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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

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EPA Administrator Visits Portage Glacier

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency is making a field trip to Alaska this week.  Gina McCarthy says this trip is not about regulation, but about learning and tribal consultation.  She’ll be going to Fairbanks and Bristol Bay, but she started her trip at the site of a receding glacier.

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August 26, 2013 - 6:03 pm
U.S. Senator Mark Begich

Federal Issues

With only a few working days left before the change of the fiscal year, what can we expect Congress to accomplish? Members are back in their districts consulting with their constituents right now. And the guest will be Senator Mark Begich on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday 8/27 at 10:00 am
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August 23, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Coast Guard Plans Arctic Spill Test

The Coast Guard icebreaker Healy is on its annual mission in the ice pack north of Barrow.  Next month a group of technology specialists will come aboard with drones and submersibles to test arctic oil spill response capabilities.

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August 21, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Hunting Guide Rescued From Brooks Range After Bear Mauling

Friday morning the Alaska Air National Guard used some special tactics and equipment to successfully pull off a rescue in the Brooks Range north of Anaktuvuk Pass, where a hunting guide was mauled by a brown bear.

August 19, 2013 - 10:20 am
The University of Alaska’s Role in Alaska’s Future

The University of Alaska’s Role in Alaska’s Future

How should the University of Alaska adapt to changing times? Not only is technology changing, but so is the job market. Higher education faces the impossible task of ramping up to train people for future jobs that haven’t even been thought of yet. University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has some ideas, and he wants to hear yours on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 8/20 at 10:00am

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August 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Photo courtesy of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Dinosaur Hunters Return For Field Season

The dinosaur hunters are back from this year’s field season in Denali National Park.  Composed of researchers from Fairbanks, Japan, Korea and Texas, the team was helicoptered into wilderness in the Riley Creek area to look for footprints laid down 70 million years ago.

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August 14, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Fishing Tender ‘Fate Hunter’ Runs Aground Near Valdez

There is another fishing tender aground in Alaska. This time it’s in Port Valdez. The 65-foot “Fate Hunter” ran aground Sunday and four people were rescued by a fishing vessel.

August 12, 2013 - 10:18 am

Man Charged In Deaths Of 2 Anchorage Teens

Two south Anchorage schoolgirls are dead and the driver whose pickup jumped the curb and killed them late Friday faces homicide charges.

August 12, 2013 - 10:17 am


Ever since his ministry in Bolivia in the 1970’s Father Roy Bourgeois has stood up against death squads and more recently for the ordination of women to be Catholic priests. All that time, he has been confident that with enough solidarity, a movement will emerge. Is a time of crisis for the Catholic church also a time for this movement?

KSKA: Tuesday, 8/13 at 10:00am

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August 9, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Man Shoots, Kills Brown Bear Near McHugh Creek

A hiking trail south of Anchorage has been closed after a man was charged by a brown bear and shot it with an assault rifle Sunday. The incident took place between McHugh Creek and Rainbow along Turnagain Arm.

July 30, 2013 - 9:50 am

Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Anchorage Hit-And-Run

A woman has been charged in a South Anchorage hit and run. Kayla Johnson, 20, pled not guilty Saturday. The damaged vehicle was spotted by a tipster and Johnson was arrested Friday. She is accused of driving while intoxicated as well as the hit and run on July 20. The victim, Tevin George, is still hospitalized with a serious head injury.

July 29, 2013 - 10:06 am
Photo courtesy of the Endangered Species Road Trip book.

Touring a Mass Extinction Event

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

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July 26, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Four Survive Floatplane on Prince of Wales Island

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.

July 25, 2013 - 9:31 am

Man Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder For Shooting, Killing Girlfriend

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.

July 25, 2013 - 9:29 am

Man Who Crashed JBER Gate Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison

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.

July 25, 2013 - 9:27 am

Orphaned Sea Otter Pups Recovering At SeaLife Center

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.

July 22, 2013 - 9:09 am

Anchorage Teen In Critical Condition After Hit And Run

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.

July 22, 2013 - 9:05 am
The Papa Pilgrim Episode

The Papa Pilgrim Episode

The limits of the last frontier took only a few years to close in on the notorious “Papa Pilgrim.” What at first appeared to be wholesome and righteous turned out to be the opposite. Now the whole story is out.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/23 at 10:00am

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July 19, 2013 - 12:00 pm

APD Identified Man Found Dead Near Sullivan Arena

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.

July 19, 2013 - 11:37 am

Former State Senator John Cowdery Dies

Former state Senator John Cowdery of Anchorage is dead. Cowdery was first elected to the legislature in 1982.

July 15, 2013 - 10:17 am