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...

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...

Whiteout

The risks we took to play Metlakatla basketball in 1971 Another massive wave of cold dark water caused our small seine boat to rise up at a precarious angle, only to drop into a deep trough as another wave engulfed us. Ice was forming on the bow, causing even more...

Iditarod Mystery

A piece of racing history goes missing June 24, 1999, was a somber date in Alaska history. That’s when the “Father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race” passed away. My wife and I were fortunate to meet Joe Redington Sr. in the late 1970s. Our neighbor of 35 years,...

Sled Dog Mail

Delivering the mail to Alaska has always presented a formidable challenge to the U.S. Postal Service. Letters, parcels, and supplies from the “Lower 48 states” often took weeks or months to reach their destinations. Steamships transported Alaska bound mail north from...

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