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Local guests discuss community issues and take listener calls during this LIVE call-in show. Hometown, Alaska features conversations with leaders and decision-makers in local and statewide government, social service agencies, educational institutions and cultural groups. Hosted by Kathleen McCoy.

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Anchorage prepares for budget cut impacts
On Wednesday, July 24, the mayor of Anchorage declared a short-term civil emergency in anticipation of the impacts from dramatic budget cuts to agencies that shelter the city’s homeless and move them into housing. Two days later, the Anchorage Assembly voted to extend the civil emergency through August 6, and to provide $400,000 to help keep the main homeless shelter in Anchorage at capacity. Subsequently, state legislators have voted to restore some funding, but those efforts are again subject to a veto by the governor, who argues that the state of Alaska must live within its budget. Homelessness is not a new problem in Anchorage. For years, its seemingly chronic status has drawn intense public scrutiny from residents frustrated by campers in city greenbelts, simmering property crime levels attributed to a criminal element among the homeless, and even fear of fire danger near subdivisions from poorly attended homeless camp fires. Solving homelessness has proven a slow process. And yet, Lisa Aquino of Catholic Social Services reported to the assembly that about 900 individuals were placed in housing in the past year. Some of those facilities, like Safe Harbor and Clare House, will either close or have restricted hours if the budget cuts hold. The Anchorage Daily News reported how children will be affected, including 80 living with their families in Safe Harbor, and another 50 children, including 12 infants, staying at Clare House. How do Anchorage leaders prepare for the potential doubling of the homeless population? What powers does the civil emergency allow the mayor? What will mitigations look like? As always, questions and comments from listeners are welcome throughout the program. Join us. HOST: Kathleen McCoy GUESTS: Meg Zaletel, Anchorage Assembly member, co-chair Committee on HomelessnessBarry Andres, Clinical Director, Supportive Housing Division, RuralCapEthan Berkowitz, Mayor, Municipality of Anchorage LINKS: Mayor declares Civil Emergency in Municipality of Anchorage, Muni websiteProviders say low-income children, families in Alaska will bear disproportionate weight of Dunleavy vetoes, ADN, Aug. 1, 2019 Confused about Alaska’s budget? You’re note alone. Here are 10 things to know. APM, August 1, 2019A Letter to our Alaska Community, Lisa Aquino, Catholic Social Service, ADN, July 17, 2019“We’re gonna be out on the streets”: Anchorage readies for a homeless crisis, APM, July 26, 2019RuralCap’s Safe Harbor, websiteWith Dunleavy budget cuts, a fragile safety net for Alaska’s mentally ill thins further, ADN, Aug. 5, 2019 PARTICIPATE: Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm)Send e-mail to hometown@alaskapublic.org before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air)Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on air)LIVE: Monday, August 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.mREPEAT: Monday, August 5, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. The post Anchorage prepares for budget cut impacts appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
Anchorage’s ever-evolving farmers markets
Vertical strawberry fields, and a sample of a ripe one. Thriving Green’s Frank Enstice serves the new Jewel Lake Farmers Market with microgreens like sunflower and pea shoots, green microgreen mixes with broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, arugula, red cabbage and giant mustard…..AND, he also grows strawberries. Thriving Greens is an urban farm, and Frank grows his produce right in his neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Thriving Greens) I remember my first lovely visit to a farmers’ market this year, back on June 22. I’d heard about a new one, Jewel Lake Farmers Market, serving southwest Anchorage at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church off Jewel Lake Road. What I found whet my appetite. I spent the rest of the day cruising the South market, the new Midtown market in the BP Building parking lot, the Spenard and Muldoon markets. We even trekked to the “Weekend Market at Centennial Park,” sometimes called the Hmong Market. Somehow with all that, I missed a very popular one, Anchorage Farmers Market in the Central Lutheran Church parking lot. We do indeed have riches when it comes to our open-air, summer markets. Today’s Hometown Alaska draws from that first Saturday visit to the new Jewel Lake Farmers Market. As I cruised the booths, I met new vendors from Harvest Point Farms, Thriving Greens and I also dined on paella featuring fresh Alaska salmon over simmering Spanish rice. Yum! Those three vendors (one new Valley farmer who changed careers to begin farming, one new urban farmer, and a budding paella chef) are all guests on today’s show. We’ll hear the story of how each found his way into farming and/or serving farmers markets. For the longer perspective on local markets, we’ll also have as a guest Arthur Keyes, himself a farmer and a former director of agriculture for the state. He founded the South market, and the new Midtown market. He’s invested in bringing young people into farming through the sustainability of farmers markets. He says farmers can thrive when they connect to their customers. As always, your questions and comments are welcome throughout the hour. Join us! HOST: Kathleen McCoy GUESTS: Jay Mullen, paella chef, moving around to different farmers marketsFrank Enstice, Thriving Greens urban farmer, farming in Jewel LakeMatt Hale, Harvest Point Farms on Point McKenzie, changed careers to farmArthur Keyes, farmer, former director of agriculture, founder of South and Midtown farmers markets LINKS: Alaska Farmers Markets – 2015 PDFHarvest Point Farms webpage, Facebook pageThriving Greens, Facebook pageWeekend Market at Centennial Park (Hmong Market) You Tube video, 7 min videoSouth Anchorage Farmers Market webpage, Facebook pageJewel Lake Farmers Market, Facebook pageRotterdam’s floating dairy farm, PBS video, go to 5:43 for floating farm story, aimed at attracting young farmers‘I don’t really know what’s left’: Dunleavy budget vetoes raze hemp program, threaten Alaska-grown store produce, ADN, July 2019 PARTICIPATE: Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm)Send e-mail to hometown@alaskapublic.org before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air)Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on air)LIVE: Monday, July 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.mREPEAT: Monday, July 29, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. The post Anchorage’s ever-evolving farmers markets appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
Justice Alaska: A conversation with former Chief Justice Walter ‘Bud’ Carpeneti
Alaska’s current budgetary conflict on how to pay for government services touches many aspects of life in Alaska, including the judicial system. In this edition of Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska, we sit down with former Chief Justice ‘Bud’ Carpeneti for the opportunity to understand the budgetary points of conflict, including impacts on prosecution, public defense and legal services. Carpeneti has a long and distinguished career serving the state’s judicial system. As a young law school graduate from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, he came north in 1970 to clerk for Chief Justices John H. Dimond and Jay Rabinowitz. He returned in 1974 and joined the Alaska Public Defender Agency as the supervising attorney in its Juneau office. In 1978 he entered private practice. In 1981, Governor Jay Hammond appointed him to the Alaska Superior Court, and in 1998 Governor Tony Knowles appointed Carpeneti to the Alaska Supreme Court. He served as Chief Justice from 2009-2012. HOSTS: Kathleen McCoy, Elaine Andrews GUEST: Walter ‘Bud’ Carpeneti, former chief justice for the Alaska Supreme Court LINKS: Alaska Court System websiteJustice Not Politics Alaska website PARTICIPATE: Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm)Send e-mail to hometown@alaskapublic.org before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air)Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on airLIVE: Monday, July 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.mREPEAT: Monday, July 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. The post Justice Alaska: A conversation with former Chief Justice Walter ‘Bud’ Carpeneti appeared first on Alaska Public Media.
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Feb 19th, 2016
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Aug 1st, 2019
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