Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage
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It looks as if somebody tampered with drug samples at the state crime laboratory in Anchorage. The state Troopers put out a short press release today saying that new equipment has shown small amounts of foreign materials in the so-called “reference” samples used to compare with and estimate evidence in drug cases.
Southeast Alaska’s geoduck clam dive fishery did not open this week because high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning were found.
The year that’s about to end had more than its share of drama. As we turn the page on another year of news, APRN’s Steve Heimel has a look back at some of the highlights, with his list of the top 10 news stories of 2013. What was big news in Alaska in some ways depended on where you were.
One year ago Shell Oil’s drilling rig had not gone aground and changing the state’s oil tax regime was just the Governor’s dream. Nobody expected Congress to be so gridlocked that budget sequestration would kick in, and the prospects for the Affordable Care act were not good. A lot has changed.
APRN: Tuesday, 12/31 at 10:00am
Many Alaskans make a point of listening to the radio on that very special Tuesday before Christmas when they can have the unique and uplifting experience of hearing holiday greetings from friends and relatives across the state on “Talk of Alaska.” It’s your chance to reach out to people near and far with your good wishes for the holiday and the new year.
APRN: Tuesday, 12/12 at 10:00am
A federal agency says the Arctic continued to warm in 2013 and may have entered a “new normal” of diminished sea ice and wilder swings in weather that affect lower latitudes.
A man was found dead in an Eagle River home Saturday and police are calling it a homicide, but not yet releasing the cause of death for Andrew Conn, 32.
A woman was charged with second degree homicide Friday night after she called police and said she had accidentally shot a man in a south Anchorage home.
Alaskans have always enjoyed and defended their fish. We love our clam beaches, most of us oppose fish farming and many of us have our own special recipes not only for cooking, but preserving salmon and other fish. Alaska’s remoteness has helped to protect its fisheries, but in more populated parts of the world, small-scale local fisheries are threatened by habitat degradation and outside-owned fleets.
APRN: Tuesday, 12/10 at 10:00am
The new motion picture “Icebound,” about the Alaska serum run to Nome, is just one of many films coming to the Anchorage International Film Festival in early December. Also, “The Frozen Ground,” which only had limited theatrical release in Alaska.
APRN: Tuesday, 12/3 at 10:00am
A recent report by the Tribal Law and Order Commission is the seventh study to call for more effective administration of justice in rural Alaska to address pressing problems of family violence, alcohol abuse, and high rates of recidivism and suicide. Now the state Attorney General says he’s looking for better ways to co-operate with tribes. What about the state Supreme Court?
APRN: Tuesday, 11/26 at 10:00am
An agreement to allow tribal courts to have more law enforcement jurisdiction in rural Alaska may be right around the corner. It was discussed extensively today on the public radio call-in show “Talk of Alaska,” by Attorney General Michael Geraghty and the Chairman of a congressionally-mandated commission that just released a report calling on Alaska to do more to bring law enforcement to the bush.
A fire in a Chugiak cabin has claimed the life of woman who was able to get out of the building but ran back into it. A man was injured and hospitalized.
Criminal assault charges were announced Monday against four young Anchorage men, two of whom are still being sought, in the near-fatal beating of James Clinton, 18, who was apparently left to die in a vacant building owned by Covenant House back in September.
Would tribal law enforcement jurisdiction help address the social and cultural problems in rural Alaska? It has been debated for decades, and now a congressionally-mandated panel says it’s the only way to go. But, a Supreme Court ruling says there is no Indian country in most of the state.
APRN: Tuesday, 11/19 at 10:00am
The herring never really recovered after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Even 24 years later, there is an ongoing effort to monitor the waters of the spill area in the Gulf of Alaska. The spill prompted a wave of revealing scientific research that is cresting now with new technology, and a portal for public access in real time.
APRN: Tuesday, 11/12 at 10:00am
Sunday, the Pentagon made a surprise announcement that most civilian employees are being called back to the nation’s military bases, despite the federal government shutdown.