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Protesters at the LIO in downtown Anchorage. Hillman/KSKA

Protests continue outside LIO over education funding and medicaid expansion

Alaskans express their frustration at the legislature about education funding through song.

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May 27, 2015
Brianna McMillen shows off her breaking skills. Hillman/KSKA

Summit builds community through hip hop culture and history

Hip Hop is more than just music and dancing; it’s a culture based on bringing people together. That was the message during this weekend’s All Tribes Hip Hop Cultural Heritage Summit at Begich Middle School in East Anchorage.

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May 24, 2015
Data show positive skill-building improves Anchorage youth behavior

Data show positive skill-building improves Anchorage youth behavior

Newly compiled data shows kids in Anchorage are better behaved than they were 20 years ago. A comparison of data from 1995 and 2013 shows teenagers are participating in fewer risky behaviors like smoking, drinking, and unprotected sex. And it may be because we’re relating to kids differently.

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May 21, 2015
Chester Creek Trail To Close This Summer for Repaving

Chester Creek Trail To Close This Summer for Repaving

Parts of the Chester Creek Trail will be closed for most of the summer starting on Tuesday while it’s being repaved and improved.

May 21, 2015
‘Seeking the Source’ of Anchorage’s Trails and Their Community

‘Seeking the Source’ of Anchorage’s Trails and Their Community

People traveling on the Chester Creek Trail in midtown Anchorage this week might notice a group wandering about in Kelly green vests and sashes adorned with a distinctive merit badge. They aren’t overgrown Girl Scouts; they’re artists who are “Seeking the Source” of the trail and it’s role in the community.

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May 20, 2015
Anchorage mayor-elect announces community-driven transition process

Anchorage mayor-elect announces community-driven transition process

Anchorage Mayor-Elect Ethan Berkowitz is developing a plan to transition into his new role. He says it will be created by a group of community leaders in his transition team and use input from public discussions and town hall-style meetings.

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May 19, 2015

Suspect arrested for attack on biker on Chester Creek Trail

A man biking to work along the Chester Creek trail near the Goose Lake overpass was assaulted by a group of three young men on Monday morning and struck in the face by a thick branch.

May 19, 2015

Parents Sue ASD Over Vague Suspension Notification Policies

Two families are suing the Anchorage School District for illegal suspension practices. The mothers say that the suspension notices the district sends out don’t include the full reasons for the suspensions, just simplified codes like “74-Dangerous Actions” or “14-Willful Disobedience.”

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May 15, 2015
AK: Biking a Century

AK: Biking a Century

Have you ever thought about biking one hundred miles in one go? KSKA’s Anne Hillman did, so she signed up for the Clean Air Challenge. It’s a bike ride the American Lung Association hosts every year to raise money for education and research on lung disease. At first Anne was in it more for the challenge of the ride than for the cause. But then something happened along the way.

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May 15, 2015

How can Alaska solve its fiscal crisis?

We’ve been hearing for months about Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The budget is being cut and we’ll have to dip into reserves. Some economists predict that the state will run out of savings in less than a decade. But is there an alternative? Can the state make money for the general fund from sources other than oil revenue? Some economists say yes.

KSKA: Friday, 5/15, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 15, 2015
Image courtesy of Anchorage Youth Development Coalition.

Coalition Uses A Data-Driven Approach To Find Behavioral Health Solutions

Anchorage organizations are using the wealth of data about youth behavioral health to develop local, community-relevant solutions for things like substance use and suicide.

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May 12, 2015
Graduating 5th grade with a javelin toss

Graduating 5th grade with a javelin toss

As the school year wraps up, some fifth graders are preparing to move from protective elementary schools to more grown-up middle schools. For the area’s Waldorf school students, that transition includes spears and hand embroidered tunics at the tri-school Greek Pentathalon.

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May 7, 2015
Program providing housing, life skills helps youth succeed

Program providing housing, life skills helps youth succeed

Research shows that kids who age out of the foster care system are less likely to finish high school, find jobs, or go to college. But one organization in Anchorage is trying to change the outcome for former foster kids and other young adults who need to learn the skills to live independently.

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May 6, 2015
Anchorage School Board amends budget, moves charter school facility money to save teaching jobs

Anchorage School Board amends budget, moves charter school facility money to save teaching jobs

The Anchorage School Board amended their budget to account for proposed legislative funding cuts.

May 4, 2015

Building A Community, One Story At A Time

Think about being sixteen, in high school, and standing in front of a group of friends and strangers telling a story. Your story. That’s what a new Anchorage organization called StoryWorks is teaching local students to do–and helping them build community at the same time.

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May 4, 2015
Maeva Ordaz. Photo courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Anchorage senior wins national Poetry Out Loud competition

West Anchorage High Senior Maeva Ordaz won the national Poetry Out Loud competition this week in Washington DC. It’s the first time an Alaskan has both reached the finals and won.

May 1, 2015
Superintendent Ed Graff discusses budget amendments due to $16.7 million funding cut. Hillman/KSKA

ASD’s revised budget cuts 57 filled positions

The Anchorage School District plans to cut 57 currently-filled positions next year because of a $16.7 million funding cut from the state legislature. They will also eliminate the pilot programs but keep sports.

April 30, 2015
Regan Brooks teaches about storytelling as Service High student Kevin Goodman listens. Hillman/KSKA

Story Works Alaska gives high schoolers a voice

Think about being sixteen, in high school, and standing in front of a group of friends and strangers telling a story. Your story. That’s what a new Anchorage organization called Story Works Alaska is teaching local students to do while helping them build community at the same time.

April 29, 2015
Signs posted around Town Square Park protesting budget cuts to education. Hillman/KSKA

Alaska PTA, community speaks out against education funding cuts

Community members and education groups, like Alaska PTA, organized in Anchorage to speak out against public education funding cuts.

April 29, 2015

Anchorage Nepalese community reacts to quake

Anchorage’s 80-member Nepalese community is trying to reach out to family members still in Nepal.

April 27, 2015