Frontiers Extra: Journey to Monk’s Lagoon

We recently traveled to Monk’s Lagoon located on Spruce Island near Kodiak. It’s a sacred place for orthodox Christians around the world. It is the burial site of Saint Herman, the first orthodox saint in North America. In this web extra, Father Michael Oleksa talks about the history and significance of Saint Herman. Journey to […]

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Queen-sized quilt covers 80 years of Alaska State Fair History

When Ruth Hulbert was a teenager, she worked as a sign painter at the Alaska State Fair. One day it hit her: she wanted to be one of the artists tapped to create the fair’s annual poster. She hounded Dean Phipps, the manager of the fair for years. In 2007, after years of lessons from Brad […]

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Frontiers Extra: Fair Time

The Alaska State Fair is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. In this web extra, Kelly Larson and former President Talis Colberg talk about the rich history of the fair. Frontiers will focus on the past and present of Alaska’s popular annual gathering. Additionally, we will profile a Palmer family at the heart of the farming community. […]

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Frontiers Extra: Analysis of Alaska Primary Election

The 2016 Alaska Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 16. It’s shaping up to be an interesting political season. In this web extra, political veterans Tim and Mike Bradner analyze some of the key races. We will have a full analysis of the upcoming primary in our program, Changing of the Guard, airing on Frontiers […]

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Frontiers Extra: Discovering Alaska

Exploring Alaska. From typical sights to the rustic experiences, there’s no shortage of discovery in the Last Frontier. In this web extra, author and historian Laurel Downing Bill talks about how Alaska’s rich history is a tourism magnet and why stories in her books keeps visitors coming back. Discovering Alaska airs Sunday, August 7 at […]

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Frontiers Extra: Lord of the Roots

He’s the go-to guy when it comes to gardening. In this web extra, we talk with author and columnist Jeff Lowenfels about Alaska’s agricultural scene. This Sunday, we’ll also profile a Homer family who is cultivating their peony farming business. Field of Dreams airs Sunday, July 24 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

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Frontiers Extra: Alaska Tourism

Tourists visited Alaska in record numbers last year. But, that could change. Governor Bill Walker’s decision to veto the state’s marketing budget could be a setback. In this web extra, Kelly Bender from Lazy Otter Charters and Tanya Carlson from the Alaska Industry Travel Association talk about the industry and what to expect in the […]

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Frontiers Extra: Kings on the Kuskokwim

In 2013, families on the Kuskokwim River saw the lowest king numbers on record. It was a season of sacrifice, as people watched their food source dwindle. Now, there are signs of hope. In this web extra, Dr. Katie Howard who is a fisheries biologist and Ed Jones, state coordinator for king salmon research, give […]

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Frontiers Extra: Conversation with Holly Brooks and Clint McCool

Mount Marathon is just days away and many are preparing for the big race. For the first time, women will race in the prime time spot, after the men. Two-time Mount Marathon champion Holly Brooks and Clint McCool, who has ran the race 17 times, talk about the significance of the change. Mount Marathon: Equal […]

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Frontiers Extra: Unfinished Business

This week we are tackling the Frontiers of politics in Alaska. Lawmakers face another special session in July. In this web extra, Sen. Lesil McGuire and political reporter Elizabeth Raines talk about what to expect as lawmakers reconvene to complete unfinished business. Our full program airs this Sunday, June 26 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

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Frontiers Extra: Bears. Bears. Bears.

Bears of the world is a wide open frontier full of discovery and intrigue. In this web extra, we talk with John Hechtel who is a retired biologist who worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He spent 35 years reseraching bear attacks. We also talk with Elisabeth Kruger who is with the […]

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Frontiers Extra: Price of Procrastination

Alaska’s budget crisis is looming. Lawmakers are faced with finding a solution when they resume their special session in Juneau next week. In this web extra, we hear from Dan Fauske who is former head of the Gasline Development Corporation and Larry Persily who has served for several Governors. The full program, Cost of Waiting, […]

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Frontiers Extra: Hydroponic Harvest

Ever wonder what became of the Old Matanuska Maid building on Northern Lights? A new business owner has moved into the new space and is paving his own way in the agriculture industry. In this web extra, we talk with owner Jason Smith who is growing hydroponic vegetables inside. The full program, Food for Thought, […]

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Frontiers Extra: Bear Aware

Many Alaskans are out for Memorial Day weekend and there is always a chance for a bear encounter. In this web extra, Sean Farley, a wildlife researcher and Elizabeth Manning, a wildlife educator talks about ways to minimize risks and to co-exist with bears. The full program, Bears in our backyard, airs Sunday, May 29 […]

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Frontiers Extra: Man With the Sign

As a small child, Ian Wahl wondered about the people he saw on the streets holding signs and why drivers avoided them. The memory inspired Wahl, now 21, to write and sing a song about “A Man with a Sign.” Wahl’s song was used in our Frontiers program, Hope for the Homeless. It airs Sunday, […]

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Frontiers Extra: Hope for the Homeless

Homelessness in Anchorage is a complex problem. City leaders have implemented a new plan to find solutions. In this web extra, Nancy Burke who is the city’s coordinator on homelessness and Captain Bill Miller with the Anchorage Police Department give specifics on how citizens should handle reporting illegal camps. The full program, Hope for the […]

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Frontiers Extra: Warmer Alaska

Climate change is creating challenges across Alaska’s Frontier. Villagers in Unalakleet say they’ve experienced one of the strangest winters in recent memory. The lack of sea ice in Norton Sound has made it difficult for many hunters to catch seals. In this web extra, we’ll talk with two people who have tracked climate change for […]

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Frontiers Extra: Made of Salmon

Salmon is the thread that ties many Alaskans together. It’s the subject of a new book, Made of Salmon which is a collection of essays from Alaskans across the state. In the web extra, contributor and well known writer Carol Sturgulewski gives us a taste of what’s in the book. The full Frontiers program airs on […]

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Frontiers Extra: Conversation with Local Economist

Alaskans have been sounding off and sending warnings about concerns over the economy. A recent report says consumer confidence is at a new low in Anchorage. We decided to ask various Alaskans to peer into the economic crystal ball. In this web extra, economist Jonathan King gives his perspective on the past, present and future […]

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Frontiers Extra: Conversation with Veteran Journalists

It’s been almost a year since Frontiers has been on the air. We decided to bring you stories from our very first program when we focused on Lt. Governor Byron Mallott. We brought veteran journalists Nellie Moore and Joaqlin Estus in as guests to analyze Mallott over the past year. In this web extra, the […]

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Frontiers Extra: Conversation with Vera Starbard and David Holthouse

We are tackling a difficult subject this week: Alaska’s high rate of sexual abuse. Two writers and abuse survivors are sharing their own personal experiences on stage. In this web extra, David Holthouse and Vera Starbard talk about how their personal experiences with abuse motivated them to spark a dialogue in the community. Holthouse is […]

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Frontiers Extra: Community Resources

This week on Frontiers, we are focusing on Alaska’s high rate of child sexual abuse. We will feature two writers who are sharing their personal experience on stage. Writers David Holthouse and Vera Starbard are abuse survivors and will talk about the benefits of using theater to create a community dialogue about abuse. The program, […]

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Frontiers Extra: Alaska Turf Wars

John Sturgeon took his battle with the feds all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won, but the battle isn’t over. A unanimous decision among the justices sent the case back to the lower courts to decide. In this web extra, John Sturgeon and his attorney, Matt Findley talk about the case and […]

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Frontiers Extra: KTVA photojournalist awarded

Congratulations to KTVA photojournalist Emily Landeen who was awarded first place in the quarterly awards by National Press Photographers Association for her work on Faces of Spice for Frontiers. Emily’s story was in Episode 27, Spice Roulette, a Frontiers program that was instrumental in sparking dialogue about the issue. KTVA 11 News has an incredible […]

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Frontiers Extra: First Year

  The mission for KTVA’s public affairs program, Frontiers, is simple. To be authentic. Carry on conversations. Build relationships and follow the story from beginning to end. Over the past year, we’ve seen lots of faces, explored plenty of places and have tackled stories that hopefully make you think. Frontiers has become a program where […]

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Frontiers Extra: Conversation with Tony Knowles and Rick Mystrom

Alaska’s budget gap is even bigger, by about $300 million. Governor Walker announced this week oil prices have been in the $40 range, not $50 a barrel forecasted last fall. That amounts to about a 30 percent drop in revenue. The announcement comes at a time when Alaska is already faced with an unprecedented budget […]

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Frontiers Extra: Tips for Aurora hunting in Alaska

March is a prime month to view the northern lights. In this web extra, aurora hunter and photographer Todd Salat shares his tips and tricks. Our full show, Adventure Alaska, airs Sunday, March 20 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

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Frontiers Extra: Diverse languages at the Arctic Winter Games

Heather Hintze covered the Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. Throughout the week, she took note of the various languages spoken. Most of the signs were in Greenland are written first in Greenlandic, then Danish and English. For Alaskans it was reminder of how important language is to Native culture.

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Frontiers Extra: Willow couple begins new chapter after wildfire destroyed their home

Justin and Jaimee High of Willow are beginning a new chapter. The two rebuilt their home after losing it to the Sockeye Wildfire in June. The rebuilding effort among many in Willow comes as fire officials are predicting an early wildfire season for the upcoming summer. Safety experts say the Southcentral region of the state […]

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Frontiers Extra: Iditarod Analysis

This year’s Iditarod may be a trail of surprises. In this web extra, we sat down with Dave Goldman for an analysis of the upcoming race to Nome. The full program, Iditarod: The Legacy airs Sunday, March 6 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

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Frontiers Extra: Photographing the first 10 years of the Iditarod

Iditarod: The First Ten Years is a book that captures the early years of the Last Great Race. In this web extra, we talk with contributing photographers Frank Flavin and Rob Stapleton about covering the trail during those days. The full Frontiers episode airs on Sunday, February 28 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

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Frontiers Extra: Debating the work “Eskimo”

Alaska Airlines recently got caught up in a debate after referring to their company logo as “our” Eskimo. It created a greater conversation about the use of the word Eskimo and whether it’s time to put it to rest. In this web extra, educator Paul Ongtooguk and Roy Mitchell, who is a linguist, give their […]

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Frontiers Extra: Alaska’s schools on the edge

Schools on the edge are the focus of our Frontiers program this week. We went to Bristol Bay and profiled two villages. Clark’s Point recently lost their school and Twin Hills would be in danger of being closed if a plan to raise the state’s minimum enrollment from 10 to 25 ever happens. Like Bristol […]

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Web Extra

On our January 24th edition of Frontiers,“High Stakes Session,” we took you to Juneau for the start of the 2016 legislative session. KTVA’s Rhonda McBride talked with Gov. Bill Walker about the challenges ahead, including his plan to tap Permanent Fund earnings, impose an income tax and a number of other taxes. Here’s more of […]

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Frontiers Extra: High stakes legislative session

The 2016 legislative session is underway and lawmakers are coping with chronically low oil prices and growing debt. Decisions in the coming months could impact future generations of Alaskans. In this web extra, veteran political observers Tim and Mike Bradner give their insights. The full program, High Stakes Session, will air on Sunday, Jan. 24 […]

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Web Extra: Kenai Fish Wars

The Alaska Supreme Court recently threw out a setnet ban initiative. So, what’s next for the long running fish fight in Kenai? In this web extra, Andrew Jensen who is editor of the Alaska Journal of Commerce, will analyze the decision and talk about the implications for fisheries across Alaska. The full program, Kenai Fish […]

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Web Extra: Frontiers of Faith

  Russian Orthodox Christmas began on January 7 and lasts all week. The celebration is a mix of European and Alaska Native traditions. In this web extra, Father Michael Oleksa talks about the history of this rich tradition. The full program, Frontiers of Faith: Russian Orthodox Christmas, airs on Sunday, January 10 at 4:30 and […]

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Web Extra: Reform in the Alaska National Guard

A corruption scandal within the Alaska National Guard rocked the 2015 election. In this web extra, Adjutant General Laurie Hummel gives specifics about measures put into place to repair the damage. The full program, Reinventing the Alaska National Guard, will air Sunday, January 3 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

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Web Extra: Forget-Me-Not Update

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Samuel Johns. He is an Alaska native rap artist who started the Forget-Me-Not movement on Facebook to give the homeless a voice. In this web extra, Samuel Johns and board member Crystalyn Lemieux give an update on the success stories.

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Web Extra: Uncertain Future

  Alaska’s changing climate may be one of the most challenging frontiers for the state. Many communities across Alaska are coping with challenges of a warmer climate. In this web extra, Rhonda McBride talks with two people who have seen some of the challenges firsthand in various communities. Mike Black is with the Alaska Native […]

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Web Extra: More than a School

Life in Bethel is getting back to normal after fire destroyed a building that housed the Kuskokwim Learning Academy and the Ayaprun Yup’ik Immersion school. When the immersion school began 20 years ago, it was on the frontiers of bilingual education and native language restoration. In this web extra, former principals Agatha John-Shields and Steve […]

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Yup’ik 101

Rhonda McBride Learns From Yup’ik Immersion Teacher Loddie “Ayaprun” Jones of Bethel

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Web Extra: Coping with Loss

Suicide isn’t an easy problem to talk about. That isn’t stopping teens across the state from offering their support to Hooper Bay, a community that recently lost four young people to suicide. In this web extra, we hear from Rose Domnick and Ray Daw. Both are from Bethel and have been involved in coordinating the […]

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Web Extra: Spice Roulette

Rhonda McBride and photojournalist Emily Landeen spent time at Beans Cafe, ground zero of the spice crisis. They had many candid conversations with people who use spice. This web extra captured one of those conversations with Teddey Segevan.

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Web Extra: Spice on the Streets

In this web extra, fire chief Denis LeBlanc and Lt. Sean Case of the Anchorage Police Department talk about the history of spice in our city and the safety issues for the greater community.

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Web Extra: Governors and Gaslines

In this web extra, observers Larry Persily and Christopher Clark analyze the upcoming special session.

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Web Extra: Willow Rebuilds

It’s been four months since the Sockeye Wildfire. Help for the community of Willow is still needed.

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Web Extra: AFN

In this web extra, veteran native journalists Nellie Moore and Joaqlin Estus analyze key issues for AFN this year.

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Web Extra: Yukon Kings

In this web extra, you’ll hear from Stanley Pete from Nunam Iqua. Pete uses a technique called beach seining. You’ll also hear from Tiffany Agayar from Alakanuk. Tiffany is a commercial dip netter. Both offer a perspective on solutions to improve king salmon numbers for the region.

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Web Extra: Budget Games

Cliff Groh with Alaska Common Ground helped to create a budget game to increase conversations about the state deficit. In this web extra, Groh gives insights on solutions to solve the budget gap.

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Web Extra: New Interest in Old Traditions

A new generation is reviving an old tradition. Tattoos used to be widely worn among indigenous people. In this web extra, we take a look at a growing interest in the tradition of tattoos. You’ll see Maya Sialuk Jacobsen, a tattoo artist from Greenland, use the skin-stitched technique on local Inupiat artist, Holly Nordlum.

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Web Extra: Challenging Summer

In this web extra, Lisa Sauder who is Executive Director of Beans Café, talks about the difficult past few months. Sauder also gave an update on spice, a synthetic drug that is linked to at least one death in the homeless community.

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Web Extra: New Energy

Tune in for our full show where we feature several alternative energy concepts. Power of Ideas airs Sunday, September 6 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

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Presidential Visits to Alaska

Alaska historian Laura Downing Bill believes most of the presidential visits have been memorable in some way.

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Web Extra: The President’s Visit

Our guests are former Alaska Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer and retired admiral Robert Papp. Ulmer now chairs the Arctic Research Commission and Papp serves as the U.S. Representative to the Arctic.

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Web Extra: Kenai Fish Wars

On August 26, the Alaska Supreme Court will hold a hearing on an initiative that would ban setnetting in Cook Inlet. It’s the latest chapter in a decades-old war between the Kenai River sports fishing industry and Cook Inlet setnet fishermen. The initiative, which is being pushed by the sports fishing industry, has constitutional implications, […]

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Web Extra: John Active, a pioneering Alaska Native broadcaster

I first met John Active around the year 1990, when I was news director at KYUK, the public radio and television station in Bethel, Alaska – an off-the-road system community about 400 miles west of Anchorage. At that time, KYUK featured bilingual news on both radio and TV. John and other Yup’ik journalists would translate […]

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Web Extra: Seldovia’s Flower Lady

Suzie Stranik says giving is simply a part of living in Seldovia. She contributes by donating flowers to decorate the town. At night she runs around watering them, pinching off the dried-out blossoms and providing whatever other TLC they may need.

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Web Extra: Sustaining Seldovia

We explore the economic landscape of Seldovia, a tiny community across the bay from Homer.

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Web Extra: Chena Hot Springs

This week on Frontiers, we explore the vast last landscape of renewable energy in Alaska, perhaps one of the state’s most exciting new frontiers. Bernie Karl, who runs a family-owned resort at Chena Hot Springs near Fairbanks, has been one of the pioneers in developing geothermal energy and recycling products. In this Web Extra, Karl […]

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Web Extra: AK LNG Project

On this week’s Frontiers, we feature two longtime political observers – Christopher Clark, who has worked as a journalist, legislative aide and staffer for Gov. Sarah Palin – and Tim Bradner, a veteran natural resources reporter for the Alaska Journal of Commerce. In this Web Extra, they provide analysis about some of the current behind-the-scenes negotiations for the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas project.

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Web Extra: George Vakalis on impact of Alaska military cuts

Former Anchorage city manager weighs in on why this round of cutbacks is different.

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Web Extra: Interview with Mayor Ethan Berkowitz

What can we expect from Mayor Ethan Berkowitz? In this web extra, Berkowitz talks with Rhonda McBride about how he will balance challenges and opportunities.

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Race Rookie

KTVA Anchor and reporter Emily Carlson is racing for the first time this year. Emily has been training for the big race for months with veteran Clint McCool giving her inside tips. Rhonda McBride sat down with Emily before the race to hear about her training, her goals and insights of being a rookie racer.

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Dancing With The Mountain

Race veteran Clint McCool says you have to learn to do a dance with the mountain in order to succeed. Rhonda McBride said down with Clint and champion Holly Brooks to learn more about the race and why the fastest runner doesn’t necessarily always win.

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Web Extra: History of Anchorage

An extended discussion with author and historian Laurel Downing Bill.

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Web Extra: Vern Halter on the Sockeye Fire

Our guest this week is Vern Halter, who brings both the perspective of the dog musher and the government policy maker to the table.

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Web Extra: Wildfire Donations

In this web extra, Jeremy Zidek with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management gives tips on what to donate.

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The store outside your door: Nome woman uses traditional plants and foods to heal

We met MaryJane Litchard at a booth at the Rural Providers’ Conference in Nome last week.  She was selling salves made from plants she gathers in the wild. The conference is part of a grassroots sobriety movement that travels to a new community every two years. At the gathering this year, there was a lot […]

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Web Extra: Grassroots Healing

In this Frontiers Web Extra interview, Doug and Amy Modig share their own inspiring story about their struggles with drugs and alcohol – and go into more depth about how Native culture and traditions can be powerful tools in fighting addiction and dealing with the social problems it causes.

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Web Extra: Fisheries

In this Web Extra, two veteran fisheries journalists also weigh in on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting in Sitka, where the future of Alaska’s halibut fishery is at a crucial turning point.

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Alaskans Visit Washington, D.C.

On the last day of the tour in Washington, DC, as a gift to the Worldstrides tour guide, the group sat on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building and sang the Alaska State Flag song to her.

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Erin’s Law

KTVA’s Frontiers host, Rhonda McBride, spoke with Dunleavy about the changes to HB 44 for this week’s Frontiers program. Watch this extended interview.

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Web Extra: Donna Walker

It’s known as Erin’s Law or the Alaska Safe Children’s Act.

The measure is named after Erin Merryn, a survivor of Child Sexual Abuse. It’s part of a national campaign to make sure each state has a law requiring schools to teach children about how to protect themselves from predators. In this web extra, Donna Walker talks about the importance of educating students about the topic.

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Remembering Bree

Bree’s Law is named for Breanna Moore, who investigators say was killed by her boyfriend Joshua Almeda. After her death, her parents say they heard from friends that their daughter hid a physically abusive relationship with Almeda.

In this web extra, Cindy and Butch Moore talk about how education on teen dating violence might have saved Bree’s life.They want to give other teens a chance to learn about healthy relationships.

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War Hero

In 2012, Cuddy shared the Alaska Jewish Museum’s Shalom Peace Award with Rachel Gottstein, a holocaust survivor. Cuddy was among the troops who rescued her uncle from the Buchenwald concentration camp.

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Remembering Dan Cuddy

On the Sunday, May 24 episode of Frontiers, we remember banker Dan Cuddy for his pioneer role in shaping Alaska’s economic landscape.

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Conversation with Rosita Worl

On the Sunday, May 24 episode of Frontiers, Rhonda McBride talks with Rosita Worl about the opening of the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, a new cultural mecca for Alaska Natives of Southeast Alaska.

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A bear’s eye view of Anchorage, courtesy of Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game

Alaska Fish & Game’s bear cams show how Bear 15 (the sow who roamed Government Hill with her cubs) traveled far and wide across Anchorage.

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Wood Bison

The conversation from the May 17 edition of Frontiers continues in this Web Extra video.

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Bison Benefits

International bison expert Wes Olson talks with reporter Lauren Maxwell about how other birds and animals benefit from Wood Bison.

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Hands-on Learning

The Alaska Native Charter School celebrated culture week. Beading teacher Tatiana Petticrew gives a lesson about a traditional headdress.

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The Lucky Lady

David Katzeek explains the darker side of the tale.

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Byron Mallott: Extended Interview

Here’s more of Rhonda McBride’s interview with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, conducted at his home in Douglas. Mallott talks about his decision to drop out of the Democratic race for governor and team up with Bill Walker, a Republican running as an Independent. He also talks about his pragmatic approach to politics, shaped in part […]

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Kaktovik, Alaska

Kaktovik resident Marie Rexford discusses the rich history of the rural community with Emily Carlson. Marie will be featured in a show about preserving traditional languages on Sunday, May 10.

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