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‘Build Alaska’ educates about industry, records personalities for posterity

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This story was originally written for Alaska Contractor Magazine.   When Xavier Schlee was hired at Alaska Basic Industries 10 years ago, his boss told him he needed to learn to play golf. They went out for Schlee’s first round, having made a bet. If Schlee lost, he had to join the Associated General Contractors entertainment committee. He didn’t win on the links. But fast forward a decade later, and Schlee is still volunteering, typically […]

Cultivated by community: Spenard’s first neighborhood garden debuts in May

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This article was originally written for The Spenardian. A group of Anchorage women have banded together to build the first community garden in Spenard. Leading the charge is Michelle Wilber, program manager for the Alaska Community Action on Toxics’ Yarducopia, Alivia DeBusk, a member of the Anchorage Permaculture Guild, board member of Alaska Cold Climate Permaculture Institute, and owner of Adrift Gardens, Julie Leonard, Spenard resident, and Iris Crook, North Star resident who assisted with […]

With lack of publications, journalists take reporting into their own hands

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This article was originally written for True North Magazine. In recent years, a new form of journalism has emerged during a time when media is changing to cover the under-reported or not reported at all. From the dozens of staff laid off at the state’s largest newspaper to Anchorage’s alt-weekly being written by solely contributors, Alaska journalism is missing the mark on the local stories. Alaskan writers are taking journalism into their own hands through […]

Anchorage Community House finds new home in Spenard

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This article was originally written for The Spenardian. Anchorage Community House has moved into the old parsonage connected to the Church of Love and members of the community can visit the new space for ACH’s grand re-opening on Feb. 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. for their Valentine’s Day celebration. Meg Zaletel started ACH in October of 2015 when she and her husband bought the house across the street from their own. She found that […]

Church of Love renovates after recent run-in

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   A stolen truck, labeled “Teddy’s Tasty Meats” was making a getaway down the alley behind the Church of Love and ran into the second exit of the building on Dec. 4. There were people in the building when the truck hit, but nobody was injured. The Church of Love is owned by Cook Inlet Housing Authority. CIHA initially bought the church to tear it down […]

UAA goes solar, panel by panel

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media. Anchorage may not get a lot of sun in the winter, but solar energy is increasing in popularity around town. From the Anchorage Solar Building to the Alaska Aviation Museum’s solar tracking array, establishments are doing their part to go green. Several UAA students recently had nine solar panels installed on one of the university’s buildings. Even though it’s a small contribution to energy efficiency, they’re […]

Fourth annual debate aims to spark public discussion

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press. A hot-button topic throughout the 2016 election and one that continues to bring out strong opinions in Facebook arguments and family dinners is immigration policy in the United States. On Nov. 13, the Seawolf Debate Program and Alaska Dispatch News are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Arguing Alaska Debate Series. Picking a topic that sparks public debate and has experts readily available is the job of Steve […]

RED ZONE: Faculty, students react to mandatory training

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This story was originally written for The Northern Light. The University of Alaska has entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. In February of this year, President Jim Johnsen received a letter from the OCR advising the university of the resolution of the compliance review system. This agreement results from OCR’s review of the university’s handling of sexual assault and sexual harassment incidents. According to UAA’s November […]

From octagon to hexagon: AFC embraces new ring, venue at Alaska Airlines Center

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   Oct. 18 was Alaska Fighting Championship’s 134th match, but the second one held at the Alaska Airlines Center. Fighters like Isaiah “Midnight Shadowz” Edwards and Rob “Calm Bomb” Rovera took to the ring to put their gloves to good use. Sarah Lorimer, president of AFC, said the move wasn’t easy. A lot of memories and fights have happened in the Sullivan’s cage. The Sullivan has […]

New route system aims to increase efficiency, ridership

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.    People Mover is debuting its new route system come Oct. 23, which will have more consistent stops on major roads and fewer in neighborhood areas. The change hopes to deliver riders more efficiently to their destinations. Anchorage resident George Hyde’s main source of transportation is the bus, which he has been riding for the last six years. He typically takes Route 75 to go to […]