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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

  • Alaska News

    Kuskokwim King crisis: Headed for another record low

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 10, 8:53

    It’s been an emotional roller coaster for communities along the Kuskokwim River. In 2013, they saw a record low run, with severe restrictions on subsistence fishing. The kings, or Chinooks as they’re also called, returned in stronger numbers last year – but this season, they are likely to be headed for another record low. Once […]

  • Episode 115: Follow-up Frontiers-Kuskokwim King Crisis

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 09, 21:12

    On Frontiers, we’ve followed the ups and downs of the king salmon crisis on the Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska. In 2013, their numbers hit record lows, but improved last year, to allow a limited subsistence harvest. Hopes were dashed this season when the king run took another turn for the worse and is projected […]

  • Episode 114: Spirit of Mt. Marathon

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 03, 11:07

    Even if you not a running enthusiast – and I certainly am not — there’s something about the Mt. Marathon Race in Seward on July 4th that draws you in. Maybe it’s because there are so many variables. The Mt. Marathon racecourse ranges between three and three-and-a-half miles, depending on the route you take. About […]

  • Episode 113: Feeding Alaska

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 26, 13:25

    We ran this show  in April, but as Alaskans lavish their attention on their gardens and cast their nets on the waters, it seems a good time to revisit what it takes to feed our state. We Alaskans like to think we’re self-sufficient, but when it comes to our food supply we’re surprisingly dependent on […]

  • Episode 112: Remembering Ted Stevens

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 21, 11:47

    We aired this episode of Frontiers last year, which marked the 45th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) — which was at the time the largest land claims settlement in U.S. History. It was signed into law on Dec. 18, 1971. There were many players in ANCSA, and one of those was […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Fireworks in the legislature as second special session called

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 17, 10:28

    The end of the legislative session in Juneau turned into a political roller coaster, and the wild ride probably is far from over. After the Senate gaveled out on Friday, the governor called a second special session. The fireworks started in the House on Thursday night, one day before the end of the first special […]

  • Episode 111: Renewable Alaska

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 13, 10:31

      We ran this program in August of 2015. A show that took us to Kodiak, one of the leaders in the nation when it comes to utilizing both wind and hydropower in tandem — an example of how Alaska is a wide-open frontier when it comes to renewable energy. I’ll bet a lot of […]

  • Episode 110: Blindsided by Heroin

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 12, 13:32

      Recently in the news, we’ve heard about a growing number of fatal heroin overdoses in Anchorage. But, Rural Alaska has also not gone unscathed. This week, we’re airing a show we first brought to you in February, when we took you to the Southwest Alaska community of Quinhagak – which would seem to be […]

  • 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 […]