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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Legislators Urge Governor Walker To Rein In Budget

Alaska lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Bill Walker this week urging measures to rein in budget items. Incoming Senate President Kevin Meyer, a Republican from Anchorage and House Speaker Republican Mike Chenault of Nikiski signed the letter, along with the chairs of the finance committees for both chambers. The letter lays out suggestions such as a hiring freeze for all state departments, limiting agency travel and requesting department budgets for the first six months of 2015.

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Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

$1 Million Loan to Buy Sitka Hospital ‘Breathing Room’

Hospital staffers participate in the Alaska Day Parade. (SCH photo)

Sitka Community Hospital will get a $1-million infusion of cash from the Sitka assembly, in order to meet short-term expenses. A long-term solution for the hospital’s cash woes is still on the horizon.

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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Fire Marshals say PATC Fire Cause ‘Undetermined’

Fire Marshals say PATC Fire Cause ‘Undetermined’

A report from the State Fire Marshals’ office has ruled the cause of a fire that burned the new alcohol treatment center in Bethel as ‘undetermined’. The building is owned by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation and was fully insured.

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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Incoming DNR Commissioner Prepares For New Position

Mark Myers is preparing to become Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources on January 16th. He is currently Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Myers has also worked for the oil industry as a petroleum geologist and for the federal government- leading the United States Geological Survey.

And he was the director of the division of oil and gas when Frank Murkowski was Governor. Myers says he made a difficult decision to resign from that job.

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AK: Exploding History

AK: Exploding History

It’s been more than 70 years since Unalaska came under attack during World War II, but you don’t have to look hard to find the remnants. The community is littered with old gunnery installations, battered Quonset huts and bunkers – some of which are being preserved for posterity.

But there’s history, and then there’s hazard, and the shells and bombs that keep washing up on Unalaska’s shores fall somewhere in between.

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Getaways: Stories of Going Undercover, Finding Paradise, and Gettin’ the Hell Outta Dodge

Getaways: Stories of Going Undercover, Finding Paradise, and Gettin’ the Hell Outta Dodge

Every community has a place, where people gather and stories are told. The east coast has stoops, the south has porches and in Alaska we have Arctic Entries. Here, Alaskans share their personal stories – funny, sad and sweet. This week, the theme is “getaways” – stories of going undercover, finding paradise and getting the hell outta Dodge.

KSKA: Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

The Year Gone by and Prospects for the Year to Come

From the Pebble mine order to the election to the sale of our largest newspaper to a website, 2014’s news had a lot of unexpected developments. What do you think was the big news of the year gone by? Was it the National Guard scandal? The death of the HAARP (harp) Project? The beginning of same-sex marriage? Or something else?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/30 at 10:00am

Alaska’s Homeless Youth

Alaska’s Homeless Youth

How does a young person come to be homeless in Alaska? In the first of a three-part series on teen homelessness in Alaska, Line One host Prentiss Pemberton and guests will delve in to what it’s like to live on the streets. In the first of three parts, we’ll hear from the Covenant House, a group that serves hundreds of homeless youth in Alaska each year.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Annual Statewide Holiday Greetings Show

It’s not to be missed! The annual state-wide holiday greeting edition of Talk of Alaska is on its way. Good wishes will be flying across the great state of Alaska, re-connecting friends and families and extended families in a two-hour wave of greetings. So make your list and get ready to call on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/23 at 10:00am

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On Immunity and Inoculation

On Immunity and Inoculation

On the next Line One, we revisit the “immunization question.” Dr. Woodard is joined on the program by author Eula Biss, whose recent book “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” was selected as one of the New York Times’ top 10 books of 2014.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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Perseverance’s A Christmas Carol

Perseverance’s A Christmas Carol

Local playwright Arlitia Jones working in collaboration with director Michael Haney has come up with a new and exciting version of Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Actor Jamie Nelson, who plays Bob Cratchit and Josh Lowman of Perseverance Theatre join Jean and Steve this week to bring some holiday cheer. A Christmas Carol runs through December 28th at the Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

KSKA: Friday, Dec. 19, at 2:45 p.m.
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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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Alaska News Nightly: December 26, 2014

Legislators Urge Governor Walker To Rein In Budget; $1 Million Loan to Buy Sitka Hospital ‘Breathing Room’; Fire Marshals say PATC Fire Cause ‘Undetermined’; Incoming DNR Commissioner Prepares For New Position; AK: Exploding History

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