Kris Capps


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The Fairbanks-born musician will present a rare solo performance at Tonglen Lake Lodge at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. She’s back in Alaska for some family business, taking a few days off from Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical “Come From Away” and has arranged an Alaska mini-tour.

Atkins lives in Cantwell, about 150 miles south of Fairbanks. He operates Atkins Guiding and Flying Service there. Why Cantwell? He got stuck there in a snowstorm all those years ago and he liked the people. So he stayed. Besides, he couldn’t think of a better place to live. Where else could he settle down just north of the biggest mountain in North America, and see it every day?

Several sections of Noyes Slough have beaver dams, log piles and other obstructions. Be sure to wear proper footwear, including rubber boots or chest waders. All ages are welcome to participate, but children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

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