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  • Problem Solvers

    12 siblings ask for help to surprise parents with home repairs for Christmas

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 23, 19:44

    Despite being surrounded by family, Anu Pole’o says it’s hard being home from school this Christmas. He and his brother, Alvin Pole’o, both play college football. When they arrived in Anchorage for the holidays, they found their family’s home in need of some serious improvements. Their parents, Maili and Falua Pole’o, have a dozen children […]

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    How a stranger’s generosity helped a desperate Vietnam veteran

    by Liz Raines on Nov 22, 20:08

    Last updated at 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 We first introduced you to Robert Stevens in a Problem Solvers piece on Friday. For the last three years, he and his wife, Diane, have been trying to get benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Robert Stevens was exposed to the toxic herbicide known […]

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    A desperate endeavor: Vietnam veteran seeks community’s help getting benefits

    by Liz Raines on Nov 19, 11:04

    I first met Rob and Diane Stevens at a Department of Veterans Affairs listening session in September. Diane fought back tears as she told the Alaska VA’s new director, Timothy Ballard, of her and her husband’s now three-year battle to obtain some sort of compensation for Robert’s exposure to Agent Orange. The Vietnam War ended […]

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    Stolen skis could mean a quiet winter for Winterberry Charter School students

    by Dave Goldman on Nov 08, 9:16

    Many folks in Alaska are looking forward to what winter brings — the excitement and fun of outdoor sports. The students and faculty at Winterberry Charter School were, too — but unless the situation changes quickly, winter will look to them the way it does for many in the Lower 48; long, cold and dark. […]

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    Local business donates mattress to Anchorage 4-year-old who was shot while sleeping

    by Eric Ruble on Nov 01, 22:23

    Hayley Francy has slept at a family friend’s house for the last three weeks. The 4-year-old was shot while sleeping in her Anchorage apartment just after midnight on October 6. Since she felt unsafe, her family decided to move to Eagle River. “I feel so much better out here than being in that congested city,” said […]

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    Great Alaska adventure: Man doesn’t let car fire slow him down

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 02, 20:13

    When life gets tough a good attitude can help you through it. One man, new to Alaska, is having a really tough time – but it’s not getting him down. Peter Schutt bought a car off Craigslist the same day he arrived in Alaska, which was Aug. 27. He only drove it a short distance […]