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.
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.
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.
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.
From dresses made of horse hair, swan feathers, and red roses, Enzina Marrari creates garments that bridge fashion design and sculptural art.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One night a year, Talkeetna Roadhouse owner Trisha Costello pulls an all-nighter to feed the entire town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a world where most people make a living sitting behind a computer, Chris Cushman recreates tools straight out of history.
An Alaska metal veteran and an up-and-coming young band assess the Alaska metal scene, and the misconceptions about most metalheads.