Dev Hardikar, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Dev Hardikar, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Dev Hardikar was Alaska Public Media's 2023 summer news intern. Reach him at
A person in a baseball hat works on a red road bike.

Volunteers at this Anchorage repair shop won’t fix your bike for you, but they will show you how

“Efficiency isn't the point,” said a volunteer at Off the Chain. “It's about people doing it themselves."
A picture of a village taken from above in a small plane. The yellow wing is visible.

Western Alaskans send in their ‘American Idol’ auditions by boat and by plane

Show producers partnered with KNOM to create a unique audition process for Alaskans plagued by months of internet outages.
Saria Barney Hildabrand

Missing Anchorage woman’s husband charged with her murder

Zarrius Hildabrand, 21, faces murder and evidence-tampering charges in the death of Alaska Army National Guardsman Saria Hildabrand.
a person on a sandy beach uses a metal detector to examine a dead Steller sea lion

Reward quadrupled after more than 20 endangered sea lions illegally killed near Cordova

An unusual number of Steller Sea Lions have been found dead in the Copper River Delta this summer, many with gunshot wounds.
A person with a surfboard walks into the water.

‘It’s trippy’: Surfers in Turnagain Arm catch the country’s longest wave

Twice a day, the normally calm waters surge upwards, creating a wave known as a tidal bore that surfers can ride for miles.
three people in hard hats shovel gravel into a wheelbarrow

From planting trees to fixing trails, Anchorage teens spend summer improving city parks

The 10-week YEP program hires highschoolers to work on park and trail improvements around the city, while also teaching them leadership and job skills.
Two people sit at a table with a laptop and mic in front of them.

Anchorage Thai restaurant becomes haven for gamers

Thai Kitchen is one of the few remaining spaces in the city where people can play video games face-to-face.
two people on a narrow bridge above a mountainside

Don’t look down: Alyeska Resort opens new dizzying attraction

People can pay to walk 600 feet across two narrow bridges suspended 2,500 feet above the valley floor.
a man in a kayak on a lake. a white bird flies near him. yellow floats create lines on the water.

Anchorage’s University Lake reopens after oil spill

But a state spokesperson says dog owners should keep their pets from swimming near the remaining oil sheen, which is surrounded by floating yellow booms.
A long line of people on bikes. At the front, two people on bikes have toddlers riding right behind their handlebars.

Cyclists flood Anchorage streets for the second annual ‘Critical Mass’ ride

The large group bike ride aimed to raise awareness of the need for more cycling infrastructure.
A man in a kayak near lines of yellow floats

Fuel vault likely led to oil spill at Anchorage’s University Lake

The popular off-leash dog park remains closed as cleanup continues.
Women rejoice at the finish line

Rain and mud make Mount Marathon trail ‘an absolute nightmare’

More than 800 racers tackled treacherous conditions during Seward's grueling Fourth of July tradition.
two kayakers in a lake next to lines of yellow floats

Popular Anchorage dog park remains closed after oil spill

The state is still investigating the origins of the spill, reported at University Lake last week.
Kids in white chef hats and a woman with black hair in a kitchen. There are large bowls on the counter.

From camper to junior chef, UAA’s Culinary Boot Camp teaches kids basic kitchen skills

The University of Alaska Anchorage program teaches kids cooking techniques like knife skills and sanitation practices. The camp has been running for over 20 years, and this year it’s more popular than ever.
a group of people carry a giant rainbow flat

Anchorage Pride parade marches after 3-year pandemic hiatus

The pandemic put the annual event on hold. But on Saturday, the Delaney Park Strip will be surrounded by floats, music and people in colorful outfits.
two baby opossums wrapped in a pink blanket

Fifth child of Grubby captured in Homer’s opossum odyssey

A wildlife biologist says the search isn’t over. Opossum litters are usually eight or nine joeys — and can be as many as 13.
Two people stand with their hands on a lit up museum exhibit of a volcano.

Anchorage Museum holds ‘Sensory Friendly’ morning for visitors with disabilities

During the event, the museum provides accommodations for people who may become overstimulated, including fidget toys, sunglasses and chewing gum.
A bear cub holding the bars of a cage.

With 7 new arrivals, Alaska Zoo nears capacity for orphaned animals

In recent weeks, the zoo in Anchorage has taken in an orphaned brown bear cub, as well as six moose calves from across the state.