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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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