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Citizen Voices

Lesser Sandhill Cranes: Feeding the Colt

Feeding a colt (that’s a baby crane) is a full time job. These Lesser Sandhill Cranes are finding leeches, worms, snails, fish, and other invertebrates in the mud.

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Three Great Summer Shows (Back East)

Alex Katz, Ada and Vincent in the Car (1972).

Alex Katz’s “Ada and Vincent in the Car”, portrays the stay-at-home mom driving her son–note the ubiquitous post-war American Chevy/Ford steering wheel.

Typical when routinely transporting teens, Ada and Vincent don’t converse.

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Herb-crusted Alaskan Salmon with Roasted Lemons

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Deciding what to make for Solstice dinner was easy.

During spring and early summer, us Alaskans engage in a traditional pastime known generally as “Cleaning Out the Freezer”.

See the recipe.

Alaska Guide to Boletus Mushrooms

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I was raised an Anchorage forager. From fiddleheads to blueberries, some of my fondest childhood memories are of gathering food from local parks and forests and preparing our edible treasures to be enjoyed throughout the year.

One of my favorite foods to collect is boletus mushrooms — a.k.a. wild porcini. My mouth waters just at the thought of the dense, earthy fungi sizzling in a pan with butter and garlic.

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Working for the Gov.

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In January of 1966, I returned to Anchorage after a semester of graduate school at Oklahoma State University.

According to OSU’s catalog, their department of Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising had courses in design, but when I arrived design had been eliminated.

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Sweet and Sustainable: Alaska Prawns and Shrimp

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The windshield has a crack running through it, there’s a little rust and a dent or two on the body, and some of the paint is chipping off the hand-lettered sign affixed to the vehicle’s side, but we look for Patrick Johnson’s little black truck every summer when we’re cruising around Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

If we don’t happen across his truck, we go find him at his Shrimp Guys Seafoods shop in Soldotna.

See the recipe.

New York in Late Spring, an Aesthetic Bonus

The High Line, Brooklyn.

It’s June and I’m studying for PhD art-philosophy orals coming up mid-July. I’ve told everyone in my life to scram/skedaddle until August.

I’m at my desk, five hours daily, yellow highlighter on textbooks, in front of my wide screen computer, pounding keys, and looking things up on Wikipedia.

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Community Voices

Barrow Youth Study Lemmings And Endangered Species

Young Barrow scientists study lemmings and endangered species. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

There is an increasing effort in Alaska to engage youth in hands-on scientific activities.

One group of teens is collecting data way up in Barrow.

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Volunteer Opportunities with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska

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Every day, an average of 2,975 youth attend a Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska Clubhouse in one of 32 communities across the state.

One of the most important components in allowing these organizations to run smoothly and effectively is participation from community volunteers.

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Salmon: The Hidden Migration

Juvenile salmon spend important parts of their lives in stream habitat, but this part of their lives is often hidden from our eyes.

Go into the forest with Richard Nelson to discover the amazing terrestrial lifecycle of Alaska’s salmon species.

Preserving Our Homestead on Dandy Lake

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We found the property by accident in 1971. An ad in the paper offered a plane ride to view a 120-acre parcel of land outside Palmer.

We’d been in Alaska five weeks to teach at a local elementary school and had just begun exploring the area.

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Innovation Lab at Loussac Public Library

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Innovation is a word quickly gaining in popularity.

You’ve probably heard the word. Or see the word in Forbes or Entrepreneur magazine. The company you work for may have innovation in their mission statement.

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2014 Summer of Heroes Program to Honor Local Youth

Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska are coming together again for the fourth annual Summer of Heroes program to recognize local youth making a difference in their local communities.

The search is on for five young Alaskan heroes, plus one from the Employee Program, who are going above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of others.

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Confessions of a Book Addict & Moose The Movie

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Popular “Tundra” cartoonist Chad Carpenter is going to be at the Loussac Library to talk about cartooning and about his latest project: “Moose,” a creepy and funny, family film.

And, oh yeah, it’s important to know this film is NOT animated – it is live action.

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Radio Stories

Town Square 49 Radio

From Photojournalism to Fine Art

15,000 people participated in Anchorage's first Color Run on June 15, 2013. The run is a 5k race where colored powder is thrown on participants every kilometer.

Today we’re going on a ride along with a photojournalist. Loren Holmes works for the newly rebranded Alaska Dispatch News.

Both Holmes’ father and grandfather were photographers.

A Fresh Take on Community Gardening

A Fresh Take on Community Gardening

Today we’re exploring a new kind of community gardening.

GeorgeAnne Sprinkle works for the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and recently started a community garden project called “Yarducopia.”