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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Sullivan Supports State Minimum Wage Boost He Once Opposed

In a reversal, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says he supports a ballot measure that would increase the state minimum wage.

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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Towing Drill Tests Emergency Mooring Buoy

The Sea Trader (left), seen from the deck of the tug James Dunlap, waits to be tied on to Unalaska's emergency mooring buoy. At center, the city's harbor patrol boat stands by to assist. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

After seven years, Unalaska’s emergency system for towing stranded vessels away from shore is finally complete. A new dedicated buoy for disabled ships got its first full-scale test during an annual drill last week.

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Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham

Friday Is Deadline To Comment On EPA’s 404-C Determination

The EPA’s proposed restrictions on development of the Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region are currently open for public comment. But the deadline to comment is this Friday.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

BP Plans Alaska Layoffs

The oil company announced on Monday that it will reduce its staff by 275 employees and full-time contractors to match a “reduced operational footprint” in the state.

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First-Time Forager’s Hunt For Mushrooms In Alaska’s Urban Wilderness

(Photo by Dave Waldron)

Today we’re hunting for mushrooms. Now you may have heard radio stories about mushroom foragers or mushroom experts, but Heidi Drygas is neither of those. Drygas writes the food blog Chena Girl Cooks, and she’s harvested just about everything Alaska has to offer, but mushrooms have always been the last thing on her list.

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Geocaching is sort of like outdoor treasure hunting, and it’s getting really big in Anchorage. Host Charles Wohlforth recently gave it a try with his daughter. They had an iPhone app and a mission to look for hidden caches logged on a website powered by GPS equipment. The result? A fun, and somewhat addicting, new hobby. Join us on air to learn more about geocaching.

KSKA: Thursday, Sept. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Rebuilding Transportation History

Rebuilding Transportation History

The week’s show is for the gearhead in all of us, as we talk to guys who are fixing up some of the coolest old stuff around, and what’s more interesting than that? A group is rebuilding a full-sized steam locomotive that once ran on the Alaska Railroad, and now will run again. And we’ll have a restorer who rebuilds historic airplanes at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.
KSKA: Wednesday, September 17, 2 and 9pm

Aunt Phil’s Trunk: A Candid Journey Through Alaska History

Aunt Phil’s Trunk: A Candid Journey Through Alaska History

Alaska historian and speaker Laurel Downing Bill shares stories from Alaska’s colorful past. Bill, author of the award-winning Aunt Phil’s Trunk history series, has entertained audiences across the country with little-known tales from the Last Frontier.

KSKA: Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Proposition 2: To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Should Alaska join the other states that have decided to decriminalize marijuana? Proponents argue that it’s already a big business here and bringing it out into the open would allow it to be taxed and provide a source of revenue. Proponents argue it’s too risky and would make our existing substance abuse problems even worse.

APRN: Tuesday, 9/16 at 10:00am

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Risk and Benefits of Common Immunizations

Risk and Benefits of Common Immunizations

Line One host Dr. Thad Woodard and two guest physicians discuss the risks, benefits and what’s new regarding childhood immunizations.

KSKA: Monday, Sept. 15, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Perseverance’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and… Spike!”

Perseverance’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and… Spike!”

It’s a tale told by one of America’s most respected yet unorthodox playwrights, Christopher Durang and Perseverance Theatre of Juneau is bringing it to Anchorage to start off their 2014-15 season. The 2013 Tony Award winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is Durang’s latest work and actors Patricia Hull and Ben Brown visit the studio to talk about the play, their characters and how they have approached their parts.

KSKA: Friday, Sept. 12, at 2:45 p.m.
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‘The Sand Lake Boys’

Today we hear a story from Mike Byers, a writer for the website “Growing Up Anchorage.” The site focuses on tales from the early days of Alaska’s largest city. Mike’s story is titled “The Sand Lake Boys.”

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Alaska News Nightly: September 16, 2014

Sullivan Supports State Minimum Wage Boost He Once Opposed; BP Plans Alaska Layoffs; Towing Drill Tests Emergency Mooring Buoy; Friday Is Deadline To Comment On EPA’s 404-C Determination; Wasilla Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves 1 Dead; Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares; Pinks Come In Better Than Expected In Southeast; Cuauhtemoc Docks In Seward; Upper Valley Agriculture: Yaks at Sunny Hill Ranch

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