Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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Ask the Superintendent

Anchorage School District, photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media. Dr. Deena Bishop, superintendent of the Anchorage School Board. An impressive logistical and operational...

Surprise: Alaska has ticks, and more are on the way

Image courtesy of the Alaska State Veterinary office. Maybe you are like me. I assumed that Alaska was too cold to have ticks. But it only took searching...

‘And Now We Rise’: The story and work behind this documentary

Publicity poster for "And Now We Rise," with the image of Samuel Johns. (Image courtesy of Affinity Films) Affinity Films' recent documentary aired in late April at the...

Local: How horses assist in human physical therapy

Advocates of equine-assisted therapy say riders benefit from the horse's soothing rhythm, warmth and three-dimensional movement pattern that mimics the movement pattern of the human pelvis. (Photo courtesy of EATA.)

Going nuclear in Alaska: Past…and Future?

This is a photo of preparations for the Cannikin nuclear test on Amchitka Island in 1971. Amchitka is the southern most of the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Island chain....

Public libraries = back-to-school help

Image by <a href="http://">Gerd Altmann from <a href="http://">Pixabay. Used with permission. Everybody is back in school now—first-time kindergarteners, elementary and middle schoolers, high school and college...

How Alaska schools, courts and police manage and confront gun violence

Snapshot from a recent study by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. Americans with guns taking aim at other Americans is a very disturbing situation. In today's...

Meet Americorps in Alaska

Logo for Americorps Vista. Back in 1965, President John Kennedy launched a domestic public service equivalent of the Peace Corps, called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). In...

What you need to know about this pest

How to identify a spruce bark beetle-infested tree. Can you use it as firewood? How do you keep spruce in your own yard healthy? How serious is the outbreak in Southcentral? Thanks for listening!

Anchorage prepares for budget cut impacts

On Wednesday, July 24, the mayor of Anchorage declared a short-term civil emergency in anticipation of the impacts from dramatic budget cuts to agencies that shelter...

Anchorage’s ever-evolving farmers markets

Vertical strawberry fields, and a sample of a ripe one. Thriving Green's Frank Enstice serves the new Jewel Lake Farmers Market with microgreens like sunflower and pea shoots, green microgreen mixes...

Justice Alaska: A conversation with former Chief Justice Walter ‘Bud’ Carpeneti

Alaska's current budgetary conflict on how to pay for government services touches many aspects of life in Alaska, including the judicial system. In this edition of Justice...

House for Sale: Alaska real estate snapshot

House-for-sale signs pop up like wildflowers all over Anchorage. How is our housing market doing? (Photo by Kathleen McCoy) The "For Sale" signs are popping up on street...

Meet three Rasmuson Individual Artist Award recipients

Heather Warren image from their website; Richard Nelson image by Liz McKenzie, Encounters website; Peter Lind Jr. image from his website. Just about a month ago, the Rasmuson...

Speaking truth to power: How one community group gets things done

A community meeting called to discuss homelessness and community mental health issues, organized by AFACT in November 2018. At the podium is Dahna Graham, a longtime community organizer through AFACT and...

How citizens can ride along with the APD

This summer solstice evening, Senior Judge Elaine Andrews participated in a citizen's ride along with the Anchorage Police Department, riding with Sgt. Jeremy Conkling. Conkling also currently...

Alaska, through the eyes of the Cole brothers

Terrence, left, and Dermot, right, josh and joke with one another at Terrence's last lecture at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May of 2018. (Screen shot, You Tube)
Anchorage Climate Action Plan

Unpacking Anchorage’s new Climate Action Plan

Cover of the municipality's Climate Action Plan. The underlying city photo is from the Lu Liston Collection, Anchorage Museum. UAA student Grant Deussing designed the cover of the report. (Municipality...

Vote on People Mover route changes

Until the end of this month, People Mover is inviting citizens to vote for bus route changes they most like. Voting is done via email. Voters get...

How the Disability Law Center of Alaska serves

This is an independent, nonprofit law firm providing legal advocacy for people with disabilities anywhere in Alaska. It serves as the congressionally mandated "protection and advocacy" agency...