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Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage

sheimel (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8454 | About Steve

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

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

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
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

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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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
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

Pilot Killed In Big Lake-Area Crash

A home-built airplane crashed Monday north of Big Lake. The pilot of the plane was killed; he’s identified as Kenneth Whedbee, 66, of Big Lake.

September 10, 2013

Search Continues For Missing Plane Near Yakutat

The Air Force and the Coast Guard continue looking for a plane that went missing Monday on a flight from Yakutat to Anchorage. The pilot is reported to be Alan Foster, 47, of Eagle River.

September 10, 2013
Sea Ice Changes Begin Affecting Vegetation On Land

Sea Ice Changes Begin Affecting Vegetation On Land

The Arctic sea ice has been surprising scientists for the last six years. It set a new record for melting back during the International Polar Year in 2007. Last year it beat that record, but at the same time the seasonal ice in the Bering Sea has been increasing – also to a record last winter. Whatever is driving these changes is also beginning to affect the vegetation on land.

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September 6, 2013
Alaska’s Winter Olympians

Alaska’s Winter Olympians

For some years now, Alaska has produced more than its share of competitive athletes for the Winter Olympics. Is it just because it’s cold up here? We’ll find out from the athletes themselves, as they take a break from training for Sochi to appear on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 9/10 at 10:00am

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September 6, 2013

Plane Crashes Near Rohn; One Killed

A single engine plane crashed southeast of McGrath, near Rohn in the foothills of the Alaska Range on Friday. The pilot, Scott Mueller, age 58, of Big Lake, was killed. A passenger, Traeger Anderson, age 30, of Wasilla, was injured.

September 2, 2013

Iconic Barrow Restaurant Burns Down

Pepe’s North of the Border is no more. The world’s northernmost Mexican restaurant burned to the ground on Saturday. The fire also sent a good deal of smoke into the attached Top of the World Hotel.

September 2, 2013
Legal Marijuana

Legal Marijuana

The Attorney General has decided that even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, he will not go after states that have legalized it, like Washington and Colorado. Should Alaska be next? A decision is likely coming next year, from the voters of the state. Doug Fine, the author of “Too High to Fail,” is the guest on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday 9/3 at 10:00 am

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August 30, 2013