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I Run The Talkeetna Roadhouse

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

October 21, 2013

Marge Ford’s Got a Squeeze Box!

Marge Ford has been playing, teaching, writing and performing polka music since she formed the Alaska Polka chips in 1977.

October 14, 2013

We Are The Overby Family Band

The Overby Family Band, or “Ode to the Roddes” is unique part of the Sutton, Alaska community.

Their musical style is “Jug Band,” a mix of Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass and Americana.


October 7, 2013

I Am The Pipe Cleaner Master

Creating up to 50,000 artistic pieces a year, Kenneth Williams can shape pipe cleaners into just about anything.

In addition to his business at Anchorage’s Sears Mall, Kenneth also creates intricate stop-motion animation films. His unwavering dedication to his craft, along with his kind-hearted personality makes Kenneth an inspiration to anyone who meets him.

September 29, 2013

I Am Touring Musician Marian Call

When it comes to touring, Marian Call is a force of nature. It’s a phenomenon she describes as wanderlust.

While she’s an Alaskan at heart and on paper, most of her time is spent outside – playing her unique style of music in the lower 48, Canada, and Europe.

September 23, 2013

I Am A Mushroom Hunter

Each fall, mushroom enthusiasts flock to rainy Girdwood to pick all the choice edibles they can eat. But some hunters would prefer their favorite mushroom patches be kept quiet.

Kate Mohatt is an ecologist and one of Girdwood’s local mushroom experts. She shares tips on how to avoid poisonous mushrooms on a fungai hunt, and how to enjoy one of the northern-most mushrooming destinations in the world.

September 16, 2013

We Are Mountain Runners

Ellyn Brown and Matias Saari are two of the most well known athletes in the Alaska mountain running community. Both runners have won Alaska’s toughest races, but will tell you they measure their success not by races won, but by how much time they get to spend running.

September 9, 2013

I Am A Blue Ribbon Baker

Patty Miller adores baking so much, she wins awards for her concoctions at the Alaska State Fair. She talks about her passion for cooking, while demonstrating how she bakes her famous chocolate cake and banana bread.

September 2, 2013

I Am A Greenhouse Guru

When Lonnie White first moved to Kodiak Island in the 1970’s, front yards in town were largely the domain of crab pots and junk cars, not ornate shrubberies.

However, in the past few years, local (and national) trends have caught up with his greenhouse business.

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August 26, 2013

I Am The Town Movie Maven

Whether it’s with cult films, theatrical performances, or musical acts, comedienne Collette Costa keeps her Juneau neighbors entertained year-round.

August 19, 2013

I Am A Midnight Russian Dumpling Slinger

In Juneau, Pelmeni is a household word. It is both the name of a restaurant, and the small Russian dumpling served there.

Nicholas Haws is one of the crew of locals that tends the pelmeni pots.

August 12, 2013