Leaning into the fear: As If! The Alaska State Improv Festival is back

Dozens of clay bowls at The Canvas just finished being glazed and waiting for final firing (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)

Soups from 18 Juneau restaurants to fill The Glory Hole’s Empty Bowls

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Around 400 bowls have been made for The Glory Hole’s Empty Bowls event on Sunday. It’s the ninth time the emergency shelter and soup kitchen has held the fundraiser.

Cruise ships in port in Juneau (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Industry forecasts strong tourist season for Alaska

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John Binkley, president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, says 2015 should be strong year for tourism in the state. But he says challenges may lie ahead.

(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

The Blind Spot: harm reduction at the transit center

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If you’re a teenager in Anchorage struggling with homelessness, hunger, or addiction there are few places to turn. One of the few organizations in Anchorage helping at-risk teens on their own terms is hidden in plain sight in one of the city’s busiest buildings.

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James Poulson and his father Thad operate the printing press

AK: The Sitka Sentinel remains a family affair

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The Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare.

Kensington Gold Mine mill

Alaska miners dispute claim that “much” of Alaska’s federal lands are open to mining

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“I think our concern is when you say “much” you’re talking about 18 percent of placer mines, and two out of six large-scale mines,” said mining industry representative.

The exterior of the ARCH building.

The Blind Spot: a system of order over chaos

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How youth who are part of and outside of the juvenile justice system are getting help for substance abuse? One option is inpatient programs like the Adolescent Residential Center for Help in Eagle River.

Gov. Bill Walker dances during a ceremony at a Tlingit Haida Central Council function in Juneau where he was adopted into the Kaagwaantaan Clan, April 17, 2015. 
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Gov. Bill Walker adopted into Tlingit Clan

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Gov. Bill Walker was recently adopted into the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan Clan. Walker said being adopted by the clan was a complete surprise.

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The Blind Spot: spaces between statistics

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In Anchorage, criminal offenses by minors referred to the DJJ has dropped by nearly half in the past decade – except severe drug and alcohol offenses.

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Pot legal in Alaska, but no toking up on state ferries

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Despite last fall’s legalization vote, you’re still not allowed to get stoned on state ferries.

The Alaska Marine Highway System recently announced new procedures for passengers with pot.

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After five-month break, more National Guard records released

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After a five-month hiatus on document production, the Walker administration has released a batch of records related to the Alaska National Guard scandal.

Josh Good holds a healthy solaster, or sun star, on an Unalaska beach. (Photo by Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Southwest’s healthy sea stars could shed light on wasting disease

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A mysterious virus that’s been wiping out sea stars on the West Coast since 2013 has spread all the way to Southeast Alaska — but it hasn’t made it to Southwest.

Ice goes out, ending Nenana Ice Classic

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The game’s manager, Cherrie Forness, says the ice went out at 2:25 p.m. Friday

Moderate quake shakes Cook Inlet region

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A moderate earthquake shook the area around the Cook Inlet in southern Alaska, but there were no reports of problems.

Fran Ulmer, U.S. Arctic Research Commission chairwoman (Photo courtesy U.S. Arctic Research Commission)

US to assume Arctic Council chair amid dispute over Russian military moves

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The United States will take over Friday as chair of the Arctic Council, the international body of representatives from eight nations with territory in the region.

Cessna 185 makes emergency landing in Nome

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A privately-owned Cessna 185 airplane made an emergency landing at Nome’s City Field airport on Thursday afternoon.

Video: I Am A Carver | INDIE ALASKA

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Iñupiaq artist Ross Schaeffer works on carvings inspired by his culture and natural environment, and encourages young folks to try artwork themselves.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at a ceremony last month at the Capitol. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Has The Senate Found It’s More Fun To Be Functional?

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If this Senate is getting some traction, it’s not yet a threat to anyone’s legislative hall of fame. Much higher hurdles loom, including highway funding, spending bills and the debt ceiling.

The Zady clothing line sources cotton from the Texas Organic Cotton Cooperative in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo courtesy Zady)

Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It’s Made Of

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It has been two years since more than 1,100 workers were killed in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. “Ethical fashion” is gaining momentum — though what that means depends on whom you ask.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing questions about money, access and influence while she was secretary of state. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

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From questions surrounding the Clinton family foundation to a congressional investigation into Benghazi, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pushing back against allegations of scandal.

As the Apple Watch goes on sale Friday, it's unclear if the gadget and others like it can attain the utility and prominence smartphones have in the past eight years. (Photo by Ryan Emberley/AP)

Will Apple’s Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

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As Apple’s smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.