BR man gets a call on ‘Building Alaska’ _lowres

Photo provided by Scripps Networks Interactive -- Baton Rouge builder Lafe Langford works on a fishing retreat in a remote area of Alaskan wilderness on an episode of DIY's 'Building Alaska.'

Baton Rouge resident Lafe Langford will demonstrate his construction skills in an episode called “Ninja Framer” on DIY’s “Building Alaska” Sunday night.

The show, which recently opened its third season, follows three builders as they construct houses in the Alaska wilderness minus roads and building supply centers — totally off the grid.

In the episode, builder Lee Raymond’s Quiet Lake project is off schedule. That’s when he brings in Langford to get the construction back on track.

The fishing retreat site is located near Mount McKinley, and about 70 miles northwest of Anchorage. The most remote of the three projects, the land is only accessible by float plane in summer or snowmobile in winter.

“Meanwhile, Derek Galbraith’s crew struggles to work on the ski hut close to Valdez through an infestation of mosquitoes, and Tony Malone discovers an expensive mistake that sends him back to the saw yard to cut new logs for his remote cabin getaway,” the show’s website said.

“Building Alaska” airs at 9 p.m. and midnight on cable Channel 230.

Heroes deadline extended

The deadline for entries in Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s annual Louisiana Young Heroes Awards competition has been extended to Friday.

Winners will be announced on the air and on the LPB website Friday, March 6.

The awards recognize those students who excel in the classroom, have overcome extreme adversity, or have made a huge difference in their local community. Now in its 20th year, LPB and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge originally created the Louisiana Young Heroes Awards as a special way to honor these remarkable young men and women.

Eligible students are those currently in grades 7-12. Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school (public, private or parochial) or be homeschooled, and cannot be older than 19 years of age. Nominations can be submitted via the online submission form found on LPB’s website, or can be mailed by downloading the nomination forms and sending them to address provided on the application. Letters of recognition, newspaper articles, and other supporting materials that show why the student should be named a Louisiana Young Hero must be mailed or emailed to support the nomination. Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be Monday, April 27. The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities including lunch on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion. The day will culminate in a banquet that night at the Renaissance Hotel.

‘Last Days’ online

PBS’ American Experience production, “Last Days in Vietnam,” will be available for streaming through Saturday at,, and PBS station branded digital platforms, including ROKU, Apple TV and Xbox.

Directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the two-hour program is nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary feature category. It tells the story of the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War as the Americans were leaving and thousands of South Vietnamese were desperate to leave before the North Vietnamese Army arrived in Saigon.

The film is being made available so that Academy members will have an opportunity to view the film before voting closes on Feb. 17, and so the public can preview the film in advance of Oscar night.

“Last Days in Vietnam” will premiere at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, on PBS stations nationwide.

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