Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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Easing the ride: Anchorage road-bike-transit fixes for 2020

As a bike commuter, the culvert under Arctic Valley Boulevard often has been an exciting transit opportunity. I have rolled through water up to my pedals. But a fix in 2020 — a new culvert — is aimed at better managing Chester Creek overflow near Valley of the Moon park.

LISTEN: These two organizations fight to protect the civil rights of Alaskans

At least two legal agencies work to protect the civil rights of Alaskans. Today's show will look at the particular missions of the Northern Justice Project and...

Alaskans eat: wild salmon, fresh berries, canned milk, Pilot Bread, cake mix, seal meatballs, pho, Jello, muktuk, spam musubi, pancit…

Image by Brian Kimmel, for the Anchorage Museum's What Why How We Eat exhibition, open through Jan 12, 2020. Julia O'Malley's new book, "The Whale & the Cupcake," a collaboration with...

Three women judges anchor the Alaska Court of Appeals

The Alaska Court of Appeals is an intermediate court of appeals in the Alaska Court System, created in 1980 by the Alaska Legislature as an additional appellate...

What makes a Renaissance Alaskan? Meet one and find out.

Modified from gainweightjournal.com from a blog post about 'What makes a Renaissance Man.' Every since watching Shawn Lyons shuffle down my street on his way to a...
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[Recent] art in public places: Who made it? How did they create it? What were they thinking?

James Temte and Michael Conti collaborated on this mural in Spenard. (Photo from James Temte Facebook) Back in September, I visited the UAA Engineering and Industry Building for...

Gratitude: Is it an emotion? A virtue? A behavior?

Infographic created by Here's My Chance, and borrowed from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted...

4 Alaska Startups: How they built it

Logo for Alaska Startup Week, Nov. 17-24, brings entrepreneurs, leaders and fans together to mentor and support new business ideas in Alaska. This is the fourth Alaska Startup Week, done in...

In Memoriam: Conversation with ‘ENCOUNTERS’ host Richard Nelson

How does he even get those amazing natural wildlife sounds, as if he were standing right next to that grunting grizzly bear! As the host of Encounters, Richard Nelson is our guide to the fascinating sights,sounds and behaviors of Alaska’s resilient animals. For an opportunity to talk with Alaska anthropologist and naturalist Richard Nelson, join host Kathleen McCoy on a special edition of Hometown, Alaska on Friday. KSKA: Friday 11/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

AFN Convention: “Alaska is not a broke state” and protesters have a place

How did AFN leaders arrive at this theme for their 2019 convention, and what does it mean to them? Image from Alaska Federation of Natives website. --------------------------------

UAA, UAF, UAS faculty discuss university accreditation

The University of Alaska Anchorage is one of three universities in Alaska organized under the statewide UA System. The others are UAF (Fairbanks) and UAS (Juneau). Whether to accredit each institution...

Meet Chief Justice Joel Bolger, Alaska Supreme Court

Chief Justice Joel Bolger delivers the 2019 State of the Judiciary in February 2019 before the Alaska Legislature. (Photo by KTOO Public Media) Joel Bolger has served on...

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...