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Megan Mazurek

Stories by Megan Mazurek

  • Mic Check in the Morning

    Mic Check in the Morning: Whiskey and Blues

    by Megan Mazurek on Mar 06, 8:55

    Fury Rondy and Iditarod aren’t the only events scheduled this weekend. Whiskey and Blues take over the Dena’ina Center Saturday, March 7. Blues musician Marquise Knox will perform while a whiskey connoisseur shares his knowledge of single-malt whiskeys during the nosing and tasting presentation. “Normally you get a nosing glass, like a little tulip, [and] […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Penny Schram-Browner

    by Megan Mazurek on Mar 02, 10:22

    There’s always something cooking in the kitchen of Penny Schram-Browner’s culinary classroom at Palmer High School. That’s part of Browner’s southern charm — her passion for teaching students that there’s much more to cooking than her classroom. “Our goal as educators is to show them that they can work in restaurants,” Browner said. “They [can] […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Ultimate Survival Alaska’

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 20, 10:34

    Move over Hollywood, Alaska is quickly becoming the place to be in show business. With more than 20 reality shows on or in Alaska, the reality is if you live an extreme lifestyle, there’s a good chance you can make it onto one of these shows. “Ultimate Survival Alaska” features a team made up of […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Deadliest Catch’

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 18, 10:29

    One of the more notorious captains on the “Deadliest Catch” is learning what it’s like to live in the spotlight. Capt. Elliott Neese, 32, is the youngest and one of the most controversial captains on Discovery’s hit reality show that’s won 13 Emmys over the past 10 seasons. “It’s brought a lot of opportunity in […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Veronica Kaganak

    by Megan Mazurek on Dec 15, 11:28

    KTVA’s Teacher of the Week, Veronica Kaganak, is a first-grade teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. She knew from an early age she wanted to teach and studied under one of the best — her grandmother Maryann Sundown. Kaganak learned how to read Yupik from Sundown, who was also known affectionately […]

  • Health

    A new hope for those with Alzheimer’s

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 15, 12:19

    Alzheimer’s disease — for which there is no known cure — affects millions of Americans. KTVA 11′s Megan Mazurek shares a new drug that could help reverse the affects of Alzheimer’s.  

  • DayBreak

    At Hallo Bay, bears share home with resident guides

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 23, 11:52

    Your first encounter at Hallo Bay Bear Camp most likely won’t be with the brown bears, but with the camp’s resident bear whisperer and camp manager, Brad Garasky. He’s one of the main naturalist guides at camp giving daily tours as well as managing the communication hub for guides, pilots and mariners traveling in the […]

  • DayBreak

    Hallo Bay guides focus on habitat preservation

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 22, 10:39

    Hallo Bay guides have been taking small groups of people viewing in Katmai National Park for the past 27 years without harming the wildlife or bears. The main mission at Hallo Bay Bear Camp is to leave no trace, and that’s one of the reasons why the bear camp has been so successful in keeping […]

  • DayBreak

    Exploring Kodiak with Marion Owen

    by Megan Mazurek on Jun 17, 9:22

    Titles like master gardener, mariner, photographer and chef are a few words to describe Marion Owen. She and her husband, Marty, own the Cliff House Bed and Breakfast in Kodiak. Owen moved to Kodiak in 1984 and never looked back. “Kodiak, for me, had the friendliest people,” she said. “It had such a strong sense […]

  • Alaska

    Palin weighs in on Alaska gubernatorial race

    by Megan Mazurek on May 08, 19:47

    She may not have endorsed a candidate for governor this year, but Sarah Palin says Bill Walker is spot on in his opposition to SB 21. The former Alaska governor called into KWHL’s Bob and Mark Show Wednesday morning to weigh in on the oil tax debate. The state’s current tax structure was established by […]

  • Alaska

    Annual Cook Inlet lease sale draws millions in bids

    by Megan Mazurek on May 07, 15:06

    The state of Alaska received more than $5.2 million in bids for Cook Inlet oil and gas leases during its annual lease sale Wednesday. Eight different companies bid on tracts, including Hilcorp, Apache Corporation, Woodstone Resources, Pacific West Energy, Cook Inlet Energy, Nordak Energy, WJ Kennedy and William Crawford. A few of the names are new to […]

  • Politics

    Lt. gov. candidates make their cases to Anchorage business leaders

    by Megan Mazurek on May 05, 20:17

    Candidates running for the job of lieutenant governor addressed issues like education and energy policies at a Make it Monday forum. State Sen. Hollis French and Mat-Su math teacher Bob Williams are running for the Democratic ticket. State Sen. Lesil McGuire and Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan are running against each other in the Republican primary. […]

  • Money

    Economist analyzes oil tax impact

    by Megan Mazurek on May 01, 16:42

    An economics professor says the so-called “$2.1 billion giveaway” in the state’s oil tax law doesn’t exist. The term coined by opponents has been used to lead the way for a repeal of Senate Bill 21 on the Aug. 19 primary ballot. Dr. Scott Goldsmith of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) estimates […]

  • Local

    Mayor vetoes energy amendment, says ASD funding likely to stick

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 30, 19:52

    Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed an amendment Wednesday to reinvest money for past energy-efficiency projects. Sullivan says energy efficiency should only be pursued when specific grant or bond money is made available for it. On the education front, the mayor said he most likely wouldn’t veto the $5.8 million in additional school funding paid for by […]

  • Politics

    Students question gubernatorial, senate candidates

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 30, 19:39

    Gubernatorial and senate candidates answered questions developed by 11 Anchorage middle schools Wednesday, and no topic was off the table. Issues like Medicaid expansion, education funding and oil decline in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System were a few of the issues concerning future voters. “I’d like to hear about how much effort they’d like to put […]

  • Local

    Golfers react to Eagleglen Golf Course closure

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 29, 20:47

    Anchorage golf enthusiasts are questioning the closure of Eagleglen Golf Course after a Monday announcement from the military. Eagleglen will close its gates to golfers due to a 37 percent decline in golfers over the past decade. The loss amounts to about $1.9 million in the past three years, says Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. “We are […]

  • Politics

    Gubernatorial candidates talk energy, education

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 28, 19:33

    With the legislative session over, gubernatorial candidates aren’t wasting any time hitting the campaign trail. On Monday, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce held the first forum luncheon for candidates to discuss issues like energy and education. Incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell touted his achievements while in office, like the restructuring of the state’s oil taxes defined […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    NTSB releases September plane crash reports

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 25, 19:19

    The National Transportation Safety Board has released reports on two fatal September plane crashes. The NTSB found a probable cause for the deadly plane crash in September near Glenallen. Investigators say former Alaska State Trooper Michael Zobel was unable to recover his Cessna after unintentionally stalling, causing the plane to spin. Investigators have yet to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Same-sex couples have equal tax rights, court rules

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 25, 14:11

    Friday marked a historic ruling for same-sex couples in Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court ruled the state has been discriminating against same-sex couples by denying them access to a $150,000 property tax exemption for senior citizens and veterans. The Alaska Civil Liberties Union represented three same-sex couples in court against the state, one of which […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA professor charged with sexual abuse of minor arraigned

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 24, 20:41

    A University of Alaska Anchorage professor appeared in court for the first time Thursday. Steve Pyle, 48, is charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. According to charging documents, Pyle’s wife told police her husband had been inappropriately touching a child. She later provided a recording of his confession. Pyle is a […]