A bear walks into a liquor store ... alvin July 10, 2017 - 6:25pm

A few days ago a bear walked into a liquor store in Juneau, Alaska. On the video it seems to be looking for a candy bar.

Sitka, Alaska: In a hospital, a dog runs for help when owner has a seizure alvin July 3, 2017 - 7:58am

“On Saturday, a big Labrador retriever named Thorr bounded up to the nurse’s station in Sitka Community Hospital and nudged Ryan Huddlestun, twice. Down the hall, Thorr’s owner, Eric Lamont Skousen, was having a seizure. The nudges were a call for help, one Skousen couldn’t give himself.”

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Sled dog painting in Healy, Alaska alvin June 8, 2017 - 3:22pm

I can’t remember the name of the motel where I saw this, but this is a photo of a painting of sled dogs that I came across in Healy, Alaska, just north of Denali. (I remember the motel because I used to work with a nice guy named Carson, and a guy that could have easily passed as his twin brother worked there.)

Let the Sun shine (Anchorage, Alaska) alvin June 7, 2017 - 10:04am

Back in 2011, I lived in Palmer, Alaska. I drove about an hour down to Anchorage to visit a friend, then drove back to Palmer just after 1:30am. During the drive back I didn’t need my headlights on to see, but I kept them on so other cars could see me more easily. It was like driving during a very long “dawn” or “dusk” period.

The day the Court Circuit came to town alvin June 4, 2017 - 12:38pm

A Facebook post from March 22, 2010, when I was stranded in a small town in Canada:

How neat, the “Court Circuit” comes to town tonight. Just like the Northern Exposure episode, the court people travel around and temporarily set up court in various towns. They are expected to be here from tonight until Thursday. My chance to meet many police officers! (RCMPs, I wonder?)

A farmer plowing a field alvin May 20, 2017 - 9:32am

A farmer plowing a field in Palmer, Alaska on May 20, 2015.

At 10:30 pm.

Huge fire in Alaska (June, 2007) alvin May 15, 2017 - 12:21pm

Ten years ago I moved to Talkeetna, Alaska, and just a few days after I moved into my cabin, a huge fire that was larger than the city of Louisville, Kentucky started to the west of Talkeetna. I took this photo at the top of the hill that overlooks the area.

Meanwhile, in Alaska ... alvin May 15, 2017 - 12:16pm

Meanwhile, in Alaska ... a moose at a McDonald’s. (Image from this pinterest page.)

Another view of the bike path in Palmer, Alaska alvin May 10, 2017 - 9:15am

This is a photo from May 10, 2011. The long bike-riding path in Palmer, Alaska was  one of my favorite things about living there. As you can see, it’s a nice, big path, separated from the road.

First attempt at using a sled in Alaska alvin May 8, 2017 - 9:20am

I don’t remember the original source of this photo, but it shows an early attempt at using a sled to get around in Alaska. It worked well until that one day ...