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Recognizing Alaskan Leadership

We’ve all heard it before – Alaska is one-fifth the size of the Lower-48, larger than Texas, California and Montana combined! Our state’s immense size means that Alaskans face unique challenges given the landscape and distances between communities. This is particularly true for rural communities, where feelings of isolation are all too common. Additionally, Alaska’s climate is not for the faint-at-heart. Below-zero temperatures, gale force winds, torrential rains and minimal daylight hours can all contribute to the “winter blues." Read more
February 27, 2015
Can Cutting Trees Save Wolves?

Can Cutting Trees Save Wolves?

On Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska, Conservancy scientists are researching whether the harvest of young growth forests could actually benefit wolves – potentially helping to keep them off the Endangered Species list. Read more
February 26, 2015
"Salmon Memories"

“Salmon Memories”

My brother Lee and I were excited about the new big boat. Dad said "Let's get going," yet somehow we understood "I'll meet you there." Fifteen minutes later, a mile and a half from shore, Dad was so small waving his arms in his dark coat. I pointed and Lee looked, then we turned around. Read more
January 29, 2015
"Good Luck Charms" by Leah C.

“Good Luck Charms” by Leah C.

My cousin Sandra and her husband took their newly purchased boat and we headed south out of Ketchikan to try and catch some coho. We started late in the day, but we stopped the motor to drift and tried our luck at casting. Lance, Sandra's husband, got the first fish bite, but it got away. Sandra asked me if I had any nibbles, but I didn’t yet. We moved toward Mountain Point and started to catch small rockfish and bullheads, but they weren’t coho so we released them all. We started to lose hope of catching anything to keep. Read more
January 9, 2015
The Mitzvah Mall Returns to Anchorage

The Mitzvah Mall Returns to Anchorage

Congregation Beth Sholom is again hosting Anchorage’s annual “Mitzvah Mall.” (Mitzvah is Hebrew for commandment and we are commanded to do good deeds) Think of this as a “bizarre bazaar.” There is a room filled with booths, but the “vendors” are nonprofit organizations. Instead of buying more material gifts, shoppers can donate to non-profit organizations on behalf of friends, family or others on their holiday gift list. They give a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Read more
December 1, 2014

Northern Lab Cranked Out The Quirky And Creative

Scientists who worked for the Arctic Aeromedical Laboratory from the late 1940s to the 1960s cranked out dozens of quirky and sometimes controversial publications in its two decades of existence. Developed during the Cold War to "solve the severe environmental problems of men living and working in the Arctic." Read more
November 29, 2014
Alaska Native Medical Center launches new health campaign through photos

Alaska Native Medical Center launches new health campaign through photos

The Alaska Native Community represents long traditions related to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. For many years, men, women and children had to be strong and agile to hunt, fish, gather, build and travel in extreme conditions. Relationships were necessary and prioritized, as we often depended on each other to survive.
November 24, 2014

Live Video: The Annual Polar Bear Migration In Churchill, Manitoba

Catch a glimpse of the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba, brought to you by, the philanthropic media organization and division of the Annenberg Foundation.
November 3, 2014
Adventure Within Range

Adventure Within Range

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Alaska Teen Media producers Barae and Aviva Hirsch explored Hope with U.S. Olympic Skier Holly Brooks. Brooks explains why she loves to train in the Chugach National Forest.
September 4, 2014

Barrow Youth Study Lemmings And Endangered Species

Young Barrow scientists study lemmings and endangered species. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There is an increasing effort in Alaska to engage youth in hands-on scientific activities. One group of teens is collecting data way up in Barrow. Read more.
July 17, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska

Boys and Girls Club Logo Every day, an average of 2,975 youth attend a Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska Clubhouse in one of 32 communities across the state. One of the most important components in allowing these organizations to run smoothly and effectively is participation from community volunteers. Learn more.
July 11, 2014

Salmon: The Hidden Migration

Juvenile salmon spend important parts of their lives in stream habitat, but this part of their lives is often hidden from our eyes. Go into the forest with Richard Nelson to discover the amazing terrestrial lifecycle of Alaska's salmon species.
July 2, 2014

Preserving Our Homestead on Dandy Lake

1013-MTSU-AK-1423_credit_Carl_Johnson We found the property by accident in 1971. An ad in the paper offered a plane ride to view a 120-acre parcel of land outside Palmer. We’d been in Alaska five weeks to teach at a local elementary school and had just begun exploring the area. Read more.
June 20, 2014

Innovation Lab at Loussac Public Library

Innovation-Lab-excerpt Innovation is a word quickly gaining in popularity. You’ve probably heard the word. Or see the word in Forbes or Entrepreneur magazine. The company you work for may have innovation in their mission statement. Read more.
May 21, 2014

2014 Summer of Heroes Program to Honor Local Youth

Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska are coming together again for the fourth annual Summer of Heroes program to recognize local youth making a difference in their local communities. The search is on for five young Alaskan heroes, plus one from the Employee Program, who are going above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of others. Read more.
May 20, 2014

Confessions of a Book Addict & Moose The Movie

MOOSE TITLE III Popular “Tundra” cartoonist Chad Carpenter is going to be at the Loussac Library to talk about cartooning and about his latest project: “Moose,” a creepy and funny, family film. And, oh yeah, it’s important to know this film is NOT animated – it is live action. Read more.
April 15, 2014

Community Food Security: Angoon Garden Assistance Program

angoon 4 The only permanent settlement on Admiralty Island, 55 miles Southwest of Juneau and 41 miles North of Sitka, Angoon is a small community of about 570 residents. Because of the community’s remote location, produce available in town is very expensive and has often traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles before reaching the consumer.
April 9, 2014

Trails Bring Communities Out and Together

Photo by Steve Cleary. It’s been a tough year for snow, with warm temperatures across the state making trails conditions less than ideal. No one knows that better than the 1,300 skiers that hit the trails for the Tour of Anchorage. But trails, even in this not-so-wintery winter, bring people together to get outside and have some fun. Read more.
March 20, 2014

40 Tons of Dog Waste A Day

petri-sample-names-excerpt Anchorage citizens - breaking news! There is no “Poop Fairy”. Anchorage has some caring people who not only clean up after their own pets, but they actually pick up other dog’s poop. Unfortunately they are few and far between, yet I applaud them. Read more.
February 25, 2014

Breath of Fresh Air

chicken-blog-coop-with-door-open Thanks to the Lower 48 taking on our Polar Vortex - winter here in Fairbanks has been perfect: mostly warm, with plenty of snow for skiing and other winter recreating. It’s been good for chickens too. Maybe not for outside frolicking, but they haven’t reached that level of coop-fever that drives them out into the snowy yard. Read more.
February 20, 2014