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I’ve got lots of news to kick off the New Year. Most importantly, my temporary position at Up Here / Up Here Business wrapped up on December 21 – so I’m back to full time freelance writing. I learned a ton during my ten months on staff at the magazines, and I’m looking forward to applying that knowledge as I jump back into the self-employment fray. (I also expect to continue working closely with my editors at Up Here and UHB as a freelancer.)

Earlier this week, my latest went live at Outside: It’s a big winter service package called 40 Frozen Experiences of a Lifetime. And in December, I was thrilled to contribute a short essay to the “Why’s This So Good?” series over at Harvard’s Nieman Storyboard: Why’s This So Good? No. 68: Jonathan Lethem and the Godfather of Soul.

I’ve got big plans and a busy travel schedule for 2013. First up, in February, a couple of assignments will take me back on the Yukon Quest trail again. Looking forward to it!

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The story that resulted from my Stewart-Cassiar research trip is now online! (The print mag should be available by the end of this week.) It’s about a planeload of gold gone missing in the wilds of Northern B.C.

Check it out: What Happened on the Iskut?

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This is the Bell II Lodge, my home base for a reporting trip down the Stewart-Cassiar Highway into northwestern B.C. a couple weeks back. It was an amazing spot, and I can’t wait for the story to come out in the next issue of Up Here at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, a couple of my recent Up Here Business stories are now online: Into the Wild, about the business of wilderness tourism in the North, and Staking a Claim, about several groundbreaking new agreements between mining companies and First Nations. Check ’em out.

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My story about a strange Arctic suicide is in the Oct/Nov issue of Up Here, on newsstands next week. It’s also now online: The One Who Jumped.

This was a tough one to work on, and a major departure from my usual travel-focused writing. I hope you like it.

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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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My feature in the July/August issue of Up Here is called ‘I Found the Sweet Life’ and it’s about the week I spent living among the seasonal tourism workers of Skagway, AK. It features drinking games, creative use of tarps, and a 200 lb. St. Bernard named Bronco. (It’s not online, but I had a fun time putting it together.)

I’ve also got a feature story in the July issue of Up Here Business, about the changing face of Whitehorse retail and food/drink businesses: Let Them Eat Brunch. Also in that issue, I wrote about the impact of the Parks Canada budget cuts on the Yukon tourism economy, and the arrival of a new Filipino grocery store in town.

Meanwhile, a couple of my shorter pieces from the June issue of UHB are now online: The Perils of Northern Branding is a short business advice column (!) about common Northern business names, and Ship Day in Skagway is about how the businesses in that small port town operate on their own unique daily rhythm.

More to come – the August issue of Up Here Business lands on newsstands this week, and the September issues of both magazines are in the final stages of production.

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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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