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Anchorage paramedic aids refugees in Greece

Anchorage paramedic aids refugees in Greece

Anchorage resident Teresa Gray just returned from volunteering in a refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Gray is a retired paramedic who was moved to volunteer for three weeks in January with a relief organization based in Ireland, after she saw the tragic and widely circulated photograph of a small refugee boy who died and washed up on a beach. Gray had never assisted with an international relief effort before. She says the refugees who are fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq pay Turkish Smugglers 1500 dollars a person to get to Lesvos.
February 5, 2016

Understanding culture through Alaska literature

Literature helps us understand our world, ourselves and each other and Alaska is full of great authors. Tlingit author Ernestine Hayes will discuss her book Blonde Indian and the deeper understanding that can come from reading about lives that are different from our own. APRN: Tuesday, 2/9 at 10:00am
February 5, 2016
(Via Alaska Earthquake Center)

Seismic monitoring and earthquake energy

Scientists have been waiting for a decade for a large earthquake in Southcentral to test an array of seismic sensors in Anchorage. What did seismologists learn from the 7.1 temblor that struck Cook Inlet, rattling the Kenai and Alaska's largest city and how might that inform building codes in the future? APRN: Tuesday, 2/2 at 10:00am Download Audio
January 29, 2016
Cyrano's theater honored by Governor

Cyrano’s theater honored by Governor

The annual Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities takes place tonight in the capital city. Awards will be given to outstanding Alaskans for their work in advancing art and humanities. One of tonight's recipients is Cyrano's theater company in Anchorage. Download Audio
January 28, 2016
Alaska Native filmmaker selected for Sundance academy

Alaska Native filmmaker selected for Sundance academy

  A lot of Alaskans may know Inupiaq artist Holly Nordlum as a graphic designer, jewelry maker and creator of art that provokes conversations about the painful history of organized religion's impacts on Native people. Born in Kotzebue, Nordlum is a powerhouse of ideas and creative energy. Recently her desire to get a traditional Inupiaq chin tattoo led her on a journey of searching for tattooists who could teach the ancient, cultural art of tattooing with ink and thread or skin poking. Download Audio
January 25, 2016
Sen. Gardner: Lawmakers need committee to vet budget bills

Sen. Gardner: Lawmakers need committee to vet budget bills

Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner introduced legislation yesterday to create a permanent Ways and Means committee in the Senate. It's a companion to a bill introduced by Rep. Sam Kito, a Democrat from Juneau, in the House earlier this week. Download Audio
January 22, 2016
Sen. Meyer: Savings can mitigate budget overhaul impacts

Sen. Meyer: Savings can mitigate budget overhaul impacts

The Majority Caucus in the State Senate has one priority this year: restoring fiscal stability to Alaska. And Senate President Kevin Meyer, of Anchorage, says Permanent Fund earnings will have to be part of that mix. Download Audio
January 21, 2016
Rep. Tuck: Budget burden shouldn't fall on middle class

Rep. Tuck: Budget burden shouldn’t fall on middle class

Anchorage Rep. Chris Tuck is the minority leader in the state House. He questions whether the Governor’s budget proposal is fair for average Alaskans. Download Audio
January 20, 2016

BIA settlement closes; Alaska tribal groups net $100M

The enormous $940 million class-action lawsuit against the BIA on behalf of tribes cleared the last court hurdle today in New Mexico. The case stems from decades of short-funding tribal contracts. More than $100 million will be awarded to tribal organizations in Alaska. Download Audio
January 20, 2016
Chenault: Balance budget with mix of cuts, new revenue

Chenault: Balance budget with mix of cuts, new revenue

The Alaska Legislative session started today in Juneau. The Senate gaveled in at 11 a.m. and House speaker Mike Chenault started things off for the House at 1 p.m. Lawmakers have a lot of work ahead of them as they attempt to address the state’s massive budget deficit. Download Audio
January 19, 2016
Gov hopes nonpartisan politics will help cross party lines

Gov hopes nonpartisan politics will help cross party lines

Gov. Bill Walker is in Juneau preparing for tomorrow's start to the legislative session. Regardless of other considerations, the big challenge will be finding common ground with lawmakers over how to fix the state's large and growing budget deficit. Download Audio
January 18, 2016
The future of the University of Alaska

The future of the University of Alaska

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen was direct in his recent comments about budget cuts the university system is facing. “We face terrible challenges, horrible challenges, tough challenges,” Johnsen said at the recent State of the University address. What does this mean for the future of higher education in Alaska? APRN: Tuesday, 1/19 at 10:00am Listen now
January 15, 2016
Exxon Valdez litigation ends, but spill's legacy may be indefinite

Exxon Valdez litigation ends, but spill’s legacy may be indefinite

Nearly three decades after the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, the litigation for the remaining cash the state and federal governments could pursue from Exxon is at an end. But one biologist says the spill's after-effects may linger for centuries. Download Audio
January 13, 2016
Exxon Valdez litigation ends, but spill's legacy may be indefinite

Exxon Valdez litigation ends, but spill’s legacy may be indefinite

Nearly three decades after the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, the litigation for the remaining cash the state and federal governments could pursue from Exxon is at an end. But one biologist says the spill's after-effects may linger for centuries. Download Audio
January 12, 2016
Rasmuson Foundation, family gift $24M to Anchorage Museum

Rasmuson Foundation, family gift $24M to Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum is getting a big financial boost from the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Rasmuson family, for an expansion. It's a gift of $24 million -- $12 million from the foundation will be matched by the Rasmuson family. Download Audio
January 11, 2016
What's causing Alaska's sea bird die-off?

What’s causing Alaska’s sea bird die-off?

Sea birds are having a tough time in Alaska. Thousands of dead murres have been washing up on beaches in coastal communities and even found inland. biologists are working to pinpoint what's causing this massive die off. Is it El Nino? The warm water blob? Or something else entirely? APRN: Tuesday, 1/12 at 10:00am Listen now
January 8, 2016
Stranded whaling fleet, miraculous survival story make archaeological jackpot

Stranded whaling fleet, miraculous survival story make archaeological jackpot

Federal scientists discovered the battered remnants of two whaling ships near Wainwright in the Chukchi Sea this fall. The ships are believed to be from 1871 when 33 ships were trapped by sea ice. Miraculously, all 1,219 people stranded survived the harrowing ordeal. Download Audio
January 6, 2016
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (left) and Alaska Arctic Adviser Craig Fleener in the Talk of Alaska studios. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and the nation’s Arctic policy

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan has been on the job for one year and has focused on military and veterans issues. He's also been highly critical of the Obama Administration's Arctic strategy, saying a more comprehensive policy is required. In a time of state and federal budget restraints, how will Arctic needs be addressed? APRN: Tuesday, 1/5 at 10:00am Listen now
January 1, 2016

Alaskans win video contest, trip to Norway

A lifelong Alaskan and a relative newcomer to the state combined forces recently to make a short film called Arctic Contrast, winning a video contest sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy in DC.
December 31, 2015

State committee looks to improve, economize jury selection

More than 30,000 Alaska residents were called for jury duty last year. Were you one of them? The state court system relies on a steady stream of jurors to fairly try cases across the state. A Jury Management Committee including judges and court administrators is currently examining ways to improve the overall jury selection process and to contain rising costs. Download Audio
December 29, 2015