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Hometown, Alaska

Give a Shout Out to Alaska Volunteers

Is there someone you want to thank for their helping hand? Agencies, non profits, community organizations are invited to give their volunteers a public thank you on Hometown Alaska, featuring special guest super-volunteer Rick Fox.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 14, 2012
Selecting Anchorage History

Selecting Anchorage History

The Cold War doesn’t seem that long ago, but folks are already preserving its history . It’s part of deciding what in this young city deserves to be set aside and preserved for posterity. To discuss these choices, this week’s guests are Greg Derocher, a veteran who served at the Nike missle site above Anchorage and now is trying to save it, and Jo Antonson, who evaluates historic sites for the State of Alaska. Join us with your ideas about what is worth saving from our past, and why.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 7, 2012

Life as an Alaskan Glacier Pilot

What would it be like to spend 12,000 hours flying a small plane through the Alaska Range? What would it be like to land that small plane on Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park? Join me, Shelly Wade, when I talk with Holly Sheldon Lee, daughter of famous Alaskan bush pilot, Don Sheldon, and her husband, accomplished pilot David Lee, when we hear their stories about life as an Alaskan glacier pilot.

KSKA: Wednesday, 12/5 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 30, 2012
‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland  Mountain prison string orchestra

‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland Mountain prison string orchestra

What can you learn by joining an orchestra? The discipline of practice. A way to express yourself. A commitment to not let fellow musicians down. That’s true in any orchestra, and especially in the Hiland Mountain Correction Center women’s string orchestra, performing its 9th holiday recital this December. Learn more about how the orchestra began, who pays for it and what participants think of the opportunity.

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/28 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

November 23, 2012
The Alaskan Political Junkie

The Alaskan Political Junkie

If you are up late listing to election returns Tuesday night, don’t worry. Our political junkie analysis doesn’t start until 2pm on Hometown Alaska. Two former legislators look at the results from the perspectives of the Democrats and Republicans, from the presidential pick at the top of the ticket through the new legislature, where control of the state Senate and the future of oil taxation and state finances hang in the balance.

KSKA: Wednesday 11/7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 2, 2012
Did You Hear Something?

Did You Hear Something?

Spine tinglers and hair raisers—the perfect recipe for a fine Halloween! This week Hometown Alaska will feature local storytellers who know just how to scare the starch right out of you! Join us for some great stories, and share your family and neighborhood traditions.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/31 at 2:00 pm

October 26, 2012

The Joy of Running

Runners are a brotherhood and sisterhood. We may run alone over miles of trails, but our major running events are among the largest public gatherings that ever happen in Anchorage, and training builds strong social bonds. Host Charles Wohlforth, a runner himself, welcomes guests and listeners to talk about running, training, races, equipment, trails, injury prevention, and the lifetime benefits of fitness on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/24 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

October 19, 2012

Alaska’s Own Melissa Mitchell, Mountain Stage ‘People’s Choice’

Big news for Alaska singer-songwriter Melissa Mitchell — in September, she won the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest ‘People’s Choice’ Award. That big achievement turns out to be her ticket to New York City, where she and other regional winners will perform Oct. 20 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. So, just 10 days before she heads out for the Big Apple we’ll host Melissa Mitchell on Hometown, Alaska to talk about everything from breaking in to the music business, to balancing ambition and family, to her mixed emotions about life in the 49th state.

KSKA: Wednesday, 10/10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

October 5, 2012

The Real Estate Market

There’s evidence that house prices are rising and new homes and business spaces are getting harder to find. Does that mean this is a good time to buy, sell, or refinance your home? We’ll be looking at how to handle your biggest asset in the current economy on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/3 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

September 28, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell’s Role in Alaska Oil and Gas

On September 10th, after a six-year effort, wrought with permitting challenges and legal battles, and recent delays with renovation of its oil spill-containment barge, Shell Alaska finally began preparatory drilling for offshore oil in the Chukchi Sea. A week later, the company announced that it would abandon plans after an accident damaged its oil spill containment dome. On September 20th, the company received the go ahead from federal officials to move forward with initial drilling activities in the Beaufort Sea. Join host Shelly Wade on Hometown, Alaska and learn more about Shell’s past, current and future role in Alaska’s oil and gas industry.

KSKA: Wednesday, 9/26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

September 21, 2012
Some trees look like they just "pulled up the rug" of grass as they toppled.

Why Trees Go Down in the Wind & How to Protect Them

Did you lose trees in the big blow Sept. 4? How much of that damage was preventable? Bring your tree questions to the experts when Patricia Joyner of the Community Forestry Program and arborist Jim Flott discuss the kind of damage they saw after the storm and offer advice on what types of trees will thrive in Anchorage and how to plant them. Find out how to take care of the trees in your own backyard.

KSKA: Wednesday, 9/19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

September 14, 2012
Rabbit Lake, Chugach State Park. Photo by Frank Kovalcheck. Creative Commons license.

Chugach State Park People Pressure

Chugach State park is one of the best in the country. In fact, it rivals many of the national parks. It is also in our back yard, a place we can go for walks after dinner or to take visitors to see the views. But proximity may threaten the very nature of the park. Our topic is the urban wilderness of Chugach State Park, and how it is changing as the city grows and encroaches on its edge. How do you want to see it develop – or not?

KSKA: Wednesday 9/12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

September 7, 2012

Midwifery in Southcentral Alaska

It’s a girl! It’s a boy! Having a baby is a journey. The road of pregnancy and childbirth has many bumps, bends and turns. Having someone there to tend to your needs along the way, can make that road a little smoother. Join host Shelly Wade when she talks with a group of local midwives and mothers on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 9/5 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

August 31, 2012
Anchorage Police and Deadly Force

Anchorage Police and Deadly Force

When an APD officer killed a man threatening him with a stick, community members began asking how and when deadly force is appropriate in our community. Anchorage Chief Mark Mew joins host Charles Wohlforth, to talk about how our officers do their work, and when they can make the decision to take a life.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/29 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

August 24, 2012
ASD superintendent Jim Browder.

The first day of school

As students finish their first day of classes of a new school year Wednesday afternoon, host Charles Wohlforth visits with the new superintendent of the Anchorage School District, Jim Browder, to learn about his plans for our kids and to answer your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/22 at 2:00 pm

August 17, 2012
Image of a full back tattoo, called  'Fire and Ice,' 2007 shared under Wikimedia Creative Commons, by Bengt Nyman

Tales of the Tattooed: What’s your story?

A moose biologist with intricate back and upper leg tattoos. A bakery worker with a famous storybook figure on her arm that signifies love between her and her mother. A nurse with 14 tattoos and a heap of regret. Every tattoo has a story behind it. Join tattoo artist James Allen and host Kathleen McCoy for ‘Tales of the Tattooed.’ What’s your tattoo story?

KSKA, Wednesday 8/15 at 2 pm and repeating at 7 pm

August 10, 2012
What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

The start of a new school year holds promise and challenge. Just north of Anchorage, the state’s second largest school district – with 45 schools and 17,000 students – is gearing up. Dr. Deena Paramo starts her second year as superintendent, capping a long career at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District that started as a middle school teacher. She joins host Kathleen McCoy in the studio to talk about 21st century education, her ambitions for the new year, and to field your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/1 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

July 27, 2012
Fishing in Anchorage

Fishing in Anchorage

Anchorage is unique. You can bike to work, and if you bring your waders and rod along, you can bike home with salmon for dinner. We’ll explore the opportunities to fish without leaving city limits. And the fantasy of fly-in fishing from Lake Hood to some of the best salmon streams in the world. With king salmon fishing closed in upper Cook Inlet, we’ll get advice from the experts on opportunities and restrictions.

Wednesday 6/27 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 22, 2012
Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Nothing whets the appetite like a steering wheel, a ribbon of asphalt and miles to burn. Give that a few hours, and you’ll be growling for ROAD FOOD. Join us to share the meal you’ll drive miles to enjoy, and learn about new places to add to your destination dining list.

KSKA: Wednesday 6/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 15, 2012

Alaska Soldiers Readjusting to Life Back Home

How do Alaska’s brave service men and women readjust to life in Alaska after months, or sometimes years, of serving in the U.S. military overseas? What are the challenges of re-establishing life in America with family, friends and loved ones? How can Alaskans better understand what our soldier’s have experienced and respond to their needs? Join me, Shelly Wade, and my guests, when we learn more about the issues facing returning Alaskan soldiers and resources that can help make that transition smoother.

KSKA: Wednesday 6/13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 8, 2012