Revisiting Community Skating

Paul Wheeler of Haines (brewer and owner of Haines Brewing Co., our town's microbrewery) skating on Chilkoot Lake. Wheeler is a longtime volunteer who maintains an outdoor skating rink in the old horse arena at the Southeast Alaska State Fair fairgrounds.
Paul Wheeler of Haines (brewer and owner of Haines Brewing Co., our town’s microbrewery) skating on Chilkoot Lake. Wheeler is a longtime volunteer who maintains an outdoor skating rink in the old horse arena at the Southeast Alaska State Fair fairgrounds.

Here’s an Alaska moment. It’s a weekend afternoon, you’ve been stuck indoors all day, you see that beautiful winter light in the sky, and you say, ‘let’s go skating.’ Half an hour later, you’re gliding over a frozen pond with your neighbors, getting rosy cheeks, and looking forward to hot chocolate. We’re talking about ice skating, the casual community kind, where everyone can participate and enjoy a winter day with friends. The temps have been low, the ice is great, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit this episode from 2014.

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HOST: Charles Wohlforth

GUESTS:  

  • Edwin Blair, Anchorage Skate Club, Alpine Services
  • Jim Renkert, Anchorage Skates, Alaska Speedskating Club
  • Land Cole, Denali pond hockey, 229 Parks Restaurant
  • Tom Morphet, Haines skater

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BROADCAST: Thursday, December 29, 2016. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the Audio Media Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!