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Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:53

A young woman who didn't know she was infected with measles went to a Kings of Leon concert in Seattle. Public health investigators have reconstructed her movements to warn the public.

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WATCH: Giant Container Ship Collides With Hong Kong Park

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:46

The 633-foot-long vessel, which may have suffered a loss of power, ran aground within yards of a popular jogging path in the Chinese territory.

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Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:40

Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups like WhatsApp and Nest. That has analysts wondering if another tech bubble is about to burst.

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Algo Nuevo: April 6, 2014

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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



The Best of Santana




Sexy Cumbia

Texas Latino

Un Nuevo Camino

New Village Records



Rene and Rene Medley

Rio Rami

A Touch of Old School




Cowboy Cumbia

Samuel D

Cowboy Cumbia

Samuel D Productions



El Ultimo Beso


Living Life

The Pad



Mi Chicanita

The Galaxies





Nuestro Anniversario

Patsy Torres

Mi Inspiracion

World Class Records



Aguita De Melon

Abel Lucero


Abel Lucero Productions



El Reloj

Little Joe Y La Familia





Pobre Caminante

Abel Lucero


Abel Lucero Productions



Corazon De Carton












Sopa De Caracol

Juntos Unidos





Sabrosura Medley

Tejano Highway 281

The 281ers

Tejano Powerhouse Records









Dejeme Que Me Emborrache

Jerry Lopez

Mis Raices

CR Records



Cumbia Medley

The New Variety Band

Simplemente Amigos

GSM Discos



Contigo A La Distancia

Grupo Quemado

El Regreso

Q Zone



Simplemente Amigos

The New Variety Band

Simplemente Amigos

GSM Discos


Oldies Medley

Liberty Band

Life is Good




El Paso Del Canguro



Sound Garden



Tu Prieto

Chuck Medina And the Enchanted Knights

Por El Amor De La Musica

Wizard Studios



En El Amor

Ram Herrera

En El Amor




Ahora Soy Feliz

Ruben Ramos

Juan Manuel Barco/Mis Canciones




La Pollera Colorada


Back to Basics




Nada Te Questa

Latin Express


Brown Line



Por Ningun Motivo



Great Day Productions




Hugo Guerrero/Ruben Ramos





Volver, Volver

Vicente Fernandez

35 Anniversario




Un Engano Mas

Texas Latino


EMI Latin



Como La Flor



EMI Latin



Maria, Maria

Christian Sanchez

Lo Mejor De N.M. Music 2013




Ahora Por Idea

Jerry Dean

Lo Mejor De N.M. Music 2013




Mucho Corazon


Una Voz Enamorada




Cumbia Caliente

Ray Camacho

Greatest Hits




Un Dia A La Vez

Bryan Olivas





MS Walk and info

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:16

Lauren Munhoven shares her experiences being diagnosed and living with Multiple Sclerosis.  She and Jay Rhodes give details about the upcoming Walk for MS.  MS040714

Here is a link to the website http://walkwas.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/WASWalkEvents?fr_id=22849&pg=entry

USAID Says Building Of 'Cuban Twitter' Was Part Of Public Record

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:08

Congress, the development agency says, specifically earmarked money for a program to break the "information blockade" in Cuba.

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Deep-Sea Ping May Lead To Malaysian Jet — But Time's Running Out

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

Australia and China both claim to hear underwater pings from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel explains the pings, why they're tough to verify and what might happen next.

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Oscar Pistorius Takes The Stand, Opening With Apology

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

In court Monday, Olympian Oscar Pistorius spoke publicly for the first time of the night he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. David Smith, the Africa correspondent for The Guardian, offers more detail.

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In NCAA Finals, Two Recent Champions On Unlikely Rides

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Connecticut Huskies take the court in Monday's NCAA men's college basketball final. NPR's Tom Goldman talks to Melissa Block about what to watch for in the game.

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In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

Mourners left more than 600 pairs of sneakers at the site, shoes that held deeply personal meanings for runners before the race.

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A Different Kind of Sister

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Mon, 2014-04-07 12:01

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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

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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

After Voting, Afghans Must Now Wait For A Winner

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 11:53

Counting ballots in the presidential election is a painfully slow affair. The voting took place Saturday, but results are still weeks away. And a runoff election is widely expected in June.

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Update: Sealaska dividends include no earnings

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-04-07 11:35

Sealaska CEO Chris McNeil Jr. addresses Juneau’s Native Issues Forum April 2, 2014. The corporation’s spring distribution includes no operating revenue. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)

The Sealaska regional Native corporation does not appear to be making much – if any – money. Its spring distribution to shareholders, which is basically a dividend, includes no corporate revenues.

Sealaska distributes payments to its almost 21,600 shareholders twice a year. In recent years, they’ve ranged from about $400 to around $1,100.

The money comes from three sources. The largest is a pool of all 12 regional Native corporations’ resource earnings. Another is Sealaska’s permanent fund. The third is profits from the corporation’s businesses.

“Usually there are. This year there isn’t any operating revenue included in the formula,” says Chris McNeil Jr., president and CEO of the Juneau-headquartered corporation.

He won’t say why Sealaska has no revenues to contribute. But he says the information will be in the corporation’s annual report, due out in May.

“I can’t really provide any details on it until we publish. And we’ve done that traditionally to make sure there is no miscommunication about what is being transmitted to shareholders,” he says.

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“Sealaska is so opaque. They don’t really share much about their finances,” says Brad Fluetsch, a shareholder who runs a Facebook page highly critical of Sealaska. He’s also founder and managing director of Fortress Investment Management LLC.

He says even the annual reports lack detail. Earnings and losses are reported in sectors, so the reader often can’t tell which individual businesses are making or losing cash.

Still, Fluetsch says Sealaska’s board was honest when it approved a distribution without corporate revenues.

“I’ll give them kudos for that because that did take some effort on their part. Now what they need to do is hire a management team that can make that zero go away and actually turn it into a positive number,” he says.

McNeil is retiring this summer and the search for a replacement is underway.

This spring distribution totals about $12 million. It gives most shareholders $721. But others receive only $57.

The difference is that pool of resource earnings. McNeil says the biggest contributor is the owner of Northwest Alaska’s Red Dog Mine.

“At this point, NANA is the principal distributor. But cumulatively, Arctic Slope has distributed more revenue than any other corporation,” McNeil says.

Sealaska was a major contributor before its timber subsidiary starting running out of trees.

Most shareholders also belong to a smaller, community-based Native corporation.

Those getting the $721 payment also own stock in Juneau and Sitka’s urban Native corporations. Those receiving $57 are shareholders in a village corporation, from Yakutat to Saxman.

“The portion of the funds that go to tribal member shareholders who are enrolled to village corporations goes to the village corporation. And then the corporations board of directors is entitled to decide whether or not some or all of those funds will be distributed directly to their tribal members shareholders or to retain them in the corporation,” McNeil says.

There are several other classes of shareholders.

Those only holding Sealaska stock get the full $721. Descendents of original shareholders receive the lower amount of $57. And elders get an extra $57 on top of whatever else they receive.

All the amounts are based on ownership of 100 shares. That’s the most common number. But some shareholders have more, or different types, of stock due to gifting or inheritance.

Read last year’s annual report.

Disease Detectives Are Solving Fewer Foodborne Illness Cases

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 10:42

The government has reported 42 percent fewer foodborne illness cases in the past decade and solved less than half of them, a report finds. But that doesn't necessarily mean the food supply is safer.

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Sitka’s greenest businesses

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-04-07 10:32

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Michelle Putz with the Sitka Global Warming Group discusses the eight Sitka businesses receiving green business awards – and why they qualify.

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Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-04-07 10:21

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The latest issue of “Sitka Trends” shows a rebound in retail sales, unemployment, and personal income, paired with a decrease in the price of housing rentals. Sealaska’s spring distribution to shareholders does not include corporate revenues. The city and borough of Juneau has appealed to the state Supreme Court to reverse a decision on the northern boundary of Petersburg. “Once Upon Alaska” is a new kids photobook by Nick Jans and Mark Kelley.

Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 09:31

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to help Ukraine with a loan of more than $14 billion — in exchange for tough austerity measures. And Russia is threatening to raise Ukraine's gas prices.

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Interesting story in light of the one we ran last week about NOAA's finding that...

Facebook Feed - Mon, 2014-04-07 09:17
Interesting story in light of the one we ran last week about NOAA's finding that herring will not be placed on the Endangered Species List.

Archaeologist: Herring once far more abundant, widespread | KCAW
Archaeologist Madonna Moss has studied sites in and around Southeast Alaska for decades.

Mob In Ukraine Seizes Provincial Building, Declares Independence

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 09:12

Pro-Russian protesters stormed the building in the country's eastern city of Donetsk, proclaiming sovereignty from Kiev.

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