The joys and dangers of Alaska wilderness

Overlooking Aialik Glacier and the Kenai Fjords south of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula from the Harding Icefiled at about 5,000 feet elevation on Friday, April 8, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman)
Overlooking Aialik Glacier and the Kenai Fjords south of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula from the Harding Icefiled at about 5,000 feet elevation on Friday, April 8, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman)

Alaska is a state known for extremes: Both beauty and risk. The dramatic rescue of two skiers from a glacier this month highlights the need to be prepared for the what ifs of fast-changing weather that could leave you stranded in a storm We’re talking with the adventurers who were huddled in a snow cave for five days and the Air National Guard who rescued them on the next Talk of Alaska.

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Chris Hanna, of Soldotna, skis on the Harding Icefield on Friday, April 8, 2016, with the Kenai Fjords and mountains surrounding Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula, in the background. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman)
Chris Hanna, of Soldotna, skis on the Harding Icefield on Friday, April 8, 2016, with the Kenai Fjords and mountains surrounding Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula, in the background. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman)

HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Jenny Neyman
  • Chris Hanna
  • Col. Tom Bolin, helicopter pilot and Commander of 176th Operations Group
  • Statewide callers

Participate:

  • Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast
  • Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).
  • Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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