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Posts by David Dodman

A ‘Summit’ for Reindeer

Woman in camouflage jacket stands on grassy tundra next to huddle of children.

Earlier this summer, Ann and Bruce Davis hosted a “summit” introducing local youth to their distinctively Western Alaska line of work: reindeer herding at their Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch.

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Time in a Bottle

Man in green kuspuk holds green bottle while standing on beach on cloudy day

When Tyler Ivanoff and a few friends strolled along the shore near Shishmaref on August 5, they were looking for firewood and picking berries. What Ivanoff found, instead, was a half-century-old message in a bottle that had washed up after a long, long journey from the opposite side of the Pacific Ocean.

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A Golden City

Sunset landscape of gold dredge in small pond in rural Alaska town

Massive gold dredges dot the Nome landscape. The long-dormant structures have become curiosities and tourist attractions.

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Climbing Champions

Two young men stand smiling in front of a grey building on a sunny, summer day

Nome brothers Oliver and Wilson Hoogendorn were the first mountaineers to successfully summit Mount Denali this year. Summiting the 20,310-foot mountain is an immense challenge for any hiker. Being the first of the season is an even greater accomplishment.

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A Floating Memorial

Silvery boat docked in a small harbor

The Nome branch of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game is utilizing a brand-new, 30-foot boat to catch and tag salmon, pull crab pots, and conduct research. The boat’s name memorializes two fisheries technicians from Elim and Unalakleet.

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Back to Their Roots

Two women pick berries on the tundra

A first-of-its-kind “plant symposium” in Nome was a platform for sharing traditional knowledge about the nutritional and medicinal value of local berries, flowers, and other tundra plants.

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