Archive for May 22nd, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Richard Shindell (Trad.)
South of Delia
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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.
The identity was released yesterday on the climber who died in a fall on Denali. He was Steffen Machulka, 49.
Jurors in the trial of Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox have heard secret conversations with a man who infiltrated the group.