Photo Gallery: The Native Art Center at UAF

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Here is a great selection of images of student art from Fall 2011 semester, courtesy of the Native Art Center at UAF's facebook. More photos.

What’s Your Story?

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The Alaska Teen Media Institute put together this video for townsquare49.org featuring video of Alaskans telling their stories all over the place. Check it out. You might see yourself, or someone you know. After all, it is Alaska... you never know who you'll run into. Click for larger view.

The “Occupy” Movement: What is it?

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Let's Talk Anchorage is pleased to offer its first community dialogue: The Occupy Movement: What is it?. The dialogue will take place at the Mt. View Community Library on Saturday, December 17 from 1 - 4 PM. If you are concerned, curious, or committed, this is your opportunity to engage in respectful, facilitated conversations with fellow citizens. More details.

Going to the Library with Kids

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I love books. I could get lost in a book all day, which is really hard when I have three little ones running around. I can in get a chapter here or there. Sometimes my mommy guilt says "you can't read, you have dishes and laundry to do!" I'm still learning how to fight back that voice. Going to the library is a LIFESAVER for winter months here in Alaska. It is always fun to get new books, so we head to the library to check out some "new" books. Do you have a library card? Read more.

Autumn on the East Coast for Art

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In spite of economic downturns some museums have labored financially to finish renovations. Traveling exhibitions have been reduced but seem to be staying up longer. Disappointments when visiting a museum can be turned into new discoveries and fond memories. Read more.

The Winter Bear Project

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The Winter Bear is a play about an abused, neglected Alaska Native teenager who decides suicide is his best option until Athabascan elder Sidney Huntington shows him how to use traditional culture to work through his despair and find his true voice. We have performed for enthusiastic audiences in Fairbanks, Galena and Anchorage. After every show, people tell us heart-wrenching stories about the terrible toll suicide is extracting from their lives and beg us to bring the play’s message of hope to their communities. That’s what we’d like to do. Read more.

Ms. Camai Taking On Rural Suicide

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Suicide is a strong word. It can put a room to silence, or make the world roar. I’m one of who does both. I’m silent when it happens, but I’ll roar when I want to stop it. And right now, I’m roaring! As Ms. Camai, my goal is to stop the rising rate of suicide among Alaska Natives with a touch of inspiration. And this is my first step into a path of conquering the negativities that affect my people. Let’s stop it together. Read More.

Suicide is Never Over

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I dreamt about Stephen last night, my dearest friend from high school. He came to visit–back from the dead, but just for a little while, he said. In my dream, it seemed normal, but also very significant and powerful that he was allowed this quick visit with me. I cried as I hugged him and touched his face. Read more.

Photo Gallery: RurAL CAP App Screenshots

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A collection of recently posted screen shots of RurAL CAP's iphone app. Have you uploaded some cool photos to your Facebook? Tag @townsquare49 or email townsquare49@alaskapublic.org with the link and we'll post them here. Click for more.

UAA To Host Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast

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The University of Alaska Anchorage is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day Feast this Thursday from 11AM to 1PM. The event is free and open to the public, and will be serving all the fixings of a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner. The feast will be held at the Gorsuch Commons, 3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane. Featured here is a time-lapse of last year’s Thanksgiving Day Feast, which served 388 people. Click for larger view.

-40: How Does it Feel?

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-30 to -40 low temperatures in Fairbanks today. That kind of cold is an experience which, according to these UAF students, runs the gamut from 'awesome' to 'what do you think'. Click for larger view.

When Mr. Bovid Meets Mr. Cervid by Accident

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I wasn’t on campus yesterday when one of our younger bull elk jumped an eight foot perimeter fence surrounding his enclosure. He found himself face to face with a muskox. The muskox was in his own paddock with his caprine herd-mates looking on. Click for more.

Discovering a New Dinosaur in Northern Alaska

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There's a new kind of dinosaur out there, and it lived in Alaska. Its bones, long turned to stone, are part of a cliff in northern Alaska. That's where dinosaur-hunter Tony Fiorillo brushed dirt away from a portion of its massive skull ­ something that most of us would mistake for a rock. Read more.

Are You Prepared for an Alaskan Emergency?

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Winter is here in full force across the state.  And with a monster storm rolling in to Western Alaska, a quick review of emergency preparedness is not a bad idea.  Here is a good emergency supply list from the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. See the list.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey Visits JBER

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Video of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey as he talks with service members and families at a town hall meeting at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Click for video.

Self-Publish or Self-Perish

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Most Saturdays, husband Dave and I push a cart around Costco, sampling the latest tooth-picked sausage dipped in some sugary goop. Across from the massive freezers, we observe self-published authors sitting at card tables behind piles of books. These artists are eagerly trying to catch passing shoppers. The lucky ones sign copies or hand out promotional brochures. Read more.

H.O.P.E. for the Future: Helping Our People Engage to Protect Our Youth

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Research has shown that colonization is one of the single largest factors driving the abnormally high suicide rates within an Indigenous population. Therefore, in order to fully engage in the battle against suicide in Alaska Native communities it is crucial to ask a couple questions: Just what is colonization? And how has the colonization of Alaska impacted Alaska Native populations historically and in the current time? I will attempt to answer parts of these questions through sharing with you part of my story, how I am here before you today. Read more.

The Freezing of Alaska

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Beneath a sky of stars and hazy aurora, the heat of an October day shimmers upward. The next morning, leaves, moss and tundra plants are woven into a carpet of white frost; a skin of ice creeps over the surface of lakes. Alaska is freezing once again, responding to the planet’s nod away from the sun and signaling one of the biggest changes of the year. Northern plants in these parts are standing at the ready, prepared for a long season of doing nothing. Read more.

Video: Stories at the Cemetery – Micah Williams as Woodard Vining

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On August 5, 2011 Stories at the Cemetery provided a self-guided walk through Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, featuring presentations by costumed actors at ten pre-selected grave sites. Here's the fourth installment, featuring local actor Micah Williams as Woodard Vining - another man who is not in-fact buried in the cemetery (at least no ALL of him.) Click for larger view.

Painting Artist Don Kolstad’s Truck

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On Saturday, October 8 there was a painting project at Blaine's Art in Anchorage which used artist Don Kolstad's truck for a canvas. Blaine's owner, Rene Haag, explained the idea behind the project and shared additional details on the supplies used. The instructor was Catherine Thoele. Click for a larger view.