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The Global Fund

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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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Home owners appeal 30-day demolition order

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 11:54

The owners of a house on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg are hoping a superior court will throw out last month’s order by Petersburg’s borough assembly to require repair or demolition of the aging building.

Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem on Thursday, January 2 filed an administrative appeal of the assembly’s decision that their house at 1011 Wrangell Avenue is a dangerous structure and needed to be fixed or demolished within 30 days.

The assembly made their decision at a December 2nd meeting following testimony from Triem and a closed-door executive session on the issue. In a written report, borough building official Leo Luczak wrote that the foundation of the structure had failed in 2009 and as a result had multiple violations of building code. Luczak deemed the home a dangerous building and thought the unoccupied house is uninhabitable and presents a hazard to the public and surrounding properties.

Luczak sent a letter to the home owners this summer notifying them he considered the building dangerous and requiring changes. Neighboring property owners also have written to the borough seeking to have the structure razed.

Triem and Ellingstad argue that the borough did not correctly issue a final order with a 30 day appeal period and they challenge the borough’s procedure for setting a hearing date or giving the home owners information for the hearing. The couple argue their due process was violated at the non-compliance hearing held by the assembly. Among their appeal points, Triem and Ellingstad are questioning whether the borough provided any evidence that the structure is rotten or dangerous. The pair also question whether the assembly violated the state’s open meetings act by conducting deliberations behind closed doors.

In an order dated December 5th, the borough assembly required the house be fixed or demolished within 30 days or the borough would remove it. In an email Thursday, Luczak wrote that he planned to consult with the borough attorney about the matter before determining the next step. Triem wants more time to fix the home.

It’s not the first time the two sides have argued in court over the upkeep of a local building. The city of Petersburg was in and out of court with the property owners for more than a decade over the condition of an old building on the corner of First and Fram Streets. That building was eventually moved out of the street right of way, placed on a permanent foundation and refurbished.

Photos sought for Alaska seafood marketing

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 11:50

Your best photo of commercial fishing in Alaska could win Alaska Airlines photos or an Apple Ipad.

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, or ASMI, is putting out the call for submissions for its second annual fishing photo contest.

Photo courtesy of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Communications director Tyson Fick said the photos will help tell the story of the Alaska seafood industry and will help ASMI market that seafood to the world. “You know whether in store, recipe leaflets, they could wind up on the website, facebook, things like that, all the different avenues that we use to promote Alaska seafood,” said Fick.

Prizes will be given out in seven categories including throwback, scenic, family, boat or action photos.

“What’s new this year is after we get all the entrants in, we’re gonna put up about 20 or 30 of the judges selections that then will be on our Facebook site and we’ll have a fan favorite option and the one that gets the most likes through the facebook page, the photographer will get a trip for two anywhere Alaska airlines flies,” Fick said.

Last year the contest brought in close to 600 entries. The deadline for submissions is February 2nd. Winners will be announced February 17th. There’s more information, including rules and forms on the ASMI website.

Clay Aiken's Political Reality: Results Mixed For Stars Like Him

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 11:42

The former American Idol runner-up set the political class chattering Friday with rumors that he may run for Congress. He's one in a line of reality stars who have aimed for public office.

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Era Alaska Renames Itself Ravn Alaska

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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.

Sealaska board chairman Kookesh to leave post

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 11:36

Outgoing Sealaska Board Chairman Albert Kookesh addresses Native leaders during a 2011 issues forum. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)

Albert Kookesh is stepping down as board chairman for Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast. He’ll leave the post at the same time Sealaska CEO Chris McNeil retires.

Kookesh, a former state lawmaker from Angoon, has been Sealaska board chairman for 14 years.

The 65-year-old plans to remain on the panel. But he says a heart attack last spring means he has to cut back on his commitments.

“I think I’m Superman and I think I can do all the things I did before the heart attack, but that’s just me. My family really doesn’t think so and I really think that I better step back,” he says.

Kookesh also chose not to run for reelection as co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives last year. He also held that position for 14 years.

He says board vice chairwoman Rosita Worl would be a good replacement.

But she says she has too many other commitments to succeed Kookesh.

“We’ve got 13 members who sit on the board and each one of them are leaders in their own right. So from my perspective, anyone of them has the capacity to become chair and continue with the leadership,” she says.

Rosita Worl addresses the Native Issues Forum in Juneau in 2011. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)

Worl runs the corporation’s cultural arm, the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Such changes are not unusual.

“People in those positions usually mentor or have someone in mind that they have groomed to take over the leadership roles,” says Vicki Otte, former executive director of ANCSA Regional Association, representing Native corporation presidents and CEOs.

“I would expect something like that to happen there,” says Otte, CEO and former board member of MTNT Limited, a village corporation in the Kuskokwim basin.

Sealaska’s 2013 proxy statement says the board chair earns a base pay of about $65,000 a year, including health insurance. There’s extra compensation for attending meetings and events. Sealaska Shareholders Underground, a group critical of the corporation, calculated Kookesh’s 2012 compensation at around $76,000.

The proxy listed the CEO’s pay, benefits and bonuses totaling about $675,000.

CEO McNeil announced his planned retirement in October after 12 years at Sealaska’s helm.

The board is accepting applications for his replacement through the end of February. It’s drafted a list of qualifications and hired a San Francisco-based recruiting firm to help.

“I think as some of the board members say (we want) ‘somebody who walks on water’,” Worl says.

She says the new CEO must be a shareholder willing to live in Juneau, where Sealaska is headquartered.

“Very definitely we want that individual to have the business acumen to run a large corporation. We want them to have that experience in the business world. And we don’t exclude the nonprofit world either, because some of our nonprofit organizations are probably larger,” she says.

The new CEO will take over at the corporation’s June annual meeting. That’s the same time the board chairman will step down.

But Kookesh says he’s not worried about continuity of leadership.

“If I was stepping off of the board the same time he was stepping out of the CEO job, I might be a little bit concerned about it. But I’m still going to be there,” he says.

He says he’ll run for re-election in 2015, when his board term ends. He was first elected to Sealaska’s governing body in 1976.

Sealaska critic and frequent board candidate Mick Beasley.

Some shareholders are looking forward to the change.

“I believe that new ideas will be able to come forward and many other stockholders will be included,” says Juneau’s Mick Beasley, who is among those critical of the board and corporation management.

Beasley has put term-limit and discretionary voting resolutions before shareholders in past years. He’s collecting signatures again to try to change discretionary voting.

He’s also run for the board several times and plans to do it again this year.

“Reshuffling the deck at Sealaska from within is not going to produce growth. Sealaska will never rise above the self-interests of Sealaska directors and upper management and grow. After all, the daily wage becomes more important than the company,” he says.

Kookesh spent 16 years in the Legislature, eight in the House and eight in the Senate. The Angoon Democrat has a law degree, was a commercial fisherman and owned a lodge and store.

He says one of the board’s top actions was to push to allow tribal members’ descendents to become shareholders.

“We’re one of five corporations in Alaska that have changed that policy and opened the doors to new Natives born after 1971.That’s an accomplishment I’m very proud of,” Kookesh says. “I’m also proud of the fact that we’ve taken care of our elders. We’ve given everybody over 65 an additional 100 shares to lessen the impact of those new Natives coming into the corporation.”

Sealaska has more than 21,000 Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian shareholders. About half live outside Alaska.

Couples Urge Sotomayor To Deny Utah's Bid To Block Gay Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 11:34

The couples' response comes three days after Utah officials asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to block same-sex marriages in the state. Their filing with the Supreme Court calls the prospect of a delay "an intolerable and dehumanizing burden."

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Everyone Poops, But Dogs Do It With Magnetism

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 11:33

After watching dogs do their business several thousand times, Czech researchers concluded that the magnetic field was a significant force when the pooches lined up to go. They suggest this could mean that behavior studies need to take the magnetic field's fluctuation into account.

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Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 11:23

Why have so many soldiers committed suicide in recent years? The Army is looking beyond post-traumatic stress and asking whether bad commanders and destructive leadership are taking a toll.

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Take an 80s Journey to End 2013

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 10:56

How did Speaking Tube end 2013? With a rad playlist of 80s music. Listen to the show as AMT2 Ripley of USCG Air Station Sitka takes us on a “journey” through the 80s. By the way, he has awesome hair.




Sitka’s Himschoot honored by White House

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 10:30

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Keet Gooshi Heen science teacher Rebecca Himschoot has won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, one of 102 educators — and only two in Alaska — to do so this year. The award comes with an unrestricted $10,000 cash prize, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC.

School boosts wellness program

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 10:24

Ketchikan schools have improved lunch programs and wellness programs.  School wellness program coordinator Barbara McCarthy speaks about the progress.  SchoolWellness

7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 10:22

The year ahead offers much more political catnip than 2013. Aside from a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, 2014 is shaping up as another critical period for the Affordable Care Act.

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Fri Jan 3, 2014

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 10:19

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Former Sen. Albert Kookesh steps down as Sealaska board chairman, will retain seat as board member. US Coast Guard and Sitka Mountain Rescue advise residents to take simple precautions against weather and darkness when heading outdoors for recreation. Petersburg launches rebate program for air-source heat pumps. KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein leaves radio after 18 years to become a power troller.

Skier Vies For A Spot On Team USA After Breaking Both Legs

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 10:15

Alice McKennis has a metal plate and 11 screws in her leg after breaking it in 30 places in March. She's had other injuries before that, but she says it gives her an edge over the competition. "To make the Olympics is extremely hard," she says, "so it takes a certain kind of toughness."

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Izembek Road Rejected; And Election Advertising Begins

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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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Did Kim Jong Un Feed His Uncle To 120 Dogs? Be Skeptical

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 09:58

A gruesome story that first surfaced weeks ago is now whipping around the world. But there are many reasons to be doubtful about the claim that Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed by throwing him to a pack of starving dogs.

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5 Things That Could Alter The Perception Of Obamacare

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 09:53

Insurance enrollment will be a key yardstick for assessing whether the Affordable Care Act is working. Almost as important as the total number of people who get coverage is whether a significant percentage of them are healthy.

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Ford Tops Resurgent U.S. Car Industry, 2013 Sales Results Show

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 09:23

Ford and GM are calling 2013 the best year for U.S. auto sales in at least five years, as they report double-digit annual gains. Chrysler reported an increase of 9 percent, its strongest year since 2007.

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From The Ruins Of A Tsunami, A Rebuilt Aceh Rises Anew

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 09:21

The December 2004 Asian tsunami left nearly a quarter of a million people dead. Indonesia's Aceh province was among the hardest hit. But nine years on, the province is home to a largely successful reconstruction effort, a peace deal between separatists and the government, and economic progress.

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