July 24, 2011 |
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.
December 12, 1994 |
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.
May 24, 1989 |
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.
November 27, 2001 |
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.
June 20, 1997 |
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.
January 8, 2013 |
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.
August 14, 1996 |
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.
October 11, 2001 |
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.
April 23, 1987 |
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)
September 14, 1990 |
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.