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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

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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
Are big energy projects the solution for Alaska's budget crisis?

Are big energy projects the solution for Alaska’s budget crisis?

What's the prognosis for big energy projects in Alaska? Shell's abandoned the Arctic and state lawmakers are about to duke it out over an expensive new natural gas line. We'll dig into fossil fuel projects. Is the proposed gas line a real solution for the state's budget crisis or CPR on a flailing economy? APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at 10:00am Download Audio
October 16, 2015
The current and future authority of Alaska's tribal governments

The current and future authority of Alaska’s tribal governments

The state and tribes have a relationship that is at times tense but there has been progress on some fronts. This week there was an announcement that the first joint tribal/state court would be starting up in Kenai as a partnership with the Kenaitze Indian tribe and the state. A tribal and state judge will sit side by side and preside together over a wellness court, dealing with substance-related criminal cases. KSKA: Fri., Oct. 16, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 17, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 17, at 6:00 p.m. Listen Now:
October 16, 2015

Impacts of ‘Land into Trust’ on Alaska tribes

For the first time, Alaska tribes have the right to ask the federal government to put tribal lands into trust status, just like tribes in the Lower 48. What would this legal designation, known as Indian Country, mean for tribes and for the state? What are the potential benefits and what are the restrictions? APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio
October 9, 2015
Volcano farts: Scientists look to gas for beta on atmosphere, geothermal resource

Volcano farts: Scientists look to gas for beta on atmosphere, geothermal resource

In September, a team of scientists crawled around the summit of seven volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands. They updated seismic sensors, replaced 8,000 pounds of batteries and visited one summit that geologists hadn't been to since the 1940s. Download Audio
October 5, 2015

APOC fines Slope mayor Charlotte Brower $35k for failure to disclose

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is fining North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower $34,460 dollars for failing to file her annual disclosure report for 2014. In the investigation into her campaign for re-election last year, Brower and her staff refused to provide information repeatedly requested by APOC. Download Audio
October 2, 2015

Economic and legal impacts of Anchorage’s equal protection ordinance

Alaska was the first state in the nation to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage, now Anchorage is the first city in our state to pass an equal protection ordinance that makes discrimination illegal in employment or housing for gay, lesbian and transgender people. APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 10:00am Download Audio
October 2, 2015

Bipartisan effort to enact justice reform taps Outside help

Alaska lawmakers are grappling with an exploding prison population that has grown by 27 percent over the last decade. Since May, lawmakers have been working with the Pew Charitable Trust on Justice system reforms and have tasked a Criminal Justice Commission with bringing recommendations forward by December. Download Audio
September 29, 2015
Justice reform and Alaska's swelling prison population

Justice reform and Alaska’s swelling prison population

Alaska's prison population has grown by 27 percent in the last decade. Without reforms to our justice programs, the state's prison population could exceed capacity within 2 years. What are the best ideas for keeping people off the path to incarceration and reduce recidivism while maintaining public safety? Download Audio: APRN: Tuesday, 9/29 at 10:00 a.m.
September 25, 2015
Seth Kantner out with new collection of essays

Seth Kantner out with new collection of essays

Most authors struggle to get their work noticed...at all...and would love to get a phone call by a publisher, asking them to write something...but when an editor called Northwest arctic resident and writer Seth Kantner asking him to write about caribou, this was his response: ...I said no.
September 24, 2015

Federal grants target mold in tribal housing

Tribal housing in Alaska will benefit from more than $1 million in grants announced Monday through the federal Housing and Urban Development program to address mold.
September 21, 2015
From Spanish flu to the '64 quake, AK Child & Family celebrates 125 years

From Spanish flu to the ’64 quake, AK Child & Family celebrates 125 years

Well over a century ago, United Methodist church members started the Jesse Lee Home in Unalaska for children who had been orphaned by disease or needed care while their parents recovered from illness. When the Spanish influenza pandemic wiped out villages along coastal Alaska, the home moved to Seward, and after the 1964 earthquake, it moved again to Anchorage. A hundred and twenty-five years later, Alaska Child and Family, the contemporary to the Jesse Lee facility is celebrating their anniversary this week. Download Audio
September 18, 2015
Growing a new generation of fishers and farmers

Growing a new generation of fishers and farmers

Alaska's maritime industry is the largest private employer in the state, but fleet workers are aging. I'm Lori Townsend. On the next Talk of Alaska, we'll discuss plans to attract more young people to the fishing industry, and also look at some of the parallels to farming, too. APRN: Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio
September 18, 2015
Study: Climate helps skeeters grow faster; Caribou feel the added bite

Study: Climate helps skeeters grow faster; Caribou feel the added bite

The Arctic is already known for having impressive swarms of mosquitoes in the summer. And climate change could boost mosquito population numbers, according to a new study from a Dartmouth researcher. Download Audio
September 17, 2015

BIA settles with 640 tribes for $940M

The U.S. Justice Department today announced the settlement of a large class-action lawsuit brought by 640 tribes and tribal groups against the Bureau of Indian Affairs over payment of contract support costs.
September 17, 2015
Arguments fly in landmark Ketchikan schools case

Arguments fly in landmark Ketchikan schools case

The Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in case that could upend the way the state pays for education. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is arguing that it's a violation of the state constitution to require local governments to chip in money to fund local schools. Download Audio
September 16, 2015
Alaska's fiscal and economic future

Alaska’s fiscal and economic future

Oil prices are stubbornly low and the state’s budget is in trouble. Alaska Common Ground will hold a day long forum on Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future on September 19th. Organizers solicited budget proposals from citizens. They were tasked with filling a $2.5 billion gap for five years. What did they come up with and will a compromise emerge that the majority of Alaskans could support? APRN: Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio
September 11, 2015
Denali Commission ekes back into the spotlight

Denali Commission ekes back into the spotlight

After being on life support for the past few funding cycles, The Denali Commission is full of muscle again with an expanded mission to help rural Alaska. The Commission, created by the late Senator Ted Stevens to fund village energy projects saw yearly funding up to $150 million at its peak. Currently the Commission's budget is around $10 million, but a mandate by the White House to help combat the effects of climate change on remote communities may help it garner more federal dollars. Download Audio
September 10, 2015
Getting to know a volcano, starting with its plume

Getting to know a volcano, starting with its plume

A group of scientists from around the country are on a three-week expedition studying volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands. As part of that project, Tobias Fischer with the University of New Mexico is using instruments on helicopters to measure the gas composition of volcanic plumes. The work is aimed at improving volcano monitoring. Download Audio:
September 8, 2015

New pipeline film showcases the builders

The trans-Alaska oil pipeline stars in a new film compilation that looks at the history of the 800-mile project through the experiences of five people who helped build it. The Consumer Energy Alliance partnered with the Alaska Support Industry Alliance to produce Pipeline Pioneers. The short, 11-minute series of profiles, recently debuted in Anchorage.
September 7, 2015