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AK: Hockey Homecoming

Tanner Sorenson takes aim at the net outside at the Bonnie Cusack outdoor rink in Anchorage. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage has a close knit hockey community, but if players want to continue on to college hockey or eventually play professionally, they have to move away from Alaska at a fairly young age – leaving friendships behind. They use their short breaks back home to re-live some of those childhood memories on the ice. And, the 5th Annual Christmas Classic gives them that opportunity.

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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Interior Dept. Appoints New Leader for Offshore Energy

The federal agency that regulates offshore oil drilling is about to get a new leader. Abigail Hopper has been named director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, according to a report from FuelFix.

Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Unknown Oily Sheen off Shishmaref Coast Returns

Unknown product visible under nearshore ice on Dec. 12, 2014. (Photo: Sharon Nayokpuk, Shishmaref Environmental Program via Alaska DEC)

An oily sheen of unknown origin discovered along the northeast coast of Shishmaref this summer has returned.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Governor Walker Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks

Governor Bill Walker is striking an optimistic tone despite tanking oil prices that are reducing state revenue. Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Walker pointed to opportunity.

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Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

Scientists ID Two Bat Species Never Before Seen In Alaska

(Image via FIRST RECORDS OF YUMA MYOTIS (MYOTIS YUMANENSIS)
IN ALASKA)

Scientists are in a race to learn as much as they can about bats in Alaska. And that race has led to the discovery of two new species previously unknown in the state. The Hoary bat and the Yuma bat were both found in Southeast Alaska.

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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Court Decision Allows Tribes To Apply For Lands To Be Placed In Trust

Tribes in Alaska are celebrating a decision that allows them to apply for lands to be placed into trust status with the federal government.

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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Tulsequah Mine Study Outlines Taku River Barging

The Tulsequah mine sits above the Tulsequah River which flows into the Taku River.

Chieftain Metals Corp. has released new details on its plan to barge supplies and minerals to and from the Tulsequah Chief Mine, up the Taku River south of Juneau.

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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

DEC Reaches Diesel Spill Site Along Dalton Highway

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been able to get back in to a remote spot along the Dalton Highway where a fuel tanker wrecked and overturned Sunday night, spilling 1,200 gallons of diesel. The spill and a fire that burned the wrecked rig occurred near the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

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Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg

Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg

Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg

Some Petersburg residents would like to see a fall brown bear hunt in Unit 3. The Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee has introduced two proposals to expand brown bear hunting near Petersburg.

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Heather Penn, KUAC - Fairbanks

Charities Help Fill Void From Santa’s Clearing House During Holiday Season

Charities are stepping up to help more Fairbanks families this holiday season. Organization’s like Love Inc. and the Salvation Army are providing gifts for kids whose families were formerly served by Santa’s Clearing House.

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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

Chevron Pulls Back On Beaufort Sea Drilling Plans

Chevron has leases in Canadian waters and notified the Canadian government Wednesday that developing its EL 481 lease tracts would not be competitive in the company’s anticipated future markets.

Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

Sikuliaq Headed To Alaska Waters

The 261-foot vessel had trials in the Great Lakes. It went through the Panama Canal, and on to Hawaii, Guam, and should arrive shortly at the navy submarine test center in Behm Canal outside of Ketchikan before crossing the Gulf to Seward and a commissioning ceremony.

Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Kuskokwim 300 Boasts Biggest Field in Two Decades

The 2015 K300 starts January 16th.

Exactly one month from the start of the Kuskokwim 300, 31 mushers have signed up for the race to Aniak and back. Race Manager Zach Fansler says it’s the biggest field in two decades.

Liz Ruskin, APRN

What’s on Gov. Walker’s Federal Wish-List?

Like governors before him, Bill Walker says the item at the top of his federal wish-list is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development. Alaska’s congressional delegation has been trying for decades, but Walker believes opening ANWR is politically possible.

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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Federal Spending Bill Appropriates $100 Million for Missile Defense in Alaska

The Missile Defense Agency will be placing 14 more interceptors like this at the Fort Greely missile base by 2017. The will bring the total number of interceptors at the base to 40. Photo from the Missile Defense Agency.

The federal omnibus spending bill that awaits President Obama’s signature contains $100 million for missile defense in Alaska. It’s the only major funding for military construction work in Alaska this fiscal year.

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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Governor Cuts Funding for Mining Road Project That is Subject of 2-Day Meeting in Fairbanks

Tribal leaders and stakeholders representing communities that could be impacted by a proposed 220-mile industrial road gathered in Fairbanks to discuss cultural, environmental and social impacts of the road’s potential construction. The meeting is happening at time when the state is facing difficult budget decisions that could hamper the project.

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Annual Statewide Holiday Greetings Show

It’s not to be missed! The annual state-wide holiday greeting edition of Talk of Alaska is on its way. Good wishes will be flying across the great state of Alaska, re-connecting friends and families and extended families in a two-hour wave of greetings. So make your list and get ready to call on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/23 at 10:00am

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AK: Hockey Homecoming

Anchorage has a close knit hockey community, but if players want to continue on to college hockey or eventually play professionally, they have to move away from Alaska at a fairly young age – leaving friendships behind. They use their short breaks back home to re-live some of those childhood memories on the ice. And, the 5th Annual Christmas Classic gives them that opportunity.

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300 Villages

300 Villages: Kluti Kaah

This week we’re heading to the Native Villages of Kluti Kaah in Cooper Center Alaska. Mark Johns lives in Kluti Kaah.

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Alaska News Nightly: December 18, 2014

Unknown Oily Sheen off Shishmaref Coast Returns; Governor Walker Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks; Scientists ID Two Bat Species Never Before Seen In Alaska; Court Decision Allows Tribes To Apply For Lands To Be Placed In Trust; Tulsequah Mine Study Outlines Taku River Barging; DEC Reaches Diesel Spill Site Along Dalton Highway; Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg; Sealaska Heritage Institute Begins Move into Walter Soboleff Center; Charities Help Fill Void From Santa’s Clearing House During Holiday Season

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