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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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Middle school teachers upset over pay inequities

Anchorage Middle School teachers are upset about pay and workload inequities between elective teachers and core subject teachers and the divisions it’s causing in the schools.

January 30, 2015
Project Homeless Connect connects vulnerable communities with services

Project Homeless Connect connects vulnerable communities with services

More than 1,000 Anchorage residents experience homelessness every year. Though Anchorage has dozens of agencies to help people, reaching them all is difficult. In comes Project Homeless Connect.

January 28, 2015

Proposed ASD budget includes 24 new teachers

The Anchorage School District’s proposed $770 million budget for next year includes 24 new teaching positions and only cuts four administrative positions.

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January 26, 2015

Anchorage 6th graders staying put

Anchorage sixth graders are not moving schools. The Anchorage School Board voted on Monday to keep the school structure the same.

January 26, 2015
Alaska Air Guardsman Capt. Johh Romspert, a 212th Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, prepares to be lowered via hoist out of an HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopter during a training mission held near Mount Susitna Dec. 16. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Balinda O’Neal)

AK: Rescue Training

In 2014, Alaska’s Air National Guard rescued more than 90 people. They picked up individuals from downed aircrafts, snow machines that fell through ice, and lost hikers in the wilderness.

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January 23, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court Building. Photo by Kjetil Ree, via Wikimedia Commons

Supreme Court agrees to hear same-sex marriage cases; Alaska’s appeal on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear four same-sex marriage cases and will rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans by early summer. This does not have immediate impacts on the legality of same-sex marriage in Alaska.

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January 16, 2015

Anchorage tourism numbers up, expected to continue

2014 was a record year for tourism in Southcentral Alaska according to Visit Anchorage. The organization predicts 2015 might be just as good.

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January 15, 2015
Making walking in Anchorage safer

Making walking in Anchorage safer

Nearly 8 percent of Alaskans walk to work. It’s the highest rate in the nation according to American Community Survey data. The national average is only 2.8 percent. But the state is also ranked #3 for the rate of pedestrian deaths. Three people have been killed in Anchorage the past month. So what’s happening to help keep walkers safe?

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January 14, 2015
Legislators take comments in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library.

Anchorage Legislators consider ways to cut capital costs

Before heading to Juneau, Anchorage Legislators are listening to community input on ways to cut state spending.

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January 10, 2015
The Anderson House Museum player piano. Hillman/KSKA

Touring A Historic Anchorage Building

Anchorage turns 100 this year. And one of the city’s first permanent homes was the Oscar Anderson House downtown.

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January 7, 2015
Fish Skin Art Combines Past with Present

Fish Skin Art Combines Past with Present

Native Alaskans and other people of the north have tanned fish skins for centuries to make bags, shoes, and other useful items. Now fish skin leather is appearing on high-end products from Prada, Nike, and Dior. Commercially produced salmon leather is made in mass in Europe and Chile, but in Alaska, it’s still made by hand, one fish at time.

December 24, 2014
Do I Need to Rinse This? A Look Inside City Recycling

Do I Need to Rinse This? A Look Inside City Recycling

The rules about what you can and can’t put into a recycle bin can be confusing, but they have a reason. Here’s a quick primer on the basics of recycling.

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December 22, 2014
Lilly shops with Officer Bonnie Charles for Christmas presents for herself and her family. Hillman/KSKA

Shop with a Cop highlights family homelessness in Anchorage

For the past 15 years, the Anchorage police and firefighters have donated money to the Shop with a Cop program. It gives disadvantaged children the chance to buy gifts for themselves and their family members for Christmas. But it also highlights a problem in Anchorage – families experiencing homelessness.

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December 21, 2014

Anchorage School Board puts money into savings, Rilke Schule facility

ASD will put $17 million aside for next year’s budget, $2 million to help Rilke Schule construct a building, and $4 million to help with classroom crowding during the second semester.

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December 16, 2014
Akeela's celebration cake for their 40th anniversary. Hillman/KSKA

Akeela House celebrates 40 years of successful sobriety treatments

The Akeela House in Anchorage turned 40 this year. It’s one of Anchorage’s oldest substance use treatment facilities. Now it has programs in communities and prisons across the state. Former clients say it still delivers a message of hope.

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December 12, 2014
ASD Charter Schools Need Facilities; School Board Considering Proposal

ASD Charter Schools Need Facilities; School Board Considering Proposal

Charter schools in Anchorage are struggling with a facilities problem. The schools are part of the Anchorage School District, but they have to find and pay for their own buildings. And it’s really hard to find empty schools or pay to build new ones. Now the Anchorage School Board is discussing a potential solution.

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December 11, 2014
A screenshot of  the Angry Birds tutorial from an Hour of Code.

Elementary students learn an Hour of Code

Susitna Elementary students joined over 52 million others around the world to learn about computer programming through the Hour of Code.

December 8, 2014

NAACP to host peaceful rally remembering Mike Brown, Eric Garner

The Anchorage NAACP is hosting a peaceful rally on Saturday in memory of two unarmed African-American men who were killed by police in the lower 48 over the summer. NAACP President Wanda Laws says Alaskans need to be part of the national dialogue about race relations and police actions.

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December 5, 2014
(Photo by Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage)

AK: Drumline

Imagine you’re in middle school. You don’t love math or history or any other subject. But there’s this thing you look forward to everyday after school. It’s called drumline. And a teacher at Clark Middle School thinks it can help kids learn about music and teach them some other skills too.

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December 5, 2014
Traditional gut sewing at the Anchorage Museum

Traditional gut sewing at the Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum is hosting three Alaska Native artists this week. They are teaching students and others about gut sewing, a traditional skill still used today to make rain gear. They’re also learning about the craft from each other and from historical items in the museum’s collection. Mary Tunuchuk talks about the process.

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December 3, 2014