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Alaska: On the Cusp of Recession?

With oil prices stuck in the gutter, Alaska is staring down the possibility of economic recession. Combine that with declining federal dollars and jobs, military reductions and a weakened fishing industry and it all adds up to a perfect storm. It’s an uncomfortable question: what will our economy look like without a booming oil sector?

APRN: Tuesday, 6/30 at 10:00am

June 26, 2015
Holly Brooks hugs fellow competitor Charlotte Edmondson before the 2014 Mount Marathon race. (Photo by Alexandra Guitierrez, APRN - Seward)

Running Alaska’s Mount Marathon Race

The Mount Marathon race in Seward is the Super Bowl of Alaskan sports. Each July 4th, racers charge up Mount Marathon – a climb of more than 3,000 feet, and then descend in a matter of minutes in a burst of speed that can look like a controlled fall. A new documentary tells the story of the race through the perspective of several Mount Marathon legends.

APRN: Tuesday, 6/23 at 10:00am

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June 19, 2015
Funny River fire rages in the Kenai Keys area of the Kenai Peninsula May 25, 2014

Wildfire Season in Alaska

It’s wildfire season in Alaska and this year more than 50,000 acres have already burned. Is this the new normal? It’s been a hot and dry spring and climate conditions are changing. Even the tundra is burning. How will these changes impact wildfires and how we fight them?

APRN: Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00am

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June 12, 2015

Advance Directives

Talking about death is never easy. But it’s especially difficult in a hospital when a loved one is incapacitated and family members are trying to guess their wishes. Two healthcare workers in Anchorage want to convince Alaskans to have that conversation before a crisis and record their choices in an advance directive.

APRN: Tuesday, June 9 at 10:00am

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June 5, 2015

Suicide Prevention

Spring is a time of new growth and renewal but it is also too often a time that an increase in suicide occurs. Why does Alaska continue to lead the nation in rates of self harm? What’s being done to help Alaskans choose to live rather than end their lives?

APRN: Tuesday, 6/2 at 10:00am

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May 29, 2015

The Legislative Special Session

Lawmakers have gaveled out of the Governor’s special session without acting on his requests of fully funding the state budget, expanding medicaid and passing sexual abuse prevention legislation, known as Erin’s law for schools. Legislators have now called themselves into special session. What changes when lawmakers make the call?

APRN: Tuesday, 5/26 at 10:00am

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May 22, 2015

Staying safe in bear country

Everywhere is bear country in Alaska, even the urban areas. From encounters on the trails and along fishing streams, to bears raiding trash cans and chicken coops, it’s spring and bears are awake and on the move. How do we keep ourselves and them safe?

APRN: Tuesday, 5/19 at 10:00am

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May 15, 2015

Legislative gridlock

The state is in a serious revenue shortfall. But lawmakers are far from agreement about how to address it. What’s driving the stalemate? What can be done to bring all sides together to get the work done? The 90 day session is over, the special session is on and little has been accomplished to address the deficit.

APRN: Tuesday, 5/12 at 10:00am

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May 8, 2015

Heroin in Alaska

Law enforcement officers say heroin use is on the rise in Alaska and communities are struggling to keep the drug out of their neighborhoods. How is it getting here and what’s being done to stop heroin from entering the state. It’s not just an urban problem. Rural residents are speaking out to try to stop it.

APRN: Tuesday, 5/5 at 10:00am

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May 1, 2015
The Blind Spot: Juvenile Justice And Substance Abuse In Young Alaskans.

The Blind Spot: Juvenile Justice And Substance Abuse In Young Alaskans.

Juvenile crime in Anchorage is down, but crimes involving drugs and alcohol is not. Many who work in the juvenile justice system say we’re not catching young people who are getting into trouble soon enough. A new series examines what services are available, how youth are getting help and how they’re helping themselves.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/28 at 10:00am

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April 24, 2015

Land Into Trust And The Future Of Tribal Sovereignty In Alaska

Alaska tribes can now ask the Interior Secretary to take land into trust, a legal designation called Indian Country. What would this mean for the future of tribal sovereignty? How would Indian Country status affect Alaska Native Corporations and the relationship between tribes and the state?

APRN: Tuesday, 4/21 at 10:00am

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April 17, 2015
Health Care Costs in Alaska

Health Care Costs in Alaska

Do you dread getting a bill from the hospital or your doctor’s office? Healthcare costs are rising quickly in Alaska and we’re all paying the bills. We’ll look at why health care costs so much here and what we can do to reduce those costs.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/14 at 10:00am

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April 10, 2015
Historical Gardening in Alaska

Historical Gardening in Alaska

Picture Alaska 100 years ago – the open tundra, the dense forests – and the gardens. We’re looking at the state’s horticultural past with guests from the Alaska Botanical Gardens. We’ll talkabout historical planting methods and how they can still be used today.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/7 at 10:00 a.m.

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April 3, 2015
Alaska’s Housing Issues

Alaska’s Housing Issues

Only 10 percent percent of the people in Alaska who experience homelessness are chronically homeless. Families and individuals often become homeless because they lost their jobs or the cost of housing is too high. So what can we do about it?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/31 at 10:00am

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March 27, 2015

Medicaid Expansion And The State Budget

State leaders need to cut the budget without hurting the economy and find new sources of revenue. In a time of fiscal deficit, what do lawmakers think of Medicaid expansion and other ideas that impact the budget? What will it take to stabilize Alaska’s financial future?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/24 at 10:00am

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March 20, 2015
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters during a press conference Jan. 27, 2015. He was discussing a draft plan released earlier in the day by the U.S. Department of Interior that would block oil development in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Governor Bill Walker And The Alaska State Budget

Governor Bill Walker and legislators need to work together to bring down state spending and raise new revenue. The Governor wants to expand Medicaid, beef up the instate gasline proposal and halt spending on several large infrastructure projects. Some Lawmakers are pushing back. How will they compromise?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/17 at 10:00am

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March 13, 2015
Steve Heimel and Historical Context for APRN

Steve Heimel and Historical Context for APRN

Steve Heimel has been a fixture of the APRN system since its inception. After more than three decades of dedicated service to news, Steve is leaving the network for other challenges. From covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill to helping Alaskans understand the breaking news on September 11th, Steve has been a steadfast, credible and authoritative voice. Steve Heimel
is our guest on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m.

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March 6, 2015
Historic Iditarod trail map. (Map via BLM)

Corridors Past and Future

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/3 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 27, 2015
Our Own Geological Era

Our Own Geological Era

What if what we call the natural world no longer really exists, and we live already in a world of our own creation? There is growing evidence that human activity has triggered a new geological era. Scientists are debating whether the evidence we leave behind in the layers of the earth will be plastic, nuclear isotopes, changed biomass indicators, or other things, but they agree that humans have actually changed the planet. The question is – how do we take responsibility for that, and what can we do from this point on? It’s a question that means a lot for Alaska, and it’s what we’re talking about on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/24 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 20, 2015
Individual components of the final ocean acidification risk index for each census area showing the communities with the highest risk are in the Southeast and Southwest of the state. (Credit: NOAA)

Ocean Acidification And How It Affects Alaska’s Fisheries

Shellfish are particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification, and colder waters are becoming more acidic than warm waters. What does this mean for Alaska and its fisheries – especially crabs and oysters? Or for the food chain that feeds other species in the ocean? The answers are beginning to come in from the scientific world, and we’ll learn more about ocean acidification on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/17 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 13, 2015