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Alaska Edition

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 9:00 am

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 - 10:30 am

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 - 9:31 am

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 - 9:00 am

Walker Announces Gubernatorial Run; And Alaska Native Charter School Will Get A New Building

Bill Walker announces his intent to run for governor as an Independent. The future of Anchorage’s popular downtown market is uncertain. Former state representative Vic Kohring is running for Wasilla City Council. The Anchorage Assembly addresses bars’ safety hour.

KSKA: Friday, 8/9 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/10 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/9 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/10 at 5:00pm

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August 9, 2013 - 9:00 am

Redistricting Board Submits New Map; And AO37 Makes It To Court

The state’s redistricting board issues what it hopes will be the final plan, but it’s not without objections. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s municipal labor law makes it to state court. Congress searches for a solution to student loan rates. Senator Lisa Murkowski revisits revenue sharing.

KSKA: Friday, 7/26 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/26 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/27 at 5:00pm

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July 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

Coast Guard Sets Up Seasonal Base In Kotzebue; And FERC Approves A TAPS Settlement

Even though there’s no drilling in Arctic waters this summer, work is still being done in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. The Coast Guard has set up a forward operating location in Kotzebue this year after opening a seasonal location in Barrow last summer. Proponents of the oil tax referendum gather over 50,000 signatures. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves a TAPS settlement with the three owners.

KSKA: Friday, 7/19 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/20 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/19 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/20 at 5:00pm

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July 19, 2013 - 9:00 am

Traini Looks To Limit Executive Pay, Benefits; And Parnell Pushes For Seismic Testing in ANWR

Oil tax referendum proponents say they have gathered enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Assemblyman Dick Traini looks to limit executive pay and benefits. Governor Sean Parnell pushes for seismic testing in ANWR.

KSKA: Friday, 7/12 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/13 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 7/12 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/13 at 5:00pm

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July 12, 2013 - 9:00 am
Congresswoman Giffords Promotes Gun Control In Anchorage; And Don Young Will Seek Reelection

Congresswoman Giffords Promotes Gun Control In Anchorage; And Don Young Will Seek Reelection

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly make a stop in Anchorage to promote gun control. Governor Sean Parnell scolds the oil industry for slow progress on an LNG pipeline. Alaska’s roads ranked worst in the nation.

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

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July 5, 2013 - 9:00 am
DOMA Is Voted Down; And Access Alaska Has A New Building

DOMA Is Voted Down; And Access Alaska Has A New Building

The U.S. Supreme Court votes down the Defense of Marriage Act. Those gathering signatures for a referendum on Gov. Parnell’s oil tax legislation are experiencing paid opposition. An Anchorage resident is killed in the third fatal APD-involved shooting this year.

KSKA: Friday, 6/28 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/29 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 6/28 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/29 at 5:00pm

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June 28, 2013 - 9:00 am
Treadwell Announces Candidacy For US Senate; And Murkowski Says She Now Backs Gay Marriage

Treadwell Announces Candidacy For US Senate; And Murkowski Says She Now Backs Gay Marriage

Current Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell officially announces his run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan announces his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the next election. Senator Lisa Murkowski says she now backs gay marriage. Proponents of a marijuana initiative have gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the 2014 ballot. In order to comply with the Clean Water Act, Anchorage Wastewater Utility may have to spend up to $800 million on equipment upgrades.

KSKA: Friday, 6/21 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/22 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 6/21 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/22 at 5:00pm

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June 21, 2013 - 9:00 am

APD Policy Change on Vehicles as Weapons, BP Plans for North Slope, Immigration Bill Heats Up in Senate

APD policy change on vehicles as weapons. BP and others plan for North Slope. Immigration bill heats up in Senate. Governor Parnell signs $425 million bill to finance gas liquification plant. The Seaalska Bill is back and facing objections to making it law.

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June 14, 2013 - 7:00 am