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AK: The Sitka Sentinel Remains A Family Affair

AK: The Sitka Sentinel Remains A Family Affair

The Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare. As many newspapers in big cities have folded or turned into online only operations, the Sentinel steadily churns out five issues a week. The paper is owned and edited by Thad and Sandy Poulson, reporters who arrived in 1969 and are determined to keep the press running.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

After Weekend Moves On Budget, Legislative Session Continues On

After a week of lots of gridlock and little accomplished, the Alaska State Legislature lurched into some fits of action on the budget this weekend.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

With Budget Negotiations Stalled, Republicans Consider Partially Funding Government

A three-quarter vote is needed to access the state’s rainy day fund, and the House’s Democratic minority has made their support conditional on a few priorities, like increased education funding and Medicaid expansion. The Republican majorities in the House and Senate are now considering ways to avoid that vote.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

After Five-Month Break, More National Guard Records Released

The 4142-page file was sent to news organizations at 3p.m. on Friday afternoon. Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News requested the materials nearly a year ago, during the Parnell administration, but were denied access until a superior court judge ruled for their release in October.

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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land

At the low end, prevention measures costs the State of Alaska $9 per point of contact. Intensive substance abuse treatment costs $49,502 per person on average. Chart courtesy of the Division of Behavioral Health, DHSS.

In spite of high substance abuse rates across Alaska, state officials and non-profit workers see policy measures are dove-tailing with new evidence that perceptions about drinking are starkly different from realities on the ground.

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Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

Testing Refusals Hit Haines, Put Star Rating And Funding At Risk

Testing Refusals Hit Haines, Put Star Rating And Funding At Risk

A growing national movement to opt-out of standardized testing has hit the Haines School District hard. In the past six years, only one student has refrained from taking annual tests. But this year, families of 12 students refused the test.

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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Southwest’s Healthy Sea Stars Could Shed Light on Wasting Disease

Southwest’s Healthy Sea Stars Could Shed Light on Wasting Disease

A mysterious virus that’s been wiping out sea stars on the West Coast since 2013 has spread all the way to Southeast Alaska — but it hasn’t made it to Southwest. That’s what a group of researchers found last month in Unalaska and Kodiak. Now, they hope the islands’ healthy sea stars will give them new clues about how the virus works.

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Starting And Maintaining A Small Business

Today we’ll be talking to some Alaskans who make the business world their beat and we’ll find out how minorities can get some assistance in starting and maintaining a business.

KSKA: Friday, 4/24 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/24 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 4:30pm

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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

US To Assume Arctic Council Chair Amid Dispute Over Russian Military Moves

US To Assume Arctic Council Chair Amid Dispute Over Russian Military Moves

The United States will take over Friday as chair of the Arctic Council, the international body of representatives from eight nations with territory in the region. U.S. delegates they’ll focus on the impact of climate change on the Arctic and its peoples. And despite divisions between some members, observers say they don’t believe council’s work will be disrupted.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

US Senate Confirms Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

The U.S. Senate today voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Both Alaska senators voted against her, saying she has not shown she has the independence to stand up to the Obama White House.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Alaska Miners Dispute Claim That ‘Much’ Of Alaska’s Federal Lands Are Open To Mining

Alaska mining advocates are taking issue with something Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said last week, while defending federal resource management in Alaska.

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Jury Convicts Tanana Man In Evidence Tampering Case

A jury has convicted a 59-year-old Tanana man on evidence tampering charges after two Alaska State Troopers were shot to death.

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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth Alone, Together

Methamphetamine. (Photo via dea.gov)

This week we’re exploring the Blind Spot, it’s a focus on the teens who are abusing substances but aren’t being caught by the system that’s set up to help them. In this story, KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with two young women who are relying on each other rather than an organization to end their methamphetamine addiction.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

UAF Announces Academic Program Cuts, Changes

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has released a list of academic program cuts and changes in response to reduced state funding. The cost saving measures are the first of numerous expected as UAF tries to cover a more than $20 million budget hole.

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Francesca Fenzi, KNOM - Nome

Cessna 185 Makes Emergency Landing In Nome

Cessna 185 Makes Emergency Landing In Nome

A privately-owned Cessna 185 airplane made an emergency landing at Nome’s City Field airport on Thursday afternoon.

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Emily Kwong, KCAW - Sitka

PSP: With New Lab, STA Takes A Gamble On Shellfish Testing

AmeriCorps volunteer Esther Kennedy is helping STA launch an early warning system for beaches in Southeast, so harvesters can know when it’s safe to dig and when to steer clear. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

Despite the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning — or PSP — Southeast Alaska has a robust dive fishery that includes geoduck clams. The entire industry hinges on weekly testing results from the Department of Environmental Conservation laboratory in Anchorage.

This scenario could change in the not-too-distant future. In part 1 of our 2-part series, KCAW’s Emily Kwong reported on efforts by Sitka Tribe of Alaska to monitor the waters of Southeast for PSP. In part 2 today, she tracks their plans to launch a commercial testing lab.

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The Blind Spot: Juvenile Justice And Substance Abuse In Young Alaskans.

Juvenile crime in Anchorage is down, but crimes involving drugs and alcohol is not. Many who work in the juvenile justice system say we’re not catching young people who are getting into trouble soon enough. A new series examines what services are available, how youth are getting help and how they’re helping themselves.

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AK: The Sitka Sentinel Remains A Family Affair

The Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare. As many newspapers in big cities have folded or turned into online only operations, the Sentinel steadily churns out five issues a week. The paper is owned and edited by Thad and Sandy Poulson, reporters who arrived in 1969 and are determined to keep the press running.

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49 Voices: Tom Irons of Homer

This week, we’re hearing from Tom Irons, who is retired and lives in Homer.

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Alaska News Nightly: April 24, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Looking To Avoid Constitutional Budget Reserve Vote; More National Guard Records Released; The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land; Testing Refusals Hit Haines, Put Star Rating And Funding At Risk; Southwest’s Healthy Sea Stars Could Shed Light on Wasting Disease; AK: Small Town Newspaper; 49 Voices: Tom Irons of Homer

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