Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage
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Every 10 years or so, some writer goes on a trip across the great American heartland, and comes back with the up-beat message that Americans are basically good people and the future of the Republic is more assured than we think. But what about the nation’s wildlife? The author of a book entitled “The Endangered Species Road Trip” will be the guest, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 7/30 at 10:00am
A floatplane crashed on Wednesday on Prince of Wales Island, and all four aboard are expected to survive. The DeHavilland Beaver was owned by Promech Air of Ketchikan.
Wednesday, a jury convicted an Anchorage man of first degree murder for killing his girlfriend by shooting her in the eye last year. The defense for James Marquez, 36, argued for manslaughter, saying Marquez committed the act in a fit of rage. But the prosecution argued the act was done deliberately.
A five year prison term and more than $78,000 restitution is the sentence for the man who crashed a pickup through Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson last January. Kyle Hansen, 26, of Wasilla, was convicted of assaulting a federal officer who was knocked down at a roadblock at the base’s gate as Hansen drove out. Hansen had a long chain of DUI convictions behind him.
A pair of Sea Otter pups turned in to the Alaska SeaLife Center as orphaned are doing fine now. The center says hand feeding the animals was quite a chore because they consume 25 to 30 percent of their body weight each day. They are being transitioned from formula to seafood. Agnes was found near Homer in April. Nutka was found in June on Kodiak Island.
A teenager is reported in critical condition after being struck by a hit and run driver near the Huffman overpass early Sunday morning in Anchorage. Police are seeking the vehicle that struck Tevin George, 18, who was walking with a friend at the Seward Highway and Huffman.
The dead body in an area frequented by drinkers and homeless people near a recreational trail in Anchorage has been identified as Jacob Shavings, 44. Shavings was a resident of the Karluk Manor transition home for chronic alcoholics. No cause of death has been released yet but foul play is not suspected.
Former state Senator John Cowdery of Anchorage is dead. Cowdery was first elected to the legislature in 1982.
There is a quiet collision going on between a fast-developing new crop of Alaska authors and the fast-changing world of publishing. Alaska has always had a place in the national imagination, but is that place changing? Teachers of creative writing will be the guests on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 7/16 at 10:00am
A motorcyclist died in South Anchorage on Monday when he ran into a pickup truck making a turn off the Old Seward Highway.
The Coast Guard reports yet a third tender went aground and spilled an estimated 500 gallons of fuel in Passage Canal east of Whittier.
A new novel set in Alaska shows how quickly traditional knowledge could become far more valuable in a world under ecological stress. “The Raven’s Gift” is set in a future that might be closer than we realize. Readers have a chance to talk it over with author Don Rearden, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 7/5 at 10:00am
Alaska is hosting some Washington visitors this week. Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Coast Guard facilities, and House Speaker John Boehner is touring some Western Alaska communities with Representative Don Young and will appear at a Republican fundraiser on Tuesday. Also in town is former Representative Gabby Giffords, campaigning for expanded background checks for gun sales.
The peak of summer is a time of celebration in Alaska. In Fairbanks, baseball is played under the midnight sun; in Seward, Mount Marathon awaits; in Barrow it will be Eskimo Games; and there are Independence Day parades all over the state. Mid-summer celebrations are the subject, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00am
More hot weather in the Interior and the prospect of thunderstorms are likely to result in more wildfire activity. There are currently 86 active wildfires burning statewide. Fourteen of those are staffed. The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring two outside of Tok and the Chisana River fire south of the Alaska Highway is now at about 30,000 acres.
Alaska’s wildfires continue to burn, with two new ones reported northwest of Kantishna, in the heart of Denali National Park. The Chisana Creek fire in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park is not being fought, but authorities plan to set up a headquarters in Beaver Creek, Canada to keep watch on it.
A motorcycle collision with a moose on the Glenn Highway left a man dead and his passenger in critical condition. Driver Ryan Beachy, 29, of Sutton was southbound at Mile 92.5 Tuesday night, when the moose went into the road and got hit. Beacy and the moose were dead at the scene. Injured was Tracy Bushnell, 25, of Indian.
The Obama administration’s top officials dealing with Arctic issues were in Anchorage Friday looking for comments from Alaskans about their new Arctic Policy. They got plenty of them, from a standing room-only crowd.