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Giving thanks is a long-time tradition

Thanksgiving was made a federal holiday in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln saw it as a pathway toward reconciliation between North and South.

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Officials Struggle With Solution to Crimes

The question as to what can be done to reduce crime is a tough one. If this writer had the answer, he would shout it from the rooftops.

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Nation Survives Despite Negative Politics

The 2018 elections are over. As Will Rogers said, “Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.”

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Curry Ridge Trail Offers Stunning Views of Denali

I’m slowly hiking the trail up to Curry Ridge in the Alaska Range with my friend Carl Portman. Behind us is a palpable presence.

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Armistice put halt to World War I fighting 100 years ago

Sunday, Nov. 11, marks the day exactly 100 years ago when the Armistice ending the Great War, World War I, was signed.

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Goblins, ghouls, ghosts gather Oct. 31st

One holiday many children look forward to each year is Halloween, a tradition that goes back hundreds of years.

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Keystone Cops’ 1907 railroad route confrontation

An enterprising promoter, Henry D. Reynolds, jumped to start the competing Home Railroad by extending the Syndicate’s Valdez route.

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Oct. 18 Alaska Day, thanks to W. Seward

On Oct. 18 we celebrate Alaska Day. We acknowledge William Seward on March 30, when we celebrate the day he bought Alaska.

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Reconnecting with my father at “King Midas Mine”

During the summers of 1949-50, my dad, Kenneth D. Baker and Forrest Davis hiked to the north fork of Spruce Creek to work the claim.

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Eklutna Dam end stirs memories of past

We welcome the water flowing unimpeded from Eklutna Lake while honoring those who went before from the old dam that did its job admirably.

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October: An eventful month for Alaskans

October 18 is observed as Alaska Day, a holiday celebrating the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States.

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Viewed in a single lifetime, changes to our landscape have been significant

I have seen some striking changes to our Alaska landscape. You need not achieve “geezer” status in age to notice the glacier rapid retreat.

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Riverboats once were Alaska’s lifeline

In days of yore when the northland was being explored, boats served when the water was open; when frozen, dog sleds were the mode of travel.

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Air crash hit home 22 years ago Sept. 22

The C-130 that took off to the ill-fated flight had stirred up a flock of Canadian geese, which had not been made known to the Yukla 27 crew.

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Alaska’s criminal acts change over time

Mental problems, social issues, drug use, lack of education, lack of employment opportunities—all sorts of causes of crime are considered.

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