Hollis French Considers Gubernatorial Run; And The Mat-Su Ferry Is Back In The News

Anchorage State Senate Hollis French ponders a run for governor. Exploring life and politics in rural Alaska. The Mat-Su Borough is weary of the cost of mothballing its idle $80 million ferry. The Democratic Party files suit against the state’s redistricting board. KSKA: Friday, 8/16 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/17 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 8/16 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/17 at 5:00pm Download Audio

Oil Tax Debate; Anchorage Port; Sarah Palin’s Emails

Legislature's oil tax debate; funding for the Port of Anchorage; Anchorage mayor's race; the state budget process; Sarah Palin's emails; state education budget; and lobbying in Juneau.

Anchorage Edition: April 8, 2011

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Anchorage Edition: July 30, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. Topics for...

Anchorage Edition: September 10, 2010

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Reports Highlight High Rate of Violence in Alaska

Two recent reports highlight the tragically high rate of violence in Alaska. One from the FBI is a revision of how rape is defined in the state. The new definitions have resulted in much higher numbers in a state that already suffers from being the worst in the nation for sexual violence. The second report looks at the impact on Native children from exposure to violence in their homes and communities. KSKA: Friday, 11/21 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 11/22 at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, 11/21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 11/22 at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio

State Drops Militia Charges; and the Natural Gas Pipeline

The stories up for discussion this week are: state charges dropped against Shaeffer Cox; Alaska gas may go a different direction; Paul Coffey hired to push the Port of Anchorage project; Mark Avery challenged conviction; and shale oil development.

Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin's Law was recently introduced again in the state legislature. It would mandate all public schools to teach sexual abuse prevention curriculum to all students grades K-12. It also requires education and awareness for teachers. KSKA: Friday, 3/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 3/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Anchorage Edition: July 23, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. Topics for...

Anchorage Embroiled In Appropriations Debate; And Taxi Regulation

Anchorage has become embroiled in an appropriations debate. Legislative money for tennis courts - or ice rinks. Some assembly members want to crack down on towing firms. The municipality is exploring a plan to unify the fire and police dispatch. The Anchorage Assembly has been working on Title 11, regulating taxis. Alaska Airlines says it will allow passengers to use more electronic devices. Food trucks have become popular in many American cities. Anchorage is seeing them too - but there are questions about these mobile kitchens as Sean details. KSKA: Friday, 11/15 at 2PM & Saturday, 11/16 at 6PM. KAKM, Friday 11/15 at 7:30PM & Saturday, 11/16 at 4:30PM. Download Audio

Alaska Edition: Why I Read – The Serious Pleasure of Books

Author and essayist Wendy Lesser discusses her latest book Why I Read with poet Robert Pinsky. Their conversation explores the ways that literature and, especially, poetry touch readers and change their lives as Cambridge Forum continues its series My Life Touched by Art. KSKA: Friday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m.

Gov. Parnell’s Vetoes; and ASD Layoffs

The stories up for discussion this week are: Gov. Parnell’s vetoes; Rumrunners; the Fairbanks militia trial; Randy Ruedrich retires as chairman of Alaska Republican Party; ASD teacher layoffs; update on the Kodiak Coast Guard Base homicides; Cook Inlet oil and gas update; “The Eskimo and the Oil Man” book. KSKA: Friday, 5/18 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/19 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 5/18 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/19 at 5:00pm

Proposal could close nearly 60 rural schools

What impacts might the closing of rural schools have on the state? Influential members of the Legislature have started talking about possibly raising the state’s minimum number of students it takes to keep qualify for state education funding. Currently, that number is ten students. Advocates say that with the state facing a dire revenues shortfall, the state needs to reconsider how it pays for education. Critics say the change could close more than sixty schools in small communities, disproportionately hurting rural Alaskans for the sake of short-term savings. Listen now: