From the Managing Editor...

BLM Director Bob Abbey swears-in Bud C. Cribley as Alaska State Director while mrs. Cribley holds the Bible. Photo by Ronald laubenstein.On Dec. 1, BLM Director Bob Abbey installed our new State Director, Bud Cribley. It feels like a new beginning, not only for Cribley, but also for BLM-Alaska. Our State Director has spent his first weeks learning all he can about BLM-Alaska. He is also visiting the Glennallen Field Office, Fairbanks District Office and Alaska Fire Service.
This issue features winter biking, with stories and photos from Craig McCaa, Fairbanks District Writer-Editor. Also check out what Iditarod Trail teachers are doing, summer job opportunities, and more.

One of the difficult jobs of a managing editor for a news publication is when a story becomes part of us personally. That happened with our Alaska Smokejumpers Make-a-Wish story about 10-year-old Jedidiah Lusk in our last issue of Frontiers. I followed a daily online journal written by Jedidiah’s family. 
On Jan. 3, Jedidiah lost his 10-month battle with cancer, 
and I cried.

                                                     — Karen J. Laubenstein

BLM-Alaska Frontiers Credits

Managing editor
Karen J. Laubenstein, (907) 271-3318

Contributing writers and editors
Craig McCaa
Jennifer Noe
Nicklaus Moser

Campbell Creek Science Center       Nicklaus Moser
Chad Cook                                       Phinney Hunt
Craig McCaa                                     Ralph Eluska
Luise Woelflein                                 Ronald Laubenstein
Jeff Oatley                                        Seth Beaudreault
Ken Dunton                                      Thom Jennings

Vanessa Rathbun

BLM-Alaska Frontiers Subscription 

BLM-Alaska Frontiers is published quarterly in March, June, September and December. Deadline for articles is the third Friday of the month before publication. The deadlines will be Feb. 18 (Spring 2011), May 20 (Summer 2011), Aug. 20 (Fall 2011) and Nov. 18 (Winter 2011).

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