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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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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
Historical Gardening in Alaska

Historical Gardening in Alaska

Picture Alaska 100 years ago – the open tundra, the dense forests – and the gardens. We’re looking at the state’s horticultural past with guests from the Alaska Botanical Gardens. We’ll talkabout historical planting methods and how they can still be used today.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/7 at 10:00 a.m.

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April 3, 2015

Alaska signs brief supporting same-sex marriage bans

Alaska’s Attorney General has signed on to an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court that says same-sex marriage bans should be upheld.

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April 2, 2015
Two former middle school teachers vie for ASD School Board Seat F

Two former middle school teachers vie for ASD School Board Seat F

Two former middle school teachers are vying for Anchorage School Board Seat F. Incumbent Tam Agosti-Gisler and opponent David Nees both spent more than two decades in the classroom and want to use their first-hand knowledge to shape district decisions.

April 2, 2015
Anchorage community members protest education budget cuts

Anchorage community members protest education budget cuts

About 60 community members gathered outside of the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage Wednesday evening to protest proposed cuts to education funding.

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April 1, 2015
School Board Seat G candidates Starr Marsett (L) and Elisa Snelling (R).

Candidates for open ASD School Board Seat G bring financial experiences, different priorities

Elisa Snelling and Starr Marsett are competing for Seat G, which is being vacated by Natasha Von Imhof. The two candidates both bring passion but with very different focuses.

April 1, 2015
School Board Seat E candidates have similar passions, different backgrounds

School Board Seat E candidates have similar passions, different backgrounds

Incumbent Kathleen Plunkett and challenger Derrick Slaughter, who are vying for Anchorage School Board Seat E, have a surprising amount in common.

March 31, 2015
Alaska’s Housing Issues

Alaska’s Housing Issues

Only 10 percent percent of the people in Alaska who experience homelessness are chronically homeless. Families and individuals often become homeless because they lost their jobs or the cost of housing is too high. So what can we do about it?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/31 at 10:00am

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March 27, 2015

Alaska’s Housing Issue

Only 10 percent percent of the people in Alaska who experience homelessness are chronically homeless. Families and individuals often become homeless because they lost their jobs or the cost of housing is too high. So what can we do about it?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/31 at 10:00am

March 27, 2015
Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin’s Law was recently introduced again in the state legislature. It would mandate all public schools to teach sexual abuse prevention curriculum to all students grades K-12. It also requires education and awareness for teachers.

KSKA: Friday, 3/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 3/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 4:30pm

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March 27, 2015
DOT diverts $1.3M meant for Anchorage bike infrastructure to other projects

DOT diverts $1.3M meant for Anchorage bike infrastructure to other projects

More than $1 million originally planned for Anchorage bike infrastructure in 2012 is now being allocated for use on other road projects instead.

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March 23, 2015
(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Diversity In Anchorage

Today’s topic is diversity in Anchorage. We’ll start with how the community and the state became home to so many people from different cultures then dive into what that means for Anchorage today – how do we maintain our cultural diversity while also building a healthy, unified community.

KSKA: Friday, 3/20 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 3/20 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 4:30pm

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March 20, 2015
Lecture Addresses Food, Conflict, and Culture

Lecture Addresses Food, Conflict, and Culture

Is food a source of comfort–or division? How can it be used to spark conversations about global conflicts? Those are the questions Anita Mannur is asking in her upcoming talk called “Kitchens in Crisis” at UAA.

March 18, 2015
Out North Re-opens with “A Perfect Arrangement”

Out North Re-opens with “A Perfect Arrangement”

After a two year hiatus, Out North Theater in Anchorage has re-opened. And their newest show harks back to their beginnings–raising awareness of new artists and social issues.

March 18, 2015

ASD asks legislature not to cut funds

The Anchorage School Board is asking the state legislature to restore one-time school grant funds to the state’s budget. The house passed a budget that removed $32 million late last week.

March 16, 2015

Proposed Arctic Drilling Regs Take Holistic Look At Safety

The heads of the two federal agencies in charge of off-shore oil and gas drilling visited Alaska last week to discuss proposed safety regulations for drilling in the Arctic. They spoke with stakeholders in Anchorage and around the North Slope, including hosting a town hall meeting in Barrow.

March 16, 2015

Lease Sale 193 Decision Expected Late March

Secretary of Interior will issue a Record of Decision on Chukchi Lease Sale 193 by the end of March. It will determine if Shell can proceed with its drilling plans for the region this summer.

March 16, 2015

49 Voices: Tom James Greg Tomaganuk of Scammon Bay

Now it’s time for 49 voices. This week we will hear from a high school student from the western Alaska village of Scammon Bay. Tom James Greg Tomaganuk is from Scammon Bay. He was in Anchorage recently for the Academic Decathalon. 49 voices is AK’s attempt to put every Alaskan on the radio.

March 13, 2015

Voices on Homelessness seeks solutions to region-wide problem

Treating people who experience homelessness like people could help solve the problem. That was one of the solutions discussed by a group of community members who met on Saturday for the Northern Voices on Homelessness conference in Anchorage.

March 9, 2015