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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Museum of the North Rolls Out A New Exhibit: DINOSAURS!

Museum of the North Rolls Out A New Exhibit: DINOSAURS!

The University of Alaska Museum of the North opens a new exhibit Saturday. “Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs” gives visitors the opportunity to experience paleontologists quest and what they’re finding in an underexplored region.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Unhappy Public Speaks For First Time In Special Session

The topics that came up after were varied. Some called for increased education funding, others Medicaid expansion, and then there were comments on a smorgasbord of other cuts. But there was one common theme: frustration.

Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Budget Battle: Republicans Search for Workaround In Lieu of Courting Democratic Support

For weeks the Legislature has been at a stalemate over its budget deficit. The Republican majority has been trying to secure a three-quarter vote to tap the state’s rainy day account, but they need Democratic support to do that, which means increasing education funding and expanding Medicaid.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

For $1B Radar, It’s Clear

The Missile Defense Agency today confirmed Clear Air Station as its preferred location for a new type of radar system, called Long Range Discrimination Radar. The selection of Clear helps solidify Alaska’s role as host to the ground-based mid-course missile defense system, designed primarily to shoot down warheads from North Korea.

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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

State Takes Control of Nursing Facility, Citing Repeated Violations

It’s been a week since the State of Alaska took the rare step of assuming control of Prestige Nursing home in Anchorage. State inspectors found dozens of violations during a visit to the facility. And the state says the nursing home had plenty of prior warning that it needed to improve.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dalton Flooding: DOT Digs Trenches to Keep Airport Open

Dalton Flooding: DOT Digs Trenches to Keep Airport Open

The northern stretch of the Dalton Highway is expected to remain closed into next week.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Y-K’s Facebook Phenom Helps Kick Off Arctic Council Chairmanship

Y-K’s Facebook Phenom Helps Kick Off Arctic Council Chairmanship

A Tooksook Bay teenager who became a singing sensation on Facebook performed for ambassadors and Arctic VIPs at the State Department in Washington D.C. last night. Byron Nicholai was introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry at a reception to mark the beginning of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Hannah Colton, KDLG - Dillingham

Chemical tags in ear bones reveal Chinooks’ life histories

Chemical tags in ear bones reveal Chinooks’ life histories

New research on the Nushagak River – one of the largest Chinook salmon runs in the world – used chemical tags in a fish’s ear bones to tell where it was born and raised. Sean Brennan is a post-doc at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. He and his team hope the study research will help managers better understand how their fisheries work.

Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO - Juneau

Tribes, Forest Service partner on climate change research

Tribes, Forest Service partner on climate change research

At the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Conference in Juneau this week, a panel of five discussed climate change and traditional knowledge.

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Majority members outline concerns with budget option

Six members of the Alaska House majority have sent a letter to Speaker Mike Chenault expressing serious concerns with the potential use of the Permanent Fund earnings reserve to help balance the state budget.

Emily Schwing, KUCB - Unalaska

Robert Mumford named to Board of Fish

Alaska Governor Bill Walker late Tuesday night appointed Robert Mumford to the seven-member Board of Fish. The governor was required by state statute to make the appointment by May 19th.

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Alaska wildfire responders keeping eye on dry conditions

Interior Alaska and other parts of the state are experiencing conditions ripe for forest fires and natural resources officials are urging caution in outdoor activities heading into Memorial Day Weekend.

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Construction starts on Alaska Native Medical Center housing

Tribal, state, and private sector leaders Wednesday kicked off construction of housing at the Alaska Native Medical Center. They say it will improve services for Alaska Native and American Indian people who travel to Anchorage from across the state for health care. A state Senator who helped get the project financed says it will also save the state millions of dollars a year for decades to come.

The Legislature’s Second Special Session

With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.

KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m.
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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Legislature Adjourns Special Session, Only To Call New One

The Alaska State Legislature has gaveled out of special session, without voting on any of the items on the governor’s agenda. But almost immediately, lawmakers called themselves back — but on their own terms. They have formally relocated to Anchorage, and have set aside Medicaid expansion.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Utility to Revive Long-Idled Coal Plant In Healy

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Golden Valley Electric Association plans to start up a long-idled Healy area coal fired power plant next week.

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Staying safe in bear country

Everywhere is bear country in Alaska, even the urban areas. From encounters on the trails and along fishing streams, to bears raiding trash cans and chicken coops, it’s spring and bears are awake and on the move. How do we keep ourselves and them safe?

APRN: Tuesday, 5/19 at 10:00am

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AK: A 12-Year-Old Ambassador

Imagine you arrive in a world where it rains all year round, and daylight swings from 17 hours in summertime to a paltry six in winter. And you’re only seven years old. That’s the situation Jasmine Molina found herself when she first got to Sitka, over 5,000 miles from her native city of Manila in the Philippines. Sitka’s Filipino population has grown substantially in the past five years, but there remains no formal system to help new students transition to school. That is, until Jasmine came to town.

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49 Voices: Jean Aspen of Homer

This week, we’re hearing from Jean Aspen, a writer of wilderness books and a nurse who lives in Homer.

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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 22, 2015

Budget Battle: Republicans Search for Workaround In Lieu of Courting Democratic Support; For $1B Radar, It’s Clear; State Takes Control of Nursing Facility, Citing History of Violations; Dalton Flooding: DOT Digs Trenches to Keep Airport Open; Museum of the North Rolls Out A New Exhibit: DINOSAURS!; AK: A 12-Year-Old Cultural Ambassador; 49 Voices: Jean Aspen of Homer

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