We got another two or three inches of snow last night, keeping us just above average on snowfall for the winter. It's a nice change of pace, after the last three winters when we got almost no snow at all, but had multiple ice storms. And that's not all:
The last two winters were not kind to Fur Rendezvous events. “The World Championship Sled dog race became just a small sprint around Mulcahy Football Stadium and back, but this year we’ve been told the back trail is really great,” said Rondy Executive Director John McCleary.
Taking advantage of the snow will be events like Rondy Snowshoe Softball and the ever popular Running of the Reindeer.
So let's see: what else is going on around Alaska?
According to Alaska State Troopers, 27-year-old Charley Tegerdine was the pilot and sole occupant of the Piper PA-18 that crashed on the banks of the Kenai River near Morgan’s Landing just before 3 p.m.
“Tegerdine reported experiencing mechanical issues with the flight controls immediately prior to the crash,” troopers wrote in a dispatch posted online.
Multiple votes of “no confidence” in the University of Alaska leadership is exposing a rift among faculty and administration. Faculty officials said the tension stems from what they describe as being left without a meaningful voice in budget cut decisions.
“It was kind of a last resort,” said UAA Faculty Senate President Dave Fitzgerald. “If we're not going to be listened to in any other way, then let's take a vote.”
And, in a visible way of making "Trump" changes:
Just three days before this week's environment conference in Alaska, the top Environmental Protection Agency official in Anchorage called the organizer with some news: The agency had been instructed by the White House to slash the number of EPA staffers who could attend.
... There had been 34 EPA staffers registered; in the end, only half were allowed to go.