Looking out the living room window of our duplex on Iliamna Drive I couldn’t have missed Ruby on her hands and knees furiously yanking from the flower bed my newly transplanted flowers. We were new to Alaska, having lived our first year on Government Hill and new to the neighborhood, Susitna View Park, just west of Turnagain-By-the-Sea subdivision, where Mel and Ruby lived. Their son, Norman, and I had become friends. The year was 1954. Read more.
Talkeetna is one of my favorite places in Alaska… It has something, something special. There’s the appeal on the surface; it’s a small, charming town on the edge of the wilderness. Why should you visit? Where should you stay? Where you should you eat? What are the sights to see? Read more.
Grandmothers are no longer sitting in rockers, knitting socks or being an annoyance to their daughters-in-law—well let’s hope! In reality, grandparents have been economically necessary throughout history. In agrarian times they raised children and boosted family incomes by engaging in cottage trade while parents worked the fields or kept the local shops. I remember the exact spot I first became a grandmother. Read more.
In the 1970s biologists did reconnaissance of offshore islands throughout Alaska's coastal areas to determine abundance and distribution of marine mammals and birds to help select lands for new refuges, parks, and monuments that would be created under the 1980 Alaska Lands Act. Their arduous trip used a 15-foot inflatable Zodiac with two 25 hp outboard motors.
This video is of a speech presented by Dan Sullivan, Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources, State of Alaska at the Arctic Imperative Summit in June at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. Click for more.
Here's what I think. When you make something this healthy that tastes this good, it is your responsibility as a human being to share it with the world. And by world, I really mean with all my girlfriends. Because who needs a tofu popscicle or dairy-free/wheat-free/vegan/bilingual/yoga-enthusiast green smoothie when you can eat something that tastes DELICIOUS and probably cures cancer at the same time?! See the recipe.
The Anchorage Soil and Water Conservation District is hoping to open the Anchorage Woodlot Thursday, May 3, 2012, depending on site conditions. Due to tremendous snow accumulation at the previous location, the woodlot is being moved to the South Anchorage Sports Park this year. The basic cost for remains at $10 per load, all material such as mulch or firewood taken from the woodlot is FREE. Learn more.
Although Fairbanks had the Malemute Saloon, Juneau had the Red Dog Saloon and even little Homer had the Salty Dawg Saloon, Anchorage had no bar with an authentic Alaskan theme. In 1967, some high school friends and I bought the Bird House Bar, a funky Alaskan themed bar on the Seward Highway. Read more.
Not long after moving to Alaska, my mother almost called the cops on me. Such was my transgression that I have little doubt the Anchorage cops would have enlisted the Territorial Police and the U.S. Marshals in hunting me down. Read more.
As Jerry Seinfeld says, buying fruit is a gamble—so are some art trips. In mid-July I headed to Providence, Rhode Island to take my art-philosophy Ph.D. orals. My husband, Dave, came along so he could eat tons of lobster and give me hugs. Happily, I passed – though going before academics is scary, even if you’ve studied hours and hours. Stay tuned as it’s going to be fun to report on my project: The Art of Winston Churchill. Read more
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.
This is a gallery of photos I took during long walking breaks from an editing project I worked on this fall. I was especially interested in taking photos on these walks because we had such clear, crisp weather for much of autumn with very few dustings of snow. See the gallery.
Tarri Thurman has been a metalsmith for 10 years. Originally a hairdresser from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she moved to Alaska in 1995, working a variety of jobs from back hoe operator to arborist to pizza maker. She sold my first piece of artwork as an apprentice, off the bench, before it was completed. Read more.
My name is Rohan Silbaugh. I am 11 years old and I am traveling with my parents around the world at from my home in Anchorage. We started our trip late in May, 2011 and will return exactly one year later. We have traveled in Asia for five months and will leave tomorrow. We have been to China, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Thailand. I was fascinated by all the astonishing things I saw. Asia is extremely photogenic, requires immensely difficult traveling, and has captivating culture. Click for more photos.