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APD Chief Chris Tolley

APD Chief Chris Tolley takes your questions

APD Chief Chris Tolley joins Hometown Alaska to share experiences from his first months on the job and what's ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 2 pm and 8 pm LISTEN NOW
January 29, 2016
Winter: Are we catching up?

Winter: Are we catching up?

January started with ice-skating in the streets, after a mostly snowless Christmas. What's up with that? Can we recover? KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 @ 2 pm and 8 pm LISTEN NOW
January 15, 2016
Orthodox starring on January 7

Orthodox starring on January 7

While many of us are packing away our Christmas memories, Orthodox Christians around Alaska are preparing for Russian Christmas on January 7, complete with "starring ceremonies." Find the origins and variations on our next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 2:00 pm and 8 pm. Download Audio
January 1, 2016
KISKA

Born in Sleetmute, raised in Anchorage

Alaska has a rich and romantic dog mushing legacy. But with a lack of rural veterinarians, many dogs need homes. Advocates have created connections to bring those dogs to the state's pet-hungry urban areas. KSKA: Wednesday, December 16 @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Download Audio
December 11, 2015
Classroom

What price for education?

We all want bright, young students to emerge from our public school system and become contributing citizens. But what is the right price tag for that goal? KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 pm. and 8 pm. Download Audio
December 4, 2015
Graphic: stop human trafficking

Slavery in the shadows

A new city-state task force on human trafficking convenes local law enforcement and FBI, Alaska Native groups, NGOs, the state’s wage and hour section in the Division of Labor Standards and Safety, among others. Where do we go from here? KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen now:
November 6, 2015
Vern Halter

Meet Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough’s new mayor

Most people recognize Vern Halter as an Iditarod musher with plenty of top 10 finishes in the Last Great Race and a first place victory in the Yukon Quest. He’s also a lawyer born, raised and educated in South Dakota, and he's been an Alaskan since 1977. He’s served six years on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Now he’s the mayor of the fast-growing Mat-Su. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll get to ask him all kinds of questions about the challenges ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:
October 30, 2015
Eat it. Share it. Just don't toss it!

Eat it. Share it. Just don’t toss it!

Our nation has set a goal to cut food waste in half by 2030. How is Anchorage doing? What can you do to help? Join us for this listener-requested topic on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:
October 9, 2015
Working it out in the Arctic

Working it out in the Arctic

Can we ever truly wrap our arms around the Arctic? A recent conference with speakers from across the globe gave it a try. We harvest the takeaways from two who were there. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2 :00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:
September 25, 2015
Anchorage charter schools: What are they and who goes?

Anchorage charter schools: What are they and who goes?

What makes a charter school tick? How does it differ from a traditional public school? How well do charter schools perform? How is their funding handled? Listen in, bring your questions. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m Listen Now:
September 18, 2015
We're all ears at Hometown Alaska

We’re all ears at Hometown Alaska

On the next Hometown Alaska, we hope you'll give hosts Charles Wohlforth and Kathleen McCoy an earful! They are taking your suggestions for shows! Get in the line up. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:
September 4, 2015
Happy 100th, Anchorage!

Happy 100th, Anchorage!

What was Anchorage like in 1915? 1935? 1960? Aren't you curious? This is the time to find out, as the city prepares to celebrate its Big 10-0. Download Audio
June 12, 2015
Dog visit: Just what the doctor ordered

Dog visit: Just what the doctor ordered

Ever had a rotten day turn around once you got home and caught a dose of unconditional love from your pet? Those health benefits are tangible. Medical experts support bringing warm, fuzzy and calm animals into hospital settings to share that benefit with patients. Meet Mike Lewis and his therapy dog, Jillie, along with Laure MacConnell and Remy. MacConnell coordinates a local canine-visiting program. KSKA: Wednesday, June 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
June 5, 2015
A visit to Coyote Garden

A visit to Coyote Garden

Come visit the world-famous Coyote Garden in Willow with Les Brake as your guide. Download Audio:
May 22, 2015
Identity theft: "Not if. When"

Identity theft: “Not if. When”

Learn how to protect yourself Wednesday on the next Hometown Alaska. Ask questions, tell your own story, hear from the experts. KSKA: Wednesday, May 20, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
May 15, 2015
School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids from four elementary schools located along Chester Creek have been learning all about that watershed this year, including plenty of science. Join us to hear what they learned about everything from water temperature and pH to microinvertebrates and salmon, as well as the many community partners who made it happen. KSKA: Wednesday, April 29, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now:
April 24, 2015
How do we pay for public schools?

How do we pay for public schools?

In this week's Hometown Alaska, we aim to offer School Budgeting 101, a foundational look at how schools are financed. Learn the basics of school finance so that news stories make sense to you, so that you feel equipped to ask your principal or legislator useful questions and ultimately make well-informed votes. KSKA: Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Download Audio
April 10, 2015
What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

What was Anchorage like for black Americans in the 1950s and '60s. Find out through the stories of three who lived it, as they talk about community, opportunity and why they made Anchorage their home. KSKA: Wednesday, April 1, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now:
March 27, 2015
Residential and onsite innovations for rural Alaska education

Residential and onsite innovations for rural Alaska education

Educating rural Alaskans is challenging, given financial constraints and remote settings. Nonetheless, a 20-year-old short term residential program in Anchorage, and an onsite and online tutoring program in a rural setting are yielding promising to excellent results. KSKA: Wednesday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:
March 6, 2015
The winter that wasn't

The winter that wasn’t

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt? KSKA: Wednesday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:
February 28, 2015