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Noorvik family set to make debut on reality TV

May 17th, 2013 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

First, there was life on the high seas with fishermen from Dutch Harbor. Then came Ariel Tweto flying wild, which was followed by Sarah Palin and the treasure seekers.

Now get ready to meet the real rural Alaskans - the Hailstones.

Edward "Chip" Hailstone and his wife, Agnes, and their seven children are set to join the reality television craze this weekend when they are part of a National Geographic series focusing on life in the rural parts of the state.

"We did the work, now we can see what the editors did," said Hailstone, a 43-year-old hunter from Noorvik who has lived in rural Alaska for the past 20 years.

As part of the show, National Geographic film crews spent several days following the Hailstones as they harvested caribou, fish and other wild animals for food, clothing and other items. In all, the film team covered four different Alaskans in the Arctic Circle to piece together the show, which is titled, "Life Below Zero."

Originally from Kalispell, Montana, Hailstone came to Alaska more than two decades ago to escape the rat race in the Lower 48. Once here, he met and married Agnes and has spent the better part of the last 20 years hunting and fishing - and fighting a one-man war with the Alaska State Troopers - while raising his family in a village of 650 people on the Kobuk River.

The show will air on May 19.

The trailer for the show is available online at


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