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It’s been a busy few weeks. I came back from Ottawa late in January, and less than two weeks later I hit the road again to follow the Yukon Quest sled dog race to Fairbanks (by car, not by trail). I’ve been home for a little over a week now, catching up on sleep, email, etc.

Meanwhile, I’ve had a few new pieces published.

My story about surfing in Tofino is in the latest issue of AFAR. It’s available online, but pick up the print version if you can – the photo spread/layout they put together is gorgeous.

For Longreads, I wrote about how The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates built a unique and important corner of the internet – in his comments section. It’s Yours: A Short History of The Horde.

My story about the 2015 Yukon Quest, with wonderful photos by Katie Orlinsky, is up online at National Geographic: Survival is the Ultimate Goal in World’s Toughest Sled Dog Race.

Alaska will no longer have bars on its state ferries. I wrote an obituary for them over at Hazlitt.

And my biweekly column for Pacific Standard is now through its second month. They’re all collected here.

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I’m really excited about this one. My story about the Yukon Quest’s handlers – the support crews who work behind the scenes throughout the race – is now live at SB Nation Longform. Check it out:

No Sleep ‘Til Fairbanks

Elsewhere, Vela has a hot new redesign, and we’re also soliciting suggestions for female-authored books that are overlooked in the usual best-of books lists.

My feature in the February issue of Up Here Business is now online; it’s about a new fresh fish truck that’s finally bringing the local catch to Whitehorse. I also have a long Q&A with the Yukon’s top expediter in the March UHB, and a couple of small items in the March issue of Up Here.

Finally, at World Hum, I was pleased to publish Brian Kevin’s The End of Wend, an essay that ponders what the crunchy mag’s demise says about travelers and travel publishing.

It’s been a hectic start to 2013: Lots of work on the go, plus I spent two crazy weeks on the road in February during the Yukon Quest. I’ve got more travel on the horizon, too.

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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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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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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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Hello from Dawson City, where I’m a week into a gig on the communications team for the Yukon Quest 1000-Mile International Sled Dog Race. I’ve been following the race from checkpoint to checkpoint (it started in Fairbanks and will end in Whitehorse), tweeting, updating Facebook, and writing news releases and short race updates for the Quest site.

Having trouble envisioning a 1000-mile dogsledding event? Here’s a fantastic video that my colleagues on the photo/video crew made at the start line:

I’ve written about the Quest before: I had a short essay in the October/November issue of Up Here magazine about my time at the Slaven’s Roadhouse dog drop station last year (unfortunately the piece is not online), and I also wrote my last Vela story about mushing and the Quest.

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