Paddling the Big Yukon in a Little Boat

A little girl on the beach of Russian Mission was the first person to ask the question I'd been expecting for the past six months. The question was the most obvious of all: why? Why were we attempting to paddle the entirety of the Yukon River? Click to read more.

Arctic Imperative: James Stotts, President – Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska

Alaska needs to experience a paradigm shift, a collective paradigm shift. It won’t be easy. But, if we can, then the Arctic imperative might become the Arctic reality. Read more.

Professor Mariano Gonzales – Alone on the ALCAN

Arctic Entries is the live, monthly storytelling event from your friends and neighbors in anchorage. On our Road Trips show UAA Professor Mariano Gonzalez looks back at being an invincible twenty year old whirling up and down the ALCAN in a VW beattle that only a mechanic could appreciate. To introduce Mariano here is Arctic Entries founder and former host, James Keck. Listen to the full story.

A Native Lad: Turning Words Into Pictures

When I heard that the Alaska Humanities Forum was giving out $1 million in grants for creative projects associated with the 50th anniversary of statehood, I decided to apply for one to write a play. I was awarded the grant in 2008. Read more.

Arctic Imperative: Marie Greene – CEO, NANA

This presentation, given by NANA President and CEO Marie Greene, was recorded at the Arctic Imperative Summit in June at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. For more details of the event, including video of each of the speakers, check out

427 – A Series of Black and White Photos

The UAA Student Union Gallery presents 427, a series of black and white photographs by UAA BFA graduate Liz Shine, exploring the tangible and intangible elements of memory, family, loss, physical space, and time. Click to read the artist's statement.

Tales of an Italian Art Adventure: Part 1

I hadn’t been to Europe in forty years. Summer 1968, I worked at a community center in London’s East End, doing art projects. Late afternoons I would help the cook, her main ingredients seemed to be canned mackerel and powered pudding mix. I slept on an old WWII army cot, the showers were undependable. Click to read more.

Sea Ice Study Goes Beyond the Numbers

In places where the air gets cold enough to freeze seawater, sea ice creates a world known by few people a shifting, ephemeral, both jagged and smooth platform of white that clings to the shore for much of the year. Click to read more.

Arctic Imperative: Pete Slaiby – VP, Shell Alaska

The possibility is that the Arctic is home to a quarter of the world’s yet untapped oil and gas reserves. And the thought is that more than 25% of the oil may lie off the coast of Alaska. I don’t mind telling you that as an experienced Arctic explorer with a majority leaseholder position in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Shell is counting on it. Read the full remarks.

You Know You Live on Big Lake When…

Big Lake blogger Lisa Conner muses on her families life in their waterfront cabin, accessible only by boat. Read more.

Arctic Imperative: Edward Saggan Itta – Mayor, North Slope Borough

Whether we like it or not — the polar region is changing. The natural world is constantly in a state of flux, but the pace at which we’ve seen the sea ice erode in recent years is unprecedented. The same goes for erosion eating away at our shores, or the number of months when the tundra is exposed. Our ice cellars are melting along with the permafrost. Click to read more.

Book Review: Spoon Fed by Kim Severson

Remember when the Anchorage Daily News was thicker. Those days are gone but the News’ former food editor Kim Severson is well and now the Atlanta bureau chief for the New York Times. She’s just published a memoir-cookbook. Severson finishes each culinary interview with recipes like aioli and even spaghetti and meatballs. Click to read more.

Photographing the Aurora: A Quick Guide

With every spike in solar activity, flares are sent off from the sun and come cascading over the magnetosphere, where the energy is released in various shades of undulating greens, blues and reds we call the Aurora. It’s always a challenge to capture these silky forms, but a few preparatory measures can ensure you get the best possible image to wow your friends and family. Find out more.