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Ride 'em, Mooseboy
Ever look at a moose and wonder what it would be like to ride one? A Soldotna man apparently did. A neighbor caught what turned out to be a very short rodeo ride on video in March of 1987, and the misadventure footage has resurfaced at the Los Angeles studios of ``Real TV.'' The show airs a mix of accidents, disasters and other caught-on-camera moments.
According to ``Real TV'' producers, Kevin Moore discovered a moose in his front yard. He coaxed it closer with a bowl of grain and then jumped on the wild animal's back. How long did he stay on? ``Uh, well, briefly,'' said Larry Fleece, executive producer of ``Real TV.''
Moose biologists, by the way, say riding one would be incredibly stupid. ``Just from surprise alone, the thing's going to go ballistic,'' said Kris Hundertmark at the state's Moose Research Center. ``They can kick with all four feet and in a 360-degree circle. They have no blind spots, and they are just deadly. They are so fast that you are not going to get out of the way, period.''
A dogged approach
At a news media forum last week, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer was asked if she thought the media in Alaska was doing a good job. She answered, in part, with a rhetorical question: ``Should the press be a watch dog, a lead dog, an attack dog or a sled dog?'' Her answer: ``The lead dog or sled dog approach.'' Does this mean reporters have to wear booties, sleep on straw and howl, howl, howl?
Glacial rebound must be working faster than we think. An alert reader recently reported hearing a KTOO radio DJ inform listeners about someone's lost dog. The poor canine was -- get this -- reported last seen near the 12,000-foot level of Mount Juneau. Can we get tickets to that tour, too?
Tourist for a day
We already get for free a lot of what others pay to see. Glaciers, eagles, mountains, that sort of stuff. Now public radio is giving away tours and other experiences-for-hire in a promotion this week. The catch for Be a Tourist Week: You have to demonstrate some knowledge of our town. Like the elevation of our fair town. (The answer, we like to tell visitors, is ``At high tide or low tide?'')