Geppetto’s Junkyard is a group of 20 amateur puppeteers living in Haines, Alaska. Their performances cater to locals, and mostly to adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After surving cancer, Pudge Kleinkauf decided to spend her life doing what she loves: fly fishing.
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.
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.
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.
There isn’t a whole lot of surfing going on in Alaska, but Homer based Scott Dickerson aims to change that.
After winning Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Kastle Sorensen and her “Kastle’s Kreations” food truck have turned Alaska’s cupcake scene upside down.
Johnny B. travels throughout Alaska by bush plane to play his signature boogie woogie piano music to remote audiences.
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.
Year-round, no matter the conditions, Mako Haggerty takes his boat out across Katchemak Bay as a service to Homer’s residents and visitors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russell Biggs is an Anesthesiologist by day, and the front man for the popular band The Council of Smokers and Drinkers by night.
Biggs believes that a strong balance of work and play is key to a happy life.