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index Welcome to Fairbanks .......................................3 Fishing .............................................................4-6 Denali National Park and Preserve .............8-10 Nenana .............................................................12 Anderson ..........................................................12 Ester ..................................................................13 Fairbanks Visitors Center ................................14 Fairbanks and vicinity map .............................15 Places of worship .......................................16-19 Engine No. 1 .....................................................21 Pioneer Park ................................................22-23 Alaska Salmon Bake ........................................23 Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival .....................24 Community Museum .......................................25 Native Alaskans ...............................................26 Driving in Alaska .............................................27 Walking tours ...................................................28 Races and running ...........................................29 Midnight Sun Game ........................................30 Restaurants .................................................31-36 Downtown shopping ......................................37 Farmers Market ................................................38 Alaska Railroad ................................................39 Riverboat Discovery .........................................40 Creamer’s Field .................................................42 That pesky state ‘bird’ .....................................43 Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre ......................44 UAF’s animal research center ..........................45 Golfing under the midnight sun .....................46 Summer mushing .............................................47 Gold panning ...................................................48

Aurora awe ......................................................49 Tanana Chief ....................................................52 Midnight Sun Festival .....................................53 Gold Dredge No. 8 ...........................................53 Fairbanks campgrounds ..................................54 Alaska campgrounds .......................................55 Trans-Alaska Pipeline .......................................56 El Dorado Gold Mine .......................................57 Ice museum ......................................................57 Museum of the North ......................................58 Georgeson Botanical Garden ..........................59 UAF campus sights ..........................................60 Chena Hot Springs Resort ...............................61 Steese Highway ...............................................62 Whitehorse .......................................................63 Alaska Highway ...............................................65 Fox ....................................................................66 North Pole ...................................................67-69 Chena Lakes Recreation Area .........................70 Delta Junction ..................................................71 Soaring into Solstice ........................................72 Tok .....................................................................73 Eagle .................................................................73 Wrangell-St. Elias .............................................74 Yukon Territory Campgrounds ........................75 Elliott Highway ................................................76 Arctic Circle .......................................................77 Chicken .............................................................78 Valdez ...............................................................79

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Felix Pedro, right, thanks Jim Kelly of Denali State Bank for purchasing his poke of gold during the 2007 Golden Days KickOff Party at Pioneer Park. Pedro, played by R.C. Rothermel, and his donkey Guido represent the prospector's trip into Fairbanks after he discovered gold in the hills north of town in 1902.

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he founding of Fairbanks was, well, an accident. Trader E.T. Barnette was trying to get a load of goods to the gold fields up the Tanana River when the steamer Lavelle Young got hung up in the shallows upstream from the Chena River. Barnette, his wife and his stock of goods were left on the banks of the Chena in August 1901 until he could find a way to continue his journey. The following July, however, Italian immigrant Felix Pedro struck gold in the hills just a few miles away. Barnette stayed and the fledgling town he founded was named after Charles W. Fairbanks, an Indiana senator and future vice president. Because the gold was buried deep underground, the rush was slow to materialize and the city wasn’t founded until 1903. By 1906, $6 million in gold was produced in the region. By 1910, nearly $30 million had been produced from Cleary, Ester and Fairbanks creeks, almost two-thirds of the gold mined in the region. Flash forward about 100 years, and Fairbanks continues to thrive. The military is a vital part of the local economy, supplemented through the years by the expansion of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the oil boom on Alaska’s North Slope. The building of the trans-Alaska pipeline brought thousands of construction workers to the town along the Chena and new residents looking for opportunities. Today, nearly 33,000 people live in the city limits and 97,000 people are estimated to live in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, which covers 7,361 square miles — about the size of New Jersey.

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Fly fishing for grayling is similar to trout. Some favorites of Alaskan anglers are elk hair caddis, Adams, mosquitoes and black ants.

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areas of Alaska in the Yukon River valley and the North Slope. From there they spread throughout mainland Alaska. Today they can be found in rivers and streams around the state but it is the Interior, with its clear, cold streams, where the fish are most prolific. They can be found in streams along just about every road system in the state. In the Interior, the fish typically range in size from 8 to 18 inches, with most falling in the 12- to 14-inch range. More than 70 percent of the trophy grayling registered by the Department of Fish and Game come from the famous Ugashik Lake and river system of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska. The state record grayling is 23 inches long and weighs 4 pounds, 13 ounces. The Chena River in Fairbanks and the Delta Clearwater River in Delta Junction are two of the most popular grayling fisheries in the state, though both are restricted to catch-andrelease fishing only. Fly fishing for grayling is similar to trout. They will attack any number of dry flies. Some favorites of Alaskan anglers are elk hair caddis, Adams, mosquitoes and black ants. The fish will also chase small spinners or eat bait in the form of salmon eggs, if regulations allow the use of bait. The fish have flaky white meat and are best eaten immediately after being caught without being frozen. Here are some of the other fish to look for in Interior lakes, ponds, creeks and rivers. Known to many Alaskans as “poor-man’s lobster,” burbot taste better than they look. Their mottled olive-black or brown skin is interspersed with yellow patches, giving the eel-like fish a camouflage look. They also have a chin whisker, or barbel, that distinguishes them from other Please see FISHING, Page 5


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fish. The burbot is the only representative of the cod family that lives in fresh water in North America. Burbot can be found in many large clear and glacial rivers, such as the Yukon and Tanana rivers, as well as many lakes throughout the Interior. While burbot can be caught in the summer using a rod and reel baited with herring or whitefish, the more common way of fishing for burbot in the Interior is through the ice during the winter using set lines with multiple hooks. The lines must be checked every 24 hours and identified with the fisherman’s name and address. Most anglers only keep burbot larger than 18 inches, and the fish can grow as big as 40 inches. The state record burbot — 24 pounds, 12 ounces — was caught in Lake Louise near Glennallen. A burbot swallows practically anything it eats, so the best way to release one of the fish is to cut the line. The easiest way to clean a burbot is to hang it by its head from a nail, cut around the skin near the neck, and pull the skin down to the tail using a pair of pliers. The white, flaky meat can be fried, baked or poached.

Lake trout Alaska’s largest freshwater fish, lake trout are closely related to Dolly Varden, brook trout and arctic char. Lake trout have a body shape similar to that of trout and salmon. Usually they have small, light, irregular shaped spots on a silvery-to-dark background, but color can vary according to the season and population. Unlike other char species, lake trout do not have pink spots and their tails are deeply forked. Lake trout in Alaska can live longer than 40 years and the older they are, the bigger they get. Fish in the 20- to 25-pound range are common in many Interior lakes. The state record for lake trout is a 47-pounder caught in Clarence Lake in July of 1970. The Interior’s cold, deepwater lakes have a reputation for holding some large “lakers,” as they are called by anglers, but you’ll need a boat to reach them because lake trout typically hang out in deep, cold water.

IF YOU GO • Buy a license An Alaska sport fishing license is required for all nonresidents 16 and over. Different options are available for nonresidents, ranging from a 1-day license for $20 to an annual license for $145. There are also 3-, 7- and 14-day licenses. If you plan to fish for king salmon, you will need to purchase a king salmon tag. A 1-day tag is $10 and an annual tag is $100. Licenses and tags can be purchased at Department of Fish and Game offices around the state, at various vendors and on the Internet. • Check regulations Different streams and lakes have different regulations, depending on the species you’re fishing for. Some streams are restricted to catch-and-release fishing only. Regulation booklets are available from the Department of Fish and Game and most places where licenses are sold. • Troll for information Whether you stop in at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, local tackle shops, outdoors stores or the local gas station, don’t be afraid to ask questions about where and how to fish. Alaskans love to offer advice about fishing, whether they know anything or not.

The best time to fish for lake trout is in the spring just after the ice goes out because the fish can be found closer to the surface and along shorelines. As the summer progresses, lake trout go deeper. The most common fishing technique is trolling large, bright spinners or spoons baited with herring from a boat. Lake trout can also be caught through the ice in the winter using large spoons and bait. Some popular lakes for lake trout in the Interior include Harding, Summit and Paxson lakes.

ies and sloughs of the Kuskokwim, Tanana and Yukon rivers. Some lakes in the Tanana River drainage contain pike and receive considerable fishing pressure. The most effective way to fish for pike is using a mediumaction spinning or bait-casting rod with large spoons or spinners. Almost any type of hardware will produce a strike.

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Northern pike The Interior is known for producing aggressive, armlength pike, but they are not easy to get to. Just about all the pike fishing in the Interior is accessible only by airplane or boat. If you can get to where the pike are, though, you will most likely find some big ones. Pike up to 20 pounds are common in Alaskan rivers, lakes and sloughs and fish weighing up to 30 pounds and measuring 4 feet in length are sometimes caught. The state record pike of 38 pounds, 8 ounces was caught in the Innoko River in the western Interior. With 800 square miles of interconnected lakes, rivers and sloughs, the Minto Flats west of Fairbanks is one of the most popular pike fishing spots in the Interior — and state — with anglers routinely netting trophy-size pike (more than 15 pounds). Even larger pike can be found in clear water tributar-

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Anglers would be wise to use steel leaders when fishing for these aggressive, sharp-toothed fish. Pike have delicious firm, white, flaky flesh that is good for baking or frying. Small pike are somewhat bony, but the larger fish fillet easily.

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Rainbow trout There are no wild rainbow trout north of the Alaska Range, but more than 100 lakes in the Interior are stocked with hatchery-raised rainbow trout to provide plenty of angling opportunities for locals and nonresidents. The fish are raised in hatcheries in Anchorage and then are trucked to lakes and ponds around the state. Due to lack of warm water, which helps grow fish faster, at the current hatcheries, the state has not been able to grow as many fish as previous years and the fish are much smaller. Stocked rainbows typically range in size from 8 to 12 inches. The state is in the process of building new state-of-the-art hatcheries in Fairbanks and Anchorage, which are scheduled to open in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The Department of Fish and Game has a list of stocked lakes in the Interior — and around the state — with directions on how to get there, what kind of fish are stocked in the lakes and what kind of camping is available. The Milepost also denotes stocked lakes along the road system around the state. When fishing stocked lakes,

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Salmon Because most of the Interior is located far from salt water, the salmon fishing possibilities north of the Alaska Range are few and far between. Both the Chena and Salcha rivers near Fairbanks have runs of king and chum salmon in July but the fish are on the verge of spawning by the time they get here, having traveled up the Yukon and Tanana rivers for more than 1,000 miles, and the quality of the fish are not what you will find in streams closer to salt water. Most Fairbanks anglers drive south on the Richardson Highway to the Gulkana or Klutina rivers in the Copper River Basin to fish for both king and red salmon. The king salmon run begins in early June and ends in mid- to late-July. Reds run up both rivers from June to August. There are several guiding outfits on both rivers for anglers who don’t have the gear, knowledge or time to fish on their own. If it’s silver salmon you’re after, Valdez is the place to go.

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The silvers usually start running in Valdez in the end of July or early August. There are multiple charters available in Valdez or you can fish off Allison Point just outside Valdez if you have a rod and reel. Valdez also features a large run of pink salmon. While charters don’t typically target pinks, anglers have good success catching pinks at Allison Point or off the Valdez city dock.

Whitefish Whitefish are the most abundant group of fish north of the Alaska Range but few people fish for them because they don’t typically show interest in flies or lures. Whitefish play an important role in the aquatic food chain by serving as food for predatory fish like northern pike, lake trout and burbot. They are also an important subsistence food for Native Alaskans living in the Bush, who catch them in fish wheels and nets. They used for both human consumption and food for sled dogs. There are three main types of whitefish found in the Interior: round, humpback and least cisco. Humpbacks are the biggest at around 20 inches. There is a small sport spear fishery in the Chatanika River north of Fairbanks in September for humpback and least cisco whitefish but the fishery is open only to Alaska residents with permits and a limited number of permits are issued. Fishermen typically use spears and lanterns to harvest the fish at night because of their unwillingness to go after lures or flies.


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Denali National Park Wilds of Alaska herald state's most-loved site Sam Harrel/News-Miner

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Anyone can drive the first 15 miles of road in Denali National Park and Preserve to Savage River. After that, traffic is limited. This is deliberate. This park is managed for the wildlife, not for the people. The only way to get there is by taking a park bus. Also, it's wise to call the park headquarters during business hours — (907) 683-2294 — to check on weather conditions.

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hen an Alaskan says “the mountain is out,” there is no doubt which mountain is filling the horizon. It is Mount McKinley, or “Denali” as most Alaskans call it. The 20,320-foot massif is the tallest mountain in North America. It is often covered by clouds, but when visible, it is a magnificent sight. The mountain is not the reason Denali National Park and Preserve was created, however. In 1917, the park was created to protect the wildlife. Eventually expanded to 6 million acres, the park is home to moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and bears. More than 650 species of flowering plants eke out a living here, along with a variety of mosses and lichens. Only plants adapted to long, cold winters and short growing seasons can survive in Denali’s subarctic climate. In addition, Denali is home to 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one amphibian, the wood frog. There are no reptiles recorded at Denali National Park. There are dinosaur tracks,

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however, just recently discovered in 2005, showing for the first time that those prehistoric creatures lived here. Get to the park by train, car, bus or by chartering a small airplane. A single, winding, primarily gravel road, winds through the mountains and across rivers for about 90 miles to the old mining community of Kantishna, now a visitors haven. The only way to get there is by taking a park bus. Anyone can drive the first 15 miles of road to Savage River. After that, traffic is limited. This is deliberate. This park is managed for the wildlife, not for people. Photography is encouraged

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iding a bus into Denali National Park is not the only way to enjoy the wilderness and its surrounding area. Check out opportunities outside the park boundaries. About a mile from the park entrance is a strip of hotels, restaurants and gift stores that offer every comfort imaginable. Other restaurants and campground are located a few miles south of the park entrance, where most of the area’s year-round residents live. There are many easy to moderate hiking trails near the park entrance and the park offers ranger-guided hikes. Check for details at the Denali Visitor Center and the Wilderness Access Center. Both places feature films and a wealth of information on activities in and around the park. Seven miles south of the park entrance, the Denali Education Center offers community programs throughout the summer that are worth investigating. See the schedule on post office bulletin boards or at www.denali.org. All programs take place at the Charles Sheldon Center. Before you get to Healy, you’ll reach Otto Lake Road. Turn left. Just a mile or so west is Denali Outdoor Center headquarters. This company offers scenic camping, raft and inflatable kayak trips down the Nenana River, bicycle rentals and kayak lessons. See www.denalioutdoorcenter.com or call (888) 303-1925 or (907) 683-1925. Across the lake, the Black Diamond Resort Co. offers a fine restaurant, a nine hole golf course where you can tee off at midnight, a mini-golf course, allterrain vehicle tours and horsedrawn carriage tours. See www.

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Sled Dog Champion Jeff King on Goose Lake, just south of the entrance to Denali National Park. The 1 1/2 hour narrated tour takes visitors on the Iditarod Trail and shares stories from the race and stories closer to home, about raising a family in true Alaska fashion. See www. huskyhomestead.com or call 907 683-2904. The Nenana River runs through the valley and several operators offer rips ranging from calm and scenic Class II with just a few ripples to exciting Class IV hold-on-to-your-hat waves. All companies now provide drysuits to put on over your clothes. Options include: • Nenana Raft Adventures — whitewater rafting trips through the Nenana River gorge, excursions on the calmer upper section of river, and multi-day backcountry options. Call (888) 789-7238 or (907) 683-7238 or see www.alaskaraft.com. • Denali Raft Adventures — two-hour, four-hour and allday excursions on the Nenana River. Call (888)683-2234 or (907) 683-2234 or see www.denaliraft. com. • For a birds-eye view of the park, visit ERA Helicopters, which offers flightseeing tours, some of which include glacier landings. See www.flightseeingtours.com or call 907 683-2574 or (800) 843-1947. Denali Air takes passengers up in fixed-wing airplanes that take off from a private airstrip, 8 miles south of the park entrace. See www.denaliair.com or call 907 683-2261.

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Denali National Park Exploring the park

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he 90-mile road into Denali National Park runs from the George Parks Highway to the former mining community of Kantishna. The first 15 miles are paved and open to the public. Past that point, however, vehicle travel is restricted on the narrow, winding gravel surface. Buses shuttle tourists in and out of the park and drop off hikers and campers. Bus trips range from two to 12 hours and visitors can take either a tour bus or a shuttle bus. Shuttle buses are less expensive and have fewer amenities, but travel farther into the park and visitors can get off and then back on, if seats are available, whenever they want to go hike for awhile. Visitors planning to hike, bike, camp, backpack or picnic in the park should take a shuttle bus. The shuttle is also available for folks who just want to enjoy the scenery. But be sure and bring along food and water. There are no convenience stores along the way. Those who prefer a more deluxe trip can opt for one of the tours. A variety of lengths, prices and options are available. Fees vary in addition to the park entrance fee. New this year on the Tundra Wilderness Tour, visitors can take home a DVD of their own tour. Recorded footage of

the animals and experience from their very own tour will be offered beginning in spring 2008 when the park opens. Reservations for shuttles and tour buses can be made by calling (800) 622-7275 or www.reservedenali.com. You can also make a reservation in person at the Wilderness Access Center reservation desk, up to two days in advance. Permits are required to hike into the backcountry and are available at the Backcountry Information Center, adjacent to the Wilderness Access Center. Established campgrounds welcome visitors in the entrance area and at the end of the park road at Wonder Lake. To make camping reservations in advance, call (800) 622-7275.

What to wear Weather at Denali can change in an instant. Summer temperatures range from 33 to 75 degrees and it is not uncommon for snow to fall in July. Park rangers suggest visitors dress in layers and bring a raincoat that can also serve as a windbreaker. Mittens and a warm hat are a good precaution. Don’t forget mosquito repellant. Alaska mosquitoes are notorious, especially in certain areas of the park, like Wonder Lake. — Kris Capps

Denali Highway Staff Report The Denali Highway is a 135mile mostly gravel road through the back country of Alaska. So drive slowly, but expect to be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery the state has to offer and one of the most memorable trips to Denali National Park and Preserve. Travelers from Fairbanks can access the Denali Highway either by taking the Parks Highway south to Cantwell or the Richardson Highway south Paxson. Be sure and fill up before you head out; there aren’t any gas stations along the route. • Starting in Paxson, the Denali Highway heads west along the southern boundary of the Alaska Range, with peaks greater than 12,000 feet. Travelers can also see Mount Sanford and Mount Drum, two of the most prominent peaks in the Wrangell Mountains to the southeast. • The Tangle Lakes area, which begins around mile 16, is famous for its beauty and history. Archaeologists have scoured the site for artifacts and believe humans have lived in the area for at least 10,000 years. • The highway includes several camping grounds and informational areas, including the Tangle Lakes Campground, the Delta National Wild & Scenic River Wayside, the Clearwater Wayside and Outhouse, and the Brushkana Creek Campground. • During clear weather, Mount McKinley is visible around mile 124. • The trip ends in Cantwell at the Parks Highway.

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ake an afternoon to drive an easy 55 miles south to Nenana, where the scenery is second-tonone. Wander through the Nenana Culture Center along the riverfront or see Toghotthele Hill, an Athabascan word meaning “mountain that parallels the river.” It’s a visible landmark, and the site has a long history as an Alaska Native gathering place. Stop for a bite to eat at the Monderosa Bar and Grill, 309 Mile Parks Highway. It bills itself as having the “Best Burger in Alaska” and is open yearround. Even folks who live in Alaska year-round take periodic trips to the Monderosa for a fill of their tasty grub. Visit the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, built in 1906 as a mission and school for area children or the Alaska Railroad Museum, the Golden Railroad Spike Historic Park and Interpretive Center. Pick up souvenirs at the Tripod Gift Shop, 404 N. Parks Highway, which has a terrific selection of Alaska arts and crafts. And take a second to e-

• Monderosa Bar and Grill, 309 Mile Parks Highway. It bills itself as having the “Best Burger in Alaska” and is open year-round. • Visit St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, built in 1906 as a mission and school, the Alaska Railroad Museum and the Golden Railroad Spike Historic Park and Interpretive Center. • Stop in at Tripod Gift Shop, 404 N. Parks Highway.

mail your friends and family at the Nenana City Public Library at 3rd and Market Street. Nenana sits 55 miles south of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway along the Tanana River near the mouth of the Nenana River. The construction of the Alaska Railroad in about 1915 doubled the area’s population. The railroad crosses the Tanana River on the Mears Memorial Bridge, the longest single span bridge in the United States. President Warren J. Harding

drove the golden spike to commemorate the railroad’s completion on July 15, 1923. Today, the population of Nenana is about 500. Perhaps its greatest claim in Alaska lore stems from the Nenana Ice Classic, an annual lottery started by railroad workers in 1917 to guess when the ice covering the Tanana River would break up in the spring. The storied trek to stop a diphtheria outbreak in Nome in 1925 — the basis for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race — actually began when the serum was unloaded from a train in the Nenana depot and sled dog teams took it overland to Nome. Today, mushers and snowmachiners in the Serum Run ’25 follow the original trail to continue the message of the importance of inoculations and other health issues. Several Iditarod and Yukon Quest mushers live in the area. Nenana is the starting point for food and supplies shipped to communities by barge along the Tanana River. During the annual River Daze event each June, the town celebrates the river with fun, games and food.

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ster is the site of one of the biggest gold strikes in Alaska, and there are active mines still in the area, but more active today is the art scene. Sometimes known as “The Republic of Ester,” this bedroom community of Fairbanks attracts professors and artists and has an identity all its own. Typically, tourists are drawn to the Ester Gold Camp and Malemute saloon, which is closed this year for renovations. Instead, take time to check out “The Republic of Ester” and what the clutch of artists, free-thinkers and progressives have to offer. Alaska’s foremost jewelry designer Judie Gumm has a shop in downtown Ester. Her nature inspired jewelry, sculptural in detail, with her creative use of beads and stones has gained her a national following. Visit the Judie Gumm Designs Shop Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and — in April to December — Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. On Main Street, check out PhotoSynthesis: Photographic Studio and Gift Gallery, featuring work by local artists including photographer Monique Musick, the creator of the “Women of Ester” calendar, which features real Ester women in their real — au natural — beauty. Ester Hatworks, housed in a 50-year-old log cabin behind the Ester Gold Camp, features hats, scarves, mittens, jackets, blankets, socks, headbands and vests by Judy Stauffer. Her work features Polar Fleece, a lightweight, colorful, warm, fabric with high breathability. Ester Designworks, 3717 Quartz Road in Ester, features

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Tourists are drawn to the Ester Gold Camp and Malemute saloon, which is closed this year for renovations, but the freethinking community still has plenty to offer. work by Deirdre Alida Helfferich, who does publication design and production, and her husband Hans Molders, who does woodwork and interior design. Some artists don’t have studios open to the public, but sell their work at the Farmer’s Market in Fairbanks, like Jean Lester, with landscapes, floral stationary, oil and pastel paintings and portraits, and Skip Nodler who runs the Old Ridge Wood Shop, a solar-powered wood shop producing tiny, intricate bowls with lids to dog sleds and guitars. Step out of downtown for a bit and check out the Annex Gallery and Studio Space, 2922 Parks Highway, which hosts opening receptions for new exhibits on the first Friday of each month from 5:30-9 p.m. The summer’s artists include Don Murphy, Feather Hilger and the Fairbanks Watercolor Society. For appointments or information, call 457-6668. The Alaska Village Arts Gift

Store, right across from the Pentecostal Church on the Parks Highway, features work by 50 to 100 Alaskan artists and is constantly expanding. The store is open from May to September. The Golden Eagle Saloon is the Grand Central Station of Ester. Stop by to hang out with locals and peruse the vintage photos. The office of the Ester Republic Newspaper — an irreverent periodical published monthly in the Ester Commonwealth — is located next to the Golden Eagle. And so is the John Trigg Ester Library, which you can join for $1. The library was named for the man who loved books and created a book exchange at the Golden Eagle Saloon. Ester Gold Camp will reopen next year, but for the 2008 season, the camp — which includes The Bunkhouse Hotel and Restaurant, the Malemute Saloon Show and the Northern Lights Show — remains closed.

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laska’s Interior is a vast smorgasbord of activities. Where to begin? How about right in the middle. The big milepost next to the sod-roofed Log Cabin Visitor Information Center on the Chena River in Fairbanks at 550 First Ave. tells visitors that they have reached the golden heart of the Alaska Interior. The displays inside the large cabin offer a wealth of information about Fairbanks’ rich history and the variety of events, attractions and entertainment available locally. Beside the cabin is Golden Heart Plaza, a site of many town celebrations. The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau runs the visitors center, and the staff and volunteers who work there are local residents. Not only can they assist visitors with where to go and what to see in Fairbanks, but they can share their personal experiences of what it’s like to live here year-round. Staff fluent in German and Japanese are available to assist international visitors. The log cabin provides a variety of services, including: • More than 300 brochures for attractions, accommodations, tours, dining, shopping, camping, transportation and outdoor adventure in Interior Alaska, including Denali National Park and Preserve and other areas of

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The Log Cabin Visitor Information Center, right on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks, should be your first stop in the city. The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau runs the visitors center, and the staff and volunteers who work there are local residents who can educate you on all there is to know, see or do in and around Interior Alaska. the state • Free courtesy phones for local calls and pay phones for long-distance • Maps of the Fairbanks area • Self-guided walking and driving tour brochures • Daily listing of available hotel, bed and breakfast and hostel rooms • Information and visitors guides for other parts of the state, from Barrow to Ketchikan • Computers for visitors to make online travel arrangements and check e-mail (there is a 10-minute limit) The centerpiece of the neighboring Golden Heat Plaza is

Malcolm Alexander’s “Unknown First Family,” an 18-foot bronze statue dedicated to all families past, present and future, and to the indomitable spirit of the people of Alaska’s Interior. The monument commemorates the 25th anniversary of Alaskan statehood. The clock tower was donated by the Fairbanks Rotary Club. A time capsule, to be opened on Jan. 3, 2059, is buried behind the plaza on the riverbank. For more information, visit the organization’s Web site, www.explorefairbanks.com or call 456-5774 or 456-INFO for a recording of daily events.

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Places of worship Fairbanks offers a multitude of churches, faiths and denominations should you choose to worship while on vacation. Unless otherwise noted, all service times are for Sunday.

Anglican • Anglican Church of the Redeemer Pioneer Park Chapel, Fairbanks 4575667. Eorship: 10 a.m. • Anglican Church of St. George Masonic Lodge, 10th Ave. & Noble St. 479-6493. Sunday service: 11 a.m.

Anglican Catholic • St. Catherine’s Anglican Catholic Church, 965 Farmers Loop. 474-0121. Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.

Assembly of God • Alaska New Life Outreach Center

503 Kit Blvd., North Pole. 488-6431 Sunday worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. • Assembly of God Central Mission Church, 3558 Goldizen Ave., Fairbanks. 452-4866 Morning worship (English): 10 a.m. Morning worship (Korean): 11a.m.12:30 p.m. • First Assembly of God, 2830 Airport Way, Fairbanks. 474-9112 Morning worship: 8:30 &11 a.m. Evening worship: 6:30 p.m. • Intercultural Assembly of God, 720 25th Ave. 452-3983 Sunday school/all ages: 9:45 a.m. Morning worship and children’s church: 10:45 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m. • Jubilee Worship Center, 541 Third St., 452-7031 Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Morning worship: 10:45 a.m.

Evening worship service: 6:30 p.m. • Riverside Assembly of God, 129 A St., Anderson, (907) 582-2869 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m.

Baptist • Badger Road Baptist Church, 1/2 Mile Badger Road, 488-6486 Sunday school: 9:45 a.m. Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m. • Bethel Church, 5.6 Mile Farmers Loop, 479-4380 Morning worship: 9:30, 11 a.m. Childrens’ Church: 9:30 a.m. • Bible Baptist Church, 32 Adak Ave. 452-1407 Sunday school: 10 a.m. Morning worship: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Evening service: 6 p.m.

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Worship Directory – Visitors are always welcome! Each Friday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner publishes additional local religion news.

FAIRBANKS AREA Anglican Church of St. George Service: Sunday 11:00 a.m. 10th Ave. & Noble St. – Downstairs in Masonic Temple Call 479-6493 email: acsg@alaskarcs.com

Anglican Church of the Redeemer 10:00 a.m. at Church in Pioneer Park 457-5667 Episcopal Services (1928 Prayer Book)

Bethel Church (Conservative Baptist) 479-4380 1310 Farmers Loop Rd. (2 miles from Golf Course) Worship: Sat. 6:00 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School : 11:00 a.m.

Bible Baptist Church 452-1407 32 Adak Ave. 479-2197 Off the Steese Highway at College Road E. Sun 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m. & Wed 7 p.m.

Bible believing — Old fashioned singing Plenty of parking for RV’s Free transportation from motels & campgrounds www.BibleBaptistFairbanks.com Doug Duffett, Pastor (907) 388-9815

Christ Lutheran Church Farmers Loop & Iniakuk Avenue (ELCA) 479-4947 Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. www.clcfairbanks.org / clc@mosquitonet.com

Church of Christ 645 11th Avenue 456-4921 Sunday 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Congregation Or HaTzafon

Fairbanks Seventh-day Adventist Church 1811 Farmer’s Loop Road 479-6070 9:30 a.m. Saturday www.fairbanksadventistchurch.org

Farewell Avenue Christian Church 100 Farewell Ave. facc@farewellave.com

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First Assembly of God 2830 Airport Way, Fairbanks Please call for service times – 474-9112

First Presbyterian Church 547 Seventh Avenue at Cushman 452-2406 Traditional 8:45 a.m. Contemporary 11:00 a.m.

First United Methodist Church 915 Second Avenue 452-2956 Traditional Services 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service 9:45 a.m.

Hamilton Acres Baptist Church 138 Farewell Avenue Independent Sunday 9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Pastor Bruce Hamilton

Immaculate Conception Church 115 N. Cushman Street 452-3533 Mass: Sat. 5:30 p.m., Sun. 7:30, 9:15, 11:00 a.m. Weekday Masses (Mon. through Fri.) 12:10 p.m. Church is open weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

McGrath Road Baptist Church

1744 Aurora Drive 456-1002 The Jewish Congregation of Fairbanks Friday evening services Torah & Bagels: Saturday mornings http://www.mosquitonet.com/~orhatzafon

1100 McGrath Road Independent 457-4611 Sunday 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wed. 7 p.m. Pastor Joel Smith www.mcgrathroadbaptistchurch.org

Denali Bible Chapel

452-3853 2204 Discovery Drive 457-6572 Services: Sunday 1:00 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

1201 Lathrop Street 456-5157 Service: 10:30 a.m. www.DenaliBibleChapel.org

Fairbanks Lutheran Church 1012 Cowles Street (ELCA) 452-3425 Sunday Worship: 8:30 a.m. Heritage 10:00 a.m. Celebration II www.fairbankslutheran.org / fairluth@gci.net

New Life Pentecostal Church Sacred Heart Cathedral 2501 Airport Way Ph:474-9032 Fx:479-3327 Weekend Masses: May 27 - September 2 Sat. 5:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Weekday Masses: Tue. – Fri. 5:30 p.m. email: shc@mosquitonet.com


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• Community Baptist Church, 2535 Marigold Lane, North Pole, 488-4511 Sunday school (all ages): 9:45 a.m. Morning worship: 11 a.m. • Corinthian Baptist Church, 1679 23rd Ave., 456-4585 Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. • Faith Baptist Church, 1.8 Mile Chena Pump Road, 479-5063. Worship service: 11 a.m. • First Baptist Church of Fairbanks, 805 Sixth Ave., 456-4923 Sunday school/all ages: 9:45 a.m. Morning worship: 11 a.m. • First Baptist Church of North Pole 5th Avenue and Richardson Highway 488-2240 Sunday school: 9:45 a.m. Morning worship: 10:45 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m. • Friendship Baptist Church, 1465 Lacey St., 456-4542 Morning worship: 11 a.m.

Evening worship: 7 p.m. • Hamilton Acres Baptist Church, 138 Farewell Ave., 452-7422 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Evening: 6 p.m. • Korean Baptist Mission, 1501 Cushman St., 456-4542 Sunday school: 10 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. • McGrath Road Baptist Church, 1100 McGrath Road, 457-4611 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening service: 6 p.m. • Morning Star Baptist Church, School Road at Carbon Way, Healy, 683-2776 Sunday school: 10 a.m. Morning worship: 11 a.m. • Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 3000 Peger Road, 374-6055 Morning worship: 11 a.m. • North Pole Bible Baptist Church, Peridot Street and Richardson Highway, 488-1777 Morning worship: 11 a.m.

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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

HEALY AREA Holy Mary of Guadalupe Catholic Church

1029 First Avenue 456-5235 Eucharists: Sunday 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Wed. 9:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Compline at 12 a.m. Sun. - Fri. www.stmatthewschurch.org

Sunday 7:00 p.m. Healy Church 683-2535 Saturday Night Mass 6:00 p.m. at the Wilderness Access Center Theatre (1mi. on Park Road)

St. Paul Church

Mile 249, Parks Hwy. Healy 683-2303 Sun. Sch. 9:45 a.m., Church 11 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wed. 7 p.m.

Christian Worship – Wesleyan Tradition Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. City Lights Blvd. off Steese Hwy. Building with flag on top, second floor 479-7998 Elevator Available The Friendly Little Country Church

St. Raphael Catholic Church

Valley Chapel - Assembly of God NORTH POLE AREA Community Baptist Church Repp and Badger Roads North Pole 488-4511 Service: 11:00 a.m.

1125 Old Steese Hwy. North 457-6603 Mass: Saturday 5:30 p.m. & Sunday 9:30 a.m.

New Jerusalem COGIC

Syndoulos Lutheran Church (WELS)

2515 Mission Road, North Pole (907)488-7320 Sunday Services: 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

4155 Geist Road 479-4324 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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Northern Lights Free Will Baptist 2365 Richardson Hwy. (11 Mile) 490-0022 Services: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

St. Nicholas Catholic Church 707 St. Nicholas Drive, North Pole 488-2595 Masses: Daily 9 a.m., Sat. 6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. & Noon Reconciliation: Saturday 5 p.m. or by appointment

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Evening worship: 6 p.m.

• North Star Baptist Church, 345 First St., Anderson, 582-2820 Morning worship: 11 a.m. • Northstar Baptist Church, 315 Fifth Ave., 374-8775 Morning worship: 10 & 11 a.m. Evening worship: 7 p.m. • Shannon Park Baptist Church, 409 Lazelle Road, 452-4098 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m. • St. John Baptist Church, 802 17th Ave., 452-7795 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening service: 7 p.m. • University Baptist Church, 1197 University Ave., 479-2440 Sunday worship: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m.

Christian Church

Church of God in Christ • First Church of God in Christ, 308 Ladd St., 452-6835 Worship: Noon Evening worship: 7:30 p.m. • Greater New Hope Church of God in Christ, 3510 College Road, 458-7172 Sunday school (All ages): 10 a.m. Worship: Noon • Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ, 2404 S. Barnette St., 452-7594 Morning worship: Noon Evening service: 7:30 p.m. • New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, 2515 Mission Road, North Pole, 488-7320 Sunday worship: 11:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Latter-day Saints

• Farewell Avenue Christian Church, 100 Farewell Ave., 456-6123 Sunday school: 10 a.m. Worship service and Communion: 11 a.m. • New Testament Christian Church, 315 Fifth Ave., 474-8583 Sunday worship: 11 a.m. Evening worship: 7:30 p.m.

• Eielson Ward, 331 E. 8th Ave., North Pole, 488-7830 Sacrament meeting: 1 p.m. Sunday school: 2:20 p.m. PH/RS: 3:10 p.m. • Fairbanks First Ward, 1500 Cowles St., 479-5371 Sacrament meeting: 9 a.m. Sunday school: 10:20 a.m. PH/RS: 11:10 a.m.

Christian Science • First Church of Christ Scientist, 811 First Ave., 456-2319 Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday school: 10:30 a.m.

Episcopal

Church of Christ Church of Christ, 1/4 Mile Chena Small Tracts Road, 479-6170 or 479-2570 Bible study: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. • Eielson Church of Christ, In the Moose Creek community, 3445 Old Richardson Highway, 488-6664 or 452-9496 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m. • Northern Lights Church of Christ, 645 11th Ave. 456-4921 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m. • Church of God, Fairhill Community Church of God, 101 City Lights Blvd. 457-5522 Morning worship: 9:15 a.m. & 11 a.m. • North Pole Church of God, 3509 Laurance Road, 488-1366 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening worship: 6 p.m. • Valley of Blessing Church of God, 3007 Airport Way, 474-0434 Morning worship: 11 a.m.

• St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1029 First Ave., 456-5235 Sunday worship: 8, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. • St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 3408 Laurance Road, North Pole 488-9329 or 488-4282 Sunday Holy Eucharist: 10:30 a.m.

Jewish Congregation Or HaTzafon, 1744 Aurora Drive, Fairbanks, 479-1002 Friday Night services: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Torah & Bagels: 10 a.m.

Lutheran • Christ Lutheran Church, Farmers Loop and Iniakuk Avenue., 479-4947

Sunday worship: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday school/all ages: 9:15 a.m. • Fairbanks Lutheran Church, 1012 Cowles St., 452-3425 Heritage service: 8:30 a.m. Contemporary service: 11 a.m. • Faith Lutheran Church, 266.5 Mile Richardson Hwy., Delta Junction, 907-8954322 Worship: 10 a.m. • Grace Lutheran CLC, Pioneer Park church, 4521326 Sunday service: 2 p.m. • Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 1005 St. Nicholas Drive, North Pole, 488-6720 Sunday school: 9-10 a.m. Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. • Syndoulos Lutheran Church, 4155 Geist Road, 479-4324 Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday school & Bible study: 9: 30 a.m. • Zion Lutheran Church, 2982 Davis Road, 456-7660 Sunday traditional: 8:30 a.m. Sunday contemporary: 11 a.m.

Methodist • First United Methodist Church, 915 Second Ave., 452-2956 Sunday school: 9:45 Traditional services: 8:30 a.m. &11 a.m. Contemporary service: 9:45 a.m. • First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 835 23rd Ave., 458-8882 Church School: 9:30 a.m. Morning worship: 11 a.m. • St. James Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 965 Farmers Loop, 479-3732 Sunday school: 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Sunday worship: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Nazarene • First Church of the Nazarene, 1524 Westwood Way, 479-6734 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Evening service: 6 p.m. • North Pole Church of the Nazarene, 1955 Peridot Rd., 488-6173 Worship service: 11 a.m. Evening service: 6 p.m. • Two Rivers Community Church of

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Places of worship the Nazarene, 4629 Chena Hot Springs Road (Mile 14.8), 488-9086 Worship service: 11a.m. Evening service: 6:30 p.m.

Pentecostal • Christ is the Answer, 16th Avenue and Noble Street, 488-3101 Sunday service: 11 a.m. • First United Pentecostal Church, 907 23rd Ave., 452-2591 Sunday service: 3 p.m. • New Life Pentecostal Church, 3526 International Way, 457-6572 or 452-3853 Sunday worship: 1 p.m. • North Pole Worship Center, 2936 Badger Road, North Pole 488-9084 Sunday worship: 9 & 11 a.m. • Pentecostal Church of God, 326 18th Ave., 452-5219 Morning worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Night: 6 p.m.

Presbyterian • First Presbyterian Church, 547 Seventh Ave., 452-2406 Traditional worship: 8:45 a.m. Sunday school: 10 a.m. Contemporary worship: 11 a.m.

• Delta Presbyterian Church, 266.5 Mile Richardson Hwy., Delta Junction, 907-895-4322 Worship service: 10 a.m. • New Hope Methodist-Presbyterian Church, 2371 Bradway Road (corner of Badger and Bradway), North Pole, 4889191 Worship: 9:30 a.m. • University Community Presbyterian Church, 3510 College Road, 479-6728 Sunday worship: 9:30 a.m.

Roman Catholic • Denali Park/Healy — Summer, 6831007/683-2351, Saturday Mass: 6 p.m. Wilderness Access Center Theater 1 mile Denali Park Road • Holy Mary of Guadalupe, Tri-Valley Subdivision, Healy (11 miles south of Denali Park), 683-1007/683-2351 Sunday Mass: 7 p.m. Memorial Day—Labor Day • Immaculate Conception Parish, 115 North Cushman St., 452-3533 Daily Mass: Monday-Friday 12:10 p.m. Saturday Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass: 7:30, 9:15 & 11 a.m. • Sacred Heart Cathedral, 2501 Airport Way, 474-9032

Mass: Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass: 5:15 p.m. Sunday Mass: 9 and 11:30 a.m. Spanish Mass: Sunday 1 p.m. • St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 707 St. Nicholas Drive, North Pole, 488-2595 Daily Mass: 9 a.m., except Wed. 7 p..m. Saturday Mass: 6 p.m. Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. and noon. • St. Raphael Catholic Church, Corner McGrath Road and Old Steese Highway, 457-6603 Mass: T, Th, Fri/9 a.m.; Wed. & Sat., 5:30 p.m. Mass: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1811 Farmers Loop, 479-6070 Saturday services: Sabbath school: 9:30 a.m. Morning worship: 11 a.m. • North Pole Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3589 Joan Ave., North Pole, 4887751 Saturday services: Sabbath school: 11 a.m. worship service: 9:30 a.m. Bible study: Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.

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Take a ride on old Engine No. 1 Staff Report See a piece of Fairbanks history at Pioneer Park and if the timing is right, take a ride. Engine No. 1, Fairbanks’ first steam locomotive, originally transported people and freight on the 47-mile narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad. It was originally built by H.K. Porter & Co. in 1899 in Pittsburg and arrived in Fairbanks in 1905. But after years of wear and tear and floods, the train’s engine became worn down and it was decommissioned. The train was then moved to Pioneer Park,

which was then known as Alaskaland, in 1967. More than 20 years later, a group of local residents started to restore the train. It is now the farthest north operating seems engine in the world. Friends of Tanana Valley Railroad, a nonprofit organization, is now in charge of the Engine No. 1 restoration and the new Tanana Valley Railroad Train Museum located at Pioneer Park. The museum not only houses Engine No. 1, it also includes railroad memorabilia. Engine No. 1 is scheduled to run six times this year: May 28, May 26, July 4, July 28, Sept. 1 and Oct. 25. For more information visit www.ftvrr.org.

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un and history meet at Pioneer Park, a 44acre entertainment zone located at Airport Way and Peger Road. Originally called Alaskaland, the park offers a variety of activities relating to the history of Interior Alaska. The park also is home to the area’s largest Fourth of July celebration. The park is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. from May 24 through Labor Day. Entry to the park is free, though some attractions charge admission. For more information, call 459-1087.

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The giant salmon at Pioneer Park is an addition this year to the Fairbanks landmark, beckoning visitors who venture to the Alaska Salmon Bake, located in the park. several times a day. $2 adults, $1 children. • Gold Rush Town — A dramatized gold rush town consisting of 35 pioneer cabins relocated to Pioneer Park from their original locations. Now renovated, some offer a variety of items including souvenirs, sweets and snacks. • Miniature golf — play 18 or 36 holes at the outdoor mini Center for Education & Research and Gift Shop

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children under 12 accompanied by an adult. • Pioneer Museum — a collection of pioneer artifacts. Free but donations are welcome. • S.S. Nenana Riverboat — Active for 21 years, the boat now hosts a historical diorama of the Tanana and Yukon rivers. • Tanana Valley Railroad Museum — features the Tanana Valley Engine No. 1, the oldest operating steam locomotive in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. The train runs half a dozen times during the year. Visit www.fairnet.org/agencies/tvrr/ tvrr.html for more information. • Wickersham House — dedicated to Judge James Wickersham, the first territorial representative for Alaska, the house is furnished the way it would have looked in the early 1900s. Free.

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etting itself apart from other buffets, Alaska Salmon Bake offers all-you-can-eat Alaskan halibut, salmon, Bering Sea cod or slow-roasted prime rib. In addition to the main course, the Salmon Bake experience includes a salad bar, side dishes and deserts. But the Salmon Bake isn’t quantity over quality. The salmon sauce, beer batter and prime rib are perfected homemade recipes. Located at Pioneer Park, the restaurant is open from 5-9 p.m. daily from May 11 to Sept. 12. Started in 1979, the Salmon Bake also has beautiful gardens with Alaska Native carvings for diners who wish to eat al fresco. Be sure to visit the Pick ‘N Poke Gift Shop located next door. The gift shop offers souvenirs and Native crafts. The all-you-can-eat dinner is $31 for adults and $15 for children and includes unlimited nonalcoholic beverages. For more information call 452-7274.

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A Glimpse of Fairbanks' Past Community museum hosts a range of attractions

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he history of downtown Fairbanks lingers in its storefronts, on restaurant walls, in black-and-white photos. Snapshots show a frontier town and its collection of miners and entrepreneurs, a place creating a unique character one day at a time. Curators have collected many of the images from Fairbanks’ birth and early years at the Fairbanks Community Museum, which offers a window into the staples of daily culture in historic Fairbanks. “We have a little bit of everything,” museum president Robert Eley said. “We’ve had people spend everywhere from 20 minutes to two and a half hours in the museum.” The museum, which reopens for the summer on May 5, fea-

tures, among other displays, “Klondike Gold Rush: Early Fairbanks,” a window through time to life in frontier Fairbanks when people left San Francisco and other established Lower 48 communities to try their hand at finding gold near the Arctic Circle. The museum, located in the historic former Fairbanks City Hall on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Cushman Street, also features exhibits including “101 Things Fairbanksans do in Winter.” And this will be the museum’s second year with the exhibit “Deluge: The Flood of ’67.” The exhibit opened last year for the 40th anniversary of the flood and its devastating impacts on Fairbanks. In recent years the museum has taken over the responsibility of running the Dog Mushing Museum in the same building. The Mushers Museum includes exhibits on dog sleds and offers

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an in-depth look at the history of mushing in Alaska. The displays include a history of the Yukon Quest Internationsl Sled Dog Race, which covers 1,000 miles between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon, and the well-known Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. “See what it’s like to live in this amazing northern city and what we do to cope with -40 degrees,” the museum trumpets from its Web site, www.fairbankscommunitymuseum.com. “Commemorating and celebrating everything from the gold rush era to the great floods of of the 1960’s, the Fairbanks Community Museum houses the best collection of Fairbanks’ history.” The musuems are open from Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free, but the museum accepts donations from visitors over the age of 12. Contact staff writer Christopher Eshleman at 459-7582.

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A State and its Heritage Native Alaskans play vital role in shaping state Staff Report

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he first people to inhabit the great land of Alaska were Aleuts, Eskimos and Indians living a traditional lifestyle, hunting and gathering off the land and water, and differentiated by ethnic origin, language and culture. Before European contact began in the mid-1700s, each group lived within defined regions of Alaska — the Tlingit and Haida along the southeastern coastal rainforest; the Aleuts in the Aleutian Archipelago; the Yupik Eskimos in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and southwestern coast; the Inupiat Eskimos along the northern coasts and the Athabascans in

the Interior. In the 250 years following European discovery of Alaska’s abundant natural resources, Native populations were dramatically affected by the exploitation of European and American colonists. Aleuts were enslaved by Russian fur traders to hunt sea otters, and Yankee whalers decimated the whale population in the northern seas. Deadly outbreaks of smallpox and measles also accompanied the boom and bust cycles. Today, Native Americans make up approximately 15 percent of the state’s population, and reside in more than 200 communities and villages scattered widely

along the coastlines and rivers of this vast state. Many modern Natives continue to practice traditional subsistence activities, which are intimately involved with cultural and spiritual values such as sharing, and respecting the land and animals. In 1971, the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act gave Alaska Natives 44 million acres of land and $962.5 million to compensate for land lost, and life began changing rapidly. Today, regional profit, nonprofit and Native village corporations manage money and the land and provide benefits to numerous shareholders.

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Grab a Map, Take a Walk ... Walking tours offer great downtown highlights By AMANDA BOHMAN abohman@newsminer.com

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ear comfortable shoes for this selfguided tour of historic downtown Fairbanks — not all of the 41 points of interest are along a sidewalk. The approximately threemiles tour features historic buildings, a cemetery and historic monuments with their significance explained in a booklet available at the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center. The booklet, which includes a map, is $1. Voice-guided tours are available in English, German and Japanese using MP3 players that can be checked out at the center. The MP3 players are free to use, but a credit card number is required as a deposit. Highlights of the walking tour include: • Immaculate Conception Church, the city’s first Catholic church, built in 1904 by Father Francis Monroe and moved twice, once with volunteers who jacked the church off of its foundation. Horses pulled and logs rolled the church across the Chena River. • the Wickersham Monu-

IF YOU GO What: Downtown walking tour of historic Fairbanks Featuring: 41 points of interest How long?: About 3 miles or two hours Maps: $1 at the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center on First Avenue

ment, a plaque at the corner of First Avenue and Noble Street marking the original site of Judge James Wickersham’s frame home, which is now situated at Pioneer Park. Wickersham was Interior Alaska’s first judge. • the Masonic Temple, built in 1906 by the Tanana Commercial Company. President Warren G. Harding spoke from the steps of the building in 1923. • the Northward Building, Fairbanks’ first skyscraper, an eight-story apartment building constructed from 1950 to 1952. It is the setting for Edna Ferbers’ novel, “Ice Palace,” about Alaskans striving for statehood in the 1950s. • Lacey Street Theater, built in 1936 and showed movies for the next 40 years. It now

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serves as an ice museum, but classic movies are shown in the wintertime. • the R.C. Wood House, a replica of a house built in 1906 and owned by a banker. President Harding ate dinner here. • the Mary Lee Davis Home, built by a miner to keep his wife from moving to Seattle in 1916. The house was a showplace at the time, featuring conveniences unheard of in Fairbanks. • the Falcon Joslin Home, built in 1905 by the man who started the Tanana Valley Railroad. It’s Fairbanks’ oldest frame house still in its original location. • Courthouse Square, the site of the first courthouse and federal jail in 1904. The current building was constructed in 1932 and served as the town’s central gathering area, housing a post office and federal court. • Clay Street Cemetery, the resting place for more than 2,000 Fairbanks residents between 1903 and 1978. Buried here is Mary Pedro, wife of Felix Pedro, an Italian immigrant who first discovered gold in the Fairbanks area. Contact staff writer Bohman at 459-7544.

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... or Put on the Running Shoes Interior Alaska passionate about its races Nora Gruner/News-Miner

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Costumed runners wait for the start of the Midnight Sun Race in 2005. The race is one of the more colorful local events, in which participants are encouraged to dress in costume.

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unning is one of the most popular participatory sports in the Interior, so if you want to get up and go there’s an event almost every weekend throughout the summer months, and even into the winter for that matter. Races can attract anywhere from 50-60 participants to upwards of 4,000 for the most popular event of the summer — the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Midnight Sun Run. The Midnight Sun Run is a 10-kilometer road race held at 10 p.m. on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice. This year’s run will be held on June 21 and a record turnout is expected for the 26th running of the event. The race starts on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus and finishes at Pioneer Park. Participants are encouraged to run in costumes, and the majority of the prizes for the event go to the costume division participants. If you’re planning your trip around a running event, you’ll

probably want to try and catch one of the Flint Hills Cup races that usually attract the largest and most competitive fields. The series starts on May 3 with the Chena River Run (5K) and the Flint Hills Mile on June 12, the Midnight Sun Run (10K) on June 21, the Gold Discovery Run (16.5 miles) on July 20, the Run of the Valkyries (8K) on Aug. 2, the Santa Claus HalfMarathon (13.1 miles) on Aug. 9,

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shined under the Midnight Sun, passing through the gates of Growden Memorial Park as members of the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, who have hosted the contest since their inception in 1960. The Goldpanners look to get back to their winning ways in the Midnight Sun game this year after seeing a 14-year Midnight Sun winning streak snapped last season. The Goldpanners are an amateur summer league team comprised of college all-stars from across the country. They play in the six-team Alaska Baseball League, which includes two teams from Anchorage, one from Kenai, one from Palmer and the Athletes in Action, a team based in the Fairbanks area and which shares Growden Park with the Goldpanners. Hall of Famers Tom Seaver

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Lavelle's Bistro American bistro and wine 575 First Ave. 450-0555 for reservations Summer hours (starting May 14) Lunch: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner: Sunday and Monday 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entrees: $12 lunch, $25 dinner

Soapy Smiths Pioneer Restaurant Burgers, sandwiches, soups, prime rib, steaks, halibut, salmon and seafood 543 Second Ave. 451-8380 Summer hours (starting May 15) 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Entrees: $8 to $12 lunch; $12 to $29 dinner

Co-op Diner Breakfast, hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps 535 Second Ave. (in the Co-op Plaza), 457-4907 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Take out and delivery available. Entrees: $6.95 (breakfast) to $16.95

Gambardella's Pasta Bella Italian entrees, pizza, subs and salads 706 Second Ave. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Big Daddy's BBQ and Banquet Hall BBQ pork, beef, ribs, chicken, sandwiches 107 Wickersham St. 452-2501 Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entrees: $15 to $22; sandwich combos, $8.75 to $12.75

Aviator Steakhouse Steaks, seafood and homemade desserts 731 Second Ave. 456-7597 Open Tuesday - Saturday

4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Entrees: $22

The Diner Breakfast, lunch and dinner, diner fare 244 Illinois St. 451-0613 Monday and Tuesday 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wed. through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrees: breakfast $6.95 to $9.95; sandwiches $6.95 to $9.95; dinner $6.95 to $14.95

The Pomegranate Freshly prepared soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees and desserts 414 Second Ave. 451-7505 Summer hours (start midMay): Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and some holidays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Entree: $6.50 to $12

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Thai House Thai cuisine 412 Fifth Ave. 452-6123 Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Sunday. Take out available Lunch: $8.95; dinner: $13.95

Pizza 4 Less Pizza, spaghetti, chicken, subs and wings 246 Illinois St. 451-6060 Open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Takeout and delivery only

McCafferty's Coffee House Espresso bar, soup, pastries and snacks; roast their own coffee 408 Cushman St. 456-6853 Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music Friday and Saturday evenings

Two Street Station Espresso bar, Kaladi’s coffee, salads, calzones and fresh pastries Servings Hot Licks ice cream on Saturday 523 Second Ave. 456-6242 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4

Iris Cafe & Saloon Hamburgers, sandwiches, steak and seafood; breakfast on weekends until about 2 p.m. 900 Noble St. 455-4747 Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Prices vary.

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The Fudge Pot Espresso bar, soups, sandwiches, ice cream, fudge and gift shop 515 First Ave. 456-3834 Summer hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices vary

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Mayflower Buffet Chinese, American and Japanese Cuisine and suishi 414 Third St. (at Eagle Plaza Mall) 452-3399 Monday through Thursday11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday noon to 9:30 p.m. Carryout available

Prime rib, fine dining 813 Noble St. in Westmark Hotel 459-7725 Lunch 11 - 2 p.m. Dinner 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. $20 to $25

Diner food 1347 Bedrock St. 456-6430 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily Entrees: $8 to $18

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Fare: Teriyaki, rib and Korean cuisine 550 3rd St. 456-1232 Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday Entrees: lunch, $7.95 to $9.50;

Ming’s Asian Bistro Opening in May 2008 1900 Airport Way Full service Asian restaurant 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 479 8866

Alaska Salmon Bake All-you-can-eat wood grilled salmon, beer-battered halibut and cod, and slow-roasted prime rib; includes salad bar, dessert and drinks Airport Way in Pioneer Park 452-7274 Daily 5 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $31 (for the all-you-can-eat special)

Bamboo Panda Chinese food 1235 Airport Way, Suite 3 458-8885, 458-8886 Monday to Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday noon to 9:30 lunch: $6.75 $9.25 (for combination plate)

Todai Cuisine Japanese / sushi bar 1900 Airport Way 451-1100 Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat. noon to 11 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entree: $8.95 to $19.95 Please see RESTAURANTS, Page 33


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Dog Sled Saloon at Captain Bartlett Inn Burgers, nachos 1411 Airport Way 452-1888 Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bar open: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Food served until 11 p.m. prices vary

Airport Way Restaurant All-American food 1704 Airport Way 457-5182 Open 24 hours, seven days a week Entree: $10 to $20

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Mexican 1420 Cushman St. 456-5269 Monday to Friday 6 a.m. - 11p. Sat.- Sun. 6 a.m. to midnight $8-$15

Deb's Cafe Comfort food 3513 Industrial Ave. 456-7829 Monday to Saturday 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays 8 a.m. -4 p.m. Delivery available specials $8

Seoul Gate Fine Korean Cuisine 958 Cowles St. 456-2060 Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Koreana Restaurant Korean 1528 S. Cushman St. 451-0651 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Monday to Sunday 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30 - 9 p.m. $15 to $30

Wolf Run Restaurant

Thai cuisine 1450 S. Cushman St . 456-2170 Open every day, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. lunch: $7.95, dinner: $10.95

Fine dining and desserts 3360 Wolf Run 458-0636 Monday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tues. to Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. $8.50 lunch; $20 dinner

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Steakhouse featuring seafood and famous cheesesteak 2701 S. Cushman St. 479-3663 Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. $15 to $30

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UNIVERSITY AVENUE Zach's Restaurant at Sophie Station Fun, creative Alaskan cuisine 1717 University Ave. 479-3650

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Geraldo's Italian food and pizza 701 College Road 452-2299 Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. lunch $10; dinner $15

Gallo's Mexican 60 College Road 455-9225 Open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. $13.95

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The Food Factory Burgers, chicken, seafood 44 College Road 452-3313 Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday Noon to 10 p.m. $12

Bakery Restaurant Homestyle cafe, fresh baked pastries and pies 69 College Road 456-8600 Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7 to $10

Panda Garden Chinese 29 College Road 452-3355 Takeout and delivery only Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $10

Siam Square Classic Thai cuisine 59 College Road, Suite 202 458-7426 Open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. $15

Ichiban Noodle House Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese 400 College Road 455-9116 Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. - midnight $10

College Coffee House Espresso, baked goods, sand-

wiches 3677 College Road (Campus Corner Mall) 374-0468 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to midnight

Wok N' Roll Chinese 3535 College Rd. 455-4848 Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday $6.75 to $12.50

College Town Pizzeria Pizza, calzones and salads and fresh-made gelato and Italian ice 3549 College Road 457-2200 Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Sunday large pizza $20

Gulliver's Second-Story Cafe Sandwiches, pastries, espresso 3525 College Road 474-9574 Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cookie Jar Restaurant Casual dining 1006 Cadillac Court 479-8319 Delivery Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Monday to Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10

Pazzo G's Pizza Joint Italian 3677 College Road (Campus Corner Mall) 456-2604 Mon. - Thurs. 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery: Monday Thursday, noon to midnight; Friday and Saturday, noon to 2 a.m.; Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

Pad Thai Authentic Thai Food 3400 College Road. 479-1251 Summer hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. dinner $12 and $13; lunch $8.95

WEST FAIRBANKS Sam's Sourdough Cafe Homestyle, sourdough panckaes 3702 Cameron St., off University Avenue. 479-0523 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily Carryout available $7.95-$9.95

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Pike's Landing Steaks, seafood 4438 Airport Way 479-6500 Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday Sunday brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner: Monday through Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. $20

The Pump House Restaurant Seafood, wild game, choice steaks Mile 1.3 Chena Pump Road 479-8452 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 to $30

Chena's Fine Dining and Deck Fine dining/American cuisine 4200 Boat St. 474-3644 Monday to Sunday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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p.m. Breakfast served on Saturday and Sunday until 4 p.m. $10 lunch and breakfast $20 dinner

Lulu's Bread and Bagels

Silver Gulch Brewery and Restuarant

Breads, bagels, pastries, coffee 364 Chena Pump Plaza 374-3804 Closed Monday Tuesday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

2195 Old Steese Highway. 452-2739 Brewery & restaurant featuring recipes incorporating fine ales, lagers & speciality beers. Open daily at 4 p.m. www.silvergulch.com

GOLDSTREAM/ OUTSIDE FAIRBANKS On's Eggroll House Thai 735 Sheep Creek Rd 457-4709 Closed Monday Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Vallata American/Italian Cuisine 2.5 Mile Goldstream Rd. 455-6600 Tues.-Sun. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended $20-$30 Call Pat tomorrow around 3:30

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Brewsters Burgers, ribs, chicken 354 Old Steese Highway (North Gate Square) 3578 Airport Way (Teddy Bear Plaza) 374-9663

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Mt. Aurora Fairbanks Creek Lodge Home-cooked, bistro style featuring Alaskan ingredients, 2320 Fairbanks Creek Rd., 3892000. Thursday-Sunday, lunch and dinner, brunch on Sunday. $20

Turtle Club Prime rib, seafood 2098 Old Steese Hwy, 457-3883 Monday through Saturday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservation recommended. $23 - $30

Chatanika Gold Camp Steaks, seafood, 28 Mile Steese Highway, 389-2414

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Fairbanks also has many of the same national chain restaurants found in the Lower 48. So, if you're in the mood for something fast and familiar: • McDonald's: 1930 Airport Way (with Playland for kids); 38 College Road; 3905 Geist Road • Burger King, 1690 Airport Way • Wendy's, 1859 Airport Way • Taco Bell: 87 College Rd.; 1450 University Ave. • Taco Del Mar, 930 Old Steese Hwy • Pizza Hut: 4001 Geist Road; 1990 Airport Way; 89 College Road • KFc: 69 College Road • A&W/KFC, 3428 Airport Way • Carl's Jr., Merhar Avenue • Chili's, 506 Merhar Ave. • Boston's Pizza, 1243 Old Steese Highway • Denny's, 1929 Airport Way • Bruegger's Bagels, Bentley Mall Annex • Subway: 1800 Airport Way; 3574 Airport Way; 514 Old Steese Highway • Quizno's 607 Old Steese Hwy

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Gold Rush Fine Jewelry, 531 2nd Ave. in downtown Fairbanks, is one of many shopping destinations for Alaska visitors. The shop, owned by Mike Webb, specializes in gold and other gems. Webb is seen holding a collection of gold nuggets mined from the Wiseman area north of Fairbanks.

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laska souvenirs range from the mundane — such as T-shirts and key chains — to the exquisite in fine artwork, gold jewelry, beadwork, ivory carvings and furs — whatever your taste desires and pocketbook allows. A treasury of specialty shops and galleries are located in Downtown Fairbanks from First Avenue on the Chena River, south to 10th Avenue, between Cushman and Noble streets. Put on your walking shoes and go exploring. Many of the longtime businesses along the way have been dealing with Alaska craftspeople and artists, both Native and non-Native, for many years, and shopkeepers are happy to explain the tradition and history of many objects for sale. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Take a scenic walk, a mile or so west along the Chena River and you’ll enter Pioneer Park. The historic Gold Rush town is home to a variety of gift shops housed in original Fairbanks cabins, and the Centennial Center features an art gallery and gift shop on the third floor. On the fringes of Fairbanks, at the intersection of University Avenue and College Road, is a cluster of interesting shops near the main drive into the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. While there, drop by the university gift shop in the Wood Center on the upper campus and the UA Museum of the North gift shop by the main lobby of the museum (no entry fee required).

• Alaska House Art Gallery, 10th Avenue and Cushman Street, 456-6449 • Alaska Gold ’N’ Gems, 541 Second Ave., 456-8312 • Alaska Rag Co., 603 Lacey St., 451-4401 • Alaska Rare Coins, 551 Second Ave. Suite B, 452-6461 • Alaska Raw Fur Co., 4106 Boat St., 479-2462 • Arctic Travelers Gift Shop, 201 Cushman St., 456-7080 • Artworks, 3677 College Road, 479-2563 • Beads & Things, 537 Second Ave., 456-2323 • Co-op Plaza, 535 Second Ave. • The Craft Market, Fifth Avenue and Noble Street, 452-5495 • The Great Alaskan Bowl Co., 4630 Old Airport Road, 4749663 • If Only Gift Shop, 215 Cushman St., 457-6659 • Gulliver’s Books, 3525 College Road, 474-9574 • New Horizons Gallery, 519 First Ave., 456-2063 • Red Fox Fine Furs, 547 Second Ave., 456-3877 • TCR’s Ivory, 555 Second Ave., 452-1817

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A Taste of Fresh Farmers market a staple for Interior produce Staff Report

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hoppers at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market not only enjoy buying the freshest of the fresh produce, from vine-ripened tomatoes to Yukon Gold potatoes, but they have the added bonus of purchasing it firsthand from an Alaska farmer. Twice weekly an abundant variety of summer produce is available, mixed among a wide assortment of colorful flower baskets and bouquets, bedding plants, trees, shrubs and herbs. Also tempting the palate are tables loaded with specialty

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The Alaska Railroad All aboard for a ride across the wilderness Staff Report

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he Alaska Railroad is the last full-service railroad in the United States, meaning it carries both freight and passengers through major ports and towns in Alaska. President Woodrow Wilson authorized construction of the railroad in 1914 and choose the nearly 500-mile route from Seward, on the Gulf of Alaska, to Fairbanks, in the heart of the state. The railroad is now owned by the state of Alaska, and offers tour packages highlighting the best of the Railbelt, the names for cities along the track. The Alaska Railroad Corp. tour packages range from day trips visiting popular destinations to longer voyages exploring everything from the Arctic Circle to the sea. The railroad also runs several cruise operations in the southern part of the state. Tour guides accompany every trip to help passengers locate important scenic landmarks and learn about points of interest along the way. Some of the more popular tours include: • a two-day trip between Fairbanks and Anchorage with a chance to get out and explore Denali National Park and Preserve. • visiting some of the historic Railbelt cities along the route. • the Hurricane Turn Train, starting in Talkeetna and winding along the Sustina River through a wilderness run where you can get out and explore. • a six-day tour of Alaska’s national parks, including a back country tour of Denali, a cruise through the Kenai Fjords National Park and a visit to the icebergs of the Spencer Glacier.

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Brakeman Wade Sherwood of Anchorage is in charge of operating the switches along the side of the track that allow trains to pass on the Fairbanks to Anchorage route.

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Riverboat Discovery River cruise a favorite journey in the Interior Staff Report

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iscover the many facets of Alaska aboard the Riverboat Discovery. The Riverboat Discovery travels on the Tanana and Chena

rivers twice daily, giving passengers a short course on Alaska history and glimpse of Alaska lifestyles, from the quiet days before the gold rush to the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. The 3 1/2-hour tour trans-

ports the passengers back 100 years, when floating the rivers was the only way to travel in the Interior during the summer months. On any summer day, Please see DISCOVERY, Page 41

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If you go Tours • Tours start May 13 and continue through Sept. 22. Tours launch at 8:45 a.m. and at 2 p.m.; they are often full, so reservations are recommended.

Admission • Tickets are $49.95 for adults and $34.95 for children age 3-12. Children under 3 ride for free. Call 479-6673 for reservations, toll-free at 1-866-479-6673 or by fax at 479-4613. Online reservations are available at www.riverboatdiscovery.com.

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the cruise’s narrator is likely to touch on history, culture, anthropology, geology, glaciology, hydrology and engineering. The Interior is river country, and many of its communities depend on rivers for travel, food and recreation. Navigating the rivers of Alaska is a family tradition for the Binkley family that began more than 100 years ago when Charlie Binkley operated sternwheeler riverboats during the gold rush of 1898. Capt. Jim and Mary Binkley’s first riverboat tours of Fairbanks began in 1950, and since then, the family business has upgraded to larger sternwheelers and incorporated two more generations of Binkleys as riverboat captains. The voyage begins at Steamboat Landing, where the gift shop, museum and ice cream parlor are set in a replica gold rush town. As many as 900 passengers board at the dock and set off down the Chena River. They soon see something that made a huge impact on Interior Alaska and helped bring about the obsolescence of the riverboat: the airplane. A bush pilot takes off and lands his plane on pontoons on the river itself. Passengers can see old cabins and other historic structures along the riverbank, including animal-hide and wood structures similar to the ones used for centuries by Native Alaskans. The tour’s first stop is at Susan Butcher’s Trail Breaker Kennels. Passengers, while still on the boat, can hear a speech about dog mushing and watch a demonstration on the shore. At the next stop, passengers go on land for a one-hour tour of a replica Athabascan Indian village near the former town site of Chena, a town that rivaled Fairbanks for dominance a century ago. Native Alaskan hosts tell the passengers stories about life in Alaska and explain a little about their culture and history. Visitors also get to experience a fish camp with its operating fishwheel and techniques for preparing salmon for the drying rack. The Discovery III has four viewing decks, three lower ones enclosed in glass and heated and the top one an open-air sun deck, to ensure that all enjoy the tour.

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Creamer's Field Refuge is a birdwatcher's dream come true John Hagen/News-Miner

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A crane, left, takes a peck at a crane that ventured too close as a group of cranes move across the front field of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

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etting a taste of the wilderness doesn’t necessarily require a road trip for visitors to Fairbanks. Less than 5 minutes from downtown is Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, offering 1,800 acres of hiking, bird watching and education. The former dairy farm serves as a rest stop for migratory birds, including Canada geese, pintails, mallards and golden plovers. An August festival is dedicated to the abundant sandhill cranes that pass through the area. The varied terrain at the refuge offers food, shelter and nesting sites for many types of birds and waterfowl, as well as moose, foxes and squirrels. Some birds only stay in the area for a short time, on their way to nesting sites to the north or south of Fairbanks. A parking lot off College Road provides birdwatching opportunities from your vehicle. The entrance to walking trails is located in the back lots, near the historic white barn and farm-

house. The latter building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is also the site of the Creamer’s Field visitor center, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 17. The visitor center and other activities are offered by the nonprofit Friends of Creamer’s Field. The extensive nature trails at the refuge provide a variety of wildlife viewing options: The Boreal Forest Trail introduces walkers to typical forests of Interior Alaska. An observation tower at one point of the trail offers a view of the surrounding terrain, and a new half-mile handicapped-accessible extension has been added. A brochure for self-guided tours is available.

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The Seasonal Wetland Trail borders a wetland with changing water levels and opportunities to view wildlife. The walk includes interpretive signs and viewing platforms, and is wheelchair accessible during snow-free months and dry weather. The Farm Road Trail takes walkers past patches of woods and open fields where migrating birds congregate. The refuge often offers birdbanding demonstrations with cooperation from the Alaska Bird Observatory and hosts guided nature walks daily, free of charge. The Alaska Bird Observatory is based at the refuge across the fields from the farmhouse. The nonprofit group works closely with the Arctic Audubon Society, conducting long-term studies of migrant and resident birds at the refuge. The ABO also offers a variety of educational programs on songbirds, ecology and conservation. • June 7: Design Alaska Wild Arts Walk. Stroll the refuge from noon to 5 p.m. as artists and musicians display their work and talents. • June through August: Sat-

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BEST BET Guided nature walks: June through August, free daily guided walks will be at 10 a.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. Wednesday nights. No sign-up is necessary for the walks, which last about 2 hours and start at the farmhouse or trailhead.

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urday Mornings with an Artist, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A different artist will be featured each week. • June 21: Dragonfly Day, with scientists leading an educational day about the amazing, abundant insects. • Aug. 22-24: The Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival, with a keynote speech by naturalist John Acorn.

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Friends of Creamer’s Field Visitors Center, College Road, for information on nature walks or events, 452-5162, e-mail creamers@ptialaska.net, Web site www. fairnet.org/agencies/creamers. Alaska Bird Observatory, near Creamer’s Field at 418 Wedgewood Drive. Starting May 21, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information on demonstrations or activities, call 451-7159, e-mail birds@alaskabird.org, Web site www.alaskabird.org. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game Web site with information about Creamer’s Field history is at www.wildlife.alaska. gov/index.cfm?adfg=refuge. creamers.

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Take in Some Theater BY CHRISTOPHER ESHLEMAN ceshleman@newsminer.com

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airbanks Shakespeare Theatre, which turns 16 this year, will anchor the summer schedule with a pair of comedies, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Twelfth Night,” and a one-day Renaissance Faire. “We’re celebrating our sweet 16 with lots of laughter,” production manager Claudia Lively said. The Renaissance Faire will be a first for the company. It falls on June 28. Lively said tickets will be available at the gate. The company’s summer productions include, from July 2-20, “The Taming of the Shrew,” a battle of the sexes from the

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Bard’s cache of comedies. Believed to be first performed in the late 16th century, “The Taming of the Shrew” focuses on a contentious courtship between characters Katherine and Petruchio. Film versions include the 1967 movie with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. “It’s one of Shakespeare’s wildest comedies,” Lively said. The play and other summer

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Animals of the Arctic Research center offers look at tundra wildlife Staff Report

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or thousands of years, musk oxen and caribou have roamed the harsh Arctic tundra. Today, researchers at the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station are studying these hardy animals to discover how they not only survived, but thrived in the Far North. Located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, LARS, referred to as the "musk ox farm" by locals, offers popular tours, which allow visitors to get a close-up view of musk oxen, caribou and their domesticated cousins, reindeer. The 134-acre site, run by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, studies the nutritional, behavioral and physiological aspects of musk oxen, reindeer and caribou. Thousands of visitors stop by each year to watch the animals from viewing platforms, located

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A new muskox calf stays near its mother at the Large Animal Research Station. outside the animals' living quarters, or to join the farm's trained staff of tour guides. Visitors can take an hourlong tour or a half-hour mini tour. The tours are held seven days a week, starting May 26, and ending Sept. 1. The Large Animal Research Station also has a gift shop open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. www.uaf. edu/lars/

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Midnight Sun's 18 Holes Staff Report

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rom June through late July in Interior Alaska, golfers can tee off almost 24 hours a day. They have four courses from which to choose. There are three courses in the Fairbanks area — Fairbanks Golf Club on Farmers Loop, North Star Golf Club off the Old Steese Highway and Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright — and then there’s Black Diamond Golf Course near Healy in the shadow of the Alaska Range. All four courses feature pro shops and dining facilities. The Fairbanks Golf Club is a

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for nine holes and $30 for 18, but there are visitor specials. Tee times can be arranged from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., but there are leagues on most evenings. For more information visit www.northstargolf.com. Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright has been rated as Alaska’s No. 1 golf course by Golf Digest magazine. The challenging 18-hole course features greens fees of $25 for nine holes ($45 with cart) and $31 for 18 ($60 with cart). You’ll need to stop at the front gate and pick up a visitor’s pass to get to the golf course. Discounts are available for retired and active-duty military. The clubhouse hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Black Diamond is a rustic nine-hole course located at 1 Mile Otto Lake Road in Healy, where you’ll find Alaska hazards such as tundra marsh and the occasional moose hoofprint. The relatively short course makes it accessible and fun for any style of play and the course design makes for a quick round, which can fit into almost any travel schedule. Midnight sun tee times are available. Visit www.blackdiamondgolf. com for more information.

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Summer Mushing Get a taste of Alaska's state sport Staff Report

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ave you always wanted to try dog mushing, but can’t face the long, cold Alaska winter? No problem. Several mushers have kennel tours or offer rides in the warmer summer months.

Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields Mary Shields, the first woman to finish the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome, has shared her mushing life with summer visitors for the past 24 years. Meet the big, friendly huskies and learn about their care and training. If you’re missing your dog at home, this visit will give you a “dog fix” and a great opportunity for that photo to send back to your pet. Mary explains the challenges and satisfactions of living in the North and traveling the wilderness trails by dog team. See a winter camp and hear memories of a 1,200-mile dog trip to Siberia. Bring your questions and curiosity about “a path less traveled.” Home-baked refreshments will

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Mary Shields sings with one of her huskies at her Goldstream Valley home. The Iditarod veteran opens her home and kennel for evening tours. be served as you relax for conversation in Mary’s log cabin home. The two-hour visit begins at 7:30 p.m.. Cost is $28 for adults. Transportation is available for an extra $17. Reservations are required as the groups are kept small. Call Mary at 455-6469 or look at her Web site, www. maryshields.com

Other sites • Chena Hot Springs offers

two-mile dog cart rides with an Alaska musher for $60 per person. Call (907) 451-8104. • Take a kennel tour at Paws for Adventure located at 3 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road. Call (907) 378-3630. • Mushers in Denali National Park, such as four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King, also offer tours. In addition, visitors are suggested to visit the sled dog kennel inside Denali Park.

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There's Still Gold Out There If you visit Alaska, you have to pan for gold Staff Report

GOOD TO KNOW Claim jumpers were despised in frontier Fairbanks, and they aren’t too popular today either. Recreational gold panners should only pan in water where they have permission from the property’s owner.

• a pan with riffles or grooves that help catch the fine minerals • a grizzly pan or sieve to winnow out the larger rocks • a sniffer bottle to gently suck up any gold • a container to hold the gold in; glass works best because the gold won’t scratch it, but be careful not to drop it. A basic panning outfit runs about $35. Waterproof boots and gloves to keep your hands and feet dry and warm are also recommended. The weather may be warm in Fairbanks during summer, but the streams are still cold. Claim jumpers were despised in frontier Fairbanks, and they aren’t too popular today either. Recreational gold panners should only pan in water where they have permission from the property’s owner. There are also several public areas near Fairbanks

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ith the price of gold at record highs, now is the perfect time for amateur gold seekers to seek a fortune in the hills. In the early 1900s, thousands of gold hungry settlers streamed into the area around Fairbanks hoping to strike it rich. Modern-day sourdoughs can still be seen bent over a local stream, pan in hand, bent on finding those elusive glimmering flakes. Visitors to Alaska can get in on the action. Without much cost, even the greenest cheechako can get a taste of the hard work and golden rewards of the earliest Fairbanks settlers. Several area attractions offer visitors the chance to pan for gold, with everyone guaranteed a little payout. El Dorado Gold Mine and the historic Gold Dredge No. 8 both have tours that include gold panning. Guides will show visitors a few tips and techniques and then offer help as each visitor gets their own poke to pan. Hearty adventurers who want to get their feet wet in an actual Alaska stream and experience the real-life gamble of gold panning can outfit themselves without much investment. Aspiring miners will need: • a shovel

where gold panning is allowed: • Pedro Creek. On the Steese Highway, about Mile 16, across from the Felix Pedro Monument. Tradition holds that this was the area where gold was first discovered in Fairbanks by Pedro in 1902. There is a small area available for recreational panners. • Nome Creek. Mile 57 Steese Highway. This campground on state land offers a large gold panning area. • Dalton Highway. Various creeks along the Dalton Highway, also known as the Haul Road, are open to recreational miners. The first such creek along the road is more than 100 miles north of Fairbanks. But the drive is beautiful and takes you above the Arctic Circle. Maps of the more than 15 creeks available for panning along the road are available from the Bureau of Land Management. Some rental car agencies do not allow their vehicles to be taken on gravel, so visitors should check before heading out and be prepared for bad roads, lots of truck travel and unpredictable weather. Most of the early miners left Fairbanks as poor or poorer as when they arrived. Those trying their luck in one of Fairbanks’ many streams today may come up empty-handed as well. But for a real taste of Alaskan life, the thrill of spotting yellow in the bottom of your pan can’t be beat.

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The Awe of the Aurora By JILLIAN ROGERS jrogers@newsminer.com

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ven though the aurora borealis, or northern lights, are best viewed in the coldest, darkest part of winter in Fairbanks, it is possible to see them in August. As the midnight sun begins to set and the mercury starts to drop at night, the wondrous spectacle known simply in Alaska as the aurora can make an appearance. You need patience, however, as the lights are most commonly seen long past when most go to bed. The Interior is one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon. Chena Hot Springs Resort is renowned for drawing visitors from around the world just to watch the aurora. It is located under the most active band of northern lights, and it is away from urban light pollution. Seeing the aurora was listed as one of the “top 100 things to

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Tomoka Mizutani, 7, right, her mother Keiko, 36, middle, and her grandmother Ikuko Sugiur, 64, left, of Okazaki, Japan, watch the northern lights dance in the sky a top a hill at Chena Hot Springs Resort in the early morning hours. do before you die” by the Travel Channel. Auroras occur in ring-shaped regions around the north and south geomagnetic poles. The colors are created by gases in the upper atmosphere and range from a neon green to red and magenta. They occur about 60 miles above

Earth, at the very edge of the Earth’s atmosphere. Auroral intensity varies from night to night and changes at times during each night. The best viewing tends to be in the late evening to early morning hours, so bring a book and get comfortable — it’s worth the wait.

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The Tanana Chief Matt Hagel/News-Miner

Greatland River Tours' Tanana Chief made its maiden voyage down the Chena River Sept 20, 2000, near Pike's Landing. The boat is licensed to carry 162 people on its tours.

Sternwheeler takes a ride into the past Staff Report

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uilt in 1898 in Unalaska, the original Tanana Chief sternwheeler served as a passenger and trade boat and became the first sternwheeler to navigate the Tanana and Chena rivers. Today, you can ride on a replica of the Tanana Chief down the Chena River. Sternwheelers were abundant in the north between 1965 and 1955, especially on the Interior Alaska rivers. Sternwheelers, also called paddlewheelers, were used because they better negotiated the shallow river waters.

IF YOU GO Two-hour cruise Adult: $24.95 Children: 4-12 get 25 percent off ticket price Dinner cruise $49.95 Greatland River Tours (907) 452-TOUR

These days, the Tanana Chief offers sightseeing, dinner, charter and group cruises with live music, narrators, food and drinks all on board for your enjoyment.

A scenic two-hour cruise will cost $24.95 while children 4-12 get 25 percent off. Discounts are given to Alaskans, seniors and military. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. and the boat returns to dock at 9 p.m. The dinner cruise includes a decadent meal and costs $49.95 per person. Charter cruises are also available and are perfect for a wedding, reception or any other special occasion. For more information contact Greatland River Tours at (907) 452-TOUR or e-mail@ greatlanddrivetours.com.

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Welcome to the Solstice Midnight Sun Festival a true Fairbanks event By CHRISTOPHER ESHLEMAN ceshleman@newsminer.com

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he Midnight Sun Festival is Fairbanks’ biggest annual single-day event, encompassing about a dozen square blocks downtown. The event regularly draws about 40,000 people a year and, during the past two summers, has stepped up to incorporate modern features like breakdancing. “We have a lot of new booths this year,” said Marisha Gardisser, who coordinates events for the Downtown Association of Fairbanks. The 12-hour event, sponsored in part by BP, begins at noon and includes 150 booths ranging from food to crafts to games. It also features a historic car display and three stages of live music and performances. The event will also feature, for the first time in three years, a popular 20-by-30-foot remote control car racetrack, Gardisser said. Bands will include Cold Steel, Legends of Rock

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A sea of people descended on the Midnight Sun Festival, filling the streets downtown.

DID YOU KNOW? • The longest day: June 21 (sunset at 12:48 a.m., sunrise at 2:59 a.m.) • Fairbanks is located at 64.8380 degrees north, 147.7160 degrees W

Unplugged and Solstice Complex. This will be the first year bands are allowed to sell T-

shirts, CDs and other merchandise during performances, Gardisser said. Parking will be free in the downtown area. Last year’s event broadened to include graffiti displays and a breakdancing competition dubbed “BreakFast.” Sign up for this year’s breakdancing competition, which will feature three categories — three-onthree, one-on-one and footwork — at the Downtown Association of Fairbanks’ Web site, www. downtownfairbanks.com.

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spend the day visiting the site on their own. Directions: Head north on the Steese Expressway; turn left on Goldstream Road, left again on the Old Steese Highway, and the dredge will be about 1/3 of a mile on the right. Transportation options: Visitors can either hook up with Gray Line of Alaska and enjoy Gold Dredge No. 8 as part of their Discover The Gold Tour, or visit on their own. Web site: www.golddredgeno8.com or www.graylinealaska. com.

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old Dredge No. 8 offers visitors to the Interior a chance to see a piece of the gold mining history in action. The dredge is one of a string of floating gold dredges that operated in the Goldstream Valley in the middle of the last century. The five-deck, 250-foot dredge was built in Goldstream and spent 32 years traveling up Lower Goldstream Creek to Engineer Creek and back — more than 13 miles — scooping up hundreds of thousands of ounces of gold as it went. It was one of four dredges operated by the F.E. Co. in the area and was the only one to spend its entire production life in Goldstream. It was shut down in 1959 and is now a popular tourist attraction, owned by Gray Line of Alaska. The massive dredge is surrounded by period

bunkhouses, a wash house, warehouses, railroad cars and dredge master’s office giving it the feel of an authentic gold camp. Many of the buildings were moved from Fairbanks a few years ago and house museum exhibits. Scattered around the site are prehistoric tusks and bones that were often found during dredging. The site is listed as a National Historic Site and a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Visitors are given a poke of paydirt and given the opportunity to pan for gold. Admission: Adults $25, Children $12.50 Gold Dredge No. 8 also offers lunch for an additional $9.75. The Miner’s Buffet features allyou-can-eat beef stew with biscuits and blueberry crumb cake for dessert. Hours: Guided tours are offered hourly from 9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m., but visitors can

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Fairbanks Campgrounds Pioneer Park 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks. 459-1087 The paved parking lot has 80 spots for RVs. No hookups. No tents allowed. No dump station on site. Potable water available. Rates: $12 per night for a maximum stay of four consecutive nights. Register at the information booth just inside the park’s front gate.

Chena Lake Recreation Area Mile 346 Richardson Highway. 488-1655 A total of 82 campsites, including locations near the lake and along the Chena River. Spots for tents and RVs. No utility hookups. Drinking water available in hand pumps. Dump station on site. Rates: $10 a night for tents; $12 a night for RVs. A 10-night maximum stay is enforced. No reservations allowed. An annual camping pass is available for $120. Canoe, rowboats, kayaks and paddle boats rentals available. Lake has designated swimming area without lifeguard. Lake is stocked with fish. Playground,

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Chena Marina RV Park & Resort 1145 Shypoke Drive 479-4653 Fifty-nine campground spaces, most with electric and water hookups. Rates: $20 to $49. WIFI, “Klondinental” breakfast, video lending library, free showers, coin-operated laundry and RV wash on site.

Chena River State Recreation Site 221 University Avenue, Fairbanks. 452-PARK(7275) Campground has 61 sites with some hookups. Spots for tents and RVs. Dumpstation and potable water on site. Rates: $10 for tents, $17 for dry spots, $25 for hookups. Picnic areas, boat launch, playground, trail system. Close to restaurants and shopping centers. No showers.

Ester Gold Camp Closed this year for renovations

North Pole Branch Library 488-6101 601 Snowman Lane – North Pole 11 AM – 9 PM 11 AM – 6 PM 11 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday & Wednesday Thursday & Friday Saturday

 Children’s Story Garden, glorious flower beds, and neighboring park with wildflower garden at Noel Wien

Free Internet! • Computers with high-speed access • USB support for most cameras and thumb drives • Wireless and hardwired access for personal laptops

4140 Boat Street, Fairbanks. 474-0286 A total of 188 spots, from dry sites to full service. Dump station on site. Rates: $19.95 for tents, $29.95 for partial hookups, $32.95 for full hookups. Good Sam discounts. Free showers, and shuttles to Fairbanks destinations available. Gift shop, RV wash station and laundry facility on site.

Riverview RV Park 1316 Badger Road. 488-6392 Campground offers 161 spots including full hookups, 30/50 amp service, dry RV sites, tent sites. Cable television available. Most spots can accommodate RVs up to 70 feet long. Rates: $34.95 a night, $37.85 with full hookup. Good Sam discounts available: $31.65 a night, $34.35 with full hookup. Showers, laundry, phones, complimentary WIFI Internet and a free vehicle wash are available. Grocery store with ATM on site. River fishing access and three-hole golf course.

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1463 Wescott Garden Lane. 488-0295 Sixty-five campsites with full hookups and additional spots for tents. Dump station on site. Rates: $120 weekly; $400 monthly. Discounts available. Showers and laundry on site.

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Temporary Library Cards – $20 non-refundable fee Local newspapers from the early 1900’s +, old phone books Local history & travel information Newspapers – local, regional & international Photocopiers & printers Free paperback exchange & used books for sale Special summer children’s activities and events Artwork by well-known Alaskan artists throughout Noel Wien Phone books for all of Alaska & northwest Canada and pay phones

1925 Chena Landing Loop. 451-8250 or 388-6388 Total of 52 campsites available including 15 with full hookups. Tent spots also available. Dump station and potable water on site. Rates: $15 a night for tents; $15 to $26 a night for RVs. Internet connections, laundry facility, showers and bathrooms.

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Ice Alaska Park and RV Campground

125 St. Nicholas Drive, North Pole. 488-9123 More than 80 spots ranging from self-contained to full hookup as well as 50-amps. No tents. Dump station on site. Rates: from $24.95 to $34.95 a day. Good Sam discounts. Free showers, cable TV and WIFI available. Daily shuttle service to area attractions. Next to the famed Santa Claus House.


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Alaska Campgrounds DENALI REGION McKinley RV Park Mile 248 Parks Highway (907) 683-2379 Open May 1-Sept. 24 75 sites, 13 with full hook-ups Sani-dump, laundry, restrooms, showers

Denali Riverside RV Park Mile 240 Parks Highway (907) 388-1748 Open June 10-Aug. 25 72 sites, 61 with partial hookups Sani-dump, restrooms, laundry, showers

Denali Rainbow Village & RV Park Mile 238.6 Parks Highway (907) 683-7777. Open May 15Sept. 15. 70 sites, 20 full hookups, 50 partial. Internet, TV, Sani-dump, restrooms, showers, laundry

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort Mile 231 Parks Highway (866) 583-2696. Open mid-May - mid-Sept. 63 sites, 34 tent sites, 29 sites with partial hook-ups. TV, Internet, Sani-dump. Restrooms, laundry, showers

Cantwell RV Park Mile 209.9 Parks Highway, Cantwell. (800) 940-2210 Open May 15-September 79 sites, 76 partial hook-ups Internet, laundry, Sani-dump Restrooms, showers

SOUTH RICHARDSON HIGHWAY Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park Mile 7.2 Edgerton Highway Off the Richardson Highway. (907) 822-3313. 19 sites, 10 with partial hook-ups. Diner, Internet, nine tent sites. Sani-dump, laundry, showers, restrooms

230 E. Egan Drive (907) 835-4425 Open May 1-Sept. 15

Bear Paw Camper Park, Valdez 101 North Harbor Drive (907) 835-2530 Open May 1-Sept. 30 113 sites, 87 with full hookups. Internet, TV, 20 tent sites Sani-dump, restrooms, showers, laundry

Eagle’s Rest RV Park & Cabins, Valdez 139 East Pioneer Drive (907) 835-2373 Open May-October 296 sites, 182 with full hookups 50 tent sites, phones Laundry, showers and restrooms TV and Internet

TOK CUTOFF/ TAYLOR HIGHWAY Chicken Gold Camp, the Original 66.4 Mile Taylor Highway (907) 235-6396 Open May 15-Sept. 15 24 RV sites, four pull-thrus, four partial hook-ups, Sanidump. Laundromat, Internet, showers. Chickenrvpark@gmail.com

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Gakona Alaska RV Park, Gakona Mile Post 4.25 Tok Cut Off (907) 822-3550 Open May 1-Sept. 30 85 sites, 48 with full hook-ups Six cabins, 16 tent sites TV, Internet, Sani-dump, laundry, restrooms and showers

Grizzly Lake Campground, Slana Mile 53 Tok Cut-Off (907) 822-5214 Open May 1-Oct. 1 24 sites, no hook-ups Restrooms, showers Sani-dump

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he trans-Alaska oil pipeline is a marvel of modern engineering that has been the lifeblood of the state’s economy for more than three decades. The pipeline takes crude oil on a nearly 800-mile journey from Alaska’s North Slope on the Beaufort Sea to the port of Valdez on Prince William Sound. When workers from around the country completed the pipeline in 1977, the project represented the largest privately funded construction effort in history, costing $8 billion. The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., created by a consortium of oil companies, built the pipeline and still operates it today out of a main office in Anchorage, with field offices in Fairbanks and Valdez. Although production on Alaska’s North Slope has been in decline since 1988, the pipeline still supplies about 17 percent of America’s oil needs and has pumped more than 15 billion barrels since oil began flowing on June 20, 1977. The 48-inch pipeline crosses an active fault line, three mountain ranges and hundreds of rivers and creeks. Even though it is only a few feet wide, the pipeline covers more than 16 square miles of Alaska. Much of the pipeline is buried and special ventilators are used to keep the permafrost frozen and the line stable.

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The trans-Alaska oil pipeline passes the information kiosk along the Steese Highway, a great place to learn about the pipeline's history and construction. While small plane operators will offer aerial tours of the pipeline, the Fairbanks area boasts several spectacular places to view the pipeline by car. • A small turnout eight miles down the Steese Highway between Fairbanks and Fox is one of the best places to get close to the pipeline. Visitors can get out and touch the pipeline and read about the construction effort on several informational displays. • The Richardson Highway near Big Delta offers an impressive view of the pipeline crossing

• 8 billion — the cost of the project in the 1970s • 21,000 — the number of people who worked on the pipeline at the peak of its construction • 800 — approximate length of the pipeline, in miles • 120 degrees fahrenheit — the temperature of oil as it travels through the pipeline • 48 — the diameter of the pipeline, in inches • 31 — the number of people killed during construction

the Tanana River on a custom suspension bridge. • The gravel Dalton Highway connects Fairbanks with Deadhorse on the North Slope an offers several viewing opportunities along the 414-mile trip. Known locally as “the haul road” because it remains a busy thoroughfare for supply trucks heading north, the Dalton Highway is now open to the public and provides many opportunities to view the pipeline. The pipeline is also visible in many places as it parallels the Richardson Highway between Fairbanks and the end of the line at tidewater in Valdez.

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here in Fairbanks on the frozen Chena River each and every year. Mushers from all over the world pit themselves and their teams of dogs against the harsh northern climate. The race trail goes over four mountain passes, rivers, glare ice and even open water, and with only seven checkpoints out on the trail, mushers must be self-sufficient and camp-out in temperatures that can drop to 60 below. Merely completing the journey from Whitehorse to Fairbanks is a feat. To learn more about the Yukon Quest, visit the Dog Mushers’ Museum located in the same building as the Fairbanks Community Museum on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Cushman Street. Admission is free,

but donations are appreciated. The museum features an extensive history of Alaska’s state sport, and there are a number of old sleds and other gear on display. Also featured is a wall dedicated to the fascinating history and characters of the Yukon Quest. A limited number of Yukon Quest souvenirs are available at the downtown location, but for a better selection and some other interesting interpretive displays, visit the Yukon Quest cabin at Pioneer Park. A knowledgable race enthusiast is at the cabin in the park from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to answer all your questions. For more information, call the Yukon Quest office at (907) 4527954.


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El Dorado Gold Mine Get grubby and pan for real gold in Alaska Staff Report

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airbanks was founded as a gold rush town, and today visitors can still see what life was like in those early days by visiting the El Dorado Gold Mine. Finding gold in the 19th century was hard work. Back then, prospectors chipped away at the ground with pick axes and slowly washed the dirt away from the gold — if any — in their pans. Gold miners can still do that, but the El Dorado Gold Mine has made it a little easier for the rookies. El Dorado is located in Fox, about a 15-minute drive north from Fairbanks on the Steese Highway. A tour of the mine gives visitors the chance to see how early miners practiced their trade, see a permafrost tunnel and take a train ride on a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad. The route is near the gold rush train route that took freight and passengers from the Tanana and Chena rivers to more than a doz-

IF YOU GO Tours Sunday-Friday at 9:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. only Admission $34.95 for adults, $24.45 for children ages 3-12 Directions Take the Steese Highway north from Fairbanks to Fox and continue straight on the Elliott Highway. The entrance is at Mile 1.3 Elliott Highway, approximately 10 miles north of Fairbanks.

en gold camps in the Interior. The tour begins with the locomotive. Passengers hop on and travel through a permafrost tunnel and past the steam winch that once carried the buckets of paydirt from the ground to be processed. The conductor is accomplished

fiddler Earl Hughes, who entertains riders by playing such songs as the “Wabash Cannonball” and other favorites. While in the tunnel, visitors get a quick lesson on underground mining. The passengers then arrive at the gold camp and are greeted by Yukon Yonda and her husband, Dexter Clark. The duo gives a demonstration on mining techniques and swaps old mining stories. Visitors also learn about modern gold mining and its importance to Alaska’s economy. After the two-hour tour ends, everyone gets a shot at panning for gold. It is suggested that visitors dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes and a jacket. Transportation options: A $5 shuttle ride is available from the Riverboat Discovery, River’s Edge RV Park, River’s Edge Cottages, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, and the Fairbanks visitor’s center. Visit www.eldoradogoldmine. com for more information or call (866) 479-6673 or (907) 479-6673.

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A short film is played in the darkened theater on a large screen and features popular October-through-March activities in the far north. Part of the film is dedicated to the World Ice Art Championships, an event drawing some of the world’s best ice sculptors to Fairbanks every March. “The concept is really to show the people who come to Fairbanks in the summertime what it’s like in Fairbanks in the wintertime, which is three quarters of the

year,” Brickley said. Champion sculptor An Zhe of China is one of the artists demonstrating his skills at the ice museum this year. Zhe belonged to the team that won second place this year in the ice art championships’ multi-block competition, realistic category, for the sculpture “Arctic Village.” Four flat-screen televisions hang on the theater’s walls for additional viewing of the town’s winter activities. Ice cream and souvenirs are available.

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njoy a slice of winter in Fairbanks at the historic Lacey Street Theater, home of the Fairbanks Ice Museum, the “coolest show in town.” For up to $12 a ticket, museum-goers may watch a 19minute film, see an ice sculpting demonstration and take in four ice-sculpted scenes. The ice sculptures are kept in display cases that surround the theater’s 143 seats. Bring a sweater and a camera. The cases are kept at 15 degrees Fahrenheit. “Visitors can go inside and take a look and take pictures of these displays and really experience the temperatures in the March time frame,” said Dick Brickley, who owns the museum with his wife. One ice sculpture is of a dog musher with a team of sled dogs. The musher’s face is hollowed out for picture-taking. The museum also features an ice xylophone and sculptures of wildlife, including bears, seals and walruses.

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Of Curators & Culture Museum of the North offers range of exhibits Staff Report

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IF YOU GO • Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors; $5 ages 6-17; free for children younger than 6; tour groups may receive a discount at the front desk. • Summer hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, May 15 through Sept. 15 • Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks upper campus • Getting there: The Fairbanks North Star Borough public transportation system has routes to the UAF campus. From there, shuttles are available to the museum. • Did you know?: The museum presents the best of its research collection, which includes 1.4 million artifacts and specimens ranging from polar dinosaurs to contemporary art. • Best bet: The museum store offers a broad collection of Alaska books, artwork and jewelry. • Info: (907) 474-7505 or www.uaf.edu/museum

strations. It is shown at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. “Winter” gives visitors an insight into Alaska’s longest season by showing natural adaptation to life in the cold and the activities that sustain Alaskans through the winter. It is shown at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

At 7 p.m. daily the museum hosts “Gallery Talk: 2,000 years of Alaskan art.” The special exhibit from May 17 through Nov. 30 will be “Hunting and Trapping in Alaska’s Interior: Our Stories, Our Lives,” in the special exhibits gallery.

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ith its distinctive curved design and gleaming architecture atop the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the UA Museum of the North serves as both a major attraction and vital component of the university’s research and education facilities. The building design was inspired by Alaska themes, such as ice and plate art, with the curved walls, soaring ceilings and eclectic spaces created to make visitors feels as if they’ve stepped into a glacier. Huge south-facing windows offer powerful views of the Tanana Valley, Alaska Range and Mount McKinley. The museum’s exhibit highlights include a 2,000-year spectrum of Alaska art, from ancient ivory carvings to contemporary paintings and sculpture. The attractions include “Blue Babe,” a 36,000-year-old mummified steppe bison and a large display of gold and minerals. A highlight of the displays is the Rose Berry Art Gallery. In the center of the gallery, a ramp leads to three of its most treasured pieces — “Mt. McKinley,” an oil landscape by Sydney Laurence; the “Okvik Madonna,” a 2,000-year-old ivory carving; and a gorgeous fur parka. For a unique listening experience, The Place Where You Go To Listen offers a changing sound and light installation created by John Luther Adams. The visual and audio sensations change throughout the day, driven by the real-time positions of the sun and moon, seismic activity and the aurora. The Alaska Classics Gallery offers a floor-to-ceiling display of historic paintings from the museum’s collection. A resource desk and computer kiosk links to Alaska’s Digital Archives to give visitors more information on the artists, their work and Alaska history and Native cultures. The museum’s summer shows, “Dynamic Aurora” and “Winter,” run from June 1 to Aug. 31. A $5 show pass in addition to regular museum admission is required to watch the shows. “Dynamic Aurora” explains the northern lights from scientific and cultural perspectives, using high-speed video, digital animations and hands-on demon-

Presented by UAF Wood Center Student Activities, UAF Wood Center Nanook Traditions and Summer Sessions. You may bring your own picnic or food may be available for purchase from UAF Dining Service. For more information, please visit www.uaf.edu/activity or call 474-7037. UAF is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and educational institution. A Division of Student and Enrollment Services.


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Botanical Garden

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lants need to be tough to survive the Interior Alaska winter, and the Georgeson Botanical Garden provides a peek at many of the hardy vegetables and flowers that are up to the challenge. The garden, located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, includes more than 1,000 trees, shrubs and other perennials, along with giant vegetables and flowering plants. The nationally recognized garden is dedicated to the study and conservation of northern plant species, and generally attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year. Georgeson began as the Horticultural Demonstration Garden in 1905. Through the years it has transformed from an annual flower and vegetable garden to a landscaped botanical garden. From the beginning, the purpose of the garden was to give researchers a chance to learn which crops would grow best in the harsh climate of the Interior, which features short, intense summers and long, cold winters. Techniques for crop production are studied at Georgeson, with the results passed on to local Alaskans. The area includes areas for children, a pond, peony beds, sculpture and areas for quiet reflection and wildlife viewing. Many of the plants in the garden have been collected on trips to China, Russia and Iceland.

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The UA Museum of the North isn’t the only attraction at the University of Fairbanks Campus this summer. UAF is a Land, Sea and Space Grant and offers tours of some of its cutting edge research centers. • Geophysical Institute: The institute plays a large part in polar research. It also collects earthquake and volcano data. Tours: Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. from June 4-Aug. 27. No tour July 4. Reservations preferred. Call 474-7558 for information. • International Arctic Research Center: The IARC is headquarters for scientists studying arctic and global climate. Tours: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. from June 4- Aug. 27. Reservations preferred. Call 474-7558 for more information. • Poker Flat Research Range: Poker Flats is the only university-owned rocket range in the world. Tours: June 12, 26; July 10, 24; Aug. 9, 14; tours start at 1:30 p.m. Please make reservations for groups of 10 or more. Call 4747558 for more information. • Cold Climate Housing Research Center: Learn about new ideas for building homes in cold climates. These ideas include sustainable, affordable and energy-efficient approaches. There is also a library open during the week. Tours: Thursdays at 2 p.m. Call 474-2404 or 457-3454 for more information or visit www. cchrc.org.

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Chena Hot Springs Resort There’s something for everyone at the springs

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hena Hot Springs Resort became famous for curing ailing prospectors of their aches and pains as far back as 1905. Just six years later, the property 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road contained a stable, bathhouse and 12 small cabins for visitors. The resort was on its way to becoming one of the biggest attractions in Interior Alaska and a reprieve from the daily grind for locals. As word of the hot springs spread, Alaska’s delegate to Congress, James Wickersham, asked the Department of Agriculture to analyze the waters. Results showed the water was unique to Chena. The principal characteristics of the Chena Hot Springs waters consisted of sulfate, chloride and sodium bicarbonate. In fact, it was similar to the waters of the Felsenquelle, one of the famous springs at Carls-

bad in Bohemia. The resort is powered by the state’s first and only geothermal power plant. Take a tour and learn how the plant runs the entire resort on the warm water from underground. Chena Hot Springs has become a pioneer in alternative energy in the state and recently completed a facility to produce its own hydrogen. The resort also boasts the only year-round ice museum in the world, the Aurora Ice Museum and Stolis Ice Bar. Have an ice martini in your own martini glass made from pure Alaskan ice, see the turret, the chess set, the reindeer hide-covered beds or celebrate a wedding in the ice chapel.

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Steese Highway Where the pavement stops, the adventure begins Staff Report he 160-mile Steese Highway retraces a century of historic gold mining. The first 53 miles are paved — the rest is an adventure. It offers road access to the vast White Mountains Recreation Area, where you can pan for your own gold at Nome Creek at 57 Mile, as well as hike, fish and camp. Much of the area was burned by a massive wildfire in 2004, so please use caution. The Steese Highway winds through the scenic Chatanika River Valley. The town of Chatanika, now erased by mining activity, was once 10,000 people strong. Chatanika Gold Camp is the site of the old Fairbanks Exploration Co. Camp, built in the 1920s. The camp is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.fegoldcamp.com. Just down the road at 28.5

Mile is a large rustic cedar lodge, across the street from Gold Dredge No. 3. The Chatanika Lodge was established in the 1930s as a trading post. The lodge’s Alaska decor showcases its hearty fare, with a full kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Stop off at Long Creek Trading Post at 45 Mile for an espresso or ice cream. The trading post also offers canoe rentals, groceries, camping, liquor and local advice on good fishing and gold panning spots. RV parking and a dump station are also available. A 2.5-mile loop offers access to the Davidson Ditch. The ditch is an 83-mile series of ditches, siphons and pipes once used to carry water from a small man-made dam on the Chatanika River to the gold dredges of Fox and Chatanika. It was one of the largest

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Must sees When visiting Whitehorse, start with a walking tour hosted by the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. The tour starts each day at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from May until August at the corner of Third Avenue and Wood Street in LePage Park. The McBride Museum on First Avenue offers visitors the chance to learn about the rich and colorful history of Whitehorse through photographs and interpretive displays. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer and costs $5 for adults. Just down the street is the historical White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad Depot. The Yukon Transportation Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, the museum contains artifacts from different eras and many different modes of transportation. Admission is $6 for adults.

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The S.S. Klondike National Historic Site rests on the shores of the Yukon River in Whitehorse and is open daily for tours. Back downtown, the S.S. Klondike National Historical Site pays tribute to paddlewheeler days of the Yukon. The S.S. Klondike was built in 1929 but sank just seven years later. It was rebuilt in 1937 and is touted as the largest and last of the sternwheelers. It is open dai-

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ly for tours. Call (800) 661-0486 for hours and more information. For the more adventurous types, rent a canoe, kayak or mountain bike downtown at Kanoe People. Phone (867) 6684899 for more information or email info@kanoepeople.com. Also check out the Frantic Follies vaudeville revue at the Westmark Whitehorse on Wood Street, the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre (with a cast of the largest woolly mammoth skeleton ever recovered) on the Alaska Highway, a botanical garden, a wildlife preserve, museums and the world’s largest weather vane, a DC 3 spinning on a pole at the airport. Located 18 miles from downtown Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs offers a range of activities year-round, including, of course, swimming and soaking in the natural mineral springs. For more information, see www.takhinihotsprings.yk.ca.

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The Alaska Highway snakes along the shores of Kluane Lake in Yukon Territory, Canada.

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he Alaska Highway, also referred to as the Alcan Highway, runs from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Delta Junction, Alaska, via Whitehorse, Yukon. The end of the highway, completed in 1943, is near Milepost 1422, where it meets the Richardson Highway in Delta Junction, about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks. All of the Alaska Highway is paved, although highway improvement projects — such as the Shakwak Project between Haines Junction and

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the border — often mean motorists have to drive on miles of gravel road through construction areas. Also, frost heaves, especially between Destruction Bay and the Alaska-Canada border have made the road bumpy, so be prepared to drive cautiously. But the Alaska Highway is much improved from what is was even 20 years ago. During the 1980s, many of the rerouting and paving projects were completed. By 1992, the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Highway, the last section of original gravel road had been rerouted and paved. Gas, food and lodging are

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ocated on the Steese Highway about 10 miles from Fairbanks, the hamlet of Fox was established as a mining camp in 1905, but is better known today for the sparkling water that flows from a spring outside of town and for its locally brewed beer, dining and dancing. Fox boasts two of the “Best Restaurants” in 2008 in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Readers’ Choice awards. Check out The Turtle Club, which features prime rib, seafood and salad bar, and Silver Gulch, a new addition to the Silver Gulch Brewery that’s been getting rave reviews from locals. The brewery also hosts public beer tastings Fridays from 5-6:30 p.m. Check out the Howling Dog Saloon and get a feel for what

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without services is about 100 miles. Not all businesses are open year-round nor are most services available 24 hours a day, so be prepared by taking food and even extra fuel. The Milepost, www.milepost.com, is the definitive travel guide to the Alaska Highway and other highways in Alaska. Remember that you will be driving in two different countries that use two different currencies. For the best rate, exchange your money at a bank. There are banks in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Tok, Delta Junction, Haines Junction and ATMs in Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek. Haines Junction has a banking service at the general store. Upon entering the Yukon Territory from British Columbia, the signpost forest in Watson Lake should be your first stop. The often-photographed forest was started by a U.S. Army soldier working on construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942 and is now home to more than 30,000 signs from all over the world. You can bring a sign from home to post, or pay to have one made on

the old-time roadhouses must have been like, where thirsty miners would congregate after a hard day’s work. The Howling Dog moved from Ester to Fox in the mid-1970s. Through the years, renovations have added a dance floor, including an extra barroom and a fullservice kitchen. With its small-town camaraderie and rustic charm, it’s worth stepping inside “The Dog,” as it’s known to locals, just to mingle with the regulars, enjoy a locally made brew and gawk at the memorabilia that graces the walls and the ceilings. Tourists and townies alike can get down and dirty to live music three or more nights a week. Play horseshoes and volleyball out back or take home a T-shirt. For more information, check out www.howlingdogsaloon.com.

Travelers have the option of turning the visit into an overnight stay by renting one of the rustic cabins scattered out back. A pullout at 8 Mile Steese Highway provides an upclose and informative look at the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The area is still actively mined and piles of tailings from the massive dredges that worked the area are still very much in evidence.

the spot if you’re there during the main tourist season. You can also learn about the aurora borealis at Watson Lake’s new Northern Lights Centre. • Haines Junction/Kluane National Park Reserve Haines Junction, Yukon, established in 1942 during construction of the Alaska Highway, is on the eastern boundary of Kluane National Park Reserve, and the park visitor center is located in town. The preserve features extensive ice fields and mountains, and is a world-class adventure, travel and wilderness destination. You’ll find hiking trails of various difficulty, heli-hiking, fishing and trail rides. Haines Junction is also headquarters for the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, created in 1993 and known for its whitewater rafting. • Destruction Bay and Burwash Landing Along the western shore of Kluane Lake, the largest lake in the Yukon, are two of the territory’s smaller communities, Destruction Bay and Burwash Landing. Both are on the Alaska Highway and are located in the Shakwak valley, on the perimeter of Kluane National Park. In Destruction Bay, Sejah’s Services and RV Park and the Talbot Arms Motel offer a range of accommodations, RV parking, restaurants, laundromat services, a general

store and a service station. The Burwash Landing Museum is a must-see in the region and Duke River Trading, located in Burwash Landing, is a general store carrying mostly groceries. The store also sells souvenirs, provides laundry facilities and operate an RV park with full hook-up and showers. Burwash Landing Resort provides hotel/motel accommodation, camping, RV park with hook-up, restaurant, and lounge. Burwash Landing also has a cafeteria that caters to bus tours. • The last Canadian community on the Alaska Highway is Beaver Creek. Beaver Creek has a general store that operates only in the summer. There are three gas stations offering gasoline and diesel fuel. One inn has a gift shop selling Yukon crafts. Individual First Nation members also sell authentic local crafts. There are three inns with restaurants, two of which operate year-round. There is also a summer-only hostel that provides beds, TV and flush toilets. Hostel accommodations are at reasonable rates. Have documents, identification, and your passport ready for the border crossing. If driving with your pet, have vaccination records ready.

BEST BET The Howling Dog Saloon is the place where tourists and townies can go to get down and boogie to live music. The saloon has an old-time roadhouse feel and offers locally made brew.


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Life in North Pole, Alaska Where the Christmas spirit lasts all year long By JAN THACKER For the News-Miner

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lthough it’s only about 13 miles south of Fairbanks, North Pole is a world unto itself. Of course, how could it not be, since it’s the home of Santa Claus and all things Christmas? Over the years, North Pole businesses and residents have worked at living up to the name of their town. Many

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and streets bear names like Santa Claus Lane, Snowman Lane, St. Nicholas Drive, Kris Kringle, Holiday Road, North Star Drive, Blitzen, and Donnor. Once visitors to the area learn about North Pole, about Santa Claus House, what it’s like to live at 60 below or colder, and living with moose in the front yard, they are hooked. Please see NORTH POLE, Page 68

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— but deep down we’re proud. When we see a camera-toting tourist snapping pictures of Santa Claus House or posing in front of the reindeer pen it makes us puff up just a little bit. There’s something wonderful about sending letters postmarked “North Pole, Alaska,” and living on streets named Mistletoe Lane or St. Nicholas Drive. Life is a little slower and simpler in North Pole. You hardly ever see anyone in a suit, except for weddings and funerals. And over at City Hall, if you want to talk to the mayor you don’t need an appointment. You walk in and say, “Is Doug busy?” and if he isn’t you sit down and chat. So, how did this little com-

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rated in 1953 with James Ford appointed the first mayor. A small school was built in 1953 in a donated house and the city scraped up $100 a month to pay a teacher to educate the 30 students. Before long, North Pole Trading Post opened its doors, KJNP radio station went on the air, churches were built, and businesses thrust up from the untouched earth like eager mushrooms. But it was Santa Claus House, started in 1952 and now celebrating its 56th year, that sealed the identity that would bring North Pole fame throughout the world. North Pole is now a theme city, and we all cherish that identity. Places to go, things to see: North Pole is full of “gifts” that are just waiting for our visitors to discover them. The biggest, of course, is Santa Claus House which is full of all sorts of delightful treasures.

• Mambo Grill, Latin American cuisine, 300 North Santa Claus Lane, 490-6868. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun. 5 to 9 p.m. Takeout and delivery available. • Pagoda, Chinese/Asian cuisine, 431 N. Santa Claus Lane, 4883338. Sat.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery available. • Fire Wok, Asian cuisine, 249 N. Santa Claus Lane, 488-8883. Mon-Thurs. 10:45 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sunday. • Elf’s Den, seafood, steak, pasta, pizza, 14 Mile Richardson Highway across from Santa Claus House, 488-3268. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Deliver available. • Harley’s Diner MC, featuring diner food, 2698 Hurst Road, 490-2883, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tues.-Sun. • Thai Cuisine Restaurant, 537 St. Nicholas Dr., 488-8260, Mon.Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Mama C’s Moose Creek Kitchen, family dining, 3614 Old Richardson Hwy., 490-0145. Wed.-Thurs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Food Factory, casual dining, 101 Santa Claus Lane, 488-3538. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fr. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. noon to 10 p.m. • Dalman’s Restaurant, family dining, 3340 Badger Road in BeaverBrook Mall, 488-1463, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Country Café, family dining, 235 N. Santa Claus Lane, 488-8455.

NORTH POLE SUMMER EVENTS July 4 Summer Festival, featuring a parade, games, booths, concessions. Sept. 1 Labor Day, Mayor’s Picnic, Terry Miller Park on Santa Claus Lane. First Friday art shows: The first Friday of each month features a free art show at North Pole Grange sponsored by the North Pole Art Society’s Watercolor Wednesday Group.

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IF YOU COME TO NORTH POLE, CHECK OUT: • Santa Claus House, 101 St. Nicholas Drive. Open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 488:2200. • KJNP This missionary radio station that broadcasts clear to Russia. A great place for photos of sodroofed log cabins. Located at 2501 Mission Road. Info: 488-2216. • Visitor Center Log Cabin, located the Richardson Highway and Mission Road Check it out for information and unique gifts. Open daily. 488-2242. • Knotty Shop, 18 miles south, boasts wildlife displays, gifts and great ice cream cones. 488-3014.

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Chena Lakes Recreation Area Camping, fishing, hiking — all right next door docks (one handicap accessible), a lake boat launch, potable water stations and restrooms. The River Park covers four miles of the Chena River and boasts a volleyball court and horseshoe pit. There is a covered pavilion, a changing room/warm up building and a variety of picnic sites, restrooms and fire rings. The highlight of the area is the 4.5 kilometer self-guided nature trail and the river boat launch. Both sites have campgrounds. There are also five tent camping sites on the island located in the Lake Park. Access is only by boat. Chena Lake is stocked annually by the Alaska Deptartment of Fish and Wildlife with rainbow trout, silver salmon and arctic char. The Chena River, located in the River Park, has a fishing menu of grayling, northern pike, whitefish, burbot and an annual run of king salmon. Day-use fees are collected the Wednesday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, and fees entitle users to all parts of Chena

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Lake Recreation Area. Free hospitality passes for senior citizens and the handicapped are available upon request. Fees range from $1 for bikers and walkers to $4 per vehicle. Tent camping is $10/night and the fee for vehicle campers is $12. Firewood is available and pedal boats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks can be rented. Chena Lakes Recreation Area isn’t just for summertime pleasure. Residents use it year around, especially the groomed cross-country ski trails and trails for running and walking. It also is a popular site year around, for horseback riding, dog mushing, ski-joring, snowmachining, cross-country skiing, running and walking. Interior Alaska Gun Dog Assoc. hunt tests, Fairbanks Retriever Club field trials, and the annual trebuchet and catapult competition are summertime events. In addition, part of the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race traverses through the area. For more information call 4881655.


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Delta Junction Stunning backdrop enhances quaint farming town By BROOKELYN BELLINGER For the News-Miner

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Delta Junction sits at the end of the Alaska Highway. The town offers stunning views of the Alaska Range and the Granite Mountains. Donnelly Dome to hunting big game animals. Camping is available at Quartz Lake, Lost Lake, Fielding Lake and at the Clearwater River. Make sure and stop for a buffalo burger at the local’s favorite Buffalo Drive-In, open only in the summer and always a good place to catch up with

friends and enjoy an ice cream cone any time of the day. The IGA is also a local favorite, especially their deli items. And prepare yourself for their tasty bakery. Check in with friends and relatives before you get back on the road at the Delta Junction Library with free Internet access, open daily.

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t the end of the 1,422mile Alaska Highway sits the quaint farming town of Delta Junction. This small town of about 800 welcomes visitors with stunning views of the Alaska Range and the Granite Mountains on clear days. This provides the agriculturally minded community a stunning backdrop for crops of straw, oats, grass seed, potatoes, livestock, dairy and exotic animals — a standout in Alaska’s frigid Interior. A drive out of town in any direction will give testament to the beauty of more than 130,000 acres of agricultural land surrounded by Alaska’s mountainous terrain. Sullivan’s Roadhouse, rescued from Alaska’s old trail system nearly 20 miles from Delta, provides a peek into life as it was back in the days when travels through Alaska demanded steely nerves and firm resolve. Situated next to the Visitor’s Center in Delta, Sullivan’s Roadhouse is the oldest original roadhouse in Interior Alaska and is home to an impressive roadhouse museum staffed by knowledgeable volunteers. The beautiful gardens outside are a showstopper. Right next the roadhouse, enjoy viewing the ancient machinery that was used to build the Alaska Highway. The Delta Junction Visitor’s Center is the place to get your official certificate for surviving the long journey up the Alaska Highway. Don’t forget a picture with the giant mosquito outside and browse the myriad of displays and information inside. Nine miles northwest of town, visitors should not miss historic Rika’s Roadhouse in Big Delta. The roadhouse used to be an important stop for travelers and is now a beautifully restored site with many original buildings filled with artifacts from the era. A restaurant and gift shop is on site, along with geese, ducks, goats, a beautiful garden and a fantastic view of the Tanana River. Camping also is available. Recreation in the area is plentiful, from blue-ribbon arctic grayling fishing in the Delta Clearwater River to hiking up

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he Eielson Air Force Base Soaring Into Solstice 2008 Open House is June 24 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and features displays of military personnel and equipment for the general public. Aerial demonstrations begin with an F-22 fly-by at 10:30 a.m., and an Army exhibition featuring Stryker vehicles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle demonstration and a helicopter-focused air assault begins about noon. This year's team includes the Air Force’s first female lead-solo demonstration pilot, Maj. Samantha Weeks. The Air Force follows at 2 p.m. with flybys and airfield “attacks” featuring the F-16C Fighting Falcon, KC-135 Stratotanker, HH-60 Pave Hawk, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior and the UH-60 BlackHawk. Other entertainment includes military working dog demonstrations. Food and beverages will be

TIPS TO ENJOY THE SHOW If this is your first air show or your 100th air show, you may find the tips below useful when you visit during the Open House: • Wear sunscreen and sunglasses • Take a hat and wear comfortable shoes • Leave unnecessary gear at home You’re welcome to bring a small folding lawn chair or blanket. Coolers, large bags and other items are prohibited. Pets, glass, alcohol, knives and guns are prohibited. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t take it to the airport, don’t bring it to the air show. • Bring hearing protection Air shows can be a tad noisy whether it’s the growl of a propeller plane or the roar of an F-16. • No smoking Smoking is prohibited on the flightline. A few smoking areas will be set up across the flightline road away from the aircraft, but never smoke near an airplane. • Pick up your trash — Eielson Air Force Base

sold during the air show. Currently static displays scheduled include: A-10, F-16CG, Aggressor F-16, C-21, KC-135, UH-60, B-52, C-12, F-15C, F22A, EA-6B, P-3, E-3, U-2, T-38, B-2,F-117A,CH-47, OH-58, UH-

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locals’ favorite restaurant, Fast Eddy’s. With extra big portions and a friendly staff, you’re guaranteed to go away satisfied. If you’re looking for Alaskan gifts and art, check out All Alaska Gifts & Crafts, located at the main intersection in town. Watch for the big yellow sign and check out the large stuffed moose in the glass gazebo next to the parking lot.

The inside is filled with displays of Alaska wildlife, jewelry, native crafts and Internet access. The Web site is www. allalaskagifts.com. If you’re looking for entertainment, check out the popular “Dave’s Live Alaska Show” — a combination of songs, poetry and stories from life on the Last Frontier. The show runs nightly from June 1 to August 10 at Tok RV Village.

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starts at the old district courthouse at 9 a.m. daily and lasts two to three hours. It costs $5 per person. Call (907) 547-2325. Today, Eagle is a quaint village of 150 to 200 people with a motel, B&B, restaurants, store, library, school and museum. Stop in at the Riverside Cafe for a great lunch with a view of the famous bluff and the Yukon River. The Yukon Queen II catamaran travels to Eagle from Dawson City, Yukon, each day. Eagle is an official checkpoint on the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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he Taylor Highway is a road steeped in the history of the Fortymile mining district, which was a destination for prospectors a decade before the historic strike in the Klondike. The first portion of the 160mile Taylor Highway is wide and paved, but past the tiny community of Chicken, the road narrows and is often steep and winding. Take a break at 86 Mile and get a close look at the old Jack Wade No. 1 Dredge, which sits right next to the highway. Eagle was founded in 1897 by a group of malcontent gold prospectors who were unable to stake claims in the lucrative gold fields of the Klondike near Dawson City. They decided to start their own town and staked claims in the area. A military post, Fort Egbert, was established.

Soldiers from the fort helped build the WAMCATS (Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System). In 1900, Judge James Wickersham established the first Federal Court in Alaska's Interior at Eagle. In 1970, Eagle was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and became a national landmark in 1975. Several of the historic buildings at the fort and in the village have been restored. The Eagle Historical Society, www. eagleak.org, offers daily walking tours of the sites. The tour

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he two best words to describe Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve are huge and rugged. At 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park in the United States. It is more than twice the size of Denali National Park and Preserve and six times the size of Yellowstone National Park, the largest park in the Lower 48. Wrangell-St. Elias has the continent’s largest tidewater glacier (Hubbard); largest mountain/valley glacier (Nabesna); and largest subpolar ice field (Bagley). “More than half the ice in Alaska is in Wrangell-St. Elias,” chief park interpreter Smitty Parratt said. Despite its status as the country’s biggest park, Wrangell-St. Elias remains in the shadow of Denali National Park and Preserve. “A lot of people have never heard of Wrangell-St. Elias,” Parratt said. While Denali may be home to North America’s tallest peak

— 20,320-foot Mount McKinley — Wrangell-St. Elias has 18,008foot Mount St. Elias, the continent’s second-tallest mountain. It also boasts nine of the 16 tallest mountains in North America. But unlike Denali, you won’t find any crowds at WrangellSt. Elias. While almost 500,000 visitors show up at Denali each summer, only about 50,000 visit Wrangell-St. Elias. “It’s a lot less crowded, there’s less waiting in lines, less restrictions on what you can do, and there’s a lot more options for finding solitude,” Parratt said. And visitors don’t have to ride a shuttle bus to get an close-up look at the park, as they do at Denali. There are two rough, gravel roads leading into the park and both are open to the public. The 61-mile McCarthy Road leads to the town of McCarthy and the historic Kennicott copper mine in the west side of the park. The 42-mile Nabesna Road provides access into the north side of the park and ends at a private hunting lodge. While stories of shredded tires, broken shocks and bent axles are legendary on McCarthy

Road, Parratt said most are exaggerated. There are occasionally some “washboard” sections and there are some creek crossings on the Nabesna Road that can sometimes pose problems for twowheel drive vehicles. “They’re not roads you can drive 60 mph; they’re more like 25-30 mph roads,” he said. But it’s a good idea to have at least one or two spare tires with you, Parratt said. The McCarthy Road is actually an old railroad bed. It originated in 1909 as a railway to support the Kennicott copper mines before large-scale mining ended in 1938. The road features several interesting historic sites. One is the Gilahina Trestle, an 890-foot long railroad trestle, which was built in only eight days during the winter of 1911. Another is the Kuskulana Bridge, which is perched more than 200 feet above the raging Kuskulana River. The road ends at the Kennicott River, and visitors must cross a foot bridge to reach the town of McCarthy. You can either walk the half-mile to the town or take a shuttle. There are a number of hiking options from McCarthy, including trails leading to the other mines in the area and the Root Glacier. Hikes can range from 1 1/2 to 12 miles, Parratt said. Flightseeing tours are also available in McCarthy, as well as out of Nabesna and Glennallen. Flying over the park offers tourists impressive views of the dramatic landscape for which Wrangell-St. Elias is famous. “It’s incredible country,” Parratt said.

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Yukon Territory Campgrounds Klondike Highway • Takhini Hot Springs, Km 197.8, N. Klondike Highway, 88 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $20-30. (867) 633-2706. • Lake Laberge, Km 224.6 N. Klondike Highway, 16 sites, $12. • Fox Lake, Km 247.7 N. Klondike Highway, 33 sites, $12. • Twin Lakes, Km 308 N. Klondike Highway, 18 sites $12.

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• Hotel Carmacks, Carmacks 15 sites, full hook-up, SaniDump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $24-30. (867) 863-5221.

• Tatchun Creek, Km 382.4 N. Klondike Highway, 12 sites, $12.

• Klondike River, Km 696.7 N. Klondike Highway, 38 sites, $12. • GuggieVille RV Park & Gold Panning, Dawson City, 95 sites Sani-Dump, Laundromat, showers. $10-25. (866) 8606535. • Bonanza Gold Motel & RV Park, Dawson City, 150 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $12-32. (888) 9936789. • Gold Rush Campground & RV Park, Dawson City, 82 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $20-40. (888) 9935247. • Dawson City RV Park & Campground, Dawson City, 90 sites, full hook-ups, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, shower. $19-39. (888) 993-5142.

tel/Tenting, Dawson City, 54 sites, showers. $8-13. (888) 9936823. • Yukon River, Km 0.3 N. Klondike Highway, 98 sites, $12. • Frenchman Lake/+8 km on Frenchman Road, Km 543.3 N. Klondike Highway, 10 sites, $12. • Nunatak/+15 km on Frenchman Road, Km 543.3 N. Klondike Highway, 10 sites, $12. • Tatchun Lake/+41 km on Frenchman Road, Km 543.3 N. Klondike Highway, 20 sites. $12.

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Whitehorse • The Caribou RV Park, Km 1403 Alaska Highway, 52 sites, full hook-up laundromat, Internet, showers. $14-21. (867) 668-2961. • Wolf Creek, Km 1408.2 Alaska Highway, 40 sites, $12. • Pioneer RV Park, Whitehorse, 150 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $10-23. (867) 668-5944. • Hi Country RV Park, Whitehorse, 130 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $14-28. (867) 667-7445. • Mountain Ridge Motel & RV Park, Whitehorse, 12 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Internet access, showers. $20-30. (867) 667-4202. • Robert Service Campground Whitehorse, no RV, 68 sites, Internet access, showers, $14. (867) 668-3721. • MacKenzie's RV Park, Whitehorse, 101 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $13-24. (867) 633-2337. Kluane • Takhini River/+15 km on Kusawa Road, Km 1489.1, 13 sites, $12. • Kusawa Lake/+23 km on Kusawa Road, Km 1489.1, 56 sites. $12. • Otter Falls Cutoff, Km 1602

• Aishihik Lake/+42 km on Aishihik Road, Km. 1602.2, 16 sites. $12. • Pine Lake, Km 1628, 42 sites. $12 • Kluane RV Kampground, Haines Junction, 100 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $15-24. (867) 634-2709. • Fas Gas Service Station & RV Park, Haines Junction, 21 sites, Sani-Dump, showers. $10-17. (867) 634-2505. • Bear Creek Lodge, Km 1646 9 sites, full hook-up, SaniDump, showers. $15-20. (867) 634-2301. • Cottonwood RV Park, Km 1717, 60 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, showers. $22-27. (867) 841-4066. • Congdon Creek, Km 1724.8, 81 sites. $12. • Destruction Bay Lodge RV Park, Destruction Bay, 43 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. (867) 841-5332. • Talbot Arm Motel, Destruction Bay, 9 sites, SaniDump, Laundromat, showers. $12. (867) 841-4461. • Dalan Campground, Burwash Landing, 25 sites, SaniDump. $10-15. (867) 841-4274. • Burwash Landing Resort, Bushwash Landing, 14 sites, full hook-up, Sani-Dump, Laundromat, Internet access, showers. $14-18. (867) 841-4441.

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he Elliott Highway is a trip through Alaska’s gold mining days — past and present — as well as a nature lover’s paradise. Five miles up the Elliott is Hilltop Truckstop, complete with a cafe known for its homemade pies and large breakfast plates. It is also the last gas station for miles. The Chatanika River Bridge area offers two campgrounds, Whitefish Campground on the bridge’s north side, Olnes Pond Campground and a covered picnic area 11 miles from Fox. The campgrounds have toilets, trash barrels and fire pits, along with a boat launch. Fishermen will want to try out the waters at Tolovana River, 47 miles from Fox, where grayling and northern pike are plentiful. At Mile 27, visitors can access the White Mountains National Recreation Area, which boasts 200 miles of trail and several remote cabins. Most are accessible only in winter. Call (907) 4742372 for a recording of current trail conditions. Basic restroom facilities are also found at public campgrounds and the White Mountains area entrances. Arctic Circle Trading Post at Mile 49 offers Arctic Circle gifts and certificates. The first 73 miles of the road are paved, to the junction with the Dalton Highway. Truck traffic is often heavy as far as Livengood, where supply trucks turn off onto the Dalton Highway, which leads to the North Slope. The Elliott takes a sharp turn to the left here and is gravel for the last 40 miles. At the end of the 152-mile road is Manley Hot Springs, a just reward for those who make the rugged trip. The hot springs are on the right just before the town. The hot springs operators usually have cabins for rent, but they’re closed this summer for upgrades. The springs and baths, however, are still open and offer a refreshing dip after a day traversing the Elliott Highway. Call 672-3231. Manley Roadhouse is one of Alaska’s original gold rush-era roadhouses. For more information or reservations call the roadhouse at 672-3161.


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This is the last remaining settlement of Nunamiut, or inland, Inupiat Eskimos, located at the base of the Brooks Range near the northern Continental Divide. Residents still hunt the caribou that migrate along the glacial valley, so it’s only fitting that Anaktuvuk Pass means “the place of caribou droppings” in Inupiaq. The village, with 300 residents, is the only community within the Gates of the Arctic National Park and one of the rare villages with a museum. The Simon Paneak Memorial Museum offers a comprehensive look at a once-nomadic people, as well as local artwork for sale, including caribou skin masks trimmed with wolf, fox or bear fur. The village is off the road system. You have to fly there. But that hasn’t stopped a growing number of travelers, even

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NAKTUVUK PASS — The landscape is distracting, tundra shimmering under a late summer sun, deep valleys spattered with red and gold, sharp peaks dwarfing this tiny Alaska village. It takes first-time visitors a while to notice what’s missing. There are no trees here. But barren it’s not. This is eye-candy terrain, rich with nature, culture and history, from the Eskimo settlement of Anaktuvuk Pass to other stops above the Arctic Circle. Stark and beautiful, the top third of Alaska is increasingly finding favor with travelers lured by the mystique of the far, far north. But be forewarned: This is not your finicky cousin’s luxury cruise. There are few frills here. Some accommodations sport only bare plywood walls. The trade-off is the view: otherworldly, raw, unbelievably vast, utterly wild. Whether you choose a group tour or self-guided trip, the base of operations for most is Fairbanks. From Fairbanks, you can fly north, head off for backcountry treks or drive to North Slope oil country. While the majority of visitors come during the summer, many companies offer winter tours and services as well. Here are some interesting points along the way:

cruise ship passengers like Donna Kucinski, 38, and Kathleen Gunning, 33. The elementary school teachers from Chicopee, Mass., were looking for a more unusual sideexcursion during their August trip. And they found it with local guide Cyrus Median. The 54-year-old Eskimo rolled his eight-wheel Argo over shallow sections of the meandering John River, then over grounds bursting with jewel-hued plants nestled in lichen. Next was the caribou migration route, where bleached skulls and antlers from old hunts were scattered on the valley floor. Towering over everything are the jagged, intricately carved mountains. “It’s just totally different at the top of the world,” Kucinski said. “It’s so different from New England.”

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Christo to shame. Along the roadway are granite slabs and other strange rock formations. Fields of fuschiacolored fireweed burst from burned forests. And you never know when you’ll see musk oxen, moose and Dall sheep. Also check out Coldfoot, a rest stop for far north truckers and home of the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center. A gold-mining hub in the early 1900s, Coldfoot was abandoned for Wiseman, a quaint outpost of 24 people 13 miles to the north where you can visit a gold-rush era cemetery and the nondenominational Kalhabuk Memorial Chapel, open 24-7, featuring free Bibles and Sunday sermons by a local state trooper and the chapel owner, longtime resident June Reakoff. And of course, you must visit

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the pullout at Mile 115 (Alaska travelers rely on mile markers since there are few towns to note where they’re at). Here, a sign for those wanting to take a picture marks the Arctic Circle.

Barrow The nation’s farthest north town is the land of endless days, when the summer sun doesn’t set for weeks and the Arctic Ocean glistens in the sublime light. And where else can you get your photo taken under an arch made of whale bones? Ancient culture radiates in the largely Inupiat Eskimo community of 4,500 through Native dance demonstrations, oral histories, art made by locals, exhibits at the Inupiat Heritage Center and the sod-house remains of the original settlement of Ukpiagvik, or “the place where we hunt snowy owls.” This is also major polar bear territory. The best opportunities for seeing these gorgeous carnivores are from the safety of sightseeing vehicles at Point Barrow, 13 miles northeast of town. Another must-see excursion is the Arctic Ocean, which deposits satiny driftwood all along the wind-swept coast. If they dare, visitors also can take a dip in the icy deep, thanks to Fran Tate, owner of Pepe’s North of the Border restaurant, which, by the way, serves authentic dishes prepared by Mexican cooks. Tate, a 76-year-old spitfire, greets her summer guests with an invitation to join her Polar Bear Club every evening at the water’s edge across the road from Pepe’s. For a $10 membership, takers must fully submerge themselves to collect goose bumps and a certificate granting them lifetime bragging rights.


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recorded as between 8.4 and 8.6 on the Richter Scale but has since been upgraded to a 9.2. The quake’s epicenter was 45 miles west of Valdez and shock waves tore the town apart. Today, Valdez is a bustling tourist and fishing town. Cruises offer sightseeing trips to Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America, and fishing charters offer halibut and salmon fishing trips on a daily basis from May to September. Helicopter flightseeing trips and whitewater rafting trips are also available.

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For Reservations Call: P.O. Box 184 1-800-478-2791 113 Galena Dr. or (907) 835-2791 Valdez, AK 99686 Fax (907) 835-5406 or Email: onen2rs@alaska.net

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Let Alaskans Show You Alaska. Experience the icebergs of Columbia Glacier and the calving of Meares Glacier. See amazing wildlife. Relax on board our comfortable vessels as we entice you with stories of the past.

866-867-1297 Valdez 907-835-4731 www.stanstephenscruises.com


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