The Woman Who Married a Whale

(fiction) Story and illustrations by Jocelyn Paine In my youthful self, I imagined the sea was a basket of treasures. All things that came from it were delights to my eyes or thrilled my mouth or woke my skin. When my sister and I set out foraging, I always suggested the sea’s edge, while she...

The Power of a Burning Book

One woman’s stand-off with a persistent grizzly By Nancy Pfeiffer I am drifting off to sleep in my tent in the Ray Mountains, a little-known mountain range north of Fairbanks and south of the Brooks Range. My 12-year-old Australian sheepdog, Blumli, sleeps at my feet. The arctic sun, still above...

The Black Spruce

Learning from a tree By Corinna Cook To understand the black spruce, remember it grows from a fist-sized root ball as grey and compact and crucial as a brain. Each black spruce spindles itself straight up into the crack of the cold, stout branches making a skyward scrub from base to apex all winter...

King Fishing the Wild Coast

Casting Creeks on the Alaska Peninsula Enjoy these extra online photos by Greg Thomas. Learn more about the September 2019 issue, HERE

Fruit for All

By Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan Alaska fruit growers are a generous bunch. Ira Edwards is known around Alaska as an avid outdoorsman who fishes, hunts, cycles, and skis—these days from a wheelchair or other adaptive gear. What people may not know is that he’s also an avid gardener and fruit...

Micah Hahn and Ben Tietge

Founders of a community supported fishery After Micah Hahn and Ben Tietge moved to Alaska in summer 2017, Tietge bought a boat and started commercial fishing in the Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound. 2019 was their second season operating the Copper Valley Fish Collective, which allows...