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  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Change of command for the Army’s 4/25

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 24, 20:55

    A change of command ceremony on JBER Friday morning welcomed a new leader to the nation’s only Arctic airborne combat brigade. Col. Paul Larson assumed command of the Army’s 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team. It’s the first assignment in Alaska for Larson, who spent the last six months in Afghanistan. When asked about the challenges […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: To vote or not to vote

    by John Tracy on Mar 23, 18:31

    So, here’s a question for you. Do you know who’s running for Anchorage Assembly in your area? Chances are you don’t. Don’t feel bad about that. I have to confess that up until I started writing this commentary, I didn’t know the candidates in my area either, and the election is just 12 days away. […]

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    Inside the Gates: Training for JRTC

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 18, 11:18

    In June, the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, known as the 4-25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team, will be going to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk, Louisiana. It was a last-minute training opportunity the brigade couldn’t turn down, so now the soldiers are scrambling to prepare. For three weeks, […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Have the Seaveys created an Iditarod dynasty?

    by John Tracy on Mar 16, 18:30

    The term dynasty is bestowed too easily in the world of sports. To claim a dynasty, a team or an individual has to prove their dominance over an extended period of time. Which is why I think it’s time to consider the word dynasty when describing the Seaveys and how they continue to dominate the Last […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Vani Pillai

    by James Gaddis on Mar 13, 13:06

    Vani Pillai may be a teacher, but she prefers to act more like a facilitator in her Bioscience Career Academy classes at Service High School. By guiding her students to figure things out for themselves, she believes their curiosity will be piqued and they’ll better understand the lessons. One way she does this is by […]

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    Inside the Gates: Alaska Air National Guard says goodbye to C-130 era

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 11, 12:46

    Earlier this week, after four decades in service, the Alaska Air National Guard’s last two C-130 Hercules aircraft flew away for good. The plane has been the workhorse for the Air Guard. Its departure is the end of an era in the organization’s 70-year history. “The last 41 years of that have been with the […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Lawmakers are finding common ground on budget deficit

    by John Tracy on Mar 09, 18:42

    It’s often difficult to see progress, but it’s worth recognizing it when it happens. Believe it or not, lawmakers in Juneau are beginning to find some common ground in their efforts to close Alaska’s $3 billion budget gap. And that’s worth noting. First and foremost, a restructuring of the Permanent Fund, and making it’s earnings […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Stefanie Stacey

    by Megan Mazurek on Mar 07, 12:32

    Second-grade teacher Stefanie Stacey believes in hands-on learning. “I try to do more projects because it seems to be more engaging for them,” said Frau (Mrs. in German) Stacey, who teaches at Rilke Shule German School in Anchorage. “It’s more fun for me, too.” Her classes are taught entirely in German, and her students don’t miss […]

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    Inside the Gates: New life in a new place

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 04, 10:17

    Military families move a lot — every couple of years, they take everything they own to a new home in a new community. It can sometimes mean adjusting to a whole new way of life. Paul and Nichole Napoli recently moved from Germany to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. They landed in Alaska a couple weeks […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: It’s time for transparency on health care costs

    by John Tracy on Mar 02, 17:07

    I used to work as a salesman for a big name music store in Seattle. It’s the kind of job you take between gigs as a semi-working musician. If you came in to buy a guitar or a drum set from me, we were instructed not to give you the sticker price, but rather, find […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Laura Freeman

    by James Gaddis on Feb 27, 12:14

    For the first time in Laura Freeman’s 16-year teaching career, she is teaching just one subject — math. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week was instrumental in changing the fifth and sixth grade class structure, at Baxter Elementary School, to a middle school model. This year, the school’s oldest students have a different teacher for math, english, […]

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    Inside the Gates: Military family posts daily vlogs

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 24, 23:36

    One Alaska family is making reality TV a real life part of their daily routine. The Cassells, a military family stationed at Fort Wainwright, post daily video blogs, or vlogs, on YouTube. “The first year I was like, extremely nervous,” said mom and U.S. Army wife Kiara Cassell. Her days usually start with coffee, cooking […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The uncivil war over the Confederate flag

    by John Tracy on Feb 23, 15:58

    You know the saying; a picture is worth a thousand words. The use of symbols is possibly worth a thousand times more. Recently, a group of kids from Chugiak High School got in hot water for posting a photo of themselves posing with a confederate battle flag. The photo made the rounds on social media […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Joanne Christian

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 20, 10:53

    Tudor Elementary Kindergarten teacher Joanne Christian is starting her students off with the basics — sounding and spelling three letter words and putting together sentences. “They come in not knowing how to write their name, read their name,” Christian said. She loves being there for the start of a child’s education. “I just love that they come […]

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    Inside the Gates: Black History Month at JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 18, 11:30

    In honor of Black History Month, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson held an observance Thursday. U.S. Army chaplain Lt. Col. Dr. Khallid Shabazz attended from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. As the guest speaker, he discussed the crisis of education in the black community and the importance of standing up for what you believe in, regardless […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Marissa Evans

    by James Gaddis on Feb 13, 12:32

    Although relatively new to Anchorage, Marissa Evans is already making a significant impact on students at Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage. “It’s not about me and my perfect plans, but it is very much about them and the journey that we’re taking and if I keep that in mind it really helps me to push […]

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    Inside the Gates: Small army keeps JBER troops fed

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 11, 11:43

    As Napoleon Bonaparte famously said, “An army marches on its stomach.” Making sure our modern military is well supplied takes as much effort and planning as preparing for battle. It’s something staff at the Iditarod Dining Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson know well. Airman 1st Class James Tapang says things can get busy, but he […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Let’s talk about climate change

    by John Tracy on Feb 09, 18:19

    Imagine what it must have been like to have been a dinosaur. Lords of their universe. Top of the food chain. They were going to live forever, only to be taken out by a glitch in the system called global climate change. It’s little more than hubris to think that we humans will be around […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Rebecca Julian

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 06, 11:48

    Rebecca Julian says she may be strict, but her students know she cares about them “They [students] know the expectations and we get a lot done that way,” said  Julian, a third and fourth grade teacher at Nunaka Valley Elementary School. Julian has been teaching at Nunaka for 18 years, and says the school feels like one big […]

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    Inside the Gates: Arctic gear to stay in the field and in the fight

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 04, 12:16

    Alaska’s Arctic warriors have to be ready to fight in any weather, no matter the cold. They get special gear, issued only here. When they’re in the field, the soldiers are often outside in the snow for hours. “There’s certain points where the cold just kind of gets you,” said combat medic Spc. Tyler Steane. […]