Planet Alaska: Muskeg Love

Muskeg life is wet, mushy, juicy, fleshy, tangy, glabrous, globose and glandular.

 

Alaska for Real: Case lot stock up

At this time of the year stores offer big sales and the market in Thorne Bay across the strait from us is no different. At… Continue reading

 

The Eternal Quest of Floathouse Dwellers

When you live in a floathouse in SE Alaska for over twenty years you develop vision not dissimilar to The Terminator’s. You know how The… Continue reading

Mendenhall Glacier will see a few less visitors now that tourist season is over. (Vivian Mork Yéilk’ | For The Capital City Weekly)

Planet Alaska: Welcome to Alaska, now please go home

Welcome to Alaska, now please go home. One of many Alaskans’ favorite times of year is finally upon us: the end of tourist season! We… Continue reading

Mendenhall Glacier will see a few less visitors now that tourist season is over. (Vivian Mork Yéilk’ | For The Capital City Weekly)

Planet Alaska: Highbush Cranberries and Traditional Values

Berry picking for us is a family event with several generations harvesting together.

Sweat and driftwood: Building from scratch

It’s difficult to get building materials such as siding and roofing out in the wilderness, so when my sister Megan visited recently with the desire… Continue reading

TRAYLS crew and Ha Too Yeiti camp members watch as Ralph Wolfe of Yakutat shows how to process sockeye fillets. (Courtesy Photo | Ian Johnson)

Hoonah’s second annual culture camp weaves tradition into everyday life

The first week of July, over 60 community members and nearly 150 people of all ages boarded cars, trucks, vans and an Icy Strait bus… Continue reading

TRAYLS crew and Ha Too Yeiti camp members watch as Ralph Wolfe of Yakutat shows how to process sockeye fillets. (Courtesy Photo | Ian Johnson)

Alaska For Real: That shipwreck guy

If you live out in the wilderness in Southeast Alaska you will continually come across evidence of shipwrecks, new and old.

Fish Factor: Tiny cod fish reappearing around Kodiak

Tiny cod fish are reappearing around Kodiak. Researchers aim to find out if it is a blip, or a sign that the stock is recovering… Continue reading

Fish Factor: Shellfish and seafood businesses growing

As Gov. Bill Walker prepares to sign a bill this week enacting the Alaska Mariculture Development Plan, 16 new applicants hope to soon begin growing… Continue reading

Planet Alaska: Living the Dream

For those of you that may have missed our introduction article, your hosts at Planet Alaska are a mother/daughter duo. My mother is a writer… Continue reading

Alaska for Real: The best of childhoods

There is continuity between generations of rural Alaskans that defies time and the state’s vast distances. This was recently shown to me when I was… Continue reading

Alaska for Real: Lessons learned at the end of the world

When I signed the book deal to write a memoir about my childhood growing up in the burned ruins of an old cannery way out… Continue reading

A stranger helping out a single mom on the ferry. Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly

Alaska for Real: The ferry way

The ferry crewmember shared a conspiratorial smile with me as we crept up on the lounge. We peeked around the doorway. “Do you see them?”… Continue reading

A stranger helping out a single mom on the ferry. Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly

Summer boating: Adrift, aground, flipped, sunk

It was a sunny beautiful day and my parents and I took my brother Jamie’s little boys, Sterling and Ethan, over to the small bay… Continue reading

The Jeff Smith’s Parlor Museum on Second Ave and Broadway in Skagway. CCW file photo.

Southeast in Sepia: Skagway tourism

Tourism in Southeast Alaska dates back to the 1880s with cruises up the Inside Passage to see the varied sights. By the time of the… Continue reading

The Jeff Smith’s Parlor Museum on Second Ave and Broadway in Skagway. CCW file photo.

Southeast in Sepia: Finding ‘A Day in Skagway’

My column today is how a little bit of the area’s history dropped into our respective laps one day a few years ago and from… Continue reading

Southeast in Sepia: Mollie Brackett’s lost photo album

Mollie’s album gives us precious glimpses into the past, like personal letters and diaries. They show us the forgotten faces of people who, without these pictures, might be lost to history.