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    Get Out: Learning to ski at Alyeska

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 23, 13:03

    The snow may be minimal in Southcentral Alaska but that’s not stopping me from getting out and finding spots to play. January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and in this week’s edition of “Get Out” I teach a couple of KTVA coworkers — Alexis Fernandez and Janessa Webb – the joys of downhill […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Herr Michael Helgesen

    by Daybreak Staff on Jan 19, 11:31

    Michael Helgesen is a wordsmith who has been teaching for more than a dozen years. He grew up telling stories and whether it’s in German or English, it’s a talent he’s passing on to his kindergarten students at Rilke Schule German School of Arts and Sciences. “It’s the last year that the brain is growing,” […]

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    Get Out: Hatcher Pass

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 16, 9:28

    It may be hard to believe, but there are rumors that there is actually a place not too far from Anchorage that actually has snow. In this week’s Get Out I traveled to a spot north of Anchorage to see if the rumors were true. The ski trails in Anchorage are pretty sad looking to say […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Erik Johnson

    by James Gaddis on Jan 12, 11:26

    Erik Johnson initially thought he was going to be a pastor, but his love of helping young people inspired him to become a teacher instead. A graduate of Chugiak High School, he teaches English at Eagle River High School. The KTVA 11 News Teacher of the Week winner said the secret to his success is […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Joint replacement for the spine increases mobility in patients

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jan 10, 12:37

    Eileen Eckert is a mother, grandmother and now a great-grandmother. But keeping up with the little ones was tough when she developed spinal stenosis, a condition that causes narrowing of the spinal canal, resulting in lots of pain. “It was a stabbing pain,” said Eckert. “It just got more and more painful.” Some people with […]

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    Get Out: Manitoba Cabin

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 08, 19:11

    Alaska is a huge state, and it can be difficult to explore a lot of it with our limited road system. However, there are lots of cabins around the state that can make a trip into the backcountry easier and more comfortable. This past weekend, I traveled south with my basset hound, Einstein, and photographer, […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Kara Freeborn

    by Daybreak Staff on Jan 05, 10:40

    Special education takes a special kind of teacher. KTVA’s Teacher of the Week, Kara Freeborn, teaches special education at Fire Lake Elementary School in Eagle River. Her students are autistic, but Freeborn says, like any other child, there’s potential to be unlocked. When asked how she gets through to her students while also getting the […]

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    Get Out: Speed skating in Southcentral Alaska

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 01, 21:07

    If you love snow, it’s been a tough winter so far in Alaska. The lack of snow, however, has created some of the best ice conditions in years here in the Southcentral. So this week, I decided to strap on the skates. I’m not just strapping on any skates, though. I’m looking for a little speed. […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Zoo Lights

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 26, 8:12

    This week, I traveled to the Alaska Zoo to see the fifth installment of Zoo Lights. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy, and it’s something that really brightens up our long, winter nights. It also gives you a chance to see what the zoo animals are up to during the nighttime hours. Some […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Caroline Nishimura

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 22, 11:55

    Kindergarten teacher Caroline Nishimura is one of the original educators at Northern Lights ABC School, which was founded in 1978. On Monday, she joined Daybreak on the couch to reveal the secrets to her success in the classroom. “I really do love my job. I think that’s part of what makes me a successful teacher […]

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    VOTE: KTVA’s Teacher of the Semester

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 22, 5:30

    So far this year KTVA has announced 11 “Teacher of the Week” award recipients. Now that half of the 2014-2015 school year has come to an end, we’re letting you choose the “Teacher of the Semester.” Discover more about each of the candidates below, then cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting […]

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    Get Out: Brett takes a phat ride on a fat ride

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 18, 22:25

    It’s been a bleak winter for snow lovers like myself, but that’s not stopping me from getting out. This week I took part in one of the fastest growing sports in Anchorage. “Everyone has a fat bike now. Anchorage is the mecca of fat biking, so it’s great,” said Will Ross, race director of the Abominable […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Veronica Kaganak

    by Megan Mazurek on Dec 15, 11:28

    KTVA’s Teacher of the Week, Veronica Kaganak, is a first-grade teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. She knew from an early age she wanted to teach and studied under one of the best — her grandmother Maryann Sundown. Kaganak learned how to read Yupik from Sundown, who was also known affectionately […]

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    Get Out: Christmas trees on the Kenai Peninsula

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 11, 22:25

    It’s that time of year when many head out to look for the perfect Christmas tree. I recently headed south to the Chugach National Forest on the Kenai Peninsula in search of the perfect tree. I met up with Nick Racine with the U.S. Forest Service. “We invite folks if they’re interested to come on […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Christa Hayes

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 08, 11:03

    KTVA’s Teacher of the Week for Dec. 8 hails from Wasilla and says staying active has always been a big part of her life. Christa Hayes, physical education instructor at Machetanz Elementary, says her goal is to get the kids up and moving, starting in the morning. Hayes starts every day with a smile, ushering […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Horse Adventures

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 05, 8:30

    In a state where streets are ruled by SUVs and trucks it’s nice to go off-road, where horses roam the trails and hillsides. That’s where I met Joshua Hale with Alaska Horse Adventures, who gives you the impression riding comes as second nature for him. “I’ve grown up with horses. I think I rode a […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Peter Kamilos

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 01, 11:59

    If you’re excited about something, there’s a good chance the people around you will get excited too. It’s the secret to one history teacher’s success in the Mat-Su Valley. Daybreak’s James Gaddis learned firsthand how Peter Kamilos’ passion and curiosity to know about our past is having a big impact on our kids’ future at […]

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    Get Out: Hike it Baby

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 28, 10:26

    A few weeks ago we had a few ladies from Hike it Baby Anchorage on the Daybreak couch. Hiking and babies sounded like non-stop fun to me, so in this week’s Get Out I met up with a few of the members from the group for a hike on the Hillside at Prospect Heights trailhead. […]

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    Teacher of the Week: John Bruce

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 24, 10:37

    You wouldn’t consider these seventh-grade algebra students football fanatics. But you can bet they know who the defending Super Bowl champions are. In a way, Seattle Seahawks fan John Bruce is like coach in the classroom, teaching his students ways to use math in the real world. “Kids always ask you, ‘why are we doing […]

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    Get Out: Evolve Yoga

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 20, 22:33

    Are you looking for a new way to stay in tip-top shape for all your outdoor adventures? If so, then this week’s Get Out is just for you. I recently went on a physical, mental and spiritual journey and found yoga. “We spend a lot more time sitting than we ever have in our entire […]