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    Bean’s Café chef hoping to win Food Network challenge

    by Shannon Ballard on May 25, 19:08

    Shawn Dinkins is a chef at Bean’s Café who helps serve around 800 hot meals daily and is almost always hustling to make sure lunch is ready on time for those who might not otherwise have it. “I know I could have worked at any other restaurant and I love restaurants, but this is where my […]

  • Health

    Medical Myth: Debunking the risk factors of diabetes

    by Daybreak Staff on May 25, 13:10

    On Daybreak’s Medical Myth segment, Dr. Briana Cranmer, of Medical Park Family Care, gave her take on what could cause diabetes. Being obese can be a factor, but there’s typically more to it. Other factors include; family history, ethnicity and age, Cranmer explained. While there are often no obvious signs a person has Diabetes, one red […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Deadline approaching for annual Denali park road lottery

    by Associated Press on May 25, 10:41

    The deadline for entering the annual Denali National Park and Preserve road lottery is approaching. People can enter online and by phone through Tuesday for a chance to be able to drive their personal vehicle along the park road after the summer tourist season ends. During the summer, shuttle buses are the main mode of […]

  • Outdoors

    Living Alaska: Life without a campfire

    by Megan Edge on May 23, 22:35

    Sometimes we sat on wooden stumps, the tailgates of our pickup trucks or cheap polyester camping chairs. We’d situate seats in a circle and move from spot to spot, trying to avoid the moving cloud of smoke that plumed from the fire. In those seats, I watched my grandpa stoke a fire in the rain […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska woman invents special coat to protect small pets from eagles

    by Bonney Bowman on May 23, 21:44

    When a pair of eagles nested in Janet Wass’s former backyard, she wanted something to keep her small dog, Juju, safe. She did some research and My Invisible Pet was born. Wass made Juju a dog coat out of shiny, reflective material. The coat has a light on the back with a bright beam. “It […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska villages compete for energy project funding

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 23, 19:26

    Rural Alaska villages are competing for funding to pay for projects that will bring down energy costs in their communities. The competition launched in January, and is part of a $4 million grant awarded by the U.S. Deptartment of Energy (DOE) to rural Alaska for energy projects. A total of 67 communities applied for the […]

  • Only in Alaska

    What does it take to garden in the Arctic?

    by Heather Hintze on May 23, 18:53

    The ground in Anaktuvuk pass has barely thawed but Casey Edwards is ready to get her plants in the ground. “Last year I had way too many. I was super ambitious,” Edwards laughed. “This year we’re just sticking to cucumber, cabbage, squash.” This is just her second year testing out her green thumb, seeing what […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Facebook makes changes to ‘trending topics’ after review

    by Associated Press on May 23, 15:52

    Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined this and other reforms in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. […]

  • Only in Alaska

    VIDEO: Bear munches on bird feeder

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 22, 20:00

    Video by Scott Reul A hungry black bear was caught on camera eating a bird feeder in an Eagle River neighborhood. “I heard knocking noises coming from the front door so I checked it out and saw him on the porch,” said Scott Reul, who shot the video. “After he got into the feeder, he […]

  • Lifestyle

    How Alaska’s Law Enforcement Torch Run sparked a worldwide movement

    by Eric Ruble on May 21, 19:04

    Supporting more than 2,000 athletes statewide is an expensive undertaking. To pay for it, Special Olympics Alaska holds several large fundraisers throughout the year. In the winter, the Polar Plunge brings in thousands of dollars. And when the weather gets warmer, people contribute through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The 5K run was first held […]

  • Health

    Unusual concern in massive listeria-based frozen foods recall

    by Associated Press on May 21, 11:40

    Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses and deaths worry it’ll be difficult to get consumers to dig through their freezers and check for products they may have bought as far […]

  • Health

    Hospital culinary manager balances tastes, nutrition

    by Sam Friedman / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on May 21, 11:16

    Fairbanks Memorial Hospital’s senior culinary manager gets to be creative with the menu. Ray Flores, 51, likes to make new recipes. Recently, he’s been thinking about adapting a chicken Margherita pasta recipe he makes at home. To see if it works at the hospital, he’ll make a small batch and see what the rest of […]

  • Health

    Anchorage toddler hears her parents for the first time

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 20, 22:48

    Friday was the day one Anchorage family has been waiting for. May and Philip Bennett’s 2-year-old daughter, Addy, doesn’t know it but her life is about to change. Her parents can’t wait. “I would really love to be able to have her turn to my voice,” said Philip. “I know if that happens on Friday […]

  • Health

    Here’s how food nutrition labels are about to change

    by CBS News on May 20, 20:26

    WASHINGTON – Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars. And serving sizes will be updated to make them more realistic – so a small bag of chips doesn’t count as two or three servings, for example. First lady Michelle […]

  • Outdoors

    Alaska buzzing with early spring yellow jackets

    by Melissa Frey on May 20, 10:51

    Spring is in the air and so are the yellow jackets. Local exterminators say they’ve been getting several calls every day to get rid of the pests, which entomologists say are about two weeks ahead of schedule. Derek Sikes is the curator of insects at the University of Alaska Museum of the North and an […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Local cider, kombucha bring new fizz to Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on May 20, 8:03

    Double Shovel looks like your average brewery, but there’s a fruity twist in their tanks. “The juice goes in this first then we pitch the yeast, then it gets to work and eats all the sugars up and turns it into a nice, dry cider,” co-owner Galen Jones explained. The cider company is just getting […]

  • Health

    Anchorage toddler gets hearing implants, doctor hopes for the best

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 19, 22:27

    Addy Bennett is an adorable 2-year-old Anchorage girl whose parents, May and Philip Bennett, love her very much. May said when Addy was born she had no idea her daughter would face the challenges she’s experiencing now. “I envisioned the normal,” said May. “By 8 months she’s going to be doing this and I’m going […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Veteran ’60 Minutes’ newsman Morley Safer dies at 84

    by Associated Press on May 19, 10:13

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says veteran journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84. Safer was equally at home reporting on social injustices, abstract art and war-time atrocities. He already was a CBS News mainstay in 1970 when he joined “60 Minutes,” which had debuted just two years earlier. He […]

  • DayBreak

    Nokia plans return to mobile market with cellphones, tablets

    by Associated Press on May 19, 7:30

    Nokia is back in the game. The pared-down Finnish telecoms company, which currently focuses on networks, says it is bringing out “a new generation” of cellphones and tablets together with a new company called HMD. Nokia said Wednesday that HMD, led by a group of former Nokia and Microsoft executives, will help it return to […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Gold Nugget receives ‘late entries’ to triathlon

    by Dave Goldman on May 18, 23:04

    Sunday’s Gold Nugget Triathlon was sold out of slots, but in the afternoon during the running portion, three late entrants joined the race. The moment gave race videographer Dr. George Stransky more than runners trying to set personal best times. It gave him three bears. As the ladies worked their way to the finish line, […]