Positive stories from Alaska and beyond.
“We used to be kids too,” said Javier Tatham, one of the district’s drivers in training. “Now it’s our turn to help out the community.”
Brian McKinnon’s innovative cooler company is on track to achieve the kind of success that’s nearly unheard of for a startup. It’s a life-changing development for McKinnon, a Wasilla resident who struggled with homelessness, substance abuse and PTSD after the 2017 shooting.
The NASA astronaut will be traveling to the International Space Station this fall and, if chosen, is on route to potentially being the first woman on the moon .
Using traditional hunting knowledge and tools, North Slope whalers and scientists will soon be tagging bowhead whales in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas ― one example of a long-lasting collaboration between whalers and scientists.
“She said, ‘Do you want to go hunt for a leg?’ and I’m like, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s go find some treasure.’ "
After a recent meeting with the legendary Golden State Warrior, 15-year-old Joseph Tagaban, whose cancer is in remission, is ready to take on opponents on the court next year.
“Alaska was my biggest dream all my life,” said Diego Saad, 44.
After a successful spring whaling season, residents celebrated with a festival that included community meals, the blanket toss and late-night traditional dancing.
Drag Lotería is their biggest event and features bingo, mocktails and drag artists.
Fulton, an Alaskan living in New York City, has become somewhat internet famous for wrangling a possum out of a local bar.
Helmets on Heads, a nonprofit founded by Teagen Tanner, has donated 875 helmets to people and groups around Alaska since 2015.
Pvt. George Fox died in Italy in 1944. But even after his remains returned to Unalaska, they were buried in an unmarked grave despite years of work pushing the government to recognize his sacrifice.
The first community fridge in the city — offering food to community members, free of charge — relies on grassroots activists to run the operation and local donors to provide food and supplies.
The tiny saw-whet owl, found near Westchester Lagoon, was released in South Anchorage after two months with Bird Treatment and Learning Center.
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.