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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

  • 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 […]

  • Alaska News

    Hiland Lullaby Project nears completion

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 09, 20:48

    The very first Lullaby Project, launched in Alaska this summer, is in its final stages. The vision: to pair mothers serving time at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center with another group of women, local singer-songwriters and instrumentalists. Together, they’ve composed lullabies for the inmates’ children, to be compiled on a CD. The women will also […]

  • Alaska News

    Hiland Lullaby Project: Music to connect inmates and their children

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 26, 22:04

    There’s something promising cooking at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center for women. The recipe is simple. You bring women together –- both inmates and local musicians –- to compose lullabies. The artists record the songs on a CD, along with a personal message from the inmates. The result? A way for inmates to connect with […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska primary: 5 votes separate Nageak, Westlake in House race

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 17, 16:20

    It’s not clear if two rural Democrats, who joined the House Republican Majority, are returning to Juneau. With all precincts in, Rep. Ben Nageak and his opponent Dean Westlake, of Kotzebue are separated by a mere five votes, with absentee and question ballots still pending. With such a close race, a recount is likely to […]

  • Energy

    BlueCrest Energy launches ‘Cosmopolitan’ project at Anchor Point

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 27, 21:19

    Updated at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 Cook Inlet may be an aging oil field, but it still has some surprises. A Texas company struck oil in March near Anchor Point and hopes to tap a reservoir that could hold between 70 and 200 million barrels of oil. BlueCrest Energy may have its headquarters in […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Bear researchers say they have more questions than answers

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 18, 10:09

    It was a journey of discovery this week, just to walk the halls of the Dena’ina Center, where hundreds of scientists from all over the world gathered to share their research on bears. The theme of the International Bear Association’s conference was “Bears of the World: Learning from our Past to Inform our Future.” “For […]

  • Politics

    Special session resumes Monday, fiscal fix still elusive

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 10, 21:35

    When lawmakers return to Juneau on Monday to resume their special session, the big question is; what will they do to address Alaska’s fiscal crisis? The governor has tasked them with a long “to do” list, including a number of revenue measures that would raise money to close the state’s fiscal gap, now at more […]

  • News

    Recycled glass, charcoal and tomatoes: Part of an experiment at Chena Hot Springs

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 03, 21:48

    Under the glow of the midnight sun and rows of LED lights, the tomatoes in a Chena Hot Springs greenhouse look fat and happy. They’re served up to tourists at the resort, near Fairbanks, all year long. During the winter, they’re kept warm and protected from the cold and darkness by heat and electricity generated […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Derelict cabin in Fairview is no longer a magnet for trouble

    by Rhonda McBride on May 20, 20:48

    When it comes to the homeless, many Anchorage residents are torn between feeling sympathetic and, in the case of one Fairview neighborhood, feeling afraid. But near the corner of East 9th Avenue and Denali Street, there are feelings of relief. After pressure from the city, Fairview Community Council and neighbors, a crew cleared land around […]

  • Outdoors

    In Unalakleet, sea ice is a hunter’s best friend

    by Rhonda McBride on May 13, 22:21

    Sea ice helps to put dinner on the table for hunters in the Bering Sea, and it’s sorely missed by Norton Sound communities like Unalakleet. Alaska had one of the warmest winters of the century. The statewide average temperature was about 10 degrees above historic norms – and weather experts say the trend seems to […]

  • News

    Frontiers: UAF Rural Human Services Program, a pipeline for success

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 22, 21:32

    The Rural Human Services Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is many things to many students. But mainly it’s a pipeline to success. Many of those in the program are older and are raising children, but the college works around this with a flexible two-year program, allowing students to travel to Fairbanks, Anchorage or […]

  • Alaska News

    Frontiers Preview: Shattering the silence

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 08, 21:59

    Drama students at the University of Alaska Anchorage have brought an ambitious production to the stage, “Stalking the Bogeyman,” written by a well-known local journalist David Holthouse. The play puts Holthouse’s painful memories of a childhood rape in the spotlight. He was only 7 years old when a teenager lured him to the basement and […]

  • Iditarod

    Artist Jon Van Zyle’s Iditarod legacy

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 07, 8:44

    The Iditarod legacy largely comes from the mushers and the dogs. But there are volunteers and others like Jon Van Zyle, who have made their mark. In Episode 45 of Frontiers, we take time out to appreciate Van Zyle’s legacy, as both a musher and an artist. When he returned from his first Iditarod in […]

  • Iditarod

    The Comeback Trail: DeeDee Jonrowe & Jan Steves

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 03, 15:02

    The Iditarod has become a never-ending story. Every year, from the front of the trail to the back of the trail, there are new chapters about stamina and endurance — and the powerful bond between dogs and humans. In Episode 44 of Frontiers, we profiled two mushers from Willow, DeeDee Jonrowe and Jan Steves. Both […]

  • Alaska News

    Chocolate-covered strawberries a Valentine’s Day hit in Nome

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 12, 20:05

    Most of Nome’s urban creature comforts come to town on a jet. Locals usually load up when they’re in Anchorage, which is common to Alaska bush life. “We travel with tubs,” said Trinh Johnson, who was just returning to Nome on a flight from Anchorage. “We don’t have luggage.” The impulse to stock up is […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Sen. Kelly wants to revamp Alaska budget process

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 24, 17:49

    A Fairbanks Republican says he hopes to introduce a plan to streamline the Legislature’s budgeting process early next week. Given the magnitude of the state’s fiscal crisis, Kelly said change is long overdue. “If we try to do things as we’ve always done them, we will run out of time and not really accomplish anything,” […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Russian Orthodox Christmas in Alaska: A multicultural, multilingual celebration

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 09, 10:14

    Although most Alaskans celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, members of the Russian Orthodox Church started their weeklong celebration on Jan. 7 – the date of Christ’s birth, according to the Julian calendar. In many Alaska communities, the festivities are known as “Slaaviq” or “Slavi” – slang for the Russian word for glory, “slava.” The traditions vary […]

  • Alaska News

    2015: A year of quiet reforms for the Alaska National Guard

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 01, 20:17

    The 2015 elections brought shocking revelations about the Alaska National Guard. Allegations of sexual assault and other corruption grabbed the headlines during the race for governor, after victims and whistleblowers said their complaints had been ignored for years. Since the election and the appointment of Laurie Hummel as Adjutant General — the first female commander […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Galena elder Sidney Huntington dies, leaves 100-year legacy

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 08, 17:19

    Sidney Huntington celebrated his 100th birthday in Galena in May, surrounded by family members and an entire community. Family members said he died peacefully Tuesday afternoon at an assisted living facility in Galena. Huntington’s autobiography, Shadows on the Koyukuk, tells the story of how he lived between two worlds, relying on his Koyukon-Athabascan heritage of […]