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January 14, 2016

Photographing the Universe

With the help of high-powered telescopes around the world, scientists can observe and photograph far-flung astronomical phenomena. Dr. Travis Rector has been capturing images of distant galaxies and nebulae for over 20 years, and he recently completed a book explaining the techniques he uses to create the photos.
January 7, 2016

I am a Birder | INDIE ALASKA

January 4, 2016

Alaskana Pop Art

For this born and raised Alaskan, "Alaskana pop art" is a vehicle for exploring his Alaskan heritage and the modern world at large. This mural installation took place at Anchorage Community Works, a community art and music space in Anchorage, Alaska.
December 18, 2015

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December 10, 2015

The Wolf Pack

Tim Lescher spends his days caring for the Alaska Zoo animals as if they were his own. But one family of wild canines sits closest to his heart. Having spent two years working at the zoo, Tim now strives to show the public that wolves are friendlier creatures than often portrayed in myth and popular culture.
November 12, 2015

A Forensic Investigation

Dr. Ryan Harrod recently buried some strange remains in the woods behind the University of Alaska Anchorage. Join his team of student investigators and find out more about the world of forensic anthropology.
October 29, 2015

George the Magpie

"George" is a crowd favorite at the Alaska Zoo. The magpie voluntarily came to the zoo years ago, and was eventually adopted. George now has his own Facebook page and is known for his ability to talk.
October 16, 2015

Alaska’s Cargo Kings

Take a look behind the scenes at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, one of the busiest air cargo hubs in the world.
October 8, 2015

Cleaning Marine Debris from Alaska’s Beaches

For 11 years, Gulf of Alaska Keeper (GoAK) has cleaned marine debris from remote Alaskan coastlines. In the summer of 2015, GoAK organized a large-scale project to collect debris from across the Gulf of Alaska by barge and helicopter. Approximately 440 tons of debris was taken to Seattle, where it will be sorted and disposed or recycled.
October 1, 2015

Pilgrimage to Spruce Island

Spruce Island is considered by many Orthodox Christians to be one of the holiest sites in North America. The island was home to the hermitage of Herman of Alaska during the early 1800's. Every year, in early August, the Orthodox Church in America celebrates the canonization of Saint Herman with a Liturgy, pilgrimage, and banquet.
September 24, 2015

Unearthing the Old Village | INDIE ALASKA

September 17, 2015

How to Grow a Giant Cabbage

Brian Shunskis has placed 3rd in the Alaska State Fair giant cabbage competition for the past three years. Will 2015 be the year he takes home the big money? He's been feeding his cabbages all summer long a secret ingredient that just might make the difference.
September 10, 2015

I Am The Bone Builder

You could say that skeleton building is in his bones. Lee Post's articulated creations can be found in museums and visitor centers across Alaska and the Lower 48. Every summer, Post guides students at the Peterson Bay Field Station through a mystery bone-building project.
September 3, 2015

From Guatemala to Alaska: Adapting to a new life | INDIE ALASKA

Even though Spanish is widely spoken in Alaska, coming from a Spanish-speaking country is not as easy as it seems. At least it wasn't for Kimberly Mejía Gúzman and her family, who moved from Guatemala, in Central America, to Anchorage, about one year ago. Driven by the hope for new and better opportunities, Kimberly's family soon discovered how difficult it is to adapt to a new lifestyle so far away from home.
August 20, 2015

The Hives and Lows of Beekeeping in Alaska | INDIE ALASKA

August 6, 2015

AcroYoga Under the Midnight Sun | INDIE ALASKA

“Bird," “star" and “mermaid” are some of the AcroYoga positions that can be seen around Anchorage at least twice a week, when a group of friends meets to practice this combination of acrobatics and yoga.
July 30, 2015

Quidditch in the Last Frontier | INDIE ALASKA

Quidditch, the official sport of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has found a new home in Anchorage, Alaska. The magical game played in the Harry Potter books involves wearing capes and flying on enchanted brooms while trying to score a ball into the hoops.
July 23, 2015

Searching for Sheep in Denali

Dall Sheep played and important role in the creation of Denali National Park. That doesn't necessarily mean they're always easy to find. Each year, the National Park Service conducts ground-based and aerial surveys to identify sheep population trends in an effort to ensure effective management within the national park.
June 25, 2015

Pioneering Rough Terrain Unicycling | INDIE ALASKA

George Peck began riding unicycles around Seward, Alaska in the eighties. Eventually moving on to riding the ultimate wheel - a unicycle with no seat - on mountains and beaches, George pioneered the sport of "rough terrain unicycling" and began a family tradition carried on by his children, Kris and Katie Peck.
June 11, 2015