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Keyes Commits Suicide In Prison; and Enstar Warns of a Possible Gas Shortage

Israel Keyes commits suicide in prison. U.S. budget cuts could be a big blow to Alaska. Enstar warns it’s customers to be prepared for a gas shortage. Fairbanks wood smoke battle continues. Rumrunners may lose its liquor license. Alaska could lose up o $700 million in revenue next year.

KSKA: Friday, 12/7 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 12/8 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 12/7 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 12/8 at 5:00pm

December 7, 2012 - 9:00 am
Revisiting the ‘Fairbanks Four;’ and Black Friday In Alaska

Revisiting the ‘Fairbanks Four;’ and Black Friday In Alaska

Revisiting the “Fairbanks Four” 15 years later. Where is the secession impulse heading now? How did Black Friday affect Anchorage’s consumer market? Buccaneer Oil has high hopes for drilling in Alaska. Lawmakers rally against renewing Rumrummers’ liquor license. The Anchorage School District to cut 100 jobs next year. The Mat-Su ferry may have found a home in the Marianas Islands.

KSKA: Friday, 11/30 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 12/1 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/30 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 12/1 at 5:00pm

November 30, 2012 - 9:00 am
Looking Back At Alaska’s Election; And The State’s Future In Oil

Looking Back At Alaska’s Election; And The State’s Future In Oil

Looking back at the state-wide election. The legislature has been reorganized. Lawyer claims House District 38 results suggest racial gerrymandering. What should be expected of Gov. Parnell this session. The U.S. is predicted to be the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, what does that mean for Alaska? The Anchorage Assembly approves a $475 million budget.

KSKA: Friday, 11/16 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/17 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/16 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/17 at 5:00pm

November 16, 2012 - 9:00 am
Election Prompts Big Changes In The Alaska Legislature

Election Prompts Big Changes In The Alaska Legislature

Democrats lose seats in the Alaska legislature. What’s likely to happen in the unfinished race between Hollis French and Bob Bell? Republicans Click Bishop, Pete Kelly and John Coghill win key Interior Alaska Senate seats. Don Young handily wins reelection. All Southcentral Alaska judges are retained. What happened with the Constitutional Convention ballot question?

KSKA: Friday, 11/9 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/10 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/9 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/10 at 5:00pm

November 9, 2012 - 9:00 am
Voters To Decide On $433 Million In Bond Projects; Campaign Season Wrapping Up

Voters To Decide On $433 Million In Bond Projects; Campaign Season Wrapping Up

Legislators asking voters to approve $433 million in bond projects, including $50 million for the Port of Anchorage. How are Alaskans affected by Hurricane Sandy? Three subsistence fishermen found guilty of fishery law violations. Campaign season wraps up as the Nov. 6 election draws near. The Anchorage Assembly eyes reapportionment. Social conservatives target Judge Sen Tan, who is up for retention on this year’s ballot

KSKA: Saturday, 10/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Saturday, 10/27 at 5:00pm

November 2, 2012 - 9:00 am
AFN Concludes; and Voters to Decide on $50 Million in Bonds for Port of Anchorage

AFN Concludes; and Voters to Decide on $50 Million in Bonds for Port of Anchorage

The Alaska Federation of Natives conference concludes in Anchorage. What is happening with the APOC hearing on a complaint against Bob Bell? There are $50 million in bonds for the Port of Anchorage on the November ballot. “Protesters say No to Outside money in politics.” Murder suspect Israel Keyes home is searched by police again. New Cook Inlet analysis raises LNG gas concerns.

KSKA: Friday, 10/26 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/27 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/26 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/27 at 5:00pm

October 26, 2012 - 9:00 am
Mayor Sullivan Releases Revised Budget Proposal; Heroin Use On The Rise

Mayor Sullivan Releases Revised Budget Proposal; Heroin Use On The Rise

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan releases revised proposal for municipal budget. Crime declines in Anchorage, except in rapes and robberies. Heroin use is growing and affecting more and more people. Cook Inlet Housing talks about a major revitalization of a portion of the Spenard area. The Alaska Supreme Court gives gadfly Andree McCleod a partial victory in her court case challenging former Gov. Sarah Palin’s use of a private e-mail account to conduct state business. A Fairbanks woman was arrested for forging signatures on an initiative petition.

KSKA: Friday, 10/19 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/20 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/19 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/20 at 5:00pm

October 19, 2012 - 9:00 am
Judge Upholds the Parental Notification Law; and Early Voting Begins in Alaska

Judge Upholds the Parental Notification Law; and Early Voting Begins in Alaska

The Alaska First Coalition spending money in support of the state Senate’s bi-partisan coalition. Is “reform” really the right word to use in the current oil tax debate? Senate candidate Bob Bell’s $1 million contract with BP. Superior court judge upholds the parental notification law. Fairbanks wraps up its municipal elections. The Big Three oil companies report to Gov. Parnell on the proposed gas line. Fairbanks struggling with the high energy costs. Early voting begins in Alaska.

KSKA: Friday, 10/12 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/13 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/12 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/13 at 5:00pm

October 12, 2012 - 9:00 am
Anchorage Mayor Presents Budget; and Energy Companies Propose LNG Pipeline Plan

Anchorage Mayor Presents Budget; and Energy Companies Propose LNG Pipeline Plan

Mayor Dan Sullivan presents the assembly with two versions of the Anchorage Municipal budget. Mayor Sullivan sticks with the sidewalk law. The major Alaska energy companies estimate that a liquefied natural gas project would cost up to $65 billion. BP paid Republican Senate candidate Bob Bell’s firm $1 million for contract work. Early voting has already started in other states, especially Ohio. In Alaska you can vote early by absentee ballot – in person – 15 days out from the election.

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

October 5, 2012 - 9:00 am

Southcentral Alaska Recovers From Storms; and Concerns Over Wishbone Hill Resurface In The Valley

Southcentral starts to clean up after a series of September storms. Issues regarding the Wishbone Hill coal development resurface in the Valley. The Mat-Su Borough election takes place next week. Coleman Barney is sentenced in his Fairbanks militia trial. Gov. Parnell wants to break up the Senate Bi-Partisan Coalition. How has money affected this fall’s elections? Concerns raised about the availability of natural gas to Anchorage in the future.

KSKA: Friday, 9/28 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/29 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/28 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/29 at 5:00pm

September 28, 2012 - 9:00 am
PFD Comes In At $878; and Shell Calls It Quits For The Year

PFD Comes In At $878; and Shell Calls It Quits For The Year

The Alaska Permanent Fund will be $878 this year. The International Association of Chiefs of Police make their recommendations from the audit of APD. The detox center at the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage is suspended. A new coalition is pushing cuts in oil taxes and an increase in oil production. Shell Oil calls it quits for the year.

KSKA: Friday, 9/21 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/22 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/21 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/22 at 5:00pm

September 21, 2012 - 9:00 am
Wind Storm Pummels Anchorage; and Ballot Measure 1 Passes

Wind Storm Pummels Anchorage; and Ballot Measure 1 Passes

Shell starts drilling, then calls it off as sea ice approached. A massive wind storm enveloped Anchorage last week. Ballot measure 1 has passed. The Mat-Su ferry has a big for sale sign on it, but who are potential buyers? Parents of chronically truant students may face criminal charges. The Joe Miller lawsuit against the Fairbanks North Star Borough has come to an end. Gov. Parnell says the state will no longer cooperate on NPR-A development unless some of the state’s ideas are implemented.

KSKA: Friday, 9/14 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/15 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 9/14 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/15 at 5:00pm

September 14, 2012 - 9:00 am
Wind Storm Pummels Anchorage; and Matanuska River Continues to Swallow Houses

Wind Storm Pummels Anchorage; and Matanuska River Continues to Swallow Houses

A massive wind storm hits Anchorage. The cost of health care in Alaska. The election is over but the vote counts continue. West Anchorage is getting a “mixed-use development,” complete with a bistro. The Matanuska River continues to swallow houses. The Anthony Rollins civil suits cost the Municipality of Anchorage over $5 million. After being at the center of 2008 convention coverage, Sarah Palin was invisible at the 2012 GOP convention.

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

September 7, 2012 - 9:00 am
Ballot Propositions Fall; Young Wins Republican Nomination

Ballot Propositions Fall; Young Wins Republican Nomination

Both ballot propositions fall in the Primary Election. Two Republic incumbents lose their primary election bids. Approximately 10 new members join the Alaska House of Representatives. Don Young takes the Republican nomination in dominating fashion. Voter turnout comes in at under 25 percent.

KSKA: Friday, 8/31 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/1 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/31 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/1 at 5:00pm

August 31, 2012 - 9:00 am
More Info Release On APD Shooting; Former State Senator Al Adams Passes Away

More Info Release On APD Shooting; Former State Senator Al Adams Passes Away

More information released on the APD shooting of Harry Smith. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visits Alaska. Senator Murkowski spars with the Obama administration on NPR-A. Former state Senator Al Adams passes away.

KSKA: Friday, 8/17 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/18 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 8/17 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/18 at 5:00pm

August 17, 2012 - 9:00 am
EPA Holds Hearings On Pebble Mine; and Oil Companies Prepare For Pt. Thompson Work

EPA Holds Hearings On Pebble Mine; and Oil Companies Prepare For Pt. Thompson Work

EPA holds the latest round of hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine. Gov. Sean Parnell is determined to get a Republican majority. Oil companies prepare to begin work at Point Thompson. The Alaska Renewable Energy Fair starts on August 10. Congressman Don Young tells a Fairbanks business audience that it’s time to forget about the EPA. The state will not re-try accused murderer Mechele Linehan. Gov. Parnell says no to insurance exchanges.

KSKA: Friday, 8/10 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/11 at 6:00pm

August 10, 2012 - 9:00 am
Mat-Su Ferry Saga Continues; and Coastal Zone Management Debates Heat Up

Mat-Su Ferry Saga Continues; and Coastal Zone Management Debates Heat Up

BP has very poor quarterly report. The ongoing saga of the Mat-Su ferry continues. Debates over the coastal zone management initiative heat up. Alaska Native suicide rates remain high. A Valdez couple admits to failing to pay $190,000 in income taxes and penalties. Around 4,000 summer fisheries workers in a government-sponsored program won’t be returning next year. The Fisheries Board throws a lifeline to set netters. The state of Alaska puts out new regulations dealing with one aspect of abortion.

KSKA: Friday, 8/3 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/4 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 8/3 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/4 at 5:00pm

August 3, 2012 - 9:00 am
Oil Prices Subside; and Joe Miller Becomes A Publisher

Oil Prices Subside; and Joe Miller Becomes A Publisher

As the election campaign heats up, we have seen a reincarnation of the group Backbone, which has interjected itself not only in the oil-tax debate but the elections. Oil prices have subsided – and this has serious implications for the state, especially the state budget. The Alcohol Beverage Control Board has switched locations. Formerly under law enforcement, it is now under commerce. Former Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller has become an on-line publisher. A study shows Fairbanks is paying double the national average for its utility bills. There’s a salmon shortage in the Bush, especially on the major rivers. Do we know why?

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

July 27, 2012 - 9:00 am

11 Indicted In Tax Fraud Case; And A Woman Disappears Near Granite Creek Campground

Eleven people indicted in a $19 million tax fraud case. More than 100 uncounted ballots from the Muni election were found in a closet in Anchorage. The Federal Subsistence board grapples with low Kenai bull moose numbers. Governor says let the feds handle the state health insurance exchange. Valerie Sifsof disappears after walking away from the Granite Creek campground after a dispute with her boyfriend. Fire Island wind project moving forward. An interesting development involving low-power FM licenses and tribes.

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

July 20, 2012 - 9:08 am
Senators Hold Hearings On High Gas Prices

Senators Hold Hearings On High Gas Prices

Senators hold hearings across Alaska on gas prices. Conflict created by the proposed expansion of the Ted Stevens International Airport. Questions linger about the Mount Marathon Race. Shell moves ahead with Arctic development plans. The Alaska Dome is seeking tax relief. Some Senate Republicans are campaigning against the Senate coalition. Schaeffer Cox fires attorney Nelson Traverson.

KSKA: Friday, 7/13 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/14 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 7/13 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/14 at 5:00pm p.m.

July 13, 2012 - 9:00 am