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Source: Togiak National Wildlife Refuge Facebook.

How Many Shrews Can a Rainbow Trout Eat?

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.

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September 9, 2013
Honoring Young Heroes at the State Fair

Honoring Young Heroes at the State Fair

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.

September 3, 2013
Surfing the Bore Tide

Surfing the Bore Tide

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.

August 26, 2013
An Alaskan Midwife in Haiti

An Alaskan Midwife in Haiti

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.

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August 19, 2013
Postcards from the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Postcards from the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

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.

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July 31, 2013
The play group at Point Woronzof in Anchorage.

Getting the Kids Outside Year-round

Today we’re playing outside.

This play group calls themselves “Skedaddle,” and their purpose is to get the children outdoors together at least once a week. Even in the wind, rain and subzero temperatures.

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July 22, 2013

Calling All Heroes

2012 Summer of Heroes at the State Fair

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.

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July 15, 2013
Kuhn is a fierce advocate for food security.

Plants Vs. Zombies

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.

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July 8, 2013
Young Alaskans Go To Work Outdoors

Young Alaskans Go To Work Outdoors

Despite growing up in Alaska, there are some youth in Anchorage who have not spent much time outdoors. Fortunately for these kids, there are youth summer programs aiming to get them outside, and some programs even pay.

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June 24, 2013
Eating Well Aboard a Seward Sailboat

Eating Well Aboard a Seward Sailboat

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.

June 17, 2013

A “Big Day” Birding in Seward

Clark adjusts his field scope in search of more species of bird.

It’s 5:40am, on Saturday. Way early than I usually wake up. I’m going to try and slip out of here without waking the wife and the dog. Let’s go do some birding.

Our guide today is Zac Clark. He’s doing what birders call a “Big Day.”

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June 7, 2013
Bringing Arts and Culture to Ship Creek

Bringing Arts and Culture to Ship Creek

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.

June 2, 2013
Riding the Singletrack at Kincaid Park

Riding the Singletrack at Kincaid Park

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.

May 28, 2013
(Teen) Underground Filmmakers

(Teen) Underground Filmmakers

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.

May 19, 2013
Photo courtesy USGS.

The Growing Up Anchorage Website

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.

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May 13, 2013
Mountaineering on the Cheap

Mountaineering on the Cheap

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.

May 6, 2013
Backyard Chicken Blogging

Backyard Chicken Blogging

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.

April 29, 2013

A Dream Come True: Homemade Bacon

Today we’re making homemade bacon.

In his Peters Creek home, Erik Johnson is prepping a massive amount of meat to make some of his signature bacon. This man is no stranger to meat. In addition to bacon, Johnson makes sausage and jerky, both with wild game and store-bought meat.

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April 22, 2013

A Polar Bear Named Kali

Today we meet the newest addition to the Alaska Zoo: a baby polar bear named Kali. The cub was recently put on display for its very first media photo shoot.

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April 8, 2013
Get Her to the Greek (Food)

Get Her to the Greek (Food)

What’s a Melitzanosalata, and how do you make it? On this week’s Town Square 49 Radio, we’re talking to Laurie Constantino, chef, author, and teacher.

April 1, 2013