Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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Give a Shout Out to Alaska Volunteers

Is there someone you want to thank for their helping hand? Agencies, non profits, community organizations are invited to give their volunteers a public thank you on Hometown Alaska, featuring special guest super-volunteer Rick Fox. KSKA: Wednesday 12/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland Mountain prison string orchestra

What can you learn by joining an orchestra? The discipline of practice. A way to express yourself. A commitment to not let fellow musicians down. That's true in any orchestra, and especially in the Hiland Mountain Correction Center women's string orchestra, performing its 9th holiday recital this December. Learn more about how the orchestra began, who pays for it and what participants think of the opportunity. KSKA: Wednesday, 11/28 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Did You Hear Something?

Spine tinglers and hair raisers—the perfect recipe for a fine Halloween! This week Hometown Alaska will feature local storytellers who know just how to scare the starch right out of you! Join us for some great stories, and share your family and neighborhood traditions. KSKA: Wednesday 10/31 at 2:00 pm

Alaska’s Own Melissa Mitchell, Mountain Stage ‘People’s Choice’

Big news for Alaska singer-songwriter Melissa Mitchell -- in September, she won the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest 'People's Choice' Award. That big achievement turns out to be her ticket to New York City, where she and other regional winners will perform Oct. 20 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. So, just 10 days before she heads out for the Big Apple we'll host Melissa Mitchell on Hometown, Alaska to talk about everything from breaking in to the music business, to balancing ambition and family, to her mixed emotions about life in the 49th state. KSKA: Wednesday, 10/10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Uprooted cottonwood

Why Trees Go Down in the Wind & How to Protect Them

Did you lose trees in the big blow Sept. 4? How much of that damage was preventable? Bring your tree questions to the experts when Patricia Joyner of the Community Forestry Program and arborist Jim Flott discuss the kind of damage they saw after the storm and offer advice on what types of trees will thrive in Anchorage and how to plant them. Find out how to take care of the trees in your own backyard. KSKA: Wednesday, 9/19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Image of a full back tattoo, called "Fire and Ice"

Tales of the Tattooed: What’s your story?

A moose biologist with intricate back and upper leg tattoos. A bakery worker with a famous storybook figure on her arm that signifies love between her and her mother. A nurse with 14 tattoos and a heap of regret. Every tattoo has a story behind it. Join tattoo artist James Allen and host Kathleen McCoy for 'Tales of the Tattooed.' What's your tattoo story? KSKA, Wednesday 8/15 at 2 pm and repeating at 7 pm

What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

The start of a new school year holds promise and challenge. Just north of Anchorage, the state's second largest school district - with 45 schools and 17,000 students - is gearing up. Dr. Deena Paramo starts her second year as superintendent, capping a long career at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District that started as a middle school teacher. She joins host Kathleen McCoy in the studio to talk about 21st century education, her ambitions for the new year, and to field your questions. KSKA: Wednesday 8/1 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Nothing whets the appetite like a steering wheel, a ribbon of asphalt and miles to burn. Give that a few hours, and you’ll be growling for ROAD FOOD. Join us to share the meal you'll drive miles to enjoy, and learn about new places to add to your destination dining list. KSKA: Wednesday 6/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Denali, photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Denali, ‘The High One’ — To the top, or not?

From Crown Jewel of the North: "On a clear day in south-central or interior Alaska, the sight is inescapable – and breathtaking. For more than a hundred miles in every direction, it looms over everything and dominates the scene." Majestic Mount McKinley. Learn the risks and rewards of scaling the highest mountain in North America from a veteran guide, an experienced ranger and a climber who shared the first winter ascent in 1967. KSKA: Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Newsman Corey Flintoff comes home for a visit

Newsman Corey Flintoff back in Alaska

Stories from around the world -- that's the work that NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff does. What drew him to news? How does he manage dangerous situations and relentlessly dark turns in the human condition? What lessons did he take from Alaska all the way to Iraq and Afghanistan? Does he miss our salmon? Find out on this special edition of Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Friday, May 23, 2:00 pm.
The Quest for Affordable Homes in Anchorage

City Report Forecasts Housing Shortage Over Next 20 years

Checked rents lately? In the market for a home? What you find in Anchorage neighborhoods delivers some serious sticker shock. A new report from the Municipality forecasts a shortage of housing in Anchorage over the next 20 years. Why is that, and what can we do about it? A senior planner, a builder and an affordable housing advocate come to the table to share their perspectives on Hometown, Alaska. Join us. KSKA: Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Image from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" Broadway production

Just Try Spelling That!

How's your spelling? Is texting and IMing and email leading to LOL, OMG, and 10Q creeping into your written communication? Do you think it still matters if we can spell well? Untangle that when Hometown Alaska hosts three spelling bee wizards -- the state's 2012 champ, a Yupik spelling bee champ, and a BizBee champ. What's their secret, and how can you steal it? KSKA: Wednesday 5/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
HTA April 25 Storytelling in Alaska

‘And then what happened?’

The Alaska Native Oratory Society just celebrated its 10th anniversary at UAA, featuring a full day of stories told by students and emceed by Alaska Native storyteller Jack Dalton. Join us for a round of stories including 'The Dragger,' 'Never Look in Windows,' and more. KSKA: Wednesday, 4/25 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

MacKenzie: Is It The Little Port that Could?

Port MacKenzie has big ambitions: a rail extension to Interior Alaska, the MV Susitna Ferry sailing to Cook Inlet communities, and a bridge touching Anchorage. These make Port MacKenzie a potential hub for commercial activity. They also place it in the cross hairs of some hot public policy debates simmering in Southcentral - the Knik Arm crossing and Mat-Su coal deposit development. Join host Kathleen McCoy and port director Marc Van Dongen as they update the Port MacKenzie story. Photo slideshow: Port MacKenzie over the years KSKA: Wednesday, 4/18 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
The Ice Dam Melt-eth: Will this spring be the mother of all Break ups?

Spring Break up

Given this winter's record-smashing snowfall, break up looks to be a big one. Will your crawl space flood? What should we do about those dripping ice dams on the roof? We know the Yukon usually floods, but what about Chester and Campbell Creek? And potholes, now there's a category of break up hell all its own. So let our experts help you survive this messy season. House and water table questions, answered here. KSKA: Wednesday 4/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

The Creative Impulse Behind Object Runway

A dress made of old but shiny bicycle parts? That was the People’s Choice award from Object Runway’s third annual show before a packed crowd at the Bear Tooth Jan. 26, featuring some 65 garments designed by Alaskans, each telling its own story. Kathleen McCoy hosts show organizers and garment designers, on the next Hometown, Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, 2/1 at 2 pm, repeating at 7 pm
Alan Alborn

Ski Jumping in Anchorage Takes Off

Ever wish you could fly through the air like a bird? Well, ski jumping may be the closest we humans ever get. And, amazingly, you can learn how right here in Anchorage, at the Nordic Ski Association's ski-jumping program at Hilltop Ski Area. Some much-needed TLC this summer refreshed the jumps that Karl Eid opened in the 1980s. Now, the sport is growing again, ambitious to groom Alaskans in an Olympic sport with Nordic roots. The video, courtesy of Karen Compton of the NSAA's Alaska Ski Jump Club of Anchorage, shows the current crop or young athletes taking the leap. KSKA: Wednesday, 1/18 at 2 pm, repeating later that evening after the State of the State Address.

What’s Next for the Troubled “New” Port of Anchorage?

Fully 90 percent of what we eat, drink, read and drive flows through the Port of Anchorage. And yet this gateway is 50 years old and vulnerable. A big quake could damage or destroy it. The fix has been flawed. Cost over runs and construction failures brought this retired Alaska shipper’s lament: “We’ve got a real mess on our hands.” Untangle it with host Kathleen McCoy and her guests Dr. Larry McCallister of the Army Corps of Engineers and Anchorage, Mayor Dan Sullivan on Hometown, Alaska.. KSKA: Wednesday 12/14 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Rolling with the Rage City Rollergirls

Rage City Roller Girls Season Opener, October 1, 2011. Sockeye Sallys from Anchorage vs. the Fairbanks Rebel Ravens at the Dena'ina Center. Video by Kathleen McCoy. Join host Kathleen McCoy and Rage City Rollergirls, Dawnell “WickedSpeedia” Smith and Patricia "New England PatRIOT #1"Bergeron to talk about the energy behind the roller derby, what it means to women who skate, why it’s a D.I.Y. sport, and why some characterize it as an element of Third Wave Feminism. Why do they skate? Is it sport or spectacle? What is the injury rate? Are men involved? What about those crazy names? KSKA: Wednesday 10/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Title 21: Anchorage’s Latest Hot Potato

KSKA: Wednesday 8/31 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm After a decade of citizen, consultant and city planning elbow grease, the rewrite of Anchorage’s land use code is nearing the finish line of one very long marathon. The last big hurdle comes when the plan re-emerges from the Mayor’s Office. Comment and implementation timetables are still fuzzy.