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  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Jeri Kenyon

    by Daybreak Staff on Apr 20, 11:01

    It takes a special person to teach special education: Jeri Kenyon’s love of teaching has kept her at O’Malley Elementary School for the past 13 years. “I love it when they finally master a concept they’ve been working on for so long,” Kenyon said. “I love it, couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” Kenyon is a […]

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    Get Out: Anchorage Golf Course

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 16, 21:45

    The snow is long gone in Anchorage and it looks and feels like spring has sprung. One of the sure signs that winter is over is when the golf courses open. Many of them are already open in Southcentral Alaska and in this week’s Get Out I worked on my swing. Thanks to our snow-free winter, golf […]

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    Melanoma drug: Lifesaver and game changer

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Apr 13, 21:32

    More than 76,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year, and about 10,000 people in the U.S. will die from this form of skin cancer. Until now, there was no hope for melanoma that spread to other areas of the body. But for the first time, a new drug is changing the game […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Kristi Senden

    by James Gaddis on Apr 13, 10:33

    Chugiak High School’s German language teacher knows how to make learning fun. “Whenever she teaches us, she’s interactive and she has a really good way of explaining things,” said ninth grade student Rebekah Smith. Kristi Senden, KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week, said learning a new language can seem like a tall task for a high […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Unicycle Group

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 09, 20:42

    For some people, cycling on something with two wheels is a good challenge. But for one group in Anchorage, they like to take it up a notch and travel the city on one wheel. In this week’s Get Out I give it a go on a unicycle. “The history of mountain unicycling starts in Alaska,” according […]

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    Limb transplant gel: Saving hands, feet and faces

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Apr 08, 8:05

    When a person loses an arm or a leg and prepares for a transplant, rejection is always a concern. Patients must take immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of their lives to fight rejection, but the drugs can wreak havoc on the rest of the body. Now scientists have developed a new way to deliver the […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Nina Brady

    by Daybreak Staff on Apr 06, 11:14

    Nina Brady has been making a difference in her students’ lives for more than 28 years. She credits her success to communication — with the families and parents — that she builds over time. “You get to know the parents and therefore your communication line is very connected with the home,” said Nina Brady, a […]

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    Get Out: Ceili Dancing

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 03, 11:14

    St. Patrick’s Day may have come and gone, but traces of the Irish spirit are around Anchorage all year. Especially when it comes to dancing. A few weeks ago I put my best foot forward and tried contra dancing. Now I’m at Snow Goose Restaurant and Brewery for some traditional Irish dancing. “So this is ceili, […]

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    Mystery disease: Fingernails tell all

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Mar 31, 7:36

    Imagine losing your hair, vomiting every time you ate and living in extreme pain. Now, imagine if doctors couldn’t help you because they couldn’t figure out what was wrong. That’s exactly what happened to one woman — art teacher, Ingrid Dick. Dick says she loves watching her students at work, “just seeing what comes out of […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Royce Zometsky

    by James Gaddis on Mar 30, 10:06

    Building relationships is the key to success for Clark Middle School educator Royce Zometsky. The eighth-grade science teacher was named KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week Monday morning on Daybreak. “Getting to know them, so it doesn’t seem that they’re just coming in, I’m just going through a routine on a daily basis,” Zometsky said. […]

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    Get Out: Anchorage Snowmobile Club

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 27, 7:49

    The calendar may already say it’s spring, but if you are like me and can’t let go of winter, there is fun to be found even in this low-snow year. In this week’s Get Out, I found one spot where winter is holding on and you get to go along for the ride. The scenery, […]

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    Rare transplant for cystic fibrosis

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Mar 24, 8:07

    Thousands of children and adults in the U.S. are living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs. For some, a lung transplant is the only hope for survival. One woman, however, had more than her lungs transplanted. Kyra Valdez doesn’t take a day for granted. A year ago, shopping would have been […]

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    Teacher of the Week: David Nashlund

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 23, 10:36

    He’s a special education teacher who will try anything to make a difference in the classroom. “These kids have been through a lot,” said David Nashlund, KTVA’s teacher of the week and special education teacher at Mt. Iliamna. “The things that they have gone through make it tough for them to learn. They’re not in […]

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    Blood cleansing as possible new treatment for sepsis

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Mar 17, 7:41

    Every year, severe sepsis strikes more than a million Americans, and as many as 50 percent of these people die. The deadly infection often happens too fast for antibiotics to help. Now, a new device inspired by the human spleen could transform the way doctors treat sepsis and many other diseases. Appendicitis, urinary tract infections, […]

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    Get Out: Hilltop Ski Area

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 12, 22:25

    March is normally the best winter month in Alaska for sunshine and snow. We have the sunshine, but the snow has been in short supply. Because of the month’s reputation, I told my dad it would be a good time to visit. He was disappointed in the lack of snow, but I promised him we’d find it. […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Jasmin Austin

    by James Gaddis on Mar 09, 10:32

    Montessori classrooms are ”prepared to encourage a child’s independence, freedom within limits and a sense of order,” according to the American Montessori Society.  At Denali Montessori School in Anchorage, primary teacher Jasmin Austin has made a lasting impact on her students while adhering to the Montessori method. KTVA 11’s Teacher of Week said she uses […]

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    Get Out: Fur Rondy carnival

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 06, 14:48

    In search of a thrill and a challenge, Brett Shepard heads to the Fur Rondy carnival to check out the rides and see if he can win big at some of the games.

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    Teacher of the Week: Penny Schram-Browner

    by Megan Mazurek on Mar 02, 10:22

    There’s always something cooking in the kitchen of Penny Schram-Browner’s culinary classroom at Palmer High School. That’s part of Browner’s southern charm — her passion for teaching students that there’s much more to cooking than her classroom. “Our goal as educators is to show them that they can work in restaurants,” Browner said. “They [can] […]

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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 […]