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Gov. Sean Parnell has declared this year the education session the legislature, but if you are involved in schools in Anchorage you already know that education funding and policy are hot topics. This is Charles Wohlforth. On the next Hometown Alaska, I’ll be joined by education activists to lead a community discussion on school funding and school choice. Should state funding increase, and should it be available to private and religious schools?
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HOST: Charles Wohlforth
LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, March 12, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Alaska time)
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For the first Iditarod musher to reach Ruby, the checkpoint brings the promise of a gourmet meal. For the rest of the field, while there's no champagne, Ruby is still a milestone, marking the beginning of a long stretch of mushing along the Yukon River.March 7, 2014
This week on Addressing Alaskans, five panelists offering varying perspectives on marijuana law and policy discuss the implications of marijuana reform in Alaska, as well as nationwide. A wide range of topics are examined, including criminal justice, public health and economic questions. The discussion, featuring local and national experts, reveals the complex issues Alaskans will consider as they prepare to vote in August on a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.
Founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann, acted as keynote speaker as well as taking part in the discussion, which included questions from the public and was moderated by Jason Brandeis of the UAA Justice Center.
Their discussion, “Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy,” was hosted by the UAA Justice Center and recorded at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage.
BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)
REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)
SPEAKERS (pictured right to left)
- Ethan Nadelmann, Founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance
- Taylor Bickford, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska
- Lance Buchholtz, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
- Dean Guaneli, Former Chief Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska
- Ben Cort, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)
RECORDED: March 5, 2014 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium
HOST: UAA Justice CenterAbout
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During the Second World War, household “Victory Gardens” produced almost half the food the nation consumed. Now home gardens produce about two percent. Could the path to food security run though a garden plot in your front yard?
HOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio Network
- Roger Doiron, founder, Kitchen Gardeners International
- Leah Wagner, founder, Foundroot
- Staff members, Alaska Botanical Garden
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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
Some mushers are still trying to hold dog teams back despite the fast Yukon River miles ahead.
The most experienced mushers know the river miles can be fast, but there’s still a tough run up the Bering Sea Coast ahead.
Four-time Champion Jeff King has run the Iditarod 23 times. He knows exactly what it means when teams reach the Yukon River.
“Well it will be a chance to really evaluate team speed,” he said.
King’s competition is stiff; Robert Sorlie doesn’t start a race if he doesn’t plan to win. Aliy Zirkle’s team is primed from a winning Yukon Quest last month. Both Dallas and Mitch Seavey won the race the last two consecutive years. Nicolas Petit posted one of the fastest run times into Ruby. But he says the long, flat river miles may not benefit his larger dogs.
“I want to preserve my dog team for getting to the coast and then we can start playing around a little bit,” Petit said.
But the wind is forecast to pick up, transforming and drifting snow for more than 140 miles. A slower, sugary trail could help Petit who says he’s likely to continue holding his team back.
“I don’t really let me dogs run,” he said. “I just make them trot and so we don’t have top end speed because it’s not sustainable.”
Hans Gatt says there’s another great equalizer on the trail.
“Well, the dogs need rest, that’s the bottom line,” he said.
As the race picks up, mushers will start to cut rest. Jeff King says it’s tough to decide how best to do that.
“We’re all trying to be as chintsy as we can to rob Peter and not pay Paul,” King said. “We want to get the very most from our dogs energy and our energy.”
Lucky for mushers, they are required to take an eight hour rest somewhere on the Yukon. The key players in the race won’t shake out until after they’ve all completed that layover.
Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological in nature. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, threaten, blame, or hurt, someone. Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, and the community at large. Children, who grow up witnessing domestic violence, are among those most seriously affected by this crime. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social, psychological and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life. On the next Line One, Prentiss Pemberton will take a look at the impacts of Domestic Violence. His Guest will be Melissa Emmal, Deputy Director of AWAIC. Tune in to learn more, Monday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m., repeating that same evening at 9:00, on 91.1 FM, KSKA, Anchorage.
HOST: Prentiss Pemberton
- Melissa Emmal, Deputy Director, AWAIC; Melissa is a life-long Alaskan who has over 10 years of experience working with victims of interpersonal violence. She is currently the Deputy Director at AWAIC, Alaska’s largest provider of domestic violence safe shelter and intervention services. She is responsible for overseeing all AWAIC programs including an Alaska Native safe-home, a transitional housing program, case management and financial assistance programs, court-based legal advocacy, community education and prevention, volunteers, a children’s program, and an emergency shelter. She has provided interpersonal violence training to professionals throughout Alaska as well as nationally and internationally.
- Children of Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence & Abuse: Signs of Abusive Relationships
- Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)
- Alaska Department of Public Safety: Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA)
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence Facts – Alaska
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Domestic Violence and Child Welfare
- American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress: Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and Adolescents
LIVE BROADCAST: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)
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As dogs teams drop onto the Yukon River, Iditarod mushers will find out how their race plans are playing out. The next 140 miles of long, flat river will shine some light on who has the most speed and who needs a little more rest.
No one is quite sure exactly what’s going on with race strategies this year. In fact even the most experienced mushers are scratching their heads.
“I realized that I’m probably a better dog training than a dog racer,” four-time champion Martin Buser, who was just waking up from a nap in Ruby, said. “But this team deserves to be raced properly, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Clearly exhausted, Buser downs a steaming cup of coffee.
“I just know you have to push so hard and it’s just tough and I’m not into toughness all that much,” he said.
As he talks, Buser pulls at the little finger on his left hand. It’s dislocated, white and swollen. He keeps it wrapped in a spare dog bootie. His feet are bare and his left ankle is purple – also swollen. He sprained it badly somewhere between Rohn and Nikolai.
“The way I look at is we have the toughest individuals in front of us those dogs are so superior to anything else,” he said. “We might as well toughen up buttercup. They are unbelievably strong and tough and willing to give so we might as well give a little bit too.”
Buser is putting all his energy into proving that lots of rest early in the race can pay big dividends later. It’s a strategy Kelly Maixner is also testing with his dogs.
“It seems like they recover a lot better earlier,” Maixner said. “So, say you do a long run at the beginning of a training session, they seem to recover faster at the beginning, so they get back to normal.”
Maixner is running the Iditarod for the fourth time. He’s a pediatric dentist by day. He knew coming into the race he’d surprise a lot of people.
“I’ve had a couple rough years the last couple years,” he said. “I just had injuries and illnesses during the race the last couple years that really bummed me out and this year I trained a lot harder than I ever have and this year I started my own practice so I was able to switch my schedule. I put probably 75 percent more miles on than I have in the past.”
Nicolas Petit is also no stranger to high volume training.
“Considering the lack of snow all over Alaska, basically my dogs haven’t seen a dog house since about New Years,” Petit said. “We’ve just been traveling around using the truck as a home base…training from there.”
Petit’s strategy is to hold a strong steady pace. He doesn’t like to run too fast. But he’s been at the front of the pack since the start. He was surprised to see his run time into Ruby.
“Apparently I got here faster than everybody else and that’s fun, but we were just trotting along,” he laughs.
Petit says he hasn’t looked at another dog team since he left Willow.
“I don’t really look at other people’s teams,” he said. “I just look at mine because it’s enough to worry about when you have 16 animals.”
Mushers will have plenty of time to look around as the head out on the Yukon River. The miles are long and flat for more than 140 miles. Teams are required to take a mandatory eight-hour rest before the get off the river in Kaltag.
Espionage, intrigue and love all come together in David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award winning play, M Butterfly. Join director Jessica Jacob and actor Alder Fletcher from UAA Department of Theatre and Dance as they visit Stage Talk to talk about their upcoming production of this moving drama based on a true story opening March 21st and running through April 6th.
- Jessica Jacob, Director, UAA Department of Theatre and Dance’s M Butterfly
- Alder Fletcher, Actor, UAA Department of Theatre and Dance’s M Butterfly
ORIGINAL BROADCAST: Friday March 7th, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.
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Legislation that would provide for state participation in the gas line moves forward. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a scourge. Some of those affected explain why. Gov. Parnell “absolves” a future buyer of the Fl;int Hills refinery of cleanup costs. Parnell sues past and current owner over the cleanup. Alaska public life and policy is different if not unique – here’s some of the reason why. The emerging problem of scarcity. Idaho compared to Alaska.
HOST: Michael Carey
- Kyle Hopkins, ADN.
- Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce.
- Mark Trahant, UAA.
KSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
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Aliy Zirkle took the lead in the 2014 Iditarod early Friday morning leaving Ruby almost two hours ahead of Martin Buser who also took off from Ruby Friday. Both mushers dropped dogs at the layover and were racing with 14 dogs.
Arron Burmeister was about two hours behind Buser and out of Ruby. His team was down to 12 dogs.
Buser has taken both of his mandatory layovers. Neither Zirkle nor Burmeister has taken an 8-hour layover.
Jeff King and Sonny Lindner led the pack much of Thursday but were still in Ruby early Friday morning.
Last year’s winner – Mitch Seavey – was in Ruby early Friday morning and in 10th place.
Two Rivers’ Abbie West led the rookies. She was out of Cripple and racing towards Ruby Friday morning.
In the beginning, this year's Iditarod was more about surviving treacherous conditions, but it has shifted to a chess match as the leaders reach Ruby. Whose moves will pay off biggest is anyone's guess.March 6, 2014