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Dave Waldron, APRN - Anchorage

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
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
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

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
(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
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
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
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
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

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
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

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
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

Girl Scout Troop Uses Cookie Funds For Unique, Futuristic Purpose

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. The troops sell the cookies to raise money for all kinds of activities. APRN’s Dave Waldron found a troop in Anchorage that uses the funds for a unique and futuristic purpose.

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March 27, 2013
A Commercial Fisherman in the Rap Game

A Commercial Fisherman in the Rap Game

Today we hear what happens when you combine fishing with rap music. Eli Fields was born and raised in Kodiak, and he discovered his love for music early.

Fields is just 17 years old, but he already has a proper studio album in the bag. His debut, Paper and Crayons was released earlier this month.

March 25, 2013
Putting Cookie Money to Good Use

Putting Cookie Money to Good Use

Today we’re selling cookies in the name of science. Girl Scout Troop 9170 is not your typical group.

They go by the name “Electronically Overdressed Senioritas,” and they use their funds raised from selling cookies to build robots.

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March 18, 2013

AK: The Aurora

It’s been an especially good winter for aurora viewing in Alaska, and that’s great news for the man known as the aurora hunter. Todd Salat discovered his passion for aurora viewing two decades ago. Since then, he’s slowly built up a successful business capturing incredible aurora images in photos and video.

March 15, 2013
Barnstorming the Arctic Flight Exhibit

Barnstorming the Arctic Flight Exhibit

Today we’re visiting the Anchorage Museum’s newest exhibit: “Arctic Flight.”

The first thing you see when entering the exhibit is a cherry red 1928 Stearman. And your first question might be, “How did they get an airplane to the third floor of the museum?”

March 4, 2013
The colorful interior of the Starfish Company store in Anchorage.

Alaska’s Lone Bona Fide Art Critic

Today we’re going on an art walk. Jean Bundy has been doing these walks annually for about four years in the Anchorage area. For her, it’s about discovering new and interesting artists.

Bundy belongs to a very distinguished group called the International Association of Art Critics. Only about 400 people in the entire country can boast the title, and getting it isn’t easy.

February 25, 2013
Trout Fishing in Urban Alaska (Winter Edition)

Trout Fishing in Urban Alaska (Winter Edition)

The majority of Alaskans do their fishing in the summer months, but there are some that take advantage of the peace and quiet that winter lends to their favorite fishing holes, which in most cases, are still full of fish.

Currently though, we aren’t catching anything.

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February 11, 2013