Back in December we profiled Fairview, North Carolina ultra runner Peter Ripmaster and documented his astonishing goal to run 1,000 miles through the heart of Alaska in the middle of winter.Now Ripmaster is deep into his 1,000-mile trek of the historic Iditarod dog sled route which runs from Knik to Nome, Alaska.Unlike the dog mushers of Iditarod fame, Ripmaster is attempting complete his journey on foot while hauling 30 to 40 pounds of requisite survival gear in a sled behind him.According to reports coming out of Alaska today, Ripmaster endured what could have been a life-ending ordeal on Friday, March 4, when an ice bridge he was using to cross Alaska’s notoriously torrential Tatitna River collapsed, sending him directly into the frigid rapids below.Adventure blogger and journalist with the Alaska Dispatch News Craig Medred, who published one of the first reports about Ripmaster’s incident, said the North Carolina runner was able to pull himself from the dangerously cold and swift waters of the Tatitna before logging some of his fastest miles yet en route to the shelter of a nearby cabin.“His eyes were wide,” an Invitational checkpoint volunteer who was manning the cabin at the time told Medred. “We got to him and started stripping him down. He was pretty shaken up there for a while.”At last account Ripmaster was said to be back on the trail, continuing his quest for completion of the epic 1,000 mile journey.According to Medred, there as a failed attempt to reach Ripmaster by phone on Saturday which missed him by only five minutes as he passed through the Athabascan Native village of Nikolai deep in the Alaskan interior.For more info on Ripmaster read our feature story in the December issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.[divider]Related Articles[/divider]
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mike Mercer, president/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions who served as president/CEO of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates for more than 30 years, will retire as of Dec. 31. Mercer took over leadership of LSCU when it merged with the Georgia League in September.“Credit unions and the Americans they serve would not be in the place they are today without tireless advocates like Mike Mercer. From his leadership through tough legislative battles to his example of how to bring the best of America’s credit unions to places in need across the globe, his goal has always been to champion the needs of credit union members in as many ways as possible,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO. “Mike leaves behind an inspiring legacy of service to not-for-profit financial cooperatives that sets an example of what can be accomplished through tireless dedication and belief in making people’s lives better, and CUNA, Leagues and credit unions cannot thank him enough for his service.”Mercer, a former board chair for CUNA and the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL), has spent nearly four decades in the credit union system.He is well-known for championing financial products and services that meet the needs of working-class members such as used vehicle loans for low-credit score borrowers, small value personal loans, and saving programs, mortgages and accounts with few fees and minimum balance requirements.
Dean Foods, America’s biggest milk processor, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday stating a decades-long drop-off in U.S. milk consumption is to blame on changing trends and a growing variety of alternatives.The company said it may sell itself to the Dairy Farmers of America, a marketing cooperative owned by thousands of farmers.“Despite our best efforts to make our business more agile and cost-efficient, we continue to be impacted by a challenging operating environment marked by continuing declines in consumer milk consumption,” CEO Eric Berigause said in a statement.Since 1975, the amount of milk consumed per capita in the U.S. has tumbled more than 40%. Americans consumed around 24 gallons per year in 1996, according to government data. That dropped to 17 gallons in 2018.