Alaska

Close encounters on the Alaskan ‘Haul Road’

Carlile Transportation driver Jim "J.D." Dobbs sees "a lot of wildlife" on somewhat regular runs on the Dalton Highway in Alaska to and from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. "Moose, caribou, things of that nature," he says. "Some are close calls – when you come over a hill on the way to Prudhoe Bay and a large herd of caribou may be crossing the road, for instance." But whoa, right? Dobbs describes the experience pictured here as "once in ...

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Truck driver for governor: “Singin’ Sam” Little’s Alaska campaign song

Since I blogged about "Singin' Sam" Little's campaign launch for the governship of the northernmost U.S. state, Little (pictured, left, with his wife, Denise, and Pat Holt) has been laying the groundwork for the run, part of which included a visit to my home city of Nashville, Tenn., where he met Tennessee's Lieutenant Governor, recorded a new campaign record at Pat Holt's studio and picked up what is fast on its way to becoming his campaign coach, a Prevost, made ...

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‘Ice Road Trucker’ comes home to thaw

When I rode with Alaskan Haul Road driver George Spears in the summer of 2006, he was planning to retire in the next year or so. However, he kept postponing the day. Then he was asked to stay for production of the third season of the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers" during the 2008-2009 winter. It was the first time the show was done on the Dalton Highway, known as the Haul Road, between Fairbanks and ...

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Owner-operator ‘Singin’ Sam’ Little launches campaign for governor of Alaska

“Singin’ Sam” Little has dedicated one of the Kenworths in his Little Country small fleet to pull parade floats and other materials during his own 2010 campaign for the governorship of Alaska. The sometime country singer Little has also issued a new record, "Truck Driver for Governor," that features a tune updated from his original penned during the national independent driver shutdowns of 1979. The original "Truckers Shutdown" song debuted to a crowd of drivers at ...

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A rare roadside attraction on the Dalton

Faithful watchers of “Ice Road Truckers” this season know that there ain’t much between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay. There’s a few state highway facilities for maintenance of the Haul Road, a few resort facilities (closed in winter) when you cross the Yukon River, and then Coldfoot Camp at roughly the halfway mark. (See the top four photos on the right.) It’s considered the world’s northernmost truck stop. There’s food, fuel, lodging and other amenities. When I ...

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'On those wrecks just like a vulture'

The top three photos on the right are from my 2006 ride along Alaska's Dalton Highway with the smiling trucker, George Spears. It was published in Truckers News. If you watched the History Channel's third season of "Ice Road Truckers," which premiered last Sunday, you might recall Spears, one of the featured drivers. This season's shows are based on the drivers of the highway, also known as the Haul Road. Running from just north of Fairbanks to ...

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