Many more than 49 words about the Ultra in the 49th state

July 27, 2014
Runners compete in the inaugural 2013 Big Wild Life Runs Anchorage Mile. This year BWLR debuts the 49K Ultra in the 49th State. courtesy BWLR

BY TOBY WIDDICOMBE Last year Heidi Beer and I worked hard to get the inaugural Anchorage Mile certified, but that’s not our distance. That’s for those bizarre people who have…

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Six Mile Creek whitewater and bluegrass festival

July 25, 2014
Kayakers enjoy the rapids of Six Mile Creek during the 2013 Six Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival. This year's event is set for Aug. 8-10. Courtesy Tim Johnson

Blue (grass) + white (water) = festival (fun) Where else can you combine such chill events as listening to bluegrass (or playing; all fiddles welcome) and paddling in pools of…

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Of moose and mosquitoes

July 24, 2014
New born moose calf in the woods being pestered by mosquitoes in spring in Alaska. Shot near the Ted Stevens International Airport.Mark Stadsklev / AlaskaStock

Big and small, these bush neighbors make their presence known Alaska is justifiably famous for creatures large and small, and the most noteworthy to me are moose and mosquitoes.  We…

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What you need to know about Salmonstock 2014

July 22, 2014

The details When: Aug. 1-3, 2014 Where: Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik What: Salmonstock is three days of fish, fun and music. This annual four-stage music festival features more than 60…

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Floatplane Follies

July 18, 2014
Illustration: By Owen Tucker

The underbelly of owning and operating your own plane After years of depending on air taxis and all day snowmachine treks to supply our remote, off-grid, off-road home north of…

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