Alaska 2117

Summer 2015. Southcentral Alaska. The road north passes through familiar scenery: hay flats near Palmer, lakes by Wasilla, scattered homes and businesses and forest in between. Then somewhere around Willow, the landscape changed. Greenery gave way to black. We were...
24 hours in Whittier

24 hours in Whittier

By Kirsten Swann One of the best things about Whittier is getting there in the first ricelace. Visitors arrive either by land, through a two-and-a-half mile tunnel beneath Maynard Mountain, or by sea, through striking Prince William Sound. Once there, your options...
Video: Winter solstice in Nome

Video: Winter solstice in Nome

Winter solstice, the darkest day of the year, is particularly dark in northern parts of Alaska. Nome, situated on the coast of the Seward Peninsula and the edge of the Bering Sea, gets less then four hours of sunlight during winter solstice. This video appeared Dec....

Trash Talk

Jason Esler removes his cap, wipes his brow and surveys the fresh mound of potato peels, watermelon rinds, crushed zucchini, tomatoes and other various food scraps he’s just dumped into a hole. The stocky blonde with two shaggy shoulder-length braids takes a minute to...

Seeds of Change

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 stern is rousingly cold. It’s a quick commute for the retired teachers turned...