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Harbeson Homestead Joins the Great Land Trust Effort

Page 3 O'Brien Creek Conservation Easement Photo by Carl Johnson

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 - 7:00 am

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 - 7:00 am

Pick.Click.Give. – How Alaskans Gave

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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 - 7:00 am

Tallyfunder.com – Social Philanthropy in Alaska

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Tallyfunder.com 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 - 7:00 am

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 - 7:00 am

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 - 7:00 am

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.

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October 23, 2013 - 7:00 am

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 - 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

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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

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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.

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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.

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September 11, 2013 - 7:00 am