The hard work — and perks — of running an Alaskan sled dog kennel

Mar 25, 2022
David Monson, owner of a sled dog kennel, says racing in Alaska’s wilderness is “a magical experience.”
David Monson, owner of Trail Breaker Kennel, doesn't think of his job as work. "I look at it as the opportunity to experience what a lot of people don’t.”
Photo courtesy Tekla Monson

After a difficult year, Alaska's salmon industry is back

Jul 28, 2021
Last year, Alaska's sockeye salmon industry suffered from a worker shortage. This year, salmon are plentiful and selling at robust prices.
In 2020, salmon processors didn’t have enough people to cut, package and ship fish, so they bought less. In turn, fewer salmon were harvested. This year, biologists are forecasting a record run.
Emily Schwing

Oil drilling bids for Alaskan wildlife refuge expected to be meager

Jan 1, 2021
Oil giants are expected to sit out the bidding, which would mean low lease prices and measly royalties for the government.
Native American leaders hold signs against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge outside the U.S. Capitol in 2018.
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For small commercial fishermen in Alaska, the business can be boom or bust

Aug 22, 2018
Why one fisherman in Alaska won't leave the industry, despite the ups and downs.
Salmon fishermen hauling in salmon on July 1, 2015 in Newtok, Alaska.
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A rural Alaskan village established a reindeer herd to improve diet and boost economy

Dec 11, 2017
The isolated village of Port Heiden hopes reindeer, and a few other farm animals, may be the answer to expensive imported fresh food.
When Meshik Farm reindeer are not grazing on the tundra, they live in a pen the size of football field. 
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More arctic drilling could help fund the federal tax bill

Nov 9, 2017
The debate over drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has returned to Washington, this time tied to the fast-moving tax bill on Capitol Hill. Bill supporters hope that opening up the arctic to more federal drilling leases could generate $1 billion in federal revenue. But some market projections put the amount at far less […]

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An Alaska town is at risk of losing its modern-day gold rush — cruise ship tourism

Aug 21, 2017
Skagway, Alaska is dependent on the cruise ship industry for its economy. The town needs to build a new dock to accommodate bigger ships, but a private company which leases the docks, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, won't approve a new dock unless the town extends its lease for another 15 years.
Tourists fill Skagway's Broadway Street on a busy July afternoon. A cruise ship looms in the background.
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Tourism on tribal land is a growing industry

Jul 3, 2017
More people are traveling to Native American land for vacations. Tribal tourism is a $8.6 billion industry and growing.
More than 5 million people have visited Skywalk since it opened 10 years ago on the Hualapai Reservation. 
Carrie Jung

Getting out of the office in Anchorage, Alaska

May 2, 2017
After more than three decades at architectural firms, Clark Yerrington decided it was time to go it alone.
A light rainbow hits the water as a surfer waits to catch the Bore Tide at Turnagain Arm in Anchorage, Alaska.
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