We know that homelessness is a problem in Anchorage and other parts of Alaska both for families and for individuals. And organizations and municipalities have been writing plans to deal with the issue for decades. So, are there workable solutions?...
The changing role of Alaska’s military
Today we’ll be discussing the changing role of the military in Alaska. The state has unique training grounds and conditions, and that’s no small part of why it hosts the kind of large-scale exercises we’ve seen this summer. But recently announced...
Two Anchorage mayors tackle two recessions
This week, we’ll be talking with two Anchorage mayors about two recessions. With us are Tom Fink, who took over the reigns of Anchorage in 1987, not long after a collapse in the price of oil, and by Ethan Berkowitz, who’s been in office just about a...
Non-profits and their role in Alaska
Alaska has somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 non-profits, and their important role in supporting community needs throughout the state is undeniable. Today we'll be examining that role, and how it has grown over the past half century. KSKA: Friday,...
Big-name brands’ gradual expansion to Anchorage
On Thursday, Anchorage fashionistas lined up to be the first inside the new H&M men's and women's apparel store in Anchorage. We'll be viewing some footage of that exciting event in a moment. Today, we are taking a look at how and why national brands,...
Challenges and successes for Alaska’s LGBTQ community
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. But in the same week, the rainbow flag was burned outside of Identity, Anchorage’s LGBT community center. In these fast changing times, what...
Hip-hop bringing positive change to Anchorage
Hip hop is more than just music and dance. It’s a culture. And for some people in Alaska it’s a way to bring positive change to the community. KSKA: Friday, 6/26, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, 6/26, at 7:30 p.m. and...
Youth decision-making and healthy choices
Think back to being a high school student and navigating the social world. What made you happy or lonely? How did you decide if you wanted to play sports or study hard or drink alcohol? Nowadays fewer kids are drinking and making risky decisions than...
The purpose and history of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend
Today, we’re talking about the Permanent Fund. Some House Republicans want to move some of the fund’s earnings into the body of the fund so it can’t be touched. Others are tossing around the idea of using the Permanent Fund as collateral for earning...
The Legislature’s Second Special Session
With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state's operating budget. KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday,...
How can Alaska solve its fiscal crisis?
We’ve been hearing for months about Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The budget is being cut and we’ll have to dip into reserves. Some economists predict that the state will run out of savings in less than a decade. But is there an alternative? Can the state...
Rural Alaska’s Water Issues
Today we’re discussing water. Specifically, the absence of adequate water and sewage systems in rural communities across Western Alaska. Though there has been a lot of progress building facilities in the last 20 years, the job isn’t done, leaving many...
Delving Into Anchorage’s Mayoral Runoff Election
With just a few days left before Anchorage voters head to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to pick a new mayor the race is intensifying. On April 7th, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski took the most votes in the city-wide election. For the most...
Starting And Maintaining A Small Business
Today we'll be talking to some Alaskans who make the business world their beat and we'll find out how minorities can get some assistance in starting and maintaining a business. KSKA: Friday, 4/24 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday,...
Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132
This week on Alaska Edition: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council takes action on Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska’s pollock fishery. How could the veto of HB132 affect the Mat-Su Valley? Where does Medicaid expansion stand in the...
Delving Into Anchorage’s Municipal Election Results
Today, we'll be talking about he aftermath of this week's Anchorage municipal election - results that were surprising to some. KSKA: Friday, 4/10 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 4/10 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 4:30pm Download...
Impacts Of Reduced State Funding On Alaska’s Schools
Today we’ll be checking in with the Legislative session in Juneau, and the impacts the latest school funding developments on schools statewide and how it may affect school bonds in Anchorage’s upcoming Municipal Election. And, we’ll take a look at how...
Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness
Erin's Law was recently introduced again in the state legislature. It would mandate all public schools to teach sexual abuse prevention curriculum to all students grades K-12. It also requires education and awareness for teachers. KSKA: Friday, 3/27...
Diversity In Anchorage
Today’s topic is diversity in Anchorage. We’ll start with how the community and the state became home to so many people from different cultures then dive into what that means for Anchorage today – how do we maintain our cultural diversity while also...
Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up
Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on...
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