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Bright, shiny objects: Palestinian woman summits Denali, reindeer sitter needed

Suzanne al Houby poses at the top of Denali this summer.
Suzanne al Houby poses at the top of Denali this summer.


Suzanne Al Houby, a Palestinian-born and current United Arab Emirates resident, is the first Arab woman to have conquered the seven summits of the world, and she did so this summer in Alaska when she reached the peak of Denali, 20,310 feet above sea level.

She had made three previous attempts to scale the highest mountain in North America but was turned back due to weather and severe frostbite.

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Al Houby is quoted by Emirates 24|7: “I feel ecstatic as I have earned it finally. I just couldn’t give up on this dream and I kept trying until I finally made it!” She’s no amateur; she’s the CEO of Rahhalah Explorers, an adventure travel company in UAE.


Filed under “best story for  your grandkids — ever” is this reindeer babysitting gig coming up in September: “Reindeer sitter needed – September 17 – October 15 – Want a chance to spend a month in Alaska with reindeer? Jane is heading to Mongolia to learn from herders there and we need a little reindeer help around the ranch. Room and board included. Message us for details.” Here’s the link.


Two males, dead along the Chester Creek Trail at Valley of the Moon Park, brings the Anchorage homicide total to 26, plus a couple of corpses that are of unknown death.

Officers responding to a citizen call just before 2 a.m. found a male dead on the bike path and a second male dead nearby, police said in a Nixle  statement:

Just before 2 AM on Sunday, August 28, 2016, Anchorage Police received a call from a citizen stating they found a deceased person on the bike path at Valley of the Moon Park.  Police arrived and found a male who appeared to be a victim of a homicide.  As police were searching the area they found another male victim nearby, also in the park, who was deceased and appeared to be a homicide victim.

The park has been shut down while police investigate but there are no road closures.  No one is in custody.  Further information will be released as details are confirmed in the case.

The APD case number is 16-36313. If you want to become an Anchorage Police Officer, there are jobs open here.

Airboat, because it makes the Park Service irritable.
Airboat, because it makes the Park Service irritable, was one of the items in the Great Alaska Garage Sale fundraiser.


An event in Fairbanks to help with the legal bills of Alaska hunter and access rights hero John Sturgeon netted just shy of  $44,000, according to Craig Compeau, who organized the event. Here is our story from Friday.


Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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