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Medicaid expansion rolls out

The state began enrolling newly eligible residents in the Medicaid program today. That’s after the Alaska Supreme Court refused, yesterday, to temporarily block the state from expanding Medicaid.

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Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

Fed judge subpoenas ex-EPA official in Pebble case

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered a former EPA official to appear in a case involving whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly in the lead up the agency’s proposed restrictions against the Pebble Mine. Phillip North’s emails were reportedly destroyed, and he has apparently left the country.

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Emily Kwong, KCAW - Sitka

Governor declares disaster in Sitka, opening new lines of relief funds

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. The slides killed three men and caused extensive damage to private and public property, including city roads and utilities. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment. Individual assistance is also available. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW photo)

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. The slides killed three men and caused extensive damage to private and public property, including city roads and utilities.

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Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

Judge grants Pebble request to subpoena former EPA official

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered a former EPA official to appear in a case involving whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly in the lead up the agency’s proposed restrictions against the Pebble Mine. Phillip North’s emails were reportedly destroyed, and he has apparently left the country.

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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Obama on Exit Glacier: ‘We want to make sure our grandkids see this’

Obama on Exit Glacier: ‘We want to make sure our grandkids see this’

President Obama is in Seward today. He landed early this afternoon in his helicopter, called Marine One and then hiked to Exit Glacier to highlight how much the rivers of ice in the state are retreating because of global climate change.

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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit

Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit

As president Barack Obama plans to shift his focus to western Alaska by midweek, residents of Kotzebue — the northwest Arctic hub of about 4,000 people — are making final preparations for the president’s historic visit above the Arctic Circle.

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Arctic Paddling Trips

Arctic Paddling Trips

Rivers are the highways of the North. That’s been true since human beings first arrived in North America, and it is still true across a vast expanse of Alaska and Canada that is practical to cross in the summer by no other means. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about floating these long, remote rivers and the journeys you can make into solitude and into your own mind, as the banks slide quietly by.

KSKA: Thursday, Sept. 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

The Fiscal Gap

The Fiscal Gap

With the price of oil hovering around $40, Alaska’s state government faces a catastrophic loss of revenue that could cause loss of critical services and an economic crash. The day we’ve talked about for years is coming closer rapidly. Are there real solutions available? And what will Alaska look like without the free services we’ve become accustomed to for a generation?

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Presidential Visits to The Last Frontier

Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon stand with CEO of Northern Consolidated Airlines Ray Peterson in front of Northern Consolidated Airlines Fairchild U.S. Mail prop plane (later christened by Pat Nixon) during their visit to Alaska. Printed on airplane: "U.S. Mail AAM241." Dec. 17, 1958. Photographer: Ward W. Wells. When Nixon returned to Alaska as president, he famously welcomed Japanese Emperor Hirohito, the first Japanese emperor to set foot on foreign soil. Photo: Alaska Digital Archives.

The president is visiting Alaska, and it’s more than just a fuel stop this time. On the next Talk of Alaska, we’re taking a trip into the annals of presidential history in the Last Frontier. FDR and Jimmy Carter went fishing during their visits here. Reagan hosted the pope. And Clinton popped downtown for a sandwich. What will Obama’s visit be remembered for?

APRN: Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 10:00 a.m.

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Expanding STEM education in Alaska

Expanding STEM education in Alaska

School is back in session across Alaska this week, but some programs never took a break. The University of Alaska Anchorage hosts ANSEP – the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. It aims to get students from middle school through graduate school interested in science and math. It starts with hands-on, practical, and fun educational experiences.

KSKA: Friday, August 28, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m.
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UAA Department of Theatre and Dance New Faculty

UAA Department of Theatre and Dance New Faculty

With long-time faculty members Tom Skore and David Edgcombe retired, UAA’s Department of Theatre and Dance has brought on three new professors. Join Chair Dan Anteau as he introduces the new faces of the department to Anchorage.

KSKA: Friday, August 28 at 2:45pm

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Charles Wohlforth

Resurrection Pass Trail

Resurrection Pass Trail

The Resurrection Pass Trail is a gem. Running from Hope to Cooper Landing, this 38 mile route is probably Alaska’s best backpacking trail, but it’s also great for mountain biking, snowmachining, skiing, snowshoeing and running. On our show, we’ll talk about a week-long hike with kids and a running event that does the whole thing in a single day. Along the way, we’ll provide the information you need to do the Resurrection yourself.

KSKA: Thursday, August 27, at 2 and 8 p.m.

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Climate Change in the Far North

Climate Change in the Far North

President Obama will be in Alaska soon, and he says climate change is the reason for the visit. On the next Talk of Alaska, scientists who’ve studied warming in Alaska for decades join us on the program to offer perspective from the front lines.

APRN: Tuesday, August 25, at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Obama on Exit Glacier: ‘We want to make sure our grandkids see this’; Reactions to GLACIER trickle in; Medicaid expansion begins in Alaska; Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit; Fed judge subpoenas ex-EPA official in Pebble case; Governor declares disaster in Sitka, opening new lines of relief funds; Bird flu monitoring underway as waterfowl season opens; Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward

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