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Dave Waldron, APRN - Anchorage

Banned Books Week: ‘Captain Underpants’ Tops List Filled With Literary Classics

Banned Books Week: ‘Captain Underpants’ Tops List Filled With Literary Classics

Sunday marked the beginning of banned books week, and Loussac Librarian Stacia McGourty says this week is a huge deal for her profession.

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September 23, 2014
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First-Time Forager’s Hunt For Mushrooms In Alaska’s Urban Wilderness

Today we’re hunting for mushrooms. Now you may have heard radio stories about mushroom foragers or mushroom experts, but Heidi Drygas is neither of those. Drygas writes the food blog Chena Girl Cooks, and she’s harvested just about everything Alaska has to offer, but mushrooms have always been the last thing on her list.

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September 15, 2014

‘The Sand Lake Boys’

Today we hear a story from Mike Byers, a writer for the website “Growing Up Anchorage.” The site focuses on tales from the early days of Alaska’s largest city. Mike’s story is titled “The Sand Lake Boys.”

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September 9, 2014
(Photo by David Waldron)

An Alaskan Twist on an Elegant Dish

Today we’re making caviar Alaska style; made from salmon roe. Natasha Price writes the food and crafts blog Alaska Knit Nat, and she recently posted a how-to guide for making salmon caviar. It’s a family recipe, and one that Natasha didn’t really like growing up.

July 28, 2014
15,000 people participated in Anchorage's first Color Run on June 15, 2013. The run is a 5k race where colored powder is thrown on participants every kilometer.

From Photojournalism to Fine Art

Today we’re going on a ride along with a photojournalist. Loren Holmes works for the newly rebranded Alaska Dispatch News.

Both Holmes’ father and grandfather were photographers.

July 21, 2014
A Fresh Take on Community Gardening

A Fresh Take on Community Gardening

Today we’re exploring a new kind of community gardening.

GeorgeAnne Sprinkle works for the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and recently started a community garden project called “Yarducopia.”

July 7, 2014
Fishing for Parking Lot Shrimp

Fishing for Parking Lot Shrimp

Today we’re cooking shrimp. And not just any shrimp. This shrimp comes from the back of a pickup truck. Seward resident Barbra Donachy explains.

“We were driving around Kenai and saw this old beat-up truck with a hand-painted plywood sign.”

June 30, 2014
The Art of Cabin Fever

The Art of Cabin Fever

Today we explore one of the Anchorage Museum’s newest exhibits. So new in fact, that it’s still in the planning phase.

Carolyn Kozak is a curator at the Anchorage Museum, and recently she was inspired by some archived photographs taken by a man named Jasper Wyman in 1898.

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June 16, 2014
The Story Behind the ‘Koots Windmill

The Story Behind the ‘Koots Windmill

Today we learn the history of the Spenard windmill in Anchorage. Mike Gordon is the owner of Chilkoot Charlie’s, and the windmill housed in the bar’s parking lot. He’s had it for about 30 years, but it was originally built in the early ’60s by Byron Gillam, an Anchorage businessman. It passed through several different owners before Mike Gordon’s reputation helped him land it.

June 9, 2014
Baby Jams

Baby Jams

Today we’re surviving children’s music. While some children’s music is better than others, most of it can drive you crazy after multiple listens. To find out how to keep our musical sanity after children, we turn to Townsquare 49 contributor, local DJ, and brand new father Spencer Shroyer.

June 3, 2014
Erik Johnson tapping one of his birch trees.

Birch Syrup Season

Today we’re making birch syrup. Peter’s Creek resident Erik Johnson never misses a chance to harvest Alaska’s bounty, and recently he expanded his gatherings to birch sap.

Johnson says now is the perfect time to start.

April 28, 2014
A Red Breasted Nut Hatch, spotted in Anchorage.

Brace Yourselves, Bird Season is Coming

Today we’re gearing up for the birding season. Townsquare 49 contributor and bird enthusiast Zac Clark says Anchorage will see a big flux of birds in the next two to six weeks.

He calls this time of year the glory days, but it wasn’t long ago when Clark couldn’t have cared less about birds.

April 21, 2014
Photo by Doug Lindstrand.

A Trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

When driving along Turnagain Arm, you might miss the modest sign for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage Creek.

But if you do manage to find your way into the wildlife center, you’ll find some interesting animals with equally fascinating stories.

April 14, 2014
A Different Kind of Sister

A Different Kind of Sister

Today we meet a pair of sisters. Nine years ago, Gracia O’Connell and Jesenia Peterson were matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska program.

Jesenia still remembers her response when asked what kind of Big Sister she wanted.

April 7, 2014
A Dragon Inside The Loussac Library

A Dragon Inside The Loussac Library

Ryan Anderson and his team of artists were recruited by the Loussac Library to turn the building into a unique light show.

Their final product? The illusion of a dragon inside the Loussac Library.

March 31, 2014
An Alaskan Art Critic at the Whitney

An Alaskan Art Critic at the Whitney

Townsquare 49 contributor and certified art critic Jean Bundy recently attended the Whitney Biennial art show in the big apple.

The Whitney museum boasts the finest collection of 20th century American art, and calls their Biennial the country’s leading survey of modern art.

March 24, 2014
Grooming The Trails

Grooming The Trails

Today we’re grooming ski trails. The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage has a long list of tasks from ski lessons, to biathlon training, to races.

But almost all of their focus is devoted to one thing; grooming trails.

March 17, 2014
Soandso is a blogger with the Anchorage Food Mosaic project.

An Alaskan Abroad (in Spain)

Today we’re exploring Spanish cuisine. Meneka Thiru is a food blogger for the group Anchorage Food Mosaic, and she’s been living is Spain for the past several months.

She says most of her culture shock has been food related.

March 13, 2014
Picking Up the Poop in Anchorage

Picking Up the Poop in Anchorage

Today we’re picking up after our dogs. Yes, today’s topic is dog poop. Not the most glamorous subject, but one that inspires a lot of angst that Cherie Northon hears about all the time.

Northon is the Executive Director of the Anchorage Waterways Council.

March 3, 2014
Touring an Iconic Anchorage Bar

Touring an Iconic Anchorage Bar

Today we’re looking back at the 40 plus years of the iconic Anchorage bar Chilkoot Charlie’s.

Mike Gordon has owned Koots since its humble beginning in 1970, and he says the experience has been a roller coaster. So much so, that the bar itself touts the title “World Famous Chilkoot Charlies.”

February 24, 2014