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 no longer an isolated place where people go if they don’t want to be found. Neil Darish finally got his wish and turned it into a tourist attraction, but he has bigger plans than the town is aware of.
At Jeremy’s farm, the family is down to three chickens and they do not want to kill their goats and chickens that supply them with milk and eggs, so Jeremy is going hunting for something bigger that will sustain them longer, moose. Over the years, McCarthy has had a reputation of an under abundance of food and resources and has been labeled “Starvation Country.”
With the avalanche of tourists this past summer, Neil Darish needs more electrical power and when his plan of opening the Mother Lode Mine, he will need even more resources. Although it has been closed up for over seventy years, he knows what revenue it will generate. With his new generator arriving he does not have enough manpower to remove the old one and install the new one; so the job may take a whole day to complete.
On the Lobo farm, the most eccentric of the townsfolk is Jason. He just found his favorite pig dead in her pen, so now he will eat her and mourn as he enjoys her meat. The job of butchering is a huge one, so Jenny Rosenbaum will be helping Jason with the task. She gained her experience butchering when she lived in McCarthy only a year and she killed a bear. Now a resident for fifteen years, her butchering experience is well known.
At the Keller farmstead, Jeremy is mapping out the trail they will be taking to find a moose. They will be heading toward the Nizina River. He will be bringing Bjorn to teach him how to handle hunting and he is bringing Guy, one of the locals with them, and Guy is the true meaning of a man of few words.
Mark Wacht is going to travel with Tim to the Angle Station, but first make a stop at the Kennecott mill that has long since been abandoned. Tim had a stash there, and both he and Mark had a nice drink before traveling further. Jason is attempting to make a smoker to preserve the pig meat before it rots.
Jeremy knows how dangerous a bull moose can be and they cause attacks on humans than grizzlies or black bears combined. A rampaging moose nearly killed Jeremy and his dog team a few years back.
In Downtown McCarthy, Neil is freezing and comes to the old Kennedy house where he knows there is a wood burning stove. When the generator arrives, his problem will be solved. Meanwhile, Tim and Mark are having a rough time getting to the Angle Station. Some parts of the trail are at a forty-five degree angle.
As Jeremy, Bjorn and Guy cross a small part of the river, Bjorn falls in up to his waist and hurts he knee. They returned home where he immediately got the best of care from his mother. Tim and Mark made it up the mountain and immediately made a fire. Tim was happy to be back; as he wasn’t sure he would ever see it again.
As Jason is preparing his spare parts to finish his smoker, he cut his hand, but with a hospital many miles away, he dressed it and poured whiskey on it to promote healing and got back to work.
Neil’s new generator arrived and his plans are going forward. He believes that once the people get used to the convenience of heat, hot water and lighting, they will go along with his plans. Because Jeremy had to return home and did not get a moose, he had to kill one of his goats on this episode of “Edge of Alaska.”