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Crews Fighting to Keep Funny River Fire Away from Homes

Firefighting crews battled to keep the Funny River fire from expanding toward homes and cabins on the Kenai Peninsula. People evacuated from about 1,000 households waited it out through Sunday night at shelters, and homes of friends and relatives. The fire has been spotted at times across the Kenai River.
May 26, 2014

Solar Energy from the Ocean

Solar energy technology has greatly improved over the last few years, but who would have thought that the ocean could be used as a solar collector? And who would have installed the technology to do so? That’s what’s now being done at the Seward Sea Life Center. And now they’re seeking to spread the energy. APRN: Tuesday, 5/27 at 10:00am Download Audio
May 23, 2014

Seismologist Delivers Cautionary Notes

If you have lived in Southcentral Alaska for a year or more, you are almost certain to have felt an earthquake. But a damaging quake is something else again. Experts tell us a quake as powerful as the Great Alaska Earthquake of fifty years ago isn’t likely any time soon, but it doesn’t take a Magnitude Nine to do big damage. Download Audio
May 20, 2014

Earthquake Awareness: State of the Art

The earth is restless in Alaska, with more earthquakes than all the other states combined - plus volcanoes and tidal waves. The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 was critically important scientifically, and that science has made remarkable advances in recent years. APRN: Tuesday, 5/20 at 10:00am Download Audio
May 16, 2014
Wilderness in Alaska

Wilderness in Alaska

Whether you call it locking up land or protecting it, wilderness designation raises some profound cultural, biological and management questions. As it turns 50 years old, is the Wilderness Act showing signs of age? Or has it barely reached maturity? Nowhere in the country is there more wilderness than Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 5/13 at 10:00am Download Audio
May 9, 2014

Apache Selling Gulf Of Mexico Offshore Interests

The oil and gas company exploring the west side of Cook Inlet is getting a cash infusion. Apache is selling off some of its Gulf of Mexico offshore interests to a mining company - Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold - for $1.4 billion.
May 9, 2014
National Weather Service Issues El Niño Watch

National Weather Service Issues El Niño Watch

There could be more warm and cloudy weather on Alaska's coast and more wildfire danger in the Interior this summer if a temperature trend in the waters of the Pacific Ocean along the equator continues. Download Audio
May 8, 2014

National Science Foundation To Deploy Seismic Sensors In Alaska

Alaska is the place to be if you want to study earthquakes. In a year, it has as many earthquakes as all the other states combined. Scientific study of those quakes is beginning to ramp up significantly as the National Science Foundation deploys a new network of seismic sensors this summer. Download Audio
May 6, 2014

Alternative Public Education Opportunities

For many years policy leaders have been talking about ways to bring more education choices to rural Alaskans. Now those options are beginning to appear. Legislation has passed to benefit charter schools and boarding schools around the state. APRN: Tuesday, 5/6 at 10:00am Download Audio
May 2, 2014

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 Download Audio
April 25, 2014
What Needs To Be Done To Respond To An Arctic Oil Spill?

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. Download Audio
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 Download Audio
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. Download Audio
April 16, 2014
The Potential of Trails in Alaska

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 Download Audio
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 Download Audio
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 Download Audio
March 28, 2014
The Graphic Novels of J Torres

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 Download Audio
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