Without a Trace – An Alaska Tragedy

On the east side of Anchorage in the Wonderpark area of town sits a decaying gas station. Time and elements have chiseled away at paint and trim. Vandals have destroyed the showroom windows plus a good portion of the interior. Someone lit a tire on fire in one of the...

Fleas, Refrigerators and Fur Fish

Alaskan humor at its best On April 1, 1987, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 had a mid-air collision with a fish. That’s right, a fish. Alaskans did more than a double-take—and a double-read—because, after all, it happened on April Fool’s Day. Did it really happen? Yes,...

The Master Pilot

Memories of Tallulah Hankins written by her son Michael Hankins Before my mother passed away I promised I’d write her untold story. It tells of a climactic event our family experienced 44 years ago. I was a senior at East Anchorage High School when the incident made...

The Trading Post

A brief history of one of the first Colony buildings If these walls could talk, they would have endless stories to tell. They would tell of love, friendship, struggles and overcoming long winters, and all those unique tales from the early days of Palmer and the Colony...

WWII Brings the Military to Anchorage

Writings from the late historian Phyllis Downing Carlson Six years before World War II broke out, Anthony J. Dimond, Alaska’s delegate to Congress, started asking for military planes, airfields, army garrisons and a highway to link the Lower 48 to Alaska. When the war...

A Nod to the Queen of Sourdough

Love or hate the stuff, Ruth Allman will win you over About the time termination dust starts to fall in Southcentral Alaska, I find I’m always thinking of Ruth Allman. With the anniversary of her birth and passing both falling in those weeks where summer is sprinting...

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