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Mentorship program may sprout careers in computers

Fri, 2014-01-03 14:29
It’s not difficult to get lost in a conversation with Sam Fleming and Mannie Sharma about computers.

‘We have been waiting for this moment for a long time’

Fri, 2014-01-03 14:25
They’re back, for the first time in more than 50 years.

EPA wood stove rules less stringent than state plan for Fairbanks

Fri, 2014-01-03 14:10
EPA wood stove rules less stringent than state plan for Fairbanks New proposed rules announced Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency would apply stricter limits on wood smoke from new wood stoves. But the state rules proposed for Fairbanks would be more stringent -- at least until 2019.January 3, 2014

Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Fri, 2014-01-03 14:00

History is loaded with heroic characters who’ve devoted their talents and energies—not for their own profit—but for the common good. Names like Susan B. Anthony who brought women the vote, or John Muir, who lobbied for a national park system, or New York City’s Central Park creator, Frederick Law Olmstead.

So, while the concept of working for the public good rather than personal profit isn’t new, the last 20 years has seen the rise of a new kind of social entrepreneur, a person or group that applies marketplace talent and resources toward resolving social problems. The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize went to Muhammad Yunus, an economics professor educated in the U.S. who first established micro-lending in Bangladesh.

Here’s a quote from social entrepreneur Jessica Jackley, founder of, another micro-lender:

The stories we tell about each other matter very much. The stories we tell ourselves, about our own lives, matter. And most of all, the way we participate in each other’s stories, is of deep importance.

Today on Hometown Alaska, we’ll hear a particularly Alaskan perspective on social entrepreneurship with Yaso Thiru. She teaches accounting at Alaska Pacific University, and for the last 18 months has promoted social change through education, employment and entrepreneurial spirit. We’ll talk of numerous examples, some global and some local, and take a closer look at Hope Studios, a social entrepreneurship venture right here in Anchorage, with gallery manager Julie Mettler.

Join us with your questions: What exactly is social entrepreneurism? What are its unique characteristics? When is it truly transformative, and when is it a corporate marketing campaign? How can consumers know the difference? We’ll tackle these and other facets of this complex movement, which looks very different under capitalism or under socialism. Listen to find out more.


  • Yaso Thiru, Alaska Pacific University professor
  • Julie Mettler, gallery manager, Hope Studios



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HOST: Kathleen McCoy

LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, January 8, 2014. 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Alaska time)

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Researchers say pooping dogs line up with Earth's magnetic field; Iditarod expert has doubts

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:48
Researchers say pooping dogs line up with Earth's magnetic field; Iditarod expert has doubts European researchers tuned into the Earth’s magnetic field while watching 70 dogs of 37 varieties relieve themselves and noting their body position. Top-flight Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle, a self-proclaimed 'poop specialist', questions the theory.January 3, 2014

365 Days of Big Wildlife

Fri, 2014-01-03 13:30

On the next Addressing Alaskans, take a month-by-month look at the year ahead through the eyes of area wildlife biologist, Jessy Coltrane. ”April is tax day and remove your bird feeder month!”  ”I like to call May, ‘Who’s poop is this?’”

Stories of hammock entangled moose, even swing set wearing moose are interwoven into Jessy’s talk entitled, “365 Days of Big Wildlife: Managing Wildlife Conflicts in Alaska’s Biggest City,” recorded at a BLM Campbell Creek Science Center Fireside Chat in December.

BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

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SPEAKER: Jessy Coltrane, area wildlife biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

RECORDED: December 18, 2013 at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center

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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


  • Tony Juniper, author, “What has Nature Ever Done for Us: How Money Really Does Grow on Trees”
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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.


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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HOST: Michael Carey


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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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