Capital City Weekly

Basket made by Faye Kohrt filled with goose tongue. Vivian Faith Prescott | For the Capital City Weekly

Planet Alaska: Foraging for goose tongue

I crouch down on the beach beside Grandson Jonah. A field of green clumps of grass-like plants we call goose tongue surrounds us. In Tlingit… Continue reading

Basket made by Faye Kohrt filled with goose tongue. Vivian Faith Prescott | For the Capital City Weekly

Sound Publishing buys Capital City Weekly

Seattle-based Sound Publishing, Inc., announced today its purchase of the Capital City Weekly and the Juneau Empire from GateHouse Media. Sound Publishing President Gloria Fletcher… Continue reading

Fred Hamilton Sr. of Ellis Airlines. Photo courtesy of Betty Marker.

Craig – Then and Now: The Age of Ellis Airlines

A few weeks ago I saw in the Prince of Wales Island Post that Island Air Express will begin flying from the Klawock Airport to… Continue reading

Fred Hamilton Sr. of Ellis Airlines. Photo courtesy of Betty Marker.
Outer Coast College core team during a meeting, from left to right: Cecilia Dumouchel, Erin Slomski-Pritz, Johnny Elliott, Bryden Sweeney-Taylor, and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.

Rethinking the college experience in Sitka

Sitting down to a hot meal of baked salmon, freshly caught by fellow students in nearby Sitka Sound is part of the plan — and… Continue reading

Outer Coast College core team during a meeting, from left to right: Cecilia Dumouchel, Erin Slomski-Pritz, Johnny Elliott, Bryden Sweeney-Taylor, and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.
Wilson’s warbler. Photo by Bill Heard.

What’s Happening the week of April 11-17

Raincounty Flyfishers Meeting, Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School library. George Elgee will present a slide show on his trip to Greenland… Continue reading

Wilson’s warbler. Photo by Bill Heard.
Jamie watches as his dog Moby notices the cat (out of frame). Photo courtesy of Tara Neilson.

Alaska for Real: Bridging the wilderness

One year we lived in the only remaining, standing building in the old, burned cannery where I grew up. We were fixing up our floathouse… Continue reading

Jamie watches as his dog Moby notices the cat (out of frame). Photo courtesy of Tara Neilson.
Jeff Lund holds a fish from a fishing trip. Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly.

This is fun…right?

“This is the expectation, man. For steelhead fishing in late March, this is what it’s about.” It was around noon and Rob was at a… Continue reading

Jeff Lund holds a fish from a fishing trip. Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly.

The first-timer’s guide to Folk Fest

There’s no music more real than the kind found at a real live folk festival. It’s the kind of place where genuineness is more valued… Continue reading

Pharis and Jason Romero. (Courtesy image)

Folk duo Pharis and Jason Romero put down roots as Alaska Folk Fest guest artists

Folk music is a wide umbrella covering an enormous amount of genres and subgenres, so it’s of no small surprise that the answer musicians give… Continue reading

Pharis and Jason Romero. (Courtesy image)
Fiddlehead ferns. Photo by Vivian Mork Y&

Planet Alaska: Spring is sneaking into Alaska

Spring, Taakw eetí, is sneaking into Alaska again. Fairbanks and Juneau are still covered in snow. In Sitka, there are signs of spring. As I… Continue reading

Fiddlehead ferns. Photo by Vivian Mork Y&
Long Hill, Chilkoot Trail, looking southwest. This view shows the Chilkoot Railroad & Transport Company (CR&T) aerial tramway in operation. One of the CR&T tramway towers is in the background left and a canoe and crate are being hauled over the line toward the summit of the Chilkoot Trail. Two men, possibly tramway workers, are observing the load. This photograph was taken on Long Hill between Sheep Camp and the Scales between the spring-fall of 1898-1899. Image courtesy of the National Park Service, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Candy Waugaman Collection, KLGO LH-68-8973.

Southeast in Sepia: The Chilkoot Railroad & Transport Company

The Chilkoot Railroad &Transport Company (otherwise known as the CR&T Company) was the longest, most sophisticated and best known of the three aerial tramways that… Continue reading

Long Hill, Chilkoot Trail, looking southwest. This view shows the Chilkoot Railroad & Transport Company (CR&T) aerial tramway in operation. One of the CR&T tramway towers is in the background left and a canoe and crate are being hauled over the line toward the summit of the Chilkoot Trail. Two men, possibly tramway workers, are observing the load. This photograph was taken on Long Hill between Sheep Camp and the Scales between the spring-fall of 1898-1899. Image courtesy of the National Park Service, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Candy Waugaman Collection, KLGO LH-68-8973.

What’s Happening the week of April 4-10

Partners in Healing, April 5, 5:15 p.m., Gold Town Theater. This film discusses the partnership between western medicine and other healing modalities to promote a… Continue reading

George Gress speaks with a reporter at his home in Juneau on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 about his three-year tenure making guitars for clients across the country. Richard McGrail | For the Capital City Weekly

Making sustainable music

A pallet, planks from an old dock in Dillingham, and a used skateboard are all things that George Gress has repurposed into guitars. He’s passionate… Continue reading

George Gress speaks with a reporter at his home in Juneau on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 about his three-year tenure making guitars for clients across the country. Richard McGrail | For the Capital City Weekly
Camp 18 sits on a rock knob above the Gilkey Trench, as students take in the sunset on the Juneau Icefield, July 2017. Photo by Ben Huff.

In focus: The Juneau Icefield Research Program

This summer, a group of about 30 students will step into the most unique classroom they will ever have: the Juneau Icefield. Every year, students… Continue reading

Camp 18 sits on a rock knob above the Gilkey Trench, as students take in the sunset on the Juneau Icefield, July 2017. Photo by Ben Huff.
Hope Griffin in July 2016. Photo by Micah Mackenzie, courtesy of Hope Griffin.

Alaska calls Hope home

Among this year’s Alaska Folk Festival lineup of artists is Hope Griffin, a singer/songwriter based out of Asheville, North Carolina, whose music has been inspired… Continue reading

Hope Griffin in July 2016. Photo by Micah Mackenzie, courtesy of Hope Griffin.
The humble, yet hardworking and epic logging (raft) dog. Photo by Tara Neilson.

Alaska for Real: The secret life of logging dogs

If you stroll down Clay Street in Portland, Oregon’s Central Eastside District you’ll spy an odd looking, small sculpture: a steel spike with a circle… Continue reading

The humble, yet hardworking and epic logging (raft) dog. Photo by Tara Neilson.
Glassing for grouse looks weird, but this is the way it’s done&

Going for grouse

Enthusiasm can enhance skill, but it can’t replace experience. In my effort to become a better Alaskan, I took up grouse hunting last fall. This… Continue reading

Glassing for grouse looks weird, but this is the way it’s done&

What’s Happening the week of March 28-April 3

Raincounty Flyfishers meeting, Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School Library. It will soon be time to fish for Dolly Varden, and they… Continue reading

“Pair of Ravens” by Nicole Bauberger. Courtesy image.

Art exhibits, food samples and an app launch this First Friday

There’s some fascinating events happening this First Friday in downtown Juneau, from art exhibits, chances to sample products, and even an app launch. Continuing Exhibit:… Continue reading

“Pair of Ravens” by Nicole Bauberger. Courtesy image.
Young adult author Ally Carter. Courtesy image.

Young adult author launches teen thriller set in Alaska

As New York Times Bestselling author Ally Carter took a cruise through Southeast Alaska in 2014, she had the initial idea for her new young… Continue reading

Young adult author Ally Carter. Courtesy image.