03 March 2014

Around Alaska, 3/3/14

He's At It Again:
 "Former [Iditirod] champion Martin Buser was out of Finger Lake and on his way to the Rainy Pass checkpoint before 3 a.m. Monday with a half-hour lead on the field."

A Problem of Nuclear Proportions?
 "As the Department of Energy moves to clean up remnants of Project Chariot -- a Cold War-era scheme to create a deepwater harbor in Northwest Alaska using nuclear blasts -- residents from a village near the proposed harbor say they’re still being lied to about nuclear bombs they believe were secretly buried and never removed."

Alaska Dept of Fish & Game Kills Wolf Pack; National Park Service Upset.
(AP) — Alaska Fish and Game officials killed an Eastern Interior wolf pack last week, and the National Park Service — which had been studying the animals — is none too pleased."

Good News for Humpbacks:
A petition from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game may remove a subgroup of humpback whales from the list of endangered species. 
Hawaiian Is. Humpback Whale NMS Photographer: Dr. Louis M. Herman
Cool Running:
Some 3,000 participants turned out yesterday for the annual "Running of the Reindeer" on the closing day of the Fur Rondy, in downtown Anchorage.

All photos from www.ktuu.com

I was glad to see that last photo - wasn't exactly sure there was still room for the reindeer in that crowd.

Y'all have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!


Max said...

The club must be for the runners who can't go in a straight line.
I've been known to do some fun winter runs but this year I just haven't had the motivation. Perhaps the reindeer could pull me on a sled.

Rev. Paul said...

Well, Max, they run on 4th Avenue downtown, which is a straight line. Maybe they have the onlookers lining the street to keep the racers from veering off course? :)

Old NFO said...

Veering into the bars is more like it... Before AND after the 'run'... :-)

Rev. Paul said...

NFO - despite Bob Hope referring to 4th Avenue, during WWII, as "the world's longest bar", there aren't but a few left now. Restaurants and cafes, yes. But your point is well-taken. :)

Cathy said...

Well. If I have to run in front of a critter . . . better a reindeer than a herd of not-so-happy bulls.

Rev. Paul said...

That's a good point, Cathy - our reindeer are pretty small. :)