National polls show that voters all over the country are losing faith in their elected leaders. But the 900 residents of Talkeetna, Alaska, say their mayor is doing a great job bringing in tourist dollars and has served in office for over a decade.
"He’s good. He’s probably the best we’ve ever had," resident Lauri Stec tells KTUU. "He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he’s been featured in a few different things."
In fact, Stec hangs out with Mayor Stubbs most days at Nagley’s General Store, even though she notes, "He’s growling at me right now."
That’s because the 15-year-old mayor is actually a cat, who was elected to office as a write-in candidate shortly after his birth.
"Their tour guides will trick them [the tourists]," fellow Nagley’s employee Skye Farrar tells KTUU. "They’ll tell them to go to Nagley’s and ask for the mayor."
And with the power of social media, Stubbs is growing in popularity and drawing visitors to Talkeetna, who comes specifically to meet the honorary mayor.
Mayor Stubbs has more than 2,500 Facebook fans on his page, nearly three times as many people who live in the town itself.
"Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him," Stec said.
Though residents say he’s been taking the newfound fame in stride, with his major indulgence being a daily dose of catnip served from a wine glass.
Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows 2015-04-02 2:45
The water outlook in drought-racked California just got a lot worse: Snowpack levels across the entire Sierra Nevada are now the lowest in recorded history â€” just 6 percent of the long-term average. That shatters the previous low record on this date of 25 percent, set in 1977 and again last year.
Morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles ...
Sharia Policeman in Swedish School 2015-04-02 0:58
Editor's Note: Unfortunately this is not an April Fools story.
On monday morning emergency services were called to Eductus in BorĂĄs, a school specialized in teaching Swedish to immigrants, after a Muslim student threatened classmates who did not abide by his strict interpretation of Islam. They were reprimanded for laughing and a Christian woman who refused to wear a veil fainted ...
â€śUsâ€ť and â€śThemâ€ť 2015-04-01 22:30
Iâ€™ve decided to translate yet another one of Julia Caesarâ€™s popular Sunday chronicles available in Swedish on the website Snaphanen. This one is named â€śUs and Themâ€ť and concerns a scandal of epic proportions, the Swedish governments â€śsociety coachâ€ť program. The plan was for the coaches to assist newly arrived immigrants with getting jobs and becoming integrated into society.
The Expulsion and Extermination of Eastern European Germans: An Overview 2015-04-01 17:40 "Since the end of the war about 3,000,000 people, mostly women and children and overaged men, have been killed in eastern Germany and south-eastern Europe; about 15,000,000 people have been deported or had to flee from their homesteads and are on the road. About 25 per cent of these people, over 3,000,000 have died. About 4,000,000 men and women have ...
Your Smartphone Could be Tracking You Every 3 Minutes, Study Says 2015-04-01 2:24
Your apps want to know where you are
Smartphone apps regularly collect large amounts of data on usersâ€™ locations, sometimes as often as every three minutes, new research suggests.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University conducted a study where they asked 23 people to use their Android smartphones normally, and tracked location data requests from each device with specially designed software, the Wall ...