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  • Workforce Wednesday

    Workforce Wednesday: Becoming a power dispatcher

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 29, 12:22

    Power dispatchers are the people who help keep the lights on for Alaskans from Anchorage to Cooper Landing. According to Mike Miller, a power dispatcher with Chugach Electric Association, they even forecast energy usage for customers during special events like the Super Bowl. A power dispatcher makes sure there is a stable power grid so […]

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    Alaskan authors take on science fiction in “Shadow Run”

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 29, 12:02

    Palmer, Alaska authors AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller’s first book, “Shadow Run,” has been well received since it released March 21. On the book’s Amazon page Lindsay Cummings, who co-wrote“Zenith,” called it an “explosive debut.” According to Strickland, “Shadow Run” is a science fiction novel that follows the adventure of Qole and Nev. Qole is a young starship […]

  • Mic Check in the Morning

    Mic Check in the Morning: Rhythm Future Quartet

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 24, 13:15

    Keeping the genre of gypsy jazz alive, the acoustic ensemble Rhythm Future Quartet will be touring Alaska for two weeks. Their first stop is downtown Anchorage. From there they will cross the state, going from Kodiak to Skagway. According to violinist Jason Anick, gypsy jazz is a style of music that was pioneered in France during […]

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    Daybreak Adopt-A-Pet: March 24, 2017

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 24, 13:00

    From Anchorage Animal Care and Control: Easter has come early to Anchorage Animal Care and Control where there are four sweet, cuddly, soft, adorable bunnies; four mice and one cat who are looking for new homes. Bunnies are social animals who like spending time out of their cages and in your lap. Especially if you […]

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    Results mostly positive with ASD’s fitness trackers

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 23, 12:33

    In the fall of 2015 the Anchorage School District handed out a device called “Sqord” to students in 36 schools. The device is similar to a Fitbit watch and connects a social online world with activity tracking. Kids accumulated points based on how active they were and can compare with friends and classmates. The initiative […]

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    See the Easter Bunny and more on the railroad’s Easter Train

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 23, 12:31

    Families looking to get out of Anchorage and celebrate spring and Easter can hop on board the Alaska Railroad’s Easter Train on April 8. The train will depart from Anchorage twice, once in the morning and in the afternoon. The total ride is expected to last two and a half hours. It will head down the […]

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    Getting the zydeco experience with Terrance Simien

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 22, 13:04

    Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien will be in Anchorage all week giving Alaskans a taste of zydeco music. Simien will be joined by his band, The Zydeco Experience, on Friday, March 24 for a concert at the Performing Arts Center downtown. According to Simien, Zydeco is a style of music of the first-speaking Creole people […]

  • Workforce Wednesday

    Workforce Wednesday: SkillsUSA Alaska

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 22, 8:00

    SkillsUSA Alaska holds a competition every year aimed at getting Alaska high school students ready for a well-paying career early. Competitors can win a myriad of scholarships totaling more than $200,000. According to its website, SkillsUSA is an organization that strives to provide trade and industrial education to students. Not only that, but it also encourages leadership. […]

  • Travel Tuesday

    Travel Tuesday: Save some cash at the Alaska Summer Showcase

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 21, 11:58

    Alaskans who want to get a jump start on the summer travel season can expect some great deals and prizes at the fourth Alaska Summer Showcase.  Prizes include a trip for two on Alaska Airlines’ new partner Condor Air, a bear viewing trip with the Brooks Lodge in Katmai National Park, the 26 Glacier Cruise […]

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    Summit to help young Alaskans jumpstart their careers through networking

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 20, 14:55

    Millennials are the future of Alaska’s workforce, and the possibilities to find career opportunities and network are endless. But making those connections can be tricky for someone just starting out. To make it a little easier, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group will host a summit at the end of March. The Young […]

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    Baby Loves Disco: St. Paddy’s Day party

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 17, 10:30

    Friday is St. Patrick’s Day, but DJ Spencer Lee is giving you more reasons to wear green into the weekend. He’s extending the St. Patrick’s Day celebration to Saturday, as he gets set to host another dance party for the kids and their parents. Friday, he joined Daybreak to talk about his St. Patrick’s Day themed […]

  • Workforce Wednesday

    Workforce Wednesday: Economic opportunities

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 15, 12:58

    In the face of an economic downturn in Alaska, some may be wondering if there are jobs to be had. Wednesday, state labor economist Neal Fried said “fear not.” While the state is still losing jobs at a rate currently higher than the national average, turnover rate works to its advantage. Many who have lost […]

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    Rotary Youth Exchange program is helping teenagers learn more about the world around them

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 15, 12:26

    Alaska is welcoming some young faces to town from all over the world. At the same time, some teenagers from Alaska are getting ready to head overseas in exchange. It’s all part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Wednesday, Julie Erickson, the Anchorage-area coordinator with the Rotary District 5010, and a handful of students from […]

  • Travel Tuesday

    Save on summer travel for you and your out-of-town guests

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 14, 11:55

    The official start to the spring season is about one week away, but the time to save on summer travel is now, says Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. Travel experts say planning ahead can help save people and their out-of-town visitors a lot of money. So much so, they might just splurge […]

  • Mic Check in the Morning

    Mic Check in the Morning: Portland Cello Project

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 10, 14:24

    The Portland Cello Project is back in Alaska for the third time to perform songs from their new album, “Spring Breakup: Song for Alaska.” The album is a play on the inevitable breakup album a band makes and draws inspiration from Alaska’s messy spring season. “The last time we came to play in Alaska, we learned […]

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    Bean’s Cafe to serve up soup and cornbread for a good cause

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 10, 14:18

    Bean’s Cafe’s Empty Bowl Project returns Saturday to help feed those in need. Friday, the executive director, Lisa Sauder, and president of the Alaska Woodturners Association, Bob Congdon joined Daybreak to talk about the different soups being served and the one-of-a-kind bowl that comes with a $30 ticket. Empty Bowl Project Saturday, March 11 Dena’ina Civic […]

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    Consumer Protection Week: BBB talks top scams

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 10, 12:52

    Protecting people and their hard earned money from scams is the goal of the Better Business Bureau, especially during Consumer Protection Week. Michelle Tabler with the BBB joined Daybreak to talk about how the organization safeguards consumers and their interests. Top Scams Home improvement scams Fake checks and money orders Employment scams Online purchases scams Advance fee […]

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    2nd annual Freezing Tassel Burlesque Festival kicks off at ‘Koots

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 09, 14:04

    Forty performers from across Alaska, the Lower 48, Europe and Canada are preparing to take the stage at Chilkoot Charlie’s for the second annual Freezing Tassel Burlesque Festival. Performers Lola Pistola and “Pillow” joined Daybreak to talk about the two-day festival. It will feature headliners like the reigning queen of burlesque, Poison Ivory, and World Famous “Bob.” […]

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    Alaska athletes prepare for Special Olympics World Winter Games

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 09, 13:52

    Two Alaska athletes are headed to Austria to compete in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Madison Englund, a snowboarder from Fairbanks, and Jennifer Troutman, a skier from Anchorage, and will be among 195 members of Special Olympics Team USA. “We’re honored to have two athletes from Alaska being part of team USA,” said Jim […]

  • Mic Check in the Morning

    Mic Check in the Morning: Mivos Quartet

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 09, 11:38

    Based in New York, the Mivos Quartet performed on Daybreak Thursday morning, before taking the stage at the Anchorage Museum on Friday and Saturday. The string quartet was created by Homer-raised composer Conrad Winslow and performs pieces created by contemporary composers from across the circumpolar north. The group’s music selection comes from countries like Finland, Russia, Iceland, Denmark, Canada, […]