Month: June 2015

Top 10 Alaska Scenic Shots – June 2015

Click on any photo to jump inside of this gallery of amazing June images from the Last Frontier Magazine Facebook page. These photos received the most ‘likes’ for all submitted images in June of 2015. Enjoy!

Urban Agriculture – An Edible Park in the City

Generally, I try not to get caught up in the latest fad, but … emerging in the gardening world is a popular activity worth getting excited about—edible landscaping and parks. More and more I’m hearing about churches, schools and businesses growing edible plants on their premises and homeowners […]

Growing Up Alaska

Over the past 23 years, when I would tell people I grew up in Tok, Alaska, they were always, and still are, extremely fascinated. What was it like living way up north? Is it always light up there in the summer? How did you sleep when it was […]

Fishing the Nushagak

Flying thousands of feet over remote western Alaska, I peered through the window of a chartered float plane on approach to the wild Nushagak River. While the sky was overcast and gray, the marshy tundra below displayed remarkably vibrant shades of yellow, green, and brown. A seemingly endless […]

A First Bike Ride (A Semi-True Story)

Due to knee injuries sustained in the Dalzell Gorge during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the doctor ordered me to quit my summer running program. I hugged him, wondered aloud where he had been when I was in college athletics, and sprinted to my truck before […]

The Susitna Range – A Cattle Range in the Talkeetna Mountains

In the 1950s and 60s, when dairy farming was a major enterprise in the Matanuska Valley, it became necessary to find a way to cheaply feed non-producing cattle during the summer. A plan was formed to use a box canyon in the Talkeetna Mountains at the headwaters of […]

The Small Beginning of Usibelli Coal Mine

“Great things come from small beginnings,” as the saying goes. In the case of Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM), this expression is exactly right. The story of UCM starts with an Italian immigrant, Emil Usibelli. He came to Alaska in search of work, and ended up building a company […]

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