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Today we’re going to school outside. Douglas Causey is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and most days he’s teaching in a classroom like every other teacher.
But, the one he’s teaching today couldn’t be more different. This classroom is in Portage Valley. And the homework? Catching fish.
Today we’re making hooch. Town Square 49 contributor Connie Walker recently posted a recipe for her cranberry hooch on our website. She originally discovered the recipe in the late 60s after she had curled up on her couch with a copy of the Sunday paper.
Walker lives in Oregon today and says she hasn’t made the hooch in decades, so I decided to track down an Anchorage cranberry expert to see if the recipe still held up almost 50 years later.
Today we’re welcoming the fall season with food. The leaves are dropping, there’s a chill in the air and Alaska’s edible bounty is changing. Local food blogger Heidi Drygas knows just how to embrace that change, and she’s starting at the Sears Mall farmers market.
Drygas writes the food blog Chena Girl Cooks, and her newest recipe entry is going to capture all that is fall.
Today, we meet a rainbow trout with an unbelievable appetite. Mark Lisac is a fish biologist at the Togiak Refuge, and just a few weeks ago he and group of his colleagues were catching rainbow trout for a tracking project.
“I can’t say for certain that I’ve ever seen a well preserved shrew in a stomach analysis,” Lisac says. Let alone 19 of them.
On a recent beautiful day at the fair, Alaska Communications and the Boys and Girls Club honored the winners of this year’s Summer of Heroes program – which acknowledges youth that have gone above and beyond to help their communities.
Each “Hero,” as they are referred to, is given a $1500 scholarship. Two of the award recipients this year are brothers.
Today we’re going surfing. Surfing is one of the few sports that most Alaskans haven’t tried.
Our water is freezing, our beaches are rocky and there aren’t many places to catch good waves.
None of that kept Robert Stormo from doing it.
Today we meet a midwife that is going to Haiti, and the film crew following her.
Jennifer Hoadley has been a labor and delivery nurse for six years. Not long ago, she was communicating by text with one of her nursing colleagues, who at the time was working in Haiti.
When she realized how bad the conditions were, she decided it was time to head to Haiti herself.
Corrie Francis Parks is an artist based out of Montana. Last year, she applied for the artist residency program offered by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.
The program contracts artists to hike the famous 33 mile Chilkoot Trail, and create an interactive artistic work with their fellow travelers. Francis Parks chose postcards as her medium.
Today we’re making heroes. Heather Cavanaugh oversees the Summer of Heroes program, a partnership with ACS and the Boys and Girls Club. The program nominates and awards Alaskan youths for their outstanding community service.
Winners of the award will receive a $1500 scholarship, as well as invitations to special events and recognition ceremonies.
Today we’re talking zombies and gardens. Shannon Kuhn is co-founder of the group Anchorage Food Mosaic, a collection of writers, food enthusiasts, and gardeners. One of the Mosaic’s goals is to encourage people to grow their own food.
Kuhn thinks she’s discovered a way to get more young people thinking about farming: Gardening is a mandatory skill for the zombie apocalypse.
Today we’re eating well on the ocean. About three years ago Jack and Barbra Donachy decided to move to Alaska from California in pursuit of a subsistence lifestyle.
Today they are teachers in Point Hope, and spend their summers on a boat in Seward. They named it Bandon.
The Ship Creek area is mostly known for its fish and trains, but this group is hoping they can expand that.
Anchorage Community Works was founded by four friends who decided to renovate an old warehouse off Ship Creek Road for their building. The plan is for the building to be a shared workspace for local artists.
Today we’re biking in Kincaid Park. The mountain bike trails, known as singletrack, are one of the park’s most popular features, and draw all kinds of riders.
Diana Maioriello is here today with her family, who range from age 12 to about 50. They’re all avid bikers, and today they’ll be trying out the single track for the first time.
Today we take a look inside Teen Underground, a place for teenagers meet at the Loussac library to work on creative projects.
The first kids I meet are Alexis and Patricia. They’re best friends, and they inform me that when they first came to Teen Underground they just knew they were going to hate it.
Today we’re growing up in Anchorage. Many people who move to Alaska end up never leaving, but what about the people who grow up here and then move away? Jana Nelson came to Anchorage in 1948, when she was just six years old.
Now, Nelson has created a website dedicated to the Anchorage she remembered.
Today we learn how to take an epic Alaskan journey on the cheap. Luc Mehl has lived in Alaska most of his life, and he does not waste an opportunity to be outdoors.
Luc has done it all – from skiing down volcanoes to pack rafting through craters. Most recently he traversed and climbed the three largest peaks in North America. That’s more than 800 miles of hiking, biking, skiing and rafting.
Today we’re talking chickens. Mara Bacsujlaky is a bit of a chicken expert. In addition to raising her own chickens, she hosts workshops, handles them for her job at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
And, she writes a blog dedicated to them. She is a fan.