October surprise? Alaska policy wonks weigh in on last-minute campaign attacks

October surprise? Alaska policy wonks weigh in on last-minute campaign attacks

Two longtime Alaska political operatives both warn voters to expect an October surprise in the 2018 governor’s race.

Taking Alaskans' pulse in the governor’s race

Taking Alaskans' pulse in the governor’s race

With the general election about a month out, KTVA's Rhonda McBride talks to Alaskans about the state's three main gubernatorial candidates.

State says survival of Alaska Native languages at risk

State says survival of Alaska Native languages at risk

With a signature from Gov. Bill Walker Sunday, the state officially declares that a linguistic emergency threatens Alaska’s Native languages.

Frontiers Preview: Owner still hopeful as PenAir prepares for sale

Frontiers Preview: Owner still hopeful as PenAir prepares for sale

The Seybert family may lose control of the airline it started 60 years ago in Bristol Bay, after its sale has been ordered by a bankruptcy judge.

Finder of Gambell military helmet seeks its owner

Finder of Gambell military helmet seeks its owner

Edwin Campbell, who lives on St. Lawrence Island, said he was relic hunting Sunday evening when he dug up an old military helmet.

Small step for Yup’ik immersion kindergartners; Giant step for Anchorage School District

Small step for Yup’ik immersion kindergartners; Giant step for Anchorage School District

Sherry Colley’s grandson posed for a picture with a great big grin, as he held a sign rimmed in gold glitter in front of College Gate Elementary School.

Standing tall: Three new totem poles unveiled in Juneau

Standing tall: Three new totem poles unveiled in Juneau

Sealaska Heritage Institute commissioned three Southeast Alaska artists to create the poles, each representative of a different heritage: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian. 

Tuesday’s primaries could help remake Alaska Legislature

Tuesday’s primaries could help remake Alaska Legislature

About a quarter of state lawmakers' seats are open ahead of Tuesday's primary elections.

Former Alaska governor Bill Sheffield celebrates 90th birthday

Former Alaska governor Bill Sheffield celebrates 90th birthday

On Sunday, Sheffield celebrated his 90th birthday at his home in Turnagain. Several hundred people turned out to honor him. 

Celebrating cultural reclamation through dance, song and art

Celebrating cultural reclamation through dance, song and art

Nearly 50 Native dance groups descended on Juneau last weekend, celebrating cultural reclamation through dance, song and art.

Naknek governor’s debate tests rural knowledge

Naknek governor’s debate tests rural knowledge

At a forum in Naknek on Saturday, hosted by the Bristol Bay Fish Expo, the gubernatorial debate was devoted entirely to rural issues that included Pebble Mine, commercial fishing, land development, tribal management and even honey buckets.

Broadcaster, Yup’ik storyteller, John Active dies at 69

Broadcaster, Yup’ik storyteller, John Active dies at 69

John Active, a veteran broadcaster and Yup’ik storyteller, died around midnight at the Bethel hospital.

Alaska Museum of Science and Nature on the comeback trail

Alaska Museum of Science and Nature on the comeback trail

Two years ago, the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature closed temporarily in the midst of a financial crisis.

Watch all "Timelapse: Seven Stories for Seven Decades" Arctic Entries talks

Watch all "Timelapse: Seven Stories for Seven Decades" Arctic Entries talks

View the full talks by all seven storytellers at the May 8, 2018 Arctic Entries program held at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.

Former UAA Atwood Journalism Chair launches TV Show

Former UAA Atwood Journalism Chair launches TV Show

Native American Journalist Mark Trahant has taken a new job as editor of Indian Country Today. He's also about to launch a new television show called Wassaja on the First Native Experience Network.

Jay and Bella Hammond: An only-in-Alaska love story

Jay and Bella Hammond: An only-in-Alaska love story

A look at one of Alaska's most famous couples, Governor Jay and Bella Hammond. It's been 13 years since the governor died, but his wife remains one of Alaska's most beloved first ladies.

Cook Inlet Native Head Start: Yup’ik language pipeline

Cook Inlet Native Head Start: Yup’ik language pipeline

Anchorage is not a place that comes to mind when you think of the Yup’ik language-- or Yugtun.

A musical adventure in Mekoryuk

A musical adventure in Mekoryuk

Two renowned musicians, Zuill Bailey and Piers Lane, on a tour of Western Alaska organized by the Sitka Summer Music Festival, visited a school in Mekoryuk.

Inside Sheldon Chalet

Inside Sheldon Chalet

This one-of-a-kind mountain lodge in Alaska's remote wilderness will open to guests in February.

Sheldon Chalet: A work-in-progress for 50 years

Sheldon Chalet: A work-in-progress for 50 years

Sheldon Chalet will open to guests next month -- one family’s Denali dream that took three generations to realize.

The Sheldon Chalet: A family affair in the Alaskan wilderness

The Sheldon Chalet: A family affair in the Alaskan wilderness

In Part 3 of this week’s Frontiers, “Sheldon Chalet: One family’s Alaska dream,” Don Sheldon’s grandsons about what it was like to help make their grandfather’s vision a reality.

The Kodiak way: Child cancer survivor embraced by community

The Kodiak way: Child cancer survivor embraced by community

Maddy Sickafoose’s battle with cancer started when she was five years old with a medevac flight out of Kodiak.

One tough kid: Kodiak cancer survivor and amputee teaches fellow students lesson of a lifetime

One tough kid: Kodiak cancer survivor and amputee teaches fellow students lesson of a lifetime

As she battled a rare bone cancer from the age of five, there were times Maddy Sickafoose’s family thought they were going to lose her.

The ultimate gift: how a kidney transplant changed the lives of two Alaska women

The ultimate gift: how a kidney transplant changed the lives of two Alaska women

Two Alaska Airlines workers took the spirit of giving to new heights this year. In March, Jodi Harskamp, a pilot, donated a kidney to a flight attendant, Jenny Stansel. 

Hiland 'Lullaby Project' helps inmates reach out to their children

Hiland 'Lullaby Project' helps inmates reach out to their children

Both inmates and musicians say the Lullaby Project is a life-changing experience.

Ex-inmate thanks her 'angels from heaven'

Ex-inmate thanks her 'angels from heaven'

Shawn Muese’ Fesagaiga’s addiction to meth was what landed her at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. For the next five years, she would lose contact with her six sons.

A conversation with Dean Williams, Alaska Commissioner of Corrections

A conversation with Dean Williams, Alaska Commissioner of Corrections

Dean Williams, the state corrections commissioner, discusses the impact of the new legislation and Alaska’s opioid epidemic on the prison system.

Post traumatic growth at Lake Clark

Post traumatic growth at Lake Clark

Meet Jon and Courtney Schumacher, whose lives changed forever when Jon stepped on a bomb in Afghanistan.

Beyond the war

Beyond the war

In Part 2 of this week’s Frontiers, “Hope for Veterans: A Healing Journey,” a look at how this spiritual retreat helps couples move beyond the war.

Why Franklin Graham started 'Operation Heal Our Patriots'

Why Franklin Graham started 'Operation Heal Our Patriots'

Franklin Graham talks about why he started “Operation Heal Our Patriots,” a spiritual retreat for veterans and their spouses, held every summer in Port Alsworth, Alaska.

Dr. Allison Kelliher connection between subsistence, good health, Part 2.

Dr. Allison Kelliher connection between subsistence, good health, Part 2.

Find out why so many people who took part in the challenge saw immediate health benefits in part 2 of this week’s Frontiers: “A Subsistence Challenge.”

A beluga hunt from the yesteryear, Part 3

A beluga hunt from the yesteryear, Part 3

Watch part 3 of this week’s Frontiers program, “A Subsistence Challenge.”

For Alaska pilots, the sky is the limit

For Alaska pilots, the sky is the limit

If there was ever a time to become a commercial pilot, it’s now.

Wanted: Alaska airplane mechanics

Wanted: Alaska airplane mechanics

If you want job security, good pay, love airplanes and working on engines, you might consider becoming an airplane mechanic.

Aviation and the Alaskan way of life

Aviation and the Alaskan way of life

The Alaska Air Carriers Association will honor three pilots as living legends this Friday.

Echoes from the past

Echoes from the past

In this episode of Frontiers, we retrace the roots of historical trauma in Tanacross, a predominantly Alaska Native community on the road system near Tok.

Healing, a work in progress

Healing, a work in progress

Teresa and John Pingayak of Chevak talk about their struggle to balance Native spirituality and Christianity.

From heartache to hope

From heartache to hope

Doug Modig and his wife Amy were our guests last week in our first program about this past summer’s Rural Providers’ Conference. Doug returns for the second part of our series, which explores historical trauma.

Episode 119, Part 1: A homegrown recipe for success

On this week’s Frontiers, Faces of the Future: Alaska’s Homegrown Entrepreneurs, we showcase a partnership between an organic farmer near Palmer and an Anchorage woman, who has launched her own line of frozen baby food, which includes halibut and salmon.

Doug and Amy Modig: Voices of recovery

Doug and Amy Modig: Voices of recovery

This is third part of the Frontiers episode, “Grassroots Sobriety: Fighting Back.”

Community of Northway drives meth dealers away

Community of Northway drives meth dealers away

In the second part of our Frontiers episode, “Grassroots Sobriety: Fighting Back,” highlights from the community’s presentation this summer at the Rural Providers' Conference in Tanacross.

Northway takes a stand against meth

Northway takes a stand against meth

Northway, as the final pit stop on the way to Canada, sees a few tourists and hunters, but it’s not the kind of place you’d expect to be a magnet for meth dealers.

Rural Providers’ Conference, an Alaska Native grassroots sobriety movement

Rural Providers’ Conference, an Alaska Native grassroots sobriety movement

In this segment of Frontiers, “Grassroots Sobriety: Fighting Back,” a look how this gathering continues its work in breaking the cycle of addiction in Rural Alaska.

A conversation with Dr. Allison Kelliher about Alaska’s healing plants

A conversation with Dr. Allison Kelliher about Alaska’s healing plants

Dr. Allison Keller is a medical doctor who says she likes to draw from the best of two worlds – Western medicine and her Interior Athabascan heritage.

A Dena'ina tea party

A Dena'ina tea party

More than a hundred people gathered for a tea party at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai in mid-September – but not your ordinary tea party.

From ginseng to chaga, healing plants used in Korean medicine

From ginseng to chaga, healing plants used in Korean medicine

At her practice in Anchorage, Dr. Hyun Sun Chung relieves pain with a combination of acupuncture and healing herbs.

Ermalee Hickel - The little woman who could

Ermalee Hickel - The little woman who could

From humble beginnings to the wife of a governor, Frontiers takes a look at the early life of Ermalee Hickel, who died earlier this month.

One part love story; one part history lesson

One part love story; one part history lesson

A behind-the-scenes look at Ermalee Hickel's life as a mother of six and as her husband’s political partner.

Life in an Alaskan political family

Life in an Alaskan political family

Jack and Joe Hickel look back on their mom, Ermalee – with stories about how she managed both motherhood and politics, when her husband served as Governor of Alaska and US Interior Secretary.

Man on a mission

Man on a mission

Gov. Bill Walker says he may call a special session at the end of October to address Alaska’s chronic multi-billion dollar budget deficits.

Hammond's Hammer

Hammond's Hammer

In this week’s Frontiers, we took a boat ride across Kachemak Bay to Halibut Cove, to visit with Clem Tillion – who worked with the late Gov. Jay Hammond to create Alaska’s Permanent Fund.

Election year politics

Election year politics

Two political reporters weigh in on the October election and how it might affect any attempts to close the chronic state budget gaps forecasted for the foreseeable future.

The bright spot in Alaska's economy

The bright spot in Alaska's economy

Many would be surprised to learn that Alaska ranks third in the nation when it comes to new entrepreneurs – and a surprising number of startups bring a lot of innovation to the table.

It's all in the family for these Alaska entrepreneurs

It's all in the family for these Alaska entrepreneurs

Stories about businesses are often like stories about people. They have their ups and downs, as well as a history that defines them.

Alaska Far Away, the story of the Matanuska Colonists

Alaska Far Away, the story of the Matanuska Colonists

It’s not a chapter of history that’s well known in the United States, let alone to Alaskans -- the story of how 200 families from the Midwest, traveled 4,000 miles to Alaska, to start a new life in 1935, during the height of the Depression.

Frontiers Preview: Former Senate President Clem Tillion ready to fight

Frontiers Preview: Former Senate President Clem Tillion ready to fight

When Clem Tillion was president of Alaska's state Legislature, he liked to say he was Gov. Jay Hammond’s “hammer.”

Organic Babyfood: A recipe for success

Organic Babyfood: A recipe for success

A lot of Alaskans might be surprised to know that when it comes to new entrepreneurs, our state ranks in the top three nationwide and that startups add about 5,000 new jobs a year to Alaska’s labor force.

Web Extra: The importance of Alaska journalism

Web Extra: The importance of Alaska journalism

It's an uncertain time for newspapers in our state, especially as we watch the Alaska Dispatch try to crawl out from under massive debt.

Episode 120, Part 3: From coast to kitchen

Episode 120, Part 3: From coast to kitchen

How one couple in Juneau is cashing in on kelp from the sea.

Episode 120, Part 1: Seeds of tomorrow

Episode 120, Part 1: Seeds of tomorrow

At the Alaska State Fairgrounds, you can see signs everywhere that agriculture is still very much an ongoing experiment in our state -- one that began in earnest about hundred years ago, when no one knew very much about what would grow or how well i

Frontiers 118, Part 2: The big dreams and debt of the Alaska Dispatch

Frontiers 118, Part 2: The big dreams and debt of the Alaska Dispatch

When Alice Rogoff bought the Anchorage Daily News three years ago and renamed it “Alaska Dispatch News,” the newspaper underwent rapid expansion.

Frontiers 118, Part 3: The challenges of print

Frontiers 118, Part 3: The challenges of print

The Binkley Family of Fairbanks and Jason Evans, a rural newspaper owner, have stepped forward to keep the Alaska Dispatch News from folding.

Frontiers 118, Part 1: The future of ADN

Frontiers 118, Part 1: The future of ADN

This week on Frontiers we look at the struggles of Alaska’s largest newspaper to stay afloat.

Queen-sized quilt covers 80 years of Alaska State Fair History

Queen-sized quilt covers 80 years of Alaska State Fair History

When Ruth Hulbert was a teenager, she worked as a sign painter at the Alaska State Fair. One day it hit her: she wanted to be one of the artists tapped to create the fair’s annual poster.

Pollock, Kodiak’s Fortune Fish

Pollock, Kodiak’s Fortune Fish

You might think salmon and halibut are what keeps Alaska’s fish processing industry humming. But in Kodiak, it’s pollock that helps to provide year-round employment.

Frontiers Extra: Alaska’s Nest Egg

Frontiers Extra: Alaska’s Nest Egg

The Permanent Fund and its interest income were the focus of the most recent Frontiers program. We went back to 1976, the year the Alaska Permanent Fund was created.

Frontiers Extra: Journey to Monk’s Lagoon

Frontiers Extra: Journey to Monk’s Lagoon

We recently traveled to Monk’s Lagoon located on Spruce Island near Kodiak. It’s a sacred place for orthodox Christians around the world. It is the burial site of Saint Herman, the first orthodox saint in North America.

Frontiers Extra: Fair Time

Frontiers Extra: Fair Time

The Alaska State Fair is celebrating its 80th Anniversary.

Frontiers Extra: Analysis of Alaska Primary Election

Frontiers Extra: Analysis of Alaska Primary Election

The 2016 Alaska Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 16. It’s shaping up to be an interesting political season.

Frontiers Extra: Discovering Alaska

Frontiers Extra: Discovering Alaska

Exploring Alaska. From typical sights to the rustic experiences, there’s no shortage of discovery in the Last Frontier.

Frontiers Extra: Lord of the Roots

Frontiers Extra: Lord of the Roots

He’s the go-to guy when it comes to gardening. In this web extra, we talk with author and columnist Jeff Lowenfels about Alaska’s agricultural scene.

Frontiers Extra: Alaska Tourism

Frontiers Extra: Alaska Tourism

Tourists visited Alaska in record numbers last year. But, that could change. Governor Bill Walker’s decision to veto the state’s marketing budget could be a setback.

Frontiers Extra: Kings on the Kuskokwim

Frontiers Extra: Kings on the Kuskokwim

In 2013, families on the Kuskokwim River saw the lowest king numbers on record. It was a season of sacrifice, as people watched their food source dwindle. Now, there are signs of hope.

Frontiers Extra: Conversation with Holly Brooks and Clint McCool

Frontiers Extra: Conversation with Holly Brooks and Clint McCool

Mount Marathon is just days away and many are preparing for the big race. For the first time, women will race in the prime time spot, after the men.

Frontiers Extra: Unfinished Business

Frontiers Extra: Unfinished Business

This week we are tackling the Frontiers of politics in Alaska. Lawmakers face another special session in July.

Frontiers Extra: Bears. Bears. Bears.

Frontiers Extra: Bears. Bears. Bears.

Bears of the world is a wide open frontier full of discovery and intrigue. In this web extra, we talk with John Hechtel who is a retired biologist who worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Frontiers Extra: Price of Procrastination

Frontiers Extra: Price of Procrastination

Alaska’s budget crisis is looming. Lawmakers are faced with finding a solution when they resume their special session in Juneau next week.

Frontiers Extra: Hydroponic Harvest

Frontiers Extra: Hydroponic Harvest

Ever wonder what became of the Old Matanuska Maid building on Northern Lights? A new business owner has moved into the new space and is paving his own way in the agriculture industry.

Frontiers Extra: Bear Aware

Frontiers Extra: Bear Aware

Many Alaskans are out for Memorial Day weekend and there is always a chance for a bear encounter.

Frontiers Extra: Man With the Sign

Frontiers Extra: Man With the Sign

As a small child, Ian Wahl wondered about the people he saw on the streets holding signs and why drivers avoided them. The memory inspired Wahl, now 21, to write and sing a song about “A Man with a Sign.”

Frontiers Extra: Hope for the Homeless

Frontiers Extra: Hope for the Homeless

Homelessness in Anchorage is a complex problem. City leaders have implemented a new plan to find solutions.

Frontiers Extra: Warmer Alaska

Frontiers Extra: Warmer Alaska

Climate change is creating challenges across Alaska’s Frontier. Villagers in Unalakleet say they’ve experienced one of the strangest winters in recent memory.

Frontiers Extra: Made of Salmon

Frontiers Extra: Made of Salmon

Salmon is the thread that ties many Alaskans together. It’s the subject of a new book, Made of Salmon which is a collection of essays from Alaskans across the state.