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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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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

ASD seeking solutions to staff morale, hiring and retention problems

Financial uncertainty at the Anchorage School District is leading to morale problems and an inability to attract qualified teachers. The School Board is looking for solutions.

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December 2, 2014

Anchorage charter schools seeking facilities, school board discussing solutions

The Anchorage School District is considering ways to help charter schools find permanent facilities. ASD has six facility-based charter schools and one more that’s petitioning for creation. Most of them are have difficulty finding and paying for adequate building space, especially the German immersion program, Rilke Schule, and the proposed math, science, and arts middle school.

December 1, 2014
Alaskan Writers Push to Finish a Novel in a Month

Alaskan Writers Push to Finish a Novel in a Month

Nearly 500 Alaskans are trying to write a novel this month. An entire novel. They’re participating in November National Novel Writing Month, a worldwide movement aimed at getting people writing. Some of the writers gathered at Anchorage’s Loussac Public Library.

November 28, 2014
People gathered in downtown Anchorage to show their solidarity with the community of Ferguson, Missouri.

Anchorage Residents Demonstrate in Solidarity with Ferguson, MO

About 25 people stood on the corner of C and 7th in downtown Anchorage holding signs reading “Black lives matter” and “His name was Michael Brown.” They gathered to stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in August was acquitted earlier this week.

November 26, 2014
Design Challenge encourages innovative solutions for Cabin Fever

Design Challenge encourages innovative solutions for Cabin Fever

As the state is cloaked in darkness and cold, cabin fever starts to set in. But some Alaskans think they can fight winter’s scourge by reinventing the spaces we inhabit. The Alaska Design Forum is hosting a challenge to get community members and designers to reconsider the cabin of the future.

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November 26, 2014
“Frost” Brings Art Seekers into Anchorage Parks

“Frost” Brings Art Seekers into Anchorage Parks

Frost is one of Anchorage’s newest public art projects. It’s a scavenger hunt with photo clues that lead you to a place where the artists have mixed lights and film into a temporary art piece. We went on a quest to find the newest installation.

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November 24, 2014

ASD budget surplus indicator of unfilled positions

The Anchorage School District spent less money than they planned during the first quarter of this year. If that trend continues, they’ll have an extra $22 million left over by the end of June 2015. Much of the savings come from the district’s difficulty in hiring and retaining highly-experienced teachers and staff. ASD is spending less than planned on salaries and benefits.

November 20, 2014

Community gives input on Anchorage plan to end homelessness

The municipality is developing a new community plan to end homelessness in Anchorage. During a listening session held Wednesday evening, about 20 people gathered to discuss possible solutions to the decades old problem, including involving more local government and making services more efficient.

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November 19, 2014
Benita Lozano shows off her new heater. Hillman/KSKA

Weatherization program brings energy savings and safety

The state’s weatherization program began in 1978, during the energy crisis, and continues to help families deal with ever-rising energy costs. Weatherizing means making heating systems more efficient and plugging up the holes in a home to keep the heat inside. But it’s not just about economics, it’s about safety.

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November 19, 2014
Students call for action, public comment on U-Med Access Road

Students call for action, public comment on U-Med Access Road

Students at the University of Alaska – Anchorage are trying to motivate their classmates and the community to get informed about a controversial proposed infrastructure project — the U-Med District Northern Access Road. They say the public still has a chance to shape the project’s future because it’s not a done deal.

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November 14, 2014

ENSTAR rates to hold nearly steady for 7 months, prices similar to last winter

Enstar gas prices won’t change much for the next 7 months. Rates will hold steady at just under 78 cents per hundred cubic feet starting in January. That’s 5 and half cents over current rates and about the same as last winter. For an average household on an average month, that’s a $6.70 increase.

November 13, 2014
Workers at the Division of Elections scan early, question, and absentee ballots. Hillman/KSKA

Claman increases lead in House District 21 race

Democrat Matt Claman has pulled further ahead of his opponent, Republican Anand Dubey, in the House District 21 race. The Division of Elections started counting absentee and question ballots Tuesday afternoon. Claman is now ahead by 86 votes.

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November 11, 2014

ASD asks state legislators for new education funding formula

The Anchorage School District made their case for increasing state education funding to legislators during a luncheon Thursday. With the current funding formula, the district projects they will cut 720 jobs over the next three years. Class sizes will increase to about 10 more students per class than evidence-based research recommends.

November 6, 2014

Election signs find new homes under flooring, in chicken coops

Election day is over and political signs are disappearing from yards and intersections. But where do they go? To be reused or recycled.

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November 6, 2014
Anchorage Voters Repeal AO-37, Return Many Incumbents

Anchorage Voters Repeal AO-37, Return Many Incumbents

Anchorage voters repealed AO-37, the controversial labor law, during Tuesday’s election. They returned many incumbents and also sent some new Republicans to the state legislature as well.

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November 5, 2014
Vote No on 1 supporters

Anchorage voters overturn AO-37, support most incumbents

Anchorage voters repealed AO-37, the controversial labor law, during Tuesday’s election. They returned many incumbents and also sent some new Republicans to the state legislature as well.

November 5, 2014
Anchorage Voters Motivated by Different Causes

Anchorage Voters Motivated by Different Causes

A steady stream of voters filed into Airport Heights Elementary in Anchorage this morning to cast their ballots. From life-long voters to first-timers, they had different reasons.

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November 4, 2014
Mallott brings principles, finance experience to Lt. Gov. race

Mallott brings principles, finance experience to Lt. Gov. race

Byron Mallott has held many positions in his 71 years. He was the CEO of the Permanent Fund, the CEO of Sealaska, the president of AFN, and even briefly held the mayor’s seat in both Yakutat and Juneau. Now, he’s running for lieutenant governor.

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November 3, 2014