Tue July 16, 2013
Author Interviews

A Dark Family Secret Hidden For Years In Alaska's 'Wilderness'

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:00 pm

Before Alaska, the Pilgrim family — seen here in 1992 — lived an isolated life in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Courtesy of Kurina Rose Hale

In early 2002, a pair of battered old trucks drove through deep snow into a tiny Alaska ghost town carrying a large family that looked to be from another century.

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Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'66 Volvo Set To Hit 3 Million Miles In September

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 11:27 am

Irv Gordon in his Volvo P1800S.
Seth Wenig AP

It's been a year since we posted about Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800S, and as you would expect from someone who had already put 2.97 million miles on his car already, he hasn't stopped driving.

Volvo is projecting that this coming September in Alaska, Gordon and his P1800S will drive their 3 millionth mile.

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Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

10 Killed In Crash Of Alaska Air Taxi

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 12:11 pm

Police and emergency personnel stand near the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska.
Rashah McChesney Peninsula Clarion

One of the worst civilian aviation accidents in the state in at least 25 years killed all 10 people aboard an air taxi in Alaska on Sunday, the Anchorage Daily News writes.

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Thu July 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Busy ER Doctor Slows Down To Help Patients Cope With Adversity

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 6:51 am

Smith talks with Dawn Dillard, 57, about a medical procedure at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Dillard has uterine cancer.
Annie Feidt APRN

Dr. Linda Smith walks into a room at Providence Alaska Medical Center, ready with a stethoscope and a huge grin. She teases her patient, Dawn Dillard, saying that her spiky hair recently resembled a "faux hawk."

Dillard found out she had uterine cancer a year ago. Her oncologist gave her a year to live. The 57-year-old has beaten those odds, but now her kidneys are failing. After the laughs are over, Smith sits down on the edge of Dillard's bed, leans in, and starts talking about a procedure Dillard will have.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Ghost Island Looms Large Among Displaced Inupiat Eskimos

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 5:11 pm

King Island is only accessible via helicopter or chartered boat.
Rachel D'Oro AP

Out in Alaska's Bering Sea, about 90 miles from Nome, sits a small, rocky island that used to be home to a couple of hundred Inupiat Eskimos. They lived in houses built on stilts, perched on rocky cliffs.

Then, about 50 years ago, the threat of rock slides, the spread of tuberculosis and the loss of men to World War II forced residents to relocate to the mainland. King Island has been a ghost island ever since.

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