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Slow Down Like a Spaniard: with Cake

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The hardest thing to get used while studying abroad in Spain was the timing of Spanish meals. Spaniards eat a light breakfast, their largest meal of the day at 2 in the afternoon and a light dinner around 9 at night.

Inevitably, I would find myself with my stomach grumbling around 6.

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February 19, 2014

Mountain View Community Plan Process

Last year, the Anchorage Community Land Trust, in partnership with the Mountain View Community Council, began the process of creating a 2014 Mountain View Neighborhood Plan.

Focus groups were held with Clark Middle School students, program participants, business owners, and residents to hear their thoughts on land use in Mountain View.

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January 30, 2014

Capacity Building Grants For Sustainability

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Learning to run an effective and efficient charitable organization does not happen overnight. As previously relied upon funding streams disappear, it’s imperative the nonprofit community finds innovative and sustainable ways to continue providing our much needed and relied upon services.

For many of us, writing a grant for $3,000 dollars isn’t worth the effort.

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January 29, 2014

Alaskan Wishes Granted by the Alaskan Community


Meet three-year-old Owen from Salcha, Alaska. Owen is battling Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a life-threatening blood disorder.

During treatment, his port for chemotherapy prevented him from taking baths at his grandparents’ house—something he once loved to do.

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January 28, 2014

thread welcomes Meghan Johnson as Quality Rating and Improvement Director


thread, Alaska‘s statewide Child Care Resource and Referral agency, has announced that Meghan Johnson has been named the first ever Quality Rating and Improvement System Director.

Johnson will be collaborating with a statewide team to oversee the development of a new quality system to advance the quality of early care and education in Alaska.

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January 17, 2014

Kastle’s Kreations Award-Winning Cupcake Recipe

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Eagle River’s Kastle’s Kreations, purveyor of quality cupcakes, recently won big on TV’s Cupcake Wars with their Lemon Rosemary Smoked Salmon cupcake.

Here is the recipe, direct from Kastle’s Kreations – in case you’re adventurous enough to try it yourself!

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December 20, 2013

Sitka Teen Speaks Out About Rebuilding Her Culture


Mt. Edgecumbe High School student Shanelle Afcan delivered a powerful commentary last week on Sitka’s KCAW Raven Radio about the disappearance of her Alaska Native culture.

The club hosts a youth-led, hour-long monthly radio show on the local public radio station. The show connects the Sitka community to the student community by breaking down youth stereotypes.

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December 5, 2013

Grant Funding to Promote Success Toward Higher Education

Juneau Community Foundation YAC Grants

The Youth Action Committee (YAC), of the Juneau Community Foundation, requests proposals from Juneau non-profit organizations and schools to promote success in high school by increasing awareness of the range of Post Secondary opportunities available for high school graduates.

With the help of the Juneau Community Foundation and local organizations, YAC members strive to improve the lives of their peers.

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December 4, 2013

Safely Defrosting Your Turkey

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, Extension has released a four-minute video to demonstrate methods for even procrastinating cooks to safely defrost a turkey.

Roxie Dinstel, a Fairbanks Extension agent, advises cooks to keep the turkey out of the “temperature danger zone” of 40 to 140 degrees.

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November 26, 2013

Harbeson Homestead Joins the Great Land Trust Effort

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Earlier this year we enjoyed an intimate celebration with the Harbeson, Chapman, Barlow family complete with carrot cake, sparkling cider, hugs, and a few proud tears.

In the conference room at Mat-Su Title, with a lovely view of Wasilla lake, we finalized the conservation easement on their historic thirty acre homestead including O’Brien Creek Estuary, overlooking Knik Arm.

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November 15, 2013

Cleaning up Town Square with Classical Music?

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Anchorage community members have been brainstorming ways to make Town Square a safer place. One proposed solution is to play classical music into Town Square to discourage illicit behavior and loitering.

Alaska Teen Media Institute’s Barae Hirsch interviewed teens and park goers about what they thought of this idea.

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November 14, 2013

Pick.Click.Give. – How Alaskans Gave


There’s good news on the generosity front in Alaska. The PFD Charitable Contributions Program – Pick.Click.Give. – continues to grow in three core metrics: number of Alaskans contributing, total amount they are giving, and percentage of participants among those who file for their dividend online.

Earlier this year, 26,093 Alaskans used Pick.Click.Give. to donate part or all of their $900 dividend to causes they support.

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November 8, 2013 – Social Philanthropy in Alaska

Tallyfunder-screen-shot provides a new way to support Alaskan non-profit organizations. It is the first crowdfunding site from Alaska, and began funding October 14.

Crowdfunding is very much what it sounds like, a crowd of different people coming together to fund something they care about.

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November 7, 2013

Pullen Creek Streamwalk: Protecting Salmon Habitat in Skagway

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Known to many as the Gateway to the Klondike Goldrush, Skagway is home to roughly 900 residents and a popular travel destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The Pullen Creek Corridor has long been an area of interest to visitors and residents of Skagway. The creek’s proximity to the cruise ship docks and downtown area as well as its’ annual runs of king, pink, and coho salmon make the creek an attractive and accessible nature retreat.

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November 5, 2013

Veteran Spotlight: Tina Trosper

Tina Trosper served in the Army from 2005 to 2010 and was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as an Aviation Specialist and radio transmit operator.

Since serving, Trosper has devoted herself to helping Alaskan soldiers transition back into the civilian workforce.

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October 30, 2013

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

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.

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October 23, 2013

Trick or Treat Town Returns to Anchorage

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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

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

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