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  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Battle over our PFD – Will it be ice cream or gas?

    by John Tracy on Feb 11, 16:14

    Would you give up your PFD check if it was needed to balance the state’s budget?  Here’s what I want you to imagine: A car is 20 miles from home and almost out of gas. In the car are mom and dad, and three kids in the back seat. They have two dollars. They can […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Heather King

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 08, 11:13

    Anchorage — Heather King describes herself as a three-dimensional thinker, who strives to make every lesson as hands-on and interactive as possible. “It’s the best job in the world,” King said. ” I don’t know why anyone would do anything else. Every day you make a difference and positive one for the future, which I […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Alaska’s E-Cigarette debate

    by John Tracy on Feb 04, 17:37

      The debate over e-cigarettes recently re-ignited when the head of the American Vaping Association came to Alaska to challenge state health officials. Vaping enthusiasts maintain that inhaling heated liquids is safer than smoking tobacco, and is an effective way to quit smoking regular cigarettes. State health officials maintain that there’s not enough information to […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Jackie Morris

    by James Gaddis on Feb 01, 11:02

    A mix of in-class learning and rec-room activities has been a successful combination for KTVA Teacher of the Week Jackie Morris. “They get up and they get down and they get up, so they’re not sitting in their seat all day. I couldn’t sit in my seat all day,” explained Morris. A dice game that […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Cari Olsen-Crowther

    by Daybreak Staff on Jan 25, 21:20

    Cari Olsen-Crowther teaches sixth grade science at Clark Middle School. “I love sixth graders,” she said with a big smile. “I just love it, it’s such a great age group.” While teaching her students about the Pacific Ring of Fire, she also quizzed them on volcano vocabulary and said her goal is to teach techniques […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Remembering Archbishop Francis Hurley

    by John Tracy on Jan 21, 16:57

    There are few people we will ever meet in our lives that leave us with the feeling there are forces greater than nature guiding us. Archbishop Francis Hurley was one of them. I met Archbishop Hurley shortly after arriving in Anchorage in 1985. One of my first series of reports was on homelessness in Anchorage. It […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Elizabeth McAllister

    by James Gaddis on Jan 18, 17:42

    Ursa Minor Elementary School’s kindergarten teacher has been wowing young students on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson since 2008, with her knack for making learning fun. “I think being silly, having fun with them, and not taking it too serious, because they’re five and six,” explained McAllister. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week carefully weaves work and […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Russell Hood

    by Megan Mazurek on Jan 11, 11:07

    Russell Hood has been teaching physics for 17 years and says he’s still learning something new every year and hopes his students see that too. “I want them to see that I love to learn,” said Hood, a physics teacher at East Anchorage High School. “I’m still learning, and they should do the same with their […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Compassionate journalism?

    by John Tracy on Jan 07, 14:52

    It’s always easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. So to be fair to the media, we have to remember that when pilot Doug Demarest crashed his plane into a downtown office building, it was in the dark hours of the morning, and there was little to no information to go on. In reviewing the […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Looking ahead to 2016

    by John Tracy on Dec 31, 17:45

    Here we are at the end of the year. And it’s natural to look back at 2015. But tonight, a friend of mine — a friend of ours — is looking forward, as he has done for more than a year now. His name is Joe Vigil. Professionally, Joe had an incredible year. This summer he […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Vicki Campbell

    by James Gaddis on Dec 21, 13:18

    Having grown up in a military town, and raised “military kids” herself helps KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week better relate to her students on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Vicki Campbell has taught first grade at Orion Elementary School for 16 years. “I enjoy being with children. I like that they can share with me, I love […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The politics of fear

    by John Tracy on Dec 17, 18:52

    That didn’t take long, did it? Less than two months after the Assembly passed a ground breaking civil rights ordinance, a group of 10 women are leading the effort to repeal it. AO 2015-96 brought Anchorage in line with hundreds of other American cities that simply make it illegal to discriminate against our neighbors based […]

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    Watch: Anchorage Polar Plunge 2015

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 14, 8:03

      Special Olympics – Polar Plunge 2015 Goose Lake Park – Anchorage, Alaska Live coverage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, December 19.  

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    Teacher of the Week: Kristen Ryder

    by Megan Mazurek on Dec 14, 7:59

    Kristen Ryder wears many hats; she’s a first-grade teacher, parent and expecting mom. “They love to learn, they work really, really hard,” said Kristen Ryder of her students at Williwaw Elementary School. “They say the funniest things. I could probably write a book with some of the stuff that they say every day.” Ryder is […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Be the parent, not the best friend

    by John Tracy on Dec 10, 18:07

    By now, you’ve likely seen the disturbing video showing a then 14-year-old Naomi Johnson attacked by a group of so-called friends. The assault, and lets call it for what it was — an assault, has reportedly led to a police investigation and a lawsuit against the homeowner where the attack occurred. It will also hopefully […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Christie McLean

    by James Gaddis on Dec 08, 11:32

    A special education teacher at Alpenglow Elementary School is retiring at the end of the school year — but not without first winning KTVA’s Teacher of the Week. Christie McLean has been an educator for 35 years. She started her teaching career in Alaska at Fairview Elementary School in Anchorage before moving to Alpenglow. McLean […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: An Anchorage cop you really should know

    by John Tracy on Dec 03, 17:25

    When you’re experienced in law enforcement, you come to appreciate the importance of good back up. On the day Chris Tolley was sworn in as Anchorage’s newest police chief, he also introduced his newest deputies: Deputy Chief Gary Gilliam and Deputy Chief Kenneth Spadafora. Chances are you don’t know who Ken Spadafora is. But after 37 […]

  • On-Air

    Live Stream: 24/7 view of Anchorage, Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 01, 11:43

    This is a live, 24/7 view of the Anchorage area seen from our High Definition webcam located on the Glen Alps Trail in Chugach State Park. If the stream is offline, please be patient. We’ll get it back up and running as soon as we can.  

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    Teacher of the Week: Sam Struempler

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 30, 10:56

    Sam Struempler says if you think you have middle-schoolers figured out, think again. “It’s right at that [age] where they start making decisions,” said Struempler, a music and drama teacher at Goldenview Middle School. “To be there at that moment is pretty cool.” Struempler has been helping his students find their voices for the past […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Skip Black Friday, shop local

    by John Tracy on Nov 26, 16:30

    Black Friday: The retail cure for the Thanksgiving hangover. Big-box stores lure us in with one-time only deals, and we respond like Santa to sugar cookies. Last year, Americans spent more than $50 billion on Black Friday weekend. But, before you set your alarm clock for 5 a.m., I want to encourage you to sleep in […]