Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.