One bright side, the freezer in my office fridge only defrosts itself when the power is off, so it's all clean again. :)
Other than that puddle under the fridge, of course.
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You're Not Paranoid If They Really Are Following You Dept: The long-debated idea that Kodiak brown bears -- the biggest of North America's grizzlies -- come running to the sounds of gunshots hoping to grab an unlucky Alaska hunter's Sitka blacktail deer could have a new twist based on preliminary results from a study out of Montana.
Maybe the bears don't come running at the sound of gunfire. Maybe they are lurking nearby all along, dogging the trails of hunters and hoping for scraps.
Montana researchers say they now have evidence grizzly bears in that state follow elk hunters hoping to scavenge their kills. Or at least that's what one bear fitted with a GPS-tracking collar did.
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Every Dog Has His Day Dept: And this one had a REALLY lucky day.
What started as a casual outing on a popular Girdwood trail quickly became a rescue operation for Colombo, a 6-year-old Siberian husky who had somehow become stranded on a cliff about 30 feet above the raging waters of Winner Creek.
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Starting South, Racing North Dept: Every February, downtown Anchorage is enlivened by the Fur Rondy, a two-week long festival with exhibits, arts and craft shows, live performers, a carnival, and lots of food.
Oh yes, and racing. LOTS of racing. The World Championship Sled Dog Race events are part of the Rondy, with sprints and timed-distance runs. The final weekend of the Rondy features the ceremonial start of the Iditarod, too.
But in 2015, the first weekend will have something new: the world-famous Iron Dog Race (teams of snowmachine* racers) will have a ceremonial start downtown, too.
* Snowmobiles, for those unfamiliar with Alaska-speak.