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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 12:06 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Some people love to hear ghost stories, which is why the Travel Channel has a show called “The Dead Files.”

The premise of the show is that Amy Allan, described as a “physical medium” from Denver, works with retired New York City detective Steve Di Schiavi “to solve unexplained paranormal phenomena in haunted locations across America.”

Allan claims to have the ability to communicate with the dead. The series is featuring Arctic Circle Hot Springs on its July 20 episode “Arctic Wrath,” which is on in Fairbanks at 9 p.m.

I’ve never seen this show, but apparently Allan and Di Schiavi look into claims of ghosts and come up with their own conclusions.

“Each investigator’s methods and findings remain hidden from the other team member to preserve the integrity of their findings, until the shocking results are revealed to the homeowner in the compelling conclusion of each episode,” the Travel Channel says on its promotional site.

“While much of Steve’s factual findings have already been disclosed to the audience as we followed him on his investigation, we always save the most shocking information for last. This is the moment of truth, when Steve and Amy come together, with the homeowner, and all of the team’s findings gel into one undeniable — and often terrifying — conclusion,” the promotional material states.

The terrifying name “Arctic Wrath” has nothing to do with getting on the bad side of hot springs owner Bobby Miller, who bought the property more than 30 years ago. Miller is going to be 95 on Oct. 7 and is one of the legendary figures of Fairbanks.

The TV people interviewed him in town, though the show is all about spirits that are said to inhabit the old lodge, which has been closed for nearly a decade.

One summary of the show states: “Steve and Amy visit a remote village in central Alaska to investigate a haunted hotel where the caretaker and his family claim to be attacked by threatening entities of former guests that roam the hallways.”

The crew was here for three or four days in the spring. Bob’s wife, Laverna Miller, said she thinks there’s “definitely a presence” in the old hotel building.


GARAGE SALE: The Fairbanks Resource Agency invites garage sale fans to add 117 Slater Drive to their list of Saturday stopping points.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there will be clothes of all sizes, household items, furniture, baby items, kids toys and surprises.

The proceeds are to help support the resource agency programs for senior citizens, which include a day center, respite care, care coordination and more.

The rain date is July 28. If you have items to donate, call 451-0389.


UNION DAY: Clip the ticket in today’s sports section for free admission to the Goldpanners games Saturday at Growden Memorial Park. The first game of a doubleheader against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots starts at 5 p.m.

This is Union Day, sponsored by the Fairbanks Central Labor Council.


CHAMPIONS: Motivational speaker Denis Waitley will speak at 7 p.m. Monday at the Pioneer Park civic center in Fairbanks.

Admission is a donation to the U16 Eclipse Girls soccer team.

Waitley’s talk is titled “The Olympian Within: Five Key Traits of a Champion.”

Waitley has written 16 books, and more than 10 million copies of his motivational audio programs have been sold around the world.

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