Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
The state Transportation department now says they don’t know when the flooded highway through Keystone Canyon outside of Valdez will be passable again.
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.
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.
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.
A”polar code” for shipping vessels traveling in the Arctic could be agreed upon this week by a committee of the International Maritime Organization.
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
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.