25 July 2014

Hiker Kills Bear After It Attacked Him

Around 1 p.m. Thursday the unidentified man was walking along Eagle River Trail, a private road leading to his home, when his dogs sprinted ahead out of sight.

Moments later the dogs came rushing back with a brown bear sow and a cub on their heels.

The bear turned attention away from the canines to the man, chomping his upper arm and hand, but he was able to draw his handgun and fired three rounds into the bear.

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* Eagle River is a dozen miles north of Anchorage.

24 July 2014

Skagway-Canada Train Derails; Nine Injured

From the linked story
According to a copyright report at www.ktuu.com, "A train on the railroad that runs from Skagway to Canada derailed Wednesday afternoon, with nine people suffering minor injuries."

The White Pass and Yukon R.R. train derailed sometime after 3 p.m.

Arctic Thunder 2014: a Preview

Every other year, there's a HUGE airshow at the former Elmendorf Air Force Base, now Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

Here are some previews:

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Arctic Thunder Air Show

23 July 2014

Why we fight....................by Dan Gordon

Theo Spark: Why we fight....................by Dan Gordon:


The war they face and have faced almost constantly for thirteen years is about two thousand meters, as the rocket flies, from their front door. At least that’s the distance away from their front door that it was up until a few days ago when the first thirteen terrorists popped up like zombies from graves opening up on their FRONT LAWN! ... These were terrorists, armed to the teeth with anti tank missiles, machine guns , grenades, handcuffs, tranquilizers, all bent on murdering, maiming, kidnapping and taking hostage as many of them and their children as possible.

Imagine if Afghanistan wasn’t in Afghanistan. Imagine if it was on your front porch.

That’s their reality.


"But what should we do when they come to kill us? When they pop up out of the ground on our front lawn and want to kill us? What should we do? And the world blames us because not enough of us are dead? That’s the crime? We built too many shelters for our people while instead of building shelters for their people they build terrorist tunnels to come and kill us? That’s our crime? That we spent money we don’t have, that we should have spent on education, to build the iron dome which saves us from their rocket attacks?! And still we warn them first. We drop leaflets and send text messages and call them on the phone and say listen, we’re very sorry but we have to bomb you in a few hours so in order that you shouldn’t be hurt could you please leave? That’s what we do. And Hamas puts a gun to their head and says no, go up on your roofs and they celebrate their murders and they lie!! My God how they lie!"


The State Division of Economic Development says Alaska received 1.96 million visitors for the 12-month period ending April 30th.

The Division went on to say it's due to new cruise ships coming here, along with new air routes, and a program designed to lure winter-time visitors.

That's a new record, in this state of roughly 800,000 residents.

That reminds me of the old bumper stickers we used to see here:


To soften the blow, here are a few others:

Only in the winter. I promise. :)