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Gustavus Demolition Derby

Even in relatively tight-knit bush communities, there are few things that everyone can agree upon. But in the southeast Alaska town of Gustavus (population 500), residents have recently discovered an event that seemingly everyone...

Big Cruise Ships Return for 2021

Big cruise ships will be returning to Alaska for an abbreviated season in 2021, now that President Joe Biden has signed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act. The new law, championed by Alaska’s congressional delegation,...

Unwind at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center and Lodge

Make no mistake, the Kodiak Brown Bear Center and Lodge isn’t a bear rescue center or a rehab facility for orphaned cubs. There are no fences or cages here. Nor is it thronged with...

Enjoying, and Extracting From, Alaska’s Public Land

The edge of the bride’s dress, brilliant white in the mid-May sun, grazes gray rocks on the beach at Derby Cove in Caines Head State Recreation Area. She and her groom arrived moments before...

Road trip to Eagle

Take a road trip to Eagle to see historic items, like these two engines that were used to power one of interior Alaska’s first radio stations. Courtesy Craig McCaa, BLM. Drive the...

The Eagle River Nature Center Celebrates 25 years

Eagle River Nature Center summer resident staff member Timothy Kane enjoys a rainbow from the Salmon Viewing Deck. Photos by ERNC’s assistant operations manager Colin Tyler. See more of his work at colintyler.com The...

Black Army Soldiers Served in Early Skagway

Some likely were born as slaves. Their brothers-in-arms a year prior had stormed San Juan Hill under withering fire from their side’s 10-barrel Gatling guns, seizing a Spanish-held blockhouse and trenches alongside Roosevelt’s “Rough...

The Plane! Bush Communities Rely on Air Service

I pause in my outside chores and cock my ear—a faint, whirring roar from downriver. Across the village of Ambler, folks are doing the same; or maybe they heard the announcement on their always-on...

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