February News

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Hello again supporters and friends. We are back in Alaska and were re-introduced to Alaskan weather with beautifully clear skies and temperatures in the –30°F range in the mornings. This lasted about two weeks and today we had a high of 40°F. We’ve also seen several moose in our yard – yep we’re home.

...............................................................................................–28°F on our doorstep......

My first flight was taking the Big Lake Faith Bible Fellowship to Galena. We picked the first group up at Wasilla which proved a bit challenging as the runway was a sheet of ice – and well polished to boot. Thankfully the wind was down the runway and with reversing propellers we were able to stop OK. The ramp and taxiways were skating rinks as well. Taxing was very dicey but we managed by going veeeery slow. We had an uneventful flight to Galena where the temperature was -41°F when we landed. Thankfully there was no wind. After unloading passengers and refueling we set off for Wasilla again but, because of crosswinds there, we diverted to Palmer where the runway was bare and dry. We picked up our second group and this time it was only -21°F when we landed in Galena. However there was a 15 MPH wind which made it feel just as cold as the first time. After unloading our passengers and loading some fuel we took off for Soldotna. We had a good tail wind and at 22,000 ft we were going 330 MPH. What normally takes and hour and a half we did in just over an hour. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
My next flight was back to Galena to take the Faith Bible people back home. They asked if we could take them to Big Lake, where they lived. It’s a relatively short strip but as we would be leaving empty we said yes. The trip to Galena and Big Lake was relatively unremarkable. We saw the runway at 2 miles – or at least the opening in the trees where it was supposed to be. It was somewhat difficult to determine exactly where the runway was because of the new snow that covered the opening in the trees evenly – the runway hadn’t been plowed. So I just landed in the middle of the large white field and managed to hit the runway covered in 4” of snow. No trouble slowing down. Taking off worked out well because we were empty. We arrived home at about 2 PM which meant we still had 3 hours of work before we could go home. Sorry still no pictures. My camera now hangs by the back door.
My next trip was a double run to Manakotak to take 18 Moravians to Anchorage for a Musicale & Native Dance Festival. The weather was not as forecast so we had to divert into Dilliingham – about 15 miles from Manakotak. We waited there from 10:30 Am until about 3 PM when the weather finally lifted in Dillingham. After a local pilot had flown to Manakotak and back we decided to give it a try. Again we were unable fly there visually because of low clouds

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...................................................................................................Manakotak Moravians..... lingering so we cried uncle and flew the instrument approach and got in. The flight to Anchorage went well but we were unable to get the second group. We waited all Saturday for the weather to clear and finally decided at 3 PM to combine it with our Sunday flight. Sunday dawned crystal clear and were took off at 9 AM. We flew over Pedro Bay, our destination for later that day, and noticed clouds that were not forecast all around Pedro Bay – nothing’s ever easy. The flight to Manakotak and Anchorage was flown in clear skies – I even have pictures. We then flew to Soldotna where we changed planes to the one that had the cargo loaded for Pedro Bay and flew to Pedro Bay.

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..............................................................................................Don & the Sanner Family..... When we got there we found the clouds were at about 1000’ so we were able to fly under them and deliver the cargo. After unloading the cargo for Chris and Mary Sanners we loaded them and five of their kids and flew to Anchorage. All in all it was a delightful day not having to fight the weather. Great way to end the month.

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.............................................................................................................God's Alaska

From Cat: Students at ACC are buckling down to finish papers and finals. This weekend they went to Anchorage to participate in the Native Musicale which is
held each year. People from all over the state come to sing, dance, and see old friends. Our students went up on Friday, February 29 and stayed overnight to watch the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod on Saturday morning. This is a 1,000 mile race with dogs, sleds, and mushers. It really separates the real athletes (both dogs and mushers) from the wannabes. I can’t say it separates the men from the boys because there are quite a few women running teams again this year. This is Alaska’s own unique sport, the Olympics of dog sledding. Everyone has their own favorite team and excitement is high as they race toward Nome.
I have a list of students that I can send to anyone interested in sending them a graduation card. Cards can be sent in one package to the college and we will distribute them to the students. It is a gentle and loving way to let them know that there are people who care for them in the Body of Christ, people they will probably never meet. If you want the student list, please let us know by sending an email to catndon@donandcat.com or a note to Don & Cat Bosworth, 41873 Derks Lake Rd. Soldatna, AK 99669. Graduation gifts are not encouraged, but notes are nice.
Also, to close, I want to let everyone know that we have passed the first major hurdle in the accreditation process!!!!!!! The good news came in last week so we are still celebrating. The college is hosting the ECCAK conference this year in the new conference center, our happiness is almost overflowing! We have three students, two men and one woman taking ground school courses at the junior college next door as well as second and third year students working toward teaching and nursing degrees. The news is spreading that ACC is a place where promises are kept and dreams can be achieved. Thank you for your support and encouragement in this amazing adventure!