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Yukon team bound for broomball nationals

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:10
The territory’s top broomball players are en route to Calgary for the Canadian Senior Broomball Championship.

Rio Tinto's donation of Pebble share is an investment in the company's future in Alaska

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:08
Rio Tinto's donation of Pebble share is an investment in the company's future in Alaska OPINION: While Rio Tinto no longer sees the Pebble prospect as a good fit with its current portfolio, donating its shares is not so much a charitable act, but a strategic investment in Alaska's future and the company's future in the 49th state.April 7, 2014

Witnesses at Coast Guard murder trial describe Wells' reaction to the crime

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:07
Witnesses at Coast Guard murder trial describe Wells' reaction to the crime Defendant James Wells appeared shocked one moment, but unfazed the next, according to testimony. He gave his condolences by placing his hands on Coast Guard Petty Officer Leah Henry’s shoulders and offering a handkerchief. April 7, 2014

Algo Nuevo: April 6, 2014

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:28

Here’s the Sunday, April 6, 2014 edition of Algo Nuevo con Dave Luera — Something New with Dave Luera. If you have questions, comments or music requests for host Dave Luera, send email to algonuevo [at] alaskapublic [dot] org or post your comment at the bottom of this post. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

  • Song Title
  • Artist Name
  • Album Title
  • CD Label
  • Duration

Europa

Santana

The Best of Santana

Columbia

506

 

Sexy Cumbia

Texas Latino

Un Nuevo Camino

New Village Records

320

 

Rene and Rene Medley

Rio Rami

A Touch of Old School

Hacienda

448

 

Cowboy Cumbia

Samuel D

Cowboy Cumbia

Samuel D Productions

419

 

El Ultimo Beso

Rumores

Living Life

The Pad

418

 

Mi Chicanita

The Galaxies

Promo

Unknown

340

 

Nuestro Anniversario

Patsy Torres

Mi Inspiracion

World Class Records

441

 

Aguita De Melon

Abel Lucero

Recuerdos

Abel Lucero Productions

250

 

El Reloj

Little Joe Y La Familia

Evolution

TDI

447

 

Pobre Caminante

Abel Lucero

Recuerdos

Abel Lucero Productions

329

 

Corazon De Carton

Avizo

Divamania

Powerhouse

317

 

Corazon

Avizo

Divamania

Powerhouse

410

 

Sopa De Caracol

Juntos Unidos

Promo

Unknown

450

 

Sabrosura Medley

Tejano Highway 281

The 281ers

Tejano Powerhouse Records

452

 

Mentiroso

Avizo

Davamania

Powerhouse

450

 

Dejeme Que Me Emborrache

Jerry Lopez

Mis Raices

CR Records

346

 

Cumbia Medley

The New Variety Band

Simplemente Amigos

GSM Discos

418

 

Contigo A La Distancia

Grupo Quemado

El Regreso

Q Zone

409

 

Simplemente Amigos

The New Variety Band

Simplemente Amigos

GSM Discos

352

Oldies Medley

Liberty Band

Life is Good

TMR

722

 

El Paso Del Canguro

August

Legacy

Sound Garden

419

 

Tu Prieto

Chuck Medina And the Enchanted Knights

Por El Amor De La Musica

Wizard Studios

440

 

En El Amor

Ram Herrera

En El Amor

AMMX

338

 

Ahora Soy Feliz

Ruben Ramos

Juan Manuel Barco/Mis Canciones

Unknown/Promo

405

 

La Pollera Colorada

Nightlife

Back to Basics

Eskandalo

348

 

Nada Te Questa

Latin Express

Chicanoville

Brown Line

329

 

Por Ningun Motivo

Bandalegre

6

Great Day Productions

332

 

Subele

Hugo Guerrero/Ruben Ramos

Promo

Revolution

318

 

Volver, Volver

Vicente Fernandez

35 Anniversario

CBS

300

 

Un Engano Mas

Texas Latino

Evolucion

EMI Latin

329

 

Como La Flor

Selena

Ones

EMI Latin

304

 

Maria, Maria

Christian Sanchez

Lo Mejor De N.M. Music 2013

Atlantis

232

 

Ahora Por Idea

Jerry Dean

Lo Mejor De N.M. Music 2013

Atlantis

314

 

Mucho Corazon

Adalberto

Una Voz Enamorada

Qvo

346

 

Cumbia Caliente

Ray Camacho

Greatest Hits

ATM

316

 

Un Dia A La Vez

Bryan Olivas

Amar

BRO

321

 

A Different Kind of Sister

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:01

Click for the full audio story:

BBBS final

Today we meet a pair of sisters. Nine years ago, Gracia O’Connell and Jesenia Peterson were matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska program. Jesenia still remembers her response when asked what kind of Big Sister she wanted.

“Someone who likes sushi, and macaroni and cheese, and snowboarding, and is pretty like a princess,” Jesenia says.

“And I remember having the thought ‘oh this is going to be fun, what nine-year-old wants to go and get sushi?’” Gracia replies.

Nine years later the pair is closer than ever. Jesenia says Gracia has played a major role for her, and filled a much-needed hole. Her dad wasn’t part of her life, and her mom had to work full-time.

Jesenia and Gracia 9 years ago, when first matched.

“She’s like a second mom. I call her ‘Mima,’ that’s how she’s listed in my phone. She’s just a great model for me.” But, Gracia is clearly more than a second mom to Jesenia. The two seem like best friends. ”Obviously I dress like her; I do my makeup like her. I try to be a little minion,” Jesenia says.

And they’re in contact all the time.

“Jesenia’s a great texter. I think she broke 7,000 texts one month. Fortunately we have unlimited texting, so that’s not a problem,” Gracia says.

Jesenia celebrated her 18th birthday last week, and Gracia threw her a spa party. She says it’s been a joy to watch her mature into a woman. Gracia’s also done some growing herself.

“One of the main rewards has been to watch her evolve, and watch her grow up with all the different struggles and be able to be that person who is there for her and be able to create that safe environment. It’s certainly caused me to grow as a person,” Gracia says.

Gracia says when she first started the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, the two would plan elaborate activities. But now, meeting up for a coffee and doing some window shopping like they have today is more the norm. They make their way to the mall, and decide to do an olive oil tasting.

The pair today, after 9 years together.

“We could make something that features an oil,” Jesenia suggests.  

“We could do a taste party at your house,” Gracia replies. “Yeah!”

The ladies are drawn in by a bottle of tomato oil.

“It’s got texture in it, I like it,” Gracia says.

“Ok…..I don’t know, I don’t like tomatoes. I’m picky about them,” Jesenia replies.

“Well I like it, so I’m going to make salsa with it, and you can’t have any,” Gracia says.

Once Jesenia graduates high school this Spring, she and Gracia will no longer be enlisted in the program. But Gracia says that shouldn’t change anything.

“I think for the most part we forget we’re part of the program. Which is a good thing. That’s kind of the goal,” Gracia says.

“The goal for all of our matches is to provide a child with a caring adult mentor that will change their life. Whether that relationship last for a year, or a life time,” says Lilah Walker, the Anchorage Development Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska.

Walker says almost any length of time as a big brother or sister can have a positive effect on a child. However, she says Gracia and Jesenia’s nine years together is truly a success story.

“She will no longer be officially matched with Gracia once she graduates. Aside from that, she will be out of the program but we know their relationship is going to continue. Gracia and her have something really special, and I think that’s going to continue through both of their lives,” Walker says.

And the women couldn’t concur more.

“As for as Jesenia and I are concerned she’s not going anywhere. I mean, she’s part of my life now indefinitely,” Gracia says.

“As long as she has juice and some type of cereal I’m going to be at her house raiding her fridge. Maybe going through her closet, asking to borrow something,” Jesenia says.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister in Alaska.

The tyranny of time and distance in Arctic SAR

Mon, 2014-04-07 11:57
The tyranny of time and distance in Arctic SAR A wide network of rescue-coordination centers exists, but mostly for communications. Assets for conducting searches and rescues are still lacking in some key regions.April 7, 2014

AK Beat: Sorry, Justin Bieber, Alaska's just not that into you

Mon, 2014-04-07 09:05
AK Beat: Sorry, Justin Bieber, Alaska's just not that into you A new survey has discovered that Alaska has largely been immune to "Bieber fever."April 7, 2014

Rio Tinto Gives Pebble Mine Stake to Nonprofits

Mon, 2014-04-07 07:43

The mining conglomerate Rio Tinto announced this morning it is divesting its stake in Northern Dynasty, the owner of the proposed Pebble Mine. Rio said in December it might sell, but in a surprise move, the company says it is donating its 19 percent share to two charities, the Alaska Community Foundation and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation.

Rio CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques said in a statement the donation would ensure Alaskans will have a say in Pebble’s development.

The foundations didn’t immediately announce what they will do with their minority shares in the project. The director of the Bristol Bay  education fund said in a statement the gift will help the foundation fulfill it’s mission. In the same written statement, BBNC chief executive  Jason Metrokin said the corporation’s opposition to the mine hasn’t changed.

The copper and gold mine has drawn widespread opposition, and an EPA study recently found it would pose “Irreversible harm” to the region’s rich salmon runs. Bristol Bay Native Corp has been one of the leading groups opposing the mine.

Rio’s stake was worth nearly $25 million late last year but Northern Dynasty’s share price plunged last month when the EPA announced its assessment of Pebble, which is the company’s only major asset, and the price fell again today.

Following Anglo American's lead, Rio Tinto leaves Pebble project

Mon, 2014-04-07 06:24
Following Anglo American's lead, Rio Tinto leaves Pebble project The British-Australian mining company said it will give its 19.1 percent stake in Northern Dynasty Minerals to the Alaska Community Foundation and Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation.April 7, 2014

We Are The Ionians

Sun, 2014-04-06 23:31

Ionia is a remote, and sometimes misunderstood intentional community located outside Kasilof, Alaska. The community was originally formed nearly 30 years ago by four families, each seeking a simpler, quieter life.

The group, now numbering around 30 full-time residents, continues to pursue their goals in the relative solitude of their 160 acre communal property.

Story & Video:
Slavik Boyechko & Travis Gilmour

Music:
Starship Amazing

Myths muddle effort to carve a road through Alaska's Izembek refuge

Sun, 2014-04-06 19:40
Myths muddle effort to carve a road through Alaska's Izembek refuge ANALYSIS: Debate over building a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge has started veering away from reality.April 6, 2014

Free dental clinic in Anchorage to provide care for up to 2,000 Alaskans

Sun, 2014-04-06 19:39
Free dental clinic in Anchorage to provide care for up to 2,000 Alaskans A two-day clinic in downtown Anchorage next week hopes to provide $1 million in free dental care to Alaskans on a first-come, first-served basis. April 6, 2014

As landfill reaches crisis, Dillingham considers incinerators

Sun, 2014-04-06 19:21
As landfill reaches crisis, Dillingham considers incinerators Dillingham's solid waste permit is set to expire, and won't be renewed if the city continues open burning. Meanwhile it's landfill is running out of room. This combination has them eyeing a fuel-efficient incinerator designed for remote communities.April 6, 2014

City officials plan Kotzebue bar and grill, but not everyone approves

Sun, 2014-04-06 19:15
City officials plan Kotzebue bar and grill, but not everyone approves In 2009, Kotzebue residents voted to allow some alcohol. A city-run package store is thriving and producing much-needed revenue. But as the Northwest Alaska city beside the Chukchi Sea considers a bar and grill, not everyone is happy.April 6, 2014

Alaska crab buoys hitch a ride to Hawaii, via humpback whale

Sun, 2014-04-06 19:12
Alaska crab buoys hitch a ride to Hawaii, via humpback whale NOAA officials were able to identify the crabbing vessel from buoy numbers. They haven't yet been able to free the whale, spotted near the island of Niihau.April 6, 2014

'Stop the Violence' rally honors slain Anchorage teen

Sun, 2014-04-06 19:12
'Stop the Violence' rally honors slain Anchorage teen Family and friends remembered murdered 15-year-old Precious Alex on Sunday in a community rally that hoped to spark a call to action in Anchorage to choose peace over violence.April 6, 2014

Photos: 'Stop the Violence' rally honors slain Anchorage teen

Sun, 2014-04-06 19:12
Photos: 'Stop the Violence' rally honors slain Anchorage teen

Hundreds of family, friends and community members gathered for the rally that took place in the Anchorage neighborhood of Mountain View on Sunday in honor of slain teenager Precious Alex, who was shot and killed in the early morning of April 1.

April 6, 2014

In western Alaska town of Aleknagik, a bridge to somewhere -- the other side of town

Sun, 2014-04-06 13:25
In western Alaska town of Aleknagik, a bridge to somewhere -- the other side of town After years of discussion, the village of Aleknagik -- which spans both side of the Wood River at Aleknagik Lake's outlet -- will have a bridge uniting the community.April 6, 2014

Canadian research reveals new clue to rapid Arctic ice melt

Sun, 2014-04-06 13:15
Canadian research reveals new clue to rapid Arctic ice melt Absence of snow exposes dark areas that absorb solar heat and speeds the melt of Mackenzie River ice, a new study finds.April 6, 2014

AK Beat: Police arrest 4 in Anchorage home invasion, then arrest residents of the home

Sun, 2014-04-06 11:02
AK Beat: Police arrest 4 in Anchorage home invasion, then arrest residents of the home Anchorage police reported Sunday that they had arrested four people in connection with an Airport Heights home invasion and robbery, and also arrested the two residents of the home on charges of child neglect.April 6, 2014