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This week we’re heading to Anchor Point, a small community 14 miles north of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Bobby Ness lives in Anchor Point:
My name is Bobby Ness. I’ve been in Anchor Point since 2003.
Anchorage Point is kind of a quiet little community. It’s kind of a retired, it seems like it’s a little bit of a retired community, but there’s a lot of workers down here too. The senior center and the VFW are some of our big things that we do events with and, you know, different programs with and everything.
Anchor Point does have a hotel. It’s got bed and breakfasts around here. So it’s a great little community to come visit. It’s good for fishing. There’s Anchor River Inn is a great fishing area. They have campgrounds down there and a boat launch down there.
Yes, we do have a beautiful view of the mountains. It’s kind of cloudy today, but on a clear day you can see the volcanoes.
People go fishing, we have bingo, we have different activities at the VFW and the senior center.
At the senior center we have bingo and we have dinners and meals, like Thursday night dinners, breakfasts once a month, and special occasions.
I love living here because it’s just a nice little quaint, quiet community. Yes, we do have summer people, but the wintertime is very quiet.
It’s just a nice community. Everybody is friendly. I don’t know of any strangers around here, everybody seem to get along and we have a lot of good times together.
A nationwide program is shipping new clothes to needy children in Southeast communities.
New York-based Kids in Distressed Situations sends several shipments a year to Anchorage-based Cook Inlet Tribal Council. The clothes are then delivered to organizations around the state.
Jennifer Treadway coordinates the program for United Way of Southeast Alaska.
“They take any of the clothes that didn’t sell. It’s like (the clothes have) Kermit and no one wants Kermit, they want Mickey Mouse,” Treadway said. “It’s all new clothes; none of it is used.”
Shipments can also include children’s books, baby products and toys.
Treadway says the program also covers older children.
“Our more recent shipment was a lot of children’s pajamas. But it also included some name-brand athletic T-shirts with different colleges (names). And the shipment before that was a bunch of shoes similar to Ugg boots, which was definitely geared toward teenage girls,” she said.
The Juneau-based United Way chapter works with member agencies and The Salvation Army to get the items to kids in need. They include low-income and homeless families, victims of domestic abuse and children with incarcerated parents.
Alaska Airlines, Alaska Marine Lines and Worldwide Movers provide free shipping and warehouse storage.
Cook Inlet Tribal Council estimates the program serves about 8,000 families statewide.
This month, KIDS clothing went to: Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE), Catholic Community Service, Helping Hands, Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services, Sitkans Against Family Violence and St. Vincent de Paul, as well as Salvation Army Corps Community Centers in Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, Ketchikan, Klawock, Petersburg, Sitka, and Wrangell.
On the next Outdoor Explorer we’re talking about sea kayaking in Prince William Sound. It’s a short drive from Anchorage, and it’s one of the most famous places to paddle on Earth. Many of us have great memories of paddling trips in the Sound. Others would probably like to try it but aren’t sure how to go about it, to be safe, and to break away on your own. Join us to share the feeling of silence in a quiet cove in the sound, and the practicalities of how to get there.
- Chugach National Forest
- Alaska Sea Kayaking Symposium
- Kayaking and Camping in Prince William Sound by Paul Twardock
HOST: Charles Wohlforth
- Paul Twardock, paddler, author and educator on Prince William Sound kayaking
- Chris Stinson, former kayak ranger in the Sound
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- Potter Marsh-a-thon Birding Smackdown (June 1 Anchorage)
- Kenai River Festival (June 7 – 9 Soldotna)
- National Get Outdoors Day (June 8 Alaska’s 16 National Parks)
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Sheldon Jackson Museum curator Jackie Fernandez and artist Peter Williams outline this summer’s Visiting Artist Program. The program will begin this Saturday with a lecture by Williams called “Subsistence: Sustainable and Spiritual Economics” (2PM Sat May 25, SJ Museum. Free.) Learn more about the Sheldon Jackson Museum.
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58th Sitka Salmon Derby kick-off this weekend. AK-Class ferry architects now recommend covered decks. Ketchikan unveils decorated tour buses.
They were just little girls when they were killed in what came to be known as the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing. And now Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, nearly 50 years after the attack in Birmingham, Ala.
Los Angeles is home to a large slice of the world's bluejeans trade. But as the U.S. apparel industry continues to shrink, the city's high-end bluejeans business faces a threat. The European Union has imposed a nearly 40 percent tariff, which could cripple the city's jean business.
Larry Persily, federal coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects
- Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce
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- Alaska Pipeline Project (Exxon and TransCanada)
- Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (state-chartered in-state gasline)
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