Emily Schwing

7:03am

Sat October 5, 2013
Around the Nation

A Cold, Wet Trip With Spearfishers In Alaska

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 10:11 am

Alaskan Cory Kuryla (right) goes spearfishing every year along the Chatanika River, north of Fairbanks, with best friend Dave Ensley.
Emily Schwing KUAC

For one month each fall, residents of interior Alaska don chest waders and splash through the clear, frigid water of the Chatanika River. With large homemade lanterns hanging from their necks and spears in their hands, the fishermen keep their eyes peeled for whitefish.

Lifelong Alaskan Cory Kuryla leads his best friend Dave Ensley and me down a dark forest trail.

"We make rookies take a bite out of the first fish they catch!" he says.

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5:02am

Sun January 20, 2013
Around the Nation

Welcome To Alaska, Where Winter Is Cold And Bikes Are Fat

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 8:44 am

Bike shop owner Kevin Breitenbach rides a fat bike in the White Mountains National Recreation Area in Alaska in March.
Josh Spice

The plummeting mercury in Alaska this time of year doesn't keep bikers inside. More and more of them are heading to recreational trails and to the office on "fat bikes." They look like mountain bikes on steroids, with tires wider than most people's arms.

Kevin Breitenbach runs the bike shop at Beaver Sports in Alaska's second-largest city. Aboard a fat bike, he makes his way down a trail that winds through a forest as wet, quarter-sized snowflakes drop from the sky. Visibility is low, and the snow hides the roughest spots on the trail.

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7:00am

Sat February 11, 2012
Around the Nation

Just You, Your Dogs And The Yukon Sled Race

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 10:46 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Nearly two dozen dog sledding teams set out a week ago on a thousand mile race over some of the most remote territory in North America. The mushers have reached the halfway mark in the race. They're now in the Canadian Yukon. And Emily Schwing of member station KUAC has been following the race since its start in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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