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Vela Magazine turned one year old last week, and we’ve been busy celebrating with the launch of a Twitter account – @VelaMag – and a blog to go with our Facebook page. And, of course, there’s still the magazine itself: My most recent story there is called Three Kites on the Ice, and it’s about a kite-skiing expedition that attempted to set a new record for Arctic travel. Check it out!

Elsewhere, my feature from the August issue of Up Here Business is now online: Big Booze Ambitions (PDF). It’s about the Yukon’s growing craft beer and spirits industries. The September issues of both magazines are out now, too – I’ve got a feature in Up Here, “My Nahanni Luxury Cruise,” that’s not yet online, and a shorter historical piece on an obscure bit of Northern history: How the Trumps Struck Klondike Gold. What, you didn’t know that Donald Trump owes his millions to the Yukon?

I’m settled back home in Whitehorse after a busy few months of work/travel that took me from the Yukon to Alaska, the Northwest Territories *and* Nunavut – the ultimate Northern summer.

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I’ve got a short essay on Outside’s website about the ultimate river trip gone awry, and why the movie has endured for four decades.

Also: Tomorrow I fly to San Francisco for the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference! I attended for the first time five years ago, as a brand-new aspiring writer with just a couple paid clips to my name. Looking forward to spending time with friends and colleagues there again this year.

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I’m hitting the road tomorrow on a two-day drive to the Northwest Territories, where I’ll meet my guides and co-travelers for a seven-day guided trip on the Nahanni River. I can’t wait!

I’ll be without phone or email access until I get back on July 26th.

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It’s been an exciting two weeks for Up Here Publishing! On June 7, my colleague Katherine Laidlaw won a silver National Magazine Award in the How-To category. And last night, at the Western Magazine Awards, Up Here won in two written categories – Business and Environmental – while Up Here Business art director Michael Ericsson won for Best Photograph, People and Portraiture.

Meantime, a few items from Up Here’s June issue are now online – I especially recommend this very sad story about an Inuit man who lived as an exhibit in a German zoo and kept a journal of his experience – and we’ve posted a handful of short pieces from the June Up Here Business to our UHB Tumblr, too.

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Up Here’s June issue – “The First Peoples Issue” – is on newsstands now. Since I came on staff while we were wrapping up April/May, it’s the first issue I’ve been involved in from start to finish, and it was a pretty cool feeling to get my hands on a copy. Here’s a look at the cover.

My feature in the issue, Untraditional Territory, is about the rise of First Nations cultural tourism in the Yukon and the complications that follow. I’ve also got shorter pieces on Inuk NHLer Jordin Tootoo’s first season of sobriety, how the Yukon government handles road-killed megafauna (think 1000-pound corpses on the highway), the Whitehorse neighborhood, Squatter’s Row, that’s bidding to secede from the city, and more. Our cover feature is a collaborative item about young aboriginal Northerners who are “making waves” – I wrote about a fashion designer who fuses native and hip hop culture, and a skateboarder from Teslin who’s hitting the pro circuit.

If/when any of those pieces go online, I’ll add links here. I’ve also got a half-dozen shorter pieces in the June issue of Up Here Business, which should be landing any day now. Meanwhile, the National Magazine Awards are being handed out this week and the Western Magazine Awards next week. We’re up for 4 NMAs and 11 WMAs – stay tuned!

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I flew home from Yellowknife to Whitehorse on Tuesday – it feels great to be settling back in right as the Northern summer is arriving. (It’s 9:30pm now, and still broad daylight.)

I was sick for a good portion of my last three weeks in Yellowknife, so chances are pretty good that I owe you an email. Hang in there, I’m working on it.

What else? I have a profile coming out in the new Up Here Business, which should be on newsstands shortly. We published a 6000-word epic about rafting the Grand Canyon on World Hum this week. Over at Vela, Simone’s latest is a wonderful essay on unexpectedly becoming an army wife. And my friend Luke’s phenomenal story on the Joplin tornado won the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing tonight!

Speaking of National Magazine Awards — Canadian edition — the nominees were announced earlier this week, and Up Here is up for four, including Best Single Issue. It’s an exciting publication to be a part of.

Lots of summer travel plans in Alaska, the Yukon and NWT. More to come!

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This month sees two of my reported features hitting the newsstand!

In the April/May issue of Up Here, I wrote about the Yukon’s world-beating team of cross-country skiers: The Bigger They Come. And my second story, The New Gold Rush Kings, is on the cover of April’s Up Here Business – it’s not online (yet, anyhow) but you can see the cover here.

I’ve got lots more in the works for upcoming issues. Stay tuned.

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