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Happy Alaska Day!

The following is courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior:

Alaska Day: Celebrating Alaska’s Transfer from Russia

October 18 is Alaska Day, the annual celebration of the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States. When the initial purchase was announced in 1867, many Americans ridiculed the sale. However, in the 150 years since, Alaska’s incredible beauty and bountiful resources have proven it to be a valuable addition to our union.

There are over 222 million acres of public lands in Alaska and much of it is managed by the Interior Department. Here are just a few of Interior’s connection to the Last Frontier.

The highest peak in North America

A massive snow covered mountain rises about low brown foothills.
Denali means “the high one.” Photo by Tim Rains, National Park Service.

Denali National Park and Preserve is home to North America’s tallest mountain and some of the most epic views you’ll ever see. Denali’s peak rises 20,310 feet into the Alaska sky and attracts climbers from around the world to challenge its summit. Denali also offers bus tours around the park, which provide visitors great wildlife viewing and a chance to explore this wild landscape.

Amazing cultural history

A smiling woman stands at an outdoor table with dried fish on it.
Mary Peltola, Executive Director of the Kuskokwim Intertribal Fish Commission, discusses the importance of salmon to people who live along the Kuskokwim River in western Alaska. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Alaska is well known for its beautiful lands, but the state’s cultural history is just as fascinating. The first people came to North America across Alaska’s Bering Land Bridge more than 16,000 years ago. These early settlers migrated south across the Americas, though others stayed in this vast and open land. Today, Alaska is home to 229 federally recognized Alaska Native communities with more than 80,000 tribal members who speak over 20 different languages. Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has many programs that address the needs of Alaska Natives. The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 allows Alaskans to document and protect cultural resources. The Housing Improvement Program is a home repair, renovation and new housing grant program for tribal members in Alaska that helps Alaska Natives stay on their traditional lands.

Incredible wildlife

Three brown bear cubs sit in a line in tall grass and sniff the air.
Brown bears at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Lisa Hupp, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Have you ever seen a caribou? How about a muskox? Alaska’s wildlife is amazing. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a humpback whale breaching or brown bears fishing for salmon or a bald eagle soaring over the forest. At national wildlife refuges, national parks and wilderness areas, you can experience the best of Alaska’s wildlife. Kenai National Wildlife Refugealone is a home to otters, moose, wolves, snowshoe hares, foxes and dozens of species of birds and fish. Katmai National Park and Preserve and Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge are some of the best places in the world to see brown bears. If you love wildlife, Alaska is the place for you!

Leading the way on energy

An drilling platform stands above the still water of an ice covered ocean.
Offshore platforms in Alaska. Photo by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Alaska’s resources extend from its interior mountains to its extensive coastal seas. Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management manages the development of energy off the coast of Alaska in an environmentally and economically responsible way. This means BOEM’s oil and gas leasing programs, environmental analysis and resource evaluation produce homegrown American energy. BOEM’s most recent lease sale on June 21, 2017, brought in over $3 million in high bids. In addition, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, a 22.8 million-acre area on the state’s North Slope administered by Bureau of Land Management, is the largest block of federally managed land in the United States. Crude oil from onshore and offshore North Slope production is transported via the Trans–Alaska Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay through 800 miles of rugged terrain to the northernmost ice-free port in America at Valdez, Alaska.

The largest national park

An aerial photo of mountain ranges and massive glaciers cover a wide landscape running down to blue inlets.
An aerial photo of a small part of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve’s massive landscape. Photo by National Park Service.

Combine the size of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks; now add in the entire area of Switzerland as well. No, it’s not another country, it’s the size of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Over 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias contains opportunities unparalleled at other parks in the country. The superlatives for the park are almost unbelievable. It’s home to the nation’s second highest peak — the 18,008-foot tall Mount Elias — wide river valleys and a glacier larger than the state of Rhode Island. Add in amazing wildlife and volcanoes, and this park is an adventurer’s dream.

A sporting paradise

A man wearing outdoor gear and fishing with a rod and reel stands on a rock on the bank of a rushing river.
Fishing on the Delta Wild and Scenic River. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management.

Alaska’s refuges and preserves offer hunters and anglers a chance to find abundant game and fish in pristine environments. Famous for salmon, Alaska waters at places like Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge also provide a seemingly endless throng of steelhead, Dolly Varden, pike, trout and more. Hunters at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge enjoy the thrill of stalking big game like caribou and moose. Alaska has often been called America’s last wilderness. The concept is vividly real on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 16 national wildlife refuges that offer spectacular scenic and wildlife-related recreation. Find great camping at an RV or tent site or stay in a cabin. While some of the refuges can only be accessed by boat or plane, others are more accessible. These experiences are bracing, memorable and unmatched in almost any state. Be sure to comply with all state and federal regulations and obtain the necessary permits and licenses.

A true test of will

A narrow trail curves through a snow covered landscape of scattered trees and distant mountains.
The Iditarod National Historic Trail passes over some amazing Alaska views. Photo by Kevin Keeler, Bureau of Land Management.

The Iditarod National Historic Trail is a 2,300-mile system of trails that first connected Alaska Native villages and opened Alaska up for America’s last great gold rush. During Alaska’s 1880-1920 gold rush, the trail served as a cross-country winter trail for dog-sled teams. Today the trail hosts the famous dog-sled race traversing over 1,000 miles across the rugged Alaska tundra. The Iditarod is the only exclusively winter trail in the national trails system and is under the stewardship of the Bureau of Land Management, which maintains a number of shelter cabins along the route. For history buffs, the Iditarod’s rich history stretches throughout Alaska towns with stories all their own.

Reminders of the past

A wide, tan two story building with a red roof stands in a yard bordered with a wooden fence.
The Russian Bishop’s House at Sitka National Historical Park. Photo by National Park Service.

Sitka, then known as New Archangel, was the colonial capital of Alaska during most of the 126 years of Russian control. The October 18, 1867, transfer ceremony was held in Sitka, where the American flag was first raised over the future state. Today at Sitka National Historical Park, visitors can learn more about Alaska’s Russian period at the Russian Bishop’s House. It is one of the few surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America and was the center of Russian Orthodox Church authority in a diocese that stretched from California to Siberian Kamchatka.

Volcanoes

A huge cloud of smoke expands across the sky as it erupts from a cone shaped volcano on the shore of the ocean.
Augustine Volcano erupting in 2006. Photo by Cyrus Read, U.S. Geological Survey.

Violent volcanic eruptions shaped Alaska’s geography throughout its geological history. Today, eruptions from Alaska volcanoes pose a threat to local residents, cultural resources, and economic activities, as well as the international aviation sector. Luckily, the U.S. Geological Survey works to research, monitor and plan for volcano eruptions to protect the people of Alaska. As part of the Alaska Volcano Observatory, USGS scientists monitor Alaskan volcanoes and provide timely, accurate information on volcano hazards and warning of dangerous activity.

Into the wild

A small group of canoes paddle on a wide river bordered by forests and mountains.
Canoeing on the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management.

Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 to conserve beautiful river segments in their natural, untamed state for future generations. Over 200 river segments in 40 states exist as part of the system, providing plenty of adventures. In Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management protects six rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Birch Creek RiverBeaver Creek RiverDelta RiverFortymile RiverGulkana River and Unalakleet River are all stunning examples of Alaska’s outdoor beauty and great places to float, fish, pan for gold and explore.

Rivers of ice

A large group of people stand on the deck of a ship looking across a bay where a glacier runs down from a mountain into the water.
Visitors on a ship at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Photo by National Park Service.

From sea to summit, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve’s 3.3 million acres offers abundant opportunities for adventure, inspiration and exploration. The park’s rich marine and terrestrial life is the result of glacial retreat, demonstrating this land’s resilience and adaptable nature. Glacier Bay is a marine park where many glaciers flow in from tall surrounding mountains. In the summer, huge sections of ice plunge from the faces of glaciers into the bay. This dramatic sight is a popular tourist attraction for thousands of people passing by on cruise ships.

Four-legged rangers

A dozen large dogs pull a sled across a snowy plain with a forest and mountains in the background.
The sled dog team at Denali National Park and Preserve. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.

Just in case you need another reason to visit Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve is the only national park in the U.S. with a working dog team. Sled dogs have held an essential role in the life and culture of Alaska for thousands of years, and Denali’s team helps protect visitors, wildlife, scenery and wilderness. We also think they’re super cute!

The Last Frontier offers pure wilderness unlike anything else in the United States. Huge peaks, glacier-filled valleys and abundant wildlife set this state apart. Alaska’s rich history provides another stunning layer to this state’s incredible resume. Don’t miss out on an Alaska adventure!

Here’s one more photo for you: Denali’s 2017 litter of puppies.

Five furry puppies walk together on a path through the woods.
The 2017 litter of puppies at Denali National Park and Preserve. Photo by National Park Service.

Schnabel And Hoffman Go Head To Head In New Gold Rush Season

The above video clip features a preview to tonight’s season opener of Gold Rush.  Former ASJ cover subject Parker Schnabel and fellow miner Todd Hoffman will square off this season. Here’s Discovery Channel with more:

Parker Schnabel (top) and Todd Hoffman will be in a heated competition this year on Gold Rush. (DISCOVERY CHANNEL)

 

The gold miners of Discovery’s #1-rated show GOLD RUSH are back. And this year, the rivalry among the miners has reached new levels. But will they be able to put their money where their mouth is? GOLD RUSH returns with a 2-hour premiere on Friday, October 13 at 9 PM ET/PT on Discovery.

Before the new mining season even kicks off, gold miner Todd Hoffman lays everything on the line and wagers a massive bet with 22-year-old Parker Schnabel. The ever-confident Todd believes he can pull in the most gold this season. If not, he owes Parker 100 ounces of gold worth over $100,000 dollars. This sets off a head-to-head competition for the season between these two rivals.

It’s a bold move for Todd, especially after last year’s disaster. Todd’s 5,000-ounce goal was shattered in Oregon, where he began last season, and his crew went into a meltdown. This season, Todd and his crew are in Colorado where he is joined by his father, Jack, and 18-year-old son Hunter. This year, Todd believes that he’ll be the ultimate mine boss by running three plants at the same time – a challenge no gold miner has ever pulled off in the series. Meanwhile, Hunter demands a promotion and wants to run his own operation. But will he be able to handle the pressure?

In the Klondike, young Parker Schnabel meets with his long-time, dedicated crew and fills them in on the wager with the Hoffmans. However, this isn’t the only battle for Parker. He’s going to war on two fronts – not just with Todd, but his landlord Tony Beets, aka “The Viking.” Over four years, Tony has taken $2.3 million in royalties. This season, Parker has a plan to buy his freedom with a deal on new virgin ground. Parker doesn’t underestimate anyone as he knows mining is as much about perseverance as it is about luck. But first Parker needs to get his ice-bound washplant Big Red up and running – since every day not sluicing gives Todd and Tony a head start in the race for gold.

Meanwhile, legendary Klondike miner Tony Beets is back and continues his on-going obsession with dredges. Last year, his plan to move and resurrect a 75-year-old dredge proved to be a big failure. But “The Viking” never gives up. This year, he and his family set the goal to move Dredge #2 and get it mining for gold. He has everything in place, but first needs to convince legendary mine boss Sheamus Christie to help him move it. But even for Sheamus, moving a 500-ton dredge is a first.

At 8 PM ET/PT, just before the official GOLD RUSH season premiere, Discovery will broadcast an all-new live event featuring Todd, Parker and Tony. Anything can happen in this special one hour live broadcast where the mine bosses will dish stories about what really went down and discuss season highlights as they field real-time audience phone calls and Facebook questions throughout the broadcast.

New crew members, unexpected equipment failures and heated rivalries prove no two seasons are alike in Discovery’s hit series GOLD RUSH. Each week, the gold total will be tallied, pushing the miners to their limits to prove who is ultimately on top. And for viewers who want to catch up on prior seasons, GOLD RUSH is available to binge on Discovery GO, the network’s live and on demand TV Everywhere streaming service, and through TV providers – free with their subscription.

GOLD RUSH is produced for Discovery Channel by Raw Television, where Dimitri Doganis, James Bates and Mike Gamson are executive producers and Tim Dalby and Edward Gorsuch are series producers. For Discovery Channel, Matthew Vafiadis is executive producer and Greg Wolf is associate producer.

Edge Of Alaska Shows A Whole New Side Of Last Frontier

Photo by Discovery Channel

It’s a busy time for our friends at the Discovery Channel, which is beginning new seasons of several of its popular Alaska-based series (look for a couple stories in our November issue).

I had a chance to get a sneak preview of Edge of Alaskawhich had irked some residents of rugged frontier town of McCarthy when it was first announced but has enjoyed a nice run on Discovery. This marks is the final of four Edge of Alaska seasons, and the show premiered last week and continues with another episode on Sunday night (check your local listings).

Neil Darish photo courtesy of the Discovery Channel

Here’s Discovery’s release:

In 1999, Jeremy Keller ventured to McCarthy to escape present society in exchange for beautiful, remote scenery and isolation. Years later, Jeremy is embarking on his most ambitious project yet – establishing a completely self-sufficient homestead to sustain his family legacy for generations. But to achieve his dreams of a fully-functional homestead, he will have to barter hard work and fair exchange with other locals, including longtime rival Neil Darish.

After years of working to transform McCarthy into a tourist attraction, Neil Darish is looking to sell his many McCarthy properties in the hopes of a big payday. The preparation requires months of repair and upgrade, requiring him to barter with farmsteaders like Jeremy Keller. As Neil prepares for a major sale and Jeremy works tirelessly to complete his homestead, tensions rise as the two adversaries travel down an explosive collision course towards the finish line.

The final season of EDGE OF ALASKA experiences journeys more dangerous than ever. The residents of McCarthy must traverse treacherous terrain and rely on instinctive Alaskan bush ingenuity to preserve their life in the frontier town.  But as devoted residents prepare for enormous change, their dream of isolation nearly costs them everything – including their lives.

CNN On Bristol Bay Salmon Versus Mining Project

Photo by user “echoforsberg”/Wikimedia

Since the President Donald Trump-led Environmental Protection Agency has suggested it will allow the mining of Bristol Bay after the Obama-era EPA thought twice about it given the region’s ecosystem as one of the planet’s most critical salmon watersheds, the battle of salmon fishermen versus miners is again being waged.

CNN chimed in about the controversy in a story published today on the network’s website:

Here are reporters  John D. Sutter and Scott Bronstein with more:

The salmon’s incredible migration also sustains people: Nearly half of the world’s sockeye catch comes from this one region, which is one of the last, great salmon fisheries on Earth. The returning salmon and other ecological resources create some 14,000 full- and part-time jobs, generate about $480 million annually — and support 4,000-year-old Alaska Native cultures.
Now, however, Quinn and others fear this cycle could be strained if not broken.
For more than 15 years, Northern Dynasty Minerals, a Canadian mining company, has sought to build a gold and copper mine in Bristol Bay. And this spring, the Trump administration took swift action to make that prospect more likely.
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt met on May 1 with the CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of the mining company, CNN reported on September 22 based on interviews and government emails. Little more than an hour later, according to internal emails, the administrator directed his staff to reverse Obama-era protections for Bristol Bay, which had been created after years of scientific review. Based on that work, the previous administration had aimed to pre-emptively veto certain mining activities in the ecologically important region.
The story also made clear that some Alaskans will surely approve or at least tolerate the project if it ever gets off the ground (though you can expect there will be quite a fight from conservationists both inside and outside the state). Here’s more from CNN:
It’s unclear exactly what percentage of Alaskans would support mining in Bristol Bay. But in a 2014 statewide ballot, two-thirds of voters chose to give the Alaska legislature power to approve or veto large-scale mining projects in the area if the projects threaten fisheries.
Some Alaskans do support the Pebble project because of the economic jolt it could bring. The EPA’s 2014 assessment says the mine would employ more than 1,000 people during its lifespan, and more than 2,000 people during the shorter construction phase. The mine would be expected to create $300 billion to $500 billion in revenue over the life of the project, the EPA estimated.
Initially, Thomas Tilden, a Bristol Bay commercial fisherman and first chief of the Curyung Tribal Council, in the Bristol Bay area, was impressed by these arguments, too.
Tilden says he’s not anti-development. His father was a gold miner from California. But after the mine was first proposed, he said, he started touring mines that had been shut down.
He saw pools of toxic water, massive piles of waste-rock. At one mine in Nevada, he said, he was told to cover his shoes for fear he would track dust laden with heavy metals home — and “not to have any contact with that dust with our eyes, not to touch any of the water.”
This a fight that could go on for a while. But with the EPA as it is now,  friends of fish might be relegated to the back seat.

Fresh or Frozen? One Alaska Fishing Group Weighs In

Photo by Paul Atkins

The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association: 

The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) was recently awarded a major grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide support for consumer education on the environmental and quality benefits of purchasing frozen seafood, as well as to expand markets for and access to locally-caught seafood.

The competitive grant was awarded by USDA’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion program, which works to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced foods, and to develop new market opportunities for food production operations serving local markets.

ALFA has been working to study and change American attitudes towards frozen seafood since launch of its Community Supported Fishery (CSF) program, Alaskans Own, in 2009.  Alaskans Own provides high quality, frozen seafood to customers in Alaska and the lower 48.

“Many Alaskans are used to putting up seafood for the winter in their own freezers, and understand the high quality of carefully-handled flash frozen fish,” says Linda Behnken, Executive Director of ALFA. “However, many Americans hold onto the stereotype that fresh is always better than frozen when it comes to seafood. We have been working to show consumers why choosing frozen can be a better choice for quality- -and for the environment”.

According to Ecotrust, a conservation organization based in Portland, “twenty-three percent of seafood at supermarkets never makes it the dinner plate and goes to waste”. Frozen seafood often has increased quality and freshness, can reduce waste, and has a lower carbon footprint.

ALFA and community-based fishing partners at Port Orford Seafood and Real Good Fish worked with Ecotrust, Oregon State University, Seafood Analytics, and the Oregon Food Innovation Lab to compare consumer reactions to seafood in a blind taste test. The study allowed consumers to compare “frozen” and “fresh” seafood. The study utilized a new device, created by Seafood Analytics, that uses an electric current to measures freshness.

The results, according to Ecotrust, were telling; “not only did consumers prefer the frozen fish, but the flash-frozen products also rated higher in quality and freshness, as measured by the CQR”.

With these results in hand and support from USDA, ALFA will create a multi-media toolkit to help seafood producers, processors, and sellers share information on the advantages of flash frozen seafood, helping to establish or diversify their businesses. It will also provide training to producers and fishermen on using the CQR tool to develop quality assurance programs. ALFA will also work with partners at the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust to launch a market-place portal where users can find and purchase local seafood and other sustainably-sourced goods.

Idaho Man Collects Check For More Than $15,000 For Homer Halibut Derby Win

Homer Halibut Derby

Congrats to Idaho’s Sam Mills, who brought home a cool $15,000 and change for winning the recently concluded Homer Halibut derby.

Mills and his wife Katrina accept the winnings. Photo by Karen Howorth/Homer Chamber of Commerce

Here’s more from our friends at the Homer Chamber of Commerce:

The 2017 Jackpot winner is Sam Mills of St. Maries, Idaho, whose halibut weighed in at 240.0 pounds.  Sam and his wife Katrina returned to Homer for the awards ceremony to accept Sam’s check for $15,241.  Sam was fishing on the peninsula in July while Katrina was at home for their anniversary, she came accompanied Sam as a belated anniversary gift.

Sam’s charter captain, Captain Chris Andrews of the Nautilus II of Alaska Coastal Marine, was responsible for helping Sam catch the BIG ONE. He was awarded $1524.10 for doing so. Rosanna Hunting from Central Charters was awarded $1000 for selling the winning derby ticket.
There were 10,482 tickets sold which included 173 youth tickets.  In early spring, sponsors and volunteer captains tagged and released over 75 halibut in preparation for the 2017 season.  Tagged fish were valued at $250, $500 and $1,000.  Anglers who caught a prior year tag received $100.  There were three 2017 tagged fish caught paying out a total of $2,500; one 2016 tag and two 2015 tags caught.
Unfortunately, no anglers caught the $10,000 Homer Chamber of Commerce or $50,000 GCI tagged fish this year.  Five youth winners were drawn at the “After Season Party” Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  

 

 

 

 

Potenial Record-Breaking Moose Harvested

Photo by Israel Payton courtesy of KTUU

Is the above moose harvested a possible world record? Alaskan Israel Payton took this bull that measured a whopping 80 inches. KTUU’s Kari Bustamante has more: 

This week Alaska’s Israel Payton brought home what is believed to be a world record bull moose at 80 inches.

“We tried to stand it up with cow calls, bull rakes, and grunts,” said Payton over the phone. “I guesstimated it was about a 70 inch rack from the field, and finally after 2 hours it stood up and offered a clean kill, harvested it.”

Payton tells us he was hunting with a friend, when on day 3 of the hunt he spotted the bull from about 600 yards away.

He says they were able to get within 200 yards providing him with an ethical shot, but then the moose bedded down so the hunters had to wait.

Two hours later the moose stood up, and the rest is record breaking history.

 

 

New Ottawa Senator Nate Thompson Gets Out On The Water

Our pal, Alaskan hockey player Nate Thompson, joined his new teammates from the Ottawa Senators on Prince Edward Island for a quick fishing trip as hockey season approaches. The Senators are playing a preseason game in P.E.I. this week, where defenseman Dion Phaneuf – seated in front and to the left of Thompson, holding a halibut he caught – owns a summer home.

Thompson, who signed with the Senators as a free agent after his stint in Anaheim, is right at home on the water with a rod and reel in hand. Thompson talked to the Sens’ beat writers about the fishing fun with teammates, including landing the only halibut among the cod caught on the boat. Leave it to the Alaskan to light the lamp!

The Senators posted a  story on the trip.

“The captain said it was about 60 or 70 pounds and it took 10 or 15 minutes to pull in,” Thompson said. “I was a little tired afterward. Maybe feeling it today from the halibut; he wore me out.” 

Unfortunately, Thompson had to release the fish as halibut is out of season. But, that will allow him to exaggerate the catch if he wants. 

“It might go up 25 pounds,” he said. 

It still won’t be the biggest halibut Thompson has reeled in; he says he has caught a 125-pounder in the past. 

Every Senators player had a good story about a Sunday spent away from hockey on the island. Some, like Thompson, went fishing. Others went golfing. 

 

Of course, Thompson went fishing! Ottawa’s season begins on Oct. 5.

 

 

Meat From Roadkill Moose Goes To Good Cause

That’s a wonderful way to turn a tragic accident into a good cause, as the meat from the moose accidentially fatally run over will be used by the Haines School District. 

Here’s KTUU’s Sidney Sullivan with more:

“We don’t know what vehicle hit the moose, because it was already gone from the scene,” said Principal Rene Martin. She then explained that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were forced to euthanize the animal.

However, the moose’s misfortune created a learning opportunity for the students, when the approximate 300 pound carcass was donated to the school lunch program.

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, ADF&G contacted HBSD’s food service coordinator, Brandie Stickler, in order to let her know it was the school district’s turn on the local roadkill sign up list.

From there, Stickler and her husband – both longtime community members and hunters – immediately gutted, skinned and quartered the moose that evening, said Martin. In addition, the couple bagged and hung the carcass in a cool environment, before it was brought into school, on Wednesday. According to Martin, Stickler still needed help processing all the moose meat.

Well done, all!

Alaska: The Last Frontier To Go Live

Discovery Channel

Leif Johnson/Discovery Channel

The following press release is courtesy of the Discovery Channel:


In a Discovery Channel first, Alaska: The Last Frontier will go LIVE each week, giving fans direct live access to their favorite members of the Kilcher family and the opportunity to ask them anything. For six seasons, viewers have invited the Kilchers into their living rooms. Now, fans can talk directly to the Kilchers in the new season of Alaska: The Last Frontier premiering Sunday, October 1 at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery.

As viewers watch each episode, they’ll clue into when the Kilchers will go live. Then, anything goes in a fast-paced, off-the-cuff, completely unscripted, question and answer session. Fans ask their questions on anything and everything about the Kilchers’ off-the-grid homestead lifestyle — the stories they’re watching in the episode, their daily lives, hobbies, relationships, favorite things. No subject is off limits.

 

There will be plenty to talk about this season as the Kilchers embark on their greatest challenge yet: a complete homestead overhaul. The Kilchers will need to make improvements to the family’s water system, construct new buildings and protect wildlife to guarantee a successful overhaul. They’ll face life-changing challenges that could shape the future of the homestead forever – and the audience will be right there to experience it with them.

ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER is produced for Discovery Channel by Discovery Studios. For Discovery Studios, Daniel Soiseth and Vincent Ueber are executive producers and Dustin Rubin is co-executive producer. For Discovery Channel, Matt Vafiadis is executive producer and Maryna Harrison is Coordinating Producer.