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Fireweed Honey Recipe

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by Jason Lamb and Channel 2 News | July 13, 2012
A cat named Stubbs has been the mayor of Talkeetna for nearly all of his life -- no joke. It's been that way for more than a decade in the small tourist town that boasts nearly 900 residents. The part-manx was named honorary mayor shortly after his birth, and now locals all know the cat as "Mayor Stubbs. " "He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he's been featured in a few different things," said Lauri Stec, who works at Nagley's General Store in Talkeetna, where Stubbs hangs out most of the time.
BUSINESS
by Christine Kim | August 25, 2010
Vendors are getting ready for another year at the Alaska State Fair. According to fair officials, each visitor spends an average of $50 -- a total of $13 million over a span of 12 days. While the fair prepares to make a profit, there are ways to get the most bang for your buck at the annual event. “Tundra” comic artist Chad Carpenter has had a booth at the fair for the past 18 years. “I've acquired a lot of loyal customers who want to come back and see a new book or calendar,” Carpenter said.
NEWS
By Chris Klint and Adam Pinsker and Channel 2 News | December 4, 2012
Editor's note: This story contains graphic details of a sexual assault and murder; reader discretion is advised. Federal authorities released a series of grim details Tuesday on the kidnapping and killing of Samantha Koenig, the latest revelations in a flood of information released following Israel Keyes' apparent suicide Sunday in his Anchorage Jail cell. FBI Special Agent Jolene Godden and Anchorage Police Department Ofc. Jeff Bell tell Channel 2 Tuesday night that Keyes is believed to have committed a ninth murder in addition to the eight he already mentioned to authorities -- those of Koenig, Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt., four victims in Washington state and one on the East Coast.
NEWS
Reporter: Mallory Peebles Photographer: Catherine Steward and Ch. 2 News | August 29, 2012
Taking part in all of the funnel cake and carnival rides is going to cost you. Most people come to fair with a budget in mind but sticking to it can be quite the challenge... Scott Martin says "You don't think you're going to spend as much money n the food but it just smells do good. " Meet the Martin family. They've got 4 kids and are trying to stay under $100 today. Chanel 2 decided to tag along with them for a few hours on Tuesday to see just how far they would get on that budget.
BUSINESS
By Garret Wong and Channel 2 Financial Correspondent | May 3, 2011
As we approach the summer construction season, many homeowners are planning for  home improvements. But some renovations get a better return for the dollars you spend. Thanks to Sarah Haltness, a real estate specialist at Dynamic Realty, for her assistance with this list. Home improvement value recovery is really dependent upon the neighborhood standards. If your home is generally “dated,” or behind the general neighborhood standard, you’ll likely get more for your dollars spent.
FEATURES
By Sarah Evans | August 20, 2013
The saying goes that when the fireweed-blooms reach the top, summer is almost over. With the blooms nearly gone in mid-August and students returning to school on Wednesday, the old adage has proven again to be accurate. Fireweed jam and honey have been popular since homesteading days. Time is running out to harvest the flowers. As promised, here's my favorite fireweed honey recipe: Fireweed Honey - 50 to 80 fireweed blossoms - 3/4 tsp. alum - 8 cups sugar - 3 cups boiling water Directions: 1. Wash the blooms.
NEWS
By Tim Akimoff | May 24, 2011
So you want to walk on a glacier. The first order of business is to find a glacier to walk on. Turns out that a suitable speciman exists just a little more than a two-hour drive from Anchorage. The Matanuska Glacier is a 27-mile long, 4-mile wide river of ice that wends its way down out of the Chugach Mountains. And it happens to be one of the most car-accessible glaciers in the United States. Getting There - Take the Glenn Highway north of Anchorage. Your first choice is taking the Old Glen Highway at about milepost 29. The old road runs up along the Knik River and across to Palmer.
NEWS
By Steve Mac Donald and Channel 2 News | November 14, 2012
The murder of 15-year-old Jonathon Hartman is described as one of the worst crimes ever committed in Fairbanks -- but to this day, a debate rages over the four suspects convicted of his 1997 death and whether they actually committed the crime. Fairbanks police say a solid and fast-moving investigation led them to the suspects, with their hard work backed up by a court system that delivered four murder convictions and a lengthy round of appeals. Yet others in the Interior argue the investigation was flawed, saying police abused their power and as a result the wrong people were convicted.
NEWS
By Dan Fiorucci | August 31, 2012
10 days from now, on September 10th, the State Senate will hold a field hearing in Fairbanks to try to get at the bottom of a nagging question:     Why are gas prices in Alaska so high?     This evening (Friday) the website "GasBuddy.Com" showed that Alaska was 41st in the nation in gas prices. In other words, 40 states had gasoline cheaper than ours!     While the average price of a gallon here is $3.93, in Colorado -- the cheapest gasoline-state in the nation -- it was $3.52 -- nearly 40 cents lower.
NEWS
By Samantha Angaiak and Channel 2 News | April 28, 2013
On Saturday evening, several fire crews monitored a small wildfire on Kodiak near Womens Bay. The wildfire burned roughly an acre of land near Salonie Creek. According to Troy Brevik with the Coast Guard Fire Dept., the blaze started roughly around 8 p.m. Saturday and crews extinguished it around 11 p.m. Saturday. A number of local fire departments responded to the blaze, including the Bayside Fire Station, Coast Guard, and volunteers from Womens Bay. The fire reportedly did not damage any structures.
NEWS
By Jason Lamb, Ashleigh Ebert and Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | November 12, 2012
We all enjoy dinner out from time to time, but just how safe are the kitchens where you eat? Each month, Anchorage's Department of Health and Human Services slaps restaurants with critical violations -- things that could lead to you getting sick. There are 22 restaurants in Anchorage with six or more critical violations. In a list of those restaurants which DHHS gave to Channel 2, three were tied for first place with nine violations each. One of them was Indian eatery Bombay Deluxe, at 555 W Northern Lights Blvd.
NEWS
Michelle Theriault Boots | May 13, 2011
In the last 10 years, Alaska’s Hispanic population has jumped by 51.8 percent, making it the fastest growing minority group in the state. Daniel Esparza, who grew up in Zacatecas, Mexico is in a good position to consider the long view: He’s a Mexican-American who has lived in Alaska for 37 years. To him, it’s obvious what’s drawing people to the Northernmost U.S. state: “It’s adventure and opportunity,” he said. The highlights of the Census data released this week included: -Alaska's Hispanic population was 25,852 in the 2000 Census to 39,249 in the 2010 Census - The number of people who identified themselves as being of Mexican descent jumped from roughly 13,300 to 21,600 - People who identify themselves as Mexican make up 55 percent of Alaska’s whole Hispanic population, followed by  Puerto Rican and Cuban -While Hispanics now make up 5.5 percent of Alaska’s population in 2010, that’s still much less than the 16.3 percent they make up of the entire U.S. population.
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