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Pribilof Islands Middle Schoolers Make a Documentary about Seabirds

Pribilof Islands Middle Schoolers Make a Documentary about Seabirds

A group of St. Paul Island 6th and 7th grade students have been studying the seabirds native to their island. For their final project for the Seabird Youth Network, the young students teamed up with Alaska Teen Media Institute to make a video documentary.

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June 26, 2013 - 5:00 am

The Power of Urban Gardens

Anchorage Food Mosaic Word Map

The question was simple: why is gardening (in Alaska of all places!) important to you?

The responses were thoughtful, witty, and it quickly became clear to me that a garden represents something different to each person.

It is a small, yet powerful act of self-sufficiency, localism, and in some cases rebellion.

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June 19, 2013 - 7:00 am

Anchorage teens find more than just a summer job on public lands

Chugach National Forest Summer Jobs 1

When Alex Zimmerman was young, she loved the outdoors and told people she wanted to be a “bug scientist” when she grew up.

But her career plans really began to take shape last year when she was accepted into Youth Employment in Parks.

Read more.

June 10, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Take Action for Early Learning

Thread Early Learning

Too many children in the United States arrive at the kindergarten door already behind their peers. But where do we start if we are to make sure our children are ready for school?

Earlier than you think! From the moment of birth, babies start on a path of learning and discovery that determines how confidently they step over the kindergarten threshold and beyond.

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June 5, 2013 - 11:59 am

Summer of Heroes: Honoring Alaska Youth

Summer of Heroes Excerpt

Alaska Communications is happy to announce the third annual Summer of Heroes program in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska.

The program recognizes five young Alaska heroes who are making a difference in Alaska communities.

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June 4, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Miracle Months of Summer

Karen Nickoli is a playful 10-year-old from Russian Mission, a small Yup’ik village near Bethel. She woke up with a fever one day and found out she had cancer the next.

Providence houses the only children’s hospital in the state so Karen would be staying in Anchorage for her care. Scared and far from home, Karen and her mom could hardly wait for the rest of their family to join them.

Learn more.

May 30, 2013 - 7:00 am

Teri Rofkar Named 2013 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist

Sitka basket and textile weaver Teri Rofkar has been named the 2013 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist.

The $40,000 award recognizes an artist with stature and a history of creative excellence.

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May 28, 2013 - 11:17 am

Think, Work & Play at Anchorage Community Works

The warehouse that will house Anchorage Community Works in the Ship Creek area.

Anchorage Community Works is a concert venue, art studio, shared classroom and collaborative workspace that is opening in Anchorage this summer.

With a mission to provide a community center for local creatives and small business owners, “The Works” will connect and collaborate with locals who care about art, music, culture, learning, politics, and health.

Learn more.

May 24, 2013 - 7:00 am

Time for a Big Picture Break

Anchorage Library 2

Alaska Public Library Director Mary Jo Torgenson just released the 2012 report for the library.

This document is a great reminder of the importance of stepping back and looking at the big picture. Though filled with numbers, the overall arc of the report emphasizes why the library does what it is doing.

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May 23, 2013 - 7:00 am

Girl Scout Camp Builds Character

Girls enjoying s'mores at Camp Togowoods near Wasilla.

There’s no question, camp is fun.

But, for girls who attend Girl Scout camp in Alaska, there’s also important work happening – the work of character development.

May 22, 2013 - 10:42 am

A Tribute to Three Moms

Anchorage Parks Foundation Lia

Standing next to them in the grocery line, you might not suspect their powers. You see them at the school play, at the hardware store, and at the park.

They are your friends, your co-workers, your sisters. They are our world’s ultimate superheroes. They are moms.

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May 21, 2013 - 7:00 am

Congratulations Graduates!

Join us in congratulating the Anchorage high school graduating class of 2013, as well as the many people who helped them along the way.


May 17, 2013 - 7:00 am

Blazing New Bike Trails at Kincaid Park

Anchorage’s Singletrack Advocates are planning to build more mountain bike trails this summer – a six mile extension of the popular trails they have already built at Kincaid Park.

This ambitious goal is the way this can-do group rolls.

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May 14, 2013 - 7:00 am

Celebrate National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

Thread Child Care Provider Day

The second Sunday in May has long been recognized as the day to honor mothers and their commitment to children. But, did you know the Friday before Mother’s Day, May 10, 2013, is Provider Appreciation Day?

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May 9, 2013 - 7:00 am

New 90% by 2020 Education Action Report Reveals Progress

United Way Education Report Excerpt

Data reveals progress is being made toward the community’s goal of a 90% graduation rate by the year 2020. Beginning in 2006 the Anchorage graduation rate was just 59%.

Today it’s grown to almost 73%. But additional attention and effort is still needed.

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May 1, 2013 - 7:00 am

2012 Big Brother of the Year Joel Cooper

Big Brothers Big Sisters Big of the Year 2012

Joel and Little Brother Tim have been “matched” since June 2011. In that timeframe Joel has helped Tim in ways neither of them could imagine.

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April 24, 2013 - 7:00 am

Love Your Local Library

Photo Courtesy of the Alaska Library Association.

The library is a wonderful, amazing place that offers programs from tots to adults all under one roof! It’s a great place to find books on almost every imaginable topic and open your imagination to magical worlds.

Here is a list of some of the great things your local library provides.

Click for more.

April 23, 2013 - 7:00 am
Maintaining the Highest Standards in Philanthropy

Maintaining the Highest Standards in Philanthropy

ACF National Standards

The Alaska Community Foundation is proud to announce that we have been re-certified as an organization meeting the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability.

The program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors, who entrust charitable assets to the organization.

Learn more.

April 16, 2013 - 7:00 am
DIY Naan Bread

DIY Naan Bread

Naan with Hummus

My quest for some at-home Naan bread on a snowy day was motivated by a recent trip to Bombay Deluxe.

That, and the terrible driving conditions preventing me from getting into town during Anchorage’s spring snow offload.

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April 15, 2013 - 7:00 am

Taking Steps Toward Financial Wellness

united way taxes

April is National Financial Literacy Month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Consumers are feeling squeezed each week with rapidly increasing gas and food prices and sluggish economic growth, with many living in a down economy for the first time.

Learn more.

April 12, 2013 - 7:00 am