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En route to Red Devil, AK: A view from an airplane ride across the tundra.

En route to Red Devil, AK: A view from an airplane ride across the tundra. (View larger version)

Photograph by PSG Films/ Abby Lautt

  • Some states have banned the beverage Everclear because of its high alcohol content.

  • Grain alcohol that is 190 proof means it contains 95% alcohol.

  • Experts estimate that drinking one unit of Everclear is comparable to drinking 14 beers.

  • Ahtna and Dena'ina Athabascan Indians have occupied the region of Sutton for centuries.

  • Around 1918, Sutton was founded as a station on the Matanuska branch of the Alaska Railroad for the purposes of coal exportation.

  • Aniak is a Yup'ik word that means “the place where it comes out.” This refers to the mouth of the Aniak River, a body of water that was crucial to the region’s early 1900’s gold rush.

  • Temperatures in Aniak range between -55 and 87 degrees, with an average annual snowfall of 60 inches.

  • A federally-recognized tribe lives in Aniak. Residents are mainly Yup'ik Eskimos and Tanaina Athabascans.

  • Aniak villagers eat many subsistence foods, and travel to fish camps each summer.

  • It’s estimated that one in ten Alaska Native women report physical domestic violence.

  • Since the early 1900’s, at least 50 mines and prospects have operated in the Wasilla area. Some still remain active.

  • Alaska’s Department of Transportation handles challenges like boggy and mountainous terrains, cold temperatures, problems with frost heave, moose and the prevalent use of ferries for transportation.

  • Nikiski, also known as Port Nikiski and Nikishka, sits on the Kenai Peninsula, just 9 miles north of the City of Kenai. Many residents travel to the City of Kenai for goods and services.