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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

I Inherited a Sled Dog Team

Elijah Goodfarm’s father came to Alaska with the dream of mushing across the state, but would die shortly after arriving. After his father’s death, Goodfarm packed up his life and took his father’s place taking care of his 36 dog kennel.

August 5, 2013

I Am An Off The Grid Artist

Wendy Smith-Wood spent the early part of her life climbing mountains around the world and serving for the British Army.

When cancer struck at age 27, she decided to completely change her life. Now, she’s a fiber artist living 111 miles from Anchorage, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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July 29, 2013

I Am A Bush Pilot

Alaska bush pilot Willy Fulton is known for his experience flying to remote locations, and his direct, likable personality.

Fulton is also known as the pilot who last flew Timothy Treadwell, and ultimately came upon Treadwell’s remains in Katmai National Park.

July 22, 2013

I am Daphne DoAll LaChores

Scott Koeller has been regularly dressing in drag since college and with the help of his wife has created a lasting persona as Daphne DoAll LaChores.

Daphne is well known as the host of Mad Myrna’s Drag Queen Divas show, but many would be surprised to learn that the Anchorage fixture is also the handyman at Mad Myrna’s, one of the top gay bars in the country.

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July 15, 2013

I am a Commercial Fisherman

Toby Sullivan has been setnet fishing the shores of Uganik Bay on Kodiak Island since 1983. His fish camp, known as East Point, is only accessible by boat or seaplane.

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July 7, 2013

I Am A Hooligan Fisherman

Alaska is known for its abundant salmon fisheries, but few outsiders have ever heard of the yearly hooligan runs.

These fish earned the name “candlefish” from being so fat during spawning, with up to 15% of total body weight in fat, that if caught, dried, and strung on a wick, it can be burned as a candle.

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June 30, 2013

I Am A High School Indie Rock Star

On the night of their farewell show, Gerygone & Twig members reflect on their band’s impact on a small Alaskan town, and what it means to grow up differently from most other high school kids.

June 24, 2013

I am a Musk Ox Farmer

Musk Ox Farm Director Mark Austin is responsible for the largest (and possibly only), modern domestication experiment. For a number of years, he has been raising musk ox in the Mat-Su Valley.

June 17, 2013

I am a Paramotorist

Chris Reynolds has spent most of his life chasing the ever elusive “hang time,” sports like snowboarding provide. Recently, Reynolds has found a new love and a new adrenaline high: Paramotoring.

June 10, 2013

I am a Volunteer Ski Bum

Arctic Valley has been providing Alaskans with grassroots skiing since the 1940s.

Sitting next to an old military missile site, the ski area relies almost entirely on its volunteers to stay alive.

June 2, 2013