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KTUU to Air ‘One Alaska: Our Home’ on Nov. 3 and 10

KTUU Channel 2 News will air a special program called “One Alaska: Our Home,” on Sunday, November 3, along with re-air on Nov. 10.

Lafewt Knox - Anchorage

Lafewt Knox - Anchorage

Lafewt Knox moved to Alaska from Chicago as a young child. Like most people who are not from the state he was given some misinformation.

Susan Smalley - Kenai

Susan Smalley - Kenai

Susan Smalley was not born and raised in Alaska. Instead she chose to raise her children and spend her years giving back to the state. Smalley moved to Alaska 43 years ago to teach in a Yup’ik village along the Kuskokwim River. It was only supposed to be a three month gig, but she was hooked.

Frank Kelty - Unalaska

Frank Kelty - Unalaska

Frank Kelty moved to Unalaska in the 1970s and says it has grown significantly since then. He says there were about 400 full-time residents then. Now there are more than 4,000.

Joe Joe Prince - Bethel

joe-joe - bethel

On any given day you can find Joe Joe Prince out in Bethel finding its beauty. He says what people might know him for this most is taking pictures. But his everyday job is as a school bus driver. He says he’s been told “the kids love me on the bus because I treat them fairly. I’m not Mr. Mean bus driver.”

Mike Williams - Valdez

Mike Williams - Valdez

Mike Williams has spent 53 winters in Alaska, most of them in Valdez where he operates the Totem Inn. His father built the Inn in 1972. It started as 24 rooms but then expanded to 70. Mike says he's glad for the winters because "if every summer was like this summer, Valdez would be like California (and) everybody would live here."

Marjorie Tahbone - Nome

Marjorie Tahbone - Nome

Marjorie Tahbone -- or “Marge” as some of her friends call her -- was born and raised in Nome. As a self-described “outdoorsy girl” she is most comfortable in wide open spaces. She says she loves Nome because she is able to drive out to the family’s fish camp and live off of the land.

Henrine Gray - Fairbanks

Henrine Gray - Fairbanks

Henrine Gray lives in Fairbanks and works as an Assistant Pastor at Fairbanks Christian Center. She says at one time she did feel isolated in Fairbanks, but they she got involved with the churches and the Chamber of Commerce.

About One Alaska

One Alaska

Channel 2 has visited communities all over the state over the past 4 months, speaking directly to Alaskans about their biggest challenges... and we also found some inspiring success stories.

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