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Indie Alaska

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.

April 27, 2014

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.

April 21, 2014

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.

April 15, 2014

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.

April 6, 2014

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.

March 30, 2014

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

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.

March 16, 2014

I am a Craftsman


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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