Headed to Prudhoe Bay on the Ice Road

AMC_Brazil2016If you’ve seen the show Ice Road Truckers, then there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed a part of the story we share today.  We’re on the Dalton Highway headed to Prudhoe Bay…

The End of the Road in Alaska

AMC_Brazil2016Today we head north, to the end of the road in Alaska.  That means traveling up the Dalton Hwy to the Arctic Ocean to the town of Deadhorse at Prudhoe Bay…

An Alaskan Dairy

AMC_Brazil2016This family’s dairy herd is not large when compared to the nation.  They joke that to get repairs for their milking equipment they have to call a museum, not a parts store.  However they’re thriving here…

The First Farmers to Come to Alaska

AMC_Brazil2016Some of the first farmers in Alaska came here in the 1930s.  They were called colonists and many picked up farming roots in the Midwest for a new opportunity in the then territory’s Matanuska Valley…

The Most Visited Area of the Fair

AMC_Brazil2016What’s the most visited area of a state fair?  Here it’s the crops department.  It may sound unusual until you learn what fair we’re attending…

The Northernmost State Fair

AMC_Brazil2016Just about all of us have been to our state’s fair.  This year we’re taking you to the northernmost such event you can attend in the U.S., and it’s quite a draw…

A Five-Time World Record Holder

AMC_Brazil2016Scott Robb holds five world records.  That fact makes him a well recognized man among Alaskan farmers and among those who attend the state’s fair.  We visit with him about those giant titles…

The Best in His Category

AMC_Brazil2016Imagine a record that stood for over a century.  That’s quite a mark to be broken, but today, Scott Robb is the world’s best in this category…

Plenty of Hours to Get Things Done

AMC_Brazil2016Sometimes you might wish you just had more hours of the day to get things done.  For a portion of the year, the people who live here, feel as if that’s exactly the case, and their gardens can prove it…

The Fertile Farmland of Palmer, Alaska

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014When you think of fertile farmland, you perhaps think of a location with deep rich soil in the Midwest. But to find the land growing the largest vegetables in the nation, you have to travel far to the north…

Preparing for the Iditarod

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Some sports not only require thousands of hours of training, they also require a hefty financial investment. For those who run Alaska’s famous Iditarod, it is a part of their life. We visit with one of the Alaska most well known mushing families…

The Rendevous Theatre

When hunters and trappers would gather once each season, it was often called a rendezvous. In Alaska and the Yukon Territory, there is still a rendezvous, although the types of people it draws are more varied and widespread than a century ago…..

The Aviation of Carl Ben Eielson

If you live in the states of North Dakota or Alaska and you quite likely have heard of Carl Ben Eielson.  His aviation firsts in the 1920s are still part of the curriculum for many elementary students there.  For the rest of us, it’s our first time to learn of an amazing individual who used a plane to help others…..

Alaska’s Famous Iditarod

Some sports not only require thousands of hours of training, they also require a hefty financial investment. For those who run Alaska’s famous Iditarod, it is a part of their life…..

A Farmer’s Market in the North

When you think of fertile farmland, you probably think about rich, deep soil in the heart of the Midwest. But to find the land growing some of the best vegetables in the nation, you have to travel to the far north in the United States…..

Breaking Trails in the World of Sled Dog Racing

The first Saturday in March is the start of the Iditarod sled dog race. The state of Alaska also sets the date as a annual memorial to this woman who won that race five times. This is the story of her kennel and her legacy as told by her husband…

Mushing Dogs All Year Long

Imagine a race that last 8 to 10 days in which each competitor braves extreme temperatures and gets only 1 to 2 hours a sleep each day. It’s part of life for this family.

Dog Mushing

Although dog mushing races like the Iditarod and Yukon Quest are winter time events, the training goes on year round. Today we go to the kennels of a four-time Iditarod winner for a look at the what goes into make a championship team…..

An Anchorage Vendor

When we think of reindeer we may have visions of animals pulling Santa’s sled. However, if you head to downtown Anchorage, you’ll learn what happened to the reindeer that couldn’t fly…

The Soapy Smith Gang

Mr. Smith had a telegraph office and a friendly group of men that could send your message for a fee. Too bad those messages never actually went anywhere. Here’s the story of a telegraph office and the notorious gang that swindled thousands of dollars…