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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 17, 2019

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 17, 2019

Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews  Lawmaker says she won’t hear Alaska abortion ban bill Associated Press A state House Health and Social Services Committee co-chair says she will not hear…
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Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open

Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open

The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal on July 24, 2014. Alaska ferries serve about 6,000 vehicles annually. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska) Alaska’s cash-strapped ferry system may soon pay the wages of Canadian police in order to maintain its connection to British Columbia. The arrangement is in response to a…
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Murkowski sticks with GOP to confirm anti-abortion nominee to bench

Murkowski sticks with GOP to confirm anti-abortion nominee to bench

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped the Senate confirm President Trump’s 65th federal trial court judge. The nominee, Wendy Vitter, overcame substantial criticism from abortion rights groups. Both Alaska senators voted to confirm Vitter to a U.S. District Court seat in Louisiana, but the surprise was Murkowski. She often breaks with her fellow Republicans to support…
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Skagway looks into developing a local ferry authority

Skagway looks into developing a local ferry authority

An Alaska Marine Highway ferry docked in Skagway. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS) As the Alaska Marine Highway System faces deep budget cuts, Skagway’s Marine Highway Ad Hoc Committee has been examining the potential to create a locally governed ferry service for the Upper Lynn Canal. Recently, the committee reached out to a research firm to…
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Search continues for those missing from mid-air plane collision near Ketchikan

Search continues for those missing from mid-air plane collision near Ketchikan

One of two planes involved in Monday’s mid-air collision in Ketchikan’s George Inlet area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Four people are confirmed dead from a mid-air plane collision Monday near Ketchikan and crews are searching for two that remain missing. Five survivors are being treated at the hospital in Ketchikan and one has been released. Four other…
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Alaska lawmakers are trying to fight crime by toughening prison sentences. Not everyone agrees that will work.

Alaska lawmakers are trying to fight crime by toughening prison sentences. Not everyone agrees that will work.

Alaska lawmakers say that they’re getting tough on crime with a new bill to lengthen prison sentences. The legislation, House Bill 49, is under debate as the Legislature nears the end of its annual session. It would reverse many of the pieces of Senate Bill 91 – the 2016 legislation that many Alaskans blame for…
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 10, 2019

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 10, 2019

Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews  Dividend size to be a focus in session’s closing days Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau The size of permanent fund dividends will be at the…
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Permanent fund dividend amount to be a focus in session’s closing days

Permanent fund dividend amount to be a focus in session’s closing days

The Alaska House majority caucus holds a press conference on Friday about their approach to the closing days of the legislative session. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media) The size of permanent fund dividends will be at the center of talks between the House, the Senate and Governor Mike Dunleavy as the Legislature…
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49 Voices: Robert Fowler of Tuntutuliak

49 Voices: Robert Fowler of Tuntutuliak

Robert Fowler of Tuntutuliak. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk) This week we’re hearing from Robert Fowler in Tuntutuliak. Fowler has lived in Alaska for seven years, having moved up from Oregon. He’s the principal of the school in the village.  FOWLER: I was a home builder originally, and I lost my business in…
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Dissent at DEC emerges over roll-back of PFAS regulations

Dissent at DEC emerges over roll-back of PFAS regulations

DEC”s map of known PFAS-contaminated sites in Alaska. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances chemicals are found in some firefighting foams and a wide range of consumer products. Exposure has been linked to adverse health effects. (Image courtesy of Department of Environmental Conservation) The Dunleavy administration’s decision to redefine PFAS levels considered safe in drinking water has caused…
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Trappers and dog-owners at odds over new restrictions in Anchorage

Trappers and dog-owners at odds over new restrictions in Anchorage

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly voted in favor of a policy change that could affect animal trapping. After recent reports of dogs dying from getting caught in traps, the goal of the new ordinance is to further restrict the practice within the municipality. Rebecca Schaffer gives her two dogs, Ax and Kai, tiny orange chunks…
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Palmer telecom begins work on first overland fiber-optic link to Lower 48

Palmer telecom begins work on first overland fiber-optic link to Lower 48

MTA has begun preliminary work on a fiber-optic network that would extend from North Pole to the U.S.-Canada border, where is would link up with Canadian carriers. (Graphic courtesy of MTA) A Palmer-based telecommunications company announced last week it’s begun work on a fiber-optic internet network that’ll connect Alaska to the Lower 48 by linking…
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Donlin Gold looks to schools, workforce development for future employees

Donlin Gold looks to schools, workforce development for future employees

Welding students at Yuut Elinaurviat designed and fabricated a road grader that can be transported to villages in a shipping container. It could be used to grade remote roads for mining operations. (Photo by Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK) Donlin Gold promised to hire local workers for its proposed gold mine. To fulfill that promise, the…
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 3, 2019

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 3, 2019

Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews  Dunleavy administration dismisses Alaska ferries chief Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau The Alaska Marine Highway System’s top official lost her job this week to cost-cutting.…
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In Anchorage, land acknowledgments are gaining ground

In Anchorage, land acknowledgments are gaining ground

The Anchorage Museum is one of the local institutions using Land Acknowledgments as a more regular part of its programming (Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Museum). Maybe you’ve heard of a “land acknowledgment.” It’s a statement of respect at the beginning of an event acknowledging the Indigenous inhabitants of a place and their claim to…
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House Resources Committee considers making Tier 3 water protection a legislative process

House Resources Committee considers making Tier 3 water protection a legislative process

The Chilkat River at sunset. (Photo by Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines) The Chilkat River is one of five bodies of water in Alaska nominated for the highest federal water protection available. It’s called the Outstanding National Resource Water, or Tier 3, designation. The House and Senate are considering bills that would make the state…
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In death, beached Turnagain humpback offers clues, research samples and food

In death, beached Turnagain humpback offers clues, research samples and food

Researchers work to remove samples Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from a humpback whale that died after beaching in Turnagain Arm near Girdwood. (Joey Mendolia/Alaska Public Media photo) A humpback whale that beached in Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage near Girdwood has died. Biologists say it is an uncommon location for a humpback and they are…
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An international airplane feud could crimp one of Alaska's most lucrative fisheries

An international airplane feud could crimp one of Alaska’s most lucrative fisheries

Crew members shovel pollock off the deck of a Bering Sea fishing boat earlier this year. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz / Alaska’s Energy Desk) A new twist in a decade-long trade war over airplanes could crimp one of Alaska’s most lucrative fisheries: The European Union is threatening new import taxes on Alaska pollock. The tariffs…
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Juneau's 2019 cruise ship season has begun

Juneau’s 2019 cruise ship season has begun

Vicki Logan of Travel Juneau greets and hands out walking maps to passengers of the Ruby Princess at the Franklin Dock on Sunday, April 28, 2019. The Yées Ḵu.oo dance group performs behind her as part of a welcome party for the first big cruise ship of the season. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO) The first…
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Join Us in Kachemak Bay- Set the Net, Evie’s Brinery, & The Guest House Offer a 2019 Pop-Up Village

Set the Net, Evie’s Brinery, and The Guest House are hosting a remote food and arts-focused pop-up village on Hesketh Island in Kachemak Bay this August 21st – Oct 6th, 2019. The three businesses invite guests to join in a collaborative (re)connection with the land and sea through the work of fishing, foraging, cooking and…
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Camper at Lake Kegonsa

Living in Alaska – Life in the Last Frontier » A Fork in the Road

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?”, she asked. “Where do you want to go?”, was his response. “I don’t know”, Alice answered. “Then”, said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” ~ Lewis Carroll It is Christmas day, and I…
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Arctic Valley--Easiest Hike to a Peak in Anchorage

Arctic Valley–Easiest Hike to a Peak in Anchorage

I’ve had a few blog posts I’ve been planning on doing since the summer and am just getting caught up now.  Sometimes, once I have time, I decide they’re not blog-worthy, but Arctic Valley was a treasure that I look forward to going and visiting again. I was in Anchorage for four days in August,…
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Linguine with Clam Sauce | Recipes

Linguine with Clam Sauce | Recipes

Linguine with Clam Sauce Linguine with Clam Sauce Recipe by Melissa NorrisMakes 4 servings Last summer we had a great time running across to the west side of Cook Inlet to dig razor clams with Ernie Kirby and his son/captain Brian from Bottom Line Charters. It was a fun day spent with two of my…
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Alaska with attitude : Let's talk about taxes

Alaska with attitude : Let’s talk about taxes

“A poem is an egg with a horse inside” — anonymous fourth grader “My children will likely turn my picture to the wall but what the hell, you only get old once.” — Joe May “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” — Ernest…
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Everything you need to know about Hurricane Gulch Bridge

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Gulch Bridge

March 12, 2019 If you’re planning to hop aboard a Gray Line Alaska rail tour between Anchorage and Denali National Park, prepare yourself to cross the jaw-dropping Hurricane Gulch Bridge, which rises 296 feet above Hurricane Creek. The bridge is a marvel of engineering. As you cross, the train slows to five miles per hour…
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Goat Cheese Pizza

Balsamic Mushroom & Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach

I had a night off from the restaurant, so I asked my wife what she wanted to do for ‘date night.’ “I want to make pizza,” she replied ahead of a long pause. “Mushroom pizza. With goat cheese.” My brain started buzzing with a recipe taking shape. “Tomato sauce or olive oil and garlic?” I…
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Enjoying Alaska State Parks' Rainbow Trout Cabin

Enjoying Alaska State Parks’ Rainbow Trout Cabin

A hungry crew eats dinner around the family table at the Alaska State Parks Rainbow Trout cabin. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO It may be small, but the newest Eklutna Lake public use cabin is an Alaska State Parks gem. Rainbow Trout is only 16′ X 20′ but what it lacks in size, it makes up…
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MRAK Almanac: Earth Day edition

MRAK Almanac: Earth Day edition

April 21-22, 1917: A cave-in and flooding closed the Treadwell and Mexican mines on Douglas Island. The Treadwell (1882-1922) was Alaska’s first successful large-scale development project. You can read about this thriving and ruinous era of Douglas Island in “Treadwell Gold,” by Sheila Kelly. April 23, 1869: The Alaska Times, a weekly newspaper, began publication in Sitka. It…
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Coming to Alaska in 1950 - Interview with Robert Johnson

Coming to Alaska in 1950 – Interview with Robert Johnson

My grandfather, Robert Johnson, was born in 1922, (he’s the baby pictured) not too far from Shickshinny, Pennsylvania. Grandpa was the oldest of 14 children. The family farm was 56 acres. They raised potatoes, tomatoes, chickens, and dairy cows. In 1949, he and my grandma, Rosemary, were married. In 1950, while Grandma was expecting their…
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