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.
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. Click for more.
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. More.
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. Click for more.
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. Click for more.
The Ship Creek area is mostly known for its fish and trains, but this group is hoping they can expand that. Anchorage Community Works was founded by four friends who decided to renovate an old warehouse off Ship Creek Road for their building. The plan is for the building to be a shared workspace for local artists.
Today we’re biking in Kincaid Park. The mountain bike trails, known as singletrack, are one of the park’s most popular features, and draw all kinds of riders. Diana Maioriello is here today with her family, who range from age 12 to about 50. They’re all avid bikers, and today they’ll be trying out the single track for the first time.
The Ski Train is a springtime tradition in Alaska, and one of the biggest parts of the experience is the roving polka band, the Alaska Blaskapelle. In this video, we take a look at the whole experience, and get a look at a few of the characters from the band. Click for more.
Recently I met up with Todd Salat, a photographer that makes his living shooting the auroras. Tonight he’s chosen a peak in the Eagle River highlands to start his shift. Being a professional aurora photographer may sound like the best job ever, but Salat says it can be shaky. It’s kind of like being a commercial fisherman.