A Nod to the Queen of Sourdough

Love or hate the stuff, Ruth Allman will win you over About the time termination dust starts to fall in Southcentral Alaska, I find I’m always thinking of Ruth Allman. With the anniversary of her birth and passing both falling in those weeks where summer is sprinting...

Hack! Pack! Crack! Stack!

Wasilla homesteaders keeping warm in winter For most poor homesteaders near Wasilla in the early 1950s there was only one way to keep warm in the wintertime: burn wood. It was hard work. Wood had to be cut, hauled from the woods, split and stacked. Hack! Pack! Crack!...

Brigadier Clitheroe – Shaping the Lives of Others

If you are lucky, very lucky, one, maybe even two people have been paramount in shaping the better side of your life. For many of us that person is often one we looked up to during our impressionable growing up years. In our youth, life develops rapidly around us, and...

Connecting Scammon Bay

  We circled the village of Scammon Bay, which sprawled across a hillside near the Bering Sea coast. The airstrip looked good for landing the Cessna, but I could see people standing nearby. I wondered why they were waiting there. It was July 1972. I led RCA Alascom’s...

My Favorite Teacher Mrs. Clara Slumberger

Of the many people who impact our lives, perhaps the greatest are school teachers. Our favorite teachers influence us far out of proportion to the small amount of time they spend with us. I first encountered Clara Slumberger in the 1955-56 school year, when I was in...

Cold Case McCarthy

Gustave Priesner and Murder in McCarthy On March 9, 1918, two horrific murders took place in the bustling mining town of McCarthy, Alaska. To this day neither crime has been solved. By all accounts very little effort was put forth in trying. The well-publicized case...

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