Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
RAIS farmers line up beets and radishes harvested from Grow North Farm to sell at a lunch pop-up held on August 2. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage)

To bolster financial options for refugees, a state program works to get them into farming

An expanded program of Alaska's Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services is teaching new Alaskans how to grow food and run a farm business. They had their first farm-to-table pop up earlier this month. And they've got plenty more Alaska grown.
H3 vocalist and bassist George Noga overlooks a crowd at an Anchorage Live After Five concert at Town Square Park on June 20. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage)

Two decades later, Alaska’s H3 says music is sanctuary

Anchorage-based H3’s been bringing a Hawaiian reggae vibe to live music in Southcentral Alaska for nearly two decades.

Anchorage curbside compost pilot picked up by private waste company, likely to expand

The city of Anchorage is offering a program that picks up your food scraps and yard waste and turns it into compost. And now a new company is trying out curbside composting.
A volunteer removes stumps from the new West Bluff Trail on Government Hill on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage)

Government Hill residents seek connectedness, community through new trail

The Alaska Railroad yard separates the Government Hill neighborhood from downtown Anchorage. But a century ago, trails connected the homes of federal workers to Ship Creek and the buildings below. Now neighborhood residents are teaming up with a local nonprofit to construct the West Bluff Trail, a path among several they say used to bring Government Hill residents together.
"All energy will be consumed by operations of Egan Center," said Stephen Trimble, CEO of Arctic Solar Ventures, whose crew installed the panels on the rooftop of the Egan Center. "If there’s a day where there’s excess capacity then it would go back out into the utility grid [ML & P] as well." (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media)

Anchorage mayor unveils municipality’s first, state’s largest, rooftop solar project at Egan Center

The project consists of 216 solar panels that are expected to power up to 9% of the center’s electricity needs for the year. The city next plans to install solar panels on Fire Station 10 and the Anchorage Regional Landfill building.
Runners prepare to start the 2014 Mt. Marathon race in Seward. (Photo by Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Seward)

Mount Marathon Race officials offer deferral due to wildfires smoke

Normally, runners can defer only under very special circumstances. But this year marathon officials are granting all runners an option to defer their registration to 2020 due to the wildfire smoke expected to remain in the area.
Crow Pass Trail on May 18, 2019 (Photo by L. Parker)

Crow Pass Trail hikers advised to use caution when crossing Eagle River

As of Sunday, June 30 hikers reported difficult conditions where the trail crosses through the river, with water running waist high at the ford site and almost chest deep at Thunder Gorge.

Anchorage health care providers see more respiratory complaints with wildfire smoke

Anchorage health care providers have seen more patients with respiratory problems in recent days because of poor air quality. Air quality advisories can be found on the DEC website.
Goose Lake visitors enjoy 74 degree weather in Anchorage on Wednesday, June 26. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage)

Anchorage nears all-time record heat, residents respond

It reached 82 degrees in Anchorage on Saturday. Hot by Southcentral Alaska standards, and three degrees shy of Anchorage's all-time heat record.
Leslie Sharpe's "Beak Disorder," April 2019, various wood and 3D printed objects. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)

New Anchorage art exhibit connects bird research to backyards

A new Anchorage art exhibit looks at conservation and ecological issues facing birds in the north and beyond.
A posted Town Square Park sign informs visitors of park rules. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)

Proposed changes to Anchorage’s Town Square Park move forward

A city proposal likely to be heard before the Planning and Zoning Commission in the fall aims to modify the downtown park’s physical design, programming and administration.

City of Anchorage program trains child care providers, parents on potentially toxic products

A new city program in Anchorage is training childcare providers and parents on what to look for in household products to avoid potentially harmful ingredients.
A cake features a print of the Koyukuk River at a USPS and NPS celebration of the stamps on May 29.

Alaska’s Tlikakila and Koyukuk Rivers get own Forever Stamps

Two of Alaska’s rivers are now featured on their own postage stamps on sale across the country.