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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

Southwest, Southeast Alaska Face Highest Risks From Ocean Acidification

Southwest, Southeast Alaska Face Highest Risks From Ocean Acidification

Coastal communities in Alaska that depend on fisheries were warned Tuesday to prepare for the impacts of ocean acidification. A study from federal agencies says many of the science questions remain unanswered but changes are already happening.

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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Research Team Sets Out For Islands of Four Mountains

The Islands of the Four Mountains as seen from the International Space Station in 2013. Cleveland Volcano is at center. (Courtesy: NASA)

A group of researchers set out from Unalaska this week to a remote part of the central Aleutians: the Islands of the Four Mountains. The 16 scientists are beginning a three-year mission in territory that’s unpredictable – and largely unexplored.

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The Associated Press

UA President Offered Bonus at Time of Budget Cuts

The president of the University of Alaska has been offered a $320,000 bonus if he stays on the job until 2016.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

ConocoPhillips to Operate New Doyon Drill Rig

Doyon is building a new North Slope oil drilling rig, the Interior Regional Native Corporation will operate for Conoco Phillips.

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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Inaugural Beringia Arctic Games Brings Indigenous People Together in Russia

The residents of Novoye Chaplino greeted vistors when they arrived on the beach with traditional song and dance.
(Emily Schwing KUAC)

This time of year, indigenous people across the Far North gather to play games and celebrate traditions. Earlier this month, in Fairbanks they took part in the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. There was also a gathering of people from across the Circumpolar north in Inuvik, Canada. This year, native people from Arctic nations joined Russia’s Chukchi and Inuit peoples for the first ever Beringia Arctic Games. It was the largest gathering of its kind in a once forgotten corner of the world called Chukotka.

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Wildflowers

Wildflowers

One of the great joys of hiking in Alaska is seeing the plants and flowers, watching how they change as you pass through different ecosystems and elevations, and learning the names and characteristics of the species you see. The mountains and woods where we hike are always beautiful, but when you understand what you are seeing the pleasure is greatly increased. Join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to learn more about Alaska wildflowers.

KSKA: Thursday, July 31, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Forum On the Oil Tax Referendum

Forum On the Oil Tax Referendum

Taxes from oil production pay for a hefty chunk of Alaska’s state government. Last year the Legislature narrowly passed Senate Bill 21, which offers tax cuts to encourage more drilling in the wake of declining oil production statewide. On August 19, voters will have the chance to repeal those cuts. Alaska Common Ground brings panelists from both sides of the debate to hash out the details of the oil tax referendum on the table.

KSKA: Tuesday, July 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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Primary Election: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller

It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which of three Republican should face incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich in November. The statewide public radio forum, Talk of Alaska has offered each of the three an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan have had their turn, and next up is Joe Miller.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/29 at 10:00am

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Health Literacy

Health Literacy

In the United States, two-thirds of the population read at an eight-grade level or below. When it comes to health information, most Americans have the ability to read and write at the fifth-grade level. What are the consequences and costs of poor health care literacy and what is being done to improve this problem?

KSKA: Monday, July 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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The Music Machine this week on Stage Talk

The Music Machine this week on Stage Talk

They’ve been singing for thirty-three years and dancing for almost that long and now The Music Machine comes to Stage Talk. Hear co-founder Janet Carr-Campbell sing the praises of all those she has worked with over the years and listen to ten-year old singer and dancer phenom Abby Sorum talk about what she loves most about performing. The Music Machine’s annual musical revue starring sixty-five children aged six to eighteen opens July 30th and runs through August 2nd at the Performing Arts Center’s Discovery Theatre.

KSKA: Friday, July 25 at 2:45pm

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From Photojournalism to Fine Art

15,000 people participated in Anchorage's first Color Run on June 15, 2013. The run is a 5k race where colored powder is thrown on participants every kilometer.

Today we’re going on a ride along with a photojournalist. Loren Holmes works for the newly rebranded Alaska Dispatch News.

Both Holmes’ father and grandfather were photographers.

Charles Wohlforth

Chilkoot Pass

Chilkoot Pass

This week’s Outdoor Explorer comes to you from the Chilkoot Trail, the infamous route used by Klondike gold rushers during the late 1800s. As you walk the trail, signs of that crazy gold rush period are evident, but even more impressive is how a century has erased much of the gold rush’s footprint. Host Charles Wohlforth and friends take on the 33-mile trail over five days of hiking.

KSKA: Thursday, July 24, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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We Are Mountain Bikers


When you’re biking in Alaska, you can expect things to be a little more intense. Riders in the 49th state deal with constantly changing weather, rough terrain, and unexpected animal encounters. The men and women of Alaska’s Downhill Brigade wouldn’t have it any other way.

Legalizing Marijuana

Legalizing Marijuana

Alaska could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington if voters choose to legalize marijuana in November. Ballot Measure 2 would tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana in Alaska. Hear Kristina Woolston and Taylor Bickford debate what that means for the state in a debate hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

KSKA: Tuesday, July 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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Alaska News Nightly: July 29, 2014

Southwest, Southeast Alaska Face Highest Risks From Ocean Acidification; Research Team Sets Out For Islands of Four Mountains; UA President Offered Bonus at Time of Budget Cuts; ConocoPhillips to Operate New Doyon Drill Rig; Questions Arise Over Profitability of Port MacKenzie; New UAF Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community & Native Ed; Why Juneau Should Be Next For Housing First; Peony Industry Blooming in Alaska

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