Dave talks to Bell’s Nursery owner and founder Mike Mosesian about everybody’s favorite holiday plant, the poinsettia. A little history and fun knowledge about the warm weather plant that has become a cold season favorite. Bell’s Nursery in Anchorage grows 40,000 poinsettias a year! They are also famous for their locally grown Beef Steak Tomatoes! For more on Mike Mosesian and Bell’s Nursery: bellsnurseryalaska.com - Questions or Comments? Email Dave - AllgoodNews@KTUU.com
Elena Fried of Anchorage loves walking Zuko on a leash. And Zuko loves to walk on a leash. Which sounds about right …until you realize Zuko? He is a cat. Elena started walking Zuko when he was a kitten… and now he’s just used to it. Dave caught up with Elena at her house and got to get up close and personal with Zuko and all his polydactyl toes and his love of just walking down the snowy and slick sidewalks of our fair city.
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Join us for the annual ANHC Holiday Bazaar from Dec 1-3 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Ch’k’iqadi Gallery, ANHC’s Gift Shop, will also be open. Admission is free, all are welcome!
That was the invite for December 2nd & 3rd, 2023...
ANHC held their Holiday Bazaar and Saturday, December 2nd was Tribal Museums Day, in addition to Alaska Native artist vendors and cultural performances by The Alaska Native Cultural Charter School Yugtun Choir and the Ingrimiut Drummers and Dancers. Dave spoke to Andrew Weaver the young Dance Manager about what the drumming and dancing means from songs about bubble gum to hunting seals and driving in Anchorage…the drumming, songs and dances are a form of story telling and capturing moments in a cultures history. Dave also spoke with Native artist David Angaiak about his Yup’ik and Unungan Aleut heritage ART – the masks and unique pencil drawings that combine coffee spills and coffee cup rings into relatable art. Fun and fascinating.
You can reach Andrew at the Alaska Native Heritage Center: alaskanative.net
And, you can find David Angaiak's Art for sale on his website: angaiakfineart.com
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70 years of acting and performing in Anchorage. Anchorage Community Theatre’s 70th season continues with "A Christmas Carol", an adaptation of the Charles Dickens work by Romulus Linney that commemorates their first season’s 1953 production. Dave talks to Executive Director Matt Fernandez about his passion for theater and we meet a few of the cast including Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim…
A Christmas Carol runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online, over email, or by phone at (907) 344-4713. As always, you can visit their website at actalaska.org for more information.
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Bear Valley Elementary here in Anchorage just earned the Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Award for 2023. There were only 353 schools that were named National Blue Ribbon schools for 2023 across the country. Bear Valley was one of three schools in Alaska recognized for their progress as an exemplary high-performing school. Principal Nikki Scherer graduated with a degree in public administration in Wisconsin, but the move to Nome after graduation and her love of guiding and helping children learn was the catalyst to pursue a teaching degree and eventually become a principal in Anchorage. Excellence, consistency, and a sense of humor are just a few keys to her success at Bear Valley, along with a lot of parental involvement and lots of volunteers assisting teachers.
The other Alaskan awardees were Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School in Sitka, and Fronteras Charter School in the Mat-Su.
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Janelle Fox of Palmer takes amazing pictures of the Alaska landscape, from barns to spiderwebs to the mountains decorating her small little farm. The former nurse turned cook turned photographer has a knack for capturing the subtleties of the 49th state. She has amassed a noticeable social media following and her works draw "oohs & ahhhs" in the comment section. She started her hobby about five years ago and has tapped into a passion she never knew she had — finding a voice in the quiet of a moment in a photograph. The quiet is her world and the visuals are the volumes she captures with one click.
FUN FACT: If you want to know how good the views are at Janelle’s ranch ... in the early 80s, famous director George Lucas was in Palmer scouting movie locations and offered her husband’s grandmother a million dollars for the land they live on now … pretty amazing!
You can find Janelle Fox on Facebook: Sassy Soul Est. 2019
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Every day should be a day of gratitude. It just so happens that we celebrate Thanksgiving every year and that’s when we as a nation visit family and friends and eat together. A time to appreciate the people in our lives. I went to New Sagaya in midtown and just asked people what they are grateful for. There is a lot of untapped gratitude out there.
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It was around Thanksgiving time 10 years ago that Allie High got her first Montana apple pie from a little-known coworker. That coworker was at the time? Her substitute teacher supervisor Colin Baxter at Chugiak High School. The next year, another pie. At the time, Allie had no idea why the pie was coming every year at Thanksgiving, but after about the fourth year, Allie asked Colin the simple question … "Why?"
A Fairview, Montana farm, a history of apples, and showing appreciation through hand-peeling, cutting, and baking pies for his "A-listers," Colin Baxter just appreciates people who care about what they do and how they treat people … and Allie was one of the people on his "good" list. Good enough to get a handmade Montana Pie made with loving care and by hand without fail every year! I had the two sit down together to tell me their story of gratitude and "why?" and what this relationship looks like 10 years later.
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We check in at the Alaska Zoo with Executive Director Pat Lampi — a 37-year veteran of the zoo! — after another early winter record snowfall for 2023. The wolverines and the black bear cubs are oblivious to the snow and are busy doing critter stuff. From great gray owls to musk ox, they have no idea the snow is anything other than normal. The otter and seals put on an underwater show. We even talk to humans taking time out of their day for a little zoo getaway.
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Making the most of the snow! I went to do a story about a 10-foot snowman in the Bayshore neighborhood and I met the super fun family that call themselves "Team Red" (dad is a TRUE redhead). Parents Thomas and Selina Marsh, they have five kids — Braden, Brooklyn, Carter, Adeline, and Noah. We ended up having just a good old fashioned snowball fight and making snow angels, the kids ganging up on dad and burying him in the snow and dad responding by plopping the kids into piles of snow. School's closed and it’s a snow day! Go out and play! Oh, and they build a 10-foot-high snowman named Bayshore Bob The Cotton Candy Man. That’s cool too! Bayshore Bob’s top hat belong to his grandmother … so there was a little sentimental value to making moments building a memory and dad and mom playing with you in the snow. These kids will always have these memories!
Update: The Marsh family won the neighborhood contest, they got candy bars for the kids and a case of beer for mom and dad!
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Drool Central: A mum & pup "barkery," along with the Anchorage School District's Adult Community Transition (ACT) Program, are teaming up to better the lives of young adults experiencing autism. ACT is transitional and transformative for 18 to 21-year-olds in the vocational learning and skills teaching program. It is life-changing because of small businesses like Drool Central, whose vision is to empower young students with autism through job training to prepare them for their future, whether it be with Drool Central or elsewhere. The new and only dog bakery or doggy cafe in town, Drool Central: A Mum & Pup Barkery LLC, has recently pivoted its mission of empowering young students with autism by training them in job skills. The vibrant one-of-a-kind doggy cafe is located at 3739 McCain Loop and owned by Daisy Nicolas.
Meet, Camille, Logan, and Gino and the teachers and guides that lead them through their job learning days.
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Kenny Maynor is an Army veteran who lives in Fairbanks with his partner, two young boys, and a baby on the way. With a growing family, Kenny has been challenged getting around town. He last had a working car over a year ago. As part of their "Keys to Progress Veteran Vehicle Program," Progressive Insurance along with Enterprise Rent-A-Car picks a veteran from every state to receive a "new-to-them" car. Alaska’s recipient — Kenny — was not just happy, he was overjoyed and beaming with gratitude. And that’s the story, right? He’s a veteran, he's got a car ... but from the moment he arrived for the small ceremony in Anchorage to receive the car until he and his wife drove off back to Fairbanks, Kenny never stopped smiling, shaking hands with all the people in attendance and saying, "Thank you." We all need Kenny’s "attitude of gratitude."
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A white raven has generated buzz with lots of sightings in and around Anchorage. We also have a lot of white bunnies around our building. Dave has a little fun talking to the Mad Hatter (Holly) and the Nutcracker (Mike) about the existence of white ravens and white bunnies and even Mad Hatters and Nutcracker Soldiers! Dave also brings a little credibility into the conversation by talking with Joel Jorgenson of Anchorage Animal Care and Control about people just letting domestic rabbits loose to fend on their own. All in all … it’s a ‘mad’ world.
On the corner of 72nd Avenue and Arctic Boulevard is a nice, common two-story house. But during the month of October, it is the stuff of haunted pirates, goblins, red-eyed ravens, and zombie punk rockers, and that’s just the first look. Shelle and Jason Shaw have been adding to their Halloween Spooktacular yard for the last 10 years! The neighbors love it, and they get a kick out of it! But don’t ask them about the power bill, let’s just say it’s a scary proposition! BOOOOO! All sides of their yard(s) are covered in Halloween Decorations — even the roof has a giant skeleton, ghosts, and a vampire!
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The Anchorage Opera has a new general director. His name is Ben Robinson and he has his first big show coming up this weekend Oct. 27, 28, and 29 at the Performing Arts Center,
"The Elixir of Love." The new general director is also the stage director for this show but on top of that, Ben is setting the action on a Hollywood soundstage in the 80s. The stage actually rotates and the normal brevity of an opera is replaced with a full-blown 80s backdrop. The show is a show within a show, with the live action being shown on a big screen in the theater as well as the live acting. Lots of love, laughs and emotions all set with bright colors, big hair and the 80s themes that a lot of us love and have fond memories of. The 39-year-old Ben Robinson says making opera appealing and also entertaining while keeping to its roots is his goal.
For more on the Anchorage Opera: anchorageopera.org
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Dave and The Allgood News visited Alaska Sound Celebration’s last practice here in Anchorage before they head down to the Lower 48 for an international competition.
The state’s premier women's a cappella chorus heads to the 2023 Sweet Adelines International Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, later this month. With 16,000 members, Sweet Adelines is one of the world’s largest singing organizations for women. The Anchorage-based Alaska Sound Celebration chorus earned its spot on the international stage after taking first place overall in the Sweet Adelines North by Northwest Region 13 chorus competition last spring. A total of 42 local singers will travel to the international competition, which takes place October 30 through Nov. 4, where they will compete with 32 other choruses from across the globe. Under the direction of Peggy Benton, they will perform a two-song set in the semifinals on Nov. 2 with the hope of making the top 10 finals round on Nov. 4. "There are hundreds of choruses worldwide so just being able to perform at the international level makes us winners," Benton said. Alaska Sound Celebration is no stranger to the international competition, having won regionals and secured a spot in the contest a total of seven times. At the international competition, the chorus representing Alaska has placed as high as 13th in the world.
For more on Alaska Sound Celebration : Facebook & Instagram. or/ alaskasoundcelebration.org
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Theodore Kingeekuk lives in the Siberian Yup'ik village of Savoonga, population 950 and just about 40 miles from Russia. The shop teacher, basketball coach, and dad is a talented carver, a skill passed down through his generations of Siberian Yup'ik ancestors. He's spent many hours carving out of the ivory tusks of walruses. It is a part of their Siberian Yup'ik culture and history.
This year for the first time, his kids asked him to carve a Halloween pumpkin for them, and he did, and it was of — you guessed it — a walrus! Theo is proud of his heritage, and he is passing it along to his children. But like he told me, he likes "spooky stuff" too! And he just loves to carve! By the way, pumpkins in Savoonga cost you about $2.50 a pound … not cheap!
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Tessy and Kokoa are back to a place where they are loved, but don’t want to be — what they want is to just loved. The two dogs are back at the Alaska American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals because their owners surrendered them. With it being National Shelter Pet Awareness Week, shelter dogs are often out of sight and out of mind for most of us, but when you go in and see the dogs in their cages just waiting to be picked — it’s a bit heartbreaking.
But the good news is you can make a difference! Adopt an older dog. The benefits of adopting senior dogs are many — trained and seasoned, they don’t chew on stuff, and all they ask for is a dignified life for all the love they give. Executive Director of the Alaska SPCA says "older dogs are great because they just want to be loved."
The Alaska SPCA phone number: (907) 344-3033.
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It's Moose vs. Magpie: Eagle River woman Elly Frey captured on video from her Zumba room window a magpie taunting and toying with a young moose in her backyard — jumping on its rear and back and then jumping off. The relentlessness of the bird and the confusion of the young moose are so cute. Even the momma moose woke up in the adjoining yard and came to peer over the fence to see what was going on with her kid! She and her husband's laughing and a small bit of play-by-play really make the video. The mighty moose might be the symbol of Alaska, but on this day the mercurial magpie reigned as the king of the funny ring.
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The Friends of Pets held their 25th Annual Quilts and Creations silent auction on Saturday, Oct, 14. Dave spoke with quilters and basically just anybody about quilts and kitties, and lays on a faux tiger rug with a guy named Tom. Quilts of all sizes made with love and care are up for bid with the proceeds going to help Friends of Pet’s Spay and Neuter program. They basically try and help anyone who needs financial help in getting their pets spayed or neutered, including strays. Cloth creations are made with care to help "care" for the domestic pets in our community. Good stuff.
If you would like to know more about the Quilts & Creations or Dog Jog fundraisers or would just like to donate to Friends of Pets, please go to their website: Friendsofpets.org.
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Dave asks people at New Sagaya Market in Midtown Anchorage what they’re grateful for … and meets a dog named Bradley that looks like he could be in the Fat Bear contest! People are happy and grateful for most things — friends, family, the first snow, and their communities.
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Fashion Pact is a community-driven thrift store that gives back 40% of its sales to the charity of the customer's choice. In their first year, they infused $100,000 into the Anchorage nonprofit community! But in March 2023, their building on Ingra Street was destroyed when the roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow. Owner Brittani Clancey is resilient and persistent and is opening a new store on Friday the 13th of October at Lake Otis Parkway and 68th Avenue. With the help of family, friends and customers Brittani's dream of a community-driven thrift store that gives back is alive and well. Her family has famously owned local businesses here in Anchorage for decades, and her goal is to carry on that legacy and also be a good steward of the community. Mission accomplished!
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There’s a new write-in candidate for Anchorage mayor. He promises to be everybody’s best friend, loves kissing babies, and basically anybody who rubs him the right way. In this dog-eat-dog world of paw-litics, it’s a candidate that can relate to the working man and the most elite of his future constituents. Meiko the Alaskan Malamute is vying for the top dog of the city of Anchorage in 2024. His campaign just began, and his headquarters are located right on East 5th Avenue between C and A Streets, so he’s very available to shake paws and elicit "awwwws" from his adoring fans. Not that it matters in politics but Meiko is quite the looker, with stunning pale blue eyes and a fur coat that is the envy of any Alaskan in the wintertime. His campaign manager, Robert "Ziggy" Zeigler says right up front tjat his candidate can be bought with treats and scratches. Gotta love his honesty in today’s world of "interesting" politics.
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We catch up with Katie, Kelsy & Tony, three visually impaired people who talk laughter, darkness (visually and mentally) and the realities of being blind in a visual world. All three friends have benefited from the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Anchorage. I ask the question: What do they see that we don’t see? The answers are intriguing, candid and real. Depression and even thoughts of suicide were discussed and no surprise that spending time finding and arranging rides to and from places is a big issue as well as weird interactions with the ‘uniformed’ public.
Help Emma Save the Lives of Stray Kittens! It's a passionate GoFundMe plea from an Alaskan. Emma Clyne is trying to rescue, spay, and neuter the cats in her small neighborhood before the looming Anchorage winter arrives. She works two jobs, stays busy and loves cats. But she knows she can't adopt them all, so what she can do is make a small difference in her neighborhood. She started a GoFundMe which has raised $1,000 so far. But that won't go as far as she needs. She wishes more people would focus on their immediate community and the difference they can make within their own ranks. Helping those who cannot help themselves — domestic cats and kittens unprepared for the brutal and deadly winters of Alaska.
For those who wish to help, here is the link:
Aunt Phil’s Trunk – “Bringing Alaska’s History Alive.” Laurel Downing Bill went into retirement like most people wondering what to do with all that "time." It was an inheritance from her Aunt Phil that steered her in the right direction to know more. Her aunt left her newspaper clippings, research, and rare Alaska history books. Aunt Phil was an award-winning journalist and Laurel knew she had to bring them to light in the world. So, for the past 17 years, Laurel has dedicated her life to writing and reviving the history of Alaska the way Aunt Phil saw it. And she went all in! She returned to college, earned a degree in journalism in 2003, and began the long journey of putting her passion to paper in the form of Aunt Phil’s Trunk series of Alaska history books which are now being taught in schools across the state and country, and her books and persona have garnered her national attention and major awards. She dresses in period costumes when she visits schools and at various fairs and festivals across Alaska. But like most Allgood News stories... There's more.
There is Don, Laurel’s husband of 50 years who supports her 100% and even dresses us up in costume sometimes with his wife! Don and Laurel are loving their new life in retirement and they love Aunt Phil’s Trunk … but what do they love the most? Each other. Nobody does it alone and this couple proves it, thanks to an inheritance and a dream.
In 2018, a young eight-year-old girl from Homer named Rosalina lost her beloved stuffed unicorn "Piggycorn" in a local park. So, she made a poster with a picture of Piggycorn that read simply — LOST: Piggycorn. Favorite food: cheese. If found, please call...
Well, a man named Matt saw the poster and shared it on his social media. Then, a woman named Debbie saw it and shared it with her friend Marissa, a fishing boat captain who happened to be fishing down in Seattle.
A few days later, Rosalina’s mother, Mekeisha Smith, received this text: “𝘐 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘺𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘯! 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘚𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦. 𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘭𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳, 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘢. 𝘐 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘢𝘮 𝘢 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘮 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘧𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘰𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘚𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺. 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘓𝘖𝘝𝘌 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘗𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘦𝘴. 𝘗𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘺𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘴𝘦. 𝘐'𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰.”
Soon, they began to receive updates about Piggycorn's adventures, with pictures of Piggycorn and Pickles on a boat in Seattle painting, fishing, watching movies with rainbow snacks, and napping on unicorn sheets. When it was time to send Piggycorn back, Marissa decided that the two friends had become inseparable, so she tucked Pickles and Piggycorn in together and mailed them home along with several gifts as a reminder of their adventure.
Later that year, in December 2018, Marissa and Rosalina met in person since she had returned to Homer. They exchanged gifts and she and Rosalina stood at the front door to sketch unicorn horns into the window panes before parting.
Dave interviewed them both five years later so they could relive the special moment and share what it meant to both of them. Now 13 years old, Rosalina is still very shy, but smiles and perks up at the thought of Piggycorn and Pickles. And Marissa? She took the time to make magic for a kid she didn’t know.
Now the two are forever friends, real-life bonding over a mythical creature.
Naomi Weisman is just six years old but she has already developed and coded her own computer game called Find Lennix. It involves rainbow roses and kings and queens and an evil wizard — complete with music, voices, and colors that pop. Mom Irene Boll says she showed her daughter the website code.org and that’s where Naomi discovered Google’s Blockly, a way to generate code and make a computer game. Well, not only did the young Naomi make her own game, but she also made a website and app to boot!
At just over six years old… Naomi could possibly be the youngest person to code and design her own game/app. Naomi showcased her game Find Lennix at the 2023 Alaska State Fair as part of her 4-H project. The launch went fine, and mom has submitted the necessary paperwork to the folks over at Guiness World Records to see if Naomi is in fact the youngest ever to code her own game. In the meantime, mom says Naomi is taking a break from coding to work on her ballet and just being a kid. She does hope to add more levels to Find Lennix and continue her coding journey.
Jim Coe, vice president of MSI Communications in Anchorage, has been battling colon cancer for the last two years. The father and husband is also a graphic artist, and he has a message: “Get screened and have a colonoscopy sooner than later.” Jim found out later. He says his family has a history of colon cancer and his doctors say if he had gotten checked earlier, it’s a good chance he would NOT have cancer now. At age 52, Jim says his aggressive cancer has been put in check — somewhat — but the diagnosis has ignited his passion for painting and he’s holding an art show of his oil paintings since being diagnosed. The show is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 16. The idea is to offer hope and awareness, and Jim says he wants to leave a legacy for his future grandchildren. Even more, he wants to be there for them. Get checked!!
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It’s the 34th Annual Moose Marble Madness fundraiser event in Anchorage. Dried and wrapped, 2,000 moose poo marbles — or nuggets (which look like Tootsie Roll candy) — are numbered, loaded up, and then dropped from a helicopter hovering 300 feet off the ground in the parking lot of the King Street Brewery. Winning is simple: the closest nugget to the bullseye wins $5,000! Brought to you by the great State of Alaska’s marvelous moose, the Anchorage South Rotary, and Anchorage Hillside Rotary Clubs, it’s a fundraiser for local charities, including The Children’s Lunch Box.
You can insert your own poop puns here… but in the end, it’s all for a good cause and a lot of pure Alaska fun.
More info: Anchorage South Rotary and Anchorage Hillside Rotary can both be found on Facebook.
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Alice Welling of Anchorage Trolley Tours makes facts fun! With singing, laughing, comedic one-liners, and subtle innocent innuendos — well, it comes naturally to the hometown girl. The former Miss Anchorage, theater and stage star, and radio host just has a knack for good gab and a sly smile that can be seen in the big trolley rearview mirror that lets her riders know they are "in on" the joke, all while driving and laying down her histrionics of the biggest city in Alaska. Alice is known for her "Whale Fat Follies" and "Hullabaloo on 3rd Avenue" and she worked and traveled as an entertaining ambassador for Visit Anchorage for years.
Dave took an hour-long tour with Alice and tourists from across the country and the world. Alice says she just loves her hometown. When she’s not driving, she works for the Anchorage School District as a paraprofessional at West Anchorage High School.
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Nick Danger fell into pro wrestling or … let’s just say it came to him, in a gym way back in the early 1990s. The Vietnam veteran and extreme powerlifter was just doing his thing in a gym in Anchorage when he was approached by 'Macho Man’ Randy Savage while bench pressing over 600 pounds. Savage eventually convinced Nick to give wrestling school a shot and just like that, Danger spent almost 10 years as a popular ‘fall guy’ for several major pro wrestling outlets including the WWF. Nick is a staple here in the Anchorage community, from being a Boy Scout leader to starting a successful Alaska Pro Wrestling company. Funny, smart and with an infectious laugh, Nick at 70 years old is living his best life. He also is the national and World Record holder for the bench press in his age group with a lift of 396 pounds! He took Dave for a ride in his classic Corvette and took him for a spin in the wrestling ring! Pretty funny stuff! Here’s his Allgood News Story.
Joseph Washington is a 52-year-old U.S. Army veteran who is running a mile in every one of the 50 states to bring awareness to homeless veterans. He started his journey on a Tuesday, Aug. 29, here in Anchorage, and plans to have all his miles done in all 50 states in a year. It's basically one mile a week in each state. He also has a film crew shooting a documentary about his journey to bring awareness to the mental and physical challenges facing veterans who are homeless. He hopes to raise $50,000 along the way. So, 50 miles, 50 states, and $50,000. The journey has begun.
If you’d like to know more about Joseph and why he decided to run or to donate, here’s a link to his website — 50miledocumentary.com
Dave met three couples in 30 minutes at the Alaska State Fair who have love or found love or are so in love, they soar! One couple met last year at the fair and were married just months later, one couple runs the award-winning 'Russian Eats' food booth, and last but not least, Dave caught up with the man who met his wife when he saw her shot out of a circus cannon.
Dave Allgood visited the Alaska State Fair for the first time, and couldn't believe how much delicious food and fun that he could find in Palmer. After taking a spin in a mini monster truck and eating some piroshki for lunch — a savory little pie you can eat with one hand, yum! — Dave decided to show his dedication to Alaska with some cool new body art, courtesy of Julia and the team of talented face painters at Marky's Facepainters on the Purple Trail.
The second weekend of the Alaska State Fair is underway, and Dave just had to check it out. Friday was Children's Day, a day to celebrate the youngest among us and the joy of being young. From being a spectator to half a dozen darlings in the Diaper Derby, to taking tips on trot technique from toddlers, the fair is where all the cool kids are!
G.O.A.T — Greatest of All Time. That's what the Alaska State Fair is! The fair is where you can greet a goat, or train like one with Unalakleet native Nick Hanson, who was on hand to share his skills and teach folks how to train like the Eskimo Ninja. Dave even demonstrated his hula hooping skills for fair CEO Jeff Curtis — was it his audition for next year? Will Dave be next year's big draw on the Borealis Stage? Only time will tell.
Meet Judy Vars. I was scrolling through TikTok and saw this lady with a nice smile, big glasses, and this unique verbal delivery. She was naturally humorous. I come to find out she works part-time at Valley Community Recycling (based in the Mat-Su) and was pitching their recycling booth at the 2023 Alaska State Fair. As are most of my stories, there is much more to Judy than just TikTok videos: She’s an artist, she used to sell cars in Salt Lake City, she’s been married for 25 years, and she even sold one of her art pieces to the late U.S. Senator from Alaska, Ted Stevens! Meet Judy Vars, a self-described "old hippie."
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Alaskans broke out their duct tape on Sunday for the Duct Tape Art Contest at the 2023 Alaska State Fair. Contestants had 15 minutes to create art out of colored rolls of duct tape. If you have an idea for the Allgood News, email Dave at: AllgoodNews@KTUU.com.
The Cook Inlet Tribal Council‘s Denelchin Lab — aka the Fab Lab — had its grand opening on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The totally renovated, state-of-the-art creative space was made in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a place for students to use high-tech design programs, industrial grade machines and programming tools to transform ideas into reality. The new facility is a community effort designed to uplift and empower Indigenous youth from across the state. One of those who benefited from the program is Terrence Long, who came to the program as a middle schooler. He was homeless, couch surfing, and living in his family’s truck. After he joined the CITC after-school program, he discovered an accepting community that celebrated his Inupiaq heritage. Dave talked to Terrence about his journey from a homeless 6th-grader to now a staff member at the very program that changed his life.
For more information on the Cook Inlet Tribal Council visit their website: citci.org.
The Delaney Park "Dude" Ben Farleigh is in his happy place on his skateboard. Dave first saw the 31-year-old a few weeks ago, cruising the streets around Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage. With his green headphones and pink fanny pack, he was hard to miss. But it was his infectious smile and pure joy in what he was doing that caught Dave's eye. Ben is a standup comedian and works in town at his father's business. But, when he's not doing those things, he's on his board, dancing and 'jammin' to some random techno and doling out a little "dude" vibes on his trusty longboard.
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In the last nine months, the Alaska Zoo has taken in an invasive species of opossum named "Grubby," and a severely malnourished and orphaned polar bear now named "Kova." Dave headed over to the zoo to talk to curator Sam Lavin and to check on the positive progress of the two intriguing creatures, and also have a little fun with some other zoo favorites and — of course — humans.
For more on Kova & Grubby, go to the Alaska Zoo website: alaskazoo.org.
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Catholic Social Services was gifted 100 free laptop computers to give to refugee families enrolled in Catholic Social Services Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services. The event held Wednesday, August 9 was part of AT&T’s national initiative to address the digital divide by providing communities with connectivity, computers, and digital skills needed for success in school and life. Back to school can be difficult for all families, but imagine having to leave your home country and being planted in a new country with a language you do not speak. The laptops help Catholic Social Services provide support to our new Alaska neighbors as technology is necessary for participation in school, accessing health services, applying for jobs, and so much more.” For more on Catholic Social Services, go to their website, cssalaska.org. If you have a Story idea for the Allgood News Email Dave: AllgoodNews@KTUU.com
I used to see this attractive girl staring at me as I ran at the Central Middle School track across the street (12th Avenue & C Street) here in Anchorage. So one day I saw — who I thought — the owner in the yard and she told me that blonde girl watching me out the window was Sadie, a 10 1/2-year-old labradoodle. I call her the “Mona Lisa Doodle.” After about three months, I met Sadie. We hit it off. Turns out she's a runner too! The windows to our worlds are all different. Now I'm not just a human that is a mystery blip on a track. I'm a human that Sadie knows. Sadie and Dave — different views, same curiosity.
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The Clothesline Project and Anchorage Cops for Community have partnered with big sponsors like Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Matson, Walmart and NUVISION Credit Union — to name a few — to offer free and gently used clothes for families and kids in need for the upcoming 2023 school year and for people who just need clothes. On Saturday, Aug. 5, people lined up and happily waited in line to get free coats and boots, and to choose clothes they want and need! There was face painting, a bouncy house, hotdogs, and lots of fun stuff for the kids. It was the ninth year for the Clothesline Project which is all volunteer operated and staffed by Anchorage police, the fire department and lots of other wonderful people in our community. The event highlights two things — the generosity of our community and how cops truly are peace officers, and it is a wake-up call to how many families are hurting financially and how much of a need there is for more of these highly organized events that truly change adult and children’s lives in our community.
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Tim Huffman is a believer in bees. He has the only Alaska-based beekeeping YouTube channel — it’s called Anchorage Backyard Beekeeping. He’s teaching people how to get their bees through an Alaskan winter. Normally Alaska beekeepers kill their bees in the fall and import new ones from California each spring. Tim is proving that not only can the bees make it through the winter, but they can also thrive with just a few environmental adjustments. Tim is passionate and ardent about getting the word out about bees and their resiliency — and that anyone can be an Anchorage Backyard Beekeeper!
Tim Huffman on YouTube: Anchorage Backyard Beekeeping. If you have a story idea for the Allgood News Email Dave at: AllgoodNews@KTUU.com
Alaskan Will Walker likes to ride bikes … backwards. He just finished Ragbrai – a 500 mile bike ride across the state of Iowa, from Sioux City to Davenport, 7 days of riding backwards with almost 30,000 other riders (riding forwards on road bikes with Spandex!) on a BMX bike! He recorded his journey and registered with race officials and has submitted his bike ride for a Guinness World Record for longest distance riding backwards on a bike with elevation gain. The current record distance is 209 miles!
So Will met me here at the station and we went next door to Cuddy Park so he could show me his backwards riding skills. He’s amazing and takes it seriously and he’s so fast! Once you see his legs, you’ll understand he is serious about riding in general. He’s bringing a message of positivity and hope and he wants to start a foundation for kids to let them know they can turn their lives around.
Contact Will Walker on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690649428&mibextid=b06tZ0
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Sarah Eliassen of Eagle River passed away on July 3, 2023, at the age of 98. She had her funeral Sunday, July 30, at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak. Sarah was a ‘Pioneer’ Girl Scout who came from Georgia and Alabama to Alaska in 1957 to be the executive director of the Susitna Girl Scout Council (now the Girl Scouts of Alaska). In 1958, she became Director of the Togowoods Camp. Sarah met her husband, Bob, when the float plane she was on landed on Three Mile Lake. Bob was a homesteader there and went to check out the rare visitor to his area — little did he know he was about to meet his future wife.
After becoming the first camp director at Togowoods in 1958, Sarah and Bob were instrumental in building the camp and supporting its development over the years. Sarah took a break from her career to raise her children, Martha Lynn and Charlie. She returned to teaching at Eagle River Elementary School in the early 1970s, and later moved to the brand new Homestead Elementary School, where she continued teaching until the mid-1980s.
Girl Scouting remained a focus for Sarah throughout her life. She joined at age 10, and even when she moved into her teaching career, continued to volunteer to help with Togowoods and other projects, including a troop for her granddaughters. “Outside of family and religion, being a Girl Scout is the most important thing in my life. Not a day passes that I’m not aware I’m a Girl Scout. You have the Ten Commandments and the Girl Scout Law,” she said. “With those two guiding you, you cannot go wrong.” Sarah was a tireless advocate for young people — those she worked with as a Girl Scout leader and those she taught. She also rallied her neighborhood to save designated park land from illegal development. The little neighborhood park is now named in honor of the Eliassen family. In October 2020, Sarah was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame.
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Sgt. Jon Butler of the Anchorage Police Department and Anchorage Cops for Community partnered with Young Lives Alaska to give a surprise free shopping spree to selected teen mothers. This year, they decided to move the ‘surprise’ giving to the teen moms from December to July, thus ‘Christmas in July.’ With help from Walmart and Matson, two teen moms were selected to help shop for a host of teen moms on the receiving end of the community's generosity. The two young women chosen to shop were Puata 'Pua' and her son Ezrah and … Lacy and her son Gabriel. Both moms are bettering themselves with college and entrepreneurship so to be able to defer the costs of diapers, formula, baby clothes and playthings is quite a financial relief. Again, this was all a surprise! What a wonderful gift from the community to better Anchorage citizens. A big thanks to Katie Bailey of AC4C and Celeste Johnson of Young Lives Alaska. If you are a teen parent or about to become one, there is support and help available at younglivesalaska.younglife.org and facebook.com/YoungLivesAlaska. If you have a story idea for The Allgood News, email Dave at AllgoodNews@KTUU.com.
Janet Carr-Campbell has been teaching the arts to Alaska kids for six weeks a summer for the last 42 years! Her summer camp is called the "Music Machine" and the intense four-day-a-week, six-week camp culminates in a two-hour musical revue at the Discovery Theater. At the Performing Arts Center, 65 kids learn to sing, dance, and take floor direction and perform under the bright lights of the stage. Janet loves what she does, teaching generations of Alaskans how to shine! Janet shows no signs of slowing down! The show must go on!
The show is this weekend: July 27, 28, and 29 (tickets available at centertix.com or call 907-263-ARTS)
For more information on The Music Machine: themusicmachineanchorage.com