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.
Balancing Alaska’s budget is getting so hard that it hurts. Here’s one citizen’s plan.
As Cliff Groh puts it, he’s studied how the State of Alaska “collects, saves and pays out money” for 40 years. As a legislative aide in 1982, he worked on creating the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. Five years later, as a special assistant to the commissioner of revenue, he worked on the successful effort to […]
2020 election reflections and boosting local civic engagement
On Dec. 14, electors in all 50 states cast their ballots for the U.S. President. On this occasion, Hometown Alaska took the opportunity to reflect on the 2020 national and state elections, the impact a tumultuous national election may have on democracy, and to explore local opportunities for civic engagement. Joining us were guests from […]
UAA gymnasts, skiers and hockey players turn to philanthropy to save their sports
Back in late August, UAA’s chancellor Cathy Sandeen announced a difficult financial decision: university funding for women’s gymnastics, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s skiing would be eliminated. A campus town hall to discuss, and UA regents’ action at their Sept.10 meeting gave the athletic teams the opportunity to try and support themselves. The ski […]
‘Extra Tough’ refreshes the Northern story—past, present and future—with women’s values and sensibilities
In early November, in the midst of a pandemic, the Anchorage Museum welcomed visitors to ‘Extra Tough: Women of the North.” With constraints, the museum has been able to invite visitors to view the exhibit several days each week. Beginning December 1, the museum, like much of Anchorage, will return to a closed phase for […]
Unpacking the gift and power of women in the Alaska community
The YWCA of Alaska recently named its 31st cohort of Women of Achievement. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we learn more about the mission and priorities of this organization as it has thrived through three decades. And, we meet and speak with several Women of Achievement to learn their story and hear their wisdom. […]
Coronavirus: Update on help for small business, renters facing eviction
National and state elections were, and continue to be, major distractions from a global pandemic that is tightening its grip around Alaska. Congress and the President have failed to agree on a supplemental CARES Act to stabilize U.S. small business and residents facing evictions. On the next Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska, we’ll speak with […]