Volleyball Jamboree in Kokhanok

This past week, the Lake and Peninsula School District held its annual volleyball jamboree in Kokhanok. Kokhanok, a village of about 170 people, is right across the lake from Newhalen. Schools from across the district came to compete in co-ed 3-man and 6-man tournaments. Since Newhalen is the only school in the district with an all-girls’ team that […]

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November in Newhalen

This last weekend, Tyler and I went riding with Kate and Bill to survey the last remnants of autumn before the snow blankets our village. Although the temperature was in the mid-20s (and about 0 degrees with windchill on the Honda), we bundled up and set out on Saturday afternoon to take in the splendor […]

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A Bush Alaska Halloween

Before moving to rural Alaska, I was really curious about how bush Alaskans honor holidays. Would consumer-based holidays still be celebrated without the convenience of a Target right around the corner? I have an answer for you: yes. Very much so. I walked into my classroom on Halloween morning with snack already dropped off on […]

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Pumpkin Chia Seed Muffins

I’m so excited to publish my very first recipe post! I’ve been reading and admiring other bloggers’ baking how-to posts for years now and am finally giving it a go. As I wrote a couple days ago, this weekend is all about slowing down and taking care of myself. Earlier today, I put on some beautiful […]

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Akutaq for Snack

t’s here! Friday is finally here! And what better way to kick it off than with a little akutaq? Akutaq (a-goo-duk), also known as Eskimo ice cream, is a classic Yupik dessert. I first heard about it from a student during the first week of school. One of my kindergarteners asked me, “Have you ever tried […]

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