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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Drug disclaimers

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 21:08

    If you watch a lot of television, they are hard to ignore. Those ads for prescription medicine that spend more time telling you about the side-effects, than the drug’s benefits. On this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy gives a reality check on the side effects of those TV ads. John’s opinions are his own, and […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Motorists or cyclists? Who’s King of the Road?

    by John Tracy on Jun 01, 21:22

    Summer is here and with it comes bike season in Anchorage. With so many people outside enjoying the sun and so much construction, motorists and cyclists are being asked to be patient and share the road. On this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy educates John Tracy on how each of them can best share the road. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will Sen. Dan Sullivan protect Alaskans’ health care?

    by John Tracy on May 26, 7:44

    The so-called American Health Care Act passed by the U.S. House last month will not be the bill that passes through the Senate. The Obamacare replacement, as written by the House, would cost Alaskans more than anyone else in the country. Thousands of Alaskans who are forced to buy coverage on the exchange market would […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Highlights from the School Year

    by Daybreak Staff on May 22, 12:58

    Over the past school year, Daybreak has highlighted 35 educators for Teacher of the Week, from Palmer to south Anchorage. Here is a look back at all of our teachers’ contributions as they share the secret to their success. In lieu of summer break, our Teacher of the Week segment will begin be back when […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: When does fake news stop being fake news?

    by John Tracy on May 18, 17:37

    It’s long past time to drop the term fake news when it comes to covering the White House. Without the mainstream media, we would not have learned President Trump was thinking of the FBI investigation into his campaign’s connections to Russia when he decided to fire FBI director James Comey. And we would not have […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Amy Habberstad

    by James Gaddis on May 15, 12:06

    When South Anchorage High School opened in 2004, English teacher Amy Habberstad was one of the original staff members. Thirteen years later, she is still working to make sure her students don’t take their classes for granted. “Everyone writes on the job, and kids don’t think that,” explained Habberstad. “They think of English as sort […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Mother’s Day

    by John Tracy on May 11, 21:09

    This Sunday is Mother’s Day. The one day of the year that we’re supposed to recognize moms for taking care of us every other day of the year. Father’s Day is easy. Get dad anything that requires batteries or safety glasses and you’re good. But, if you’re like me, you never know what to get “her”. […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Kathy Campbell

    by Megan Mazurek on May 08, 12:29

    Kathy Campbell has worked in active war zones and debriefed a four-star general in the United States Army, but she feels it’s in the classroom where she is making the most difference. “I feel like I’m making a difference in the world. I’m helping really truly to make citizens that every day I can see growth,” Campbell […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Got a passport? Alaska’s Real ID extensions are about to expire.

    by John Tracy on May 04, 18:23

    You’ve no doubt heard a lot of the debate over Real ID, but chances are you haven’t thought that much about how it could affect you. Simply put, the real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005. It was part of the recommendations of the 911 Commission. The intent was to establish uniform security standards […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Tamela Kile

    by James Gaddis on May 01, 11:56

    Tamela Kile has nearly 40 years experience teaching elementary education. “I love children. I think they’re our tomorrow. I celebrate them,” said Kile. For the last three years she has taught third grade at Academy Charter School in Palmer. Before that she was a Montessori teacher in Texas for 35 years. She said she still […]

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    Inside the Gates: Maintenance Co. puts skills, speed to the test at JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 28, 20:30

    The U.S. Army has plenty of unsung heroes who keep it mission-ready. Among them are the soldiers of the 98th Support Maintenance Company. They keep all of the Army’s vehicles rolling along year-round in Alaska. Thursday, they combined training with competition, completing their routine maintenance tasks as fast as they could. They raced against the clock, […]

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    Reality check w/ John Tracy: Grading Trump’s first 100 days in office

    by John Tracy on Apr 27, 16:57

    The press is fixated this week on grading Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. The grade depends on exactly what you’re grading the president on. First, by objective standards, the president has signed 28 bills into law — far more than his two predecessors, and more than Bill Clinton. He’s also signed more executive […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Asdid Derouen

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 24, 13:41

    From a very young age, Asdid Derouen knew her heart belonged with kids. “I love what I do,” Derouen said. “This is what I was meant to do.” Derouen is a life-long learner and has taught kids from preschool up to 4th grade. She currently teaches 2nd grade at Swanson Elementary School in Palmer; a place that […]

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    Inside the Gates: JROTC cadets train on JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 22, 12:41

    Many high school students join the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program as a way to decide if they want to later enlist in the military. But for some, it’s a way to build confidence before heading to college and the workplace. JROTC cadets from East High School spent the day on Joint Base […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Education funding

    by John Tracy on Apr 20, 21:29

    Who says the state Senate can’t come together and find fiscal solutions? Last Friday, the Senate on a 19 to 1 vote approved what amounts to a raffle to help fund education. Like the Pick, Click, Give program, you could buy a $100 raffle ticket by checking it off your PFD application, and you could gamble […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Jessica Mallory

    by James Gaddis on Apr 19, 14:55

    As Tudor Elementary School transitions to the Montessori Model this year, first-year teacher Jessica Mallory is helping to lead the charge. “These students really take ownership in their learning,” said Mallory. The school is easing into the transition. It started by combining kindergarten and first-grade students into the same classroom, one of which is headed […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Pioneer Homes are pawns in the battle over budget cuts

    by John Tracy on Apr 13, 16:46

    State lawmakers shook up Alaska pioneers this week, threatening to toss them out of the Pioneer Homes in Juneau and Palmer. The hubbub demonstrates what happens when your public policy becomes a public relations nightmare. The Senate last week approved a 10 percent budget cut, nearly $6 million to the State’s Pioneer Homes Division. The […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Travis Harrington

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 11, 9:10

    Travis Harrington is giving back to his community. He was a Chugiak Mustang and grew up playing the trumpet. “It was always my goal to come back to the community,” he said. “Being raised in such an awesome place and give back to it.” This is Harrington’s 20th year teaching band at Mirror Lake Middle School. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: US Senate goes nuclear

    by John Tracy on Apr 06, 18:26

    Any hope you may have had that members of Congress can put their country before their party is about to be blown apart by the so-called “nuclear option”. The floor of the House of Representatives has long reflected the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones. An unruly mass of ideologues who measure success, not so much […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Shane Todd

    by James Gaddis on Apr 04, 12:35

    From the time he was in elementary school, Shane Todd has enjoyed being in the classroom. “I was the kid who was always kind of sad when summer vacation came, explained Todd. “My family life was great, but I just really liked school. I loved learning and the curiosity it brings.” Now a teacher at […]