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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

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ConocoPhillips Suspends Chukchi Sea Drilling

ConocoPhillips announced today it is suspending its Chuckchi Sea drilling campaign. The company says “regulatory uncertainty” led to the decision.

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April 10, 2013 - 5:29 pm

More Questions Than Answers On Federal Health Insurance Exchange In Alaska

Alaska’s federally run health insurance exchange is supposed to be ready to enroll participants on October 1st. But with that deadline less than six months away, insurance companies and the state’s division of insurance say they have little information on what the online insurance marketplace will look like.

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April 10, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Snow Totals Downgraded For Latest Storm

The National Weather Service is downgrading it’s forecasted snow amounts for the latest April storm to hit the Anchorage area.

April 8, 2013 - 5:20 pm

More Snow On The Way For Anchorage

The National Weather Service is predicting another round of significant snow for Southcentral Alaska, from the Mat-Su Valley down to the Kenai Peninsula, this weekend. The storm is expected to hit Saturday afternoon, with the heaviest snowfall Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

April 5, 2013 - 5:02 pm

‘A Call To Action’ On Planning Arctic Development

Dozens of federal, state and local agencies have a say on how development happens in arctic Alaska. A report released today (Thursday) makes the case for doing a better job coordinating the work those agencies are doing as big decisions are made on important arctic issues.

April 4, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Oil Companies Testify On Tax Reform Legislation

The major oil companies in Alaska testified last night to the state House Resources Committee about the latest version of Governor Sean Parnell’s oil tax reform legislation. The bill passed the Senate last week. It represents a major tax break for the oil companies. The state estimates it will cost Alaska $6 billion in tax revenue over the next five years.

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March 27, 2013 - 5:29 pm
Landslide Transforms Mountain Near Matanuska Glacier

Landslide Transforms Mountain Near Matanuska Glacier

A large landslide has transformed a mountainside near the Matanuska Glacier. Locals noticed the landslide in mid-February. It left a black streak of rock and debris on the unnamed mountain at least a mile long. One expert says it’s impossible to pinpoint what caused this particular landslide, but they are becoming more common in northern climates.

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March 21, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Alaska Railroad Cutting Over 50 Jobs

The Alaska Railroad is cutting more than 50 jobs in an effort to trim the corporation’s costs as federal grants and revenue decline sharply.

March 7, 2013 - 5:32 pm

International Delegates To Decide On Polar Bear Protections

Delegates in Thailand are scheduled to decide Thursday whether to increase protections for polar bears under an international treaty that regulates trade of endangered species. The United States is proposing to upgrade the polar bear listing to the highest level of protections under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Speices, or CITES. If it passes, it will ban international commercial trade of polar bear fur and other parts. Bruce Woods is a spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska.

March 6, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Speakers Make Case For Accepting Federal Money For Medicaid Expansion

Two speakers at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce forum on Monday made the case for accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state. They also asked chamber members to speak out on the issue.

March 4, 2013 - 5:33 pm
AK: Rookie

AK: Rookie

Thirteen rookies will hit the trail this weekend for the 1000 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. They are an international bunch, hailing from Norway, Russia and even Brazil. Eight call Alaska home, including musher Christine Roalofs who keeps 22 dogs in a barn in her backyard in east Anchorage. Roalofs is a pediatric dentist who fell in love with the idea of racing the Iditarod when she moved to Alaska more than a decade ago.

March 1, 2013 - 5:11 pm
NOAA Crew Tracking North Pacific Storms

NOAA Crew Tracking North Pacific Storms

This month has been a busy one for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s winter storms reconnaissance project. The agency tracks developing winter storms in the North Pacific with an airplane equipped to eject data gathering instruments into the atmosphere. That data is quickly fed into weather models to help refine the forecasts for potentially damaging storms that will hit Alaska and the Lower 48.

February 27, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins Make History at World Championships

It’s been an incredible 24 hours for nordic skiers Kikkan Randall, from Anchorage and her Minnesota teammate Jessie Diggins. The pair made history in Italy Sunday, Feb. 24, winning the first World Championship gold medal in cross country skiing for the U.S. They dominated the skate sprint event from the beginning, but had to recover from a mishap late in the race.

February 25, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk on the Kenai Peninsula

The State Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of a food borne illness linked to raw milk. Officials have confirmed four cases of Campylobacter infection in people who drank raw milk on the Kenai Peninsula. The illness causes diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

February 15, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Both Shell Drill Rigs Heading For Dry Docks In Asia

In the latest setback to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans for this summer, the company says it’s sending both of its drilling rigs to Asia for dry dock repairs. The company says the Noble Discoverer needs an engine overhaul and the Kulluk needs major repairs to its internal electrical systems and hull after running aground near Kodiak on New Year’s Eve. Shell spokesperson Curtis Smith says the Kulluk was damaged inside when seawater came through open hatches, and that the hull was “compromised” in some areas.

February 12, 2013 - 5:51 pm
Lonnie building his snow shelter at 14.2K with Denali’s summit ridge in the background. Photo courtesy of Lonnie Dupre.

Despite Setbacks, Dupre Believes Solo Winter Summit Of Denali Can Be Done

Lonnie Dupre says cold weather is his forte. And it’s a good thing too. The mountaineer has spent the last three winters trying to become the first person to summit Denali solo in December and January. He’s failed all three times and encountered harsh storms, temperatures well below zero and death defying ice along the way. But the Minnesota explorer – who now spends part of the year in Homer, says he’s still optimistic the climb can be done.

February 11, 2013 - 5:12 pm
Photo courtesy of Alyeska Resort.

Alyeska Tram To Reopen Saturday

Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood says the tram will be running Saturday afternoon for the first time in six weeks. One of the tram cars was severely damaged New Years Eve, when a wind gust blew it into the tram tower. The tram car was impaled in the incident, and the five people aboard, including the tram operator had to be evacuated on ropes by ski patrol. One guest suffered a minor head injury.

February 8, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Kikkan Randall Dominates Sprint in Sochi

Kikkan Randall won the world cup skate sprint near Sochi, Russia today, on the same course that will serve as the Olympic venue next year. The Alaska Pacific University skier won all three heats.

February 1, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Tsunami Debris Problem Gets Worse in Alaska, with Little Clean Up Funding In Sight

Refrigerators, foam buoys and even ketchup bottles are piling up on Alaska’s beaches. It’s debris from the devastating Japanese tsunami in the spring of 2011. One of the hardest hit beaches is on Montague Island at the entrance to Prince William Sound. APRN’s Annie Feidt visited the beach with a marine debris expert and has this story.

January 30, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Report Says State Could See Boost If It Accepts Money For Medicaid Expansion Program

A new report shows Alaska would see a big economic boost if the state decides to accept federal dollars to expand the Medicaid program. But Governor Parnell has expressed serious reservations about the expansion.

January 25, 2013 - 4:35 pm