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Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

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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
At the low end, prevention measures costs the State of Alaska $9 per point of contact. Intensive substance abuse treatment costs $49,502 per person on average. Chart courtesy of the Division of Behavioral Health, DHSS.

The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land

In spite of high substance abuse rates across Alaska, state officials and non-profit workers see policy measures are dove-tailing with new evidence that perceptions about drinking are starkly different from realities on the ground.

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April 24, 2015
The two young women show their matching tattoos. Hillman/KSKA

The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth, Together

This week we’re exploring the Blind Spot, it’s a focus on the teens who are abusing substances but aren’t being caught by the system that’s set up to help them. In this story, KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with two young women who are relying on each other rather than an organization to end their methamphetamine addiction.

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April 23, 2015
The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center

The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center

If you’re a teenager in Anchorage struggling with homelessness, hunger, or addiction there are few places to turn. One of the few organizations in Anchorage helping at-risk teens on their own terms is hidden in plain sight in one of the city’s busiest buildings.

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April 22, 2015
The Blind Spot: A System of Order Over Chaos

The Blind Spot: A System of Order Over Chaos

This week Alaska Public Media is exploring the Blind Spot – how youth who are part of and outside of the juvenile justice system are getting help for substance abuse. One option is residential treatment, like the kind offered through the ARCH program in Eagle River, which Anne Hillman toured with one young resident.

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April 21, 2015
The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics

The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics

In Anchorage, the number of criminal offenses by minors referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice has dropped by nearly half in the past decade for almost every offense type – except severe drug and alcohol offenses. That number has stayed fairly steady. In fact, as a share of the whole, substance abuse cases in Anchorage are up, although as a share of the total they are proportionately small. But the numbers only tell part of the story.

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April 20, 2015
Student protesters asking  the legislature to increase education funding. Hillman/KSKA

Anchorage Students Rally Against Education Funding Cuts

More than 150 high school students walked out of class Thursday afternoon to attend an impromptu rally at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.

April 16, 2015

Petitioners ask Governor to Stop Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Bans

More than 1,200 sign a petition asking Gov. Walker and Attorney General Craig Richards to remove Alaska from an amicus brief.

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April 16, 2015

Tax-Related Identity Theft Increasing

Have you filed your taxes yet? Tax day is just a few days away. And the state’s consumer protection unit is warning it’s seeing an increase in a new type of tax time scam- tax-related identity theft. That’s where thieves use your personal information to file for a tax refund with the IRS before you get a chance to submit your taxes.

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April 13, 2015
AK: Exploring Identity

AK: Exploring Identity

More than 90 languages are spoken in Anchorage. And one resident is trying to learn – and teach – about every single one as part of a new podcast. KSKA’s Anne Hillman found out the project comes from his desire to discover the diversity of his own background.

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April 10, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election

Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election

Unofficial results show Ethan Berkowitz leading the mayoral race with 37 percent of the vote. But because Berkowitz didn’t take 45 percent, he’ll be in a run off with Amy Demboski, who, with about a quarter of the total votes, was the second place candidate.

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April 8, 2015

Anchorage School Board considers wide-ranging budget cuts

The Anchorage School Board is discussing the possible ways to cut $29.4 million from their budget for next year, and plan to prioritize protecting classroom instruction.

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April 6, 2015
Dancers perform at Northway Mall at community potluck. Hillman/KSKA

Community potluck shows support for local refugees

Well attended community gathering shows immigrants and refugees they are welcome in Anchorage.

April 5, 2015