A fifth-grade teacher at Knik Elementary School has a knack for keeping his kids engaged. In his fifth year at the head of the class, KTVA 11 Teacher of the Week winner Ronald Bowlan is relatively new to teaching. Prior to commanding the classroom, he served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force as a chief […]
Erik Johnson initially thought he was going to be a pastor, but his love of helping young people inspired him to become a teacher instead. A graduate of Chugiak High School, he teaches English at Eagle River High School. The KTVA 11 News Teacher of the Week winner said the secret to his success is […]
The Daybreak crew spent a day at the Alaska State Fair this week and our first stop was the Kenai Peninsula Pig Races. Megan and I scouted the competitors and made a small bet: The loser has to get the winner coffee for an entire week. The KTVA 11 News Corral is where pigs become […]
In your social media feeds this week, there’s a chance you’ve seen some friends and followers dumping buckets of ice water on top of their heads. From Facebook to Twitter and Instagram, there have been floods of these videos coming in. But it’s all for a good cause. It’s called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. […]
Making people “Bear Aware” isn’t the only benefit of Hallo Bay Bear Camp. It also provides an economic boost across the bay. Located inside Katmai National Park and Preserve, Hallo Bay’s base of operations is in Homer. The town’s Chamber of Commerce has 500 members, 12 of which are flightseeing and bear watching companies like […]
It’s not just the bears that are impressive at Hallo Bay Bear Camp in Katmai National Park. Lead guide Simyra Taback is considered one of the best naturalist guides on the planet, according to a popular travel magazine. In 2012, Taback won the Silver Wanderlust World Guide Award in London. She finished in second place […]
Taking a walk through Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park is like taking a trip back in time. From old, rusty water pipes to gun emplacements, remnants of World War II can still be seen from the trails that meander through the tall Sitka spruce trees. Inside a bunker once used to store ammunition you will […]
The Emerald Island’s longtime harbor master recently retired, adding another chapter to his family’s rich history there. Marty Owen is the grandson of Al Owen, the first Alaska state Senator from Kodiak. Marty, who grew up in Tacoma, spent many summers working on crabbing boats and tendered for salmon off the shores of Kodiak. After 24 […]
For Travel Guru Scott McMurren and KTVA’s James Gaddis, the journey to Ruth Glacier began at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse. That’s where owner Trisha Costello serves heaping plates of hotcakes and other homemade fare to climbers preparing to venture into Denali National Park. For those looking for a lighter trip, flightseeing company K2 Aviation can […]
While marine animals at the Alaska SeaLife Center may live in glass tanks, handlers work hard to make sure they get a taste of life in the wild. Click the video above to watch an octopus named Thumb receive training and a snack from ASLC staff.
The Kenai Fjords Marine Science Program is celebrating its twentieth year on Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound. Education Coordinator Leslie Jacoby said 44,000 students have taken part in the five-hour field trip since 1994. Students collect plankton, learn about seawater, marine mammals and seabirds and work with park rangers to get a better understanding of […]
Taking a wildlife tour out of Seward in early spring not only helps avoid a crowd, but also ensures you’ll experience a special time in Alaska. “Today was the beginning of the dynamics of the ecosystem coming back alive in spring,” said Kenai Fjords Tours Captain Chris Overbeck. KTVA’s James Gaddis and Daybreak’s Family Fun […]
KTVA’s studio isn’t the only one named after Augie Hiebert, the “father of Alaska television.” For the last five years, Hiebert’s name has graced a working television and radio room inside Mirror Lake Middle School. The on-air-talent and “staff” behind the scenes are all seventh and eighth grade students. Each member of the class must […]
It’s not every day that a major motion picture premieres in Alaska, let alone for a packed house at the Homer Theatre. But Thursday night, nothing but rave reviews followed the final credits of the movie “Bears.” The movie by Disney Nature was filmed primarily in Katmai National Park and Preserve, and it tells the […]
Erin Kirkland moved to Anchorage in 2005 with her husband and young son, but had trouble finding resources for family fun. “You know, Facebook and social media sites hadn’t really taken off quite yet and so I had a little trouble finding resources,” Kirkland said. A freelance writer, Kirkland decided to do it herself. “So […]
ANCHORAGE – Mushers and dogs weren’t the only ones braving the trail to Nome over the past several weeks: The official photographer of the Iditarod has been capturing the race since 1981. Jeff Schultz – who’s working on self-publishing a book on the Last Great Race – says there’s one thing he loves about the […]
ANCHORAGE – A lot of time and TLC goes into making chocolates at the Alaska Cake Studio in Downtown Anchorage. KTVA 11’s James Gaddis was invited into the kitchen to help the boss prepare for the Valentine’s Day rush.
ANCHORAGE – A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum is looking to shed light on a trashy trend. “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” features colorful, creative displays made primarily from plastics abandoned in the world’s oceans. Circling marine currents — called gyres — can carry garbage thousands of miles between coasts. For the next seven months, […]
ANCHORAGE – Many smartphone users tap into Google’s GPS navigation system to get them around town. While the search engine giant does a great job getting you to your destination, it often times mispronounces street names. Click on the video box above to see for yourself.
ANCHORAGE –As historic cold temperatures and snow bear down on the Lower 48, do Alaskans have any sympathy for people dealing with the ‘Polar Vortex?’ Click on the video box to find out.