Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood leaders made a unique boat trip through the waters of the inside passage this month. Their voyage harkened back to the days when local camp officials from towns and villages around the region would travel on fishing boats to attend Grand Camp conventions. The brotherhood was founded a century ago, followed a year later by the sisterhood. So this journey had special meaning for the cultural and civil rights organizations. KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein caught up with them when they stopped in Petersburg.
On March 27, 1964 a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska. The tsunami that followed killed more than 100 people and devastated many communities. The village of Old Harbor, on Kodiak Island was almost completely destroyed. Only two homes and a church remained standing. Recently, radio producers Elizabeth Meister and Dan Collison visited Old Harbor and spoke with Mary Haakanson and the Reverend Gregory Parker- of Three Saints Russian Orthodox church- about the earthquake and tsunami.
Eagle attacks, drunken mishaps, and intimate encounters gone horribly wrong: These are just a few of the reasons that people across the state look forward to the Unalaska police blotter. But the joy of the blotter isn’t just in the ridiculous items it contains – it’s in the way that Sgt. Jennifer Shockley writes about them. KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez introduces us to Alaska’s most literary police officer.
When someone says Alaska Native art, the first thing that comes to mind is often traditions like ivory carving, skin sewing or intricate weaving. But a new group of young Alaska Native artists in Anchorage is working to expand that image to one that embraces modern life as well as honoring their heritage.
Every year Alaska hosts two nearly 1,000 mile sled dog races within weeks of each other — the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. Though similar in length, racing each one is a very different experience. APRN field reporter Anne Hillman caught up with two mushers who ran both races this year soon after they crossed the Iditarod finish line in Nome.
Despite all the snow piled up around the state, spring is just around the corner. To prove it, Shaguyik and Taqouka, two Kodiak grizzly cubs, crept out of their log dens at Portage’s Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center this week to enjoy some welcome sunshine. The two little bears, both orphans, have been on view at the Center, as have many other rescued animals, much to the delight of area schoolchildren.
When most of us think back to gym class in middle school, we might think of dodgeball, or running laps, or even a few games of basketball. But students *in* coastal Alaska communities will also think of fire extinguishers, flares, life jackets and damage control.
In Alaska, we know it’s not always easy to just bring in help. If you want to fix something you often have to do it yourself. This is especially true on an island, where the nearest town is hours away by ferry. This past year In Sitka, on Baranof Island in southeast, inhabitants learned just how much they could accomplish as a community.
If you’ve spent much time in Sitka, you’ve probably seen Mount Edgecumbe. It’s one of Alaska’s most-viewed volcanoes, rising 3,000 feet from the ocean, only 10 miles from the former Russian capital.
Valentine’s Day honors the most wonderful feeling in the world. It’s overwhelming, enchanting, frightening and empowering. It can be salty or sweet and sometimes it’s both. There really isn’t anything better.
If you’ve been following the news about the fuel delivery to Nome or the Bering Sea snow crab fishery’s hiatus you may recognize the name Kathleen Cole. She’s a sea ice forecaster for the National Weather Service in Anchorage and her services have been in high demand this winter.
Singer, songwriter Jeff Kanzler first came to Alaska a decade ago to visit a lovely Alaskan girl. They didn’t end up together, but he still considers her to be something of his angel in life for introducing him to the Last Frontier.
It’s been a particularly cold and snowy winter for much of Alaska. And in the middle of January, it’s hard to find a warm, soothing plant filled haven complete with singing birds and blooming tropical plants, unless you fly to Hawaii. But we dug into the AK archives for a story about a secret hot spot in Anchorage APRN’s Lori Townsend is willing to share. Sort of…
Fresh, locally grown, vegetables are getting easier to find in Alaska in the summer. But they are still very scarce in the winter. An entrepreneur in Anchorage is starting to change that though.
Alaska is famous for its rough and tumble fishing industry. Some say you’ve gotta be tough to make it as a commercial salmon seiner. But that’s not always the case. Crab Bait Radio witnessed another side of seining last summer.
We dug into the archives for this story about a Christmas play in Aniak. The village doesn’t have a mall, a movie theater or even a sit down restaurant. But in December a few years ago, there was no shortage of entertainment in the community. Most of the town packed into the high school gym for the show.
After four decades in Seward, one of Alaska’s best loved artists takes a look back at the events, and the environment, that shaped her life and her art. Dot Bardarson has long been an icon for her award winning watercolors and her work as a muralist, not to mention her days as a gallery owner.
The 31st annual Talkeetna Bachelor’s Auction had another full house when more than 240 ladies packed in to the Sheldon Arts hangar last weekend.
The fishing industry isn’t getting any younger, and the so-called “graying of the fleet” even has some state legislators concerned. But while fishermen are getting older on average, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a younger crowd eager to enter the industry.