We head out of Kotzebue by snowmachine. It’s not too cold out, but cold enough that the ice is thick beneath our treads. We’re traveling out to check Darin Nelson and his father, Louis Sr.’s, nets on Kobuk Lake and he’s picked a good time to go. It’s a clear, calm window between two winter storm fronts that bring lots of powder and high winds.
The buses are coming. No one knows when, how many, or exactly who will be in them, only that they are coming -- buses filled with refugees who began their journeys thousands of miles away and will arrive any day now at their final destination, this remote town in the piney forest of eastern Finland.
The scenes that played out on Thanksgiving Day in an East Anchorage home involved friends who had become family in a city that attracts thousands of new residents from out-of-state each year. Many have dubbed the tradition of bringing together friends for Thanksgiving as “Friendsgiving.”
Thanksgiving Day brought costumed runners out to the Skinny Raven Turkey Trot on November 26, 2015. The 5K and 3K races started and finished inside the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in downtown Anchorage.
Wednesday at Polaris K-12 school, students were divided into the haves and the have-nots. Drawing a card at random, each participant in the "hunger banquet" was assigned an identity, such as a poor farmer from Sierra Leone or the affluent mayor of a Peruvian town.