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November 2, 2012

In this November Travel News Bulletin you will find:

1. New gold tour in Nome reveals more than gold
2. Alaska Native Arts Foundation 10th anniversary
3. Yukon Quest dog sled race marks 30 years
4. Seward outfitter offering tours to Exit Glacier

1. New gold tour in Nome reveals more than gold
The area around Nome, Alaska, has long been known as gold country since the mineral was discovered on the beaches of the northwestern town more than a century ago. Today, Nome is also famous for its bird-watching opportunities and the epic celebration held each March marking the conclusion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Now, visitors can embark on a treasure hunt with the help of Akau Alaska Gold and Resort, founded last year by the Krutzsch family, who has been mining the area for more than two decades. The name, Akau, is an amalgamation of Alaska’s postal abbreviation, “AK” and the periodic table designation for gold, “AU.” The company offers a variety of only-in-Alaska adventures — from gold prospecting tours of historic mines, expeditions to nearby hot springs or Native villages and hiking and salmon fishing, among others. Accommodation options include rustic cabins or a room at the main camp, offering an alternative to visitors looking for lodging close to town and an authentic Alaska experience — panning for gold, learning about the rich history of mining around Nome, picking wild blueberries and more. 
Media Contact:
Contact: Augie Krutzsch, Akau Alaska Gold and Resort
Phone: 760-855-2855
Email: augiek2@gmail.com
Twitter: @akaugold
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Alaska-Gold-ResortLLC
URL: http://akaugold.com/

2. Alaska Native Arts Foundation 10th anniversary
The Alaska Native Arts Foundation (ANAF) will celebrate its 10th anniversary during the First Friday Art Show on Dec. 7, 2012, at the organization’s headquarters on West 6th Avenue in Anchorage. ANAF’s anniversary First Friday event will feature video and photography from Alutiiq visual and performance artist, Tanya Lukin Linklater, originally from Kodiak. ANAF was founded in 2002, as a partnership among artists and business leaders in the community who recognized a market for Alaska Native art and wanted to provide a fair trade platform for artists to showcase and sell their artwork. Currently, ANAF has 1,100 Alaska Native artists registered with the foundation and has showcased more than 40 artists statewide at the foundation headquarters. The proceeds of the art sold through the foundation go back directly to the artists in the form of mini grants, so they may continue their work as professional artists. For information on featured artists and current events at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation, visit www.alaskanativearts.org/.
Media Contact:
Contact: Trina Landlord, Alaska Native Arts Foundation
Phone: 907-258-2623
Email: trina@alaskanativearts.org
Twitter: @AKNativeArts
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Alaska-Native-Arts-Foundation
URL: www.alaskanativearts.org/

3. Yukon Quest dog sled race marks 30 years
On Feb. 2, 2013, up to 50 mushers and their canine teams will embark on the 30th running of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon. During the 2013 race, which alternates start and finish points each year, teams will gather at the starting line in Whitehorse, Yukon, and traverse 1,000 miles of harsh, frozen terrain along the same historical mail delivery and gold-rush-era routes prospectors took from the late 1800s into the early 20th century. Avid Yukon Quest fans can follow teams’ progress as they pass through 10 checkpoints along the way before reaching the finish line in Fairbanks around Feb. 16. Pre-race activities include a $10,000 raffle to be drawn on Nov. 3 and a holiday open house party on Dec. 7 in Fairbanks as well as a Meet the Mushers event on Jan. 30 and Start and Draw Banquet on Jan. 31 in Whitehorse. More information about anniversary events, the race, the mushers and their teams or to see past results, visit the Yukon Quest website.
Media Contact: 
Contact: Echo Ross or Pixie Ingram, Outside the Cube
Phone: 1-867-456-7483
Email: communications@outsidethecube.ca
Twitter: @theyukonquest
Facebook: www.facebook.com/YukonQuest
URL: www.yukonquest.com

4. Seward outfitter offering tours to Exit Glacier
Until last year, winter travel along Exit Glacier Road in Seward was limited to snowmobiles, dog sleds and skiers. However, outdoor adventure outfitter Adventure Sixty North, LLC now offers snow coach tours to the Exit Glacier area onboard a heated, 12-person snowcat. Last year was the first for Adventure Sixty North’s snow coach tours into Kenai Fjords National Park, and it is currently the only outfitter in the state licensed to take snowcats into a national park. The coach makes round-trip tours along a 14-mile route in Exit Glacier’s outflow zone where travelers can embark on a guided snowshoe tour or rent gear to ski or snowshoe on their own. Adventure Sixty North’s owners hope to add one more snowcat to their fleet in the next year or two and has teamed up with a local dogsledding outfitter for snowcoach and dogsledding package tours, making it an ideal excursion for visitors who want to experience the beauty and adventure of the Last Frontier in winter.
Media Contacts:
Contact: Cindy Clock, Seward Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 907-224-8051
E-mail: director@seward.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Adventure-Sixty-North
URL: www.adventure60.com


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