Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at kcapps@newsminer.com, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Urban Rahoi and Cliff Everts were honored earlier this month at the inaugural Legends and Heroes Banquet, hosted by the Midnight Sun Council and Boy Scouts of America. The two men were recognized for their lifetime of accomplishments, which helped make Alaska what it is today.

Urban Rahoi, 100, has been a pilot for 84 years. He flew search and rescue missions and had the first guiding license in the state. He is also a veteran. He raced a snowmachine at the annual Tired Iron Races after his 100th birthday and flew his first helicopter when he was in his 90s.

Everts was recognized posthumously for his role in serving Bush communities and starting Everts Air Cargo Co. to ferry fuel and cargo to remote areas. His wife, Betty, accepted the award.

The inaugural event was held in what many there described as an appropriate and relaxed atmosphere, the Richard Wien hangar, which was filled to capacity.

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