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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Unknown Oily Sheen off Shishmaref Coast Returns

Unknown product visible under nearshore ice on Dec. 12, 2014. (Photo: Sharon Nayokpuk, Shishmaref Environmental Program via Alaska DEC)

An oily sheen of unknown origin discovered along the northeast coast of Shishmaref this summer has returned.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Governor Walker Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks

Governor Bill Walker is striking an optimistic tone despite tanking oil prices that are reducing state revenue. Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Walker pointed to opportunity.

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Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

Scientists ID Two Bat Species Never Before Seen In Alaska

(Image via FIRST RECORDS OF YUMA MYOTIS (MYOTIS YUMANENSIS)
IN ALASKA)

Scientists are in a race to learn as much as they can about bats in Alaska. And that race has led to the discovery of two new species previously unknown in the state. The Hoary bat and the Yuma bat were both found in Southeast Alaska.

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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Court Decision Allows Tribes To Apply For Lands To Be Placed In Trust

Tribes in Alaska are celebrating a decision that allows them to apply for lands to be placed into trust status with the federal government.

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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Sealaska Heritage Institute Begins Move into Walter Soboleff Center

Native art expert and teacher Steve Brown created the formline on the glass awnings encircling the Walter Soboleff Center. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Sealaska Heritage Institute started moving into its new home in the yet-to-be-opened Walter Soboleff Center this week.

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O'Malley Peak Star Trails: Canis Minor Rising -- Oct 22, 2014: Canis Minor is the smallest constellation: the white star at the horizon is Procyon (Alpha Canis Minoris), the Little Dog Star, and the blue star above that is Gomeisa (Beta Canis Minoris), Arabic meaning "the bleary-eyed (woman)" -- photographed with a Nikon DSLR camera. Copyright 2014 Jane E Gnass.

The night sky is infinitely interesting, and, like any experience in nature, knowledge only makes the experience deeper. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re going to learn about the stars and watching them as an outdoor Alaskan activity.

KSKA: Thursday, Dec. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Winter Solstice: ‘Follow the Light’ at Elderberry Park

Winter Solstice: ‘Follow the Light’ at Elderberry Park

Recipe: Take vintage municipal holiday street decorations. Save them in storage for years. When the right moment comes, strip, weld, attach LED lights, compose music. Install. Happy birthday, Anchorage, and here’s to the next 100 years.

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 2 pm and 9 pm
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Governor Walker on the Future of Alaska

Governor Walker on the Future of Alaska

Newly elected Alaska governor Bill Walker addresses the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce with his vision for the state budget and the opportunities ahead for Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Invasive Species in a Human Modified World

Invasive Species in a Human Modified World

These days agencies in charge of public lands and wildlife are trying to consider the whole eco-system in their management decisions, and how natural diversity can be harmed by invasive species. But it turns out that eco-systems sometimes have ideas of their own.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/16 at 10:00am

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Your Amazing Brain: ‘An Owners Guide for Maintenance and Performance’

Your Amazing Brain: ‘An Owners Guide for Maintenance and Performance’

Ever wonder how we know what we know, and if we really know it at all? What about the question of certainty and the significance of perception? How do fear and anxiety get stuck in our brains and how do we break free of them? Line One host Prentiss Pemberton and Anchorage neuropsychologist, Dr. Paul Craig, tackle these questions and more as they dive into a discussion about the amazing organs we call our brains.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 15, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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ACT’s Christmas Belles

ACT’s Christmas Belles

Join Director Don Gomes and Actor Sarah Weaver as they talk about Anchorage Community Theatre putting on a play about a group trying their “bless their little hearts” best to put on a Christmas pageant. The results are almost disasterous. For the poor souls in Jones, Hope and Wootens’ Christmas Belles, that is. Tune in to Stage Talk this week to hear details about ACT’s latest offering running until December 21st.

KSKA: Friday, Dec. 12, at 2:45 p.m.
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Outdoor Filmmakers

Outdoor Filmmakers

If you really love what you do outdoors, its natural to want to document that with pictures or video. Outdoor filmmaking is exploding as young people deploy equipment that is much less expensive than it used to be. This week on Outdoor Explorer we talk to adventure filmmakers. It goes beyond strapping a GoPro to your helmet.

KSKA: Thursday, Dec. 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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Alaska News Nightly: December 18, 2014

Unknown Oily Sheen off Shishmaref Coast Returns; Governor Walker Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks; Scientists ID Two Bat Species Never Before Seen In Alaska; Court Decision Allows Tribes To Apply For Lands To Be Placed In Trust; Tulsequah Mine Study Outlines Taku River Barging; DEC Reaches Diesel Spill Site Along Dalton Highway; Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg; Sealaska Heritage Institute Begins Move into Walter Soboleff Center; Charities Help Fill Void From Santa’s Clearing House During Holiday Season

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