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Natural Capital

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:00

The living systems of the earth recycle waste, supply water, control pests, pollution, and disease, and much more, but these capacities can be depleted. The question is how to allow the economic system to take this into account?

HOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio Network

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The Global Fund

Fri, 2014-01-03 12:00

For the United States the leading cause of death between one year and 45 years of age is unintentional injury, causing about 120,000 deaths for all age groups; but for the majority of the world’s population infections remain the leading killers. Malaria alone kills about 660,000 people per year. The Global Fund, our topic on Line One, seeks to fund the fight against HIV AIDS tuberculosis and malaria.

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HOST : Dr. Thad Woodard, Anchorage pediatrician

GUEST: Dr. Joanne Carter, DVM, Executive Director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF)

LIVE BROADCAST: Monday, January 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

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Era Alaska Renames Itself Ravn Alaska

Fri, 2014-01-03 11:41

A regional air carrier in Alaska is undergoing a name change.

Era Alaska says in a Thursday release that it will rename itself Ravn Alaska.

Other airlines in the company also will get new names. Era Aviation will become Corvus Airlines. Hageland Aviation and Frontier Flying Service will now be known as Ravn Connect.

The company says the change is to decrease confusion and distinguish the airline from others in the industry that also carry Era in their names.

The new names will be phased in over the next few months.

The company says it provides daily passenger and cargo flights to nearly 100 Alaska communities.

Izembek Road Rejected; And Election Advertising Begins

Fri, 2014-01-03 10:00

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell rejects the Izembek Road – again. The primary election is eight months away but the advertising has begun. The Anchorage School District may have to cut 200 teachers, 400 support staff. The Legislature faces big issues in ’14. State lawmakers are getting and expanded home in downtown Anchorage – and criticism comes with it. Alaska law enforcement gets tough on the drug spice. Gov. Sean Parnell talks about addressing energy concerns in southeast Alaska. Gov. Parnell says it is time to changing the funding plan for the Knik Arm Crossing.

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AK Beat: Failed home invasion lands trio in jail

Fri, 2014-01-03 08:16
AK Beat: Failed home invasion lands trio in jail A trio of Valley suspects were in jail after forcing entry to a home in Wasilla in the early morning hours Thursday. The homeowners were in the house at the time, but were unharmed.January 3, 2014

Prepare for huge cuts in education spending, legislative panel warns

Thu, 2014-01-02 20:48
Prepare for huge cuts in education spending, legislative panel warns The Alaska House Sustainable Education Task Force is calling for sharply reduced spending on schools statewide -- particularly if new oil revenues don't emerge. January 2, 2014

Anchorage police and state troopers arrest more than 100 for holiday drunk driving

Thu, 2014-01-02 20:16
Anchorage police and state troopers arrest more than 100 for holiday drunk driving Anchorage police arrested 48 intoxicated drivers from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, five fewer than last year’s holiday season. Revelers had various options to avoid driving drunk.January 2, 2014

With annual moose hunt, Alaska aims to reduce Mat-Su road kills

Thu, 2014-01-02 20:14
With annual moose hunt, Alaska aims to reduce Mat-Su road kills Large numbers of moose congregating near major roadways have the Alaska Department of Fish and Game giving hunters the opportunity to take out the animals before unlucky drivers do.January 2, 2014

Fairbanks utility seeks to reassure steamed customers

Thu, 2014-01-02 20:13
Fairbanks utility seeks to reassure steamed customers Customers alarmed at the prospect of an immediate 95 percent rate hike in the cost of steam heat in Fairbanks can rest assured that rates would be increased gradually, the utility says.January 2, 2014

Anchorage author uncovers true origins of the Klondike gold rush

Thu, 2014-01-02 20:10
Anchorage author uncovers true origins of the Klondike gold rush In a forthcoming book, Deb Vanasse reveals that a Tagish First Nations brother and sister did not get the credit -- or the financial rewards -- that they deserved for their roles in history. January 2, 2014

Homer bird puts record-breaking 'Big Year' over the top

Thu, 2014-01-02 20:09
Homer bird puts record-breaking 'Big Year' over the top A Massachusetts man's Homer sighting of a rustic bunting -- a bird native to Asia and rarely seen in North America -- helped him spot a record number of birds in North America in 2013.January 2, 2014

Exxon, Chevron Spend Big Against Oil Tax Referendum

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:41

Photo courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources.

Exxon and Chevron have made major contributions to a campaign that wants to preserve a controversial oil tax law that passed this year, according to recent filings with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

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Exxon gave $350,000 to the group “Vote No On One” in December, matching contributions previously made by fellow North Slope producers BP and ConocoPhillips. Chevron, which has a smaller footprint in Alaska, gave $150,000.

“Vote No On One” was created in October. Their goal is to defeat a referendum that would repeal Gov. Sean Parnell’s signature oil tax system, which caps the rate at 35 percent per barrel and amounts to a tax cut when oil prices are high. The law’s supporters argue it will spur production on the North Slope, while critics have characterized it as a “giveaway” to industry.

So far, the oil industry has put $1.6 million toward fighting the tax referendum, and most of that money has been spent on advertising. Only one group from outside the oil industry has contributed to “Vote No on One” — the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce gave $10,000 to their campaign on December 20.

Referendum sponsors have not had the same financial success. “Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway” has taken $90,000 from small donors, and they spent most of their funds on their signature-gathering campaign.

The referendum is scheduled to appear on the August primary ballot.

New Energy Politics Changes Likely To Affect Alaska

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:40

In Washington, at both the White House and in Congress, 2014 brings changes to the politics of energy that are likely to affect Alaska.

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New Mat-Su Trooper Unit Gets First Arrests

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:38

A new Alaska State Trooper crime unit in the Matanuska Susitna Borough area has already nabbed its first criminals. In mid December, Troopers announced a new property crimes unit, to start work on January first of this year.

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Expansion Planned For Nome Graveyard

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:36

A recent draft report prepared by the Fairbanks-based company Northern Land Use Research Alaska found what is likely about a hundred unmarked graves in Nome’s cemetery. The company conducted a Ground Penetrating Radar Analysis of the areas around Nome’s existent graveyard as part of a planned expansion for the grounds. Josie Bahnke is Nome’s city manager and says the cemetery expansion is steadily moving forward.

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Alaska Air National Guard Finds Missing Snowmachiner

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:35

The Alaska Air National Guard was called to Bristol Bay Wednesday night to help look for an overdue snowmachiner from Koliganek.

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Climate Change, Arctic Activity Expected To Multiply Pollutant Concentrations

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:33

Climate change and increased Arctic activity are projected to offset declines in toxic human emissions. A recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicts warmer temperatures will cause contaminants stored in the earth to re-emit back into the atmosphere. In addition, increases in Arctic vessel traffic and oil and gas drilling will multiply pollutant concentrations.

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‘Targeted Hunt’ Aims For Moose Near Roadways

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:32

Matanuska – Susitna Borough drivers run down hundreds of moose each year on their travels to and from Anchorage. Now a special hunt, called a “targeted hunt” allows winter hunting to reduce the number of moose near roadways. The hunt was established by the state Board of Game in 2011.

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The hunt was established by the state Board of Game in 2011.  Palmer area state wildlife biologist Todd Rinaldi [ rin ALD ee] says the hunt is targeting ” nuisance moose”

“Whether its an injured moose that had an issue with breaking an ankle, or was involved in an automobile collision and is spending a lot of time around humans. It may be a cow and a calf that is excessively aggressive, or it may be a moose that has been harassed by dogs and since has become more defensive around people.”

 Nuisance moose tend to hang out around cleared roadways, or in people’s back yards. When moose congregate around highway corridors, some motorists are injured or killed when they hit the 900 pound animals.

 Rinaldi  says motorists kill 280 moose a year, normally, but during winters of extremely deep snow, that number can double.

 Rinaldi says more than a thousand hunters have signed up for this year’s winter hunt, which starts on January 6. Two hundred permits will be issued for Unit 14 A and an additional 100 permits for Unit 14 B. This is how it works. Each week, eight hunters will be assigned to a designated road corridor where moose vehicle collisions are high. Only shotguns and bows can be used.

“Some of these hunt areas that we have designated at high areas of moose collisions are actually on the edges of city limits or in developed neighborhoods. So we use shotguns, ten gauge and twelve gauge only, because of their reduced velocity as well as bow and arrow, so that if the opportunity arose, we could direct hunters into some of these more developed areas or into some of these areas where firearms are restricted.”

He says officials collect data indicating areas of high collision rates from the state, and further analyze those areas for hunt suitability. They are Knik Goose Bay Road, Pittman Road in Wasilla, the Parks Highway north of Big Lake and the Glenn Highway between Palmer and Sutton

“We’ve really been focusing on mitigating moose-vehicle collisions over the last year, and that’s why the hunt is expanded a little bit more. Because it’s been demonstrated over the last two winters that hunters can go out on the landscape and harvest moose along roadways in a very effective and safe manor. “

 He says there is no data available yet to indicate that the hunt is actually reducing moose-vehicle accidents. That data will be ready in a year or two.

Last winters hunt harvested 148 moose. Rinaldi says Unit 14 A is over populated with moose, and the extra hunt keeps the population down.

 Eligible hunters needed to have applied by the end of last October for a permit, and successful applicants were required to have completed a state hunter education program. Hunters on private land must have the permission of the land owner.

The department and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will conduct random checks to ensure hunters comply with permit conditions and conduct themselves in a safe manner.

 

 

Yukon Commercial Fishermen May Be Able To Use Purse Seine Gear

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:28

As fish managers attempted preserve the Yukon River king salmon last summer, commercial chum fisherman tried out some new gear. They used dip nets and beach seine gear by emergency order during the many king salmon closures. They brought in nearly 200,000 fish, but some say that’s not enough for their income, or for the future of the fishery.

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Alaska News Nightly: January 2, 2014

Thu, 2014-01-02 18:22

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.

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Exxon, Chevron Make Big Contributions To Preserve New Oil Tax Law

Alexandra Guiterrez, APRN – Juneau

Exxon and Chevron have made major contributions to a campaign that wants to preserve a controversial oil tax law that passed this year, according to recent filings with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

New Energy Politics Changes Likely To Affect Alaska

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

In Washington, at both the White House and in Congress, 2014 brings changes to the politics of energy that are likely to affect Alaska.

CH2M Hill Selected to Rescue Anchorage Port Project

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The Engineering firm CH2M Hill has been selected to manage the troubled Port of Anchorage project. The project was shut down after construction problems a few years ago and remains tied up in lawsuits, but today officials said it could be back on track again this year.

Legislative Task Force Clashes Over Education Funding

Alexandra Guiterrez, APRN – Juneau

Members of a legislative task force clashed over funding as they worked on a blueprint for addressing education in Alaska.

New Mat-Su Trooper Unit Gets First Arrests

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A new Alaska State Trooper crime unit in the Matanuska Susitna Borough area has already nabbed its first criminals.  In mid December, Troopers announced a new property crimes unit, to start work on January first of this year.

Expansion Planned For Nome Graveyard

Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome

A recent draft report prepared by the Fairbanks-based company Northern Land Use Research Alaska found what is likely about a hundred unmarked graves in Nome’s cemetery. The company conducted a Ground Penetrating Radar Analysis of the areas around Nome’s existent graveyard as part of a planned expansion for the grounds. Josie Bahnke is Nome’s city manager and says the cemetery expansion is steadily moving forward.

Alaska Air National Guard Finds Missing Snowmachiner

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

The Alaska Air National Guard was called to Bristol Bay Wednesday night to help look for an overdue snowmachiner from Koliganek.

Climate Change, Arctic Activity Expected To Multiply Pollutant Concentrations

Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM – Nome

Climate change and increased Arctic activity are projected to offset declines in toxic human emissions. A recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicts warmer temperatures will cause contaminants stored in the earth to re-emit back into the atmosphere. In addition, increases in Arctic vessel traffic and oil and gas drilling will multiply pollutant concentrations.

‘Targeted Hunt’ Aims For Moose Near Roadways

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Matanuska – Susitna Borough drivers run down hundreds of moose each year on their travels to and from Anchorage.  Now a special hunt, called a “targeted hunt” allows winter hunting to reduce the number of moose near roadways.  The hunt was established by the state Board of Game in 2011.

Yukon Commercial Fishermen May Be Able To Use Purse Seine Gear

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

As fish managers attempted preserve the Yukon River king salmon last summer, commercial chum fisherman tried out some new gear. They used dip nets and beach seine gear by emergency order during the many king salmon closures. They brought in nearly 200,000 fish, but some say that’s not enough for their income, or for the future of the fishery.