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Alaska's pilots are its lifeblood

In the opening pages of Colleen Mondor's book, "The Map of My Dead Pilots," a handful of bush pilots are trading blue-mouthed gripes:"We're just a bunch of damn bus drivers," one says. "Glorified bus drivers.""Bus...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-19/alaskas-pilots-are-its-lifeblood
Opinion
Alaska Science Forum: Water fountains on the tundra

...cold it burned, forcing us to pull our hands back after a second or two. A few days later, on our flight out of the bush, pilot Dirk Nickisch said yes, he had seen tundra "hydrants" in a few arctic valleys. When I got back, local experts watched...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-07-03/alaska-science-forum-water-fountains
Outdoors
City Museum launches 'Local Heroes' tour

...from sure starvation, and Mary Joyce, who claimed the titles of nurse, dog musher, lodge owner, radio operator and bush pilot, to name a few."My definition of heroes, when selecting people and stories to highlight, was not super-human...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-06-03/city-museum-launches-local-heroes-tour
Art
Museum starts 'Local Heroes' tours

...from sure starvation, and Mary Joyce, who claimed the titles of nurse, dog musher, lodge owner, radio operator and bush pilot, to name a few.Each tour is limited to 10 participants, and adults must be accompanied by a child. Pre-registration...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-06-03/museum-starts-local-heroes-tours
Local
NTSB releases documents in fatal Alaska crash investigation

...pilots regularly took off without consulting them, according to testimony collected by investigators.Employees had a "bush pilot mentality," a Federal Aviation Administration manager told the NTSB. The report documents FAA frustrations with Hageland...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-24/ntsb-releases-documents-fatal-alaska-cr
State | AK legislature
US trained Alaskans as 'stay-behind agents'

...early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for...the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage. A well-known bush pilot, Gilliland died in a plane crash on Montague Island...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-01/us-trained-alaskans-stay-behind-agents
State
Off the Beaten Path: The metaphysics of mountain madness

...they prefer tea or coffee. I'd hedge my bets they probably like both.I remembered more than a decade ago asking a bush pilot about the nature of the glacier he was about to drop me and my friend Ed at the base of."It's like all glaciers...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-01-16/beaten-path-metaphysics-mountain-mad
Outdoors
Recent Alaska books

...daughter. In her fictionalized account, 13-year-old Zoey Morley struggles with her parents' divorce, her mom's bush-pilot boyfriend, and the pangs of growing up during her summer in the "real" Alaska. Read an Empire interview with author...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-01-01/recent-alaska-books
Art
Summer books roundup

...daughter. In her fictionalized account, 13-year-old Zoey Morley struggles with her parents' divorce, her mom's bush-pilot boyfriend, and the pangs of growing up during her summer in the "real" Alaska.Read an Empire interview with author...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-07-17/summer-books-roundup
Art
Truth in fiction

...living in Anchorage at the time, divorced, and had this Bush pilot boyfriend. He was going to make his fortune hauling...doing this?' He was just terrific."Boochever and the Bush pilot parted ways not long after that summer and she eventually...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-05-14/truth-fiction
Local | Art

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