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Dave Waldron, APRN - Anchorage

New Technology Proves Vital To Alaska’s National Weather Service Forecasters

New Technology Proves Vital To Alaska’s National Weather Service Forecasters

Today we’re doing the weather. Dave Snider is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He does a daily statewide forecast for public television stations. The final product you see is full of graphics, but inside the massive TV studio it’s just Snider and a single green screen.

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March 2, 2015
Flying Fish. (Image courtesy Salmon Sisters)

Salmon Sisters Meld East Coast Education With Commercial Fishing Roots

Today we meet a pair of Alaskans who run the business Salmon Sisters. Emma and Claire Laukitis were born and raised on the Aleutian Islands near False Pass. Emma says it was quiet and simple upbringing.

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February 17, 2015
Social Entrepreneurs Driving Innovation

Social Entrepreneurs Driving Innovation

Today we’re innovating. If you head up to the fourth floor of the Loussac Library on just about any given day, you’ll find a number of different groups working in the innovation lab.

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February 3, 2015
Spencer Shroyer, aka DJ Spencer Lee

Christmas Music with Spencer Shroyer, aka DJ Spencer Lee

Today we’re playing Christmas music. Now, we could spend time talking about the songs you’ve already heard a hundred times, or we could do something different. Don’t get me wrong we like the classics, but today we’re going to uncover some Christmas gems. And to do that I’ve brought in Town Square 49 regular Spencer Shroyer, aka DJ Spencer Lee.

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December 22, 2014

Girl Scouts of America And The Digital Cookie Program

Today we’re trying to sell cookies online. Last week the Girl Scouts of America announced that in 2015 they will introduce the Digital Cookie program. The program will allow Girl Scouts to sell their cookies online. The only problem? Alaska won’t be participating.

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December 16, 2014
(Photo courtesy Great Land Trust)

Buying A Landmark

Today we’re buying a landmark, trying to anyway. Kim Sollien is the Mat Su Program Director for Great Land Trust, a conservation group. She said they didn’t realize the Butte was privately owned until just this year.

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December 1, 2014
Ann and her dad at Thanksgiving.

Finding the Perfect Thanksgiving Wine

Today we’re planning Thanksgiving. Now, a lot of time energy goes into what we eat for Thanksgiving, but what about what we drink?

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November 24, 2014
The Art of the Murder Mystery

The Art of the Murder Mystery

Today: murder. Don’t worry, nobody’s actually getting killed. This week we’re planning a murder mystery party. And for it, I’ve enlisted Elisa Hitchcock and Kimberly Gray. They’ve been hosting murder mystery parties for more than 20 years.

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October 30, 2014
(Image by Sarah Glaser, Alaska Public Media)

Attack Ads…With A Twist

It seems to be fairly universal that everyone is growing weary of the constant barrage of attack ads. To help us lighten the mood a bit as we race to the November 4th finish line, KSKA’s Dave Waldron found a way to bring levity to the attack.

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October 20, 2014
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
(Photo by Dave Waldron)

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