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July 24, 2011 | By Todd Panagopoulos, Chicago Tribune
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska - For 26 miles of continuous hiking, no CamelBak water pack is big enough. And a flashlight will emit only a weak beam in mile after mile of rain. Flat land would be one thing, but we were on the ups and downs of the Crow Pass National Historic Trail, which follows the historic Iditarod supply route. The "we" were my stepson, Craig Feigenbaum; his longtime hiking partner, Copper, a distinguished pit-bull/boxer mix; and me. Craig would be hiking his age: a mile for every year.
SPORTS
December 12, 1994 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Six days, three wins and all kinds of great memories later, Simon Gratz High's basketball team returned from Alaska early last evening. Presumably, every member of the 15-person traveling party pretty much went straight to sleep upon arriving home. "As soon as we're finished talking, that's what I'm going to do," coach Bill Ellerbee said. "Our flight left Alaska at 4:55 a.m., Philadelphia time, and got in at about 6:40. We're bushed, man. " Gratz was in Anchorage for the Great Alaska High School Classic.
NEWS
May 24, 1989 | By Jill Gerston, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press and United Press International contributed to this report
The face of Marilyn Monroe - without her famous beauty mark - is being used to persuade would-be visitors to Alaska that the worst oil spill in U.S. history has not changed the state's astonishingly beautiful land. A print ad by Rod Bradley Advertising Inc. of Anchorage shows a photo of Monroe sans beauty mark, and says: "We changed this picture to make a point about a legendary beauty. Unless you look long and hard, you probably won't notice her beauty mark is missing. Without it, the picture may have changed but her beauty hasn't.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2001 | By JON LITTLE Anchorage Daily News
Producers of a new reality TV show based on the notion that Alaska has plenty of bachelors looking for marriage had hoped for a taste of winter. They got it. October dumped snow and drove temperatures to 10 below, turning the Kenai River Valley into a land of snow-flocked mountains towering over Kenai Lake. "We were shooting outdoors in Alaska, which is not exactly the smartest thing," said Eric Schotz, chief executive of LMNO Productions and executive producer of what is to be called "I Want A Husband: Alaska.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 1997 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
If you're already jaded by the avalanche of action and the nonstop explosions of the big summer pictures, try something truly awesome. The thunderous power and majesty of a school of humpback whales rising from the sea in Alaska: Spirit of the Wild simply dwarfs any spectacle that Hollywood's magicians can concoct. The latest Imax offering at the Franklin Institute's Tuttleman Omniverse Theater, Alaska exploits the imposing grandeur of desolate ice-bound landscapes and the teeming wildlife that manages to survive the region's merciless winters.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A large floating drill rig that ran aground a week ago on a remote Alaska island arrived as planned Monday in the shelter of a Kodiak Island bay after being towed about 45 miles through swells as high as 15 feet, officials said. The Royal Dutch Shell P.L.C. vessel was lifted off rocks late Sunday and towed away from the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, where it sat exposed to the full-on fury of Gulf of Alaska winter storms since grounding near the beach there on New Year's Eve. The Kulluk - a circular barge with a diameter as long as nearly three basketball courts - was towed for about 12 hours to the protected waters in Kiliuda Bay, where it will undergo further inspection, including an underwater look at its hull.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 1996 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Luminous streams of the aurora borealis splash across the blue-black sky. "Wow, the northern lights!" gushes Jessie Barnes to her brother, Sean. "Aren't they awesome?" They are indeed, even if the dialogue isn't. But no matter: In Alaska, a widescreen wilderness adventure starring a charismatic, creamy-white polar bear and two teenagers searching for their dad, it's the great outdoors that matters. And it really is great. An old-fashioned family drama in the vintage Disney tradition, Alaska pairs Thora Birch, as 13-year-old Jessie, with Vincent Kartheiser, as 15-year-old Sean, on a quest through magnificent and treacherous terrain.
NEWS
October 11, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A commuter plane with 10 people aboard crashed in the tundra shortly after takeoff yesterday, killing nine people and critically injuring one, state police said. A single-engine Cessna 208 Caravan operated by PenAir, Alaska's biggest commuter airline, went down in calm, clear weather about two miles from the end of the runway, authorities said. The plane had been en route to King Salmon, a town about 75 miles away, with nine passengers and a pilot. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
NEWS
April 23, 1987 | By George F. Will
Arms-control fever, a malady that often causes summit dementia, is raging in the nation's capital. So, in an attempt to lower the temperature, the Reagan administration should think about Alaska. The reason for doing so takes us back to last October's outbreak of the malady and the dementia. James Schlesinger's scathing assessment of the Reykjavik summit (as ill- conceived as the 1961 Vienna summit; the worst outcome since the blow-up of the 1960 Paris summit; the most utopian expectations since Yalta, 1945)
NEWS
September 14, 1990 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leon Bean, executive director of the scandal-plagued Chester Resource Recovery Authority, took off for a little vacation two weeks ago. Nothing unusual there. Except he decided to go to Alaska. By car. An authority car. And that, officials say, is against the rules. "That was inappropriate," said Sheridan Jones, chairman of the authority board. In Chester, it's only appropriate to take a city car on vacation if you're the mayor or on City Council. "There are no lower-level people with vehicles," said Chester City Councilman Stephen A. McKellar, who conceded that in the past he had taken his city-owned car to Florida on vacation.
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May 4, 2015 | By Larissa and Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - We climbed gingerly down onto the narrow float of the seaplane that we had ridden in for a soft landing on Lake George, 45 miles northeast of downtown Anchorage. Just off to our right was the soaring Colony Glacier, its craggy azure surface providing a launch pad for polar winds blowing out to greet us. As we balanced on the float, the sound of gunshots echoed through the valley. At least that's what we thought they were, until we watched Humvee-sized blocks of ice calving off the glacier and landing spectacularly in the lake, sending giant plumes of water into the air. Just another day in Alaska, the vaunted "last frontier.
TRAVEL
April 5, 2015 | By Rosemary Robinson Pall, For The Inquirer
When our daughter, a physical-therapy student, was offered a 10-week clinical experience in Fairbanks, Alaska, my husband and I encouraged her to go for it. "We'll come and visit!" we said. Upon hearing that her assignment was from February through April, though, we had second thoughts. Would we freeze? Would there be enough daylight to enjoy the trip? My husband and I decided to go for it, too. On Jan. 28, the three of us flew to Alaska to spend two days in Anchorage, then drove 360 miles north to Fairbanks.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
If you've ever wondered about unanticipated ways in which your charitable giving pays off, here's one to think about. We asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation about some of the folks who have been granted wishes while seriously ill. Did anyone notice a long-term impact on the illness, or on his or her outlook on life? It turns out that a report on adults who were granted wishes as children found that the experiences sustained them years after they were cured of their diseases, according to a survey conducted by TCC Group in Philadelphia for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
As David and Betty Hasiuk rode through the clouds in a small airplane delivering mail to a remote Alaskan wilderness last month, the Bucks County couple realized the adventure was one of their most unusual. The plane was the only way to reach Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which had been among the few national parks that the retired Warrington Township couple had not yet visited. When the plane landed, they saw a handful of local residents waiting on the tiny runway for letters and packages.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* KLONDIKE. 9 tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, Discovery. NO ONE knows the gold in them thar hills like the Discovery Channel, which has been mining Alaska and the Great White North for years, with shows like "Gold Rush" exploring the ups and downs of seeking a fortune under extreme conditions. The network hasn't ventured far out of its (dis)comfort zone in its first scripted miniseries, "Klondike," which premieres tonight, though this might be its most cautionary tale ever.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Rachel D'oro, Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Five members of a South Carolina family and four members of another were among those killed in a fiery Alaska plane crash that left all 10 on board dead. The Antonakos family of Greenville, S.C., usually went to Myrtle Beach, S.C., each summer, but the father of Kimberly Antonakos said Monday that his daughter and her family decided to travel to Alaska for 10 days this year instead. "They were very excited," H. Wayne Clayton said. "They never had been there before and wanted to see what it was like.
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Summer Ballentine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rosalind Echols' teaching methods are not exactly conventional. So instead of spending the summer reading up on the scientific method to write a lesson plan, she will cruise through Alaskan waters with a team of scientists to see the process in action. Echols, a physics teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Center City, uses real-life experience in her classes. One of her favorite assignments is to ask students to study the subway to see how force causes riders to stumble if they don't grab a handbar.
NEWS
June 20, 2013
Astrodome on endangered list WASHINGTON - Houston's Astrodome, New York's old Pan Am Worldport Terminal at Kennedy Airport, and Montana's one-room schoolhouses are joining a list of the nation's most endangered historic places. On Wednesday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its listing of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It includes sites from Maine to Alaska. Also Wednesday, a county board recommended converting the Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space.
NEWS
April 29, 2013 | By Becky Bohrer, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska, known for its live-and-let-live lifestyle, is poised to become the next battleground in the push to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The state has a complicated history with the drug, with its top court ruling nearly 40 years ago that adults have a constitutional right to possess and smoke marijuana for personal use in their own homes. In the late 1990s, Alaska became one of the first states to allow the use of pot for medicinal reasons. Then the pendulum swung the other direction, with residents in 2004 rejecting a ballot effort to legalize recreational marijuana.
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