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Susitna Dam Appropriation; And Set Net Initiative Rejected

Gov. Parnell seeks a smaller appropriation for the proposed Susitna dam. A Tatitlik village administrator goes to jail for misusing funds. Supporters of the marijuana initiative have enough signatures to make the primary election ballot. The flu is everywhere. What is in store for the oil and gas industry in 2014? Lt. Gov. Parnell rejects the set net initiative. The Municipality of Anchorage hires CH2M Hill to manage the port re-design. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark begich both support extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.

KSKA: Friday, 1/10 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/11 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/10 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/11 at 4:30PM

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January 10, 2014

Izembek Road Rejected; And Election Advertising Begins

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell rejects the Izembek Road – again. The primary election is eight months away but the advertising has begun. The Anchorage School District may have to cut 200 teachers, 400 support staff. The Legislature faces big issues in ’14. State lawmakers are getting and expanded home in downtown Anchorage – and criticism comes with it. Alaska law enforcement gets tough on the drug spice. Gov. Sean Parnell talks about addressing energy concerns in southeast Alaska. Gov. Parnell says it is time to changing the funding plan for the Knik Arm Crossing.

KSKA: Friday, 1/3 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/4 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/3 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/4 at 4:30PM

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January 3, 2014

Battle Of The Tennis Courts Is Over; And Election Season Is Coming

The lengthy Battle of the Tennis Courts is over. A government scientist finds a dead polar bear – and sets off a controversy lasting years. Fish wars on the Kenai Peninsula continue. Three-time sex offenders are sentenced to 99 years. The election season is coming – as is unregulated political advertising. Mayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage goes to Washington for municipal business – and a fundraiser. Santa’s reindeer are a special species, ADFG tells us. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says several Alaska big-ticket projects are a waste of money. A crime story – suspicious icicles.

KSKA: Friday, 12/20 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/21 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/20 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/21 at 4:30PM

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December 20, 2013

Affordable Housing; And Elmore Extension Doubts

Affordable housing in Anchorage. Anchorage Assemblyman Chris Birch proposes moving muni election to the Fall. Alaska faces a $2 billion budget shortfall. Report investigates 20 years of APD-involved shootings. State rejects petition to recall Representative Lindsey Holmes.

KSKA: Friday, 12/13 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/14 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/13 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/14 at 4:30PM
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December 13, 2013

Fall Revenue Forecast Takes $2 Billion Hit; And Democrats Push For Stricter Campaign Disclosure Laws

The state is expecting $2 billion less in it’s fall revenue forecast. The Sullivan administration puts together its capital budget wish list. The fallout of Governor Sean Parnell’s decision to reject federal Medicaid expansion. Democrats push for stricter campaign disclosure.

KSKA: Friday, 12/6 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/7 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/6 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/7 at 4:30PM

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December 6, 2013

Gov. Parnell Rejects Medicaid Expansion; And Redistricting May Be Finished

Governor Sean Parnell objects to Medicaid expansion. Fairbanks suffers a power outage like no other in recent memory. The Anchorage Assembly passes a budget, but remains wrapped up in the debate over ice rinks and tennis courts. Lawmakers are talking about the possibility of state investment in the gas line. Reapportionment of the Legislature appears to be over; the opponents of the plan are giving up. Sen.Mark Begich is targeted for his vote on health care. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has become prominently involved in the debate over sexual misconduct in the military.

KSKA: Friday, 11/22 at 2PM & Saturday, 11/23 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 11/22 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 11/23 at 4:30PM

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November 22, 2013

Anchorage Embroiled In Appropriations Debate; And Taxi Regulation

Anchorage has become embroiled in an appropriations debate. Legislative money for tennis courts – or ice rinks. Some assembly members want to crack down on towing firms. The municipality is exploring a plan to unify the fire and police dispatch. The Anchorage Assembly has been working on Title 11, regulating taxis. Alaska Airlines says it will allow passengers to use more electronic devices. Food trucks have become popular in many American cities. Anchorage is seeing them too – but there are questions about these mobile kitchens as Sean details.

KSKA: Friday, 11/15 at 2PM & Saturday, 11/16 at 6PM.
KAKM, Friday 11/15 at 7:30PM & Saturday, 11/16 at 4:30PM.

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November 15, 2013

Parnell Appeals Subsistence Ruling; Shell Works To Jump Start Arctic Drilling Program

The Parnell Administration appeals a subsistence ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Shell Oil is working to get its Arctic drilling program back on track. Savings will have to be used to balance the state’s budget. Reapportionment of the legislature remains incomplete.

KSKA: Friday, 11/8 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/9 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/8 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/9 at 5:00pm

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November 8, 2013

Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Top AFN Conversations

The issues of substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault garner a lot of attention at the Alaska Federation of Native Conference in Fairbanks. Calls to strengthen tribal control over subsistence matters were highlighted by a round-table discussion with Senator Mark Begich and an address by Senator Lisa Murkowski where she deemed certain Federal Subsistence Board rules “ridiculous.”

KSKA: Friday, 11/1 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/2 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/1 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/2 at 5:00pm

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November 1, 2013

Battle Continues Over Anchorage Labor Ordinance; And Tensions Rise Between Wal-Mart, Fishermen

Mayor Dan Sullivan and the Anchorage Assembly battle over the controversial labor ordinance. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce comes out in favor of Medicaid expansion. A special shelter for the mentally ill is in the works in Anchorage.

KSKA: Friday, 10/25 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/26 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/25 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/26 at 5:00pm

October 25, 2013

Federal Government Reopens; And 2014 Election Races Heat Up

The federal government reopens – for now. Former-Attorney General Dan Sullivan announces run for U.S. Senate. Byron Mallott enters race for governor. Parnell threatens to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service if refuges remained closed. Mat-Su Borough refuses $2 million offer to buy its ferry. The Pebble Partnership and the state are demanding money to pay for legal fees. Potential approaches to curb drunk driving in Anchorage.

KSKA: Friday, 10/18 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/19 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/18 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/19 at 5:00pm

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October 18, 2013

Diversity In The Newsroom

My guest for today’s program is Mark Trahant, Mark is the University of Alaska Anchorage Atwood Chair of Journalism. Mark is the first Native person to hold the Atwood chair at UAA, and diversity in journalism will be part of the discussion today.

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KSKA: Friday, 10/11 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/12 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/11 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/12 at 5:00pm

October 11, 2013

Navigating The Online Health Insurance Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplaces launched across the country on Tuesday. Each state is required to have a marketplace as part of the ACA. The sites are where people can shop for a health insurance plan and figure out if they qualify for a subsidy to help pay for it. Under the health care law, nearly everyone in the country is required to have health insurance starting Jan. 1. Today’s guests are here to answer questions about how to sign up for coverage.

KSKA: Friday, 10/4 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/5 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/4 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/5 at 5:00pm

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October 4, 2013

Anchorage Seeks Surplus Federal Land For Homeless Housing; And State Outraged At EPA Raid

Many Anchorage Assembly members want to delay the vote on the AO37 repeal. Anchorage attempting to obtain 130 acres of surplus federal land near the airport for homeless housing. State outraged at armed EPA raid in Chicken. The Pew Charitable Trust issues a report on Arctic drilling challenges.

KSKA: Friday, 9/27 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/28 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/27 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/28 at 5:00pm

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September 27, 2013

Pebble Loses A Partner; And The PFD Is $900

Anglo American has left the Pebble Partnership. Union leaders turn a petition with over 22,000 signatures for AO-37 repeal. Municipality of Anchorage denies an attempt to change the way union dues are handled. The 2013 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend checks will be $900.

KSKA: Friday, 9/20 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/21 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/20 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/21 at 5:00pm

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September 20, 2013

Former State Rep Fined For Ethics Violations; And The Mat-Su Ferry Saga Continues

Former State Representative Alan Dick must repay the state $18,000 after ethics violations. An Anchorage group wants to stop municipal unions from automatically collecting union dues. The Anchorage Assembly is under pressure to remove fluoride from the city’s drinking water.

KSKA: Friday, 9/13 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/14 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/13 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/14 at 5:00pm
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September 13, 2013

FAA Policy Would Limit Some Night Flying; And Bill Walker Takes A Jab At Gov. Parnell

The FAA may be enforcing a policy that would cancel some night flying at some Alaska airports and other airfields around the country. More natural gas is being discovered in Cook Inlet; there might even be a surplus. The Alaska Congressional delegation seems conflicted about Syria.

KSKA: Friday, 9/6 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/7 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/6 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/7 at 5:00pm

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September 6, 2013

EPA visits Pebble Mine site, Sudden Plane Crash Kills Two

Up for discussion this week: EPA in Alaska, Sudden Plane Crash Kills Two, Teacher Union’s New Contract, “On Frozen Ground” on Thin Ice, Giant Veggies at the Alaska State Fair, America’s Best Drivers Report, 50th Anniversary March on Washing, Dermot Cole Moves to Alaska Dispatch.

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August 30, 2013

Anchorage Labor Law Overturned, Legislature Questioning Education Costs, Citizens Asked to Help Combat Drunk Driving

News headlines up for discussion this week: Anchorage labor law, education in the legislature, combating drunk driving, Anchorage shooter arrested, election 2014 underway, investing in school safety, further restricting abortions, reapportionment of legislature, EPA administration to visit Pebble mine site.

KSKA: Friday, 8/23 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/24 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/23 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/24 at 5:00pm
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August 22, 2013

Hollis French Considers Gubernatorial Run; And The Mat-Su Ferry Is Back In The News

Anchorage State Senate Hollis French ponders a run for governor. Exploring life and politics in rural Alaska. The Mat-Su Borough is weary of the cost of mothballing its idle $80 million ferry. The Democratic Party files suit against the state’s redistricting board.

KSKA: Friday, 8/16 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/17 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/16 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/17 at 5:00pm

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August 16, 2013