Jack meets Lisa Murkowski

Jack was able to meet Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski this past week!  There was a get-together to discuss the condition of the Dalton Highway, and to try to raise money to improve the notoriously pock-marked and wash-boarded road.  Also attending were the head of the US Dept of Transportation, Elaine Chao, and several other Carlile drivers and employees.  Click on the first one to enlarge, and scroll to the right.

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Valdez Avalanche Photos

A major avalanche happened very recently along the Richardson Highway, about 20 or so miles from Valdez.  Below are photos Jack was able to acquire from a friend – taken by Alyeska (and we hope no copyright has been violated by posting them here).

You can see here where the snow has covered the highway and the river that runs alongside it:

Valdez Avalanche 1

Here is the same thing but farther away.

Valdez Avalanche 2And the rest are from another angle, showing the pooling of river water that is covering a long stretch of the highway.

Valdez Avalanche 3

Valdez Avalanche 4

Valdez Avalanche 5

So needless to say the Richardson Highway is closed and people who live in Valdez can only get out of the town by water or air.  Jack says the snow will be removed by loaders but that sure seems like a dangerous job…!

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Clean up time in Fairbanks

Snow was falling only 3 weeks ago and now we’re getting 70 and 80 degrees every day!  What a crazy spring we’ve had.

The snow is finally gone and what now occurs in Fairbanks, Alaska (as well as in many other northern areas I assume) is that the veil of white puffy stuff is lifted to show gobs and gobs of TRASH!

Yes, trash everywhere.  Wet cardboard boxes, broken pieces of Styrofoam,  and all forms of plastic like cups, bags, kitchen utensils, food containers of all sizes.  You name it, it’s out there.  Beer bottles and to-go cups.  It’s really sick.  But it’s also entertaining.  So a few years ago I decided to document this amazing array of trash on a website called www.trashoffairbanks.com.  Take a look if you are interested!  Here’s a sampling:

 

 

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Happy New Year from Jack & Judy!

We love New Years here in Alaska because you can actually see the fireworks!  (As opposed to the 4th of July.  Plenty of people celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks but it’s not the same with the midnight sun lurking along the horizon.)

Fireworks in winter

Winter fireworks

Winter Fireworks

Best wishes for the New Year!

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Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum Fundraiser – July 2010

In July of 2010 Jack helped raise money for the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum along with Lisa Kelly and Carey Hall.

It was a fun day, but this little guy was the cherry on top!

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For a few more photos of old airplanes at the aviation museum click here.

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Jack & the band Heart at a Special Olympics Fundraiser

Jack went up on the stage for a photo-op just to prove later that it really was the band Heart at “The World’s Largest Convoy”, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics in Seattle, Washington in September 2009 (see last post for more on this topic).

Jack and a local radio guy introduce the day’s festivities.

Jack signs “Ice Road Trucker” T-shirts and photos.

The band is rockin’out so hard Jack can’t hear this little guy!

Jack signs a poster someone brought to the fundraiser.

Thanks to Carlile Transportation for taking these great photos and sharing them with us.  What a worthy cause!

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Click on the below image to make it full size:

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World’s Largest Convoy 2009 – Special Olympics Fundraiser

In September of 2009 Jack took part in a fundraiser for the Special Olympics in Seattle, Washington.  Over 250 trucks lined up and drove through part of the city to create the “World’s Largest Convoy 2009”.

Jack signs photos and talks to his fans.

And he catches a photo with the Special Olympians.

In the next post there will be more photos from this fundraiser.

Happy Fourth of July everyone!!