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Dave Waldron, APRN - Anchorage

Source: Togiak National Wildlife Refuge Facebook.

How Many Shrews Can a Rainbow Trout Eat?

Today, we meet a rainbow trout with an unbelievable appetite. Mark Lisac is a fish biologist at the Togiak Refuge, and just a few weeks ago he and group of his colleagues were catching rainbow trout for a tracking project.

“I can’t say for certain that I’ve ever seen a well preserved shrew in a stomach analysis,” Lisac says.  Let alone 19 of them.

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September 9, 2013 - 10:39 am
Honoring Young Heroes at the State Fair

Honoring Young Heroes at the State Fair

On a recent beautiful day at the fair, Alaska Communications and the Boys and Girls Club honored the winners of this year’s Summer of Heroes program – which acknowledges youth that have gone above and beyond to help their communities.

Each “Hero,” as they are referred to, is given a $1500 scholarship. Two of the award recipients this year are brothers.

September 3, 2013 - 3:12 pm
AK for August 30, 2013

AK: Surfing Turnagain Arm

It’s one of the few sports that most Alaskans haven’t tried in the state. Our water is freezing, our beaches are rocky and there aren’t many places to catch good waves. But none of that kept Anchorage resident Robert Stormo from attempting a daring surfing adventure along Turnagain Arm.

August 30, 2013 - 6:31 pm
Surfing the Bore Tide

Surfing the Bore Tide

Today we’re going surfing. Surfing is one of the few sports that most Alaskans haven’t tried.

Our water is freezing, our beaches are rocky and there aren’t many places to catch good waves.

None of that kept Robert Stormo from doing it.

August 26, 2013 - 1:20 pm
An Alaskan Midwife in Haiti

An Alaskan Midwife in Haiti

Today we meet a midwife that is going to Haiti, and the film crew following her.

Jennifer Hoadley has been a labor and delivery nurse for six years. Not long ago, she was communicating by text with one of her nursing colleagues, who at the time was working in Haiti.

When she realized how bad the conditions were, she decided it was time to head to Haiti herself.

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August 19, 2013 - 12:24 pm
Postcards from the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Postcards from the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Corrie Francis Parks is an artist based out of Montana. Last year, she applied for the artist residency program offered by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

The program contracts artists to hike the famous 33 mile Chilkoot Trail, and create an interactive artistic work with their fellow travelers. Francis Parks chose postcards as her medium.


July 31, 2013 - 11:27 am
The play group at Point Woronzof in Anchorage.

Getting the Kids Outside Year-round

Today we’re playing outside.

This play group calls themselves “Skedaddle,” and their purpose is to get the children outdoors together at least once a week. Even in the wind, rain and subzero temperatures.

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July 22, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Calling All Heroes

2012 Summer of Heroes at the State Fair

Today we’re making heroes. Heather Cavanaugh oversees the Summer of Heroes program, a partnership with ACS and the Boys and Girls Club. The program nominates and awards Alaskan youths for their outstanding community service.

Winners of the award will receive a $1500 scholarship, as well as invitations to special events and recognition ceremonies.

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July 15, 2013 - 11:51 am
Kuhn is a fierce advocate for food security.

Plants Vs. Zombies

Today we’re talking zombies and gardens. Shannon Kuhn is co-founder of the group Anchorage Food Mosaic, a collection of writers, food enthusiasts, and gardeners. One of the Mosaic’s goals is to encourage people to grow their own food.

Kuhn thinks she’s discovered a way to get more young people thinking about farming: Gardening is a mandatory skill for the zombie apocalypse.

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July 8, 2013 - 11:20 am
Eating Well Aboard a Seward Sailboat

Eating Well Aboard a Seward Sailboat

Today we’re eating well on the ocean. About three years ago Jack and Barbra Donachy decided to move to Alaska from California in pursuit of a subsistence lifestyle.

Today they are teachers in Point Hope, and spend their summers on a boat in Seward. They named it Bandon.

June 17, 2013 - 6:37 pm

A “Big Day” Birding in Seward

Clark adjusts his field scope in search of more species of bird.

It’s 5:40am, on Saturday. Way early than I usually wake up. I’m going to try and slip out of here without waking the wife and the dog. Let’s go do some birding.

Our guide today is Zac Clark. He’s doing what birders call a “Big Day.”

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June 7, 2013 - 5:58 pm
(Teen) Underground Filmmakers

(Teen) Underground Filmmakers

Today we take a look inside Teen Underground, a place for teenagers meet at the Loussac library to work on creative projects.

The first kids I meet are Alexis and Patricia. They’re best friends, and they inform me that when they first came to Teen Underground they just knew they were going to hate it.

May 19, 2013 - 7:00 am
Photo courtesy USGS.

The Growing Up Anchorage Website

Today we’re growing up in Anchorage. Many people who move to Alaska end up never leaving, but what about the people who grow up here and then move away? Jana Nelson came to Anchorage in 1948, when she was just six years old.

Now, Nelson has created a website dedicated to the Anchorage she remembered.

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May 13, 2013 - 7:00 am
Mountaineering on the Cheap

Mountaineering on the Cheap

Today we learn how to take an epic Alaskan journey on the cheap. Luc Mehl has lived in Alaska most of his life, and he does not waste an opportunity to be outdoors.

Luc has done it all – from skiing down volcanoes to pack rafting through craters. Most recently he traversed and climbed the three largest peaks in North America. That’s more than 800 miles of hiking, biking, skiing and rafting.

May 6, 2013 - 1:34 pm
AK: Bacon

AK: Bacon

This week on AK, bacon. From its sound to its smell, it’s safe to say most meat eaters love everything about bacon. But few love it as much as Erik Johnson. He makes his homemade. Over the years he’s experimented with different bacon recipes, once even using an entire bottle of whiskey as a marinade.

May 3, 2013 - 4:44 pm
Backyard Chicken Blogging

Backyard Chicken Blogging

Today we’re talking chickens. Mara Bacsujlaky is a bit of a chicken expert. In addition to raising her own chickens, she hosts workshops, handles them for her job at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

And, she writes a blog dedicated to them. She is a fan.

April 29, 2013 - 10:28 am

A Dream Come True: Homemade Bacon

Today we’re making homemade bacon.

In his Peters Creek home, Erik Johnson is prepping a massive amount of meat to make some of his signature bacon. This man is no stranger to meat. In addition to bacon, Johnson makes sausage and jerky, both with wild game and store-bought meat.

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April 22, 2013 - 7:00 am
Exploring Electronic Tutoring at the Anchorage Library

Exploring Electronic Tutoring at the Anchorage Library

Today we’re at the Anchorage Loussac Library for some online tutoring. I meet up with Eva, a junior at East High School. Right now Eva is using a program offered through the Anchorage Library called Live Homework Help to get assistance with her chemistry homework.

Eva has been using the Live Homework Help program for six years now.

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April 15, 2013 - 10:26 am

A Polar Bear Named Kali

Today we meet the newest addition to the Alaska Zoo: a baby polar bear named Kali. The cub was recently put on display for its very first media photo shoot.

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April 8, 2013 - 7:00 am
Get Her to the Greek (Food)

Get Her to the Greek (Food)

What’s a Melitzanosalata, and how do you make it? On this week’s Town Square 49 Radio, we’re talking to Laurie Constantino, chef, author, and teacher.

April 1, 2013 - 7:00 am