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    Teacher of the Week: Monika Oldham

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 19, 12:26

    A special shelf in Monika Oldham’s classroom at Willow Crest Elementary School holds nearly two decades’ worth of letters from her former students, all noting the lasting impression she’s made on them. Oldham, who teaches first grade, says she still tears up when she reads some of the notes. They’re a reminder that her work and […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: A star-spangled debate

    by John Tracy on Sep 15, 16:47

    If you’re going to play quarterback in the National Football League, you’re going to have to be prepared for the occasional blitz. Who knows if San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was prepared for the fallout from his decision to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Kaepernick says his protest is meant to […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Debbie Wakefield

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 12, 12:34

    For nearly three decades, Debbie Wakefield has been teaching music at Bayshore Elementary. This week, she’s KTVA’s Teacher of the Week. Wakefield has left a mark on her students in 28 years of teaching, some of which are the children of her former students, just like her music teacher left on her years ago. When […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Why Ted Sadtler is ‘my favorite dancer’

    by John Tracy on Sep 08, 15:26

    Quick, name your favorite dancer. Baryshnikov? Michael Jackson? Beyonce? Let me add one more name to the list – Ted Sadtler. What Sadtler lacks in style, he more than makes up for with enthusiasm. Sadtler says the dance opens the door. It’s his calling card. And yes, he’s used the calling card to sell a lot of […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Temperance Tinker

    by Megan Mazurek on Sep 05, 12:32

    At the beginning of the school year, Temperance Tinker has each of her students write down an intention on a piece of origami paper. “It takes us a long time to get 30 people to fold origami at the same time,” Tinker said. The origami is folded into cranes, which hang overhead in her classroom. […]

  • Fishing Report

    Alaska Fishing Report for Sept. 1, 2016

    by Carlos Faura on Sep 01, 20:03

    Anchorage Ship Creek silver salmon haven’t really shown up this year. Campbell Creek is doing a little bit better for those coho salmon. Try Bird Creek for pinks and chum. Mat-Su The Parks Highway valley streams have receded and are fishing good for trout. Fishing for silver salmon is poor. The lakes are great for […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: A politician’s letters speak volumes

    by John Tracy on Sep 01, 17:14

    I don’t know Rep. Cathy Munoz. If I were to judge her based upon what has been written and said about her over the past week, you would think it best to give her a one-way ticket south on the Alaska ferry. The Juneau Republican created a firestorm after writing a letter to a judge, […]

  • Fishing Report

    Alaska Fishing Report for Aug. 25, 2016

    by Carlos Faura on Aug 25, 21:28

    Anchorage Silvers are still spotty at Ship Creek, where there are some pinks and chums to catch. Some silvers are being caught at Campbell Creek in the sections open for fishing. Jewell Lake was stocked this week with rainbow trout and they are biting now. Mat-su All the rivers and streams have high water and […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Incumbents beware

    by John Tracy on Aug 25, 15:27

    I’ve been watching Alaska elections for the past 30 years, and based on that experience I made a really bad prediction. I said Alaska incumbents have pretty solid job security. Well, the Alaska primary taught me a pretty humbling lesson. Six incumbents were defeated by opponents, and a seventh is trailing by 3 votes. What each […]

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    Nominate a teacher for KTVA’s ‘Teacher of the Week’

    by on Aug 19, 9:44

    View the complete list of past winners.

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: City, media need to work together to solve scanner issue

    by John Tracy on Aug 18, 15:51

    I’ve been reading with interest the response to the Municipality of Anchorage’s decision to encrypt its police and fire scanners. As usual, the debate has been twisted out of context and boiled down to a basic, but misleading question: Does the public’s right to know supersede a police officer’s right to safety? If that were […]

  • Fishing Report

    Alaska Fishing Report for Aug. 11, 2016

    by Carlos Faura on Aug 11, 19:58

    Anchorage A few silver salmon have been caught at Ship Creek. They are coming in with the tide. No limits have been reported yet. Lake fishing is getting better because of cooling created from the clouds and rain. Streams are high with the recent rains, but they are open for trout. Check the regulations to […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Alaska primary will change little in Juneau

    by John Tracy on Aug 11, 16:05

    Next week residents will head to the polls to cast ballots in the Alaska primary. The state primary has never attracted the kind of attention of Pokemon Go. Since 2002 only one in three registered voters, in Alaska, on average cast a primary ballot. But for thousands of Alaska voters, if you don’t vote in the primary, […]

  • Fishing Report

    Alaska Fishing Report for Aug. 4, 2016

    by Carlos Faura on Aug 05, 7:49

    Anchorage A few silver salmon have been caught at Ship Creek. Lake fishing is good. Streams are open for trout. Make sure to check the regulations to see which areas are open and where it’s closed. Matanuska-Susitna Area Some pink and chum salmon have arrived at the Parks Highway and stream trout fishing is good […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The aftermath of the nation party conventions

    by John Tracy on Aug 04, 17:38

    I’ve been pre-empted the past couple of weeks by the national party conventions. Out of an abiding commitment to you, I forced myself to watch both of them over the eight nights of combined coverage. The parties gave us two distinct visions of America. For Republicans, the message was that America’s best days are behind us […]

  • Fishing Report

    Alaska Fishing Report for July 14, 2016

    by Carlos Faura on Jul 14, 19:14

    Anchorage Ship Creek is now closed for king salmon fishing. Silvers should be arriving there in a few weeks. Lakes are fishing good, especially in the evening. Streams are open for trout — make sure to check the regulations to see which areas are open and which are closed. Matanuska-Susitna area Parks Highway streams are […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Whether black or blue, life matters

    by John Tracy on Jul 14, 17:54

    Something important happened last Friday, that made me proud to call Anchorage my home. Several hundred Alaskans came together in Midtown for a peaceful demonstration. A demonstration that showed a couple of things. One, that the killing of two black men at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota had an impact here in […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Vest uses sense of touch to replace sound, help people hear

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jul 11, 11:25

    HOUSTON, Texas (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Using the sense of touch to replace the sense of hearing sounds like science fiction, but it’s very much a reality and it could be a game-changer for the profoundly deaf. It started out as the doctorate project of Scott Novich in the lab of neuroscientist and best-selling author David […]

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    Meet the ‘Birth Guy,’ a male doula helping expectant mothers and fathers

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jul 09, 16:53

    When you hear the terms “birthing expert” or “doula,” you might picture a woman. But what would you think if “she” was a “he?” Ivanhoe introduces you to a male doula who helps not just the mom-to-be, but the dad-to-be as well. Welcome to the Rocking Dads class, an introduction to the birthing experience, taught […]

  • Fishing Report

    Alaska Fishing Report for July 7, 2016

    by Carlos Faura on Jul 07, 19:11

    Anchorage King salmon fishing has slowed down on Ship Creek, but anglers are still catching them. Silvers aren’t happening yet on Ship Creek. Lake fishing is pretty good, the evenings are best. Bird Creek is closed until July 13th.  Seward Halibut fishing is really good. Rockfishing is very good. Silvers are starting to arrive. King […]