We’ve subscribed to the local newspaper, and I mean the real, live newspaper, not the online or iPad version. I’d forgotten how much I like to read the paper. I read the front section while I eat my breakfast and then I read the Sports section while I eat my lunch. That’s all there is to it – 2 sections during the week. On the weekend they have a few more lifestyle/arts and entertainment sections.
Anyhoo, the paper has reported your normal world and national news events. Nothing out of the ordinary. However, the last 2 days there have been local stories that I just HAVE to share. I’m sure they are found no where else. So here we go…
Monday, January 23, 2012 the front page cover story and picture…. Elderly intervention: With husband being trampled she grabs only weapon at hand. It is accompanied by a photo of an elderly couple taken while in the hospital. Both appear to be in good spirits. The following news story tells the tale of 82 year old George and his 85 year old wife, Dorothea. While out walking his dogs, George is attacked by a moose. Very rare I’m told, but it’s been a hard winter. More on that later. From the truck where she was waiting, Dorothea hears the dogs making a huge ruckus. She gets out of the truck to investigate. She comes upon the moose stomping on what she believes to be one of her dogs. She runs back to the truck, and grabs the only thing she can find, a shovel. She then proceeds to go back and beat the moose until it leaves. Looking down, instead of discovering her dog, she discovers George. George has lost a lot of blood due to a gash on his head and sustained some broken ribs. Dorothea runs to the local airplane hanger and gets help. George is later taken to the hospital in Anchorage by medical helicopter. Both George and Dorothea are okay. They might start taking a handgun with them on their walk, but maybe not. She says she’d hate to needlessly kill a moose.
So, fun story and then I open this morning’s paper and find this on the front page… Bikini Brrristas: Women in Skimpy Attire Peddle Hot Drinks Even in the Cold. It is accompanied by a picture of 24 year old Ashley Holder wearing a string bikini top and jeans while serving coffee out of one of the many drive thru coffee stands scattered through town. The article tells you what an acceptable tip is, $10 not $100 and also tells about the time Ashley helped convict two guys and notice I’m quoting this word for word from the article, “that thought it would be a good idea to order coffee with their junk out. It didn’t hurt the investigation that they also paid with credit cards.” You cannot make this stuff up!!
And more on those moose. Right next to the article about Ashley and her bikini is another story, Moose Dying in Droves on roads, tracks. So it’s been a very cold, snowy winter, even for Anchorage. The moose have come to lower elevations where the snow isn’t as deep and it’s easier to find food. It also means it’s easier for them to get hit by automobiles and trains. It could explain why George’s moose was so upset. Poor thing was stressed out and hungry.
I haven’t checked if these stories are online, but feel free to check out adn.com to see if they’re in the online version.
Til next time…stay warm!