web-posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The Petersburg Rainforest Festival had its 10th anniversary this year. The community has a solid foraging community that shares those connections with others. As part of the event, they usually have events in both Petersburg and nearby, such as boat excursions to glaciers off the Stikine Icefield. This year I went along for the naturalist trip up the river.
web-posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017
As a lifelong Sitkan I have grown close to our coastal rainforest. As I head off to my first year of college this fall, I know I will miss this place. However, I can’t help but wonder — how much will it change?
web-posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017
And just like that, the winds have changed. Our summer, such as it was, is fading with the light, as are my regular dispatches from Petersburg. I heard KRBD’s Leila Kheiry on the radio interviewing Wes Adkins, with Juneau-based National Weather Service, who laughed at his own descriptions of Ketchikan’s record-breaking summer rainfall. In that laugh I heard the can-you-believe-this tone that’s been echoing around town.
web-posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Nancy Reagan once said, “A woman is like a teabag–only in hot water do you realize how strong she is.” On May 3, 1829, at the young age of nineteen, that is precisely where Elisabeth de Rossillon found herself–in hot water! While walking down the street on the outskirts of the city of Reval in Estonia, she caught the eye of Baron Ferdinand von Wrangell who exclaimed, “Behold this angelic face. Truly, I have never seen anything like it.” A few days later, Ferdinand proposed and three weeks later they wed.
web-posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Art has been an important aspect of Juneau over the years, and 2017’s recipients for the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts are fine examples of that tradition living on through them.
web-posted Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Cruise ships. Those words elicit a firestorm of opinion in many Alaskans.
web-posted Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The majority of the cruise ships that make Juneau a port of call carry thousands of passengers. The National Geographic Quest will host just 100.
web-posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017
After years of preparation, this summer’s the time to jump into feature length film-making. “The Last 40 Miles” is a survival drama set in Southeast Alaska set to film in September 2017. The actors are Kamy Bruder and Brady Roberts, both with film credits already to their names, coming up to Alaska for the first time to spend a week filming in the woods.
web-posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Rowboat travel, even in boats with a sail like Oiselle, is usually sea turtle travel. They’re slow and bound by weather and tides but they see more and they can navigate oceans.
web-posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017
It happens fast. When the fishermen go to the grounds and leave empty harbor stalls, I find myself imagining Petersburg in the wintertime. I know! It’s too early! But part of a successful winter is laying groundwork in summer. Artist Janine Gibbons, originally from Petersburg, is renting a space in downtown Petersburg with exactly that in mind.
web-posted Wednesday, July 5, 2017
I did what we always do in these situations. I turned to what we had on hand: an old, weathered ladder; beachcombed dairy crates; weathered cedar shakes left over from an old project; and the remains of a shipwreck on a nearby beach.
web-posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017
I never know what to expect when someone walks into the bookstore. Which is appropriate, since most people who wander in aren’t sure what they’re looking for. Together those things can provide some fascinating interactions.
web-posted Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Sitka Summer Musical Festival has big dreams and they are taking actions to make them come true.
web-posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017
This year’s intern at Farragut Farm is Kassie Springhoff from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She went on a river trip in the boundary waters and met someone who thought she’d really like Alaska.