Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

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Josh is the Statewide Morning News Reporter/Producer for Alaska Public Media | jedge (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8455 | About Josh

While school is in session, students spend about 30 hours in the classroom every week. That's more than 1,000 hours each academic year. This means teachers play a pivotal role, not only in a student's education, but in their development as a person. Listen now

The head of the University of Alaska Anchorage's athletic department is resigning, and heading to the Midwest. Outgoing UAA athletic director Keith Hackett will be taking the same job at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
First/second grade optional program teachers Shoshana Keegan (left) and Rosalind Worcester (right) pose in a school photo. (Courtesy Rosalind Worcester)

Two hundred twenty five teachers received layoff notices this year from the Anchorage School District, and until lawmakers in Juneau settle on education funding levels for the coming school year, those educators remain in limbo.

Alaska schools hire about 1,000 new teachers each year to offset the annual turnover of staff. And it's a process that doesn't come cheap. Listen now

Two-hundred-twenty teachers in the Anchorage School District on Wednesday received layoff notices. The pink slips were issued as legislators contend with a $2.5 billion budget deficit, leaving education funding levels for the coming year uncertain. Listen now

More than 100 people, many clad in rain jackets, braved a cool, overcast Saturday morning, and gathered in midtown Anchorage's Cuddy Midtown Park, urging lawmakers to support public education funding. The senate is proposing a $65 million cut to education, while the house wants a slight increase. Listen now

Amid uncertainty over state funding, the Anchorage School District is preparing to lay off hundreds of teachers. Two hundred non-tenured teachers will be notified by the end of the school year. Listen now

A former Department of Corrections officer convicted of smuggling drugs into Goose Creek Correctional Center was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in federal prison. Listen now

The University of Alaska Anchorage is in the final stages of starting a new program that focuses on positions that assist doctors during surgery. It's called the surgical technology program, and the curriculum will train students for difficult-to-fill positions in the state's health care industry. Listen now

Two Alaskans traveled to Austria in March to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games – and both came back with some hardware. Listen now
The Alaska Railroad brings a load of tourists into Whittier in July 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Frank Kovalchek)

The Alaska Railroad Corporation had a rough year in 2016, where it saw a dramatic drop in revenue. The company finished 2016 $4.4 million in the red. Listen now

In this episode, we talk about the 2017 Iditarod, what happens after the mushers reach Nome, and the person behind the @IditaTrump Twitter account.

Even though there's still lots of snow and cold temps across much of the state, the Alaska Summer Showcase travel fair is coming to Anchorage. And the Alaska Native Heritage Center on Saturday will be chock-full of all sorts of travel deals and prizes.

In Episode 16, we talk about the Iditarod's top-20, and take a deep dive into the strategy behind Mitch Seavey's record-breaking run.

In Episode 15, we talk about Mitch Seavey's record-breaking run, Aliy Zirkle vying for a top-10 finish, and taking a refreshing sauna in Unalakleet.

In Episode 14, we talk about Mitch Seavey being the first musher out of White Mountain, we get a lesson in Iditarod tradition and histoy, and discuss mushers' strategies for resting their dogs.

In Episode 12, we talk about Mitch Seavey taking the lead, the Iditarod's international contingent, and we hear harrowing Iditasport tales.

In Episode 11, we talk about: How few dogs have been dropped, the rookies are making a run for it,  and Huslia's mushing tradition.

In Episode 10, we talk about: Mitch Seavey the first into Huslia, 24-hour rests and how mushers determine when to take them, and the Iditarod's educational aspects.

In Episode 9, we talk about Wade Marrs leading the way to Ruby, run/rest strategies, two-way communications,and a story from Iditarod past.