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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

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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

Officials Discuss Tribal Authority In Law Enforcement

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.

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November 19, 2013 - 5:08 pm

One Killed In Chugiak Cabin Fire

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.

November 19, 2013 - 11:12 am

Four Charged In September Beating Of Anchorage Teen

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.

November 19, 2013 - 11:02 am
Members of the Commission presenting the ILOC report with the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, US Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).  Left to right:  Chairman Troy Eid, Senator Barrasso, Commissioner Affie Ellis, Commissioner Tom Gede. Photo courtesy of Troy Eid.

Tribal Law and Order in Alaska

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

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November 15, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Marine And Coastal Monitoring

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

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November 8, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Pentagon Calls Back Most Civilian Workers

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.

October 7, 2013 - 9:58 am
A wolf assesses the odds of stealing scavenged food from a brown bear, while two ravens feast on bits of food at the edges. Photo by Gordon Haber.

The Wolf

Biologist Gordon Haber may have spent more hours observing Alaska’s wolves than anyone else. He died in a 2009 plane crash tracking wolves in Denali National Park. His work will be the subject of a book coming out later this month.

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

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October 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm

One Dead After Fatal Nikolaevsk Fire

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.

October 4, 2013 - 10:57 am

State’s Decision On Medicaid Expansion Expected By December

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.

October 4, 2013 - 10:56 am
Erin McKittrick

Erin McKittrick

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

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September 27, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Pew Trust Proposes Arctic Drilling Standards

The Interior Department’s top offshore oil official says he welcomes a detailed set of recommendations from the Pew Trust on what standards should be required for Arctic drilling.

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September 24, 2013 - 5:19 pm

One Dead In Vehicle Crash In Fairbanks

The onset of wintry weather in Fairbanks on Monday brought with it a number of vehicle accidents.

September 24, 2013 - 11:38 am
Arctic Ocean Sea Ice Hits Seasonal Low

Arctic Ocean Sea Ice Hits Seasonal Low

As cold weather dips down into Southcentral Alaska, word comes that the Arctic Ocean has begun freezing up. The sea ice low was hit on Friday the 13th of September, according to a press release today from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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September 20, 2013 - 5:47 pm
Governor Sean Parnell

Governor Sean Parnell

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

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September 20, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Coast Guard Tows Disabled Tender To Hoonah

Another fishing tender vessel got in trouble in Alaska waters Tuesday, but was towed to safety by the Coast Guard.

September 18, 2013 - 9:22 am

Search Continues For New Major Partner For Pebble Mine

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.

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September 17, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Northern Dynasty Minerals Stock Closes At All-Time Low

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.

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September 16, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Kotzebue Child Killed By Loose Dog

In Kotzebue, a child was killed Saturday night by loose dogs, or possibly just one dog.

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September 16, 2013 - 5:17 pm
The American Criminal Justice System through the Lens of the Trial of Jesus

The American Criminal Justice System through the Lens of the Trial of Jesus

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

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September 13, 2013 - 12:00 pm