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Is it recovery yet?

It’s hard some weeks to stack up the economic reports and figure if things are getting better or worse. This week was no exception.

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Wild game cooking classes spawned by ice-roads coincidence

As Todd L. Disher quipped last week in the lead of his piece for Alaska's Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper about Carlile Transportation driving instructor Phil Kromm, "it’s only natural an episode of 'Ice Road Truckers' would spawn a series of culinary classes focused on gourmet wild game." Kromm, see, is an avid propane griller of wild caribou and other Alaskan delicacies, which he butchers and dresses himself. Kromm ended up, in his words, as a "secondary character" in the Ice Roads season ...

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Truckers key in averting mix-up in Granite Falls, Wash., bypass

In the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald newspaper late last week a story appeared about two roundabouts being constructed on a new bypass of the growing Granite Falls, Wash., community in the central part of the state, very near vast National Forest areas. According to the story's writer, Bill Sheets, truckers were instrumental in pointing out a fatal flaw for any bypass route, for certain -- "they were too narrow for some trucks" -- well after construction had already begun. At ...

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Reflections from the HTAA summit

I'm sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta right now, fresh off a full day of educational sessions at the Healthy Trucking Association of America's Health Trucking Summit. It's been a long day, so forgive me if my thoughts are a little, well, all over the place. But I did want to share a few personal reflections from the day. The most frequently recurring thought today has been the impression that there really are people who ...

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Fillmore, Ill., trucker carves wooden truck models with lifelike detail

Profiled in the Dectaur, Ill.-based Herald-Review, Jeff Miller is a truck driver who wields a wood-carving knife with considerable skill, building wooden models of classic truck-tractors.

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February is American Heart Month

The past few times I’ve been to the doctor’s office my blood pressure has been higher than it should be — not good given that I’m only in my late 20s and have a family history of high blood pressure. I’ve always struggled with weight, but I’ve never really struggled with health until now. It’s hard for me to ignore the fact that my higher-than-normal blood pressure is likely directly related to my weight ...

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Satirical news mag picks up on texting ban ironies

Humor mag The Onion is known for picking apart the news of the day, and the news business, in often satirically cutting fashion -- in a story published years ago in its pages it ran a picture of an orange-jumpsuited prisoner wearing a crown of thorns with the headline "Christ kills two in abortion-clinic bombing." It picked up on the ironies inherent in last week's ban on the practice of texting while driving in this faux man-on-the-street series ...

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Dollars and Sense

It no longer costs thousands of dollars to buy a laptop, and cellular data coverage on the road continues to get better.

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Channel 19

A truck driver running for governor of Alaska, a fictitious rock group and some missing cheese are just some of the featured stories in this dose of trucking humor, oddities and media coverage.

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Conway Truckload VP Randy Cornell jumps out of plane

Though it's unclear how exactly this is a safety-improvement motivator, Randy Cornell, safety VP with Joplin, Mo.-based Con-way Truckload, sky-dived from 10,000 feet after the fleet's drivers met a safety challenge to get its "accident rate down by a creditable 34 percent in just five years," as reported at HandyShippingGuide.com and elsewhere. "The figure equates to less than 8 accidents per million miles driven according to the company’s strict definition -- any incident when a truck connects with people or property and ...

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