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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

Construction Starts on New Mountain Bike Trails at Kincaid Park

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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

Food for Mind and Body

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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

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

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

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

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

Playground Transforms East Anchorage Neighborhood

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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