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A motorcyclist died in South Anchorage on Monday when he ran into a pickup truck making a turn off the Old Seward Highway.
The Coast Guard reports yet a third tender went aground and spilled an estimated 500 gallons of fuel in Passage Canal east of Whittier.
A new novel set in Alaska shows how quickly traditional knowledge could become far more valuable in a world under ecological stress. “The Raven’s Gift” is set in a future that might be closer than we realize. Readers have a chance to talk it over with author Don Rearden, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 7/5 at 10:00am
Alaska is hosting some Washington visitors this week. Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Coast Guard facilities, and House Speaker John Boehner is touring some Western Alaska communities with Representative Don Young and will appear at a Republican fundraiser on Tuesday. Also in town is former Representative Gabby Giffords, campaigning for expanded background checks for gun sales.
The peak of summer is a time of celebration in Alaska. In Fairbanks, baseball is played under the midnight sun; in Seward, Mount Marathon awaits; in Barrow it will be Eskimo Games; and there are Independence Day parades all over the state. Mid-summer celebrations are the subject, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00am
More hot weather in the Interior and the prospect of thunderstorms are likely to result in more wildfire activity. There are currently 86 active wildfires burning statewide. Fourteen of those are staffed. The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring two outside of Tok and the Chisana River fire south of the Alaska Highway is now at about 30,000 acres.
Alaska’s wildfires continue to burn, with two new ones reported northwest of Kantishna, in the heart of Denali National Park. The Chisana Creek fire in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park is not being fought, but authorities plan to set up a headquarters in Beaver Creek, Canada to keep watch on it.
A motorcycle collision with a moose on the Glenn Highway left a man dead and his passenger in critical condition. Driver Ryan Beachy, 29, of Sutton was southbound at Mile 92.5 Tuesday night, when the moose went into the road and got hit. Beacy and the moose were dead at the scene. Injured was Tracy Bushnell, 25, of Indian.
The Obama administration’s top officials dealing with Arctic issues were in Anchorage Friday looking for comments from Alaskans about their new Arctic Policy. They got plenty of them, from a standing room-only crowd.
A group of Anchorage residents is ready to build Alaska’s first co-housing project. A form of condominium, co-housing is not really accounted for in current zoning codes, but may be a housing option preferable to those who seek a sustainable future in an urban environment. It reduces costs and is without the privacy concerns that room-mate situations have. In order to do it, you have to put your money on the line.
KSKA: Tuesday 6/18 at 10:00 am
Monday a body was found in a wooded area near Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Police say the body was decomposed and there are no obvious signs of foul play. An autopsy may help discover the cause of death. No identity yet released.
An all-terrain vehicle loaded with three people tipped in Butte Creek last Friday and one person was later pulled out dead.
A woman was attacked by a cow moose in Kincaid Park in Anchorage Monday. Parks and Rec says the incident occurred when the woman and her husband were taking an evening walk on the Mize Loop Trail and inadvertently came between the moose and her calf.
The National Park Service says there will be no charges against the man who shot a cow moose last week near the Denali National Park visitor center.
A man overboard from a fishing vessel in the Copper River Delta could not be revived when he was pulled back aboard Monday. He’s identified as Cornell Perry Bean Junior, 40, of Kake, who went overboard from the “Esperanza.” They say he was only in the water for about ten minutes.
What if polluters had to pay, and the money went to you? Peter Barnes, author of the influential book “Who Owns the Sky,” has a new idea for selling the commons and paying dividends. It’s an idea with strong roots in Alaska, and this investment strategy will be the topic of the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 6/11 at 10:00am
The Interior Department’s top oil leasing official is in Alaska. Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Tommy Beaudreau heads to Barrow on Friday to hear what people have to say about Arctic leasing. He got a preview Thursday in Anchorage.
The U.S. House has passed a $73.5 billion Military Construction Appropriations bill, which includes Veterans Administration programs. About $200 million of that would be spent in Alaska. Representative Don Young says the bill includes money to start reducing a backlog of VA claims.
A cargo vessel has been detained at the dock in Valdez because something oily is leaking out of its containers. The Caribbean-registered “BBC Arizona” was delivering construction beams when the leak was discovered.