Over the last several winters, my sister has glided through the Alaskan wilds in subzero weather, running her beloved dog team down trails lit only by the moon.
The Alaska Ultrasport Iditarod Invitational is a human-powered race along the Iditarod Trail, the same route as Alaska's famed 1,000-mile sled dog race -- and these racers bike and ski the course.
It continues to be inexcusable and audacious that the State of Alaska continues to withhold this information, yet inflicts penalties on an individual with the courage to come forward at great personal risk to share that information in the public sphere.
Life doesn't seem to get much colder than it probably is during a winter in Barrow, the Alaskan town at the center of Andrew MacLean's On the Ice, a tale of living and dying on the edge of the world.
For those who love to ski -- as well as those who love to just sit on the couch staring out the window with a cup of cocoa in hand.
Bristol Bay demonstrates that some places should be left free of industrial development because their natural resource values, and the benefits they provide to people, outstrip short-term development values.
The premise of dog mushing is simple: hook a few dogs together along a rope, attach the rope to a sled, stand on the runners of the sled and hold on. The reality of dog mushing is infinitely more complex.
The Grey is gruesome at times, but it's also involving emotionally, as the puny mortals reveal themselves to each other in the face of something as insurmountable as the frigid Alaskan outback.
Complaint. Don't leave the theater once the credits come on. Ever. There is a tag ending here.
We've been shoveling non-stop just to keep the roofs from caving in and the snow from obscuring the doorways. We have to work to keep pathways to and fro carved into the six feet or more of snow covering the ground. It might seem a little out there to come to such a place for rest and relaxation, but I'll let you in on a little secret: For many people living in Alaska, it's our favorite time of year.
When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound, it unleashed a regional catastrophe whose effects continue to play out these two decades later. One such apparent effect was the subsequent collapse of the region's herring.
The evidence is as strong as it is puzzling: countries that have a lot of natural resources -- things like oil, gas and minerals -- tend to be poorer than those that don't.
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In the seclusion of living "away from the things of man," time seems to bend and curve in unusual ways here. The world spins without us even noticing. We live in a place where wolves can still howl at night and bears can wander into our yard.
Christine Shearer's extraordinary chronicle of a native Alaskan village's demise and inevitable relocation due to climate changes ranks as one of the most timely and important books to be published in 2011.