Ouch! That's Gonna Leave a Mark Dept:
A woman injured by a piece of climbing gear in a fall was flown off Pioneer Peak near Palmer on Tuesday evening by an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter crew.
A report of a fallen climber who "had an ice ax lodged in her back" first reached Alaska State Troopers at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to an online dispatch.
* * * * *The First of Many Dept:
Morning temps below freezing, that is.
It was 36° at my house on the hillside, but 32 in the river valley below. That temp bounced around as I drove to work, reaching 39 at one location just outside of Anchorage.
The truck's thermometer reading dropped to 31 as I reached the district where my building is located, and the temp on the software which controls the HVAC shows 29.4° F. at the roof.
While the lows are supposed to be a bit higher over the next week, I guarantee you this: it won't be much longer before we look back at 29 degrees as the balmy last days of Fall.
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Hedging His Bets Dept:
"Obviously I'm respectful of our community and our country, which is why I put my hand over my heart and knelt at the same time," Flynn said in a later interview.
I'm guessing he hasn't made any headlines lately, and so decided an empty gesture was the best way to garner some attention. I'm not going to say the first thing that went through my mind when I saw this headline, because I'd just have to repent all over again.