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At Democratic Lieutenant Governor Debate, Differences In Style Over Substance

The only area where Hollis French and Bob Williams really seemed to disagree was on who would make a better running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott.

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July 14, 2014 - 4:08 pm
Scientists Use Satellites to Track Polar Bears

Scientists Use Satellites to Track Polar Bears

With sea ice in the Arctic melting, polar bears are in peril. Researchers have monitored the threatened species for decades, but tracking bears in remote and harsh climates can be costly and dangerous. Which is why federal scientists have started using a new tool to study the animal: satellites.

July 14, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Flooding Cleanup Starts in Juneau

A handful of homes in Juneau are cleaning up after a river flooded over the weekend. The unusual event has become a regular, almost expected occurrence in the Capital City.

July 14, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Entrepreneurs Get Second Chance for Awards

Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs are getting a second chance to win $40,000 to develop regional businesses. It’s part of a partnership involving a Native corporation and a conservation group that made its first awards last year.

July 14, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Calista Looking to Expand

Facing federal budget slashing and continued pressure on 8(a) contracting, the Calista Regional Native Corporation is continuing to look beyond federal contracts. The company acquired STG, a major construction company last year and is hoping to grow across the economy.

July 14, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Memorial to WWII Internees Dedicated

After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Juneau’s Japanese population was forced from their homes and sent to internment camps in the Lower 48. Teenager John Tanaka was among those shipped out. He was the valedictorian of Juneau High School in 1942, but didn’t get to graduate with everyone else. An empty wooden chair was put on stage in his place. Now, a bronze replica of that chair will remain at the Capitol School Park permanently.

July 14, 2014 - 4:02 pm

“Key Ingredients ” Highlights Local Foods

Eating is, by nature, a social activity. But these days, with the frenetic pace of American living and a disturbing reliance on fast food, it’s hard to get the whole family together for a meal. Now a traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the Palmer Museum attempts to get people connected to their local foods, Recently, a sampling of old time Palmer colonists’ recipes is helping to highlight the use of native grown produce.

July 14, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Denali Commission Money Survives House

Congressman Don Young fends off incursion from fiscal hawks, but the commission remains a shadow of its former self.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Fairbanks Wind Energy Battle Continues

A Fairbanks based alternative energy company continues to push Golden Valley Electric Association to buy more of its wind power. Alaska Environmental Power operates a wind farm in Delta Junction, and recently teamed with an Anchorage law firm on a report it hopes will sway utility members.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Rep. Guttenberg Looks To Jumpstart Fairbanks LNG

State Representative David Guttenberg wants to jumpstart Fairbanks’ conversion to natural gas heating. The state is pursuing a public private project to process North Slope gas and truck it to Fairbanks, but Gutenberg says it faces a familiar problem.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Fairbanks Rains Approach Record Levels

Scattered rain showers are in the Fairbanks area forecast, and any precipitation that falls will add to local totals that have Fairbanks on track to continue breaking wet weather records.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:28 pm
‘Among Wolves’ Details Researcher’s Lifelong Passion

‘Among Wolves’ Details Researcher’s Lifelong Passion

The University of Alaska Press recently published a book detailing one biologist’s lifelong effort to chronicle the lives of wolves that live inside the boundary of Denali Park and Preserve.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Alaska Native Leader Don Wright Passes Away

Alaska Native leader Don Wright has died. He was 84 when he passed away at home on July 5.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:26 pm
Naturalist Steve Merli shares a little known fact - a bear has never been documented harming a person that’s in a group of five or more. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

AK: Bear Aware

For naturalist Steve Merli, bear education isn’t just about staying alive. The way he sees it, knowing how to behave in bear country allows Alaskans to explore wilderness more deeply.

Merli works with Discovery Southeast, a Juneau organization that connects kids with nature programs.

Earlier this month, KTOO’s Lisa Phu joined campers for a lesson that had some questioning their assumptions about bear encounters.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:25 pm

300 Villages: Palmer

This week on AK we’re heading to Palmer, home to the state’s only musk ox farm. Mark Austin is director of the musk ox farm in Palmer.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Alaska News Nightly: July 11, 2014

Denali Commission Money Survives House; Fairbanks Wind Energy Battle Continues; Rep. Guttenberg Looks To Jumpstart Fairbanks LNG; Fairbanks Rains Approach Record Levels; ‘Among Wolves’ Details Researcher’s Lifelong Passion; Alaska Native Leader Don Wright Passes Away; AK: Bear Aware; 300 Villages: Palmer

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July 11, 2014 - 4:13 pm
Lieutenant Governor Primary Election: Bob Williams

Lieutenant Governor Primary Election: Bob Williams

In Alaska, the Lieutenant Governor has duties beyond backing up the Governor and keeping custody of the State Seal. The Lieutenant Governor oversees the enactment of regulations and the Division of Elections. Two Democrats are vying for that nomination in August, and your chance to get to know them is coming up on “Talk of Alaska.” Bob Williams was Teacher of the Year and now wants to be Lieutenant Governor.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/15 at 10:00am

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July 11, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Alaska Edition: Friday July 11, 2014

Alaska Natives go to federal court to force the state to provide more voting assistance to Native-language speakers. Shopping may never be the same in Bethel. Arctic Slope Regional Corporation endorses Dan Sullivan for the Senate. Sullivan and incumbent Mark Begich exchange hostile advertisements. Congressman Don Young receives a “letter of reproval” from the House Ethics Committee. The KABATA moves forward with the Knik Arm Crossing: Buildings on Government Hill will be torn down. Senate candidate Joe Miller goes after his Republican opponents on the immigration issue.

KSKA: Friday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 at 4:30 p.m.

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July 11, 2014 - 7:26 am

Sportsmen’s Bill Falls to Senate Gridlock

A bill to ensure hunters have access to federal land was blocked in the U.S. Senate today, even though nearly half the Senate had co-sponsored it. Sen. Lisa Murkowski , who crafted the bill, was spitting nails after it was derailed. It’s the latest round of an ongoing fight over whether to allow amendments – in this case, amendments about gun control – on the Senate floor.

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July 10, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Mead Treadwell, ‘Big-Picture Guy,’ Runs for U.S. Senate

Mead Treadwell, ‘Big-Picture Guy,’ Runs for U.S. Senate

Some people go into politics for prestige, some for power. Talk to Mead Treadwell for a while and it’s clear, he just loves policy. This is the first in a series about the three Republicans vying for the chance to challenge Sen. Mark Begich in November.

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July 10, 2014 - 5:29 pm