Ice, an annoyance for most during the long Alaskan winters, has become the muse for Anchorage artist Speareo Stephens. Stephens stumbled upon ice sculpting when he first arrived in Alaska and has been carving away ever since.
850 pounds of icing, 40 houses of gingerbread and chocolate – Joe Hickel has been creating Marina’s Village in the lobby of The Hotel Captain Cook for 35 years. Last year’s creation took six days to build and features a new country scene.
About 30 miles outside of Haines, Alaska, Steve Kroschel spends his days taking care of his wolverines, a wolf, a brown bear, moose, and other creatures. With help from his son and friends, Steve has built his sanctuary as a place where others can learn how to live simply and naturally.
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.
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.