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I Run a Custom Knife Shop

For Virgil and Dawn Campbell, making and selling knives is a way of life. The I.R.B.I. (“I’d Rather Be Independent”) knife shop on the Seward highway has been in the family for three generations and serves as workshop and a landmark for passerbys from near and far.

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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

New Anchorage Museum “lab” sparks innovation

A student plays at the new Spark!Lab. Feidt/APRN

What do buckets, disco balls, circuits, and marbles have in common? They’re all part of the Anchorage Museum’s attempt to spark innovation in their new interactive exhibit.

Liz Ruskin, APRN

Arctic Opportunities Hearing Continues Despite Widespread Closures In DC

In the nation’s capital, lawmakers fled to the airports ahead of a snow storm today that closed most government offices. But one U.S. senator held a hearing anyway. Scores of Alaskans packed into Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Energy committee for a hearing on Arctic opportunities.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Rep. Don Young’s Homeless Comments Draw Public Ire

On the other side of the Capitol, Alaska Congressman Don Young attended the only other congressional hearing on this snowy day in Washington, and he created a stir with a comment about homeless people.

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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Feds Turning Tongass Land Over To Sealaska

Feds Turning Tongass Land Over To Sealaska

Sealaska Corp. gets its new land on Friday. The federal Bureau of Land Managementwill sign paperwork that day turning over 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the corporation.

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Lawmakers Discuss Federal Issues With Pot Legalization

A state Department of Law official told concerned lawmakers that regulating marijuana shouldn’t result in federal prosecution.

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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

How Will Retreating Glaciers Affect Whales, Seals?

Glaciologist Erin Pettit was on a kayaking trip in Glacier Bay in 2006 when she first wondered what kind of noise the glaciers were making under the water. Her new research shows the answer to that question is a lot – and not just when the glaciers are calving. Here’s the sound of a glacier pressurized bubbles being released from a glacier.

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Anchorage Police Identify Man Killed At Busy Intersection

Anchorage police have released the name of the pedestrian struck and killed Wednesday by an SUV.

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Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

Robotics, Spelling, Poetry: Skagway School Expands Academic Extracurriculars

The Thought Bots at the Anchorage robotics competition. (Courtesy Heather Rodig)

Sports like basketball are well-supported at schools around Southeast Alaska. But in Skagway, the superintendent and school board have made a deliberate effort to extend activities beyond athletics.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Alaska House Finance Committee Hearing Public Input On Budget

With the state facing a deficit of more than $4 billion, the budget is arguably the most important issue facing the Alaska Legislature this session. The House Finance Committee is now hearing from the public on its cuts, in preparation for any changes it might make to the spending proposal.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Murkowski Seeks Lease Extensions for Shell

Last summer, Shell asked the government to extend its offshore drilling leases in the Arctic. Today, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski pressed Shell’s case to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a Senate hearing. Murkowski says Shell needs certainty to continue to invest billions of dollars in its Arctic operations.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Sullivan Jousts with EPA’s McCarthy

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan today engaged the head of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, in a testy exchange. Sullivan’s focus was the EPA’s proposed rule for the Clean Water Act. But first the senator extracted some crow from McCarthy for dissing gifts given to her when she visited Alaska last year. Sullivan says her reference to a jar of moose meat that could “gag a maggot” was disrespectful to Alaskans.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Medicaid Expansion Event Brings Out Lawmakers, Davidson

Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd in the Alaska Capitol, Christie Herrera, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Government Accountability, briefs legislators, staffers and members of the press about Medicaid expansion, March 4, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the “dangers” expansion poses in states that opt for it.

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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

Budget Cuts Would Eliminate Health Care Commission

The Alaska Health Care Commission would be eliminated in proposed funding cuts from the House finance committee. The Commission makes policy recommendations to the legislature and the Governor to improve the health of Alaskans and control health care costs.

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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

P/V Stimson Likely to Move From Unalaska to Kodiak

(Courtesy: Alaska Wildlife Troopers)

The state is once again looking to move the Wildlife Trooper patrol vessel Stimson from Unalaska to Kodiak. And this year, the change seems poised to go through.

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Matt Martin, KDLG - Dillingham

Researcher Investigating Alaska’s Sexual Assault Issues

A researcher from University of California Irvine is in Dillingham to collect the experiences of sexual assault victims. The project is trying to figure out the cause of the disproportionately high number of sexual crimes in rural Alaska.

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Corridors Past and Future

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/3 at 10:00 a.m.

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AK: Tracking Halibut

Pacific halibut are one of Alaska’s most valuable fish, but we know surprisingly little about what happens to the species during an important time in their life – their spawning period. Amanda Compton caught up with a study in Glacier Bay focused on just how halibut spawn using a special type of tracking equipment.

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300 Villages: Mud Bay

This week we’re heading to Mud Bay, right near Haines. Melina Shields is an artist and massage therapist who lives in Mud Bay, Alaska.

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Alaska News Nightly: March 5, 2015

Arctic Opportunities Hearing Continues Despite Widespread Closures In DC; Rep. Don Young’s Homeless Comments Draw Public Ire; Feds Turning Tongass Land Over To Sealaska; Lawmakers Discuss Federal Issues With Pot Legalization; How Will Retreating Glaciers Affect Whales, Seals?; Church, Non-Profit Cooperation Working To Provide Low-Income Housing; Anchorage Police Identify Man Killed At Busy Intersection; Anchorage Museum Exhibit Works To Spark Innovation; Robotics, Spelling, Poetry: Skagway School Expands Academic Extracurriculars

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