Tag: environment

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 (part […]

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 […]

The Life of an Alaska State Park Ranger

Petting a grizzly bear isn’t something everyone gets to check off their bucket list. But my father, Frank Wesser, a park ranger in the mountains of Chugach State Park, got that opportunity. A biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) was researching black bears in […]

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