Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Two south Anchorage schoolgirls are dead and the driver whose pickup jumped the curb and killed them late Friday faces homicide charges.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former state Senator John Cowdery of Anchorage is dead. Cowdery was first elected to the legislature in 1982.