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AK: Hazing Birds

(Photo by Emily Forman, KCAW - Sitka)

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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Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC

Education Activists Wary of Latest School Funding Bill

Sen. Kevin Meyer (File photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

In Juneau, the latest version of the education funding bill emerged today, and it isn’t what school advocates were hoping for. Senate Finance co-chairman Kevin Meyer says it’s a comprehensive bill that would add $100 million to education, and he says the Republican majority is committed to keeping that money in the budget for each of the next three years.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Legislators Enter Session’s Home Stretch

Education isn’t the only thing left on the Legislature’s plate. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is our Capitol correspondent, and she’s joining us today to walk us through what lawmakers need to do in the 60 hours before they gavel out.

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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Series Of Quakes Rattle Northwest Alaska

A series of earthquakes rattled Northwest Alaska about 40 miles northeast of Kotzebue on Friday morning. The tremors began with a strong 5.6 magnitude earthquake at 10:44 Friday morning.

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Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

‘Recall Lindsey Holmes’ Group Takes Petition Dismissal To Court

‘Recall Lindsey Holmes’ Group Takes Petition Dismissal To Court

Representatives from the “Recall Lindsey Holmes” group and Alaska’s Division of Elections met in State Superior Court on Thursday.

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Phillip Manning, KTNA - Talkeetna

Talkeetna Guides With Everest Experience Speak About Deadly Incident

On Friday, a deadly incident claimed the lives of at least 12 people on Mount Everest. Willi Prittie and Ellie Henke, both residents of Talkeetna, have extensive experience on Everest.

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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Hageland Crash

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Hageland Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has published a preliminary report about the crash that killed two pilots near Three Step Mountain.

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Alaska Lawmakers Vote To Allow Medevac Membership Programs

Alaska Lawmakers Vote To Allow Medevac Membership Programs

Legislation allowing medevac membership programs to continue is on its way to Gov. Sean Parnell for his signature. The Alaska House unanimously approved Senate Bill 159 on Tuesday. It sailed through the Senate in late February.

Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

Carnival Miracle Cancels 15 Ketchikan Port Calls

Citing mechanical issues that affect the Carnival Miracle’s maximum cruising speed, Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled 15 of that ship’s port calls in Ketchikan this summer.

Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC

State House Approves 2016 Sunset Date For Alaska Film Tax Credit

State House Approves 2016 Sunset Date For Alaska Film Tax Credit

The state House voted Thursday to sunset the Alaska Film Tax Credit in 2016. The provision was part of a bill requiring state agencies to report to the Legislature on so-called “lost revenue.” That’s the millions of dollars in revenues the state doesn’t collect each year due to various fee exemptions and tax credits. The bill adds sunset dates to some of them, meaning those programs would expire if lawmakers don’t intervene before then.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

House Approves $3 Billion Transfer To Pension System

The Alaska State House has voted in favor of Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to shore up the state’s pension system.

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines

Ferry Workers Considering Strike If Contract Negotiations Don’t Move Forward

Contract talks between the state and Alaska’s ferry workers are heating up as each side disagrees on how to make up the gap between revenues and the cost of operating the ferry system. Workers are now considering whether to authorize a strike if negotiations remain stalled.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC

Texan Confirmed to Alaska Gasline Board

Texan Confirmed to Alaska Gasline Board

The Alaska Legislature today confirmed a controversial appointee to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board of directors after a debate that centered on whether he has Alaska’s interest at heart.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

State House OKs Refinery Subsidy Plan

The Alaska State House has a OKed a deal to give the state’s refineries – and one fertilizer plant — up to $200 million in subsidies spread out over five years.

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Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham

High Mercury Levels Found In Lake Trout From Lake Clark

A new study shows that lake trout in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve have mercury levels that exceed the state and national standards for consumption by women and children.

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Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM - Nome

Alaska Inuit Circumpolar Conference Searches For Food Security Definition

The Alaska Inuit Circumpolar Council met in Nome this week to define food security from an Alaska Native perspective.

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TOA

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

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

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 18, 2014

School Advocates Unhappy With Education Bill’s Latest Rendering; Legislators Enter Session’s Home Stretch; Series Of Quakes Rattle Northwest Alaska; ‘Recall Lindsey Holmes’ Group Takes Petition Dismissal To Court; NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Hageland Crash; Talkeetna Guides With Everest Experience Speak About Deadly Incident; AK: Hazing Birds; 300 Villages: Akiachak

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