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Episode 54: Best of Frontiers

By KTVA Alaska 5:39 PM May 8, 2016

We took time out this week to celebrate one year of bringing you Frontiers. It’s hard to believe we’ve reached this milestone, because the year has gone by so quickly.

Frontiers is a huge canvas to work upon. From stories about climate change and saving Native languages to the state’s $4 billion dollar budget gap, it’s been an ambitious first year.

This week, to mark our one-year anniversary, we thought we’d bring back one of the most popular stories—an economic profile of the Kachemak Bay community of Seldovia, a town that time seems to have forgotten.

Also on this week’s program, we preview a new book, “Made of Salmon,” a collections of stories from Alaskans about their experience with salmon. Our guests are Carol Sturgulewski and Don Rearden, both well-known Alaska writers who each contributed a piece in the book.

Sturgulewski is the daughter of Frank and Nancy Murkowski and sister of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Although we are apt to think of the Murkowskis as a political clan, Sturgulewski’s essay, “Family Business,” looks at how past generations of her family made a living off fishing.

Rearden, who grew up in Bethel and Akiak, along the Kuskokwim River, gives us the Alaska Native perspective on king salmon. In his piece, “The One that Got Away,” he recalls a time when king runs were abundant and huge in size – compared to recent years, in which the subsistence king salmon fishery has been severely restricted

“Made of Salmon” is an outgrowth of the Salmon Project, where conversations were held around the state to take time out to appreciate the gift of salmon — and why no matter how you catch it, cut it or prepare it, it’s the thread that connects Alaskans together.

In many ways, we hope this is what Frontiers does: brings Alaskans together to appreciate some of their differences, yet also what they share in common. I feel very lucky to be a part of a program like this, along with our producer, Gina Romero, as well as the many fine photojournalists and reporters who have contributed to Frontiers. We feel like we explored some new frontiers of Alaska journalism – and look forward to bringing you more of the faces, places and spirit of Alaska.

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