VISTA, Calif. (AP) -- As he unloaded a rental truck in frigid West Yellowstone, Mont., nearly three years ago, Kent Harle was gambling that his upstart snowmobile company would be taken seriously.
Hank Hill only wishes he could have sold this propane accessory. The television dad from the long-running cartoon series "King of the Hill" was never shy about lauding the benefits of propane - and propane accessories - for grilling and home heating.
Facing a downturn in passengers in 2009, small Alaska air carriers project a mixed forecast in their outlook for the industry this year, attributing much of the gloom that hangs over the industry to high fuel prices.
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