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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Federal Spending Bill Appropriates $100 Million for Missile Defense in Alaska

The Missile Defense Agency will be placing 14 more interceptors like this at the Fort Greely missile base by 2017. The will bring the total number of interceptors at the base to 40. Photo from the Missile Defense Agency.

The federal omnibus spending bill that awaits President Obama’s signature contains $100 million for missile defense in Alaska. It’s the only major funding for military construction work in Alaska this fiscal year.

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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Governor Cuts Funding for Mining Road Project That is Subject of 2-Day Meeting in Fairbanks

Tribal leaders and stakeholders representing communities that could be impacted by a proposed 220-mile industrial road gathered in Fairbanks to discuss cultural, environmental and social impacts of the road’s potential construction. The meeting is happening at time when the state is facing difficult budget decisions that could hamper the project.

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Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

Togiak Clinic Remains Closed After Monday Night Burglary

The Togiak Health Clinic was damaged in an apparent burglary earlier this week, and two young men have been identified as the suspects. The only health clinic for the village of 900 residents remains shut down on account of the damages.

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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Proposed Anchorage Ban on Commercial Pot Fails in Assembly

Nearly a hundred people came to the meeting, many of them to share their feelings on the marijuana ordinance. The majority of those who spoke during public testimony opposed the ban.

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Indie Alaska: I Am The Gingerbread Village Builder

850 pounds of icing, 40 houses of gingerbread and chocolate – Joe Hickel has been creating Marina’s Village in the lobby of The Hotel Captain Cook for 35 years. Last year’s creation took six days to build and features a new country scene.

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Stargazing

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.

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 17, 2014

What’s on Gov. Walker’s Federal Wish-List?; Federal Spending Bill Appropriates $100 Million for Missile Defense in Alaska; Governor Cuts Funding for Mining Road Project That is Subject of 2-Day Meeting in Fairbanks; Togiak Clinic Remains Closed After Monday Night Burglary; Broker Enrolls About 1K Alaskans In Latest Signup; Proposed Anchorage Ban on Commercial Pot Fails in Assembly; Meeting Teaches Immigrants How Proposed Reforms Affect The Immigration Process; Melting Permafrost Threatens Infrastructure, Homes; Sitka Sound Slayers: A Women’s Movement on Wheels

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