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Rhonda McBride

Alaska truly is the Last Frontier of great storytelling. Although I’ve been a reporter in Alaska since 1988, my “to do” list of stories is ever a work in progress.

Stories by Rhonda McBride

  • Episode 108: Permanent Fund — Past, present and future

    by Rhonda McBride on May 22, 11:09

    The Permanent Fund and its interest income are the focus of this week’s Frontiers program. Both the Senate and the House have passed plans to tap the earnings of the fund, needed to close the state’s estimated $2.5 billion budget gap, a new milestone for the legislature — but both chambers still have a long […]

  • Episode 107: Fourth Avenue Theatre — 70 years of history

    by Rhonda McBride on May 16, 12:57

    A series of events will be held in downtown Anchorage over the Memorial Day weekend to mark the opening of the Fourth Avenue Theatre 70 years ago.

  • Episode 105: Choose Respect marches on

    by Rhonda McBride on May 01, 16:49

      When we were invited to Old Harbor at the end of March to cover Kodiak Island’s first regional dance festival, we were focused on the dancing not the Choose Respect march that kicked off the event. It didn’t dawn on us that the two events were closely linked together in the community’s mind until […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Former Alaska governor Sean Parnell keeps a low profile

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 28, 20:25

    As lawmakers and Gov. Bill Walker continue to wrestle with the state’s budget crisis, some wonder how his predecessor would have handled the situation. These days, Sean Parnell practices business law in Palmer, wears glasses and seems to smile and laugh a lot more. But one thing hasn’t changed: Parnell still keeps his cards close […]

  • Episode 104: Feeding Alaska

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 24, 15:13

    Will new enthusiasm for homegrown food, along with new ideas and technology, lead to more self-sufficiency?

  • Episode 103: Time to Dance Again

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 17, 14:33

      This week’s show, “Time to Dance Again,” is about the power of community — the embodiment of that Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world…” This week we take you to Old Harbor on the southeast end of Kodiak Island, a fishing village of […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Something’s hatching in Old Harbor

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 17, 12:07

    Old Harbor hugs rugged mountains on the southeast side of Kodiak Island, home to about 200 people who think of themselves as farmers of the sea, not the land. But that’s about to change. The tribal government recently built a chicken coop on a hillside, which staffers regularly check for fresh eggs. “We’re getting about […]

  • Episode 102: Alaska budget – Let’s Make a Deal

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 11, 13:55

    In the spirit of entertaining as well as informing, let me forewarn you that this won’t be a typical Frontiers program. But we hope you come away with a better idea of what’s at stake for Alaskans.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    2 Friends Gallery owner cautiously optimistic about the economy

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 08, 11:39

    Last summer, Jacqui Ertischek wrestled with whether or not she should close her art gallery in midtown. But when the FlyPaper! gift shop next door folded, she decided to take a leap of faith and expand into the empty storefront. “We all have our craziness,” Ertischek said with a laugh. “Talking to the mannequins is […]

  • Episode 100: Alaska’s Aviation Legends

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 26, 19:11

    There’s nothing like getting a tour of a museum from someone who has lived its history.

  • Episode 99: Zuill Bailey — Serenading Alaska

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 20, 9:10

      From time to time, we repeat some of our popular episodes of Frontiers. This Sunday, we brought back a program we aired last fall, featuring Zuill Bailey, a nationally known cellist, who comes to Alaska frequently as part of his role as artistic director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Since our program aired, […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod is healthy competition for Seavey family

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 14, 9:19

      The first days of the Iditarod are like the edges of a jigsaw puzzle. The pieces gradually move into place and a picture emerges as mushers inch closer to Nome. Mitch Seavey saw the picture before anyone else – that victory was in sight. It’ll be six years now that the Seavey family has dominated […]

  • Episode 97: Iditarod 2017 – Ready, set, go!

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 05, 18:36

    We hope this week’s show gives you an appreciation of some of the decisions that have to be made over the course of a thousand miles to Nome.

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod veteran Aliy Zirkle heals from last year’s trauma on the trail by giving back

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 04, 14:33

    For the last five years, Aliy Zirkle has been one of the top five mushers to cross the finish line in Nome. She’s also been a runner-up three times. And last year, she managed to win third place after she and her team were chased by a drunken snowmachiner near Nulato, the same one who […]

  • Episode 96: Bethel High School Shooting – 20 Years Later

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 27, 17:58

    It was a day when ordinary people were called upon to do extraordinary things and continue to live with memories that still evoke pain and sadness. And yet, the town of Bethel has been remarkably resilient. Many went on to do good things to erase the evil of that day. Their stories are inspiring.

  • Episode 95: Blindsided by Heroin

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 20, 11:42

      The Southwest Alaska community of Quinhagak would seem to be the last place on earth you’d find heroin. The Yup’ik village of roughly 700 people still subsists on wild foods – caribou and moose from the Kilbuck Mountains and salmon from the Arolik and Kanektok Rivers. But last August, there were four heroin overdoses […]

  • Crime

    20 years later: Anniversary of Bethel school shooting still emotional

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 20, 8:54

    Feb. 19, 1997. If you lived in Bethel on that day, you would remember exactly where you were and what you were doing, even though it was 20 years ago. That’s the day Evan Ramsey took a 12-gauge shotgun to school and opened fire in the lobby just before class started. The shooting rampage at […]

  • Episode 93: President Trump’s immigration order – Alaska reacts

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 06, 16:00

    Maybe one reason the order strikes such a nerve: Almost all Alaskans, not just immigrants, are newcomers to this state -- except of course for Alaska Natives, who make up about 15 percent of the population.

  • Alaska News

    Chalkyitsik, Fort Yukon tribes celebrate historic land-use plan

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 15, 18:35

    As one tribal leader put it: The land is our culture and our culture is the land. That’s why two interior Alaska tribes in Chalkyitsik and Fort Yukon celebrated historic land-use agreements with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that were more than eight years in the making. The BLM land-use plan covers about 6.5 […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska halfway house walkaway numbers show marked improvement

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 14, 12:27

    Halfway houses are one of the final steps to freedom for inmates, where they can leave during the day to go to work or look for jobs. But early last year, an alarming number of inmates simply chose to walk away and become fugitives. The Alaska Department of Corrections touted a statewide turnaround in those […]