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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 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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Seeds for Change growing opportunity for homeless teens

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 12, 12:12

    Inside what was once a cabinet-making business in Spenard, people can find warm, moist air, purple-tinted lights and rows of lettuce, kale, basil and chervil. But there’s another thing growing there — hope. As the name for the program suggests, Alaska Seeds for Change is about more than just crops. The youth employment project has been […]

  • Education

    Inuit education conference showcases Toksook Bay students

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 11, 20:24

    “Indigenize! Indigenize! Indigenize!” That was the mantra of a gathering in Anchorage this week of Alaska Native teachers and school administrators. Their mission? To give their students an education that incorporates their language and culture. It’s been a decades long battle to bring more programs designed to meet the needs of indigenous students, as well […]

  • Education

    Small steps for toddlers, giant steps for learning Inupiaq

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 02, 15:19

    Words matter a lot on Alaska’s North Slope. That’s why the town of Barrow recently voted narrowly to change its name to Utqiaġvik, the Inupiaq name for the community. Some elders say it means “place where you gather roots.” While there’s a lot of debate about going back to the community’s original name, the word […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Historic US Senate debate in Barrow focuses on the Arctic

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 26, 21:32

    Organizers billed it as the first ever U.S. Senate debate held above the Arctic Circle. Sen. Lisa Murkowski faced three challengers on the stage at the Barrow High School auditorium on Wednesday. But even before the candidates had a chance to engage, there was a distinctly different flavor to this debate, which began with a prayer […]

  • Alaska News

    Athabascan bead artist gets ready for AFN

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 19, 22:41

    Donna Pulliam, an Athabascan bead artist, has worked hard all year to prepare for the Customary Arts Show at the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention. When AFN gets underway in Fairbanks on Thursday, she’ll join more than 100 other artists who share the same passion for their traditional art and culture — and the thrill […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Politics of the past explored in ‘The Ticket’

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 07, 22:29

    This is the last weekend to see “The Ticket” at Cyrano’s playhouse in downtown Anchorage. There are only two characters on the stage: two former Republican governors, Walter “Wally” Hickel and Jay Hammond — political adversaries who became friends later in life, although they were philosophically polar opposites.  Although both men are now gone, their […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage dahlias escape the frost, for now

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 03, 21:09

    The dahlias grow in a parking lot at 880 N Street as if there is no tomorrow — a riot of color and probably among the last hold-outs in Anchorage from the frost, which has put most city gardens to rest. But that won’t kill Graeme Pincott’s passion for growing them. Pincott, a longtime Anchorage […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Emotional conclusion to Hiland Mountain Lullaby Project

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 25, 12:01

    The inmates who took to the stage at a concert on Saturday clearly weren’t used to applause, which broke out often, along with tears that flowed from the audience and inmates alike. Several hundred people filled the gym at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River to hear lullabies inmates wrote for their children. The […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Zuill Bailey’s one-man cello crusade

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 16, 19:53

    Zuill Bailey and his 323-year-old cello turn up in cities all over the country. But since he took over as artistic director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in 2011, he says Alaska has begun to feel like home. He now spends more than four months a year here. In September, he came to Anchorage […]