– Southeast Alaska’s Online Newspaper

We were making our way in a forest service trail that ended prematurely. I decided to continue because I knew if we got to the wash, we could take it all the way to the base of the mountains that carved out a beautiful horseshoe. We didn’t hit the wash. I knew if we headed directly east we’d hit the trail, but the alders were too thick and the sky too cloudy for markers. Rather than get more lost, I made the call to follow the stream which met up with a creek which eventually became the river that drained the bowl and intersected with the highway. It added five hours to the trip, then we had to hike the road back to the truck, but it was the safe, sure way out. I’ve turned around near the summit before, with a crew of Arizonans who wanted to pick through the alpine but ultimately understood that fog and cliffs don’t mix well, even if they are with a local. You have to make these calls sometimes, because what you know for sure is sometimes just inaccurate enough to get you into trouble.
Source: – Southeast Alaska’s Online Newspaper

Just how safe is it to fly these days?

Flying on one of the world’s major airlines, on any single flight, you have a 1 in 4.7 million chance of being killed, according to, which tracked accident data from 1993 to 2012. Even if you’re flying on one of those with the worst safety records, your odds are still 1 in 2 million. Over a lifetime, the chance of dying in an “air and space transport incident,” as the National Safety Council describes it, are 1 in 8,357. To put that in perspective, by their data from 2010, you’re more likely to die from other less-expected causes including heat exposure (1:8,321), choking (1:3,649), in an accident as a pedestrian (1:723), a fall (1:152) or unintentional poisoning (1:119). Of course, causes such as heart disease, cancer and car accidents are also substantially more likely to occur. “The most dangerous part of your airline flight is the trip to the airport,” said aviation and national security expert Carl Rochelle.
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Surgery may affect the nervous system | The Detroit News

Dear G.A.: Yes, it is true that aspirin is among the very first treatments given by paramedics for someone with a suspected heart attack. The fastest way of it being effective is to use a 325-mg regular, uncoated aspirin, and to chew and swallow it. Every minute counts during a heart attack, and chewing the tablet speeds up effectiveness by about six minutes. I think you may be confusing aspirin with nitroglycerine, which is absorbed under the tongue and should be administered only by the paramedic or a doctor if you havent had it before. Aspirin doesnt interfere with the other medications used. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 first, then take the aspirin. You still should take it even if you regularly take a baby aspirin. Tell the paramedics that you took it and when.
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