Spotlight: Joan Skilbred

Joan Skilbred is a historian, a former gold miner and owner of a cold weather clothing store.

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FAIRBANKS — Joan Skilbred has taught herself to scan for garbage in the background of century-old photographs of Fairbanks.

“Wherever people go, they make trash, and trash was a much bigger problem then than people think,” she said. “No one ever takes a picture of trash. It’s in the background, but it’s always there.”