On last tonight’s episode of “Edge of Alaska,” the town of McCarthy experienced the “The End of the Frontier.” The Mother Lode Mine is a hidden city within the mountain that has not been used for a hundred years, but if Neil Darish has his way, it will be turned into Alaska’s biggest tourist attraction.
As the episode begins, Neil and his group are digging into the mine and with investors waiting for the word to go ahead with the plans to turn their investment into big profits. Neil is happy that the bears are coming out of hibernation, because the townsfolk that are against his endeavor will be more interested in keeping the bears at bay than worrying about his project. The grizzlies and black bears are hungry. At the Keller farmstead, Jeremy and Bjorn are looking for signs of bears on their property. Scratch marks on trees and poop are the signs that Bjorn notices immediately.
Now that Jeremy is making his own ammunition, he no longer needs to purchase it from Neil and leaves him a huge note to that effect. As Jeremy is in town, he sees lots of heavy equipment; bulldozers, a cement truck which signals that roads are being built or large buildings are about to be erected. Jeremy goes to find Jenny, but she is helping a friend and checking his property while he is in Anchorage for a few months. She found his greenhouse destroyed by a bear. She decides to hunt for the bear that is causing damage to property.
Eric, brother of local eccentric Jason Lobo has arrived to help make a shelter for Jason’s pigs that are getting out and could easily be lunch for a bear. Inside the Mother Lode Mine, Neil and his team are finding safety issues, and one room was deemed unsafe. They found a ninety-year-old light bulb with filament intact. They will test it later.
Jeremy is checking again for bears with Bjorn. The tree stand they built last year was still there, and both climbed up to get a good look around. Jenny is determined to take out the bear that destroyed her friend’s greenhouse and is afraid that hers may be the bear’s next target. Suddenly, she heard a noise; it was Jason’s pigs digging up her potatoes and eating them. She chased them away and was surprised, they were not already eaten by a bear. Jason is trying to find his pigs, and spots footprints of pigs and those of a bear. He spotted the pigs and chased them home by firing shots in the air and running behind them.
In the mine, they found an old detonator along with other ancient items used a century ago and they found icicles the size of tree trunks. Farther into the mine, they spotted a prior cave-in and the safety officer called an end to the project. With just about a hundred feet from the elevator shaft, Neil insists he wants to go forward. The safety officer decided to leave and anything furthermore in the mine was up to them. Neil went farther into the mine and when his crew called to him, there was no answer.
Jeremy and Bjorn hear and see a bear close to the tree stand. Jeremy’s shot at him and missed. He took off toward Jenny’s homestead, so maybe she will get him. She is laying in wait and hears his growl; she spots him in the bush about twenty feet from her and made the kill in one shot. She immediately started to butcher the bear, but could not bring it all back at once.
Jeremy gathered a few townsfolk to see the bulldozers and cement trucks Neil had brought in, but they were gone except for the tire tracks. Jeremy is sure it is not for the mine, and wonders what other secrets Neil is hiding from the rest of the town on this episode of “Edge of Alaska.”