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Back at work, up in the Arctic 
 

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had some visitors at camp this morning

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How’s the fire season been up there? Getting any moisture at all? Fire ban in effect here again in the forests and parks. Been a lot of fires start up in the north here the last week due to lightning. Terribly dry here at the farm. 

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1 hour ago, poor farmer/logger said:

How’s the fire season been up there? Getting any moisture at all? Fire ban in effect here again in the forests and parks. Been a lot of fires start up in the north here the last week due to lightning. Terribly dry here at the farm. 

Been real bad here for fires, had one burn 35k acres just out of town. More fires burning out of town, like these

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And another big caribou 

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1 hour ago, AKwelder said:

Been real bad here for fires, had one burn 35k acres just out of town. More fires burning out of town, like these

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Not good. Seems to be new fires popping up daily here. The north has been getting a few thunderstorms so that’s not helping in some regards.  Nice 3 day soaker of rain would sure be welcome. 

Red is active fires and pink is monitoring  

 

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Hmm.  Three new fires around town and now an earthquake.

 

Just a 4.2 a few miles from here

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was looking on Craigslist, and found a nice little dozer

https://fairbanks.craigslist.org/hvo/d/north-pole-international-td-340-dozer/7342939704.html

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But then doing some research i found this

https://www.1ststrike.com/auction/667/item/27662/

 

So it sold a month ago, or failed to meet reserve, for nearly the same price.  This all happened within 10 miles of me and I find it hard to believe that there are two dozers exactly alike.  So what's wrong with it?

 

Hmmm

 

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Buy it and find out ?

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My IH 150B trackloader was a (good deal) 25 years ago and until recently served me well. It burns a quart of Rotella and 2 gallon of fuel each hour, seems  good for a machine 60 years old. Steer clutch and brake being overhauled now.  You will want to be prepared for  work on it but you just might get to work with it for quite awhile first.

Just going through all the lube chart is harder than swapping motors in an old pickup!

Best of luck with it!

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Called the guy on the dozer. It will only push dirt if you pull on one of the steering levers. Clutch or steering clutch issues?  

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Well, some of you might remember we were growing peonies for selling cut flowers, deal was they bloom here late enough for the June wedding season and they were selling to the lower 48.

we quit harvesting a couple years ago and we’re only maintaining our plants, they are really huge now.  Well a year ago the Coop closed, which was not a surprise since it had some very serious management challenges 

 

today the growers association made it official 

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the price for each stem has fallen to 1/5 or less and the shipping costs have increased a lot.  When the price hit half we quit harvesting and just waited, when it fell further we pulled out.  Guess we can pot the plants and sell them at the farmers market.  We did have a good time, figured some things out, and did not risk anything unrecoverable.  Life goes on

 

 

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6 hours ago, AKwelder said:

Well, some of you might remember we were growing peonies for selling cut flowers, deal was they bloom here late enough for the June wedding season and they were selling to the lower 48.

we quit harvesting a couple years ago and we’re only maintaining our plants, they are really huge now.  Well a year ago the Coop closed, which was not a surprise since it had some very serious management challenges 

 

today the growers association made it official 

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the price for each stem has fallen to 1/5 or less and the shipping costs have increased a lot.  When the price hit half we quit harvesting and just waited, when it fell further we pulled out.  Guess we can pot the plants and sell them at the farmers market.  We did have a good time, figured some things out, and did not risk anything unrecoverable.  Life goes on

 

 

...like so many little''cottage industries '' down under.....Things go well, after a sometimes, steep learning curve, then circumstances  way beyond one's ability, to control...change....and things go 'south'

This bloody ''flu'' has done so much damage also...again the ''little guys''   become the casualties.....

Our Peonies  just pop up in one of our small   paddocks, now.....unattended, but make a brief splash of colour...then  disappear..... Does  make you wonder , though....:(........

We had Hydrangeas  as well......   same old story.....horrendous    air frieght price increase.....We  dug them up and planted them on either side of our "drive'  ..off the gravel road......beautiful   , at least that looks nice for quite a few weeks.....

Mike

 

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