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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 […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Can America be run like a business?

    by John Tracy on Mar 30, 18:13

    It’s about time we had a businessman in the White House. Remember that? It’s why a lot of blue-collar workers voted for Donald Trump. He was going to drain the swamp. Obamacare would be repealed starting the day he took office. “You’re going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Wendy Barnes

    by James Gaddis on Mar 29, 13:31

    Wendy Barnes learned as a teenager that you should never take anything for granted. When she was 18 years old, she taught sick kids at a hospital in Chernobyl. She said the experience was an eye opener. Years later, as a kindergarten teacher at Tyson Elementary, that lesson still holds true. “You have no idea […]

  • 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 […]