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Liz Ruskin, APRN

FAA break-up bill clears U.S. House committee

FAA break-up bill clears U.S. House committee A bill to privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers cleared the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House last night. Rep. Don Young says he amended it to protect Essential Air Service and Alaska's air taxis. Download Audio
Emily Russell, KNOM - Nome

Organizations call for ban of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters

A group of non-governmental organizations recently sent a letter to the state department calling for a ban on heavy fuel oil, or HFO, in Arctic waters. HFO is tough to cleanup, but the widespread use of HFO throughout the Arctic makes the ban an especially hard sell. Download Audio
Quinton Chandler, KBBI - Homer

KPC graduate takes first job with BlueCrest

KPC graduate takes first job with BlueCrest BlueCrest Energy pledged to hire four Kenai Peninsula College graduates to work at their drilling site near Anchor Point. The company made good on its promise. One of BlueCrest’s local hires says the job is the next step in what he hopes will be a promising career. Download Audio
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Anchorage, Willow will host Iditarod starts despite low snow

Anchorage, Willow will host Iditarod starts despite low snow Organizers have decided that a lack of snow in the Anchorage area won't force a route change for this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The start of the race will be staged as usual in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. Download Audio

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Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

Solutions sought for lack of detox beds in South central Alaska

Solutions sought for lack of detox beds in South central Alaska The director of the Ernie Turner Center says they need more beds to help people detox. AFACT is hosting a community meeting to discuss solutions.

Leverage your leopard: the biz behind Alaska’s only zoo

Leverage your leopard: the biz behind Alaska's only zoo If you've ever wanted to feed a snow leopard, a moose, or a pack of wolves, this year you've got a chance. Albeit, for a tidy sum. It's part of the special programming that helps keep cultural institutions in Alaska afloat during the long, lean winter months. Download Audio
Andrew Kitchenman, APRN & KTOO - Juneau

Gara proposes tax on S-corporations

Anchorage Democratic Representative Les Gara wants to make sure that these cuts don’t fall too heavily on working-class and low-income people. Gara has instead proposed a bill that would apply a 6 percent tax on the owners of businesses that aren’t currently taxed by the state. These businesses are called S-corporations and their owners report the business income as personal income. Download Audio
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Agreement expected soon between state and Ma-Su Borough on railroad right of way

An agreement between the state and the Matanuska Susitna Borough is soon to be finalized regarding state land the Borough wants for a railroad right of way. The Borough had purchased several agricultural parcels from the state in the Point MacKenzie area for a right of way for the rail spur between Port MacKenzie and Houston. But agricultural covenants on the land didn't allow industrial use. Download Audio
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Bon Voyage, Susitna

Mat Su's unused ferry is heading South.
Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

The nitty-gritty rules that will shape Anchorage’s cannabis industry

The nitty-gritty rules that will shape Anchorage's cannabis industry Assembly members in Anchorage have passed a bundle of rules that will shape the business landscape for the state’s largest commercial cannabis market in the months ahead. Download Audio
Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

Turning ideas about racial equity into art

Turning ideas about racial equity into art Anchorage graffiti artist Bisco transformed ideas about racial equity into art during a two-day summit.
Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

‘Kill the Indian’ challenges artistic boundaries in Alaska

'Kill the Indian' challenges artistic boundaries in Alaska Three provocative new exhibits at the Anchorage Museum showcase changing boundaries within Alaska's contemporary art scene.
Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Anchorage to buy ConocoPhillips gas field for $152M

Anchorage to buy ConocoPhillips gas field for $152M After months of closed door meetings, the city has worked out a deal to buy a section of the Beluga River Unit owned by ConcoPhillips since the 80s. Download Audio
Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

New, easy tool to check SNAP eligibility could help Alaska’s economy

New, easy tool to check SNAP eligibility could help Alaska's economy If everyone who was eligible for SNAP benefits applied for the program, $65 million would be added to the state's economy. A new tool makes checking eligibility easy. Download Audio

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Leverage your leopard: the biz behind Alaska’s only zoo

Leverage your leopard: the biz behind Alaska's only zoo If you've ever wanted to feed a snow leopard, a moose, or a pack of wolves, this year you've got a chance. Albeit, for a tidy sum. It's part of the special programming that helps keep cultural institutions in Alaska afloat during the long, lean winter months. Download Audio
Rachel Waldholz, APRN - Anchorage

ConocoPhillips looks west, to the National Petroleum Reserve

Despite oil prices hovering around $30 a barrel, ConocoPhillips is plowing ahead with projects in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. The company invited Alaska journalists on a tour this week of CD5, its newest drill site -- the first to produce oil from the NPRA and, the company hopes, the gateway to more development. Download Audio

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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

FAA break-up bill clears U.S. House committee; organizations call for ban of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters; KPC graduate takes first job with BlueCrest; Anchorage, Willow will host Iditarod starts despite low snow; Sass first to leave Dawson in Yukon Quest; humane society addresses uproar over Coco’s last day; AK: Leveraging your leopard: the biz behind Alaska's only zoo; 49 Voices: Laurie Fernandes of Anchorage. Download Audio

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Chugach National Forest Town Hall Meeting

Chugach  National Forest Town Hall Meeting Chugach National Forest, and especially Prince William Sound, takes in some of the most extraordinary scenery and protected wilderness in Alaska. Charles Wohlforth shares what he learned when he attended a public meeting on changing management of the Sound, and you'll hear from people who think that’s both a good and a bad idea.

Schools: What’s working

Schools: What's working This week Hometown Alaska visits with Anchorage School District personnel: a principal, a teacher and a counselor/coordinator, (and if we are lucky, a few students) to hear about programs that work, how and why. KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 2:00 pm and 8 pm.

How safe is Alaska’s drinking water?

How safe is your drinking water? Most communities can be confident that their supply is fine, but Flint Michigan showed the nation that bad things can happen. APRN: Tuesday, 2/16 at 10:00am

The Story of “Anne” Continues… at VPA

The Story of "Anne" Continues... at VPA Those who are familiar with Anne of Green Gables may or may not be surprised that author L. M. Montgomery wrote several more books about the character of Anne Shirley, and some of those have been tuned into stage plays as well. Valley Performing Arts is presenting the second episode in the life of Anne in the play, Anne of Avonlea opening February 19th and running through March 13th. The mother/daughter actress team of Laura and Kayla Horning along with VPA Executive Director Garry Forrester drop by the studio this week to tell us all about it. KSKA: Friday, February 12 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

The push to hire locally in AK

The push to hire locally in AK The number of nonresident workers in Alaska surpassed the number of residential workers in 2014. What's causing this statistic and what can be done to encourage local hiring within the state? This week's Alaska Edition tackles these questions and looks at the legality of policies aiming to increase the number of Alaskan workers. Listen Now:

Winter Bike, Ski, and Foot Races

Winter Bike, Ski, and Foot Races Alaskan’s like to do crazy things, and few are as crazy as the ultra-marathon races across the wilderness by bike, ski or foot that are happening over the next few weeks. We’ll be talking to organizers of the 1000-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational and the 100-mile Susitna 100, to races that pioneered this kind of adventure, and inspired the new technology of fat bikes. Join us for the next Outdoor Explorer and get inspired! KSKA: Thursday, Feb 11, at 2:00 and Thursday, Feb 18, at 8:00 p.m.

Understanding culture through Alaska literature

Literature helps us understand our world, ourselves and each other and Alaska is full of great authors. Tlingit author Ernestine Hayes will discuss her book Blonde Indian and the deeper understanding that can come from reading about lives that are different from our own. APRN: Tuesday, 2/9 at 10:00am Listen now