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Frugal Fun At The Alaska State Fair


The end of summer in Alaska can mean two things, back to school and The Alaska State Fair!

While the fair isn’t known for being especially cheap, you can get the most bang for your buck by checking out our tips.

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August 22, 2013 - 7:00 am

New Alaska National Forest Posters Highlights Fish and Wildlife


The Chugach and Tongass National Forests have released two new posters in their series, “More Than a Place to Visit—It’s Where We Live.”

The new 16×32 inch posters are available for free at your local Forest Service office.

Learn more.

August 21, 2013 - 7:00 am

Anchorage Community Works Grand Opening

ACW Grand Opening Excerpt

Anchorage Community Works started remodeling a warehouse in Ship Creek this May and have been moving at locomotive speed to get the space ready for use – including remodeled bathrooms, a 300+ square foot stage, an art studio, and a shared workspace, among other things.

Join The Works on August 23rd for a grand opening the likes of which Anchorage has not yet seen.

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August 20, 2013 - 7:00 am

Local Harvest Feast at the Botanical Gardens

anchorage food mosaic harvest feast

You are invited to the inaugural Anchorage Food Mosaic Local Harvest Feast at the beautiful Alaska Botanical Garden.

Alaska’s rich abundance of fish and game, diverse people, wild edible greens, plump berries, and anything and everything your near-Arctic garden can grow are worth talking about – and eating – amongst friends new and old.

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August 16, 2013 - 7:00 am

Surfing on St. George Island

Alaska Teen Media Institute’s Mario Davis and Robert Stormo were in St. George at Seabird Camp 2013 to teach students how to shoot and make a movie about what they learned during camp. They were scheduled to be on the island July 28-July 31, but ended up staying until August 7 because of weather.

So, they learned to surf.

August 15, 2013 - 7:00 am

Second Growth Structures

With support from the National Forest Foundation’s Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program, Sitka Conservation Society has initiated projects with local partners that build community assets using locally milled timber products.

These projects promote sustainable harvesting of second growth timber and micro timber sales that support small, local mills.

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August 14, 2013 - 7:00 am

Construction Starts on New Mountain Bike Trails at Kincaid Park


Monday night marked the first of many volunteer work sessions that will finish six new miles of single-track mountain bike trails at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. The Kincaid North Singletrack Trails will compliment the existing 9 miles of trails at Kincaid Park.

The Singletrack Advocates is the dynamic group behind these popular trails.

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August 7, 2013 - 7:00 am

Food for Mind and Body

Anchorage Public Library Food 1

Michael is crafting. The staff of the Mountain View Library is stunned. Michael does NOT do crafts and is indignant in the way only a 13-year-old can muster at the mere suggestion that he should try.

“Crafts are for girls,” he reminds library staff almost daily when he comes into the “Lunch and Play” program; today doubly so: we’re making origami flowers.

August 1, 2013 - 7:00 am

Connecting Alaskans with Causes they Care About

Interested in volunteering, but not sure where to start – or even what’s available? A new website from United Way of Anchorage makes it easy for you to find out how you can make a difference in Anchorage.

Bethechange907.org makes it easy to make a difference.

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July 31, 2013 - 10:32 am

An Alaska Midwife in Haiti

Lack of skilled health care providers and a lack of access to medication is the everyday experience of those in developing nations. Midwives for Haiti is a non-profit organization training locals to be skilled birth attendants in rural Haiti.

Alaska FIlm Forum is partnering with one of those midwifes, to make a documentary film about her experience.

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July 30, 2013 - 7:00 am

Brooks Falls Bear Cam

You are watching exclusive live footage from Alaska’s Brooks River in Katmai National Park. Every year over a hundred Brown Bears descend on a mile long stretch of Brooks River to feast on the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world.

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July 26, 2013 - 7:00 am

2013 Sadler’s Alaska Challenge Mini-Doc

The Sadler’s Alaska Challenge is the toughest and longest Handcycle race in the world. The 7 stage race was held in Alaska, July 15-21.

The Alaska Teen Media Institute documented the race.

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July 25, 2013 - 7:00 am

Playground Transforms East Anchorage Neighborhood

Anchorage Park Foundation Russian Jack Park 2

The polar bear playground at Anchorage’s North Russian Jack Springs Park is officially open for play. This section of park has undergone a complete transformation from an abandoned and frightening area to a vibrant and bustling community recreation hub.

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July 24, 2013 - 7:00 am

Cabin Camping 101

Barber Cabin near the Russian River Campground

Four walls can really help you sleep in bear country! You can rent a public use cabin and have a great camping adventure. Read about the cabin and see what items you need to bring as each of them are unique.

Here is a little primer for you before your first cabin camping adventure.

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July 23, 2013 - 7:00 am

The Mark of a Roo

Our former resident rooster, Roo Paul.

Today, for the first time in many years, my yard was silent. There was no 4 am crow to incorporate into my dreams, as so often happens in the summer, and no crow to greet me when I came out to feed the dogs and chickens.

Roo Paul was gone – taken away yesterday by the Rooster Remover, because yes, I am too “chicken” to dispatch problem birds myself.

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July 17, 2013 - 7:00 am

Sopa Azteca: Mexican Traditions in Alaska

Food Mosaic Sopa Azteca 1

The smell of chicken stock simmering with spices, tomatoes and potatoes brings Rebeca Barbosa right back to her childhood kitchen in Central Mexico. She now prepares Sopa Azteca regularly at her home near Westchester Lagoon.

This is her mother’s traditional recipe.

See the recipe.

July 11, 2013 - 7:00 am

Cultural Revitalization and Economic Development in Wrangell

Construction of the Cultural Center in Downtown Wrangell, June 2013

A small island town with economic roots in the fishing and logging industries, Wrangell is nestled in the heart of the Inside Passage at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River.

Wrangell’s cultural heritage is rooted in the traditions of the Stikine Tlingit and Haida tribes, a cultural connection that the Wrangell Cooperative Association has been working to revitalize and reestablish in the close-knit community of 2,300 residents.

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July 10, 2013 - 7:00 am

Sunchokes in Alaska

Woodside Sunchoke 2

For those of you who don’t know, a Sunchoke, or Jerusalem Artichoke, is a perennial related to the sunflower with a tuberous root that is very edible and quite tasty.

I have been hearing about Sunchokes and their cold temperature hardiness for many years now, and they seem like a great perennial vegetable for Alaska, yet I’ve never seen them planted in the gardens around here.

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July 3, 2013 - 7:00 am

Announcing the Great Alaskan Short Film Contest


The Anchorage International Film Festival announces the Great Alaskan Short Film Contest. This is a new contest meant to encourage filmmaking in Alaska by Alaskans.

Films must be between 15 and 25 minutes in length and not have screened anywhere previously. Winners will be awarded cash prizes.

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June 28, 2013 - 7:00 am

OWL Project Connects Libraries Statewide


Imagine following a guide as he swims through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. He holds up shells for you to see and points out colorful fish. You wave your hand to get his attention and ask a question.

After listening to the answer, you continue exploring together: You and the other 50 people seated in Muldoon Neighborhood Library’s community room.

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June 27, 2013 - 7:00 am