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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will you get the remainder of your PFD?

    by John Tracy on Dec 08, 17:11

    What are the chances you’ll be seeing the other half of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend? Recently, an Anchorage superior court judge upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to cut this year’s dividend in half by exercising his veto power. The lawsuit, challenging Walker’s authority, was filed by Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski. The case is being […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Lindsay Wackowski

    by James Gaddis on Dec 05, 10:47

    When she was just 7 years old, Lindsay Wackowski decided she wanted to be an educator. At the time, it had nothing to do with teaching. “I think it first started because school is really challenging for me and the teacher had the answer book in the front of the room and I was like, […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What is the ‘alt-right’ movement?

    by John Tracy on Dec 01, 17:25

    I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of the “so-called alt-right” movement until the last election. But it’s getting a lot of attention these days, so I’ll share what I’ve learned with you. “Alt-right” is shorthand for “alternative right.” The president of the National Policy Institute, 38-year-old Richard Spencer, describes it as […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Erika Crumley

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 28, 12:20

    Erika Crumley tries to make school feel more like a home than a classroom. “Almost like a home school atmosphere where kids feel more relaxed and more comfortable,” Crumley said. “[They] have more ownership and direction in what they’re learning.” Crumley teaches first and second grade at Chugach Optional Elementary School. “The feel of the […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Erica Arnold

    by James Gaddis on Nov 21, 11:35

    At just 9 years old, Erica Arnold was inspired by her fourth-grade teacher, Ken McCormick, to become a teacher herself. “I just remember learning about aerodynamics and those were our spelling words and we dropped eggs from the ceiling of the school and we went out ice skating and learned about energy,” explained Arnold. “I […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The problem with fake news and its role on social media

    by John Tracy on Nov 17, 15:43

    Here’s a piece of news that ought to concern you: A Pew Research Center survey, reported earlier this year, found that 44 percent of U.S. adults now get their news from Facebook. Facebook works great as a way to keep up with friends and family, but it fails miserably as a news source. Why? Because Facebook […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Thomas Pease

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 14, 13:13

    Thomas Pease strives to get his students to be team players. He teaches language arts at Mears Middle School and structures his classroom to encourage interaction. “To be successful adults you have to learn to work together,” said Pease. “That’s a larger lesson I’d like my students to learn.” Pease is patient with his students and […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Campaign 2016 takeaways

    by John Tracy on Nov 10, 17:49

    What did Americans learn from Tuesday’s election. For what it’s worth, here are some of my top takeaways. Donald Trump is the greatest salesman of our time — and that’s a compliment. To succeed at sales you have to believe in the product, and Trump never wavered in his belief that he alone could pull […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Li Retus

    by James Gaddis on Nov 07, 13:38

    With a kind heart and a no-nonsense style, Rabbit Creek Elementary School kindergarten teacher Li Retus says she encourages her students to be sensible kids that care about their classmates. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week has been teaching in Alaska for more than 30 years. Her career began in the 1980s in King Cove. Whether […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Voter fraud — fact or fiction?

    by John Tracy on Nov 03, 17:05

    So, have you heard the latest? Billionaire George Soros, a huge Hillary Clinton supporter, owns voting machines in 16 states. It’s all over the internet. Word is that Soros owns Smartmatic voting machines, providing proof that this presidential election is rigged and that voter fraud is real. The threat of voter fraud looms large over […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Brett Bissell

    by Megan Mazurek on Oct 31, 11:40

    Brett Bissell had a dream of being a naval officer, but it turns out life had different plans. “When I was 17 years old I found out I was color blind,” Bissell said. “I had wanted to go to the Naval Academy since I was 6 or 7 years-old. My dad was in the Naval […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What’s in a name?

    by John Tracy on Oct 27, 16:57

    The residents of Utqiaġvik have about four more weeks of sunrises until the sun disappears for another winter. Utqiaġvik is the Inupiat name for Barrow and, as voters recently decided, will be the official name of Alaska’s northernmost village. The vote was close — passage came by just six votes. Many of those opposed to the […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Emily Becker

    by James Gaddis on Oct 24, 7:38

    Airport Heights Elementary School teacher Emily Becker brings her love of the nature into her sixth-grade classroom. “I get to teach them about things like photosynthesis and this idea that, ‘You know plants breathe out oxygen that we breathe in.’ It’s really like a revelation to them and that’s really fun for me,” explained Becker. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: It’s time Anchorage gets excited about Uber

    by John Tracy on Oct 20, 16:26

    On a recent trip outside Alaska, I decided to find out what all the fuss was about concerning the ride sharing company Uber. I’m not the most technically savvy guy, but even without the help of my teenager, I downloaded the app and reluctantly gave Uber my credit card number. When I arrived at the […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Michele Whaley

    by Megan Mazurek on Oct 17, 11:38

    Michele Whaley has impacted thousands of students of the course of her career. She’s been teaching language in Alaska for more than 30 years and is up for National Language Teacher of the Year from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Russian language has been her primary focus, but this year […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The Republican dumping of Trump

    by John Tracy on Oct 13, 16:30

    I haven’t weighed in on the presidential race over the past year for a couple of reasons. First of all, I find it hard to believe that anybody is undecided in this election, nor do I believe that I, nor KTVA should start endorsing candidates. But to ignore the events of the last week and […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Lee Butterfield

    by James Gaddis on Oct 10, 14:37

    Students at South Anchorage High School get to learn real-world tech skills in Lee Butterfield’s drone class. “Democratization of media equipment is insane,” said Butterfield. “It’s cheaper to get good equipment in people’s hands and with the software they have, to be able to edit on their own and work on their own means that […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Avenging angel or tormented criminal?

    by John Tracy on Oct 06, 16:20

    One of the great things about social media is the ability to post an opinion. What you learn when you read comments after a story online is that those opinions can be downright frightening. Case in point is the story of Jason Vukovich, the self-described avenging angel, charged with barging into the homes of three […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Dorothea Culbert

    by Megan Mazurek on Oct 03, 11:47

    Posters with phrases like, “math rocks” and “There’s no crying in math class!” are hung on the walls of Dorothea Culbert’s Mears Middle School classroom. She’s been teaching math for the past 27 years. “I initially was going to become a college professor of english literature, I have a masters in english lit, and then […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: You shouldn’t blame Walker for half of a PFD

    by John Tracy on Sep 29, 17:33

    On Friday, we found out that this year’s dividend will be $1,022 instead of $2,052. All because Governor Bill Walker unilaterally cut the dividend in half, keeping nearly $700 million in the earnings reserve. Walker says that money might be needed for future dividends or for state spending after we’ve blown through our savings, which we’re […]