I have a massive issue when it comes to foraging. Some would call it my gift. Others (like my berry-picking friends) would call it my curse. You see, deep in the incomprehensible double-helix thingy of my DNA structure, I have an unmistakable gene for hunting and gathering. I love it.
Emmy nominated and multiple-award-winning filmmakers Josh Thomas and JJ Kelley have made a name for themselves traveling across Alaska's vast and remote stretches of wilderness. They've thrived where few would dare venture. Their new film premieres in Alaska at the upcoming Anchorage International Film Festival. Click for more details.
On Wednesday afternoon, multiple callers to the Alaska Sea Life Center Hotline reported a sea otter pup on the road near Mud Bay at the base of the Homer spit. The otter was admitted to the I.Sea.U critical care unit this week. Read more.
This time of the year is usually bitter sweet for me. If you have been outside lately, you are sure to have noticed the leaves starting to turn. The kids are back in school, and the Alaska State Fair is in full swing. Sweaters and hats will soon be pulled from summer storage and an inventory of winter gear is in order. Read more.
Winter is here in full force across the state. And with a monster storm rolling in to Western Alaska, a quick review of emergency preparedness is not a bad idea. Here is a good emergency supply list from the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. See the list.
Community cleanups are nothing new to Marshall, Alaska. For years, the environmental department of the Marshall Tribal Council has hosted drives to collect cans, cardboard, scrap lumber and whatever else local residents have been willing to part with in efforts to make the Yukon River community of around 400 a cleaner and safer community in which to live. But this year was different. Read more.
Most Saturdays, husband Dave and I push a cart around Costco, sampling the latest tooth-picked sausage dipped in some sugary goop. Across from the massive freezers, we observe self-published authors sitting at card tables behind piles of books. These artists are eagerly trying to catch passing shoppers. The lucky ones sign copies or hand out promotional brochures. Read more.