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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Col. Laurie Hummel Named New Adjutant General for the Alaska National Guard

On the 17th floor of the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Walker introduced Retired US Army Col. Laurie Hummel and Retired US Air Force Col. Bob Doehl.

Retired Colonel Laurie Hummel is the first woman to lead the Guard and serve as Commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Bob Doehl will join as her deputy .

Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

Middle school teachers upset over pay inequities

Anchorage Middle School teachers are upset about pay and workload inequities between elective teachers and core subject teachers and the divisions it’s causing in the schools.

Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Lawmakers Skeptical Of State’s Plan To Buy Fairbanks Natural Gas Utility

Governor Bill Walker’s latest move to advance the state backed Interior Energy Project with the purchase of a private natural gas utility is expected to expand availability and lower the price of gas in Fairbanks.

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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

Lack of Customers Puts CIRI Wind Farm Plans On Hold

Lack of Customers Puts CIRI Wind Farm Plans On Hold

Cook Inlet Region Incorporated has put the second phase of its Fire Island wind farm on hold because of a lack of customers.

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AK: Curling

Curling stone. (Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI - Homer)

A warmer winter has pushed many Homer residents inside the local ice rink, looking for a blast of cold air and a good winter sport. And curling seems to be just the ticket. It’s a centuries old game that can be played by people young and old, highly athletic or not, by rookies and experienced players alike. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver stopped by an open curling night at the rink to find out just what attracts new people to this unique sport and keeps them coming back.

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Trapping in Alaska

Photo taken from Wikimedia Commons

When Russians first came to Alaska in the 1740s, they were seeking fur, and fur-bearing animals were an important element of Alaska’s economy for more than 200 years. Today, Alaska still has thousands of trappers, both those who make a living at it and those who do it for fun. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll hear more about an activity as old as Alaska itself.

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

2015 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon

2015 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon

Everywhere you turn, there is plenty of debate on the gravity of the fiscal crisis facing the state. The governor has urged Alaskans not to panic, but pull together to find solutions to multibillion-dollar budget deficits made worse by falling oil prices. Hear three experts present their takes on Alaska’s fiscal climate at a luncheon hosted by the World Trade Center Anchorage.

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

Plastic in the Ocean

Plastic in the Ocean

Birds are now turning up dead on remote beaches with stomachs full of plastic. Certain areas of Alaska’s remote coast are now littered with debris that was carried there by ocean currents. Not only is the amount of this debris growing, but the amount of money available for cleaning it up is far too small.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/3 at 10:00 a.m.

Autism and Environmental Toxins

Autism and Environmental Toxins

A lot of research effort is going into finding the cause of autism. Our next guest Dr Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of California Davis MIND Institute, an authority on environmental effects on health, will discuss with Dr. Woodard the evidence for a role of environmental chemicals in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

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

What Do Wilderness Designation Proposals Mean For Arctic Development?

The Obama Administration has proposed designating more than 20 million acres of both on and offshore federal areas be made off limits to development such as oil and gas exploration. The announcement was described as a gut punch by Senator Lisa Murkowski and had the entire delegation and the governor so steamed, they said it was a “war on Alaska.”

KSKA: Friday, 1/30 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/31 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/31 at 4:30 p.m.

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ACT’s Crimes of the Heart

ACT’s Crimes of the Heart

Director Rebecca Casselman and Kimberly Allely who plays “Babe” from Anchorage Community Theatre’s presentation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart drop by the studio this week to engage in a stimulating conversation about the production currently running until February 8th.

KSKA: Friday, Jan. 30, at 2:45pm

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Leaner Times In Store For Alaska’s Budget

Governor Bill Walker’s State of the Budget speech made clear that leaner times are ahead for Alaska. His address was a somber departure from the optimistic state of the state address. He noted almost right away that managing the state’s finances into better standing will not be easy.

KSKA: Friday, 1/23 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/24 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/24 at 4:30 p.m.

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Alaska News Nightly: January 30, 2015

Laurie Hummel Named Alaska National Guard’s Adjutant General; Lawmakers Skeptical Of State’s Plan To Buy Fairbanks Natural Gas Utility; Lack of Customers Puts CIRI Wind Farm Plans On Hold; Much To Sort Out Before Subsistence Gillnets Hit Kenai, Kasilof; Fairbanks Delays Vote On Air Quality Regulations; In Response To Obama Actions, Senator Goes Seuss; AK: Curling; 300 Villages: Huslia

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