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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we hear what happens when you combine fishing with rap music. Eli Fields was born and raised in Kodiak, and he discovered his love for music early.
Fields is just 17 years old, but he already has a proper studio album in the bag. His debut, Paper and Crayons was released earlier this month.
Today we’re selling cookies in the name of science. Girl Scout Troop 9170 is not your typical group.
They go by the name “Electronically Overdressed Senioritas,” and they use their funds raised from selling cookies to build robots.
Recently I met up with Todd Salat, a photographer that makes his living shooting the auroras. Tonight he’s chosen a peak in the Eagle River highlands to start his shift.
Being a professional aurora photographer may sound like the best job ever, but Salat says it can be shaky. It’s kind of like being a commercial fisherman.
Today we’re visiting the Anchorage Museum’s newest exhibit: “Arctic Flight.”
The first thing you see when entering the exhibit is a cherry red 1928 Stearman. And your first question might be, “How did they get an airplane to the third floor of the museum?”
Today we’re going on an art walk. Jean Bundy has been doing these walks annually for about four years in the Anchorage area. For her, it’s about discovering new and interesting artists.
Bundy belongs to a very distinguished group called the International Association of Art Critics. Only about 400 people in the entire country can boast the title, and getting it isn’t easy.
The majority of Alaskans do their fishing in the summer months, but there are some that take advantage of the peace and quiet that winter lends to their favorite fishing holes, which in most cases, are still full of fish.
Currently though, we aren’t catching anything.
The United Way of Anchorage is putting on their third annual Walk for Warmth this weekend. The event began as an effort to aid people with living costs during the winter, and to prevent homelessness.
Meghan Clemens, the project’s manager, says rent and utility assistance together the single biggest unmet need the United Way sees in Anchorage.
There’s a new dance company in town, and they’re not afraid to mix genres.