Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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RUNNING 2021: Runoff for Mayor of Anchorage

Hometown Alaska is hosting a mayoral candidates' discussion between Dave Bronson and Forrest Dunbar.

Doing right by kids: How to pay for quality early childhood education at a scale we need?

Students play during recess at Dena'ina Elementary School in Wasilla in September. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) Today's question came from a listener, a father who has weathered and...

Why aren’t there more Alaska Native defenders, prosecutors and judges?

A listener posed a question for Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska and we tackled it on this week's show. Where are the Alaska Native defenders, prosecutors and...

Is Alaska ready to go nuclear? Is nuclear ready for Alaska?

The nuclear-generated power industry is taking off. Among the latest developments are microreactors that might have advantages for remote communities in Alaska struggling with high energy costs, or military bases, or...

Land Acknowledgements: Why, How, and Beyond

Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska. (Alaska Native Language Center) Over the past few years, acknowledging the Indigenous roots of the places we call home has become more...

Healing and justice for victims of violent crimes

Tying different colored ribbons to a tree to remember victims of crimes is an annual event across the nation, including in Anchorage, during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 18-24. The...

We’re ‘all ears’ on Hometown Alaska this week

Bunny ears image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Host images by Alaska Public Media. The arrival of a new host to Hometown Alaska is a good opportunity to open...

RUNNING: 2021 Anchorage Mayor’s Race – issues and candidate Q&A responses

Anchorage on an April evening. Taken April, 2008. Photo from Flickr/Wikipedia, by Frank. K. Creative Commons License 2.0 Generic UPDATE: Candidate responses to Alaska Public Media's 2021 Mayor...

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

UPDATE: Candidate responses to Alaska Public Media's 2021 School Board Candidate questionnaire are now available at Running 2021. Sixteen candidates are running; 12 responded to the questionnaire....

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...