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I Can See Russia From Here: 25th Anniversary of the ‘Friendship Flight’

Alaska World Affairs Council Friendship Flight

We are really looking forward to our program celebrating the opening of the air border between the US and Soviet Union 25 years ago.

The Alaska World Affairs Council is bringing former Governor Steve Cowper back to Alaska to talk with Willie Hensley and Lt. Governor Treadwell about the memorable event.

October 29, 2013 - 7:00 am

New Library Space for the Very Young

Preparations have begun for the new Early Literacy center.

The idea of libraries serving youth is a relatively recent concept, especially given that the libraries have been around for nearly 4,000 years ago.

Although some public libraries had children’s books in their collections in the 1800s, most of them didn’t allow youth in the reading rooms.

Read more.

October 23, 2013 - 7:00 am

Trick or Treat Town Returns to Anchorage

Trick or treat town 1

The 22nd annual Trick or Treat Town returns to Anchorage Oct. 25-26 and promises to be the most fun and exciting Halloween event of the year.

Trick or Treat Town is a family-friendly Halloween celebration that provides a safe, warm environment for little ghosts and goblins to trick or treat in their costumes.

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October 22, 2013 - 7:00 am

Salmon in Indian River – Sitka, Alaska

Here’s a short video of pink salmon, also called humpies, moving up the Indian River in Sitka to spawn–the same river they were born in two years earlier.

What you see is just a few feet of the river.

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October 17, 2013 - 7:00 am

The Role of Farms in Alaska’s Food Security

According to recent estimates, around 106,200 Alaskans are considered food insecure, with about 37,640 of those being children.

Alaska’s food security as a state depends on supply chains stretching thousands of miles. Less than 10% of the food we eat is produced in Alaska and we rely on barges and air transport to bring in the state’s food.

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October 16, 2013 - 7:00 am

Kachemak Bay Water Trail – Connecting Communities


What is a water trail anyway?

While the concept of a water trail might sound foreign to many, Alaska boasts a couple popular water trails that generally go by another name. The Swanson River Canoe Trail and the Nancy Lake Canoe Trail are both well-traveled water trails.

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October 10, 2013 - 7:00 am

Understanding and Conserving Alaska’s Estuaries

Sure, all natural habitats are important. But some have a special power – for both nature and people.

That’s the case for the estuary, that place where the world’s three most dominant natural realms meet.

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October 9, 2013 - 7:00 am

A Busy October at Anchorage Libraries

Anchorage Library Zombie Preparedness Month

Anchorage Library planners have outdone themselves this month with more interesting and diverse events scheduled than in years. The Zombie Apocalypse returns to Loussac on Saturday, Oct. 19, with the scavenger hunt maze open from 6:45-10 pm.

Another noteworthy event this month is the grand opening of Loussac’s new early literacy center for young children.

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October 8, 2013 - 10:49 am

New Youth Environmentalists Hail from all Parts of Alaska

Halbe Brown Spirit of Youth AYEA

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action have appointed new Youth Organizers for the 2013-14 year.

The 16 students are from all over the state and have a deep passion for keeping Alaska’s environment healthy.

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October 3, 2013 - 7:00 am

Electric Vehicles Get a Boost in Juneau

Amy Skilbred parades her electric vehicle on Fourth of July in Juneau.

The goal of becoming the Electric Vehicle capital of the U.S. just got a lot closer for Juneau groups and electric vehicle supporters.

The Juneau Community Foundation in partnership with the City & Borough of Juneau is the recipient of the $25,000 award that will go toward public charging stations.

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September 26, 2013 - 10:52 am

Veteran Spotlight: Col. Suellyn Wright Novak

In the 3rd grade, Suellyn Wright Novak was asked to draw a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up.

She told her teacher she wanted to be a colonel in the Air Force in Alaska – and the teacher was so shocked at the clarity of her vision that she convened a parent-teacher conference where Novak’s parents.

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September 25, 2013 - 7:00 am

Waves of Change: Kodiak Stories of the 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami

Waves of Change: Kodiak Stories of the 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami was a two-week long history and film course in which Kodiak youth researched the under-documented stories that relate to the 1964 earthquake and tsunami.

Students conducted interviews with elders and scientists, engaged in archival and secondary source research, and shot, directed and edited their own films.

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September 18, 2013 - 7:00 am

Snow Screen: A Northern Film Festival

Snow Screen Anchorage Museum

What does being a Northerner mean to you? Weigh in, and then watch.

Snow Screen: A Northern Film Festival will feature YouTube videos with a Northern theme, curated and shown on the big screen.

Learn more.

September 12, 2013 - 7:00 am

Executive Sabbatical Program

Executive burn out? Maybe you need a break…

Nonprofit and tribal executives, listen up! Are you tired and stressed? Haven’t had a vacation in months or years? A sabbatical may be just what you need.

Learn more.

September 11, 2013 - 7:00 am

Big Feat, Little Feat Creative Challenge

If you have artistic tendencies, visions of unicorns, love performing or simply want to explore what feats you’re capable of, don’t miss out on this adventure!

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September 10, 2013 - 7:00 am

A Shrew-Eating Trout

Nature Conservancy Shrew Eating Trout Excerpt

This fish was caught on the Kanektok River during a rainbow trout project. It wound up being a mortality capture (it didn’t survive), so it was cut open to see what it had been feeding on. Surprise! The answer was shrews, and a whole lot of them.

By my count, this trout ate twenty shrews. Twenty.

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September 6, 2013 - 7:00 am

Anchorage Food Mosaic “Feast” a Success

Northern Foodways Anchorage Food Mosaic Feast 4

On Wednesday, August 28th the Anchorage Food Mosaic presented the Local Harvest Feast at the Alaska Botanical Gardens.

Even though the weather was chilly and rainy, 200 people joined up under the tents to celebrate and share fresh, local and wild Alaskan food.

September 4, 2013 - 7:00 am

“World School” Documentary & Photography Exhibit

Alaskans looking for some inspiration to travel won’t want to miss “World School,” a photography exhibit and film that will be shown in Anchorage in September.

The photos and 45-minute documentary chronicle the year long, global trip taken by Alaska Filmmaker and mom Mary Katzke and her at that time 5th grade son, Corin.

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August 29, 2013 - 7:00 am

Wild Alaska Salmon Quiche

Heidi Drygas Salmon Quiche 1

There comes a time in every woman’s life where they sort of just hit a wall. For me, it happened this week.

The wall came in the form of: several bills from house projects completed over the summer, an unexpected brake replacement on my Jeep, a hot water heater on the fritz, and just for good measure, a boiler that decided to take a little break.

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August 28, 2013 - 7:00 am

Living & Giving Locally

Candace Winkler and Jessie Menkens take a break from their work.

A wildlife habitat and natural wetland, the Campbell Creek estuary will offer Anchorage locals an opportunity to step out into the wilderness of Alaska. A perfect place to take a quiet stroll, the natural trails needed for such an activity had yet to be constructed. That’s where we came in.

Our job that Friday: to move gravel from one place to another.

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August 23, 2013 - 7:00 am