Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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RUNNING: 2021 Anchorage School Board Race – issues and candidate Q&A responses

Sixteen candidates have signed up to run for the Anchorage School Board. The mail-in election is April 6, and ballots will be sent to voters on March...

Reporter Kyle Hopkins: Revealing the human cost of broken safety and deferred justice in rural Alaska

Many programs on Justice Alaska focus on explaining Alaska's judicial system from the inside, from the perspective of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as participants...

Three local pastors respond to Henry Louis Gates’ “The Black Church”

Partial logo from the PBS historical and cultural exploration of the Black Church in America. In a sweeping, song-filled and emotional telling, Henry Louis Gates takes viewers through...

Dana Stabenow talks about her latest crime novel, her writing career and her support for women writers

Dana Stabenow, Alaska author of nearly 40 books, many in crime fiction. One series focuses on private eye named Kate Shugak, and a second series focuses on a a mythical Alaska...

LISTEN: Meet some of the Alaska owls that live in your backyard

Archimedes, an education animal cared for by biologist Ginamaria Smith, was live on Zoom Jan. 31, 2021, as the featured guests of the Eagle River Nature Center's program "Alaska's Superb Owls."

Wanted: Underrepresented artists who need financial support for their creative work

Rasmuson Foundation is in active outreach mode, seeking underrepresented artists to apply for the 2021 Individual Artists Awards. Today's show features past winners offering advice, and Rasmuson Foundation employees focused on...

Balancing Alaska’s budget is getting so hard that it hurts. Here’s one citizen’s plan.

Illustrations by Alaska cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl help to explain the fiscal challenge citizens and policy makers face in Alaska's near future. (Peter Dunlap-Shohl) As Cliff Groh puts it, he's...

2020 election reflections and boosting local civic engagement

Alaska Division of Elections "I Voted" stickers for 2020 were created by artist Barbara Lavallee and included translations in English, Spanish, Koyukon, Gwich’in, Aleut, Tagalog, Alutiiq, Northern Inupiaq, Nunivak Cup’ig, and...
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UAA gymnasts, skiers and hockey players turn to philanthropy to save their sports

Back in late August, UAA's chancellor Cathy Sandeen announced a difficult financial decision: university funding for women's gymnastics, men's hockey and men's and women's skiing would...
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‘Extra Tough’ refreshes the Northern story—past, present and future—with women’s values and sensibilities

'Harbourage for a Song' by Meryl McMaster: Plains Cree and European artist Meryl McMaster poses on the northern peninsula of Newfoundland, a first point of contact between indigenous and Norse peoples...

Unpacking the gift and power of women in the Alaska community

The YWCA of Alaska recently named its 31st cohort of Women of Achievement. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we learn more about the mission and priorities...

Coronavirus: Update on help for small business, renters facing eviction

National and state elections were, and continue to be, major distractions from a global pandemic that is tightening its grip around Alaska. Congress and the President have...

Dr. Anne Zink offers updates, best strategies for COVID safety

It seems as if the coronavirus COVID-19 is that unwanted guest who came for a three-day visit; eight months later its still taking up space in our...

Why Alaska judges are appointed, but still run for retention in elections

This November 3, Alaskans will go to the polls to choose a president and congressional and state leaders. But there is more on the ballot. In...
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Alaska Book Week rolls out October events: how to get an agent, Alaska women writers, AQR reading series and more

October 2-9, 2020 marks this year's Alaska Book Week. Find a list of happenings here. While in-person events won't be the norm, a slate of virtual opportunities...
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Save our Sisters Alaska: Telling victim stories of rape and abuse to seek community healing

Photo courtesy of Save Our Sisters Alaska, a multimedia statewide awareness campaign to reduce extreme rates of violence against women in Alaska. Created through Affinityfilms, Inc, a nonprofit media production company...

COVID-19 and the Courts: District Judge Kari McCrea describes impacts

Since mid-March 2020, the Alaska Court System has coped with the public health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic by delaying court proceedings. Altogether, the presiding judge has...
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Improve your home cyber security with FBI pro tips

Image from the fbi.gov website dealing with protecting citizens from cyber crime. UPDATE after the broadcast: If you have a cyber crime to report, do so here:...

Retiring at 70, this MD helped lung patients, climbed Denali, ran the Iditarod and saved lives along the trail. Hear her stories.

Beth Baker on a winter bike ride, one of her Alaska passions. (Photo courtesy Beth Baker) Beth Baker came to Alaska at age 32, joining an Anchorage medical...
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New book: How Alaska’s pipeline shaped America’s Religious Right

KL Marshall, originally from Texas but currently living in Alaska (thanks to COVID-19 shuttering her graduate school), is an academic writing her doctoral thesis at the University...