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Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

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John Will and his sculpture, "One Man's Trash..." Hillman/KSKA

Kinetic Energy, A Ball and An Unlikely Path to Art

An Eagle River man started with a pile of junk, a roll of wire, and an obsession, and ten years later, ended up with art. The ball obstacle course is on display in downtown Anchorage.

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June 9, 2015
Map from the BLM. The patents on the red area have expired. The "for school purposes only" patents on the blue and yellow areas have not. The orange line indicates the location of the proposed road.

U-Med Road Developers Need Permission from BLM Because of Land Patents

The original land patents for some of UAA’s land restrict its use “for school purposes only” and could impact the U-Med District Access Road.

June 5, 2015
Mike Bonito poses with his donuts at The Kobuk. Hillman/KSKA

National Donut Day brings wide attention to local baker

The Kobuk’s old fashioned donuts were highlighted by Huffington Post as one of the best in the nation.

June 5, 2015
Repsol announces significant oil find on North Slope — nearly 6,700 barrels per day

Repsol announces significant oil find on North Slope — nearly 6,700 barrels per day

The Spanish oil company Repsol has confirmed that two of their North Slope test wells could produce up to 2.4 million barrels of oil per year. The prospect is near the Colville Delta, north of Nuiqsut.

June 3, 2015
Urban gatherers find free salads outside their doors

Urban gatherers find free salads outside their doors

Looking for salad ingredients? Want a new type of tea? No need to head to the store, just look outside your door–even if you live in the middle of the city. Some Anchorage residents are urban gatherers.

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June 3, 2015
ASD To Revise Suspension Policy

ASD To Revise Suspension Policy

The Anchorage School Board passed the first reading of a new suspension policy on Monday evening, but they plan to delve deeper into the issue later this summer.

June 1, 2015

The purpose and history of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend

Today, we’re talking about the Permanent Fund. Some House Republicans want to move some of the fund’s earnings into the body of the fund so it can’t be touched. Others are tossing around the idea of using the Permanent Fund as collateral for earning more money for the General Fund. Is this what the Fund is for? So, we’re taking a step back and looking at the history of the Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend.

KSKA: Friday, 5/29, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/29, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 29, 2015
#StickFigureAK uses art to spark community

#StickFigureAK uses art to spark community

A new statewide art initiative inspire every one of every ability to express themselves through stick figures.

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May 28, 2015
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