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Oil Spill Dispersants

Oil Spill Dispersants

The response to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico involved an unprecedented amount of chemical dispersants. If such a spill were to occur in Alaska, the use of dispersants is pre-authorized in certain areas. Should it be?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/21 at 10:00am

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January 17, 2014

“Irregularities” Found in State Crime Lab Drug Samples

It looks as if somebody tampered with drug samples at the state crime laboratory in Anchorage. The state Troopers put out a short press release today saying that new equipment has shown small amounts of foreign materials in the so-called “reference” samples used to compare with and estimate evidence in drug cases.

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January 15, 2014
High PSP Levels Close Southeast Alaska Geoduck Clam Fishery

High PSP Levels Close Southeast Alaska Geoduck Clam Fishery

Southeast Alaska’s geoduck clam dive fishery did not open this week because high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning were found.

January 9, 2014
Natural Capital

Natural Capital

The living systems of the earth recycle waste, supply water, control pests, pollution, and disease, and much more, but these capacities can be depleted. The question is how to allow the economic system to take this into account?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/7 at 10:00am

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January 3, 2014

The Big Stories of 2013

The year that’s about to end had more than its share of drama. As we turn the page on another year of news, APRN’s Steve Heimel has a look back at some of the highlights, with his list of the top 10 news stories of 2013. What was big news in Alaska in some ways depended on where you were.

December 31, 2013

The Big News Stories of 2013

One year ago Shell Oil’s drilling rig had not gone aground and changing the state’s oil tax regime was just the Governor’s dream. Nobody expected Congress to be so gridlocked that budget sequestration would kick in, and the prospects for the Affordable Care act were not good. A lot has changed.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/31 at 10:00am

December 27, 2013

Tales of the Movie Business in Alaska

It’s getting so you can’t turn on a television set without seeing or hearing something about Alaska. And a lot of Alaska is getting into the movie theaters as well. Is any of it true?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/24 at 10:00am

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December 20, 2013

Holiday Greetings Statewide

Many Alaskans make a point of listening to the radio on that very special Tuesday before Christmas when they can have the unique and uplifting experience of hearing holiday greetings from friends and relatives across the state on “Talk of Alaska.” It’s your chance to reach out to people near and far with your good wishes for the holiday and the new year.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/12 at 10:00am

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December 13, 2013
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Warming Arctic Likely Contributing To Erratic Worldwide Weather Patterns

A federal agency says the Arctic continued to warm in 2013 and may have entered a “new normal” of diminished sea ice and wilder swings in weather that affect lower latitudes.

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December 12, 2013

Man Found Dead Outside Eagle River Home

A man was found dead in an Eagle River home Saturday and police are calling it a homicide, but not yet releasing the cause of death for Andrew Conn, 32.

December 9, 2013

Woman Charged In Anchorage Homicide

A woman was charged with second degree homicide Friday night after she called police and said she had accidentally shot a man in a south Anchorage home.

December 9, 2013
Photo courtesy Slow Food International.

Slow Fish: An Idea Whose Time has Come in Alaska?

Alaskans have always enjoyed and defended their fish. We love our clam beaches, most of us oppose fish farming and many of us have our own special recipes not only for cooking, but preserving salmon and other fish. Alaska’s remoteness has helped to protect its fisheries, but in more populated parts of the world, small-scale local fisheries are threatened by habitat degradation and outside-owned fleets.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/10 at 10:00am

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December 6, 2013

The Anchorage International Film Festival

The new motion picture “Icebound,” about the Alaska serum run to Nome, is just one of many films coming to the Anchorage International Film Festival in early December. Also, “The Frozen Ground,” which only had limited theatrical release in Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/3 at 10:00am

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November 29, 2013
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

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

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

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
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

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

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