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Healthcare.gov update: 2013 enrollment numbers for Alaska

Mon, 2014-01-13 16:16
Healthcare.gov update: 2013 enrollment numbers for Alaska A report released Monday offers a breakdown of the most recent data for uninsured Alaskans enrolling in health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. About 3,300 Alaskans signed up in the last quarter of 2013.January 13, 2014

Local flu clinics close after vaccine runs out

Mon, 2014-01-13 14:55
Any Whitehorse residents planning to get the annual flu vaccine this year are out of luck, for now.

Police find one of two missing men

Mon, 2014-01-13 14:53
The mystery of a missing Whitehorse man has been solved.

First Nation lays off staff

Mon, 2014-01-13 14:51
The Liard First Nation has temporarily laid off all non-essential staff.

Paslawski rink’s dream season continues

Mon, 2014-01-13 14:16
Alexx Peech reached back and patted Pat Paslawski on the back after the veteran skip released his final stone in the 10th end.

Alaska Paralympic skier notches first World Cup win in downhill

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:44
Alaska Paralympic skier notches first World Cup win in downhill Andrew Kurka, 21, of Anchorage won a gold medal in the men’s sitting division on the first day of downhill competition at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup in British ColumbiaJanuary 13, 2014

In Antarctica and the Arctic, a game of multinational Monopoly

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:40
In Antarctica and the Arctic, a game of multinational Monopoly From fisheries to shipping to mineral resources, the Arctic and the Antarctic are emerging as regions to watch in the years ahead. But even as nations hash out territorial claims, questions remain over who has rights to what.January 13, 2014

Alaska officials warn drivers of caribou crossing Glenn Highway

Mon, 2014-01-13 12:43
Alaska officials warn drivers of caribou crossing Glenn Highway Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are advising caution for motorists along the Glenn Highway near Glennallen, as about 10,000 caribou are wintering in the area for the first time in years. Several collisions have already been reported.January 13, 2014

AK Beat: Goose meets Cessna in mid-air (VIDEO)

Mon, 2014-01-13 08:37
AK Beat: Goose meets Cessna in mid-air (VIDEO) A goose slammed through the windshield of a Cessna mid-flight in the skies over Illinois, and a video uploaded to YouTube Friday captured the dangerous moment.January 13, 2014

A Night of (Competitive) Spoken Word

Mon, 2014-01-13 01:06

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Today we’re attending a spoken word show.

Now, for me, the first thing that comes to mind when I think spoken word poetry is the classic comedy film “So I Married an Ax Murderer.”

But, it turns out it’s not that kind of show. Although I must admit, Mike Meyers was about the full extent of my spoken word experience before this. Nora Herzog on the other hand has been performing spoken word for about a year now. She’s always enjoyed writing poetry, but could never find a good way to share it.

“First of all I can’t sing, so a band is out of the question,” Herzog says.

But then Herzog, a Junior in High School, saw a friend of hers perform spoken word at a school talent show.

“He made me cry,” she recalls.

Herzog during her performance.

The poem was about a girl whose mom had just died, and was dealing with a lot of depression.

“It was just a very powerful and moving poem and I was going through a rough time personally when I heard it. And it really helped me, and I thought maybe I could do that for other people,” Herzog says.

So she started exploring the art of spoken word, and what she quickly found out was that she was able to combine one of her other passions with her poetry: acting.

“When I see people perform I feel like it touches people in a way that words just by themselves can’t do. And so when you take good words and you add them with good actions I think you get an effect that’s stronger than either one,” Herzog says.

And Herzog’s effect hasn’t just been on her audience. She says it’s made her more confident.

“I used to be nervous around people I didn’t know. And I developed a stutter and kind of a whispery voice,” Herzog says.

And now?

“I’ve been compared by three different people to Galadriel in the scene from the Lord of the Rings where she’s offered the ring and says ‘I will be more great, and more terrible!’ And I kind of like that image so I try and play it up,” Herzog says.

Tonight’s show is a competition put on by the group Brave New Alaskan Voices. The winner will move on to a quarterfinal competition, which will then determine a team to head to Philadelphia later this year for a national competition. Herzog has already won her way into the quarterfinals, so tonight she’ll be the sacrificial poet.

The judges weigh in on a performance.

“You know how when you start a contest, if you’re scored on a scale of 1-10, the first person always scores 7s and 8s? Because the judges don’t want to score them too high in case everyone else is way better. But nobody wants to score them too low in case they’re the best one there. So the sacrificial poet is supposed to get rid of some of that,” Herzog says.

Herzog will still be scored even though she isn’t technically competing. The judges will simply use her performance as a measuring stick, and a scoring warm up.

“We have two rules as far as judging goes. One of them is you can’t know anyone who is competing, and the second one is you can’t be an English Teacher. We want people judging on the performance and what they feel,” Herzog says.

Tonight Herzog has chosen to perform her poem titled “Devil’s Practice.”

“This is the part where we teach them about ‘3, 2, 1 speak poet.’ We start every poem by saying ‘3, 2, 1’ and then everyone says ‘speak poet’ and then the poet can start. It lets the poet know that the audience is ready to hear what they have to say.”

Herzog’s poem, which lasts about three minutes keeps the audience quiet and engaged. Maybe even a little scared. She receives an average score of 8.5 from the judges, which I think is great. She isn’t thrilled though.

“That was an unusually low score for me, but because that’s my job as a sacrificial poet to get those low scores I don’t really mind,” Herzog says.

She thinks one of the reasons for her score is the poem’s abstract nature.

“That’s not necessarily an emotional poem; it’s more of a powerful poem.”

She’s still not sure if she’ll be using “Devil’s Practice” in her quarterfinal performance, or something more accessible. But for tonight, she’s managed to satisfy the only judge that matters.

“I’m happy with that performance,” Herzog says, with a smile.

I Am A Bethel Cab Driver

Mon, 2014-01-13 00:59

Bethel, Alaska is home to the most taxi cabs per capita in the United States – with 66 cars serving a population of just over 6,000.

Naim Shabani is the manager of Kusko Cab, the largest cab company serving this unique bush Alaska city.

Video:
Travis Gilmour

Story:
Slavik Boyechko & Travis Gilmour

Music:
Starship Amazing

Dead moose in the middle of an Alaska yard, stinking to high heaven?

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:49
Dead moose in the middle of an Alaska yard, stinking to high heaven? Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists are keen on using wild meat if it can be salvaged. But first a biologist will attempt to determine if the carcass is edible. If it died more than a day ago, the meat has already started to decompose. January 12, 2014

Killing wolves with burgers? Study blames livestock boom for predator declines

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:30
Killing wolves with burgers? Study blames livestock boom for predator declines In much of North America, livestock production is partly to blame for the widespread decline of large, carnivorous species, according to a new study. Could the slump come to Alaska's apex predators?January 12, 2014

From whale tail bobbleheads to ice cream, grants given to array of North Slope businesses

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:30
From whale tail bobbleheads to ice cream, grants given to array of North Slope businesses Alaska Growth Capital announced seven winners of the North Slope Marketplace small business plan competition. The program, which has been offered since 2009, gives a maximum of $25,000 to burgeoning businesses in far northern Alaska.  January 12, 2014

Arctic hunters aren't all celebrating 40-year-old Endangered Species Act

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:30
Arctic hunters aren't all celebrating 40-year-old Endangered Species Act Last month the Endangered Species Act, signed into law by President Nixon, reached its 40th anniversary. A North Slope scientist and hunter reflects on the acts successes and challenges as viewed from the Arctic.January 12, 2014

In dip net drama, there's more than one side to the story

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:09
In dip net drama, there's more than one side to the story COMMENTARY: Dip-netters could help their cause greatly by paying attention when they're on the river, chatting up the people next to them, and reporting suspicious fishermen to the authorities. Even more than that, though, dip-netters could help their case by cleaning up their act.January 12, 2014

Photos: Powerful portraits from Russia's Chukotka region

Sun, 2014-01-12 20:08
Photos: Powerful portraits from Russia's Chukotka region

In the winter of 2011, Fresno-based photographer Sasha Leahovcenco traveled to Chukotka, the remote region of Russia that lies closest to Alaska. The portraits he took there of indigenous reindeer herders have a spare, breathtaking beauty.

January 12, 2014

Begich urges caution on potential ivory restrictions

Sun, 2014-01-12 15:15
Begich urges caution on potential ivory restrictions In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Alaska's junior senator called on a task force charged with making wildlife trafficking recommendations to be careful not to harm Alaska Native traditional crafts and the economic benefits they provide.January 12, 2014

Kotzebue father-son team will compete in Iron Dog together

Sun, 2014-01-12 15:15
Kotzebue father-son team will compete in Iron Dog together Calvin Shaeffer, who has competed in the grueling 2,000-mile snowmachine race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks once before, will team up with son Gabriel Lie-Shaeffer this year.January 12, 2014

Post-surgery, community rallies around mushing legend Lance Mackey

Sun, 2014-01-12 14:14
Post-surgery, community rallies around mushing legend Lance Mackey As four-time Iditarod and Yukon Quest winner Lance Mackey recovers from oral surgery to remove his teeth -- a lingering result of his 2001 battle with throat cancer -- a fundraising page has been set up on his behalf to help cover his expenses.January 12, 2014