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Alternative Ways to Worship

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


  • Gary Holthouse
  • Keith Wiger
  • Shirly Dickens


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LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, April 9, 2014. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

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

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

Alaska is dying for a statewide smoke-free workplace policy

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

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?

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

Lightning Strikes

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

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



The Business of Clean Energy

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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  • John Havelock, former Alaska Attorney General
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Screening for Prostate Cancer

Fri, 2014-04-04 11:00

Dr. Joshua Logan

Screening recommendations for prostate cancer have changed, leading to confusion and uncertainty for some. Join host Dr. Thad Woodard and guest Dr. Josh Logan to clarify current recommendations and the reasoning behind them.

HOST: Dr. Thad Woodard


  • Dr. Joshua Logan is the first and only urologic oncologist in the state of Alaska. He specializes in studying, diagnosing and treating cancers of the urinary system, which includes the prostate, testicles, kidneys and bladder. A native of Atlanta, Dr. Logan comes to Anchorage from Southern California, where he served as a fellow in urologic oncology at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) before joining the Alaska Urological Institute. He received his medical degree from the prestigious Emory University School of Medicine.


LIVE BROADCAST: Monday, April 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. AKDT

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Sealaska Dividends Include No Corporate Earnings

Fri, 2014-04-04 10:28

The spring dividend for most Sealaska shareholders will be $721, but some will receive less than a tenth of that amount.

Sealaska Plaza, the corporation’s headquarters.

The total distribution to the regional Native corporation’s 21,600 shareholders is $11.8 million. Payments will be mailed out April 8 and direct-deposited April 11.

Most stockholders own 100 shares. The amount of dividends differ due to status of the corporation’s Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian members.

Those enrolled in Sealaska plus an urban Native corporation, such as Sitka’s Shee Atiká, receive the full $721. So do at-large shareholders, who are only enrolled in Sealaska.

Those holding stock in a village corporation, such as Saxman’s Cape Fox, get $57.

The difference is a payout from a pool of regional Native corporations’ natural-resource earnings. Sealaska pays resource earnings directly to urban shareholders, as part of their dividends. But it pays the resource revenues to village corporations, which decide whether to pass them on to shareholders.

Descendents of original shareholders also get $57 per 100 shares.  Elders in any category receive an extra $57. Those funds come from Sealaska’s permanent fund.

None of the money is coming from Sealaska’s business operations. CEO Chris McNeil says the corporation is in the second year of restructuring its operations.  That includes last summer’s sale of its share of plastics factories in Alabama, Iowa and Guadalajara, Mexico.

More details on Sealaska’s business operations will be in its annual report, to be released in May.

Legislature OKs $5.8 Million In Capitol Repairs

Fri, 2014-04-04 10:23

A ridge of crumbling masonry near the top of Alaska’s Capitol, April 3, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

The legislature has approved $5.8 million in additional repairs and renovations to the Capitol building.

“Go forth, fix the Capitol,”said Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage. He chairs the Legislative Council, which authorized a contract with Dawson Construction on Thursday. The council manages the legislature’s in-house administration.

This is the second phase of the project. The need for major repairs of the facade and earthquake retrofits has been well documented, punctuated by occasional chunk of falling masonry. Building manager Jeff Goodell recently took some time to preempt a potential drizzle of stonework on 60 of the building’s most important tenants; legislators lined up out front for a group photo Wednesday.

Detail of brick façade exposed during renovation of Alaska’s Capitol, April 3, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

“Our building manager spent the weekend taking loose chunks of concrete off the parapets that were so loose, that they had a very real chance of falling and hitting someone while we were taking that picture,” Hawker said.

Outside the Capitol, Goodell points out where he’d worked along a lip of crumbling brick near the roof. He says masons recently told him the pace of deterioration is shifting.

“You know, this golden girl is 83 years old. It took a long time to get to this point, but now, things really get accelerated,” Goodell says.

In the Capitol’s maintenance section, Goodell pulls out a 5-gallon bucket and cardboard box filled with crumbly bits and chunks of masonry.

“There are big parts down in here. Of course, this is just little stuff you’re seeing at the top. But there’s big stuff in there,” Goodell says.

He’s keeping it “as evidence.”

“This is for people to see, to know that we’re not monkeying around,” Goodell says.

Workers completed the first phase of Capitol repairs and renovations last fall. That phase included repairing the granite front steps, reinforcing the marble columns, replacing the plumbing and draining systems and cleaning up the crawlspace beneath the building.

With the contract approval, work will resume this summer.

Alaska House Names April as ‘Child Abuse Prevention Month’

Fri, 2014-04-04 10:07

The Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously Thursday to name April “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Alaska.

House Concurrent Resolution 21 was sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr from Anchorage. The resolution heads to the Senate for consideration.

In 2013 there were over 40,000 allegation of child maltreatment in Alaska.

Just last month Alaska Governor Sean Parnell issued an Executive Proclamation naming April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

Nationally, April has been “Child Abuse Prevention Month” since the first Executive Declaration in 1983.

A “Polar Bat” flies to Anchorage

Fri, 2014-04-04 08:25

Kate Egan and Scott Hogsed in Die Fledermaus or The Polar Bat

Anchorage Opera has re-worked the classic Strauss opera, Die Fledermaus (which means “the bat”) with an Alaskan flair to become The Polar Bat. Join librettist Deborah Brevoort and stage director Bill Fabris to find out how they made the change this week on Stage Talk.



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Alaska Edition April 4, 2014

Fri, 2014-04-04 07:54

Municipal election results in Anchorage. Oil and gas issues continue to dominate the legislative session. The battle over SB 21 – the oil tax revision – continues. Purchasing the legislative office building no longer seems like such a good idea to lawmakers. This is sexual assault awareness month. What can we expect from the Legislature in the last two weeks of the session? The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear the Katie John case. An unusual murder trial  in progress on Kodiak.

HOST: Michael Carey


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  • Jill Burke Alaska Dispatch.
  • Tim Bradner,  Alaska Journal of Commerce.

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AK Beat: Land-use deal should boost Alaska's Susitna-Watana dam project

Fri, 2014-04-04 07:41
AK Beat: Land-use deal should boost Alaska's Susitna-Watana dam project Deal with six Cook Inlet village corporations and Cook Inlet Region Inc. helps efforts to build a huge dam on the Susitna River -- though hurdles still remain for the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.April 4, 2014

Beefy state loans energize efforts to expand natural gas distribution in Fairbanks

Fri, 2014-04-04 05:22
Beefy state loans energize efforts to expand natural gas distribution in Fairbanks The effort to expand natural gas distribution in Fairbanks took a big step forward Thursday with the approval of $23 million in state loans aimed at preparing for a gas trucking plan slated to begin in a couple of years.April 4, 2014

'Amazing America' recap: Amazingly American, surprisingly enjoyable

Fri, 2014-04-04 05:22
'Amazing America' recap: Amazingly American, surprisingly enjoyable OPINION: If you can buy the idea of the former governor as simply “a wife, a mother, a sportsman and, above all, an American,” you might be surprised at how much you enjoy her new reality TV outing.April 4, 2014

Lawmakers Shelve Controversial Permitting Bill

Thu, 2014-04-03 21:42

A controversial permitting bill has been sentenced to die in committee.

Senate Resources Chair Cathy Giessel sent out a press release on Thursday evening announcing that the resources committee will not hold any more hearings on HB77.

Committee member Peter Micciche says that with the end of session looming, the bill was simply too complex and too polarizing to advance.

“Some people will be very happy. Some people won’t be as happy. But I think that everyone can agree that we can, in the future, do a better job working together on releasing things that people see as having an effect on their everyday lives, their rights as Alaskans, their right to be heard.”

The Parnell administration introduced HB77 last year. The bill was pitched as a way to make the permitting process more efficient, and it initially zipped through the Legislature. But fishing groups, tribal organizations, and environmental outfits came out strong against the bill, arguing that it gave too much power to the natural resources commissioner and limited the public’s role in permitting decisions.

After the bill failed to secure the necessary votes last year, the Department of Natural Resources held meetings with opposition groups and revised the bill in consultation with Micciche. While some of the more contentious provisions were altered, the rewrite still attracted a heated public response when it was unveiled last month.

Micciche believes some components of the new draft have merit and could have been enacted into law had they not been wrapped in such an expansive piece of legislation. He says those parts will likely need to be revisited in the future and parceled out into a series of less ambitious bills.

But this year, the Legislature is done with permitting policy.

“I don’t know go where bills go in the after life, but I do — I do — honestly wish House Bill 77 a very happy eternity as it rests in peace.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources wrote in an e-mail that the agency is a “disappointed in this outcome,” but understands the decision.

Facing fiery opposition, Alaska Senate kills controversial HB77

Thu, 2014-04-03 19:47
Facing fiery opposition, Alaska Senate kills controversial HB77 The bill triggered widespread reaction, much of it negative. Sen. Cathy Giessel, chairperson of the Senate Resources Committee, said she got more than 1,500 letters. Her committee took more than six hours of testimony.April 3, 2014

Coast Guard report shows Shell was underprepared for ill-fated tow across Gulf of Alaska

Thu, 2014-04-03 19:20
Coast Guard report shows Shell was underprepared for ill-fated tow across Gulf of Alaska A new report from the U.S. Coast Guard reveals that Royal Dutch Shell was under-prepared to tow the Kulluk, a centerpiece of its Arctic drilling operation, across the Gulf of Alaska. The rig grounded on New Year's Eve 2012.April 3, 2014

Actuaries note risks, costs in changes to Alaska teacher pension fund

Thu, 2014-04-03 19:11
Actuaries note risks, costs in changes to Alaska teacher pension fund Actuarial consultants tell the Alaska Legislature that a new plan for the Teachers' Retirement System will save money up front but cost more in the long run.April 3, 2014

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