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Every summer at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, distinguished authors from around the country come to read their work and offer advice to burgeoning writers. The university’s creative writing department recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of its reading series. Listen now

This week, as part of Alaska Energy Desk's Midnight Oil, we're hearing from Jim Thiele in Anchorage. Thiele did fishery surveys along the trans-Alaska Pipeline in the 70s. Listen now

A new park in Anchorage has received $750,000. The federal grant is part of a nationwide program to enhance parks and recreation facilities in under-served communities. Listen now

Fourth of July celebrations may be over, but that doesn't mean people have stopped firing rockets. Last week middle school students from across Alaska learned how to design and launch their own rockets at one of the University of Alaska Anchorage's Summer Engineering Academies. Listen now

"The first week I went to work was the only week in two and a half years that I worked less than eighty hours a week. Many times we would work twenty-four hours a day." Listen now

The Trump administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has suspended its request for voter information from the Alaska Division of Elections. The commission’s nationwide voter fraud investigation has been put on hold because of a pending lawsuit by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Listen now

Murkowski speaks with constituents about health care during Senate recess; From Anchorage, Walker tells lawmakers to get back to Juneau; Frauds, scams, and schemes cost Alaskans millions last year; Big ships asked to slow down to reduce noise for iconic whales; Whale entanglement expert shares best practices with Petersburg volunteers; Could LKSD support of Alaska Native teacher training put an end to teacher turnover?; Bethel scientist returns home to study climate change Listen now

Senator Lisa Murkowski was one of just four of the Senate's 52 Republicans to make a public appearance over the fourth of July. She spoke with constituents about healthcare. Listen now

Diane Schenker had recently graduated from Reed College and was living in Fairbanks when she heard a rumor that Welding Union 798 had been forced to hire women to help build the trans-Alaska pipeline. A 21-year-old with no experience in construction, Schenker convinced the union office manager to let her work with an all-male crew of welders from the South. Listen now

Last year, Municipal Light & Power completed a $300 million overhaul of their power plant in East Anchorage. The expansion aims to increase efficiency, reliability and environmental quality by replacing old technology. Listen now
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Educators from across the nation are currently meeting in Boston for the annual meeting of the National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in the country. Listen now

An Anchorage woman has started a series of mask-making events to help people understand the challenges of brain injuries. Unmasking Brain Injury is a new project that lets people with cognitive disabilities from brain trauma share their experiences through art. Listen now

This week we're hearing from Adam Foutch, who lives in Anchorage. Listen now

A new bronze sculpture of Iditarod co-founder Joe Redington Sr. was unveiled at Redington High School in Knik on Friday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held the day before signups for the 2018 Iditarod race. Listen now

This week we're hearing from Nanne Boorgeart from Anchorage. Boorgeart is originally from the Netherlands and has lived in Alaska for five years. Listen now

Advocacy group Alaska Trails has sent a letter to let Governor Bill Walker know that transportation funds are at risk. Last September, Alaska returned $2.6 million to the US Department of Transportation. Listen now

The fate of hundreds of millions in Permanent Fund dividend money now rests with the five Alaska Supreme court judges. Listen now

Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources is still searching for the black bear that killed 16-year-old Patrick Cooper on Sunday. Listen now

Anchorage's annual Slam'n Salm'n Derby is in full swing this week. Since last Friday, fishermen at Ship Creek have been competing to see who can hook the biggest king salmon. Listen now

The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers and others said the already at-risk bears have to burn more calories to stay within their preferred habitat as sea ice drifts. Researchers have documented declining body condition, reproduction and survival among polar bears as diminished sea ice gives them fewer opportunities to hunt for seals.