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Still standing

Still standing

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Words by Yoshina Okamoto It’s a Wednesday night at eight o’clock and you’re at a bar. As you walk onto the sawdust-covered floors, underneath the multi-colored string lights and past the seasoned regulars, you start to hear scattered laughs. Hang a left and you’re there: the tucked-away corner where people come to share, to grieve,…

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On Air: An unsung hero of Alaska radio

On Air: An unsung hero of Alaska radio

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Words by Audri Pleas As the University of Alaska goes through budgetary turmoil, it is not without reminiscing about past community leaders who were cognizant about their neighbors through advocacy and innovation. For myself, I look to the Father of Television in Alaska, Augie Hiebert. To understand his impact is to recall a jovial time…

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Kingfisher Coffee: “We’ve found Spenard”

Kingfisher Coffee: “We’ve found Spenard”

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Words by Cheyenne Mathews Photos by Young Kim Business might as well be the middle name of the McGee family members. In September of 2017, the McGee women, mother Darcel, and daughters Emily and Alex opened up Kingfisher Coffee in Spenard. Having her own coffee shop had been a longtime dream for Darcel, and when…

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Nick

Nick

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Nick Carpenter wants to say thank you to Spenard. Carpenter first came to Alaska in 2009. He followed the path of his brother, who was working in the summer fishing industry. Carpenter, who is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, quickly fell for the midnight sun. As the amazement of summertime sunshine waned into sub-freezing temperatures and…

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