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We Are Mountain Bikers


When you’re biking in Alaska, you can expect things to be a little more intense. Riders in the 49th state deal with constantly changing weather, rough terrain, and unexpected animal encounters. The men and women of Alaska’s Downhill Brigade wouldn’t have it any other way.

July 18, 2014 - 1:26 pm

We Are A Puppetry Troupe

Geppetto’s Junkyard is a group of 20 amateur puppeteers living in Haines, Alaska. Their performances cater to locals, and mostly to adults.

http://youtu.be/fHZNasuas8Q

July 7, 2014 - 11:14 pm

I Am The Town Obituary Writer

Heather Lende is a writer. She’s been a columnist for publications in Alaska and nationwide, published books about life in rural Haines, Alaska, and her third book, Find the Good, will be published Spring 2015

However, the job Lende is most passionate about is as obituary writer for her local paper, the Chilkat Valley News.

http://youtu.be/xKf9CB9-Uzs

June 29, 2014 - 11:35 pm

I Am A Distiller

You have to be creative to make a living in a small town like Haines, Alaska. With Port Chilkoot Distillery, Sean Copeland and Heather Shade are a young couple who are doing just that.

http://youtu.be/91WdnKQxM9A

June 23, 2014 - 1:44 am

We Are A Pop-Up Restaurant

Nathan Dolphin-Chavie left Anchorage to work in the Los Angeles fine dining scene, eventually becoming executive chef at a well regarded eatery. Looking for a new challenge, Dolphin-Chavie, along with LA-native Joshua Plesh, has returned to his hometown to bring a new culinary experience in the form of a temporary and intimate restaurant, Harvest Pop-Up.

June 16, 2014 - 9:40 am

I am an Alaska Native Dancer

Haliehana Stepetin is a master Alaska Native dancer born in Akutan, AK. Stepetin has made it her life goal to promote and teach the styles dance found throughout the diverse Alaska Native cultures.

June 9, 2014 - 9:07 am

We Are Glacier People

Alaska has thousands of glaciers, but Matanuska Glacier is probably the most user-friendly.

At 27 miles long by 4 miles wide, it is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States.

http://youtu.be/iT63L36SnyM

June 1, 2014 - 6:00 pm

I Am A Fly Fisher

After surving cancer, Pudge Kleinkauf decided to spend her life doing what she loves: fly fishing.

http://youtu.be/nMgGrwmXzUQ

May 26, 2014 - 3:16 am

I Am A Street Artist

Duke Russell captures neighborhood Alaskan life from a unique perspective with his paintings.

His artistic journey has taken him from selling sketches to tourists as a teen, to becoming on of the most unique and renowned painters Alaska has ever seen.

http://youtu.be/XTgmxIyFTsM

May 18, 2014 - 4:06 pm

I Am A Reindeer Dog King

Michael Anderson has been serving up sausages on Anchorage’s 4th Avenue at M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs for over 20 years.

Over that time, M.A. has built a uniquely Alaskan business geared toward to locals and tourists alike.

http://youtu.be/GgFdozjqT8Q

May 12, 2014 - 2:58 am

I Am An Augmented Reality Creator

Nathan Shafer creates augmented reality – a digital overlay on the physical world.

His work is displayed worldwide and focuses on Alaskan subjects – from receding glaciers to Seward’s Success, a futuristic domed city that was never built.

http://youtu.be/8Elu87SfL98

May 7, 2014 - 11:07 am

I Am A Surfer

There isn’t a whole lot of surfing going on in Alaska, but Homer based Scott Dickerson aims to change that.

http://youtu.be/6ziJN3lJ5Xs

April 27, 2014 - 11:31 pm

I Am A Cupcake Warrior

After winning Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Kastle Sorensen and her “Kastle’s Kreations” food truck have turned Alaska’s cupcake scene upside down.

http://youtu.be/NPWl8zViBTY

April 21, 2014 - 12:19 am

I Am A Boogie Woogie Piano Man

Johnny B. travels throughout Alaska by bush plane to play his signature boogie woogie piano music to remote audiences.

http://youtu.be/gkPU81PWzyo

April 15, 2014 - 10:49 pm

We Are The Ionians

Ionia is a remote, and sometimes misunderstood intentional community located outside Kasilof, Alaska. The community was originally formed nearly 30 years ago by four families, each seeking a simpler, quieter life.

The group, now numbering around 30 full-time residents, continues to pursue their goals in the relative solitude of their 160 acre communal property.

http://youtu.be/TzA7W-Q-1kI

April 6, 2014 - 11:31 pm

I Am A Water Taxi Captain

Year-round, no matter the conditions, Mako Haggerty takes his boat out across Katchemak Bay as a service to Homer’s residents and visitors.

http://youtu.be/0_VujI7QZHo

March 30, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Kendo’s Cuisine


The list of restaurants Kendo Shine has cooked in is staggering. From diners to Mongolian BBQ to fine dining, Kendo has been around the culinary world a few times, but he truly found a home when he bought a small trailer and started cooking, what he calls, Kendo-style food in Anchorage’s industrial area.

March 24, 2014 - 9:28 am

I Am The Chena Hot Springs Imagineer

Bernie Karl is an entrepreneur, an innovator, and an Alaskan original.

And, amongst other things, Karl is the owner and chief Imagineer at Chena Hot Springs, 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

http://youtu.be/nXX4hjmdCnU

March 16, 2014 - 8:03 pm

I am a Craftsman

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Mark Gould is one of the last coopers. The craft of barrel-building is quickly fading, but Gould has pursued it as a full-time job for the last 15 years. Through coopering and promoting Alaskan resources, Gould has found a passion and a guiding philosophy.

March 11, 2014 - 1:23 pm

We Are An Iditarod Checkpoint Oasis

Winterlake Lodge on Finger Lake is an official Iditarod Trail checkpoint, 153 miles down the trail from Anchorage.

The Dixon family owns and operates the lodge, hosting mushers, their dogs and paying guests alike.

http://youtu.be/lMNLzEwfjCw

March 1, 2014 - 12:44 pm