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Rain at Last; Flooding on the Koyukuk

Our usually sweet little Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River is raging and bursting her banks.  She hit flood stage on the afternoon of July 6 after two days of incredibly hard rains.  Up until a few days ago, it had been very dry and water levels in most  rivers were low.

Middle Fork of the Koyukuk during July flood.

There continues to be a flood warning for all rivers on the south side of the Brooks Range from the Alatna River to the Canadian Border.
This should quench the thirst of the land and extinguish or slow the fires.

Middle Fork Koyukuk River

Middle Fork Koyukuk River Flooding in July, 2010

Update:  The Flood Advisory for the South side of the Brooks Range has been canceled.  However water levels in that area remain high.

NANCY FISHER GARY JOHANSMANN - June 25, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Warmest regards,
Gary and Nancy Johansmann

Sadlerochit Mountains to the Arctic Ocean

The Katakuruk Backpacking Crew

The Katakturuk Backpacking Crew

Our crew: 5 kids, two moms and a dog.  Our expedition; 7 days to backpack north on the Katakturuk River from the  south side of the  Sadlerochit Mountains to the Arctic Ocean.   We had stunningly sunny weather with lots of wind and lots of Caribou.

Caribou and the Sadlerochit Mountains

The coast was the perfect place for the kids to do a little  marshmallow roasting.

Kids on the Arctic Ocean

spacoom - July 30, 2010 - 12:47 pm

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New addition to our flying family

Three Generations of Nickisch Pilots just returned with the newest addition to the Coyote Air fleet.  Dirk, Willard and Bremner flew the Stinson 108 from Texas to Alaska.  She is a beauty and very retro with lovely wood paneled interior.

Three generations of Nickisch Pilots

Three generation of Nickisch Pilots

Patrick Endres - June 7, 2010 - 7:44 pm

That’s a fine looking plane, I can’t wait to see it in a week or so!

Kuwait Hotel - June 22, 2010 - 9:49 am

I like this blog very much

abigail polsby - August 10, 2010 - 12:12 pm

What a great shot, handsome men and a handsome plane. We miss you. A and J

O.B. Cleere - September 21, 2010 - 2:47 pm

I have just found out that you have bought N60F a 108-3 Stinson.
I am looking at the picture and it brings back a lot of memories.
You see I owned this plane in the late 60’s and early 70’s and I have a lot of hours in this plane. It looks just like it did wnen I owned it.
I would if you could keep me informed of how it is doing.
The last I hard it was tied up in a court case and I’ve never hard back from the party involved in the suit, But if you would keep me in formed.

Royse City TX

Juliet Thompson - February 2, 2011 - 8:45 am

This is a facebook album of the airplane N60F when our family owned it.

Dixie Wilcox Thompson - February 2, 2011 - 12:48 pm

I am so happy to see N60F alive and adventuring in “Alaska’s remote arctic region.”

Tommy B. R. Thompson bought the airplane in late 1965 or early 1966.

N60F, a Stinson “Flying Station Wagon,” was originally owned by a member of the “Flying Farmers.”

We made many flights along the gulf coast of Texas and Mexico, sometimes landing on a remote beach of Padre Island to fish for red snapper.

N60F opened up a whole new world for us.

Eli Rush - January 13, 2012 - 1:13 pm

I touched the outside of it. I peered inside. I want to go for a ride in this beautiful bird – with my camera, of course. This plane couldn’t go to a more deserving family of fliers.

Jim Starkey - April 14, 2019 - 3:33 am

My dad owned that plan back in the late 60s to early 70s and kept it at White Rock Airport in Dallas. It still looks exactly the same as I remember it. I know I have a photo of it somewhere and will try to get you a copy of it. Awesome to see it again after all these years.

Jim Starkey - April 14, 2019 - 3:35 am

Maybe my dad didn’t own it he had a flight school and it may have been someone he either worked with there or was a friends of his. I’ll have to ask because I was really young back then like 8 or 9 so I may have just thought it was ours. I did fly in it a bit though.

Jim Starkey - April 14, 2019 - 3:40 am

My dad has lived in Alaska since 1974 and is still there living in Wasilla, He flew for Regal Air flying a beaver on floats for many years. Now he is retired and about to turn 82.

Jim Starkey - April 15, 2019 - 9:31 am

Talked to my dad he did own that plane. Said he bought it for $3,500.00 back in the mid 60s.

Break Up in the Brooks Range

Middle Fork of Koyukuk April 20, 2010

Break Up has arrived in Coldfoot.  It is a bit early this year, and seems like it might be an easy one.  The ice is out on the Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River, and the snow has left the floor of the  valley for for the time being.

Wild Lake

As the winter snow melts and runs onto the lakes, the lakes temporarily flood like at Wild Lake.  In a few more days the lake ice will brake free from the shore and float.  Then all the water will run off of the ice and we will be able to land on the ice for another week or more depending on ice thickness and temperatures.  This is always a fun time of year as the changes that happen are rapid and we are always wet and muddy.  If you look closely you will notice that Jean (the aircraft) is on Skis.

North Fork of Koyukuk River

This year we did not have a large snow pack in the central Arctic.  Valleys on the North side were largely blown clean, so break up on the North side will probably also happen quickly when it starts.  I have seen a few bear tracks in the hills, and the caribou seem to be heading north at this time. Most noticeably  the sun is just setting at 10:00 P:M.  Summer is definitely close.

Uncle Ev - May 4, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Pimp Daddy! Well done. I get it.

Thank you for all the help and support and patience and great service last week to the Lake. Greatly appreciated. Always. The Hightowers, et al accomplices, are off to a great 2010 in the Brooks thanks to you. See you in June, Captain.

BTW, whose Land Rover parked over from you west of AKDOT? Really clean, traditionally tricked up ride. The boys and I were taken.