Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage
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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.
A home burned to the ground in the Old Believer community of Nikolaevsk and the remains of one person was found inside. The fire happened early Thursday morning, and Troopers say while next of kin have been notified, no identification will be released until the medical examiner confirms it.
A Parnell administration official says a decision will be forthcoming by mid-December on allowing an expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Alaska. The cost of the expansion would be funded by the federal government, but a number of governors have been balking anyway, saying they are concerned about future years.
A 4,000-mile trek by two people just out of college is one thing. Repeating that kind of adventure with two kids is something else altogether. Hig and Erin of Ground Truth Trekking have finished their Cook Inlet expedition and they have a new book out.
APRN: Tuesday, 10/1 at 10:00am
The onset of wintry weather in Fairbanks on Monday brought with it a number of vehicle accidents.
There are always surprises when the guest on Talk of Alaska is the Governor. You just never know what kind of questions are going to come in when the audience is spread all over the state. Way beyond politics as usual, it’s the resumption of the long tradition of Alaska’s Governor appearing on the next Talk of Alaska.
APRN: Tuesday, 9/24 at 10:00am
Another fishing tender vessel got in trouble in Alaska waters Tuesday, but was towed to safety by the Coast Guard.
The major remaining partner in the proposed Pebble Mine said Monday that so much has already been spent on the project that it could get by with a much smaller budget next year.
The financial markets reacted to the news that Anglo American had left the Pebble Partnership by driving the price of the sole remaining partner’s stock to an all-time low.
There are plenty of fans for crime shows, so maybe it’s no surprise that there’s a book that frames the trial of Jesus in terms of the modern justice system. But maybe its more surprising how little has changed in more than 2,000 years. The author of the fascinating book “Jesus on Death Row” will be taking your calls on the next Talk of Alaska.
APRN: Tuesday, 9/17 at 10:00am
A home-built airplane crashed Monday north of Big Lake. The pilot of the plane was killed; he’s identified as Kenneth Whedbee, 66, of Big Lake.