THROWBACK: Novarupta Volcano – 100 Years Ago

The eruption that transformed Southwest Alaska [By Andromeda Romano-Lax] A hundred years ago, on a hot and windless June day along the Katmai coast, a strange snow began to fall. Rice-sized bits of pumice whitened Kaflia Bay, while to the west, darkness crept across the sky.

Sojourn to Seward

Calling all wildlife weekend warriors [by Michelle Theall] IF YOU WANT TO GET A QUINTESSENTIAL TASTE OF ALASKA, and you wan to check a few items off your bucket list in a single weekend, point your car down the Seward Highway, a nationally designated scenic byway, and get your camera ready. The...

Fall Rush

Experience Denali Park in autumn [By Julie Stricker] A crisp breeze ruffles the fur of a tawny grizzly as it grazes in a patch of blueberries only yards from a busload of people. They whisper excitedly as camera shutters whir, but the bear is intent on its meal and pays no attention.

Protect Izembek

As Bjorn Dihle wrote in “A Tale of Two Roads” [May 2018], the proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge would, indeed, threaten migratory bird populations and set a dangerous precedent for wilderness areas across the nation. That’s too high a price for a project that is really...

Spruce, Not Cedar

[In the Prince of Wales article, May 2018], the 5,000-6,000-year-old basket referred to as cedar is actually spruce root. Dave Putnam discovered the Thorne River Basket while working for the Forest Service in the summer of 1994. He and I led the recovery effort and had the basket transported to the...

Acknowledging Knowledge

I live about two pick axe handles from the post office. When I walk it, it seems like two miles. But whether I drive or walk (my George Attla hand-made sled hangs upside-down on my back porch), I never leave the post office until I have thumbed through my Alaska magazine and found “On the...

Denali Details

I enjoyed reading about my late neighbors Ginny Wood and Celia Hunter in the March [2018] edition. However, you did get one thing wrong. Woody did not summit Denali in 1947. My father, Gordon Herreid, was the leader of that expedition and they had to turn back at around 17,000 feet, as Woody was...