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Purchase of Alaska

Purchase of Alaska

*An excerpt taken from the author's book, 'Centennial - 100 Stories of Alaska,' printed in 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska In 1967 Americans, and especially Alaskans, will celebrate the Alaska Purchase Centennial. Uncle Sam bought Alaska from Russia 100 years ago, paying...

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The Traverse, Part I

The Traverse, Part I

But there hasn’t been a single summer day at the Lodge where the foothills just across the Delta River haven’t called to me. Mts. McGinnis and Moffit, just visible from the lodge in amongst foothill gaps, sing snow-covered backup, the siren song of an extreme alpine Shangri La. And with equal regularity, European visitors would innocently ask upon arrival, “Where are your trails?”

The Percy John Blatchford Story

The Percy John Blatchford Story

An Alaskan Legend and Hero It’s said that some of the strongest people on earth are the quietest. This holds true for men and women alike where physical and mental strength is concerned. Many such folks walk amongst us totally unnoticed. They do not seek special...

History

My Home Town

My Home Town

Wasilla: A Great Place Among the Lakes Whenever I visit my home town of Wasilla, what I see is the picture below from the 1950s. Of course, about the only things from this picture that I really see are the railroad depot, built in 1917, and the community hall built in...

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History of the PFD

History of the PFD

One critical change statehood brought was how Alaska’s resources and land would be managed, a topic worth its own discussion, but nevertheless a segue into how the permanent fund came to be.

Grandview Roadhouse

Grandview Roadhouse

One place I wanted to plant my feet and have thankfully been able to cross off my bucket list is Grandview, or Grandview Roadhouse near Portage. This scenic wonder sits along the Alaska Railroad amongst rugged mountains and spectacular glaciers, such as the renowned Spencer Glacier.

Purchase of Alaska

Purchase of Alaska

*An excerpt taken from the author's book, 'Centennial - 100 Stories of Alaska,' printed in 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska In 1967 Americans, and especially Alaskans, will celebrate the Alaska Purchase Centennial. Uncle Sam bought Alaska from Russia 100 years ago, paying...

The Good Life

The Good Life

You can consider yourself in luck to come across a man like Jack Carson. About 15 years ago, a report drifted into Anchorage of gold found on Yakataga Beach. A friend of the family, the late Clyde Dimmick (prospector and miner from Willow Creek), and I boarded a plane to investigate.

Life in Alaska

THE LITTLE YELLOW AIRPLANE

THE LITTLE YELLOW AIRPLANE

Taylor Mountains are a small, remote cluster of mountains at the headwaters of the Holitna River, a good sized tributary to the Kuskokwim. They are surrounded by the tundra which carpets the floor of the vast Kuskokwim River Valley. There are no towns close by. No roads leading in.

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Grandview Roadhouse

Grandview Roadhouse

One place I wanted to plant my feet and have thankfully been able to cross off my bucket list is Grandview, or Grandview Roadhouse near Portage. This scenic wonder sits along the Alaska Railroad amongst rugged mountains and spectacular glaciers, such as the renowned Spencer Glacier.

The Caretaker

The Caretaker

As a young boy I dreamed of living in the wilderness. At about 9 years old, growing up in the remote mountain “Ozarks” of Northern California, I had my own little self-built “log cabin.” In reality it was a rather crude affair, but it was built of logs—hand cut, hand...

Outdoors

THE LITTLE YELLOW AIRPLANE

THE LITTLE YELLOW AIRPLANE

Taylor Mountains are a small, remote cluster of mountains at the headwaters of the Holitna River, a good sized tributary to the Kuskokwim. They are surrounded by the tundra which carpets the floor of the vast Kuskokwim River Valley. There are no towns close by. No roads leading in.

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Biking the Denali Highway

Biking the Denali Highway

We’d only traveled eight miles when the sky darkened and then, BOOM, it lit up with lightening. We were heading right into a thunderstorm. Bill had passed us about 20 minutes earlier and was nowhere in sight.

The Traverse, Part I

The Traverse, Part I

But there hasn’t been a single summer day at the Lodge where the foothills just across the Delta River haven’t called to me. Mts. McGinnis and Moffit, just visible from the lodge in amongst foothill gaps, sing snow-covered backup, the siren song of an extreme alpine Shangri La. And with equal regularity, European visitors would innocently ask upon arrival, “Where are your trails?”

The Traverse: Part II

The Traverse: Part II

I caught glimpses of new snow dusting the impossibly distant slopes that somehow still seemed to hang over us. Close by but still a safe couple hundred yards away, the East Fork of the Little Delta roared flood-stage warning to any who would approach; crossing that was a consideration only for the suicidal.

Booty Road Part II

Booty Road Part II

Walking the Iditarod Trail, the long journey to Nome As you may recall from the first part of my story , I was walking to Nome following the Iditarod Trail with a goal to raise money for a friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Richard Redford didn’t have...

Arts & Culture

Dream Flights on Arctic Nights

The story reads with poetic ease as the rhymes provide discovery and interaction between the dreaming child and the animals below. This book is a perfect nighttime snuggle-up story, perhaps providing children the necessary dream fuel for their own Alaskan journey.

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PEDRO’S PAN

Discover the historical roots of Pedro the prospector in a two-page educational spread on Pedro’s place in Alaskan (specifically Fairbanks) history, how to pan for gold, and some very interesting facts such as the size of the biggest gold nugget ever found!

Q&A: Homer Truffle Company

Q&A: Homer Truffle Company

An artisan confectionery specializing in handmade truffles and chocolates Get to know the owners of Homer Truffle Co. in this Q&A with the husband and wife team, David and Evangelina. Learn about the rewards and challenges of owning a chocolate business in Homer,...

Artist Spotlight – The Sculpture Kid

Artist Spotlight – The Sculpture Kid

Artist Spotlight IV: Bryce Ehmann From Kenton Media Bryce is a former welding student and a recent graduate of the art program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Bryce takes his skills as a welder and passion for sculpting to make some truly eye catching...

Three of my Favorites

Three of my Favorites

What is the main reason these three are among my favorites? Hardiness. These plants fight for their space in the garden and are easy to remove if they are needed somewhere else.

Smallest Aurora Chaser

Smallest Aurora Chaser

“This girl has a passion for the northern lights” It was thirty below zero and the lights were out. Zaira was putting on her gear to get ready for the chase. Aurora blasted the sky with multiple colors and Zaira couldn’t resist anymore. She ran outside, right into the...

Food

Q&A: Homer Truffle Company

Q&A: Homer Truffle Company

An artisan confectionery specializing in handmade truffles and chocolates Get to know the owners of Homer Truffle Co. in this Q&A with the husband and wife team, David and Evangelina. Learn about the rewards and challenges of owning a chocolate business in Homer,...

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Alaskan Wild Berries

Alaskan Wild Berries

An Introduction to Making Jams & Jellies “Where’s that extra sugar?!” I asked my husband this question after putting 4 ½ cups of the 6 cups of sugar the recipe called for in a pot of berry juice at a full rolling boil. If you are a jelly maker you know what I’m...

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Poblanos

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Poblanos

For preparing your salmon you can choose the smoking or non-smoking path. Both will lead you to a party-favorite dish, but if you choose to smoke your fish, be prepared to put in a lot more time.

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

This classic cinnamon roll recipe is sure to please any family and be a welcome repeat for any special occasion.

Flying, Oysters and a Day at the Spa

Flying, Oysters and a Day at the Spa

We met up on the helicopter pad located behind the lodge, and after receiving our safety instructions and meeting with our pilot, Leif, myself, and two other guests boarded the R44 helicopter. As it warmed up and the rotors started spinning, all of my trepidation subsided and was replaced with sheer exhilaration. We twirled our way into the sky and up the Knik River Valley.

Business

Q&A: Homer Truffle Company

Q&A: Homer Truffle Company

An artisan confectionery specializing in handmade truffles and chocolates Get to know the owners of Homer Truffle Co. in this Q&A with the husband and wife team, David and Evangelina. Learn about the rewards and challenges of owning a chocolate business in Homer,...

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Alex Papasavas & Turkey Red

Alex Papasavas & Turkey Red

Palmer restaurant owner’s commitment to quality and community Sometimes you visit a certain place and it just feels right. Maybe it is the atmosphere, maybe the service, maybe the food. Whatever it is, it is just right. Such is the description that comes to mind when...

The Jewel of the Pacific

The Jewel of the Pacific

Watching the graceful and athletic performances of these 20-plus ton beautiful creatures served to remind and motivate us all of the need for conservation, education, and research to help protect the precious marine environment.

The Lodge at Black Rapids

The Lodge at Black Rapids

Most visitors to Alaska must share the same travel agents as our sandhill cranes and snow geese. They tend to come after the snow melts and head back just before it returns. While here, they are a welcome treat. But even before their flights have disappeared over...

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