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EXCHANGE-HATCHER PASS-SKI AREA
ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ Until the late 1970s, skiers bombed down runs high in the Talkeetna Mountains at Hatcher Pass, cranked up the slopes by rope tows at Independence Mine. The old-fashioned lifts disappeared, ushering in decades of corporate alpine resort proposals that fizzled despite the proximity of population centers Palmer and Wasilla just a 30-minute drive away. Now instead of a big resort backer, it’s a grass-roots effort to restore lift-served skiing to Hatcher Pass that appears to be slowly moving ahead. By Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska _ Clark Milne learned to love volunteer work while growing up in Illinois, and he credits the Boy Scouts of America with teaching him the lifelong lesson of helping others. Now, Milne is being honored for his volunteer work by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, which presented Milne its 2019 George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year award in December. By Robin Wood, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.