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What would Don and Roberta Sheldon have wanted?

 Alaska’s Denali Legacy (2021©donnliston.co) An enclave dining area features a model of the Piper Cub flown by legendary pilot Don Sheldon at the Coast Inn at Lake Hood. A large banquet room is being remodeled in honor of Sheldon and a grand opening is planned, themed with memorabilia provided by Sheldon’s daughter, Holly Sheldon Lee, who runs Sheldon Air Service in …

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The Alaskan Way to Repay Service

Battle Dawgs take Combat Veteran Care to the Next Level (2019©donnliston.co) The Battle Dawgs base camp near Talkeetna. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.                                                        –William T. Sherman In 1836 the Pilgrims …

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The Historic Talkeetna Roadhouse

(2019©donnliston.co) The romantic notion of owning an historic Alaska Roadhouse became a reality for young Trisha Costello in 1996 with the help of a personal loan from her dad. Over the decades since she has kept the Talkeetna Roadhouse open year-round, paid her father back, provided jobs for a community of some 800 people, and learned a …

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Alaska’s Capital Move Efforts: O Ye, of Little Faith

Captives in Lala Land…   January 26, 2019 – Previous version published in ECHO Magazine. Once upon a time, the people of Alaska voted to move the state capital out of the backwater Southeast community of Juneau.  By a vote of 46,659 to 35,683 a 1974 voter initiative “Relocating and Constructing a New Capital” called for …

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Alaska Earthquake Awareness

BY DONN LISTON January 10, 2019 (2019©donnliston.co) ECHO Magazine: https://www.echoak.com/2019/01/alaska-earthquake-awareness/ Living in a part of the world where earthquakes are a frequent occurrence requires an understanding of what causes them and how to deal with what results when the earth starts shaking violently. My Library on November 30, 2018 Much has been learned about earthquakes since …

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Why Alaskans Wanted Statehood, Part 1

First published October 11, 2018, ECHO Magazine  Portrait of Secretary of State William H. Seward, officer of the United States Government. Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.), photographer. [Between 1860 and 1865]. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-cwpb-04948 As we approach statewide elections for public offices in Alaska, this might be a good …

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How to Right Good

How to Think about Writing September 6, 2018 by Donn Liston (first published in echoak.com) Ship of State. Statehood group travels to Washington, D.C. in 1950 on board a DC4. Senator Gunnard Enebreth and Bob Atwood sit behind two unidentified women. B1990.014.5.StateBattle.2.21 Steve McCutcheon Collection, Atwood Resource Center, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Ak. …

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Pitching in for power to Hope Willow Ranch

BY DONN LISTON (2019©donnliston.co) May 20, 2018 Must Read Alaska: http://mustreadalaska.com/pitching-power-hope-willow-ranch/ CONGRESSMAN YOUNG TO ATTEND SATURDAY FUNDRAISER BY DONN LISTON SPECIAL TO MUST READ ALASKA A dream for many who have developmental disabilities is to do things most people take for granted. Too often they’re parked in “assisted living” venues to mark their days on a calendar. …

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