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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

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Correcting the Department of Corrections

Correcting the Department of Corrections

Prisoner treatment has been a national topic of discussion and a recent report on the Alaska Department of Corrections found numerous problems in the state's system. Governor Bill Walker called the system broken, fired the commissioner and put long time Alaska law man Walt Monegan in charge of making changes at DOC. APRN: Tuesday, 12/29 at 10:00am Listen now
December 25, 2015

Alaska Innocence Project nets first big victory in FBX 4

George Frese, Eugene Vent and Kevin Pease are spending their first day out of prison today in 18 years. They were released yesterday in Fairbanks after the court approved a settlement in the case of the murder of 15-year-old John Hartman. The other member of the Fairbanks Four was Marvin Roberts, who was paroled earlier this year. Download Audio
December 18, 2015
Al Jazeera documentary highlights erosion in Kivalina, Newtok

Al Jazeera documentary highlights erosion in Kivalina, Newtok

On Sunday evening, the issue of Alaska coastal erosion will be featured on the Al Jazeera America program "Fault Lines." The correspondent for the story is former APRN reporter Libby Casey. She says they highlighted Newtok and Kivilina on the northwest Arctic coast. Download Audio
December 18, 2015
Marijuana regs largely on track, but hurdles remain

Marijuana regs largely on track, but hurdles remain

The chairman of the marijuana control board says the state is on track with its regulatory process work. But regulatory hurdles at the federal level -- like product inspection, transport and banking -- still linger. Download Audio
December 15, 2015
Audubon feature: Offshore regulators pressured to meet Shell's deadline

Audubon feature: Offshore regulators pressured to meet Shell’s deadline

A story in Audubon magazine this month details how regulators cut corners and rushed the work schedule as they worked to accommodate Shell's plan to drill in the Arctic last summer. The article follows an Inspector General report released last week showing federal scientists felt they were too rushed to do an adequate job on the environmental review of Shell's proposal. Download Audio
December 14, 2015
The business of marijuana

The business of marijuana

What will it mean to have legal marijuana in Alaska? State and local governments are working right now on regulations for licensing marijuana retail businesses and growers. What kind of shops will be allowed? Who will be able to grow for commercial sales and where? What are the security implications? APRN: Tuesday, 12/10 at 10:00am Listen now
December 11, 2015

Alaska Republicans sue to loosen rules on campaign contributions

Republicans in Alaska are suing in federal court to overturn the state’s strict limits on donations to political candidates and groups. Download Audio
November 25, 2015

Winter food security

A lot of Americans would welcome a forecast for a mild winter, but in Alaska a lack of snow and ice can mean hardship for those in rural communities who depend on cold for traveling and hunting. What happens when the land of ice and snow isn't so frosty? APRN: Tuesday, 11/24 at 10:00am Download Audio
November 20, 2015

Winter food security

A lot of Americans would welcome a forecast for a mild winter, but in Alaska a lack of snow and ice can mean hardship for those in rural communities who depend on cold for traveling and hunting. What happens when the land of ice and snow isn't so frosty? APRN: Tuesday, 11/24 at 10:00am
November 20, 2015
Alaska literary journal dabbles in music artistry

Alaska literary journal dabbles in music artistry

Alaska writers have a range of talents as large as the state they hail from. The Alaska Quarterly Review captures the best of that work and the writings of authors from across the world into an annual collection that has garnered literary praise for decades. Download Audio
November 19, 2015
Contemporary Native art

Contemporary Native art

Keeping Alaska Native culture vibrant and thriving takes work. Young Native artists are meeting that challenge in exciting ways through music, visual art and online media. How do Native artists honor their heritage while stretching themselves creatively? APRN: Tuesday, 11/17 at 10:00am Listen now
November 13, 2015
'My Degeneration,' Peter Dunlap-Shohl illustrates Parkinson's

‘My Degeneration,’ Peter Dunlap-Shohl illustrates Parkinson’s

If you read the Anchorage Daily News from the early '80s to 2008, you will remember the work of cartoonist and graphic artist Peter Dunlap-Shohl. And if you've been wondering what he's been up to since he left the ADN, it's a story of daunting health challenges, admirable determination and a new book. Download Audio
November 12, 2015
Study: Tundra fires induce permafrost melt, land change

Study: Tundra fires induce permafrost melt, land change

Wildfire on Arctic tundra can cause permafrost melt from the top down, contributing to landscape slumping, known as thermokarst. Download Audio
November 9, 2015
Alaska’s employment outlook

Alaska’s employment outlook

For decades people came to Alaska for good paying jobs, but what's the outlook now for the future of our labor economy? With declining oil revenue, what will a great job in Alaska look like 10 years from now? How does this current downturn compare to past financial trouble? APRN: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Listen Now
November 6, 2015
WEIO athlete, mentor Big Bob Aiken dies at 62

WEIO athlete, mentor Big Bob Aiken dies at 62

A legend of traditional Alaska Native games has died. Big Bob Aiken, known as the 'The World's Largest Eskimo' still held records for the Indian and Eskimo stick pull competitions. He believed deeply in the original purpose of the games. Download Audio:
November 5, 2015
House approves TransCanada buyout

House approves TransCanada buyout

With a unanimous vote in the House on Wednesday, the Alaska legislature has approved Gov. Bill Walker’s request to end the state’s partnership with TransCanada -- and take a larger role in the project to build a natural gas line from the North Slope. Download Audio
November 4, 2015

To buyout, or not to buyout? The Legislature debates

The Legislature is meeting in Juneau this week for a special session on the Alaska LNG project -- that’s the proposal to build a giant natural gas pipeline from the North Slope. The big question before lawmakers this session is whether the state should take a larger stake in the project, by buying out one of its partners. Download Audio
October 26, 2015
Is the state finally ready for the gas line?

Is the state finally ready for the gas line?

For decades, Alaska Governors have worked to sign a pipeline deal to sell gas from the North Slope. None have been able to come up with the right formula yet. Current Governor Bill Walker has pushed for gas line development for most of his professional life. Is the time finally right for this massive project? APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10:00am Download Audio
October 23, 2015
Under US chairmanship, Arctic Council convenes in Anchorage

Under US chairmanship, Arctic Council convenes in Anchorage

The United States has taken the helm of the Arctic Council and the eight-nation body is meeting in Anchorage this week. Download Audio
October 20, 2015
Confronting suicide in Alaska: Talk, intervene, heal

Confronting suicide in Alaska: Talk, intervene, heal

A discussion after a suicide can help support vulnerable people who are at risk, or it can help push them in that direction, a lot depends on the words used to describe the event. Download Audio
October 19, 2015