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Report Outlines Emerging Arctic Research Issues

A report is out today from the National Academy of Sciences outlining emerging Arctic research issues. The report says among other things that a refuge of Arctic sea ice is likely to remain in the summers into the foreseeable future, raising questions about shrinking rather than vanishing wildlife habitat.

April 29, 2014

Seward’s Icebox

What was William Seward thinking when he pushed the purchase of Alaska from Russia? What would most surprise him if he could see Alaska now? Seward’s Day is a state holiday; a town and a highway are named after him; but who was he? Two historians will help us understand why we’re not part of Russia, on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/29 at 10:00am

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April 25, 2014
Oil and gas planning areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Oil and gas lease areas are shown in 
orange, with seismic survey areas shown in gray. Selected oil and gas wells, some in Alaskan state waters and some 
in federal waters, are shown as purple dots. Some coastal communities and cities are also shown.  (Image from the National Research Council)

What Needs To Be Done To Respond To An Arctic Oil Spill?

The National Research Council released a report on what needs to be done in order to be able to respond to oil spills in Arctic waters. Environmental groups were quick to respond that so much needs to be done that it would be better to not drill at all.

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April 23, 2014

Legislature Passes Gov. Parnell’s LNG Pipeline Plan

The House voted 36-4 on the measure Sunday. The Senate later voted 16-4 to agree to the House changes. Senate Bill 138 would set state participation at about 25 percent in a project also being pursued TransCanada, the Alaska Gas-line Development Corp., and the North Slope’s major players. It would allow the project to move to a stage of preliminary engineering and design and cost refinement.

April 21, 2014
Congressional Issues: U.S. Representative Don Young

Congressional Issues: U.S. Representative Don Young

Taking phone calls from all over the largest congressional district in the nation can be a challenge, but it also makes for quite a radio show. Alaska Congressman Don Young is back in his district for the spring recess, and ready to talk with you on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/22 at 10:00am

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April 18, 2014

Alaska Trails Conference Kicks Off Next Week

With all its public lands and scenic values, it’s no surprise that Alaska has an advocacy organization for trails – for walking, skiing, bicycling, off-road vehicle riding and trekking. Called “Alaska Trails,” the group has statewide conferences every couple of years, and the next one starts April 24th at Alaska Pacific University.

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April 16, 2014
Volunteers hand craft Kincaid singletrack. (Photo by Janice Tower/Singletrack Advocates.)

The Potential of Trails in Alaska

With the snow melting back and the ground thawing out, Alaska’s trail builders will soon be back at work making the country more accessible. They’ll be out there with tools and crews, shaping paths for feet, paws and wheels. If you never heard of single tracks and pump tracks and especially if you have, you’ll learn what’s new in trails on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/15 at 10:00am

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April 11, 2014

The Business of Clean Energy

Alaska is becoming known as a testing ground for renewable energy. As more and more clean energy technology comes on the market, Alaska’s high fuel costs can make investments in things that reduce those costs pay off quickly – in fact it’s already happening.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/8 at 10:00am

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April 4, 2014
Corporate Personhood

Corporate Personhood

The issue of corporate personhood has been brought up repeatedly by callers to the show, and the chance to talk about it now arises with the creation of an organization that is asking political candidates to take a pledge to oppose it. The legal implications are of course obvious with the current Hobby Lobby case and the Citizens United and Boy Scouts of America rulings that preceded it.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/1 at 10:00am

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March 28, 2014
J. Torres speaking in Unalaska on March 3. Photo by Luc Sevilla.

The Graphic Novels of J Torres

You may never have heard of “Teen Titans Go,” but that may be because you’re just too old to appreciate comic books. Young readers across the state will be connecting with comic author and blogger J Torres, on the annual “Alaska Spirit of Reading” book club edition of Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/25 at 10:00am

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March 21, 2014

Navy Subs Training In Arctic Ocean

A pair of Navy submarines are on maneuvers in the Arctic Ocean sea ice. One came up from the East Coast and the other from the West Coast.

March 21, 2014
25 Years After Exxon Valdez: What Would Effective Regulation Look Like?

25 Years After Exxon Valdez: What Would Effective Regulation Look Like?

Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly all damaged wildlife populations have been declared “recovered,” but the spill’s impact left lasting marks on people. With another major spill taking place just four years ago, it’s time to talk about loss of trust, and how to restore it.

APRN: Tuesday, March 18 at 10:00am

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March 14, 2014

State House Finance Committee Passes $9.1 Billion Operating Budget

The $9.1 billion state operating budget has passed the House Finance committee. It’s down about $1.6 million from the original bill, much of that due to a cut in school construction and debt service money.

March 13, 2014
Photo from Foundroot.

Growing Food Near the Kitchen

During the Second World War, household “Victory Gardens” produced almost half the food the nation consumed. Now home gardens produce about two percent. Could the path to food security run though a garden plot in your front yard?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/11 at 10:00am

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March 7, 2014
Alaska’s Natural Gas Pipeline Plan

Alaska’s Natural Gas Pipeline Plan

Nobody ever said it would be easy to attract investment for one of the biggest construction projects on earth in the difficult conditions of Arctic Alaska, but we all know it happened once for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Can it happen again for a gas-line?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/4 at 10:00am

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February 28, 2014

It’s About The Dogs

The top sled dog teams in the Iditarod have become so competitive that the slightest edge can make a critical difference. And that means that mushers want to know everything they can about what their dogs can do.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/21 at 10:00am

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February 21, 2014
Gyre expedition crew members and National Park Service staff prepare to load marine debris onto a boat during an intensive cleanup of Hallo Bay in Alaska’s Katmai National Park, June 2013. Like most of Alaska’s 6,640 miles of coastline, Hallo Bay is off the road system, so beach cleanup can only be done by boat charter. This is often prohibitively expensive. Photo by Kip Evans.

Art Enters the Dialogue about Marine Conservation

An exhibition of art made from trash that washed up on beaches is about to open, offering a creative perspective on a growing environmental problem. It’s part of a thrust by the Anchorage Museum to refresh the dialogue about the Arctic. And it opens in the nation’s only Arctic state.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/4 at 10:00am

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January 31, 2014

Shell Calls Off This Year’s Exploratory Drilling Plans For Alaska

Shell announced on Thursday that it has called off its plan to do exploratory oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska this year – and what it will do in future years is not clear.

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January 30, 2014

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

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