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Originally from North Carolina, Jeff Brady came to Skagway, Alaska in the mid-1970s. He first worked for a hiking and rafting business, but eventually started the Skagway News newspaper, which he edited for 37 years. He also started the Skagway News Depot and Books bookstore. In 1996, he met his wife, Dorothy, who grew up in Skagway, and in 2011 they purchased the old Hanousek Homestead in Dyea. They have restored the cabins and other buildings on the property and now use it as the base for a writers and artists in residence program, as well as their summer retreat home. Jeff also is one of the co-founders and organizers of the North Words Writers Symposium held in Skagway every spring, as well as one of the organizers behind the Buckwheat Ski Classic cross-country ski race and the Yukon River Quest canoe race.