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Football Among the Old Believers, in Alaska - The New York Times
Keeping a high school football team together is tough, between a Russian
Orthodox sect leery of the outside world and the chores of life in an isolated village
alaska  voznesenka  football  sports  nytimes  oldbelievers 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A 17th-Century Russian Community Living in 21st-Century Alaska - The Atlantic
This clan has traveled from Russia through China, Brazil, and Oregon to make a home in the remote north, struggling to avoid modernization.
alaska  oldbelievers  theatlantic  Nikolaevsk  religion 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Alaska Warily Eyes Change Bringing Suburbs and Amazon Boxes - The New York Times
Alaska will always be different, if only by its size, climate and the grandeur of its open spaces. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s recent votes against repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Congress also reinforced the perception that people here are go-it-alone independent thinkers, shaped by their far remove from the more settled, politically divided lower 48.

But many longtime residents, writers and businesspeople here said that the sense of “only in Alaska” exceptionalism underlying this place and its identity for generations is fading. Improvements in communications and transport are shrinking the sense of physical distance. High-speed internet is reaching tiny villages, opening communities and families to greater connection with the outside world for everything including social media and commerce.
alaska  culture  culturalchange  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
130 Miles, 8 Days, 1 Spellbound Photographer on Kodiak Island - The New York Times
How an epic hiking and packrafting trip on Kodiak
Island connected us to the earth and our collective past.
hiking  rafting  outdoors  camping  kodiakisland  nytimes  alaska 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Matured Anchorage Struggles to Shake Haunting Memories
This city often walks with a swagger as the metropolis of America’s far north, the high-rises of its oil-based economy glittering against a backdrop of mountain peaks and the ocean inlet named for Capt. James Cook, the English explorer. While Anchorage still occasionally glances south for approval, or for signs of a slight, it has recently carved a place of its own, residents say, with exciting art, dining and theater scenes, and job opportunities that go beyond energy.
anchorage  alaska  nytimes 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden

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