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Liz Ruskin, APRN

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Obama honors Alaskan who turned grief to service

Obama honors Alaskan who turned grief to service

President Obama has bestowed the Medal of Freedom on Alaskan Bonnie Carroll. She’s a military widow who founded a service organization to help family members of the fallen. Many of the 16 others awarded the medal today are household names or Hollywood icons. Carroll may not be as well known, but her life was already cinematic. Download Audio
November 24, 2015
Costco won't sell genetically engineered salmon 'at this time'

Costco won’t sell genetically engineered salmon ‘at this time’

Costco has been the target of a massive consumer campaign opposed to genetically engineered salmon. Download Audio
November 23, 2015
Chugach tree fulfills holiday destiny on Capitol lawn

Chugach tree fulfills holiday destiny on Capitol lawn

A 74-foot tree cut from the Chugach National Forest near Seward nearly a month ago arrived at the U.S. Capitol today. It’s the first time the Capitol Christmas tree has come from the 49th state, and it had an entourage. Download Audio
November 20, 2015
FDA OK's engineered salmon; lawmakers seek mandatory labels

FDA OK’s engineered salmon; lawmakers seek mandatory labels

It’s the announcement the Alaskan salmon industry has long feared: The FDA approved an application for genetically engineered salmon, declaring the product as safe to eat as natural salmon. Critics, including Alaska’s congressional delegation, are considering their next steps. Download Audio
November 19, 2015
FDA approves genetically engineered salmon

FDA approves genetically engineered salmon

In a blow to Alaska’s salmon industry, the Food and Drug Administration announced this morning it has approved genetically modified salmon, finding it is as safe to eat as natural salmon. It's the first GM animal approved for human consumption in this country.
November 19, 2015
State Forester: Feds should ease certification for fire aircraft

State Forester: Feds should ease certification for fire aircraft

After Alaska’s second worst fire season on record, the state forester told a U.S. Senate committee the government should stop practices that he says needlessly sideline firefighting aircraft. Download Audio
November 18, 2015
Congressional delegation says no to Syrian refugees

Congressional delegation says no to Syrian refugees

Alaska’s congressman and U.S. senators are among the chorus of political leaders calling on President Obama to suspend his plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees. Download Audio
November 17, 2015
Alaskan Bonnie Carroll among Medal of Freedom recipients

Alaskan Bonnie Carroll among Medal of Freedom recipients

The White House has announced that President Obama will award the Medal of Freedom to Alaskan Bonnie Carroll. Carroll founded an organization called TAPS to help family members grieving the death of a military service member.
November 17, 2015
Railroad hopes Congress fixes expensive math gaffe

Railroad hopes Congress fixes expensive math gaffe

The Alaska Railroad has a lot riding on a highway bill pending in Congress. The railroad CEO says he hopes it will fix a technical mistake in a 2012 law that has shortchanged the Railroad $3 million a year. Download Audio
November 16, 2015
For Alaskan home from Paris, attacks resonate

For Alaskan home from Paris, attacks resonate

The world watched in horror today as multiple attacks struck Paris. Paris officials say the death toll could exceed 120. For one Anchorage woman, the tragedy hits close to home. Download Audio
November 13, 2015
Walker's appointee for top DC job: No one

Walker’s appointee for top DC job: No one

Last month, Gov. Bill Walker fired the director of his Washington, D.C. office and two associate directors, giving them 30 days notice. At the time, Walker’s spokeswoman said a new appointment was imminent. Now, though, Walker says he’s decided to leave the top job in D.C. empty. Download Audio
November 12, 2015
Forecast: $80 oil at decade's end

Forecast: $80 oil at decade’s end

The International Energy Agency is predicting the return of higher oil prices, but not soon enough to end the gut punch to Alaska’s budget. Download Audio
November 11, 2015
Defense bills clear U.S. Senate with Alaska projects

Defense bills clear U.S. Senate with Alaska projects

Just in time for Veterans Day, the U.S. Senate has passed two bills to keep the military running, and they include several provisions specific to Alaska. Download Audio
November 10, 2015
Obama brings Native youth into spotlight

Obama brings Native youth into spotlight

Politicians and captains of industry would give a small fortune for this invitation, but a 16-year-old Anchorage girl had an hour-long discussion yesterday with the President of the United States. The opportunity came as President Obama addressed the White House Tribal Nations Conference, an annual event that started with his administration. Download Audio
November 6, 2015
Pebble finds friends on US House panel

Pebble finds friends on US House panel

Proponents of the Pebble mine in southwestern Alaska brought their case to the U.S. House today. Pebble says the EPA collaborated with mine opponents to restrict the project, in what the company calls a pre-emptive veto. Pebble got a sympathetic ear from Republicans on the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Download Audio
November 5, 2015

White House Tribal Nations Conference kicks off in Washington DC

The seventh White House Tribal Nations Conference begins in Washington, DC today, and each of Alaska’s 229 tribes was invited to send a representative.
November 5, 2015
Senate witnesses describe dark side of Russian bear

Senate witnesses describe dark side of Russian bear

Russia is still on good terms with the U.S. in the Arctic, where their coast guards cooperate. But Americans have been warily eyeing President Vladimir Putin’s military buildup in the far north. At a U.S. Senate hearing today, witnesses described Putin more as a cunning bully than a good neighbor. Download Audio
November 3, 2015
Arctic coast guards team up, Russia included

Arctic coast guards team up, Russia included

The head of the U.S. Coast Guard met with counterparts from seven northern nations to create the Arctic Coast Guard Forum. The forum is intended to help pool resources when life, limb or the environment are in danger. But perhaps the most significant feature of today’s event was Russia’s presence. Download Audio
October 30, 2015
Senators grounded while Sec. Carter visits state without them

Senators grounded while Sec. Carter visits state without them

Alaska’s two U.S. senators were supposed to be at Fort Wainwright today. Instead, due to mechanical troubles, they were reduced to making videos describing what they would have said to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, if they'd had the opportunity to talk to him about keeping troops at JBER. Download Audio
October 30, 2015

US Senate passes budget deal; Alaska senators split on vote

The U.S. Senate passed a two-year budget bill early Friday morning, in a vote that split Alaska’s two senators.
October 30, 2015