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Haines Wins First Game At State!

The Haines Glacier Bear boys beat the Galena Hawks in overtime 71-66. Kyle Fossman had 30 points, and his dad, coach Steve Fossman kept the team's heads and hearts in a really close game where I don't think they had a lead until the 4th quarter. Doug Olerud did a great job calling it for KHNS. Chip and I had the radio turned up during dinner. We didn't speak it was that close. We were afraid we might miss something.  At the Chamber of Commerce planning session this evening the group's leadership made sure we were done in time for "the game." No one had to ask which game?

New Column is Up

The new column is up at the Alaska Dispatch, and I kind of like this one. Sometimes I don't, but I have to come up with something each week, and while I know I should plan ahead, I don't always.  Also, it is snowing and raining again. My friend Tom says we should put the lights back up and have a Christmas dinner next Sunday. That way, he reckons, when spring really does come it will seem early, rather than late.

Mooseburgers, IPA, & Snow

It's a good thing the neighbors aren't too close or they would have heard us hollering last night. Then again the snowstorm probably would have muffled anything. Two weeks ago it was spring, today there's about two feet of heavy wet snow and it seems, it has been snowing for days. (It has, at least a week anyway.) Big Jack just came by with the loader and plowed us out. (His son Little Jack is no doubt busy as well. His son is named Tiny Jack, and he really is just a little toddler. The other Jacks are regular sized.) Where was I? Oh, the hollering.

Alex the Shovel

 My Jeopardy partner  (and certified local Jeopardy bragging rights holder) Alex the Shovel has lost his thumb in an accident with a saw. He's on his way home from the Juneau hospital, but I'm sure cards would be welcome. Send them to Alex Juren P.O. Box 868 Haines AK. 99827.  We should bring him some food, too. I'll get back to you on that. 

Sending the Team Off

 We ate spaghetti and salad and the bid on all kinds of things-- from Inez's pecan pie (31.00) to 25lbs. of fresh filleted halibut donated by fisherman Stuart DeWitt (215.00)-- and raised 8600.00 in few hours to send the boys team to Anchorage for the state championship. (They needed 8,400.00) Their first game is Monday, and Doug will be announcing it on KHNS. Luckily they all got out in this snow storm on the ferry this afternoon, and will fly up from Juneau. The Alaska Airlines tickets are the big expense, about 500.00 each.

Basketball Dinner Tonight

 Morning Muscles was crowded today-- and it was already light on the way there at 5:50am, which is heartening. Although that will change with the Spring Ahead time change Sunday. I have no idea why Alaska participates in that. It is a bummer in the fall when we roll the clock back an hour and it gets so very dark in the afternoon, and it is even worse in the spring when the mornings are finally lighter. Can't we skip it this year? (I do skip it at my cabin. The clock there is always on summer time.)
 

Last Update on Missing Hiker

 This is the last update from me-- read the local papers for the whole scoop. (The Chilkat Valley News and Skagway News.) After refusing medical treatment here, pilot Drake flew the rescued man to Skagway, where he is apparently now home safe and (I think) sound.
Read the update brief here, at the Skagway News.

Great Good News

 They found the hiker-- and the Coast Guard picked him up off the Meade Glacier and took him to Juneau for medical treatment! Here is the story from the Daily News. Oh, good news is so nice isn't it?

News on Hiker

The Anchorage Daily has this update on the hiker stuck on the Meade Glacier-- it looks like the Coast Guard turned back again today, and the Juneau Mountain Rescue crew wasn't able to land close enough. Right now the weather looks okay over that way-- calm and clearing, but there are snow squalls in the region that sock in everything very quickly. 

Best Alaska Memoir, Ever? Maybe.

This just in from Booklist- a starred review! I'm going to have a heart attack. Or dye the gray out of my hair. Actually, I'm cleaning for a library board potluck supper tonight at my house then going for a snowshoe. Booklist gave Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs a starred review. They declare it may be the best Alaska memoir, ever.  Here's the whole thing:
 

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