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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

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Officials Unsure When Richardson Highway Will Reopen

The state Transportation department now says they don’t know when the flooded highway through Keystone Canyon outside of Valdez will be passable again.

January 29, 2014 - 11:14 am

Researchers Explore Polar Vortex

With unseasonably warm weather reaching all the way up into the Brooks Range in Alaska and bitterly cold weather dipping deep into the Lower 48 states, everybody wants to know more about the Polar Vortex – the jet stream that wobbles around the Arctic. Last month in San Francisco a team of scientists with the Byrd Polar Research Center came out with a study that takes one more step toward better understanding that wobble by putting a lot more detail into high-latitude weather records of the past.

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January 27, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Radiation from Fukushima

They’re having trouble sealing up the leaking nuclear power plants in Japan and they’re also having trouble disclosing what is going on there. Is this a reason to distrust Alaska seafood?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/28 at 10:00am

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January 24, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Warm Temperatures Causing Issues Around State

The Northern Lights 300 Sled Dog Race from Big Lake to Finger Lake has been cancelled, and the north part of Denali National Park has been put off limits for snowmachines due to wet conditions and lack of snow. Skiing has been off and on at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

January 24, 2014 - 11:46 am

‘Excluder’ Could Limit Salmon Bycatch

The Pollock trawl fleet now has a device that could help them avoid catching too many salmon. It’s what’s called an “excluder,” and has been in development for more than ten years. The design was presented at the Marine Science Symposium meeting in Anchorage.

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January 22, 2014 - 5:24 pm

International Maritime Organization Working On ‘Polar Code’

A”polar code” for shipping vessels traveling in the Arctic could be agreed upon this week by a committee of the International Maritime Organization.

January 21, 2014 - 11:13 am
Oil Spill Dispersants

Oil Spill Dispersants

The response to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico involved an unprecedented amount of chemical dispersants. If such a spill were to occur in Alaska, the use of dispersants is pre-authorized in certain areas. Should it be?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/21 at 10:00am

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January 17, 2014 - 12:00 pm

“Irregularities” Found in State Crime Lab Drug Samples

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.

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January 15, 2014 - 4:46 pm
High PSP Levels Close Southeast Alaska Geoduck Clam Fishery

High PSP Levels Close Southeast Alaska Geoduck Clam Fishery

Southeast Alaska’s geoduck clam dive fishery did not open this week because high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning were found.

January 9, 2014 - 11:59 am
Natural Capital

Natural Capital

The living systems of the earth recycle waste, supply water, control pests, pollution, and disease, and much more, but these capacities can be depleted. The question is how to allow the economic system to take this into account?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/7 at 10:00am

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January 3, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Big Stories of 2013

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.

December 31, 2013 - 4:41 pm

The Big News Stories of 2013

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

December 27, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Tales of the Movie Business in Alaska

It’s getting so you can’t turn on a television set without seeing or hearing something about Alaska. And a lot of Alaska is getting into the movie theaters as well. Is any of it true?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/24 at 10:00am

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December 20, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Holiday Greetings Statewide

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

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December 13, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Courtesy climate.gov.

Warming Arctic Likely Contributing To Erratic Worldwide Weather Patterns

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.

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December 12, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Man Found Dead Outside Eagle River Home

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.

December 9, 2013 - 10:09 am

Woman Charged In Anchorage Homicide

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.

December 9, 2013 - 10:06 am
Photo courtesy Slow Food International.

Slow Fish: An Idea Whose Time has Come in Alaska?

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

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December 6, 2013 - 12:00 pm

The Anchorage International Film Festival

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

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November 29, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Chief Justice Dana Fabe. Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage.

The Law in Alaska

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

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November 22, 2013 - 12:00 pm