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FAA break-up bill clears U.S. House committee

FAA break-up bill clears U.S. House committee

A bill to privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers cleared the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House last night. Rep. Don Young says he amended it to protect Essential Air Service and Alaska’s air taxis. Download Audio

Leverage your leopard: the biz behind Alaska’s only zoo

Leverage your leopard: the biz behind Alaska's only zoo

If you’ve ever wanted to feed a snow leopard, a moose, or a pack of wolves, this year you’ve got a chance. Albeit, for a tidy sum. It’s part of the special programming that helps keep cultural institutions in Alaska afloat during the long, lean winter months. Download Audio

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Emily Russell, KNOM - Nome

Organizations call for ban of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters

A group of non-governmental organizations recently sent a letter to the state department calling for a ban on heavy fuel oil, or HFO, in Arctic waters. HFO is tough to cleanup, but the widespread use of HFO throughout the Arctic makes the ban an especially hard sell. Download Audio

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Petersburg inmate caught by police

Petersburg inmate caught by police

Petersburg Police have apprehended an inmate who escaped from the Petersburg jail Friday morning. Police chief Kelly Swihart says officers arrested 22-year-old Jacob Sturgeon of Petersburg just before 4 p.m. on Friday in a shed behind a home on Lumber Street near downtown Petersburg.

Quinton Chandler, KBBI - Homer

KPC graduate takes first job with BlueCrest

KPC graduate takes first job with BlueCrest

BlueCrest Energy pledged to hire four Kenai Peninsula College graduates to work at their drilling site near Anchor Point. The company made good on its promise. One of BlueCrest’s local hires says the job is the next step in what he hopes will be a promising career. Download Audio

The Associated Press

Anchorage, Willow will host Iditarod starts despite low snow

Anchorage, Willow will host Iditarod starts despite low snow

Organizers have decided that a lack of snow in the Anchorage area won’t force a route change for this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The start of the race will be staged as usual in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. Download Audio

Molly Rettig, APRN Contributor

Sass first to leave Dawson in Yukon Quest

Sass first to leave Dawson in Yukon Quest

It was warm and misty on the Yukon River as Brent Sass left Dawson City with fourteen dogs just after midnight. Snowdrifts, ice melt and gold mines are just a few things mushers have to look out for in the second half of the Yukon Quest.The warm weather has caused some of the glaciated hillsides to melt onto the trail. Download Audio

Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Humane society addresses uproar over Coco’s last day

Humane society addresses uproar over Coco’s last day

Gastineau Humane Society called the dog aggressive and not a viable candidate for adoption. The Juneau couple wishes they’d been notified before the dog was put down. Download Audio

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Search on for escaped inmate in Petersburg

Search on for escaped inmate in Petersburg

Petersburg police are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Petersburg jail Friday morning. Police reported the escape of 22-year-old Jacob Sturgeon of Petersburg just before 11 a.m. on Friday. He reportedly removed his shirt and shoes while running past the borough’s public works shop on South Second Street. Sturgeon was described as 5 foot nine inches, 180 pounds with brown hair.

Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

WISH on probation, but questions arise

Ketchikan’s Women in Safe Homes (WISH) has been on probation since last fall after a site visit by the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault found the emergency shelter out of compliance with various regulations. WISH officials, though, say there was no warning from the state council that there were any problems. In fact, just a few months prior, the shelter had received notice of compliance, praising the program for following regulations.

49 Voices: Laurie Fernandes of Anchorage

49 Voices: Laurie Fernandes of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Laurie Fernandes. Laurie moved to Anchorage with her husband and children last June from Houston, TX. “People do a lot outside in Houston, but I think we just felt it was a great opportunity with work to come up and a great opportunity for the family to see a different side of life and explore and have so many different experiences.” Download Audio

Andrew Kitchenman, APRN & KTOO - Juneau

Legislative Council seeks advice on downtown Anchorage office

Legislative Council seeks advice on downtown Anchorage office

The Legislative Council is seeking advice from an independent finance expert on what to do about the controversial lease on the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage.

Laura Kraegel - KNOM Nome

Quintillion plans to deliver fiber optic cable, high-speed internet by early 2017

Quintillion plans to deliver fiber optic cable, high-speed internet by early 2017

After delays last year, Quintillion Networks has an update on the fiber optic cable project that will bring high-speed internet to western Alaska.

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Small commercial fishing boats need life rafts this month

(Photo from http://pacificmarinedist.com)

Fishermen in Southeast Alaska are learning about new safety requirements for life rafts that take effect later this month. The changes are included in past Coast Guard re-authorization bills and will mean smaller fishing boats will have to have a life raft to go three miles offshore.

Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

“Hero dog” dies after battle with cancer

“Hero dog” dies after battle with cancer

Buddy, the “hero dog” that led an Alaska State Trooper to a structure fire in the spring of 2010 has died after a battle with cancer.

The push to hire locally in AK

The push to hire locally in AK

The number of nonresident workers in Alaska surpassed the number of residential workers in 2014. What’s causing this statistic and what can be done to encourage local hiring within the state? This week’s Alaska Edition tackles these questions and looks at the legality of policies aiming to increase the number of Alaskan workers.

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Rachel Waldholz, APRN - Anchorage

ConocoPhillips looks west, to the National Petroleum Reserve

Despite oil prices hovering around $30 a barrel, ConocoPhillips is plowing ahead with projects in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. The company invited Alaska journalists on a tour this week of CD5, its newest drill site — the first to produce oil from the NPRA and, the company hopes, the gateway to more development. Download Audio

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Leverage your leopard: the biz behind Alaska’s only zoo

If you’ve ever wanted to feed a snow leopard, a moose, or a pack of wolves, this year you’ve got a chance. Albeit, for a tidy sum. It’s part of the special programming that helps keep cultural institutions in Alaska afloat during the long, lean winter months. Download Audio

Talk of Alaska

How safe is Alaska’s drinking water?

How safe is your drinking water? Most communities can be confident that their supply is fine, but Flint Michigan showed the nation that bad things can happen.

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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

FAA break-up bill clears U.S. House committee; organizations call for ban of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters; KPC graduate takes first job with BlueCrest; Anchorage, Willow will host Iditarod starts despite low snow; Sass first to leave Dawson in Yukon Quest; humane society addresses uproar over Coco’s last day; AK: Leveraging your leopard: the biz behind Alaska’s only zoo; 49 Voices: Laurie Fernandes of Anchorage. Download Audio

49 Voices

49 Voices: Laurie Fernandes of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Laurie Fernandes. Laurie moved to Anchorage with her husband and children last June from Houston, TX. “People do a lot outside in Houston, but I think we just felt it was a great opportunity with work to come up and a great opportunity for the family to see a different side of life and explore and have so many different experiences.” Download Audio

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