KETCHIKAN, Alaska Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit's board members.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:08

Captain Sig' Hansen of The Deadliest Catch'

Fishing first, camera second' 

As captain of the fishing vessel 'The Northwestern,' Sigurd 'Sig' Hansen thought he had seen it all. He's witnessed the lives of friends and crew permanently altered in a split-second. He's broken up vicious on-deck fights. He's weathered Bering Sea storms that came close to sinking his boat, and he has seen rival fishermen seemingly forget the most basic rules of humanity. What he didn't see coming was the fame he has attained for doing a job that has been part of his Norwegian ancestry for generations.

Published in Buzz
Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:27

40th Iditarod Sled Race begins in Alaska

WILLOW, Alaska - To a rousing send-off from fans, dozens of dog sled teams took to the trail for the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, embarking on a near thousand-mile journey through the Alaskan wilderness.

The 66 mushers and their dog teams will spend roughly eight days trying to be the first to reach the old gold rush town of Nome. Nicolas Petit, a 32-year-old native of Normandy now living in Girdwood, Alaska, was the race's early leader. He was the first musher to pull into the Finger Lake checkpoint, about 100 miles northwest of Willow, about 5 a.m. Monday.

'They look like this is what they live for,' said Leigh Hopper, 53, a registered nurse from Hendersonville, Tenn., as she watched mushers get their dogs ready for Sunday's start. 'They can't wait to get out there and run.'

Published in Sports


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