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$23M Paratrooper Drill Sets Off From Alaska to Australia

$23M Paratrooper Drill Sets Off From Alaska to Australia

Drill involving 33,000 members of the military across three continents takes 425th Airborne Brigade to the opposite side of the globe.

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July 6, 2015
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz chatted with supporters while the Vinyl Floors played on stage ahead of the start to the formal ceremony. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Berkowitz Emphasizes New Tone for a New Anchorage in Inaugural Address

Ethan Berkowitz formally became the new Mayor of Anchorage on Wednesday. The celebration downtown was a marked departure from past inaugurations, with a heavy emphasis on changing directions at city hall.

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July 2, 2015
Uncle Leroy's Coffee parked at the Muldoon Farmers Market. Hillman/KSKA

Psychologist Follows Slow-Roasted, Highly Caffeinated Dream

Austin Schwartz pours green coffee beans into a pan and sets a timer. For the next 8 minutes, he slowly shuffles them around. The inside of the bus is open and simple. A few of the original 1960s era benches flank the sides of a coffee counter where a teakettle sits on one corner. A two-burner propane stove stands against a wall.

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July 1, 2015

On The Way Out, Mayor Sullivan Gathers Souvenirs

Packing up his office after six years on the job, Mayor Dan Sullivan reflects on what he’ll take with him, and what gets left behind.

June 30, 2015
Participants at the Mt. View Street Fair watch performers. Hillman/KSKA

Mt. View Neighborhood Plan pulls together community ideas for a better place to live

The Mountain View Community Council is putting the finishing touches on their neighborhood plan. It’s a targeted vision for making the city’s most diverse neighborhood a place people want to stay for the long-term.

June 29, 2015
Muldoon Farmers Market highlights need for community space

Muldoon Farmers Market highlights need for community space

Muldoon’s first farmers market unites community in quest for more gathering spaces.

June 29, 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
Debra Burt shows off her latest collage. Hillman/KSKA

Sparc! Gives Artists A Way to Communicate When They May Otherwise Be Silent

Sparc! studio blends in with the line of shops and galleries in downtown Anchorage, but behind the displays of vivid paintings and sculptures, artists are learning more than just creative expression.

June 25, 2015
Diane Timberlake says testing for HIV is a healthy choice. Photo courtesy of family.

HIV Testing Opens Doors, Disease Still A Problem in Alaska

After being diagnosed HIV while serving in prison, Diane Timberlake overcame stigmas to teach others about the importance of testing and living life with HIV.

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June 24, 2015
Innovative Summer School Class Helps Students Succeed, Together

Innovative Summer School Class Helps Students Succeed, Together

What happens when you throw a mix of middle school kids who all learn at different levels into one class then hand them a couple of college-level texts? An innovative, collaborative approach to teaching that gets students to pay attention.

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June 23, 2015

Assembly Weighs Suspended Design Standards For New Construction

A contentious zoning ordinance is just one of four controversial measures on the docket for the last Assembly meeting of the Sullivan Administration.

June 22, 2015

After A Long Wait, Going Back Could Be Tough

Twenty six homes were lost to the Sockeye wildfire, according to Matanuska Susitna Borough officials on Thursday. Some neighborhoods have been surveyed for damage, and some evacuees are going back home.

June 19, 2015
Allison Warden models the beginnings of her whaling suit. Hillman/KSKA

Zip Tie Polar Bears Adorn The Place of the Future-Ancient

How do you connect with the past and the future at the same time? For one artist, the start is through polar bear hides made of zip ties and an ancient Inupiaq whaling suit made of flexible plastic mesh. Allison Warden speaks about her newest project, The Place of the Future-Ancient.

June 18, 2015

Sockeye Evacuees Still Waiting To Go Home

Sockeye fire slows, but slow burn continues underground. Homeowners asked to wait another day before returning.

June 18, 2015
Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Update: Wednesday, June 17. 5:45 pm.

Lightning strikes are thought to be the cause of two new fires that started Tuesday near the Kenai Peninsula community of Cooper Landing. Both fires are at zero percent containment and power lines have been shut off near the larger fire.

June 17, 2015

As Fires Burn, Agencies Coordinate Helicopters to Gift Cards for Relief

Amid organizational and financial complexities, most of the immediate needs on the ground are quite basic

June 17, 2015

Sockeye Fire Strategy Changes To Offensive

As new firefighting crews arrive, an offensive strategy takes shape against the Sockeye wildfire near Willow.

June 17, 2015

Sockeye Fire Slows, For Now

There is a bit of heartening news from the Sockeye fire. Erratic weather, expected to bring strong winds to the area late Tuesday, did not actually materialize after a thunderstorm passed overhead, and fire crews have arrived from outside Alaska to begin an offensive against the blaze.

June 17, 2015
Lisbet Norris with four puppies, part of the hundred dogs her family evacuated from their Willow kennel. In total, around 400 sled dogs were brought to the lot at Underdog Feeds in Wasilla. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

“Noah’s Ark” At Evacuation Site for Willow Mushers Fleeing Sockeye Fire

Tight-knit mushing community was able to coordinate a rapid response to the wildfire, relocating 400 animals as part of an emergency plan hatched just weeks earlier.

June 16, 2015
Gov. Bill Walker briefed reporters on Monday. (Photo by Eric Keto - Alaska Public Media)

Sockeye Fire Continues to Burn; Walker Declares Disaster

The Sockeye Fire near Willow is now the state’s number one fire-fighting priority. Governor Bill Walker personally viewed the burned area by air Monday, while forestry officials are bringing in help from the Lower 48 and British Columbia. Meanwhile, about 50 people in a Houston shelter are waiting to find out if they can go home again.

June 15, 2015