Coast Guard rescue swimmer Ethan McKenzie says there is more to the job than jumping out of a helicopter and saving people.
Longtime Fairbanks resident Carol Johnson says she grew up in an active family, and that habit stayed with her throughout her life. She bikes in the summer, skis in the winter, and does lots of walking. The 74-year-old is also a regular athlete in the Alaska International Senior Games, where she has competed in power walking, table tennis, cycling, track, and mini golf. “One of the words of inspiration would be, try something new. Second of all, try it with a buddy. I know sometimes it’s a little bit daunting to go out and try something on your own, but if you have a group of people—like when I play table tennis there’s a group of people—you can have a lot of fun. Part of what I like about table tennis is just the group interactions and laughing. We don’t play cutthroat, but we laugh. It’s a good social activity.…
Justin Creech is a professional racer who is striving to build the UTV racing community in Alaska and create a year-round sport.
Chris Pollack and his wife Amelia are free divers who live in Seldovia and are on a mission to share their passion for the sport.
Triston Chaney talks about life as a fly fishing guide in Bristol Bay for this piece originally published in Hakai magazine.
Anne Sears was the first Alaska Native woman to serve as a trooper and at the time of her retirement was still the only Alaska Native female in the force.
Paxson Woelber is an Alaska-based freelancer who takes photographs mainly as a hobby.
Davyd Betchkal is a soundscape specialist with the National Park Service in Alaska.
Vera Starbard is a storyteller with Tlingit and Dena’ina Athabascan heritage. She is a playwright-in-residence at Perseverance Theatre.
Alyssa London was the first person of Tlingit descent to be crowned Miss Alaska USA and went on to found a media production company.