Positive stories from Alaska and beyond.
Fox said that speaking Yugtun and flying locals around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has been her dream since middle school. But she didn’t always think that dream could be a reality.
John Kito spent nearly half his career as the principal of the school in Mountain View. “I feel like I was destined to be here,” he said.
Families are showing up with confetti cannons, speakers blasting music, leis, banners and flags to honor graduates.
The 53-year-old Nome resident says there are major gaps in weapons and logistics training that are creating bottlenecks in Ukrainians utilizing crucial military equipment.
During ANSEP’s career exploration week, high school students helped create a 3D scan of the fragile Tlingit robe and work on a CAD model for a water treatment plant.
Bird TLC receives hundreds of calls each summer about birds twisted up in fishing line, said its operations director.
The transfer of more than 1,700 works of art and material culture doubled the Alaska Native Heritage Center’s collection, part of a broader trend playing out as individuals and institutions return Indigenous works.
Their advice to young couples: Life is short, so have fun and carve out time to talk about your day.
Volunteers help dig a grave each time the need arises, even when the deceased might be their own kin or someone who harmed their families.
The team is on the brink of setting a state record for most consecutive wins against Alaska opponents and is in pursuit of a second straight state championship.
In December, she became the first Alaskan and the first Korean American to win the iconic title. She’s found that candid discussion of her personal struggles is a powerful way she can impact lives.
Alys Culhane started the Bright Lights Book Project in 2019 to save books from being shredded and get them back into Alaska communities.
Hannah Halvorsen made her appearance at the Olympics just two years after sustaining life-threatening injuries when a car hit her in an Anchorage crosswalk.
Broyles, the first Miss Alaska and first Korean American to be crowned Miss America, hopes more young women realize that even though “they might be an underdog, being from Alaska, they are capable of so much more than they could ever imagine.”
Broyles, who is from Anchorage and attended Service High, is the first Miss Alaska to win the competition in its 100-year history.
Insook Baik, who owns the neighborhood’s Shell gas station, wants to take care of her neighbors. For more than a decade, she and a team of volunteers have passed out Thanksgiving dinner to anyone in need.
One of their players has spent the season in Seattle receiving cancer treatment, and multiple players and coaches also lost loved ones to COVID-19. Coach Jeff Trotter said: “That’s who we’re playing for.”
“It almost looks like a robot dance kind of thing that he does,” said his boss.
Once a rising star in snowmachine racing, Graeber was severely injured in a race 13 years ago. This summer he became a state and city motocross champion.
Inokuma, a 41-year-old from Palmer, has fashioned two impressive victories in her last two races.
“This sort of became my purpose in life, to make something for my children and for humanity going forward,” said Dave Brailey, the mastermind behind the Juniper Creek Hydroelectric Project.
Obed Vargas, an emergency callup for the Seattle Sounders, is the third-youngest player to appear in an MLS match.
Face-to-face with the woman who stole his dog, Brayden Morton told her: “Listen, I’ve messed up a lot in my life, and I’ve been forgiven for a lot of things I did. I’m not mad at you.”
The organ donation likely saved 54-year-old Tim Seafler’s life: Waitlists for organs from deceased donors are long, and living in Alaska makes it hard to be a last-minute standby candidate.
The team came to Anchorage for a two-day tournament at Cartee Fields over the weekend and will visit the VA hospital on Monday.