Hometown, Alaska

Local guests discuss community issues and take listener calls during this LIVE call-in show. Hometown, Alaska features conversations with leaders and decision-makers in local and statewide government, social service agencies, educational institutions and cultural groups. Hosted by Kathleen McCoy. If you have a topic that could be discussed on Hometown, Alaska send your suggestion to: hometown@alaskapublic.org

The “bathroom bill” in Anchorage

KSKA: Wednesday, March 7, 2 pm and 8 pm. Hometown Alaska will address choices voters will soon make on the future of Anchorage in our next two shows. Coming up first, we'll have both an advocate and opponent of Proposition 1, an ordinance that would regulate gender in public bathrooms by birth certificate rather than identity. It is a divisive topic, but we're planning on a civil and informative discussion and welcome your calls. LISTEN HERE

Preparing for extreme spring fire danger

The strange winter we've had has already spawned wild fires, as early as February. We could be facing a dangerous spring and, depending on the weather, a smoky summer. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we hear from experts on the wildfire situation in Alaska, fire weather, and the practical steps you can take to protect your property from fire. KSKA: Wednesday, March 9, at 2 and 8 p.m. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Hometown, Alaska: Implications of the 2010 Midterm Elections

It’s over. Election Day 2010 is now history. Join us today for a conversation about what it all means on Hometown, Alaska. Host Charles...

Hometown, Alaska: Anchorage International Film Festival

The Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) runs Dec. 3-16 and offers up a ton of opportunities from straight-up film viewing to workshops to some...

The homestead life in poems, lived just 6 miles from downtown Anchorage

Linda Schandelmeier and her two siblings grew up on an Anchorage homestead. She reads poems from a new book, "Coming out of Nowhere," and tells stories about a place that morphed in a generation. Thanks for listening!

Video: Behind Hometown, Alaska's Theme Music

Since Hometown, Alaska's February 8 show, many of you have probably noticed the change in the theme music. The song is "Lead Dog," on...

Justice Alaska: Older Alaskans and their issues in court

What are some of the most important legal issues facing older Alaskans? Thanks for listening!

Palmer judge to launch Family Infant Toddler (FIT) therapeutic court

Courts have a role in protecting the most vulnerable in society. Young children are especially vulnerable; their early experiences actually shape their brain development. An Alaska judge is launching a therapeutic court with the welfare of young children in mind. LISTEN HERE

Garden fever in April

Are April's longer, warmer days turning your thoughts toward the garden? It's not too soon! On the next Hometown Alaska, expert local gardeners share strategies on using April. Bring your questions! How do you survive the wait to put your hands in dirt? KSKA: Wednesday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Adding Anchorage housing: where, when and how?

Anchorage has a shortage of all kinds of housing. Planners and residents grapple with strategies to encourage housing, including zoning changes and property tax incentives for builders creating homes downtown. Catch up on all the proposals. Thanks for listening!

Hometown, Alaska: Driving and Dialing

A student talks on a hands-free cell phone while operating a high-tech driving simulator, University of Utah Most of us don’t get behind the wheel...

Hometown, Alaska: Cooking it Right

Summer is around the bend and dinner parties, BBQs and potlucks are on just about everybody’s calendar. Unfortunately that usually means lowering our...

Hear from the school board candidates

KSKA: Wednesday March 29 @ 2pm and 8pm. Hometown Alaska interviews school board candidates for the April 4 election. Join us. LISTEN NOW

Protecting victims’ rights

A state agency and a local nonprofit collaborate to protect victims' rights as they navigate the court system. Find out how it works and what the challenges are. Thanks for listening!

Education funding

Wednesday, March 08, at 2 and 8p.m. The state budget crisis is hitting public schools, with the loss of 99 teachers expected in Anchorage next year, even if there are no further cuts from the Alaska Legislature. On the next show, we will look at the current situation and how it could change. LISTEN NOW

Housing: Finding a place to live in Southcentral

Housing in Southcentral can be a challenge. Different populations have different needs, like seniors, workforce renters, or buyers looking for their starter home. Get an update from experts on efforts to solve housing availability. Thanks for listening!

Happy 25 to Alaska Botanical Garden

The gardening season is short and very intense in Alaska, so it may surprise you to know our community has a botanical garden enjoying its 25th year. In today's show, we'll talk to garden writer Jeff Lowenfels and the garden's executive director, Mike Monterusso, about its history and mission, and how it has shaped and informed gardening in Anchorage and Alaska. Thanks for listening!
Vern Halter

Meet Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough’s new mayor

Most people recognize Vern Halter as an Iditarod musher with plenty of top 10 finishes in the Last Great Race and a first place victory in the Yukon Quest. He’s also a lawyer born, raised and educated in South Dakota, and he's been an Alaskan since 1977. He’s served six years on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Now he’s the mayor of the fast-growing Mat-Su. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll get to ask him all kinds of questions about the challenges ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Schools: What’s working

This week Hometown Alaska visits with Anchorage School District personnel: a principal, a teacher and a counselor/coordinator, (and if we are lucky, a few students) to hear about programs that work, how and why. KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 2:00 pm and 8 pm. LISTEN NOW

ASD considers changing school start times

KSKA Wednesday April 11, 2 pm and 8 pm Should the school day start earlier for elementary, and later for high school? That's under consideration by the Anchorage School District, based on student performance research. Details and your questions answered on Hometown Alaska. Thanks for listening!