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Archive for February 2013

Update News: Thursday, February 21, 2013

In Thursday’s News: Iron Dog restarting in Nome today, McKenna and Van Meter leading the pack as of 12 noon; Steven Gast to serve as Interim Superintendent for Nome Public Schools; Alaska’s oil-wealth portfolio hits all-time high of $45 billion; Legislative efforts to let voters decide whether public funds can be used for private schools…

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Daily Quote: Wislawa Szymborska

“Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists. There is, there has been, there will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It’s made up of all those who’ve consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners — I could…

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Update News: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In Wednesday’s news: Team #17 had fastest time to Nome from Big Lake in Iron Dog Snowmachine Race; First bill to land on Governor Parnell’s desk is one he introduced; Senator Lisa Murkowski wants government to look at all aspects of Shell’s Arctic drilling; Alaskan leader, Albert Kookesh, listed in critical condition after suffering heart…

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Profile: Nome’s Judge Ben Esch Retires

Superior Court Judge, Ben Esch, has retired after 17 years of service in Nome. Esch was appointed in 1996 by then Governor Tony Knowles. Esch grew up in the Midwest in Illinois – in a town he says is about the same size as Nome. He graduated college with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and…

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Forward… Mush!

The first rule of mushing is… you can’t help but talk about mushing. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of dogs – I’ve always considered myself a cat person, actually. But this weekend, I fell in love with 12 dogs that pulled a sled I was riding – even after they pulled me and their…

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Update News: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

In Tuesday’s news: Former State Senator Albert Kookesh suffered apparent heart attack; Federal investigators say plane crashed near Rainy Pass; Superior Court Judge Ben Esch retires after seventeen years of service to Nome; Bill in Alaska House would criminalize federal gun regulation; House Education Committee advances bill that would allow for pilot, four-day school week…

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“Try to be better…”

Our inspirational spot for the week: Let’s not waste our time trying to be better than those around us. Let’s just try to be better than we ourselves were yesterday.

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What’s a “sun dog”?

The bitterly cold temperatures are lingering, but there is more daylight to enjoy. Last week, we experienced a remarkable atmospheric phenomenon: bright, colorful spots of light on either side of the sun, observed as the sun sat low on the horizon. The scientific name is parhelion, but here in Alaska we call them “sun dogs.”…

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