Episode 99: Zuill Bailey — Serenading Alaska
From time to time, we repeat some of our popular episodes of Frontiers. This Sunday, we brought back a program we aired last fall, featuring Zuill Bailey, a nationally known cellist, who comes to Alaska frequently as part of his role as artistic director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Since our program aired, […]
Episode 98: Iditarod of yesteryear – Breaking trail
This week on Frontiers, we focus on the Iditarod dogs themselves, because they really are the stars of the show.
Episode 97: Iditarod 2017 – Ready, set, go!
We hope this week’s show gives you an appreciation of some of the decisions that have to be made over the course of a thousand miles to Nome.
Episode 96: Bethel High School Shooting – 20 Years Later
It was a day when ordinary people were called upon to do extraordinary things and continue to live with memories that still evoke pain and sadness. And yet, the town of Bethel has been remarkably resilient. Many went on to do good things to erase the evil of that day. Their stories are inspiring.
Episode 95: Blindsided by Heroin
The Southwest Alaska community of Quinhagak would seem to be the last place on earth you’d find heroin. The Yup’ik village of roughly 700 people still subsists on wild foods – caribou and moose from the Kilbuck Mountains and salmon from the Arolik and Kanektok Rivers. But last August, there were four heroin overdoses […]
Episode 93: President Trump’s immigration order – Alaska reacts
Maybe one reason the order strikes such a nerve: Almost all Alaskans, not just immigrants, are newcomers to this state — except of course for Alaska Natives, who make up about 15 percent of the population.
Episode 92: Presidential politics — Alaska rides a wave of change
When you consider the federal government is Alaska’s largest landowner, it’s easy to understand why U.S. presidents have had such a big impact on our state.
Episode 91: Senate Bill 91 — What’s next for Alaska prisons?
Senate Bill 91 is based on a simple premise. Empty prisons. Save money. Put some of it back into programs to help inmates stay out of prison. Even so, there are a lot of moving pieces in this massive piece of legislation passed in 2016. In this episode of Frontiers, we look at some of […]
Episode 90: Russian Orthodox Christmas celebration revisited
When I first moved to Bethel in 1988, I was surprised to see the holiday decorations remain long after Christmas. “How strange,” I thought. “Maybe people enjoy them so much, they just don’t want to take them down.” Then one of my colleagues at KYUK, the public radio and TV station in Bethel, said she […]
Episode 89: Inside the oil patch — BlueCrest’s breakthrough
Normally when we talk about the oil industry in Alaska, we usually focus on the major producers – BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil. But in this week’s Frontiers we look at one of the “little guys” — BlueCrest Energy and its drill site near Anchor Point. BlueCrest is an independent oil company based in Fort […]
Frontiers Photo Gallery: Happy Mother’s Day
Happy Mother’s Day to all Mom’s across Alaska. We used some photos on our Frontiers program that will air Sunday, May 8 at 4:30 and 10:30. Thanks to everyone who sent us a photo, all were compiled into this photo gallery.
Alaskans offering insight into the issues of our day, featuring familiar faces and those you’ll meet for the first time.
Photo Gallery: Spring in Alaska
Seems some wildlife is waking up earlier than usual this year. Photographer Roy Corral captured some photos of a bear that appears to be coming out of hibernation early near Campbell Creek Science Center.
Photos: The first 10 years of the Iditarod
Frontiers is featuring the new book Iditarod: The First Ten Years. It’s an anthology containing personal stories by many people who started the Iditarod Race. Photographers Rob Stapleton and Frank Flavin contributed many photos to the book. A few of those photos are featured here in the gallery. You can see the full interview with […]
Photos: Finding love in Alaska
Thanks to all of you for submitting your photos for our special Valentine’s Day edition of Frontiers. Here are all of the photos compiled into a gallery. You can view the entire program here, Episode 42, Finding Love in Nome.
Photos: Schools on the edge
KTVA reporter Daniella Rivera and photojournalist Andy Nitchman traveled to the Bristol Bay communities of Twin Hills and Clark’s point to examine the struggles of small schools. Currently, it takes 10 students to keep a school receive state funding. However, Rep. Lynn Gattis is proposing to raise the number to 25. The decision could shut […]
Photo Gallery: Russian Christmas
The holiday season isn’t over yet. Worshippers in the Russian Orthodox Church begin a week-long celebration on January 7. These are photos of celebrations from around the state. If you have photos to share, send them here and we’ll add them to the gallery. The full program, Frontiers of Faith: Russian Christmas airs this Sunday, […]
Photo Gallery: Moose
The rutting season lasts from September to early October. During this time, moose exhibit several behaviors that are dormant during the rest of the year. KTVA photojournalist John Thain found photographer Brad Bodde taking pictures of moose at Powerline Pass.
Photo Gallery: Kuspuks
We want to feature people in their favorite kuspuks. Send those our way and we will post them on this photo gallery and will air them during our show on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Photo Gallery: Setnet Fishing
The Blossom family has been setnetting in Cook Inlet for years.
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. In this web extra, Father Michael Oleksa talks about the history and significance of Saint Herman. Journey to […]
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. She hounded Dean Phipps, the manager of the fair for years. In 2007, after years of lessons from Brad […]
Frontiers Extra: Fair Time
The Alaska State Fair is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. In this web extra, Kelly Larson and former President Talis Colberg talk about the rich history of the fair. Frontiers will focus on the past and present of Alaska’s popular annual gathering. Additionally, we will profile a Palmer family at the heart of the farming community. […]
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. In this web extra, political veterans Tim and Mike Bradner analyze some of the key races. We will have a full analysis of the upcoming primary in our program, Changing of the Guard, airing on Frontiers […]
Frontiers Extra: Discovering Alaska
Exploring Alaska. From typical sights to the rustic experiences, there’s no shortage of discovery in the Last Frontier. In this web extra, author and historian Laurel Downing Bill talks about how Alaska’s rich history is a tourism magnet and why stories in her books keeps visitors coming back. Discovering Alaska airs Sunday, August 7 at […]
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. This Sunday, we’ll also profile a Homer family who is cultivating their peony farming business. Field of Dreams airs Sunday, July 24 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.
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. In this web extra, Kelly Bender from Lazy Otter Charters and Tanya Carlson from the Alaska Industry Travel Association talk about the industry and what to expect in the […]
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. In this web extra, Dr. Katie Howard who is a fisheries biologist and Ed Jones, state coordinator for king salmon research, give […]
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. Two-time Mount Marathon champion Holly Brooks and Clint McCool, who has ran the race 17 times, talk about the significance of the change. Mount Marathon: Equal […]
Frontiers Extra: Unfinished Business
This week we are tackling the Frontiers of politics in Alaska. Lawmakers face another special session in July. In this web extra, Sen. Lesil McGuire and political reporter Elizabeth Raines talk about what to expect as lawmakers reconvene to complete unfinished business. Our full program airs this Sunday, June 26 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.