Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
The organizer of a kid's bike race in Anchorage Saturday wants to raise awareness for the importance of healthy lungs.
For years the federal government has been grappling with who owns tips and whether employers can tell servers what to do with them. To clarify, the Alaska Department of Labor implemented a new regulation last month that prohibits restaurant owners from requiring servers to give tips to back-of-house staff like cooks and dishwashers. Listen now
Spruce beetles may be native to Alaska, but they can still devastate a spruce forest. Over the last two years, an outbreak concentrated in southcentral Alaska’s Susitna River drainage and northwest Kenai Peninsula has affected more than 500,000 acres of forest.
David Norris and Jessica Yeaton won the men’s and the women’s races today at Seward’s 91st Mt. Marathon Race. The course has been touted as one of the most difficult races in the world. Runners brave heat, slippery slopes, falling rocks and a 3,022-foot elevation gain. And it’s not just adults in their prime.
Sometimes all it takes is a cotton swab to save someone's life. For a little over 30 years, the National Marrow Donor Program through the Be the Match registry, has been collecting cheek swabs from potential donors. But the registry still lacks diversity and numbers and many of the patients who require a transplant, never receive it. Listen now
Climate change may have spurred the first humans to move into interior Alaska. A new University of Alaska-Fairbanks study, released on Tuesday, found that around 15,000 years ago, the Bering Land Bridge became much wetter and warmer. That coincides with when people began to leave it. Listen now
Someone stole a 10,000-year-old mammoth tusk from the Campbell Creek Science Center in March. They're now offering a $500 reward for information. Listen now
In canneries, the term "Mug Up" means coffee break. It’s also the name of a new effort to share the history of the NN Cannery, a now-closed cannery in South Naknek that functioned almost continuously for 120 years. Listen now
A new sculpture is more than something to look at. It’s an interactive, mixed-reality experience that can educate urban Alaskans about the northernmost part of our state. Listen now
Forty-one students from across Alaska headed to Maryland this week to compete in the National History Day contest. They're joining students from across the country and the world. As part of the contest, a team of eighth graders from Anchorage has also been invited to showcase their exhibit about the Berlin Wall at the Smithsonian today. Listen now
Around 250 athletes from across the state will compete this weekend at the Special Olympics Summer Games in Anchorage. The games are about competition, but they’re also about bringing together athletes from across the state and fostering independence and inclusivity. Listen now
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