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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Murkowski holds out on Obamacare repeal

    by John Tracy on Jul 20, 22:58

    This was a good week for Senator Lisa Murkowski. First, she did not have to take the blame for killing the Senate’s healthcare bill. She stayed on the fence until four of her fellow Republicans announced they would vote no if it came to the floor. Even after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to buy her […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is it time to turn off water at Mile 109?

    by John Tracy on Jul 13, 19:16

    If you’re lucky enough to live in this part of Alaska, you know a couple of things about the drive on Turnagain Arm: if you’re here very early in the morning, you’re likely to get a close encounter with Dahl sheep. And, if you’re thirsty, you’ll find a popular watering hole at mile 109. It’s a […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Indigenous Peoples Day

    by John Tracy on Jul 06, 17:47

    I hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July holiday. Of all the holidays we Americans celebrate, the meaning behind Independence Day is pretty clear. Less clear, is the reason we recognize Columbus Day. Governor Bill Walker recently signed legislation replacing Columbus Day in Alaska with Indigenous Peoples Day, joining South Dakota in recognizing the contributions […]

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    Will Murkowski and Sullivan live up to the promises they made on the health care bill?

    by John Tracy on Jun 29, 19:05

    In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy explains why the vote on health care could have a big impact on Alaskans, and the politicians who approve it. In the 2014 election, Mark Begich was one of the several Democratic Senators portrayed as the final vote that inflicted Obamacare on America. It was a factor in […]

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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 […]