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    Teacher of the Week: Kaity Williamson

    by Megan Mazurek on Jan 23, 13:42

    For Kaity Williamson, teaching is her dream job. “Everyday is different, the kids are awesome,” she explained. Williamson is a biology teacher at Service High School and is helping her students explore careers in biomedical sciences. “Health care is definitely an up and coming need in this nation and our kids are hopefully going to fill […]

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    Inside the Gates: Businesses off-limits to service members

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 21, 11:43

    It may surprise you to learn, but there are some businesses in Anchorage where members of our military community are not allowed to go. The Armed Forces Disciplinary Review Board can make a business “off-limits,” making it a crime for a service member to go there. Col. Seth Deam, staff judge advocate for the 673rd […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The legitimacy of Donald Trump

    by John Tracy on Jan 19, 16:38

    America will swear in a new commander in chief Friday. The ceremony in Washington, D.C. is intended to demonstrate, once again, that a peaceful transition of power is central to our democracy. However, many members of Congress now say they will boycott the inauguration. When Georgia Rep., and civil rights icon, John Lewis said he […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Dee McKee

    by James Gaddis on Jan 16, 12:54

    The day after Dee McKee learned her big brother Mike Kelly died in a plane crash, she went to school as usual. “I just felt that this was a place that I would be buoyed up, and that’s exactly what happened,” said McKee. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week was flooded with cards and condolences […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The audacity of Obama

    by John Tracy on Jan 13, 10:23

    If Tuesday night’s address was his last to the American people, President Barack Obama left on a high note. It was a speech that was as notable for the ideas it expressed, as much for what was left unsaid. What could have been a litany of victories won and excuses for battles lost — surely […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Marsha Williams

    by Megan Mazurek on Jan 09, 14:08

    Marsha Williams has always been a music person. She says there’s something about it that brings people together. “Anything we can do together to build community through music is my passion,” said Williams. She began teaching music at Williwaw Elementary after spending most of her career in special education. When a position opened up at the […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: That was so 2016

    by John Tracy on Dec 29, 17:35

    I thought hard about what to talk about this week. A look back at the top stories of 2016 would be a little depressing in my opinion. We lost icons like Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer and John Glenn. We witnessed the worst mass shooting in the history of America, in the name of Islamic terrorism. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is Santa from Siberia?

    by John Tracy on Dec 22, 15:54

    In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote the New York Sun a letter, asking simply, “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” Almost a hundred years after Virginia’s letter, I had the privilege as a journalist to travel around the Arctic Circle as part of a circumpolar outreach. We visited 14 Arctic cities […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Randy Harrison

    by James Gaddis on Dec 19, 11:40

    As a student, Randy Harrison struggled through high school. He says he knows how difficult the experience can be without the right support. “High school’s tough,” said Harrison. “It’s not easy walking the halls for these kiddos, so they need someone in their corner. They need someone to go to bat for them.” Harrison, KTVA 11’s […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Tennys Owens made Anchorage her canvas

    by John Tracy on Dec 15, 17:37

    Thursday, Anchorage’s premier art gallery Artique closed it’s doors for the last time, after 45 years in business. Artique is the love child of owner Tennys Owens. If the modern history of Anchorage could be painted on canvas, Tennys Owens and her husband, Tom, would be primary colors. The Air Force sent the young couple […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Randy Marsh

    by Megan Mazurek on Dec 12, 11:24

    He’s a math teacher by trade and aviator at heart. “It’s my hobby,” said Randy Marsh. “So you don’t say no to teaching your hobby.” Marsh is a math and aviation teacher at Clark Middle School. He uses model airplanes to go over math lessons and has students work on flight simulators during in-class exercises. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will you get the remainder of your PFD?

    by John Tracy on Dec 08, 17:11

    What are the chances you’ll be seeing the other half of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend? Recently, an Anchorage superior court judge upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to cut this year’s dividend in half by exercising his veto power. The lawsuit, challenging Walker’s authority, was filed by Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski. The case is being […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Lindsay Wackowski

    by James Gaddis on Dec 05, 10:47

    When she was just 7 years old, Lindsay Wackowski decided she wanted to be an educator. At the time, it had nothing to do with teaching. “I think it first started because school is really challenging for me and the teacher had the answer book in the front of the room and I was like, […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What is the ‘alt-right’ movement?

    by John Tracy on Dec 01, 17:25

    I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of the “so-called alt-right” movement until the last election. But it’s getting a lot of attention these days, so I’ll share what I’ve learned with you. “Alt-right” is shorthand for “alternative right.” The president of the National Policy Institute, 38-year-old Richard Spencer, describes it as […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Erika Crumley

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 28, 12:20

    Erika Crumley tries to make school feel more like a home than a classroom. “Almost like a home school atmosphere where kids feel more relaxed and more comfortable,” Crumley said. “[They] have more ownership and direction in what they’re learning.” Crumley teaches first and second grade at Chugach Optional Elementary School. “The feel of the […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Erica Arnold

    by James Gaddis on Nov 21, 11:35

    At just 9 years old, Erica Arnold was inspired by her fourth-grade teacher, Ken McCormick, to become a teacher herself. “I just remember learning about aerodynamics and those were our spelling words and we dropped eggs from the ceiling of the school and we went out ice skating and learned about energy,” explained Arnold. “I […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The problem with fake news and its role on social media

    by John Tracy on Nov 17, 15:43

    Here’s a piece of news that ought to concern you: A Pew Research Center survey, reported earlier this year, found that 44 percent of U.S. adults now get their news from Facebook. Facebook works great as a way to keep up with friends and family, but it fails miserably as a news source. Why? Because Facebook […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Thomas Pease

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 14, 13:13

    Thomas Pease strives to get his students to be team players. He teaches language arts at Mears Middle School and structures his classroom to encourage interaction. “To be successful adults you have to learn to work together,” said Pease. “That’s a larger lesson I’d like my students to learn.” Pease is patient with his students and […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Campaign 2016 takeaways

    by John Tracy on Nov 10, 17:49

    What did Americans learn from Tuesday’s election. For what it’s worth, here are some of my top takeaways. Donald Trump is the greatest salesman of our time — and that’s a compliment. To succeed at sales you have to believe in the product, and Trump never wavered in his belief that he alone could pull […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Li Retus

    by James Gaddis on Nov 07, 13:38

    With a kind heart and a no-nonsense style, Rabbit Creek Elementary School kindergarten teacher Li Retus says she encourages her students to be sensible kids that care about their classmates. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week has been teaching in Alaska for more than 30 years. Her career began in the 1980s in King Cove. Whether […]