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Two Anchorage mayors tackle two recessions

Two Anchorage mayors tackle two recessions

This week, we’ll be talking with two Anchorage mayors about two recessions. With us are Tom Fink, who took over the reigns of Anchorage in 1987, not long after a collapse in the price of oil, and by Ethan Berkowitz, who’s been in office just about a month now.

KSKA: Friday, July 31, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 1, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 1, at 4:30 p.m.
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July 31, 2015
Non-profits and their role in Alaska

Non-profits and their role in Alaska

Alaska has somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 non-profits, and their important role in supporting community needs throughout the state is undeniable. Today we’ll be examining that role, and how it has grown over the past half century.

KSKA: Friday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 4:30 p.m.

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July 24, 2015

Big-Name Brands Arrive in Anchorage

On Thursday, Anchorage fashionistas lined up to be the first inside the new H&M men’s and women’s apparel store in Anchorage. We’ll be viewing some footage of that exciting event in a moment. Today, we are taking a look at how and why national brands, and in H&M’s case, international brands, are locating in Anchorage.

KSKA: Friday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18, at 4:30 p.m.

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July 17, 2015
Little Towns, Big Events

Little Towns, Big Events

For small towns like Seward and Girdwood, events like Mount Marathon and the Forest Fair bring an influx of cash into small communities. Tourism is a major pillar of Alaska’s economy, and on the next Alaska Edition, we’ll talk about what big events mean to small towns.

KSKA: Friday, July 10, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 11, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7July 11, at 4:30 p.m.
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July 10, 2015

Challenges and successes for Alaska’s LGBTQ community

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. But in the same week, the rainbow flag was burned outside of Identity, Anchorage’s LGBT community center. In these fast changing times, what challenges and successes are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities facing here in Alaska?

KSKA: Friday, 7/3, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7/4, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 7/3, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7/4, at 4:30 p.m.
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July 3, 2015

Hip-hop bringing positive change to Anchorage

Hip hop is more than just music and dance. It’s a culture. And for some people in Alaska it’s a way to bring positive change to the community.

KSKA: Friday, 6/26, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 6/26, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 4:30 p.m.
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June 26, 2015

Fighting Alaska’s wildfires

Fires ripped through Southcentral Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula this week, destroying structures and triggering evacuations. As the fires calm down, people are starting to head home. This week on Alaska Edition we’ll talk about fighting fires and taking the next steps toward recovery.

KSKA: Friday, 6/19, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/20, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 6/19, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/20, at 4:30 p.m.

June 19, 2015
Youth decision-making and healthy choices

Youth decision-making and healthy choices

Think back to being a high school student and navigating the social world. What made you happy or lonely? How did you decide if you wanted to play sports or study hard or drink alcohol? Nowadays fewer kids are drinking and making risky decisions than many people think. And we have data showing why. This week’s Alaska Edition focuses on youth decision making and how the community is supporting healthy choices.

KSKA: Friday, 6/12, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/13, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 6/12, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/13, at 4:30 p.m.
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June 12, 2015

The purpose and history of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend

Today, we’re talking about the Permanent Fund. Some House Republicans want to move some of the fund’s earnings into the body of the fund so it can’t be touched. Others are tossing around the idea of using the Permanent Fund as collateral for earning more money for the General Fund. Is this what the Fund is for? So, we’re taking a step back and looking at the history of the Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend.

KSKA: Friday, 5/29, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/29, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 29, 2015

The Legislature’s Second Special Session

With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.

KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 22, 2015

How can Alaska solve its fiscal crisis?

We’ve been hearing for months about Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The budget is being cut and we’ll have to dip into reserves. Some economists predict that the state will run out of savings in less than a decade. But is there an alternative? Can the state make money for the general fund from sources other than oil revenue? Some economists say yes.

KSKA: Friday, 5/15, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 15, 2015

Rural Alaska’s Water Issues

Today we’re discussing water. Specifically, the absence of adequate water and sewage systems in rural communities across Western Alaska. Though there has been a lot of progress building facilities in the last 20 years, the job isn’t done, leaving many with limited access to potable water. It’s not merely an issue of convenience. There are elevated health risks, economic consequences, as well as questions of fairness in resource allocation. And amid diminishing state revenues along with accelerating climate change, the problems are rapidly worsening.

KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 8, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Mayoral Runoff Election

With just a few days left before Anchorage voters head to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to pick a new mayor the race is intensifying. On April 7th, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski took the most votes in the city-wide election. For the most part the campaigns were cordial, with the candidates sparing on policy disagreements, but respectful of one another. But in the last week or so new issues have been quickly popping up—both personal and policy related. Today we’ll be sorting through the mayor’s race stories appearing online and in the news, getting a handle on what coverage is substantial, and what’s superficial.

KSKA: Friday, 5/1 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/1 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 4:30pm

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May 1, 2015

Starting And Maintaining A Small Business

Today we’ll be talking to some Alaskans who make the business world their beat and we’ll find out how minorities can get some assistance in starting and maintaining a business.

KSKA: Friday, 4/24 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/24 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 4:30pm

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April 24, 2015
Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132

Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132

This week on Alaska Edition: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council takes action on Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska’s pollock fishery. How could the veto of HB132 affect the Mat-Su Valley? Where does Medicaid expansion stand in the legislature?

KSKA: Friday, 4/17 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/17 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 4:30pm

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April 17, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Municipal Election Results

Today, we’ll be talking about he aftermath of this week’s Anchorage municipal election – results that were surprising to some.

KSKA: Friday, 4/10 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/10 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 4:30pm

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April 10, 2015
KSKA's Anne Hillman and KTUU's Austin Baird join Ellen Lockyer on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Impacts Of Reduced State Funding On Alaska’s Schools

Today we’ll be checking in with the Legislative session in Juneau, and the impacts the latest school funding developments on schools statewide and how it may affect school bonds in Anchorage’s upcoming Municipal Election. And, we’ll take a look at how a group of Sudanese refugees are moving forward after a recent vandalism incident in Anchorage.

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KSKA: Friday, 4/3 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 4:30pm

April 3, 2015
Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin’s Law was recently introduced again in the state legislature. It would mandate all public schools to teach sexual abuse prevention curriculum to all students grades K-12. It also requires education and awareness for teachers.

KSKA: Friday, 3/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 3/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 4:30pm

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March 27, 2015
(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Diversity In Anchorage

Today’s topic is diversity in Anchorage. We’ll start with how the community and the state became home to so many people from different cultures then dive into what that means for Anchorage today – how do we maintain our cultural diversity while also building a healthy, unified community.

KSKA: Friday, 3/20 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 3/20 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 4:30pm

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March 20, 2015
ADN's Devin Kelly, KTUU's Austin Baird join Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes on Alaska Edition to discuss Anchorage's upcoming mayoral election. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up

Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on April 7th, but recently we’ve seen the race start to take off. It’s a crowded field, with 11 candidates, hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from donations, and expectations of an eventual run off.

KSKA: Friday, 2/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 4:30pm

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February 27, 2015