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  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Highlights from the School Year

    by Daybreak Staff on May 22, 12:58

    Over the past school year, Daybreak has highlighted 35 educators for Teacher of the Week, from Palmer to south Anchorage. Here is a look back at all of our teachers’ contributions as they share the secret to their success. In lieu of summer break, our Teacher of the Week segment will begin be back when […]

  • Adopt-a-Pet

    Daybreak Adopt-A-Pet: May 19, 2017

    by Daybreak Staff on May 19, 14:00

    From Anchorage Animal Care and Control: Fir: Fir is ready to steal your heart. This affectionate lovebug likes to play, but also loves to window-gaze and contemplate life. This all-around great cat is just waiting for the right person to walk in and recognize how special he is. Hank: Hank is a big boy with […]

  • Mic Check in the Morning

    Mic Check in the Morning: Granddad

    by Daybreak Staff on May 19, 13:20

    Granddad, a three-piece emo punk band from Fairbanks, Alaska is headed to the Lower 48 to further their music career. Since forming in 2013, the band has released three albums and moved to Anchorage. Their new home will be Minneapolis, but before they leave they will be playing one more time at the Williwaw in […]

  • DayBreak

    The Neighbors project, taking portraits of people in all 50 states

    by Daybreak Staff on May 19, 13:19

    John Mireles started his Neighbors project in his hometown of San Diego, California, where he says he literally started take portraits of his neighbors. Since then, he says he’s visited 35 states and taken about 3,000 portraits. Mireles said it was his way of connecting with his predominately African-American neighborhood, and expanded from there after […]

  • DayBreak

    Cannabis Classic to be held at new Anchorage location this weekend

    by Daybreak Staff on May 18, 17:20

    This weekend’s Cannabis Classic will be held outside the Sullivan Arena, after spending its first two years inside the Dena’ina Center. “We think people will be more comfortable, have more space to stretch,” said organizer Cory Wray. “We have food trucks. They will be able to experience that as well.” The Cannabis Classic is promoted […]

  • DayBreak

    How to talk to your teen about alcohol abuse during National Prevention Week

    by Daybreak Staff on May 17, 11:07

    This week is National Prevention Week, and with summer vacation just days away, now is an important time to talk with teens about the dangers of underage drinking. Tiffany Hall, the executive director of Recover Alaska, says it’s not only risky behavior but it can cause long term physical damage. She added underage drinkers are […]

  • DayBreak

    East High’s Heather Roach is the BP Teacher of the year

    by Daybreak Staff on May 16, 13:01

    East High School’s Heather Roach teaches chemistry, anatomy and robotics and is also the 2017 BP Teacher of Year. Roach is one of 29 educators selected within the state of Alaska who won the BP Teacher of Excellence award. Each educator wins a $500 for themselves, and a matching grant for their school. As BP […]

  • DayBreak

    Ride AWAIC: Raising funds and awareness for sexual assault and domestic abuse

    by Daybreak Staff on May 15, 12:45

    The Diamond Girls Motorcycle Club and the Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) are riding to raise funds and awareness for domestic abuse and sexual assault. This will be the second Ride AWAIC event. Events like this fall within the Diamond Girls mission statement, according to its president Shaina Palmer. She says the club is […]

  • DayBreak

    Mannie Fresh to perform alongside Lil Wayne in Anchorage

    by Daybreak Staff on May 12, 13:49

    The multi-talented Mannie Fresh, known for being one half of the hip-hop duo Big Tymer’s, will be performing alongside Lil Wayne on May 13. Fresh is a DJ, producer and rapper who helped discover Lil Wayne’s talent in the 90s. He said he knew back then that Lil Wayne had a strong work ethic and that one […]

  • Mic Check in the Morning

    Mic Check in the Morning: Motley 2

    by Daybreak Staff on May 12, 11:14

    Los Angeles’ top Motley Crue cover band — Motley 2 — will play in Anchorage for one night only. Darryl Strucke, the band’s bassist, says they started the band roughly six years ago. Strucke knew the rest of Motley 2 from a previous band and found the vocalist, Tony Noyes. They’ve been performing ever since. […]

  • DayBreak

    Avoiding Mother’s Day scams and Facebook trends

    by Daybreak Staff on May 12, 11:12

    Be careful: That perfect flower arrangement you found online for mom could be a scam. Michelle Tabler with the Better Business Bureau says scammers are out, even on Mother’s Day. Tabler said one way to avoid becoming a victim is to check the florist’s legitimacy on the BBB’s website. Another way to avoid getting conned […]

  • DayBreak

    For the Birds: A fundraiser for the Bird Treatment and Learning Center

    by Daybreak Staff on May 11, 13:47

    Hotel Captain Cook is going to the birds May 13. It will host the Bird Treatment and Learning Center’s annual live and silent auction fundraiser called For the Birds. It will also honor the Bird TLC’s late founder, Dr. James Scott. The proceeds from the event will directly benefit the nonprofit, which takes in 600 […]

  • DayBreak

    Elite Leave: Frequent flyer benefits for new parents

    by Daybreak Staff on May 11, 13:45

    Alaska Airlines has changed the policy on its frequent flyer program in regards to family leave. Previously, if new parents wanted to keep their elite status on their mileage plan, they were unable to. Under Alaska Airline’s new hold program called Elite Leave, benefits accrued will be held and roll over to the next calendar year. […]

  • DayBreak

    Mudflats and fish camps: A family’s 800-mile adventure in Cook Inlet

    by Daybreak Staff on May 10, 14:57

    The McKittrick family took almost four months paddling and walking along Cook Inlet. Their reasoning for setting out initially was to ask anyone they came across how they think the Cook Inlet would look in the future. Erin McKittrick wrote about the journey in “Mudflats and Fish Camps: 800 Miles Around Alaska’s Cook Inlet.” Her […]

  • Workforce Wednesday

    Workforce Wednesday: Medical Science Academy at Bartlett High School

    by Daybreak Staff on May 10, 14:56

    For the past eight years, Bartlett High School has been getting the next wave of medical professionals interested in the industry. The program is called the Medical Science Academy, and is open to most students in the Anchorage School District. Sean Prince, Bartlett’s principal, says it has on primary teacher who teaches a wide range of […]

  • Travel Tuesday

    Travel Tuesday: 2017 Visit Anchorage Frontline Tradeshow

    by Daybreak Staff on May 09, 13:26

    During National Travel and Tourism Week, Visit Anchorage will be hosting its Frontline Tradeshow on Thursday, May 11. The show is designed to educate the people who work on the tourism industry’s frontlines, but is open to the general public. It will also show off what’s new at local restaurants, new products, hotel amenities, tour […]

  • DayBreak

    Travel Tuesday: Flyer’s rights

    by Daybreak Staff on May 09, 13:16

    What can airline staff do — and can’t do — to passengers? The question comes in light of multiple viral videos with passengers being booted off airlines. Scott McMurren from Alaska Travelgram says it’s not so black and white. The United Airlines flight where Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from his seat, damaged its […]

  • DayBreak

    A mountaineering first: Climbing Mt. Huntington’s south ridge

    by Daybreak Staff on May 08, 13:35

    In mid-April two climbers made mountaineering history by being the first to ascend the south ridge of Mount Huntington, which is located roughly eight miles south-southeast of Denali. It took them seven days, though they had only prepared for five. Clint Helander, one of the two climbers, said the ridge isn’t as tall as Denali, […]

  • DayBreak

    UAA Commencement Speaker Nina Lee’s journey to become a college graduate

    by Daybreak Staff on May 08, 13:33

    By the time she was 23, University of Alaska Anchorage graduate Nina Lee had dropped out of college multiple times before she received her degree on May 7, 2017. Not only did she don the cap and gown, she was chosen to be UAA’s Commencement Speaker. Lee enrolled in college right out of high school […]

  • Mic Check in the Morning

    Mic Check in the Morning: Brooklyn Alvarado

    by Daybreak Staff on May 05, 12:36

    Brooklyn Alvarado has been writing her own compositions since she was nine years old. She has a sound influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse to name a few. Alvarado won’t be in Alaska for much longer. She is headed to Texas to pursue her music career. To find out where she will […]