Climbing the rock of Fairbanks instructor's life

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 22:04

FAIRBANKS (AP) — When a young gymnast named Emily Mengershausen fell from the balance beam in Kansas City, dislocating her elbow, her life’s trajectory took a turn.

Then 17, Mengershausen began physical therapy at a clinic with a climbing wall, reported the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner....

Winter camping is a special treat. Here are some tips

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 22:02

SEATTLE (AP) — My first winter camping experience was a bit of an anomaly.

Yes, I slept on snow, but it was an unseasonably warm February weekend near Mount Hood, with blue skies during the day and overnight temperatures that barely dipped below freezing.

What’s more, my camping...

Cheer in the long term: growing a Christmas tree from seed

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 17:54

Even during this holiday season, with winter upon us, you might find some gardening to do. Growing a Christmas tree from seed, for example.

That’s no short-term proposition. But the long wait is offset by the wide selection of trees from which to choose, their negligible cost and — best of...

Voices of Faith: Handing back humanity

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 17:38

I often have very detailed dreams that linger long after I wake. One such dream was of a woman who had spent many years on the streets doing whatever she had to survive, selling a piece of her soul little by little every day until there was nothing really left. The King, a wise and compassionate...

Church News

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:57

A place at the table at Our Lady of Perpetual Help

A Place At The Table, an outreach ministry for those needing a hot meal and socializing, will offer dinner on Christmas Day, Dec.25, from 4-6 p.m. in Fireweed Hall at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, located at...

Alaska must put 'Fish First'

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:48

Over the past decade Alaskans have been working hard to protect the wild salmon of Alaska. We have protested, rallied, voted and organized for the fish. We have crossed boundaries of ethnicity, age, fishing type and diverse backgrounds to come together on this issue because for Alaskans, fish...

Responsible development should be part of energy plan

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 16:49

It would be tempting to say that the Obama administration left Alaska a lump of coal this week — but finding a lump of coal would require resource extraction that the outgoing administration clearly isn’t interested in pursuing.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama used his executive powers...

State's leader on domestic violence forced out

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:48

Lauree Morton ended her 30-year career fighting sexual assault and domestic violence after a Nov. 18 meeting with Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

“I was told that (he and the governor) wanted to go in a different direction and the preference would be for me to resign,” said...

Photo: Party crashers

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 22:14

Governor's budget would cut DOT jobs

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 22:15

The proposed cuts in Gov. Bill Walker’s fiscal year 2018 budget would fall heavily across the state, including broad reductions to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ design department.

The $4.2 billion draft budget released Dec. 15 would cut 76 positions from...