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Independent Generation of Electricity

Independent Generation of Electricity

It’s power politics of an electrifying kind.  What should the rules be for selling independently generated power to utilities, who have borrowed money and invested heavily to assure reliability for their customers?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/27 at 10:00 a.m.

January 23, 2015
Voters approved the legal the production, sale and use of marijuana for Alaskans over 21 years old in the November election. (Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)

Implementing Marijuana Regulation in Alaska

With a simple vote of the people, Alaska became a leader among states legalizing marijuana, but now it has to figure out how to do it. Is Alaska up to that leadership challenge? Some people would say it has been in the leadership on this particular issue for years.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/20 at 10:00am

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January 16, 2015
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Food To Schools From Farms

A national effort to bring fresh food from farms to schools has resulted in $385 million in purchases for school lunches and other meals across the country. More than half the school districts in Alaska are participating in the Farm to School program, feeding more than a hundred thousand kids in the state.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/9 at 10:00am

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January 9, 2015
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Alaska’s Revenue Shortfall and What to Do About it

The price of oil has gone down so far that it’s likely state revenues this fiscal year will be less than the forecast. And the forecast was already down more than $7 billion from the year before. The question the Governor and the Legislature are asking now is not whether there will be a deficit but just how big will it be and where will the money come from to fill it.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/6 at 10:00am

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January 2, 2015

The Year Gone by and Prospects for the Year to Come

From the Pebble mine order to the election to the sale of our largest newspaper to a website, 2014’s news had a lot of unexpected developments. What do you think was the big news of the year gone by? Was it the National Guard scandal? The death of the HAARP (harp) Project? The beginning of same-sex marriage? Or something else?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/30 at 10:00am

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December 26, 2014

Annual Statewide Holiday Greetings Show

It’s not to be missed! The annual state-wide holiday greeting edition of Talk of Alaska is on its way. Good wishes will be flying across the great state of Alaska, re-connecting friends and families and extended families in a two-hour wave of greetings. So make your list and get ready to call on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/23 at 10:00am

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December 19, 2014
Invasive Species in a Human Modified World

Invasive Species in a Human Modified World

These days agencies in charge of public lands and wildlife are trying to consider the whole eco-system in their management decisions, and how natural diversity can be harmed by invasive species. But it turns out that eco-systems sometimes have ideas of their own.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/16 at 10:00am

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December 12, 2014
Unrest in Ferguson, MO in August 2014.(Photo via Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Police and Deadly Force

If you live in a high-crime neighborhood, even if you’re just visiting, you’re under increased risk of encountering a scared police officer if your skin is dark. Does urban Alaska have a chance to avoid the problems other cities are having that involve police and deadly force?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/9 at 10:00am

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December 5, 2014
Unrest in Ferguson, MO in August 2014.(Photo via Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

What Does Ferguson Mean to Alaska?

Even before the announcement was made about the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, the Governor had declared an emergency for the area, buildings were boarded up and schools were closed in anticipation of a violent reaction. Police were ready in full military gear. In the aftermath, protests continue and questions arise. What do Alaskans think about Ferguson and the militarization of the police?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/2 at 10:00am

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November 26, 2014

Village Sewer and Water

It is estimated that one of every three families in village Alaska still do not have a sanitary means of sewage disposal, in spite of hundreds of million dollars poured into rural sanitation. Systems have been installed in 77 percent of villages, but the smaller the village the higher the cost per person. What is the answer to this puzzle?

APRN: Tuesday, 11/25 at 10:00am

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November 21, 2014

The Anchorage International Film Festival

In the dead of winter, film makers from far distant lands come to Alaska because we have a festival. It’s been around for 13 years, and it shows more motion pictures in a week than it is possible for any one human being to see. A look ahead at the program for this year’s Anchorage International Film Festival is just ahead on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 11/18 at 10:00am

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November 14, 2014
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More About Food Security in Alaska

Alaska’s rich environment is already a major source of food, but it’s not inexhaustible. Encouraging local food producers is one part of food security but another part is hanging onto the habitat that is already producing wild plants and animals. We’ll be drilling deeper into the issues surrounding food security for the second week in a row on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 11/11 at 10:00am

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November 7, 2014
Getting Down to the Details of Alaska’s Food

Getting Down to the Details of Alaska’s Food

A short growing season, limited transportation links, high fuel prices – the list of barriers to strengthening Alaska’s local food system is long. It’s hard to know where to start.

APRN: Tuesday, 11/4 at 10:00am

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October 31, 2014
From left, Libertarian candidates Mark Fish (U.S. Senate), Carolyn Clift (Governor), and Andrew Lee (Lt. Governor). (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Libertarian Candidates for Governor and U.S. Senate

Libertarians believe citizens should be free to engage in any activity that does not violate the rights of others. Their party wants government out of the way so people can pursue liberty and freedom. How would this translate to elected positions?

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

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October 24, 2014
Forrest Dunbar is the Democratic candidate for U.S. House.

U.S. House Candidate Forrest Dunbar

Lifelong Alaskan and political newcomer Forrest Dunbar is young and determined. This Yale Law grad wants to be Alaska’s next Congressman. Dunbar is running as a Democrat. His social policy fits with that party, but he says he is more in line with Republicans on resource development.

APRN: Wednesday, 10/29 at 10:00am

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October 24, 2014
Host Lori Townsend (left) with Republican gubernatorial candidate incumbent Sean Parnell (right). (Photo by Monica Gokey, KSKA - Anchorage)

Gubernatorial Candidate Sean Parnell

Sean Parnell is in a close race to keep his position as Alaska’s top executive. The state is facing tough issues. Revenue shortfalls mean hard budget questions in the future, and reform is needed in the troubled National Guard. But gasline development may also be on the horizon.

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

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October 17, 2014
Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker

Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker

Bill Walker wants to be the next Governor of Alaska. Whoever wins will take the job in a tough fiscal environment. Walker is running in a tight race without a party after running as a Republican in the past.

APRN: Wednesday, 10/22 at 10:00am

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October 17, 2014
Sen. Mark Begich addresses the Alaska State Legislature on Monday, March 3, 2014. (Skip Gray/ Gavel Alaska)

U.S. Senate Race: Mark Begich

Six years ago, Mark Begich narrowly won his position as a U.S. Senator for Alaska. Now Senator Begich is in a fight to keep that seat with a strong challenge from former Attorney General and DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan.

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

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October 10, 2014
Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease

What do Alaskans need to know about the first case of Ebola in America and the risk to children from Enterovirus 68? Neither disease is in Alaska, but public health officials are preparing just in case.

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

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October 3, 2014
Medicaid Reform

Medicaid Reform

Alaska will spend more than $700 million on Medicaid this year. State officials say Medicaid costs are increasing at an unsustainable rate. What would reforming the program look like to keep costs under control?

APRN: Tuesday, 9/30 at 10:00am

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September 26, 2014