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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

BOEM collecting comments on proposed OCS lease sale in Arctic, Cook Inlet

Alaska's proposed lease sale areas --

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held an open house in Anchorage Monday seeking comments on the draft proposed off-shore lease sales for 2017 to 2022, which includes sales in the northern Cook Inlet, the Beaufort and the Chukchi Seas. But the proposal is far from final.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Gov. Walker, Republican Leadership Tangle Over Proposed LNG Line

In a press conference March 2, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker holds up a copy of House Bill 132 that would limit the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation's powers on the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline. House leaders introduced it earlier that day. The governor was adamant that the bill would hinder rather than help progress for the project by tying the state’s hands during negotiations. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Since Gov. Bill Walker was inaugurated, he and the Legislature’s Republican leadership have traded reams of angry letters and testy press releases. Now, their paper battle has transformed into outright hostility in dueling press conferences. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is on the line to talk about the disagreements over a proposed natural gas line.

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Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet

A coalition of environmental groups says it’s planning to sue to stop Royal Dutch Shell PLC from use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.

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Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Modernize Rural Sanitation Systems

Members of the Legislative Bush Caucus were told last week in a “Lunch and Learn” session on rural sanitation almost a billion dollars is needed to build, replace, and maintain rural sanitation systems. But, the gap between the level of need and funding is widening.

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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

3,000 Pounds of Auctioned Antlers Highlight State’s Role Managing Trafficked Wildlife

Handsome antlers sold for around $175 a pair. Auction buyers often sell raw antlers to artists to use as raw material. Smaller pieces that were cut up for easier transport were kept in plastic totes and auctioned by the pound. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

The unprecedented tonnage of caribou antlers were the result of a trafficking case stretching from Juneau to the Northwest Arctic community of Selawik.

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New Technology Proves Vital To Alaska’s National Weather Service Forecasters

New Technology Proves Vital To Alaska’s National Weather Service Forecasters

Today we’re doing the weather. Dave Snider is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He does a daily statewide forecast for public television stations. The final product you see is full of graphics, but inside the massive TV studio it’s just Snider and a single green screen.

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The winter that wasn’t

It's a low-snow winter, both in the mountains around Anchorage and in the flats. (Photo by Brian Brettschneider, taken Jan. 25, 2015)

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt?

KSKA: Wednesday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Making the Musher

Making the Musher

Rookie mushers come and go. It takes countless hours and training to become an Iditarod great. On the next episode of Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking to a handful of mushers who are on that journey. They scoop poop. They cut up a lot of raw meat. It’s not glamorous work, but they’re chasing down a dream as Iditarod sled dogs gun it for Nome.

KSKA: Thursday, March 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Valley Performing Arts’ South Pacific

Valley Performing Arts’ South Pacific

It’s winter and the thoughts of all Alaskans go to visiting the tropics, and Valley Performing Arts is bringing to the stage Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific. But not all is as simple as “washing that man right outta my hair”. Listen in to Stage Talk this week to hear Tanya Hegg (Nellie Forbush) and Ed Gilmore (The Professor) engage in a stimulating discussion of some of the deeper aspects of the play. South Pacific runs March 20th-April 19th in Wasilla.

KSKA: Friday, Feb. 27, at 2:45pm

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The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities

The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities

As Alaska tightens its belt, identifying where cuts should be made requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. On the next Addressing Alaskans, hear the results and recommendations of policy group Commonwealth North’s 2015 fiscal report — a critical examination of the sate’s operating budget, as well as a call for greater citizen engagement.

KSKA: Tuesday, March 3, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Corridors Past and Future

Historic Iditarod trail map. (Map via BLM)

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/3 at 10:00 a.m.

Street Life — Alaska’s homeless youth

Street Life — Alaska’s homeless youth

The streets, trail and woods of Anchorage can be a mean place for a homeless person. Now, imagine that person is your 15-year-old son or daughter. Nobody knows the realities faced by these kids more than the front-line workers from Covenant House Alaska who work the streets daily in an attempt to preserve the health and lives of this vulnerable population. Please Join us for the second of our three-part series addressing the issue of teenage homelessness in Alaska.

KSKA: Monday, March 2, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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Alaska News Nightly: March 2, 2015

Gov. Walker, Republican Leadership Tangle Over Proposed LNG Line; Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet; Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Modernize Rural Sanitation Systems; State Auctions Off Enormous Number Of Caribou Antlers; Drones Don’t Fly At Alaska’s Board Of Fish; Below Average King Salmon Run Expected on Kuskokwim; Iditarod Trail Invitational Competitors En Route To Nome; Exploring The Dena’ina Past, Present And Future

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