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Geoffroy continues freestyle ski reign

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-04-04 13:01
Yukon freestyle skier Etienne Geoffroy once again found himself on the top step of the podium at last weekend’s Showdown Throwdown Hoedown.

Alternative Ways to Worship

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-04-04 13:00

A Wiccan event in the U.S. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

We’re sometimes told that America is a Christian nation and Anchorage certainly has a protestant majority, but there are many other faith communities here, too, with different ways of worshiping and different ideas about the meaning of life. Join host Charles Wohlforth an guests to learn more about how people worship. We’ll talk to a Buddhist, a Pagan and a Unitarian minister to share the experience of being out of the religious mainstream. Do you think our community shows tolerance and mutual respect? Join our discussion.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth


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Expecting A Spring Thaw, Shops And Restaurants Warm To Hiring

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:49

Employment and wages are increasing, along with hopes for more consumer spending, analysts say.

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In Wake Of Fort Hood Shooting, Attention Turns To Base Security

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:45

While it appears the 2009 attack at Fort Hood was different in many ways from what occurred Wednesday, the latest attack is drawing attention again to security measures there.

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Fair or not, education bill contains extra help for urban districts

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:42
Fair or not, education bill contains extra help for urban districts New provisions in the omnibus education bill being considered by the Alaska Legislature include extra help for the largest school districts, but critics say the move risks destabilizing a carefully crafted balance in education funding between rural and urban districts.April 4, 2014

Archaeologist: Herring once far more abundant, widespread

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:40

Herring caught during the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe fishery. A recent study suggests that managers could take a longer view when directing fisheries like this one. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

A recent study suggests that current herring populations in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia may be just a remnant of what once existed.

Archaeologist Madonna Moss has studied sites in and around Southeast Alaska for decades. She says that evidence gathered by researchers up and down the coast indicates that herring were once far more widespread –and far more abundant – than they are today.

And, she says, fishery managers should look to the past when making decisions about the present.

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Moss is part of a team of scientists who pulled together data from 171 archaeological sites stretching from Yakutat to Puget Sound. They identified nearly half a million different fish bones from the sites, some of which are nearly 10,000 years old.

And what they found was a lot of herring. The team found herring bones in all but two of the sites, and, Moss said, “Herring bones were the most numerous bones in most of the sites. And that was a surprise, because on the northwest coast, if you ask what fish is the most important, people will, of course they’ll say salmon.”

The team found herring bones everywhere: in places where you find large populations of herring today and, more tantalizingly, in lots of places where you won’t find herring today, but where oral histories or place-names imply herring were once present.

“And that is a significant finding, in that it helps illustrate how the spatial distribution of herring has contracted into fewer localities, whereas in the past, herring bones were really widespread in archaeological sites,” Moss said. “So there’s been a spatial constriction of where herring are abundant.”

In all, nearly half of the fish bones collected from the sites were from herring. The team concluded that the only way you’d see that number of herring bones, in that many sites, is if herring populations in the past were far larger, and far more widespread, than they are now.

And that, they argue, should influence how the populations are managed today.

That hypothesis isn’t accepted by many fishery managers. But it aligns with what many in the Sitka Tribe have said for a long time.

“I think that the archaeological work in this case really does support the life experience of people who have been fishing herring and watching herring and collecting eggs for a very long time,” Moss said.

The paper was published in February, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The lead author is Iain McKechnie, of the University of British Columbia. It’s a follow-up to a major project by Moss and other researchers, first published in 2010, that pulled together archaeological data, oral histories, and biological and historical records to try to piece together a map of where herring were known to spawn in Southeast Alaska before the advent of industrial fishing.  This most recent paper was in part an attempt to extend that map down the coast, focusing in particular on British Columbia.

Moss says that while many factors influence herring populations — including pollution, climate change, and the rebounding populations of predators like whales and sea lions — she personally thinks that industrial fishing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries had a much more severe impact than modern managers assume.

“I think that huge numbers of herring were taken out of the system years ago,” Moss said. “And then there was kind of a lull, and the fisheries recovered, and then the 1970s becomes kind of the baseline that many fishery scientists rely on. And so if you compare the herring numbers to the 1970s, they might not look so bad. But if you go back 150 years, they look pretty paltry.”

Madonna Moss will deliver a lecture on the archaeology of herring tonight (Fri 4-4-14), as part of the Sitka Herring Festival Community Potluck. The potluck will run from 6-9 PM, in Harrigan Centennial Hall. 

Alaska is dying for a statewide smoke-free workplace policy

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:36
Alaska is dying for a statewide smoke-free workplace policy OPINION: Comprehensive smoke-free policies are the only effective way to eliminate secondhand smoke in the workplace. We know enough now about the horrible effects of secondhand smoke to send it outdoors.April 4, 2014

VIDEO: Students connect with their community in Nome Stories

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:35
VIDEO: Students connect with their community in Nome Stories

Students in Nome are documenting their town's living history, developing video and audio production skills along the way.

April 4, 2014

Photos: Would Strauss recognize his opera reset in Alaska with drunks, strippers and Palin?

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:33
Photos: Would Strauss recognize his opera reset in Alaska with drunks, strippers and Palin?

To make this version of the operetta "Die Fledermaus" really Alaskan, Anchorage Opera worked in exotic dancers, ice road truckers, troopers and politicians, including one Democrat recently turned Republican.


April 4, 2014

Authorities: Fort Hood's Shooter's Mental Health Not 'Precipitating Factor'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:32

Authorities said an argument may have led to the shooting rampage. The family of Spc. Iván López issued a statement saying they were troubled and surprised by his alleged actions.

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Lightning Strikes

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:30

Addressing Alaskans will return April 15.

Every community has a place, where people gather and stories are told. The east coast has stoops, the south has porches and in Alaska we have Arctic Entries. Here, Alaskans share their personal stories – funny, sad and sweet. Originally told at the Arctic Entries monthly storytelling event in Anchorage, listen to seven people tell a seven-minute-long true story related to the show’s theme.

HOSTS: Jason Brandeis & Rosey Robards

This show’s theme is lightning strikes – stories of natural disasters, eerie coincidences and the unforeseen.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. AKDT


THEME SONG: “Arctic Entry” by Super Saturated Sugar Strings



Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:30

Thanks to an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, water is flowing to 35 million people in both countries along the Colorado River Delta. At least for now.

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Paula Deen's Restaurant, Site Of Seafood And Slurs, Shuts Down

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:07

The restaurant at the center of a lawsuit involving celebrity chef Paula Deen has closed. Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House in Savannah, Ga., surprised employees by handing out final paychecks Thursday. Deen owned the eatery with her brother Bubba Hiers. A 2012 lawsuit accused the two of sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

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In March Jobs Report, Market Awakens From A Winter Swoon

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:07

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to data released this morning. The unemployment rate refused to budge, though, holding steady at 6.7 percent.

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The Business of Clean Energy

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:00

Alaska is becoming known as a testing ground for renewable energy. As more and more clean energy technology comes on the market, Alaska’s high fuel costs can make investments in things that reduce those costs pay off quickly – in fact it’s already happening.

HOST: Steve HeimelAlaska Public Radio Network


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Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 11:49

More than three months have passed since the long-term unemployed saw their federal jobless benefits cut off abruptly. One Michigan woman is looking for work while watching for congressional action.

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It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 11:46

The new CEO of Mozilla was forced to step down amid controversy over his anti-gay-marriage donation in 2008. How much should the public judge chief executives for their private views?

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U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 11:24

Thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. finds itself awash in domestic energy — and moving rapidly toward self-sufficiency and a position of strategic and economic strength.

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Kerry: 'Reality Check Time' In Middle East Peace Talks

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 11:16

The secretary of state says both Israel and the Palestinians need to "spend some time thinking about making some very difficult decisions."

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Congressman's Lament: $174,000 Isn't Enough To Make Ends Meet

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 11:05

Rep. Jim Moran argues that members of Congress are underpaid. His claim has been greeted with derision, but there's evidence the cost of living in D.C. makes it tough for members of modest means.

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