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Permit for Herring Cove tour operators?

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-01-03 15:24

A few public hearings will kick off Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting. The hearings provide the public an opportunity to comment on ordinances, including two that would expand development options at the borough-run airport, and appropriate about $62,000 in cruise ship head tax funds to the City of Ketchikan for improvements at the downtown dock.

Also on the agenda is a presentation about ways to improve congestion at Herring Cove, a popular destination for summertime tourists. An earlier report suggested infrastructure improvements, but the Assembly directed staff to come up with options.

The proposed solution would establish a program to issue permits for commercial tour operators taking passengers to Herring Cove. The permit would require the operator to have an off-street parking area at the destination and proof that the driver is trained in pedestrian safety. A permit fee or cruise head-tax funds could pay for the staff position needed to administer the program.

Another option would be to establish a new service area. Then that service area would hire an enforcement officer to make sure parking and safety rules are followed.

Also on Monday, the Assembly will consider a resolution reiterating the borough’s opposition to a “no-action” alternative for the state Department of Transportation’s Gravina Access Project. State DOT and Federal Highway Administration officials are scheduled to start preparing the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for that project next week.

The Assembly meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.

Housing plans a long time coming: coalition

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-01-03 14:32
The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition approves of the territorial government’s plan for more social housing.

Mentorship program may sprout careers in computers

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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’

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

This Week's Massive Winter Storm, Seen From Space

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 14:19

On Friday, NASA tweeted a composite image of the storm that has covered large areas of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. with a blanket of snow.

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EPA wood stove rules less stringent than state plan for Fairbanks

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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

House GOP Puts Another 'Target' On Obamacare

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 14:08

House Republicans plan to start the year with a vote on legislation to better safeguard the personal data that collects. Democrats see it as yet another attempt to undermine the health law, but they also see political risk in voting against more security for sensitive consumer data.

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Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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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Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 13:54

Cities across the country saw sharp drops in violent crime rates in 2013. For some big cities, murder rates reached historic lows. The numbers reflect a decades-long decline, which shows that plenty of neighborhoods in urban areas are safe while some remain troubled by violent crime.

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

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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

The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 13:37

So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right? Guess again.

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365 Days of Big Wildlife

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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

HOST: BLM Campbell Creek Science Center

EVENT: Fireside Chat


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'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 13:29

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, it has created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.

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Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 13:16

Participation in the school lunch program suffered after USDA restricted the amount of grains and protein that could be served to kids at lunchtime. Now school food directors are applauding the decision to allow more of them back on lunch menus.

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California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 13:16

An Alameda County ordinance puts the responsibility for drug disposal squarely on the companies that made the medicines. States and the federal government have considered similar measures, but none has passed.

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Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 13:10

Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. The women running the program are hoping to get these young engineers hooked on helping. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi and will be distributed to hospitals around the country.

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Obama Administration Moves To Alter Gun-Buying Rules

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 13:06

Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the White House says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.

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Natural Capital

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - 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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2014: The Year We Weren't Shocked That People Of Color Watch Films?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 12:16

The makers of Paranormal Activity are releasing two movies this year. One, which dropped in theaters this Friday, had Latino themes and characters. Does this mark a shift in narratives?

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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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