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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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AK: An 80-Year Love Affair With Wildflowers Still Blossoms

AK: An 80-Year Love Affair With Wildflowers Still Blossoms

Eighty years ago Verna Pratt was more comfortable with the violets and buttercups of rural Massachusetts than with people. But her early affection for flowers led her on an unexpected path to notoriety more than 3,000 miles away.

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July 24, 2015

Deceased man found near downtown Anchorage

A fourth man in less than two weeks was found dead outside in Anchorage on Thursday late afternoon. The man, who has not been identified by the Anchorage Police Department, was near 3rd Avenue and Karluk Street close to where one man was found last week.

July 23, 2015
The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee listens to a report on how to improve the school funding formula. Hillman/KSKA

Legislature Reconsiders How to Distribute Public School Funding

The state’s Legislative Budget and Audit Committee is examining how education funding is distributed. A new study doesn’t look at how much money districts should get. Instead, it asks if all the districts are being treated fairly.

July 22, 2015
Need for Food Assistance on the Rise as Alaskans Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Need for Food Assistance on the Rise as Alaskans Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Every week in 2014, nearly 6,300 households received free food from food pantries and other programs in Alaska. At some point, most of them had to choose between food or transportation, rent, medical care, or heat. And data from the United Way shows that the need is rising statewide. For some, mobile food pantries help close the budget gap.

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July 20, 2015
Dept. of Revenue Report: Oil Tax Credits Are A Poor Investment for Alaska

Dept. of Revenue Report: Oil Tax Credits Are A Poor Investment for Alaska

Are North Slope oil tax credits a good investment for the State of Alaska? That’s the question asked by a recent report from the Department of Revenue. The researchers answer: No, not compared to other options. But some experts say the paper doesn’t give the tax credits a fair shake.

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July 9, 2015
Clients say bullying is a problem at Brother Francis Shelter, agency is following up

Clients say bullying is a problem at Brother Francis Shelter, agency is following up

Clients of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage are agitating for change. They are frustrated with the way they are being treated at the shelter and with some of the policies. Catholic Social Services, which runs the shelter, is trying to work with them to improve the situation.

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July 8, 2015
49 Voices: Diane Timberlake of Anchorage

49 Voices: Diane Timberlake of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Diane Timberlake of Fairbanks.

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July 3, 2015

Challenges and successes for Alaska’s LGBTQ community

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. But in the same week, the rainbow flag was burned outside of Identity, Anchorage’s LGBT community center. In these fast changing times, what challenges and successes are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities facing here in Alaska?

KSKA: Friday, 7/3, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7/4, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 7/3, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7/4, at 4:30 p.m.
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July 3, 2015
Uncle Leroy's Coffee parked at the Muldoon Farmers Market. Hillman/KSKA

Psychologist Follows Slow-Roasted, Highly Caffeinated Dream

Austin Schwartz pours green coffee beans into a pan and sets a timer. For the next 8 minutes, he slowly shuffles them around. The inside of the bus is open and simple. A few of the original 1960s era benches flank the sides of a coffee counter where a teakettle sits on one corner. A two-burner propane stove stands against a wall.

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July 1, 2015
Participants at the Mt. View Street Fair watch performers. Hillman/KSKA

Mt. View Neighborhood Plan pulls together community ideas for a better place to live

The Mountain View Community Council is putting the finishing touches on their neighborhood plan. It’s a targeted vision for making the city’s most diverse neighborhood a place people want to stay for the long-term.

June 29, 2015
Muldoon Farmers Market highlights need for community space

Muldoon Farmers Market highlights need for community space

Muldoon’s first farmers market unites community in quest for more gathering spaces.

June 29, 2015

Hip-hop bringing positive change to Anchorage

Hip hop is more than just music and dance. It’s a culture. And for some people in Alaska it’s a way to bring positive change to the community.

KSKA: Friday, 6/26, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 6/26, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 4:30 p.m.
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June 26, 2015
Debra Burt shows off her latest collage. Hillman/KSKA

Sparc! Gives Artists A Way to Communicate When They May Otherwise Be Silent

Sparc! studio blends in with the line of shops and galleries in downtown Anchorage, but behind the displays of vivid paintings and sculptures, artists are learning more than just creative expression.

June 25, 2015
Diane Timberlake says testing for HIV is a healthy choice. Photo courtesy of family.

HIV Testing Opens Doors, Disease Still A Problem in Alaska

After being diagnosed HIV while serving in prison, Diane Timberlake overcame stigmas to teach others about the importance of testing and living life with HIV.

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June 24, 2015
Innovative Summer School Class Helps Students Succeed, Together

Innovative Summer School Class Helps Students Succeed, Together

What happens when you throw a mix of middle school kids who all learn at different levels into one class then hand them a couple of college-level texts? An innovative, collaborative approach to teaching that gets students to pay attention.

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June 23, 2015

Fighting Alaska’s wildfires

Fires ripped through Southcentral Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula this week, destroying structures and triggering evacuations. As the fires calm down, people are starting to head home. This week on Alaska Edition we’ll talk about fighting fires and taking the next steps toward recovery.

KSKA: Friday, 6/19, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/20, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 6/19, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/20, at 4:30 p.m.

June 19, 2015
Allison Warden models the beginnings of her whaling suit. Hillman/KSKA

Zip Tie Polar Bears Adorn The Place of the Future-Ancient

How do you connect with the past and the future at the same time? For one artist, the start is through polar bear hides made of zip ties and an ancient Inupiaq whaling suit made of flexible plastic mesh. Allison Warden speaks about her newest project, The Place of the Future-Ancient.

June 18, 2015
Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Update: Wednesday, June 17. 5:45 pm.

Lightning strikes are thought to be the cause of two new fires that started Tuesday near the Kenai Peninsula community of Cooper Landing. Both fires are at zero percent containment and power lines have been shut off near the larger fire.

June 17, 2015
Sockeye Fire Holds Steady on Tuesday, Little New Acreage

Sockeye Fire Holds Steady on Tuesday, Little New Acreage

Lack of wind helped the Sockeye Fire hold steady on Tuesday with little new acreage added, but the fire is still not contained.

June 17, 2015
Alaska's revenue and savings forecast if no new income is added.

Crowd-Sourcing Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Most models show all of the state’s reserves will be used up by 2021, if not sooner. The solution? You decide. The governor is crowd-sourcing possible answers through an interactive budget model that turns the problem into a game.

June 15, 2015