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Dave Waldron, APRN - Anchorage

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
DJ Spencer Lee (aka Spencer Shroyer) rocking the Valentine's Day color palette.

Fine-tuning your Valentine’s Day Mix

Today we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with music.

And what better gift than the gift of music? It’s highly customizable, and can be deeply personal.

Now, obviously the days of making your sweetheart a mix tape are long gone, but DJ Spencer Lee says you can go digital just as easily.

February 10, 2014
A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

Today we’re sticking with our New Year’s Resolutions. This is the time of year in which many us, despite our best intentions, are already falling short on our resolutions.

But food and wine blogger Carolyn Kinneen picked an attainable New Year’s Resolution for 2014: To expand her wine knowledge.

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January 27, 2014
Anchorage Starts Reading Early

Anchorage Starts Reading Early

Elizabeth Nicolai is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Loussac Library, and right now she’s reading a dinosaur book to a group of very small children.

Recently the library expanded their second floor to include what they call the Play and Learn center. Inside of what looks like a massive fort of books there are toys, inspirational messages, and interactive art work on the walls.

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January 20, 2014

A Night of (Competitive) Spoken Word

Today we’re attending a spoken word show.

Nora Herzog has been performing spoken word for about a year now. She’s always enjoyed writing poetry, but could never find a good way to share it.

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January 13, 2014

Showing you #Lovalaska

Today we’re giving back. Since its introduction in 2009, Alaska’s Pick Click Give program has enjoyed major success, despite residents seeing diminishing Permanent Fund Dividends almost every year.

This year Pick Click Give is unveiling a new campaign and slogan for the project. The mantra is “Lovalaska.”

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January 5, 2014
The Best of Town Square 49 Radio 2013

The Best of Town Square 49 Radio 2013

Today we’re looking back at the top five Town Square 49 Radio stories of 2013.

How did we pick our top five stories? We tallied up your Facebook “likes” for each of our stories and came up with this list.

Now, let’s catch up with some of our favorite people.

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December 30, 2013
Learning to Deal with Cupcake Celebrity

Learning to Deal with Cupcake Celebrity

Today we meet a cupcake champion.

Back in early November you may have heard about a born-and-raised Alaskan named Kastle Sorenson, who competed on the Food Network program Cupcake Wars. And won.

December 24, 2013
Getting Crafty with an Old Holiday Sweater

Getting Crafty with an Old Holiday Sweater

Today we’re getting crafty for the holidays. Natasha Price has been making handmade gifts as far back as she can remember. She’s been sewing since she was three, knitting since she was six, and documenting her DIY projects on her blog for about four years.

Price likes making creative gifts this time of year. So, together we’re recycling my old Christmas sweater.

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December 16, 2013

Good Morning Moon Music Video

Today we’re checking out music videos. Alaskan songwriter Marian Call recently released the first music video for her 2011 album Something Fierce.

Call says the video began last year as part of her Kickstarter campaign, when she took a poll from her fans.

December 9, 2013
Ballet, Twerking and Everything In-between

Ballet, Twerking and Everything In-between

Today we’re going to dance class. Three months ago in midtown Anchorage, Studio Pulse opened its doors as the cities newest modern dance studio. Stephanie Wonchala is the founder of the Pulse Dance Company, and runs the studio.

The classes offered at Studio Pulse are wide ranging to say the least.

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December 2, 2013
Thanksgiving Risotto: Highly Refined Holiday Porridge

Thanksgiving Risotto: Highly Refined Holiday Porridge

Today we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving. Sarah Alvarez has been writing her food blog The Hungry Alaskan for about two years. And being a food writer, it’s no surprise she gets excited about Thanksgiving.

While risotto may seem like a simple dish, it does require constant attention; most of which is stirring.

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November 25, 2013
10 Years of Encounters with Richard Nelson

10 Years of Encounters with Richard Nelson

Today we’re looking back at 10 years of the public radio program Encounters with Richard Nelson. The show originally began as an interview segment that would sometimes take place outdoors. But, Nelson says he never got comfortable interviewing other people. So, he decided to try talking to himself.

The newest season of Encounters begins next month, and Nelson says it will mostly be re-airings of the show’s best programs.

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November 18, 2013
Honoring Alaska’s Unique Veterans

Honoring Alaska’s Unique Veterans

Today we’re celebrating Veterans Day. For a little more than a year now, Senator Lisa Murkowski and her office have been producing video profiles that they’ve titled “Veteran Spotlights.”

Veterans like Colonel Suellyn Novak, who was featured on the Veterans Spotlight program, and who also runs the Alaska veteran’s museum in Anchorage.

November 11, 2013
Protecting Palmer Farmland in Perpetuity

Protecting Palmer Farmland in Perpetuity

Today we’re exploring farmland in Palmer. The Alaska Farmland Trust was formed about eight years ago in an effort to preserve agricultural land across the state.

Their work is creating conservation easements on Alaska farms, which will provide benefits to the land owner, but more importantly will guarantee the land won’t ever be developed.

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November 4, 2013
Planning Your Halloween Party Mix

Planning Your Halloween Party Mix

Today we’re making a playlist. Halloween is around the corner, and many people already have their jack-o-lanterns, candy and spider webs ready.

But, how many of us have our music planned? For some advice on building the ultimate Halloween soundtrack, I consulted an Anchorage music expert – DJ Spencer Lee.

October 21, 2013
Searching for the Moon Over Alaska

Searching for the Moon Over Alaska

Today we’re searching for the moon. Saturday was International Observe the Moon Night, and a group of staff at the Anchorage Loussac Library celebrated it for their third consecutive year.

Linda Klein is the youth services librarian at the Loussac, and is running tonight’s event. Right now, she’s using a butter knife to scrape off different amounts of frosting on several cookies, displaying each phase of the moon.

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October 14, 2013
Woodside's plan for the 2014 garden is already taking shape.

The Year-round Alaska Gardener

Today we’re starting a garden. Most people would probably assume that gardening season begins in early spring. But for garden blogger Jamie Woodside, the season never ends.

Woodside is already planning her 2014 garden, even though her current one is still producing vegetables.

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October 7, 2013
Hands-on Discovery in Portage Valley

Hands-on Discovery in Portage Valley

Today we’re going to school outside. Douglas Causey is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and most days he’s teaching in a classroom like every other teacher.

But, the one he’s teaching today couldn’t be more different. This classroom is in Portage Valley. And the homework? Catching fish.

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September 30, 2013
Making A Batch of Cranberry Hooch

Making A Batch of Cranberry Hooch

Today we’re making hooch. Town Square 49 contributor Connie Walker recently posted a recipe for her cranberry hooch on our website. She originally discovered the recipe in the late 60s after she had curled up on her couch with a copy of the Sunday paper.

Walker lives in Oregon today and says she hasn’t made the hooch in decades, so I decided to track down an Anchorage cranberry expert to see if the recipe still held up almost 50 years later.

September 23, 2013