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Emily Carlson

I’m thrilled to be part of the new KTVA news team. Almost everything about us may be new, but we are doing things right. Look for solid news coverage from a crew that is excited to be here and tell you interesting, informative and well-thought-out stories.

Stories by Emily Carlson

  • Alaska News

    Life on the Edge, Part 3: The future of Kivalina

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 20, 10:19

    Kivalina faces a number of challenges, including erosion, crowded living conditions and sanitation conditions similar to some third-world countries. Their village likely won’t exist in a decade — scientists say it’s only a matter of time before it’s wiped off the map. With such challenging living conditions and a bleak future, many ask: Why don’t […]

  • Alaska News

    Life on the Edge, Part 2: Kivalina faces sanitation challenges

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 18, 21:04

    Erosion isn’t Kivalina’s only problem. People there are living in conditions more similar to a third-world country than the U.S. They have cellphones, cable and Internet, but they don’t have running water. Lucy Adams is one of the last Eskimos making mukluks entirely by hand. Tradition is what the 82-year-old loves about Kivalina, but she can’t […]

  • Alaska News

    Life on the Edge, Part 1: Climate change in Kivalina

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 17, 22:35

    They could be the first climate change refugees in the country, and they live right here in Alaska. Scientists say the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, and while Alaska may be the Last Frontier, Kivalina is on the front lines of climate change. October in Kivalina marked the […]

  • Obama in Alaska

    Dillingham plans to voice erosion concerns during President Obama’s visit

    by Emily Carlson on Aug 29, 18:50

    When Dillingham residents are asked what their land means to them, the answer is simple — it’s home. Many fear that, due to erosion, they will not only lose their land but also the culture that’s been built upon those shores.

  • Alaska News

    Kodiak brewery offers welcoming atmosphere with unique beers

    by Emily Carlson on Aug 03, 23:50

    Alaska has one of the highest concentrations of craft breweries in the nation. According to the beer app “The Beer Up Here,” there are currently 23 Alaskan-owned breweries, with at least four more in the works. The Brewers Association says the average Alaskan drinks 12 gallons of beer per year. That’s the fourth highest in […]

  • Alaska News

    Kodiak church recovering after vandal damages priceless artifacts

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 17, 20:46

    One of the oldest Russian Orthodox churches in the country is healing after some of their most sacred items were damaged last month. On June 10, police say a 21-year-old high on drugs broke into the Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Kodiak. Most of the damage happened near the altar. “Because we consider that a sacred […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    For the Novakovichs, Mount Marathon is a family affair

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 02, 8:25

    We introduce you to a family that is so into Mount Marathon the whole family, except one, competes in the July 4th event. And that one person who isn’t racing has a pretty good excuse.

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    A Mount Marathon love story

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 01, 10:48

    Their romance started in Seward a few years ago before the famous Mount Marathon race. Together, they’ve overcome drug addiction, expectations and pressure — and come out on top. We continue our coverage of the 100th anniversary of Mount Marathon by introducing you to some race royalty. Watch the video above to hear the story […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz to hold town hall meetings

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 02, 23:14

    Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz wants to hear your ideas about the future of Anchorage. He will hold four town hall meetings before he is sworn into office. They are: Tuesday, June 16 at the Fairview Community Recreational Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at the Eagle River Senior Center from 5:30 p.m. […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Assembly: 4th Avenue Theatre public hearing to continue Thursday

    by Emily Carlson on May 13, 7:23

    The Anchorage Assembly voted to continue meeting on Thursday after a more than 5-hour gathering Tuesday. They were in the middle of hearing public testimony on a proposed plan to revitalize downtown’s 4th Avenue Theatre. The $150 million plan would turn the theatre into condos, retail and office space while preserving the historic sign outside. […]

  • Alaska Politics

    When it comes to Medicaid, some lawmakers demand reform with expansion

    by Emily Carlson on May 12, 7:54

    Alaska’s commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services says her office has fixed most of the problems with a system that handles Medicaid payments. Monday was the first hearing on Medicaid expansion at the technical session in Anchorage, and lawmakers on the House Finance Committee had a lot of questions. DHSS Commissioner Valerie Davidson […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Poll numbers show Berkowitz with slight lead in runoff race

    by Emily Carlson on May 05, 7:26

    New poll numbers show Ethan Berkowitz with a lead heading into Election Day. Marc Hellenthal, an Anchorage Republican pollster, used money from former mayoral candidate Dan Coffey to conduct two polls. One after the mudslinging from both candidates’ supporters started, then, one after. The numbers from April 20-23 show Democrat Ethan Berkowitz with a commanding […]

  • Alaska News

    In Kotzebue, traditional Native diet coming to longterm care facilities

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 26, 14:32

      Diet isn’t just about food — it’s about history; it’s about identity. A new program in Kotzebue will allow some Native elders the chance to again enjoy the tastes of their culture. On a wintry afternoon in the Northwestern community, an eclectic bunch gathered at the Maniilaq Association to eat traditional Native food. For most, it’s […]

  • Alaska News

    Sitka rescue facility offers up-close look at Alaska bears

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 13, 8:00

    Every year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game euthanizes orphaned bear cubs. In Alaska, it’s illegal to rehabilitate bear cubs and release them back into the wild. The Fortress of the Bear in Sitka, however, wants to change that. The rescue facility just installed a new feature called the “bear breezeway” that allows visitors the […]

  • Alaska News

    2 VPSOs graduate training: First in state to carry firearms

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 03, 23:01

    Two Village Public Safety Officers graduated from the pilot arming training ceremony Friday in Sitka, making them the first VPSOs allowed to carry a firearm while on duty. It was a stressful three weeks for the three VPSOs who went through the training, and just two of them graduated Friday — Hooper Bay VPSO 1st […]

  • Alaska News

    Sitka School District faces largest budget deficit in its history

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 03, 10:26

    It’s fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Love’s favorite time of year: sticky and messy paper mache time. Keeping arts in the classroom is a top priority at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School in Sitka. Arts the district hopes won’t fall victim to this year’s sweeping budget cuts. The Sitka School District is facing the largest budget deficit […]

  • Alaska News

    1974: ‘Explosive’ April Fool’s Day joke still remembered

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 01, 22:08

    Sitka received the prank of a lifetime 41 years ago, when a longtime jokester fooled the entire town into thinking a dormant volcano was erupting. A plume of smoke rising from Mt. Edgecumbe: It was a vision that sparked a near panic in Sitka on April 1, 1974. Brian Bickar was in his eighth grade math class […]

  • Alaska News

    In Sitka, VPSOs undergo firearm training ahead of Friday’s graduation

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 01, 7:59

    Starting next week, a few Village Public Safety Officers will have an added weapon at their disposal: firearms. Lawmakers passed the controversial bill allowing VPSOs the ability to bear arms last year, and on Friday, the first group graduates from training. At first, many of the regional corporations that employ them were skeptical and some […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After months with no doctors, Valley VA health clinic may soon have a physician

    by Emily Carlson on Mar 11, 6:55

    After searching for nearly three years, the Mat-Su Veterans Affairs health clinic has tentatively hired a doctor to assist the nearly 2,000 vets who need care there. Tuesday night, the VA held one of their quarterly hearings to learn how they can improve care. Many vets were concerned with staffing. Since last May, the outpatient […]

  • Alaska News

    Low king salmon return leads to emergency orders

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 20, 21:23

    Predicted low run totals for king salmon is again forcing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to issue emergency orders. The latest emergency orders take effect in April for waters in the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula. Fish and Game officials are predicting a return of about 5,200 king salmon. That’s similar to last […]