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‘Harbourage for a Song’ by Meryl McMaster: Plains Cree and European artist Meryl McMaster poses on the northern peninsula of Newfoundland, a first point of contact between indigenous and Norse peoples over 1,000 years ago. Canaries in her headdress are not a native species. and represent displacement. (Image courtesy of ‘Extra Tough,’ Anchorage Mus…
 
American Ninja Warriors Nate DeHaan and Nick Hanson on DeHann’s Warped Wall (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) This week on Addressing Alaskans we’re hearing from Nick ‘Iligutchiak’ Hanson, better known as ” The Eskimo Ninja” from the T.V. show “American Ninja Warrior.” Hanson was the first Inuit to compete on the physically demanding show requ…
 
The YWCA of Alaska recently named its 31st cohort of Women of Achievement. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we learn more about the mission and priorities of this organization as it has thrived through three decades. And, we meet and speak with several Women of Achievement to learn their story and hear their wisdom. As always, your questions and…
 
National and state elections were, and continue to be, major distractions from a global pandemic that is tightening its grip around Alaska. Congress and the President have failed to agree on a supplemental CARES Act to stabilize U.S. small business and residents facing evictions. On the next Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska, we’ll speak with local…
 
It seems as if the coronavirus COVID-19 is that unwanted guest who came for a three-day visit; eight months later its still taking up space in our mental spare bedroom. Evidence of its overstay range from long, difficult recoveries or death, to an economy that hit a brick wall and has yet to pick itself up off the floor. This is a difficult time. C…
 
Voters mark their ballots at Ketchikan’s Precinct No. 2 at The Plaza on Nov. 6, 2018. (Leila Kheiry/KRBD) This week on Addressing Alaskans we’re hearing a debate about Ballot Measure 2, regarding ranked-choice voting and campaign finance disclosures. Proponents say Alaskans need more options and transparency in their elections. Opponents say the in…
 
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline runs alongside the Dalton Highway near the Toolik Field Station on June 9, 2017, in the North Slope Borough. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk) This week on Addressing Alaskans we’re hearing a debate about Ballot Measure 1, the North Slope oil production tax increase initiative. Proponents say that oil compan…
 
This November 3, Alaskans will go to the polls to choose a president and congressional and state leaders. But there is more on the ballot. In Southcentral, part of the Third Judicial District, voters will see seven District Court judges on the ballot, eight Superior Court judges, one appellate judge and one serving on the Alaska Supreme Court. On t…
 
October 2-9, 2020 marks this year’s Alaska Book Week. Find a list of happenings here. While in-person events won’t be the norm, a slate of virtual opportunities await: Alaska Reads 2020: Join a Zoom discussion of “Find the Good” with author Heather Lende through your local library. List of participating libraries statewide on this poster. Anchorage…
 
Photo courtesy of Save Our Sisters Alaska, a multimedia statewide awareness campaign to reduce extreme rates of violence against women in Alaska. Created through Affinityfilms, Inc, a nonprofit media production company based in Alaska since 1982 focused on creating social issues media. Ten months ago, filmmaker Mary Katzke had an idea. Television i…
 
Polling place at City Hall in downtown Anchorage. (Alaska Public Media photo) On November 3, Alaskans will vote on Ballot Measure 2. The measure would enact ranked choice voting, open primaries and increased campaign finance transparency. This week on Addressing Alaskans we hear a local debate about the measure. We’ll also balance out an argument a…
 
Since mid-March 2020, the Alaska Court System has coped with the public health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic by delaying court proceedings. Altogether, the presiding judge has issued seven orders. The latest, Order No. 7, was issued August 27. It staggered the start dates of trials set to begin. Examples: trial calls currently set for September 2 w…
 
Image from the fbi.gov website dealing with protecting citizens from cyber crime. UPDATE after the broadcast: If you have a cyber crime to report, do so here: IC3.org If you wish to check on info breaches related to your email, check at haveibeenpwned.com FBI agents from the Anchorage field office will join us on the next Hometown Alaska to share s…
 
The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation recently held a virtual luncheon for their annual 3-Year Outlook. The event featured speakers and a presentation on how COVID-19 has affected the economy, a look at employment statistics and the Consumer Optimism Index. FULL PROGRAM: SPEAKERS: Anchorage Mayor Ethan Burkowitz AEDC Board Chair Lynn Rust …
 
Beth Baker on a winter bike ride, one of her Alaska passions. (Photo courtesy Beth Baker) Beth Baker came to Alaska at age 32, joining an Anchorage medical group as a pulmonary physician in 1982, staying with them for 36 years, through 2018. As she wrote in a letter to her patients, “Unfortunately, due to changes in the US medical system, it has be…
 
KL Marshall, originally from Texas but currently living in Alaska (thanks to COVID-19 shuttering her graduate school), is an academic writing her doctoral thesis at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity. Her topic is an examination of dispensationalism, a religious interpretation of the Bible that says biblical history is divided into eras…
 
Image by Mohamed Hassan, of Pixaby. Used with permission. Alaska has approximately 3,000 youth in foster care, and many of these young people have stepped forward to ask for a mentor. Their wish is for the steadying guidance of an adult as they exit the foster care safety net and take their first steps into independent adulthood. This transition to…
 
Portugal. The Man going at it. Visible from left are Zach Carothers, John Gourley and Eric Howk. (From Portugal. The Man website) There they are, as the January 28, 2018 Grammy night gets underway, doing a red-carpet interview, Zach and John. Their song, “Feel It Still,” written during a 45-minute break from working on “Live in the Moment,” was a s…
 
Screenshot from the ASD website. Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop was a guest on Hometown Alaska this week. We plan to discussed the COVID-19 community risk assessment and how ASD plans to respond depending on low or high risk, as well as School Resource Officers, the school district budget, and effects of the spring emergency closure versus school …
 
The logo for Story Works Alaska. HOST: Kathleen McCoy UPDATE August 3, 2020. The podcasts we sampled for this show are now published in full and available to the public. Find them here. According to Story Works Alaska’s own website, its mission is “to support youth voices through storytelling and writing workshops that develop skills, build resilie…
 
Police Chief Justin Doll, center, speaking about the Anchorage Police Department’s new crime suppression strategy at APD headquarters next to Capt. Ken McCoy, left, and Lt. Kevin Vandegriff, right. This image was taken in 2017, and officer McCoy is now Deputy Chief of Operations for APD. (Alaska Public Media) On June 15—in light of the killing of G…
 
Josephine in Chefornak, Alaska and Recho in Arua, Uganda became friends through an internship called “International Understanding in a time of COVID.” Both work in early childhood education, but their work and training has been put on hold by COVID. They shared how they are surviving during COVID. Recho began tailoring clothes; Josephine shared the…
 
Spenard Jazz Fest Messengers played tunes in a parking lot in front of a Cook Inlet Housing Authority residence on Spenard RoadJune 3, 2020 as a way to mitigate the isolation of senior citizens. Performing artists were Rick Zelinsky, saxophones; Mark Manners, guitars; Karl Wihelmi, bass; Barry Johnson, drums. Some listeners gathered in the parking …
 
Heather Lende Book number four, from Heather Lende, is about why and how people in small towns find a way—usually—to remain civil to one another. In “Of Bears and Ballots,” Lende tells the stories that bubbled (sometimes volcanoed) to the surface in Haines, Alaska while she served on the borough assembly there. A former logging town that now surviv…
 
Spruce tips photographed on a foraging walk through Jeanne Osnas’s lower Hillside neighborhood. (Photo by Kathleen McCoy) In this time of COVID-19, I am spending a lot of time outdoors. We are surely blessed with one of the greatest systems of hiking and walking trails, and they’ve become my daily go-to. This is where the idea for a Hometown Alaska…
 
Police Chief Justin Doll, center, speaking about the Anchorage Police Department’s new crime supression strategy at APD headquarters next to Capt. Ken McCoy, left, and Lt. Kevin Vandegriff, right. This image was taken in 2017, and officer McCoy is now Deputy Chief of Operations for APD. (Alaska Public Media) The tragic death of George Floyd beneath…
 
Loussac Library’s bright, newly remodeled facade. The library closed its doors during COVID-19, but served customers via online services. Beginning June 4 it began curbside service. What’s next for our public library? When and how will it reopen? The comfortable, reliable, always available public library took a whacking under COVID-19. The facility…
 
Photo courtesy of Anchorage Greens website. Alaskans take to growing flowers and food with vigor in our short growing season. And this year, with physical distancing thanks to the coronavirus, the backyard is a place to work and play safely. Hence, the family garden thrives. But our growing season is short and intense. It’s actually in December and…
 
Kevin Worrell of Parlor in the Round had a music performance event planned March 12, 2020. As he recalls, his team spent the morning wiring Bear Tooth Theatre Pub….when word came that Anchorage had shut down, thanks to the threat of the coronavirus. By 3 pm, just like that, they were pulling the plug. Event cancelled. For Spenard Jazz Fest, coronav…
 
Photo taken by Fhoki Kayamori. Kayamori was born in Tokyo in 1877. He arrived in Yakutat in 1912 and lived a quiet life as a seasonal worker at the Libby McNeil cannery. He was an amateur photographer and with a unique, unobtrusive style he produced an uncommon perspective of life in Yakutat at the height of Southeast Alaska’s salmon canning indust…
 
Screenshot from the home page of Alaska Land Sales, Division of Mining, Land and Water under the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The parcels pictured are located three miles NE of North Pole, Alaska and range from 5 to 13 acres with road access. Prices range from $63,300 to $38,600. My first question when I learned that Alaskans can still a…
 
From the Joint Media Engagement Project, shared through Creative Commons License. No, this is not a report detailing what a bad parent you are because you let your children play for hours on tablets, phones and home computers. Instead, it acknowledges that screens are a part of life for adults, juveniles and toddlers. How can a mom, checking her wo…
 
Every American institution and most aspects of everyday life are impacted by efforts to quell the spread of the coronavirus. Public schools are closed. Working parents share the kitchen table and the family WiFi with students studying at home. Telemedicine gets a huge boost as medical facilities try to keep caregivers and patients at arms length. C…
 
When Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed the state budget on April 7, it included funding vetoes for the university system, ferry service, Medicaid, school bond reimbursement and public radio. But unlike last year, the governor did not veto funding for the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Essentially, at least for now, the arts council is back. In this edit…
 
Image used from givingcompass.org, highlighting an article on the Pay for Success model as a vehicle for systems change. It is fair to say that before the coronavirus arrived to terrify us all, one public debate that has rankled and confounded Anchorage residents and policy makers is the rise of homelessness, including encampments along greenbelts,…
 
Sea-ice changes in recent years. A true-colour MODIS satellite image showing northern Bering and Chukchi sea-ice conditions on 2 June 2017. The red dotted lines denote the 1980–2010 ice-edge climatology for 2 June. Yellow stars denote locations of oceanographic moorings M8 and CEO. The inset locates the study region. Credit: NASA Worldview. The gue…
 
UPDATE: All candidates will participate by phone rather than gathering at Alaska Public Media studios, in response to social distancing requirements. Alaska Public Media’s RUNNING series featuring candidates for the April 7 Anchorage municipal election will air on Hometown Alaska over four episodes. School board candidates (March 16), and Assembly …
 
UPDATE: All candidates will participate by phone rather than gathering at the Alaska Public Media studios, in response to social distancing requirements. Alaska Public Media’s RUNNING series featuring candidates for the April 7 Anchorage municipal election will air on Hometown Alaska over four episodes. School board candidates appeared March 16; li…
 
Alaska Public Media’s RUNNING series featuring candidates for the April 7 Anchorage municipal election will air on Hometown Alaska over four episodes. School board candidates appeared on the show Monday, March 16. Find the episode here or on the RUNNING page. Tuesday, March 17: Anchorage Assembly candidates, Downtown and Eagle River Chugiak (see li…
 
Alaska Public Media’s RUNNING series featuring candidates for the April 7 Anchorage municipal election will air on Hometown Alaska over four episodes. Monday March 16: Anchorage School Board candidates (See list above) Tuesday March 17: Anchorage Assembly candidates, Downtown and Eagle River Chugiak Monday March 23: Anchorage Assembly candidates, W…
 
Alaska’s legal system can seem complex and confusing from the outside looking in. The purpose of today’s show is to make one sliver of the system more clear. We are looking at the role that magistrate judges play in the Alaska Court System. Map showing Alaska’s judicial districts and court locations, from the Alaska Court System. Alaska has four ju…
 
Current image from APU’s website. APU is a small liberal arts and sciences college located in the U-Med District, just east of UAA and north of the Alaska Native Medical Center. It’s known for many things, including training Olympic-calibre skiers, public venues for concerts and community events, and an Early Honors program that allows high school …
 
Logo for the Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards For more than a decade and a half, the Rasmuson Foundation has stood with Alaskan artists. Their Individual Artist Awards (IAA) nourish the artist because the foundation believes artists nourish the state. Since 2004 through 2019, the foundation has granted 516 individual artist award grants…
 
When parents have difficulty in life and marriage, the trouble is not isolated to the couple. New understandings about brain development and childhood trauma, called ACES or adverse childhood experiences, has lead doctors and researchers to a much fuller understanding of the lifelong psychological and physical impacts children may experience from s…
 
Not what you want to see in front of you on the road! Mama and baby moose crossing as you speed toward them. This is a still from a video taken by an APD dash camera. See the full video below. Courtesy of APD and Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Bears get all the scare glory. Somehow, we humans tend to overlook an important fact in Alaska: more hu…
 
Cover of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporations 2020 Economic Forecast. While the Anchorage economy might be improving, a new report calls 2020 “a mixed bag.” On this episode of Addressing Alaskans we’re hearing the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s 2020 economic forecast. We’ll also hear the results of the Anchorage Business Co…
 
Discouraging reading scores and a K-3 statewide policy to improve Alaska’s scores is one of the hot topics in Juneau these days. Governor Mike Dunleavy and Senator Tom Begich have joined forces in a nonpartisan goal to put the state on track. Alaska students need to improve reading capacity. It’s a lifelong skill that opens doors to all other porta…
 
Here’s one for bikers and trail walkers: Arctic Boulevard is slated to get a new culvert under the road to better manage Chester Creek flooding near Valley of the Moon Park. (Photo courtesy MOA Project Management & Engineering) As a bike commuter, the culvert under Arctic Valley Boulevard often has been an exciting transit opportunity. I have rolle…
 
At least two legal agencies work to protect the civil rights of Alaskans. Today’s show will look at the particular missions of the Northern Justice Project and the ACLU Alaska, with this question in mind: who or what issue would go underrepresented in court if it were not for the unique missions of these two agencies. From the NJP website: “Founded…
 
A slide from Mouhcine Guettabi’s presentation from December 10. (Courtesy of Alaska Common Ground) What Alaskans want for their state’s economic future can be as varied as the population itself. Can we continue relying on oil revenues or do we need to further diversify our economy? What kind of pressure can the Permanent Fund take? In this panel di…
 
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