwest Alaska coastal city, and Taylor says investigators believe someone knows what happened.”We’re urging anyone who may have details or knowledge of Ashley’s disappearance or current whereabouts to come forward with that information,” Taylor said.Taylor says a local call and text tip line (907-995-3890) has been set up, and anyone outside Kotzebue with information can call State Troopers (907-451-5100).