April 27, 1986
The grumbling of Alaska's Augustine Volcano prompted school and church groups to cancel weekend clam digs, and authorities warned against camping on Kenai Peninsula beaches because of the danger from new eruptions. The 4,025-foot volcano southwest of the peninsula was releasing steam, and scientists said that a violent eruption is imminent.
February 6, 1985 |
A commuter aircraft crashed into a thick grove of trees, burst into flames and disintegrated while making an instrument approach in bad weather, killing all nine persons aboard, authorities said Tuesday. The twin-engine Beechcraft Queen Air, operated by North Pacific Airlines of Anchorage, went down Monday night about a mile east of Soldotna Airport on the Kenai Peninsula, an FAA spokesman said.
July 8, 2013 |
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive Monday at a small Alaska airport where an air taxi crash killed all 10 people aboard. As firefighters arrived at the runway crash Sunday morning, the De Havilland DHC-3 Otter was engulfed in flames at the Soldotna airport, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. “We have a team headed to Alaska and we're going to do an on-scene investigation,” Terry Williams, an NTSB spokesman in Washington, told the Los Angeles Times.
September 15, 2013 |
More often than it should, my mind slips away to Alaska. To follow, you'd need to fly to Anchorage, rent a car, then drive to Homer, as I did in the summer of 1994. Homer is nice - a quirky hamlet on the Kenai Peninsula where eagles fly, bears swat at leaping salmon and your halibut might outweigh you. But Homer is only the jumping-off spot for my daydreams. My happy place is six miles across Kachemak Bay: Halibut Cove, once a fishing settlement on the island of Ismailof, then a ghost town, now an artists colony and summer apparition.
August 5, 1988 |
The National Baseball Congress World Series has always been a showcase for baseball's best amateur and semipro pitchers. Some of the greatest in baseball history have passed through the tournament on their way to big reputations and even bigger money in the major leagues. In 1935, Satchel Paige took the mound for Bismarck, N. D., and went 4-0, striking out 60 batters in five games--a record that still stands. Don Sutton and Roger Clemens are among the others who left their marks in Wichita, Kan.
February 15, 2005 |
She does it without even thinking, as soon as she steps out of the truck: a sweep of her eyes across the sky for a sign of bald eagles. They're as common here as ravens, as hawks, but they're bigger and easier to see from a distance. Maybe a single circling eagle will spiral down to the spot where lies her son -- or his body, whatever is left of it. Dolly Hills has come to think along those lines. She is 53, one moment sprightly, the next sorrowful.