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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, […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    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 […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    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 […]

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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 […]