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Archive for May 22nd, 2012

Anchorage Assembly Certifies Election Recount, Denies Public Testimony

The Anchorage Assembly certified the recount of the April 3rd Municipal Election Tuesday evening. Several Assembly members pushed for public comment on the certification, but the chair denied it.

May 22, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Air Force To Release Report On Eielson F-16 Move

The Air Force is set to release a report by May 31 on relocating the F-16 squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The state’s Congressional delegation is pulling out the stops to block the move.

May 22, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Court Approves Redistricting Plan For 2012 Elections

The Alaska Supreme Court approved a redistricting plan for the 2012 elections on Tuesday. Alaska Redistricting Board executive director Taylor Bickford says the high court has accepted the amended proclamation plan of April 5, including voting maps for Southeast Alaska districts that the high Court had previously rejected.

May 22, 2012 - 5:12 pm

New District Pits Southeast Incumbents Against Each Other

The Supreme Court’s latest redistricting ruling resurrects a contest between two incumbent Southeast lawmakers. Tuesday’s decision puts Wrangell Representative Peggy Wilson in the same election district as Ketchikan Representative Kyle Johansen. They’ll face off against each other, as well as other candidates, in the August 28th Republican primary. The new district matchup is only in place for this year’s elections

May 22, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Airline Planning Direct Flights Between Russia, Anchorage

Soon, Alaskan travelers won’t have to fly nearly around the world to get to the other side of the Bering Strait. A Russian airline company is planning to launch direct flights between Anchorage and the Russian Far East for the summer season.

May 22, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Climate Warming Causing Unexpected Release Of Methane

Climate warming is causing the release of methane in the far north from a previously undocumented source. Past research has found methane created by bio-degradation of thawing organic matter, but a University of Alaska Fairbanks led study has confirmed a deeper, older source. UAF researcher Katey Walter Anthony describes the gas as geologic methane.

May 22, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Winter Rough On St. Paul Reindeer Herd

As the Pribilof Island of St. Paul slowly emerges from a brutal winter, it’s becoming clear the cold weather seriously damaged the island’s reindeer herd. KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce reports there might be some tough times ahead for locals who rely on the animals for meat.

May 22, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Scientists Still Searching For Cause Of ‘Unusual Mortality Event’

Investigators say this year’s subsistence seal hunters are being very helpful in the ongoing effort to find the cause of a mysterious ailment that is bringing about hair loss and lesions. In the Nome area, about 20 animals with signs of the illness have been reported, but they don’t appear to be new cases.

May 22, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Buffer Zone Established For Nome-Area Mining Permits

Offshore gold miners near Nome will have to stay a half-mile from river mouths and keep a 300 foot distance from fishing nets this summer. DNR and Fish and Game have drafted new stipulations for the 130 mining permits in the works.

May 22, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Sitka Fine Arts Camp Welcomes Adult Session

After three decades, the Sitka Fine Arts Camp is striking out in a new direction. Since 1973 the camp has taught thousands of kids music, dance, theater, and art. This summer, for the first time, they’ll offer a camp for adults.

May 22, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Alaska News Nightly: May 22, 2012

Air Force To Release Report On Eielson F-16 Move; Court Approves Redistricting Plan For 2012 Elections; New District Pits Southeast Incumbents Against Each Other; Airline Planning Direct Flights Between Russia, Anchorage; Climate Warming Causing Unexpected Release Of Methane; Winter Rough On St. Paul Reindeer Herd; Scientists Still Searching For Cause Of ‘Unusual Mortality Event’; Buffer Zone Established For Nome-Area Mining Permits; Sitka Fine Arts Camp Welcomes Adult Session

May 22, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Sparse Data Challenges NOAA In Mapping Arctic

The deputy administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the challenges for the agency in Arctic waters are huge as the region opens up to more vessel traffic.

May 22, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Something Different: May 20, 2012

Here’s the Sunday, May 20, 2012 edition of Something Different with Betsy. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

  • Song Title
  • Artist Name
  • Album Title
  • CD Label
  • Duration

Texas Rangers

Richard Shindell (Trad.)

South of Delia

Self

4:09

Eggs In… Read More

May 22, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Algo Nuevo: May 20, 2012

Here’s the Sunday, May 20, 2012 edition of Algo Nuevo con Dave Luera — Something New with Dave Luera. If you have questions, comments or music requests for host Dave Luera, send e-mail to algonuevo [at] alaskapublic [dot] org or post your comment at the… Read More

May 22, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Algo Nuevo: May 13, 2012

Here’s the Sunday, May 13, 2012 edition of Algo Nuevo con Dave Luera — Something New with Dave Luera. If you have questions, comments or music requests for host Dave Luera, send e-mail to algonuevo [at] alaskapublic [dot] org or post your comment at the… Read More

May 22, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Night Music: May 19, 2012

Here’s the music playlist for Night Music with Connie G. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

  • Song Title
  • Artist Name
  • Album Title
  • Label
  • Duration

Morning Glory

Dan Block / Duke Ellington

Dan Block Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington… Read More

May 22, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Families File Lawsuit In Clam Digger Deaths

A seafood company is being accused in a lawsuit of failing to provide gear and training for five clam diggers killed last year in a boating accident.

May 22, 2012 - 10:12 am

Climber Killed On Denali Identified

The identity was released yesterday on the climber who died in a fall on Denali. He was Steffen Machulka, 49.

May 22, 2012 - 10:09 am

Jurors Hear Secret Conversations At Militia Trial

Jurors in the trial of Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox have heard secret conversations with a man who infiltrated the group.

May 22, 2012 - 10:06 am