KTUU Channel 2 News will air a special program called “One Alaska: Our Home,” on Sunday, Nov. 3, along with re-air on Nov. 10.
Over the past four months, KTUU traveled to seven different communities in our state speaking with longtime Alaskans. The seven men and women come from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez, Kenai, Nome, Bethel and Unalaska.
None of these people hold official titles, but they have all lived in Alaska for years and know the challenges and benefits of living in our home.
Here are some of the excerpts of the challenges facing the Alaskans in their hometowns:
“We are so limited here in Fairbanks when it comes to the people and their children, because so many of the things that we used to have for the children and places for the children to go and have outlets has been taken away,” said Henrine Gray, of Fairbanks.
“I think that is one of the biggest challenges, is how to live together as Alaskans and yet protect what it is we love about Alaska,” said Susan Smalley of Kenai.
“Really, the biggest challenge for both businesses and residents in Valdez is the cost of energy,” said Valdez resident Mike Williams.
“My biggest concerns and I don't believe they are isolated to the Anchorage area, I think it’s in any place that you go in the nation; it’s furthering the opportunities and development of the city,” said Lafewt Knox of Anchorage.
"One Alaska: Our Home" will air Sunday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., and it will re-air at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.
The program is an hour-long discussion about the challenges facing our seven Alaskans in their communities, and they also talk about possible solutions.