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    Get Out: Full Swing Golf

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 26, 21:15

    Our recent warm spell in Alaska has many catching spring fever, and the bug has caught up with me. In this week’s Get Out I found the perfect prescription for that fever as I went indoors to get ready for one popular summer activity. Spring fever has me thinking about golf. Maybe Pebble Beach in California or […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Visual technology aids doctors in precision surgery

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Feb 25, 13:35

    Traditionally, back surgery requires surgeons to make a large opening in order to fuse the spine, and for patients, that means a longer hospital stay, lengthy recovery time and higher risk of infection. Minimally invasive procedures are sometimes an option, but a new imaging system may make a huge difference. Jim Dawson, 69, likes to […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Dr. Jillian Gates

    by James Gaddis on Feb 23, 10:10

    Dr. Jillian Gates came to Alaska for adventure and wound up teaching some of the state’s brightest young minds. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week educates fourth- and fifth-graders in the highly gifted program at Rogers Park Elementary School in Anchorage. Typically, Gates says, bookwork and academics come easy for her kids. “My real focus is […]

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    Get Out: Ice Fishing

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 20, 20:30

    The snow has been pretty horrible this year in Anchorage, but the ice has been nice. With the weather heating up recently the fish have really started to bite at local lakes. The snow is disappearing quickly, but so far the ice on lakes is holding strong. “Right now we have 20 inches of ice out […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Jason Payne

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 16, 12:46

    Jason Payne has been teaching for 15 years and says the key to his success is his use creativity and consistency. “They know exactly what to expect from me when they walk in the gym,” said Payne, a physical education teacher at Homestead Elementary School. “They know I’ll be here to help as a teacher […]

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    Get Out: Contra Dancing

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 12, 23:37

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you are looking for an idea, look no further than in this week’s Get Out. If dancing is something you would enjoy with that special someone I found just the spot to take them: contra dancing at Wendler Middle School. “Well, contra dancing is, the easiest way […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Traci Stanley

    by James Gaddis on Feb 09, 11:53

    Reading and writing in one Romig Middle School class can be an eye-opening experience. “When I came into seventh grade I did not like writing at all, but now I always look forward to language arts class. It’s probably one of my favorite classes,” said Romig Middle School seventh-grader Race Rome. Race’s teacher, Traci Stanley, […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Ohio State University program available to help adults with autism

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Feb 06, 19:17

    Recent statistics show one in every 68 babies has autism. The U.S. spends $11.5 billion dollars a year on education and treatment for kids with the disorder. But what happens when those kids grow into adults? Only about 10-15 percent of adults with autism are able to live independently, according to Dr. Christopher Hanks, a […]

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    Get Out: Arctic Valley Ski Area Open

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 05, 20:07

    Skiers and snowboarders now have another spot to shred the gnar. Last weekend Arctic Valley Ski Area just outside Anchorage was finally able to open and I was there to hit the slopes. Traveling to the end of Arctic Valley Road is like taking a ride back in time. To a time when ski ticket prices […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Greta Seitz

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 02, 10:40

    It’s not very often a kid knows exactly what they want to be when they grow up. In Greta Seitz’s case, however, there was never any question. “I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a kid,” said Seitz, a teacher at Anchorage Montessori School. “I would make my two younger sisters play […]

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    Get Out: Learning to skate ski

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 29, 20:55

    “Mother Nature has smiled on us and we now have real snow and we’re also happy to have it back. You know winter has started again and here we go,” said Margaret Timmerman the recreation programmer with Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department. I always have my skis nearby and have made my way to Kincaid […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Ronald Bowlan

    by James Gaddis on Jan 26, 11:01

    A fifth-grade teacher at Knik Elementary School has a knack for keeping his kids engaged. In his fifth year at the head of the class, KTVA 11 Teacher of the Week winner Ronald Bowlan is relatively new to teaching. Prior to commanding the classroom, he served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force as a chief […]

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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. […]