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Kodiak police seize $120,000 in heroin, meth, crack and cocaine in major bust

Tue, 2014-01-21 12:30
Kodiak police seize $120,000 in heroin, meth, crack and cocaine in major bust Sunday's illegal drug seizure is the largest that Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace has seen during her 15 years on the job, and the first time police have seized Afghan brown heroin on the island in the Gulf of Alaska.January 21, 2014

International Maritime Organization Working On ‘Polar Code’

Tue, 2014-01-21 12:13

A “polar code” for shipping vessels traveling in the Arctic could be agreed upon this week by a committee of the International Maritime Organization.

Right now, insurance for vessel owners sending ships into the Arctic can be very expensive, and an international agreement on standards for safety and construction would be expected to lower those rates.

Last year about 71 vessels traveled the Northern Sea Route along the Russian coast but an estimated total of one thousand vessels ventured into Arctic waters.

AK Beat: Deadly incident costs Alaska heli-ski company $20,000

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:43
AK Beat: Deadly incident costs Alaska heli-ski company $20,000 Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures will pay more than $20,000 because of a deadly cornice break involving one of the company's guides and two clients, who were illegally using BLM lands, according to U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler. January 21, 2014

Dreaming of Getting Away? Let the Library Help.

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:00

By Librarian Jane Baird

Tired of sub-zero temperatures, snow and darkness? Feeling a bit of post-holiday letdown? Want to run away to someplace warm and exotic and find a bit of adventure? Perhaps we can help.

The library is chock-full of travel guidebooks by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Frommer and Fodors, to name just a few. Many of the following books are also available as ebooks and audio books through ListenAlaska where you can download them to your favorite portable electronic device.

For the Armchair Traveler:

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

City of Thieves by David Benioff

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Endurance: Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago by Tim Moore

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Road Not Taken:

Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor

Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit by Joyce Chaplin

Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo by Beth Whitman

The Gates of Hell by Andrew Lambert

Boreal Ties by Kim Gillis

Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discoveryby Stephen Pyne

At the Mercy of the River by Peter Stark

Unforgettable Journeys to Take Before You Die by Steve Watkins


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Bucket List

Full Circle

Great Historic Sites of the World

Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip

Into the Cold

Into the Wild


Pole to Pole

Stephen Fry in America

Thelma and Louise

Additionally, if you’re traveling overseas, you may be interested in picking up some basics in another language with Mango. This fun and easy database is conveniently located on our webpage and accessible with your Anchorage Public Library card. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you’ll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you’ll know how they’re used in practical situations and conversations. You’ll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you’ll learn how to communicate.

Finally, as we are updating our magazine and journal collection, you may see some fresh new travel titles just in time for planning that get-away-from-winter vacation:

  • Food and Travel – an award winning publication that caters to those who lust after exotic locales and adventuresome cuisine
  • Lonely Planet Traveller – brought to you by the folks who created the Lonely Planet guide books. Enough said.
  • Passport – the insider’s guide to gay travel

Faces of Alaska: Mr. Whitekeys

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:00

Alaskans know Mr. Whitekeys as a comedian, a musician and a Spam-loving night club impresario.

Whether you know him from his days behind the piano at the Fly By Night Club, his popular stage shows like “The Whale Fat Follies” or his regular commentary on local television, chances are you’ve never had the chance to get to know the man behind the loud Hawaiian shirt.

Alaska Public Media’s Ellen Lockyear recently sat down with “Keys” – as he likes to be called – at his studio in Anchorage to get a better sense of how he came to Alaska, and why he’s chosen to make this place his home, and his muse, for over 40 years.

Alaska Public Media TV: Monday, January 27th @ 8 PM

Anchorage snowboarder makes cut for Sochi Olympics

Tue, 2014-01-21 06:19
Anchorage snowboarder makes cut for Sochi Olympics Ryan Stassel, a snowboarder from Anchorage, is headed to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, after a strong showing at the U.S. Grand Prix last week at Mammoth Mountain.January 21, 2014

Night Music: January 18, 2014

Mon, 2014-01-20 22:30

Here is the Night Music Playlist with Kirk Waldhaus.  All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

Artist / Composer (if known)
Song Duration

8:00 – 9:00

624 Main St.
Morrie Louden
Time Piece

Time Piece
Morrie Louden
Time Piece

NY Daze NY Knights
Tim Warfield / Harris
Inspire Me

When I’m Alone With You
Tim Warfield / Harris
Inspire Me

Trane 1967
Rick Zelinsky
Be Line the Sun
Icy Groove Records

Arriving Soon
Rick Zelinsky / Vinson
Be Line the Sun
Icy Groove Records


9:00 – 10:00

Bass Run Finale
Fred Tompkins
Saint Louis Music
FKT Records

Waltz for Eve and Che
Mark Kramer / Webber
Evita en Jazz

Rainbow High
Mark Kramer / Webber
Evita en Jazz

Return of the Rainmaker
Earl Klugh
Life Stories
WB 25478-2

Moon and the Stars
Earl Klugh
Life Stories
WB 25478-2

My Foolish Heart
McCoy Tyner / Young
Jazz Roots

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
McCoy Tyner / Ellington
Jazz Roots

Former Alaskan's Olympic dream ends just short of victory

Mon, 2014-01-20 21:31
Former Alaskan's Olympic dream ends just short of victory Yentna-raised skeleton slider Kimber Gabryszak was a heartbeat away from the 2014 Winter Olympics when a traumatic brain injury rattled her out of the sport she loves.January 20, 2014

Legislature should open 2014 by lifting capital budget secrecy

Mon, 2014-01-20 21:17
Legislature should open 2014 by lifting capital budget secrecy ANALYSIS: The Legislature should end the tradition of budget secrecy that marks the creation of the capital budget. It makes no sense, for instance, that legislators in one part of the state don't have access to the list of funding requests from other parts of the state. January 20, 2014

HB77 fails to define 'irreparable' damage to fish habitat

Mon, 2014-01-20 21:00
HB77 fails to define 'irreparable' damage to fish habitat OPINION: For Alaskans who depend on fishing for livelihood and lifestyle, it's time to speak out against HB77.January 20, 2014

Military spending in Alaska has outsized impact on state's economy

Mon, 2014-01-20 21:00
Military spending in Alaska has outsized impact on state's economy Alaska labor economist Neal Fried says that only oil and federal spending generate more jobs and income in the state.  January 20, 2014

Can bridge across Knik Arm compete with other Alaska transportation needs?

Mon, 2014-01-20 20:59
Can bridge across Knik Arm compete with other Alaska transportation needs? Some lawmakers are cautiously supportive of the idea to make the controversial Knik Arm Crossing a public project, instead of continuing to seek out private investors. But such a switch would come with big questions.January 20, 2014

'Black swans' of science: Alaska's big earthquake and Exxon Valdez oil spill

Mon, 2014-01-20 20:55
'Black swans' of science: Alaska's big earthquake and Exxon Valdez oil spill Experts at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium said that two of the most surprising, shocking disasters in Alaska history not only changed the state's landscape, they also changed scientific understanding of geologic and biological forces.January 20, 2014

Testing electric buses in Finland’s cold climate

Mon, 2014-01-20 19:16
Testing electric buses in Finland’s cold climate Cold weather is challenging for electric-powered buses, but improvements are being made to keep batteries and vehicle interiors warm. Swedish motorists, however, give a cold shoulder to electric vehicles.January 20, 2014

Legislature Prepares To Gavel In

Mon, 2014-01-20 18:20

Tuesday, the Legislature gavels back in, and for lawmakers things look a lot different than they did last January. There’s no oil tax legislation to tackle, and the state’s budget outlook is not quite as rosy as it’s been in past years. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez will be heading up our capitol coverage, and she’s here today to talk to us about what’s at stake over the next few months.

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Begich Takes Stand Against Pebble Mine

Mon, 2014-01-20 18:19

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has taken a definitive stand against the Pebble Mine. He told the Anchorage Daily News over the weekend that he can’t support the proposed mine in Southwestern Alaska. In doing so, he’s broken away from the rest of Alaska’s congressional delegation and his three Republican challengers.

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Thayer Named Administration Commissioner

Mon, 2014-01-20 18:18

Curtis Thayer has been named commissioner for the Alaska Department of Administration.

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Gov. Sean Parnell named Thayer to the position Monday. Thayer had been filling in as acting Commissioner since last month following the resignation of Becky Hultberg.

Before that, Thayer served as deputy Administration commissioner. His responsibilities as deputy commissioner included the divisions of general services, personnel and labor relations, administrative services, and motor vehicles.

According to Parnell’s office, Thayer’s prior work includes serving as a deputy commissioner in the state commerce department, working for ENSTAR Natural Gas Co. and serving as a congressional aide.

Legislative Session Gives Juneau Businesses Temporary Boost

Mon, 2014-01-20 18:17

Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage.

Dozens of lawmakers and their staffers are relocating to the capitol city for Tuesday’s start of the legislative session. Lobbyists and reporters will also spend at least part of the 90 day session in Juneau. The temporary population influx provides an important revenue boost to many local businesses.

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Alaskans Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mon, 2014-01-20 18:16

Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage.

Alaskans celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior’s birthday with songs and remarks from state and local leaders.

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Rohn Buser Crowned K300 Champion

Mon, 2014-01-20 18:15

Twenty-four-year-old Rohn Buser of Big Lake won the K300 Sled Dog Race on Sunday crossing the finish line in Bethel at 9:18 a.m.

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Rohn beat out Jeff King by seven minutes after battling out for the last 100 miles. Buser took the lead when King had trouble finding the trail in the dark where some markers were missing.

“I figured he’d try to catch me so I had to push a little bit myself because I know his team has a lot of speed too but my guys….they went fast,” Buser said.

While looking for the trail, 58-year-old King says his dogs tangled up on glare ice. But he says that can be the way it goes when you’re leading the race.

“Because that’s where you find out where the problems are and I ran smack into one and by the time we got her fixed I was a big knot and my snaps were all covered with ice and I couldn’t get them untangled and Rohn zoomed right on by,” King said.

Conditions were everything but cold this year with temperatures mostly above freezing. Teams traversed bare tundra, glare ice, and over 100 miles of water-covered river. Nearly all mushers called it a tough race including third place finisher Cim Smyth who is 37.

“The biggest challenge was all that water going from Bogus to Kalskag that first night, it was just horrendous,” Smyth said. “You never knew how deep it was going to be and you just had to go find out by going in it.”

“My feet are all clean now, I don’t have to wash them (laughs),” 10th place finisher Tony Browning who is 56-years-old said. “It was a tough trail all the way around. Swam all the way up and most of the way back. And then bounced across the moguls the rest of the time.”

Fourth place finisher Paul Gebhart lost the back part of his sled going over bare tundra in the first 25 miles. The 57-year-old says he saw other musher’s sled-parts along the trail too.

“It was really bumpy,” Gebhart said. “Fortunately I salvaged my cooler before it broke off and then I drug it along up to Tuluksak.”

But Browning says it’s just what mushers expect when they sign up for the K300.

“This is the best race going. You don’t just race your competitors, you got to race the weather too, all the elements,” Browning said. “That’s what cross country, mid-distance is all about.”

Twenty-four teams competed this year.

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