Reclaimed

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed...

Seeds of Change

This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of 61°North Magazine. It’s just after noon in Peterson Cove as Marie and Ron Bader head to work. The sun is high in the September sky, warming the metal seats of their skiff, but the water that sprays off the...
Driving to Ninilchik: Volcano views on the Kenai Peninsula

Driving to Ninilchik: Volcano views on the Kenai Peninsula

Travel nearly 100 miles south down the Sterling Highway, past Skilak Lake and Soldotna and Kasilof and Clam Gulch. Turn at the sign for Ninilchik Village. Cross the bridge. From here, you can drive the road to the beach, or walk the footpath to the bluff. “Are you...
A day in the life of a Bristol Bay fisherman

A day in the life of a Bristol Bay fisherman

We participate in the commercial set gillnet fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Our sites that we fish at are located on the western side of Nushagak Bay near Coffee Point. The operation is run out of a 23-foot aluminum skiff using two 300-foot-long nets and a typical...
An afternoon in Kodiak

An afternoon in Kodiak

The harbor’s siren song calls to the locals, beckoning them to the shoreline at all hours. Young couples cozy up on the tailgate of pickup trucks on the pier, looking for seals and sea lions amongst the rocks; captains sip post-work coffees by the railing while the...