On tonight’s episode of “Edge of Alaska,” the town of McCarthy has not always been a quiet place; in fact, it was at one time called Alaska’s “Sin City.” Now it is an isolated place where people go if they don’t want to be found. One person wants to change all that; Neil Darish. His dream is to restore this once boomtown into what it was in the past. He has plenty of money and fifteen years into buying several properties in downtown McCarthy. The town’s people led by Jeremy Keller are against the commercialization of the town and like it just the way it is. Neil wants to bring tourists to the town to visit an old mine, but it was determined to be too steep, icy and difficult to climb. Will they succeed in their protests, or Neil and his money win?
As the episode begins, someone is shooting at Neil Darish and yells across the mountain that he will die today. Jeremy Keller relates how he lived across the United States and now resides in McCarthy with his wife and two sons, Bjorn and Liam. They moved there fifteen years ago to live off the grid. They must hunt for everything they eat. When they found footprints in the snow, Jeremy knew they looked like wolf footprints and recalled that he lost three dogs to wolves since living in McCarthy.
The community is in danger because the wolves have been driven to town in search of food, due to a horrible winter. Neil Darish is fearful that the sighting of wolves will be bad for business. During the summer McCarthy attracted 20,000 tourists and money is rolling into town, but sub-zero summer temperatures drove visitors back to the lower forty-eight. Neil’s boarding house now sits empty as his trackers are out looking for the wolves. A few nights ago, wolves attacked one of Neil’s dogs; not to eat, but for the pleasure of killing.
Mark Wacht, a resident of McCarthy and pupil of Tim Mischel, who learned much of his survival skills from Tim, is disappointed that Tim had to leave because of the harsh winter conditions. Tim is 73, and had to come down to Vancouver, Washington to avoid the cold at the top of the mountain.
Bjorn is going to lead a team of dogs today by himself, but their dog Pointer has been killed by a wolf, as Jeremy showed him that the dog’s neck was broken. It is tough for Bjorn and Liam to see this, but it is part of living on the farmstead. As the family cremates their beloved dog, they say a few words as they stand by the pyre and remember what a good dog he was. Afterwards, Jeremy and Bjorn go looking for the wolves. When they see Neil, they offer their condolences that his dog Dynamite was also killed by the wolves. Jeremy gave Dynamite to Neil, back before their altercations. He also told him that Pointer was killed and Neil was sorry and gave Bjorn a present to ease his pain.
Mark Wacht went to Anchorage to bring Tim back to McCarthy. The ride home was not an easy one, but he has his good friend. Jeremy spotted the wolf pack as it was ascending on the city and knows how to keep them away. When Tim arrived in town, he was greeted with true McCarthy tradition; a bonfire and alcohol. Jeremy knows that the fire and the noise everyone will make will keep the wolves away on this episode of “Edge of Alaska.”