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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

I Am A (Rock and Roll) Doctor

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.

http://youtu.be/-1eEtx8bYEk

February 23, 2014

I Am A 98-Year-Old Bowler

Bettie Upright is a bowler. She picked up the game nearly 30 years ago, at the age of 70.

Now at 98 (and a half), Bettie continues to live an active lifestyle, both physically and socially.

http://youtu.be/RzgIjZDK_HI

February 16, 2014

We Are A Goth Band

Cliff and Ivy have been performing as a goth band for over 30 years. For them, identifying as goth is empowering to people who are perceived as being different.

http://youtu.be/fVO-1slh-pk

February 10, 2014

The Saturday Market on the Tundra

Reyne Athanas runs the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, which is home to a successful Saturday Market modeled after those found in major cities around the country.

She is also a working artist.

February 2, 2014

I Make Wearable Art

From dresses made of horse hair, swan feathers, and red roses, Enzina Marrari creates garments that bridge fashion design and sculptural art.

http://youtu.be/T9bMbvTvYUA

January 27, 2014

Poetry Is My Day Job

By day, Kima Hamilton is a poet, a mentor, a father, and a community leader. But he pays the bills by DJ-ing in nightclubs.

http://youtu.be/jk400MZQQn4

January 20, 2014

I Am A Bethel Cab Driver

Bethel, Alaska is home to the most taxi cabs per capita in the United States – with 66 cars serving a population of just over 6,000.

Naim Shabani is the manager of Kusko Cab, the largest cab company serving this unique bush Alaska city.

January 12, 2014

I Am A Bush Radio Reporter

Angela Denning-Barnes has worked at KYUK in Bethel for more than a decade, reporting on stories from the very edge of society.

For her living in, and reporting on, bush Alaska is more than just a lifestyle – it’s a source of true happiness.

January 5, 2014

I am a Ski Builder

Will Spears is a dedicated ski bum. After growing up on the slopes of North Carolina, Spears decided to look for something a little steeper and shortly found himself in Alaska.

December 30, 2013

I Run The Talkeetna Roadhouse

One night a year, Talkeetna Roadhouse owner Trisha Costello pulls an all-nighter to feed the entire town.

http://youtu.be/Uv4gyBaNx64

December 22, 2013

I Am The Gingerbread Village Builder

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.

This year’s creation took six days to build and features a new country scene.

December 16, 2013

The Gentle Giants

The Carriage Wheel Ranch in Chugiak, Alaska is home to the Gentle Giants, six black Percheron draft horses.

The associated Horse-Drawn Carriage Company, owned by Jon Nauman, has been offering carriage, sleigh and wagon rides to Alaskans for nearly 40 years.

December 9, 2013

I Am Star the Reindeer

When people see a reindeer walking around downtown Anchorage, lots of questions come to mind. What is a reindeer doing in a wine shop, for example.

Albert Whitehead, the caretaker of Star the Reindeer, never gets tired of telling the story to each passerby he meets. For him “Star #6″ is a small piece of a long history of reindeer living at the corner of 10th and I in Anchorage.

December 2, 2013

I am an Alaskan Pro Wrestler

After the untimely death of his brother, Michael Saunders set out to do something different. He founded the Alaska Pro Wrestling league and found closure amongst the barrage of punches and body slams.

http://youtu.be/WMTUb4iKUpQ

November 25, 2013

I Am The Aurora Hunter

Todd Salat was born an Iowa country boy, making his way to the mountains as often as possible. Once he came of age, it didn’t take him long to find his way to Alaska.

Over the past 20+ years, mostly by trial and error, Salat has become one of the best photographers of the northern lights in Alaska, and the world.

More.

November 18, 2013

I Am A Blacksmith

In a world where most people make a living sitting behind a computer, Chris Cushman recreates tools straight out of history.

http://youtu.be/EqXqaLPeHyE

November 11, 2013

I Am A Metalhead

An Alaska metal veteran and an up-and-coming young band assess the Alaska metal scene, and the misconceptions about most metalheads.

http://youtu.be/c6RmIg4ZFNY

November 4, 2013

Unique Blends Barber Shop


Unique Blends has been serving Anchorage’s east side for years and has built a strong clientele based on their high standards. Beyond haircuts, the shop has also become a hub for Anchorage’s diverse community.

October 28, 2013

I Am A Whittier Teacher

Erika Thompson teaches grade school in Whittier, Alaska, a town where most people live and work in one building, and is only accessible by a miles-long tunnel with limited hours.

http://youtu.be/naPguX84Amg

October 21, 2013