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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

What Needs To Be Done To Respond To An Arctic Oil Spill?

Oil and gas planning areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Oil and gas lease areas are shown in 
orange, with seismic survey areas shown in gray. Selected oil and gas wells, some in Alaskan state waters and some 
in federal waters, are shown as purple dots. Some coastal communities and cities are also shown.  (Image from the National Research Council)

The National Research Council released a report on what needs to be done in order to be able to respond to oil spills in Arctic waters. Environmental groups were quick to respond that so much needs to be done that it would be better to not drill at all.

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Soldier Faces Hearing In Killings Of Iraqi Boys

There is a preliminary court martial hearing scheduled today in Washington state for Sergeant First Class Michael Barbera, formerly of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on murder charges.

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Rescue Helicopter Blows Deflating Raft Ashore

The Air Force, Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers have worked together to rescue a man who found himself on a deflating raft in Cook Inlet near Anchorage.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Legislature Still Working To Make Deal On Education Bill

Having missed it’s adjournment deadline, the Alaska State Legislature is still at an impasse over the Governor’s education bill.

Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

BP Sells Some North Slope Assets To Hilcorp

BP announced Tuesday it’s selling some of its assets on the North Slope. The company will sell to aging oil fields – Endicott and Northstar – to Hilcorp, a company that is developing oil and gas wells in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp will also buy a 50 percent interest in two other fields- Milne Point and Liberty.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Miller Kicks Off Campaign in Wasilla

Miller Kicks Off Campaign in Wasilla

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller kicked off his campaign last night in Wasilla before a few hundred supporters. Miller drew cheers as he hit on popular Tea Party themes, like abolishing the IRS and ending state surveillance. And he may be the only candidate in the race with a personalized country-western anthem.

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Jolene Almendarez, APRN - Anchorage

APD Implements New Crime-Tracking Systems

The Anchorage Police Department is using two new systems to communicate with the public about crimes in the city. One is a crime mapping system and the other allows city residents to receive messages directly from the department.

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Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham

Expert Anticipates Low Prices For Togiak Herring Fishery

The largest herring fishery in Alaska is the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery and many stakeholders are preparing for an early start to the season. But at least one expert thinks the price may be so low this year, it won’t be worth fishing.

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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits

Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits

The Legislature approved new regulations last year for cruise ships to release wastewater into Alaska’s oceans. Since then, the state has developed a permit process based on those regulations. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water Director Michelle Hale stopped in Ketchikan this week to talk about the changes.

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Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

Two Rescued As Troller Goes Aground In Heavy Surf

SMR captain Don Kluting describes sea conditions at Low Island Monday morning as “a bit sporty.” Crew members left the Mirage on foot, once the tide ebbed. (SMR photo/Don Kluting)

Two crewmen were rescued safely after their troller ran aground in heavy seas in Sitka Sound early Monday morning. The 52-foot steel-hulled troller Mirage radioed a distress call at about 3:30 AM. The boat had gone aground on the southern shore of Low Island, in surf and strong winds.

Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Federal Subsistence Board Votes To Limit Kuskokwim Kings to Federally Qualified Users

Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.

The Federal Subsistence Board Thursday unanimously approved a special action request from the Napaskiak Traditional Council that would limit any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users of 32 specific Kuskokwim communities.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution

Full House: The House of Representatives and the Senate met in a Joint Session in the House Chambers on April 17, 2014. They confirmed all of the governor's appointees to boards and commissions. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Last night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

‘Demo Dose’ Lab Tests Find Bacteria

Lab testing of a synthetic saline solution wrongly used in a University of Alaska Fairbanks medical class shows bacteria. A Houston based laboratory was hired by the university to analyze samples of “Demo Dose.” The solution, which is not intended for humans, was used by UAF Community and Technical College Clinical Procedures Class students to practice injections on themselves and one another.

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Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

Gasline Official Says In-State Project Is No Pipedream

Gasline Official Says In-State Project Is No Pipedream

With an oversupply of natural gas in the country, Alaska is exploring the construction of a relatively small, low-pressure gasline within the state’s borders – while still holding out hope for a much larger project should prices improve.

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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Delta vs. Alaska: Dueling Airlines Benefit Juneau

Delta Air Lines performs a test flight into Juneau on Wednesday in preparation for daily service to Seattle starting May 29. (Photo by Doug Wahto)

In preparation for daily flights between Juneau and Seattle starting May 29, Delta Air Lines performed test flights in the capital city on Wednesday. For a long time, Alaska Airlines has been the only one flying that route.

Juneau is set to benefit from the competing partner airlines.

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Tim Ellis, APRN Contributor

Earth Day Celebration Helps Mark Wilderness Act’s 50th Anniversary

Earth Day will be celebrated with a concert in Fairbanks on Tuesday. It’s part of a summer long series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws.

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Congressional Issues: U.S. Representative Don Young

Taking phone calls from all over the largest congressional district in the nation can be a challenge, but it also makes for quite a radio show. Alaska Congressman Don Young is back in his district for the spring recess, and ready to talk with you on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/22 at 10:00am

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Alaska Women's Hall of Fame

Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame: Mary Jane (Evans) Fate

Mary Jane Fate, a Koyukon Athabascan born in Rampart, labored tirelessly to improve all aspects of Alaska Native people’s lives. As one of the original Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act lobbyists, she worked with others to convince the White House and Congress of the fairness and justice in conveying 40 million acres and $1 billion to Alaska Natives through the passage of the Native claims act in 1971.

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AK: Hazing Birds

At most major airports someone is paid to chase birds off the runway, but at Sitka’s airport that job is especially challenging. That’s because three-fourths of Sitka’s runway is surrounded by water. Fish spawn along its banks, attracting hungry birds. That problem was highlighted four years ago when two Alaska Airlines jets collided with eagles on takeoff. KCAW’s Emily Forman spoke with the expert who came in afterward to make sure the runway is safe.

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300 Villages

300 Villages: Akiachak

This week, we’re heading to Akiachak, in Southwest Alaska. The village is the first in the state to formally decide to dissolve its local government in favor of traditional tribal representation. Jonathan Lomack is the executive director for Akiachak Native Community Tribal Government.

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Alaska News Nightly: April 22, 2014

BP Sells Some North Slope Assets To Hilcorp; Legislature Remains Embroiled Over Education Bill; Miller Kicks Off Campaign in Wasilla; APD Implements New Crime-Tracking Systems; Expert Anticipates Low Prices For Togiak Herring Fishery; Comment Period Opens For Cruise Waste Permits; Tlingit Elder, Master Storyteller Cyril George Dies; Brace Yourselves, Bird Season Is Coming

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