Alaska Report Features Alaska Sealife Center

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Senator Mark Begich hosts the January 2012 edition of the Alaska Report, a show highlighting people, issues and programs impacting Alaska. In this episode, Sen. Begich interviews the CEO of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Dr. Tara Jones. Click for more.

Filipinos Helped Shape America of Today

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Both the U.S. and State Legislature have declared October as Filipino- American History Month. Yet with so much happening in the news, and with plenty at stake both in our nation and state, it is easy to overlook the importance of this occasion. But let us just pause for a moment to think about Filipino-American history. Filipinos have been part of American history for many centuries. The first Filipinos landed on the continent in 1587, several decades before the Pilgrims arrived. Before our Founding Fathers declared independence from the Brits, a group of Filipinos had already settled in Louisiana. More than a century before Alaska became a state, Filipinos had already made it here, engaging in fur trade with Alaska Natives. Read more.

A Native Lad: Turning Words Into Pictures

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When I heard that the Alaska Humanities Forum was giving out $1 million in grants for creative projects associated with the 50th anniversary of statehood, I decided to apply for one to write a play. I was awarded the grant in 2008. Read more.

Making of a Refuge: Surveying the Alaska Peninsula

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In the 1970's biologists did reconnaissance of offshore islands throughout Alaska's coastal areas to determine abundance and distribution of marine mammals and birds to help select lands for new refuges, parks, and monuments that would be created under the 1980 Alaska Lands Act. In 1979, USFWS biologist Edgar Bailey and I undertook a 400 mile survey of the Alaska Peninsula. Read more.

Kitchens of Alaska: McDonald Spit

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McDonald Spit is a long narrow strip of sand and gravel projecting out into Kachemak Bay. It’s south of Homer on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula near Seldovia. Local residents Eric Brudie and Meg Simonian are accomplished cooks, and regularly prepare elaborate meals at The Spit. Tour their kitchen.

Enduring Burning: Alaska Walks for Life

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Tele Aadsen recounts the recent Walk for Life in Sitka, an effort to bring awareness to the high rates of suicides in urban areas and Arctic villages. Read more.

Indie Rock Inspired by “Alone in the Wilderness”

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Most Alaskans know and love the films of Dick Proenneke - especially Alone in the Wilderness. But, you might be surprised to know that a Brooklyn-based indie rock band also draws inspiration from Proenneke's work. Read more.

A Real Dialogue about Racial Equity in Alaska

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A few weeks ago, I was waiting in my car for my sister to come out of a grocery store, window down, and two young men, both white, were having a loud discussion about race. I tried (not very hard) to not listen, but as I was in the middle of the unnerving project I’ll describe in a bit, bad manners took over. They discussed different racial problems, whether minorities should be “blaming” everything on race, whether affirmative action was right, and one was vehement that the “Native Pride” hats were racist in nature. What struck me was – they probably would be talking a bit differently if I was part of the discussion. Read more.

The Hatcher Pass Ski Resort That Never Was

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Just before the new year, I was working with some additions to our collection of records from the Alaska Pacific Consolidated Mining Company, the company that ran Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass. Tucked into an oversize folder at the end of the collection, I found this gem. This photo is a proposal for the development of “Hatcher Pass Ski Area,” an alpine ski resort that would have been built at Hatcher Pass just south of Independence Mine. Learn more.

Ikura: Curing Salmon Eggs

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Donachy Salmon Eggs 6 Like fire opals lit from within, freshly cured salmon eggs are ready to be served as ikura sushi, sprinkled on a bowl of rice (ikuradon), as a seafood garnish, with cream cheese and rice crackers, or simply gobbled by the spoonful! Learn more.

A July Art Vacation

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Barry McGee Installation (Exterior, 2013) While some relax rafting or playing 18 holes of golf, I spent a portion of my summer on campus. When not writing essays for Town Square 49, or painting with acrylics, I attend low-residency PhD classes at The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. This program allows students to absorb classical philosophy while never getting out of their pajamas. Read more.

Angry Young and Poor Music Festival

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Angry Young and Poor is a music festival held every second weekend in July in the beautiful Ester Community Park, just five miles outside of Fairbanks. We have live music for 12 hours, interspersed with dancing, art and community. Learn more.

Photo Gallery: Dogs of Fourth Avenue

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Here's a photo gallery including some of the less famous dogs seen on 4th avenue at the Ceremonial Start of the 2012 Iditarod. See more.

Professor Mariano Gonzales – Alone on the ALCAN

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Arctic Entries is the live, monthly storytelling event from your friends and neighbors in anchorage. On our Road Trips show UAA Professor Mariano Gonzalez looks back at being an invincible twenty year old whirling up and down the ALCAN in a VW beattle that only a mechanic could appreciate. To introduce Mariano here is Arctic Entries founder and former host, James Keck. Listen to the full story.

Anchorage Snapshots

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Growing Up Anchorage Bob Reeve Excerpt In the winter, in the late fifties and early sixties, when construction season in Anchorage was dead and Dad grew bored with painting landscapes, he got out his tripod and the black Graphlex he’d bought at Stewart’s Photo on Fourth Avenue. The large box-like camera looked like those used by professional photographers, maybe for Life Magazine. Read more.

Guerilla Gardeners and Bragaw-Glenn Community Garden

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Bragaw-Glenn-Garden-2 In 2010, at the community’s request, the State of Alaska installed four large garden beds at the corner of Bragaw and the Glenn Highway. But when management disagreements between the city and state halted the project, a few guerrilla gardeners took it upon themselves to make use of the fertile land. Read more.

Destemming Currants (and other Berries)

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I went out with the boys and picked 10 lbs of red currants the other day to make my annual batch of currant-raspberry mead. I was dreading cleaning all those berries, then a simply idea dawned on me. Click for more.

Three Great Summer Shows (Back East)

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Alex Katz, Ada and Vincent in the Car (1972). Alex Katz’s "Ada and Vincent in the Car", portrays the stay-at-home mom driving her son--note the ubiquitous post-war American Chevy/Ford steering wheel. Typical when routinely transporting teens, Ada and Vincent don’t converse. Read more.

Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist at the Anchorage Museum

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This show, at the Anchorage Museum, came from Ruth Gruber's reporting adventures in the Soviet Arctic, Alaska, and then in Europe and Asia after World War II. While some of Gruber’s images, people staring directly into her lens, seemed overly posed, other works, where she caught subjects off-guard, delve into the human psyche and are haunting. Read the full review.
People hold dipnets in the water as a commercial boat floats by

My First Kenai Dipnetting Experience

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Catching salmon on the Kenai River is a bloody, slimy art. You have to be resistant to cold, rain, sand, fish entrails, and huge crowds. As an East Coaster new to “the Last Frontier,” I was completely unprepared for my first dipnetting experience. Read more.