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In My Family: How are you?

Mon, 2014-04-14 11:39


Dewey Hoffman teaches Raven how to say, HOW ARE YOU? in the Denakk’e – Koyukon Athabascan language.

A Trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Mon, 2014-04-14 10:10

Photo by Doug Lindstrand.

Click for the full audio story:
http://www.alaskapublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/AWCC-final.mp3

Today we’re visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. When driving along Turnagain Arm, you might miss the modest sign for the AWCC near Portage Creek. But if you do manage to find your way into the wildlife center, you’ll find some interesting animals with equally fascinating stories.

“Everybody comes in with a special or unique reason. The end goal with as many of them as possible is reintroducing them back to the wild. It’s one of the big areas we differ from the zoo,” Scott Michaelis says.

Michaelis is the Director of Marketing and Sales for the AWCC. He says most of the animals will find their way back to the wild at some point. But not all of them.

“With some of them due to the conditions they’ve come into captivity to us, reintroduction will never be a possibility. Like brown bears for instance, they gain such a high comfort level in captivity with humans that it’s actually been made illegal to reintroduce bears,” Michaelis says.

A lynx, hanging out near the edge of the enclosure.

And that’s fine by the AWCC. After all, two of their brown bears are national celebrities. Their mother was killed in a defense of property shooting.

“The Department of Fish and Game went in and didn’t know that the mother had cubs. And shortly after they found two cubs up in a neighbor’s tree,” Michaelis says.

So one Fish and Game investigator, who happened to be a former gymnast, scaled the tree and carried the bears down to safety. The story went national, and ended up getting the cubs a pair of sponsors.

“They said whatever we have to do to sponsor these bears and bring them into captivity and not put them down we’ll do. And our two adult brown bears, Joe Boxer and Patrón are named after their respective sponsors,” Michaelis says.

The AWCC operates a tour bus that offers a short drive, but some vast viewing.

“It surprises people; a lot of them think we’re just that roadside ranch. But once you actually make the turn in you get into the landscape, and it’s very expansive,” Michaelis says.

This eagle only has one wing.

The center spans more than 200 acres, and is home to some interesting creatures. There’s an eagle with an amputated wing, several black-tailed deer, and more than 200 wood bison.

“We’re currently the only facility in the United States that has any wood bison. The wood bison are the only animal to be taken off the extinction list, so it’s a very unique undertaking,” Michaelis says.

The center also owns some one-of-a-kind real estate.

“This is where the Kenai Peninsula meets the mainland of Alaska; it’s where Turnagain Arm comes inland. We technically own the last five feet of Turnagain Arm property. And we’ll see everything from hooligan and salmon runs to wild beluga whales down here during high tide,” Michaelis says.

And Michaelis touts that as one of the center’s biggest selling points. He says on a daily basis, you can see the captive wildlife interacting with the actual wildlife. Eagles perch the trees, fish swim under the boardwalk and bears will occasionally roam on to the grounds to check out Patrón and Joe Boxer. Michaelis says if that’s not enough to draw you in, the final stop on the tour just might do it. The last enclosure holds a pair of lynx, and they are the fan favorite; probably because they behave more like house cats than wild animals.

“They absolutely love that window in the top of their enclosure. They’ll sun bathe up there in the early morning because it gets good sunlight. Some of the wild birds that are in the area, they’ll keep very close tabs on. Very much like a house cat, they’re very interested in the birds,” Michaelis says.

Algo Nuevo: April 13, 2014

Mon, 2014-04-14 09:51

Here’s the Sunday, April 13, 2014 edition of Algo Nuevo con Dave Luera — Something New with Dave Luera. If you have questions, comments or music requests for host Dave Luera, send email to algonuevo [at] alaskapublic [dot] org or post your comment at the bottom of this post. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

  • Song Title
  • Artist Name
  • Album Title
  • CD Label
  • Duration

Canela

Santana

Shape Shifter

Starfaith

522

 

Medley

Selena

Ones

EMI Latin

706

 

Aguita De Melon

Abel Lucero

Los 15 Grandes 2013

El Baile Grande

326

 

You’re Still a Young Man

Jay Perez

All the Way, Live

Tejas Records

518

 

No Puedo Estar Sin Ti/All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down

Lorenzo Antonio

Los 15 Grandes 2013

El Baile Grande

635

 

Manana Que Me Vaya

Latin Breed

Retro

Tejas Records

518

 

Mi Inspiracion

Patsy Torres

Mi Inspiracion

World Class Records

326

La Mucura

The Pete Dominguez Orchestra

1980

Goldust

437

 

Heaven

Los Lonely Boys

Los Lonely Boys

Or Music

347

 

Mar Y Arena

Ana Gabriel

Canciones De Amor

Sony Music

401

 

El Chupa cabra Cumbia

Jake Y Grupo Firme

Sabor De Las Vegas Nuevo Mexico

The Music Album

540

 

Costumbres

Mariachi Paisano Del Valle

Las Chispas

Sena Music

409

 

Mil Amores

Montezuma

Tejano Old School Vol. 1

Hacienda

341

 

Diferencieas Sociales

Johnniel Y La Raza

Tejano Old School Vol. 1

Hacienda

358

 

Cerca De Mi

Samuel D

Cowboy Cumbia

Samuel D Productions

422

 

Sexy Cumbia

Texas Latino

Un Nuevo Camino

New Village Records

320

 

Steve Jordan Tribute

Tejano Sound Band

Cierra Los Ojos

Cuni 52 Music

706

 

Al Pie De Un Crucifico

Preston Garza

Yo Soy Chicano

Fuerzza

405

 

Dime Que Me Quieres

Gary Hobbs

Dime Que Me Quieres

AMMX

349

 

Mentirsos

Avizo

Divamania

Powerhouse

457

 

Si Tu Te Vas

Avizo

Divamania

Powerhouse

311

 

Reyes Ruiz

Daniel Lee Gallegos

Sabor De Las Vegas, Nuevo Mexico

The Music Album

438

 

El Viejon

Los Tucnaes De Tijuana

Lo Mejor

Univision

312

 

Sobrevivire

Tanya Griego

Sobrevivire

Tango

326

 

El Chlifado

Texas Latino

Evolucion

EMI Latin

325

 

La Guadalupana

Miguel Timoteo

Los 15 Grandes 2013

El Baile Grande

359

 

Fui Sonador

Grupo Quemoso

El Regreso

Q Zone

357

 

Senorita Tequila

Mercedez

Culturas

Steve Chavez Studios

345

 

En El Amor

Ram Herrera

En El Amor

AMMX

338

 

Don Luis El Tejano

Latin Breed

Juan Manuel Barco – Mis Canciones

Promo

301

 

Flor De Entrana

Al Muniz

Llego El Buen Amigo

AM Latin

319

 

Desesperada

Laura Canales

Juan Manuel Barco – Mis Canciones

Promo

418

 

Ando Brindando

Jerry Lopez

Mis Raices

CR Records

343

 

Un Dia A La Vez

Bryan Olivas

Amar

BRO

321

AK Beat: Anchorage municipal election proposition fails by 14 votes

Mon, 2014-04-14 07:32
AK Beat: Anchorage municipal election proposition fails by 14 votes After counting the final 30 ballots from the April 1 Anchorage municipal election, the final tally shows proposition 3 -- which included money to renovate the aging Z.J. Loussac Public Library -- failing by a narrow margin.April 14, 2014

House Passes Minimum Wage Bill, As Initiative Sponsors Cry Foul

Sun, 2014-04-13 23:55

House Speaker Mike Chenault stepped down from the dais Sunday, April 13, 2014, to speak out against minimum wage ballot organizer Ed Flanagan’s holding of a dollar symbol sign in committee, and the perception of corruption it could have implied. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

As initiative supporters cried dirty tricks, the House narrowly passed a minimum wage bill that has the potential to knock their proposition off the ballot. The night only got more tense when the Speaker of the House fired back on the floor. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.

The fight over the minimum wage bill got so ugly on Sunday night, legislators joked that they preferred debating abortion.

For about three hours, Democrats who have long advocated for increasing the minimum wage spoke against the bill, while free market Republicans said they had seen the light and believed the minimum wage should be increased as quickly as possible.

More than policy, the conversation focused on motive and trust. Fairbanks Democrat Scott Kawasaki acknowledged he was in an unusual position of voting against a measure he liked, because he believed the intention was to manipulate the upcoming elections. He’s worried that Republicans’ end goal is to keep minimum wage supporters from coming out to vote in August, when a referendum to repeal the new oil tax law is also on the ballot.

“It’s a strange vote, and it’s going to be difficult to justify to my voters,” said Kawasaki. “I simply think this is a disingenuous piece of legislation. I think it was brought into session in the last week of session in order for this to pass, so this issue can be taken off the ballot.”

The minimum wage bill was introduced a little over a week ago, and it was modeled after the initiative. It bumps up the rate over the course of two years, then pegs the wage to inflation.

Because of a sour history regarding the last minimum wage initiative, bill supporters added a number of provisions to make it more appealing to skeptics. In 2002, the Legislature preempted a minimum wage initiative, only to gut it a year later. So this time, bill supporters added a letter of intent saying they wouldn’t touch the policy for two years. They also adopted one amendment to outdo the initiative’s increase, hiking the current minimum wage of $7.75 to $9 in the first year, and then $10 the year after. They adopted another to make the wage go into effect earlier.

Rep. Craig Johnson, an Anchorage Republican, said the package was better than the one voters would see on the ballot.

“We are guaranteeing that the minimum wage will be increased,” said Johnson. “Whether you believe or not we’re going to change it, you’ve got to make that decision on your own. But we can guarantee that the minimum will be higher than the ballot initiative, enacted quicker than the ballot initiative.”

The minimum wage bill ultimately passed 21-19, with nine members of the majority caucus breaking ranks and siding with the minority. Some of those opponents from the majority said they did not like the politics surrounding the bill, while a couple had concerns that increasing the minimum wage could hurt businesses.

The bill has been a priority for House Speaker Mike Chenault. While the Nikiski Republican was one of the legislators who gutted the minimum wage law after passing it, he says he’s “matured” in the decade since and would oppose any effort to weaken the bill that’s currently before the Legislature.

Shortly after the vote, Chenault stepped down from the dais so he could freely comment on one of the initiative sponsors. He suggested that organized labor, which has contributed to the minimum wage initiative, was leaning on legislators inappropriately.

“We will not be coerced, threatened, or strong-armed into any other decision,” says Chenault.

Chenault also pointed legislators to a photograph of Ed Flanagan — a former labor commissioner and lead organizer of the initiative — taken at the bill’s only hearing. In the photograph, Flanagan is holding up a notepad, with a dollar sign scribbled on it.

Chenault said he did not know what Flanagan was trying to communicate, but that flashing a symbol like that at lawmakers was wrong given the Legislature’s history with bribery convictions.

But Flanagan says Chenault is taking things out of context. He says he was trying to get the attention of a legislators to ask why the bill had not gotten a fiscal note. That would have slowed the process down by requiring the bill to get another hearing, instead of just the one that was scheduled.

Flanagan says Chenault approached him after the hearing — something this reporter witnessed at the time — and explained what he was trying to communicate with the notepad. Now, Flanagan thinks Chenault is using the incident to distract from the vote itself.

“I think it’s a smokescreen,” says Flanagan. “He got a 21-19 vote. That’s pretty embarrassing for the Speaker in his majority, and it’s because of the hypocrisy that this vote represents.”

The bill now gets sent to the Senate, where members of leadership have said they are reluctant to take the bill up.

Legislature Passes Bill Limiting Medicaid Payments For Abortion

Sun, 2014-04-13 23:11

The Legislature has narrowly passed a bill that putting limits on state Medicaid payments for abortion.

The bill defines the term “medically necessary,” so it only covers physical harm – not psychological harm. Doctors would need to choose from a list of conditions like epilepsy and sickle cell anemia before the state covers the cost of the procedure.

Advocates for the bill, like Anchorage Republican Gabrielle LeDoux, said the point was to keep the state from paying for elective abortions.

“We’ve got the right to travel, but it doesn’t mean the government buys us a ticket to Paris,” said LeDoux. “We’ve got the right to bear arms, but the government doesn’t buy us a Sturm Ruger.”

Critics of the bill believe it will make it harder for low-income women to have access to abortion. Rep. Geran Tarr, an Anchorage Democrat, also suggested that the bill will not save money, because the law will inevitably end up in court.

“Litigation will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, just as it has in the past,” said Tarr.

The Department of Health and Social Services introduced similar abortion regulations last year, but a judge put a stay on them after a lawsuit was filed on the grounds that the regulations violate the Equal Protection Clause.

The bill ultimately passed 23-17, splitting mostly on party lines. Republicans Lindsey Holmes of Anchorage, Paul Seaton of Homer, and Alan Austerman of Kodiak broke with their party and voted no.

The bill passed the Senate last year, with a provision establishing a women’s health program. Because the House stripped that program, the bill was sent to Senate for concurrence on Monday morning. The Senate passed the bill 13-7, nearly on the same margins as before. ***Sen. Lyman Hoffman, a Bethel Democrat, changed his vote to no after the family planning language was taken out. Sitka Republican Bert Stedman and Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan also joined a bloc of Anchorage Democrats in voting no.

The bill will now be sent to the governor for his signature.

This story has been updated to reflect the Senate’s concurrence vote.

After Alaska House passes minimum wage bill, Chenault takes ballot initiative leader to task

Sun, 2014-04-13 23:00
After Alaska House passes minimum wage bill, Chenault takes ballot initiative leader to taskAfter the state House approved a bill to raise the minimum wage on a 21-19 vote Sunday night, House Speaker Mike Chenault denounced Ed Flanagan, the leader of the minimum wage initiative drive, for holding up a notebook in a committee meeting on which he had drawn a dollar sign.April 13, 2014

Timeline: Notable moments in 40 years of Alaska's history with marijuana

Sun, 2014-04-13 21:17
Timeline: Notable moments in 40 years of Alaska's history with marijuana From Irwin Ravin's pivotal 1972 arrest to the trooper claiming a superhuman sense of smell, and everything in between, take a look at Alaska's colorful, criminal and confusing relationship with marijuana over the past four decades.April 13, 2014

In some of Alaska's most pristine parks, fish show traces of banned pesticides

Sun, 2014-04-13 19:43
In some of Alaska's most pristine parks, fish show traces of banned pesticides Traces of some pesticides that were likely never used in Alaska have been showing up in fish tested in the state's national parks, according to a new study. And they appear to be arriving in some roundabout ways.April 13, 2014

Chipping ice trails to open water, Alaska whalers kick off spring bowhead whale hunts

Sun, 2014-04-13 19:38
Chipping ice trails to open water, Alaska whalers kick off spring bowhead whale hunts Crews from Alaska's coastal Arctic communities have begun the spring hunt. But more new ice than usual in the past few years serves as a reminder to the crews of the dangers involved.April 13, 2014

Six great ways to enjoy Alaska before tourist season begins

Sun, 2014-04-13 19:35
Six great ways to enjoy Alaska before tourist season begins From Fairbanks to Homer, travel companies are opening early to welcome Alaskans before the crowds arrive, and the packages are priced right -- but you might have to act fast.April 13, 2014

Recipe: Matzo ball soup -- not just for Passover, and good for whatever ails you

Sun, 2014-04-13 12:50
Recipe: Matzo ball soup -- not just for Passover, and good for whatever ails you Chicken soup with matzo balls, lovingly known by my Jewish friends as "Jewish penicillin," is traditionally served as part of the Jewish holiday Passover meal, which falls this year between April 14 and April 22, but it does a body good no matter what time of year.April 13, 2014

Photos: Make matzo ball soup, whether observing Passover or not

Sun, 2014-04-13 12:49
Photos: Make matzo ball soup, whether observing Passover or not

Chicken soup with matzo balls, lovingly known by my Jewish friends as "Jewish penicillin," is traditionally served as part of the Jewish holiday Passover meal, which falls this year between April 14 and April 22.

April 13, 2014

AK Beat: Alaska Air National Guard rescues sick infant, stranded hikers in separate rescues

Sun, 2014-04-13 10:04
AK Beat: Alaska Air National Guard rescues sick infant, stranded hikers in separate rescues Alaska Air National Guard personnel conducted a medevac for a sick 2-week-old infant in rural Alaska Saturday morning, then rescued a father and two sons who became stranded while hiking between Eagle River and Girdwood later that night.April 13, 2014

Night Music: April 12, 2014

Sat, 2014-04-12 23:28

Here is the Night Music Playlist with Kirk Waldhaus.  All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

Title
Artist / Composer (if blank Artist is Composer or unkown)
Album
Label
Song Duration

8:00 – 9:00

Saturday’s Rhapsody
Jim Chappell
Saturday’s Rhapsody
Music West MW-134
5:58

Adventure No. 11
Jim Chappell
Saturday’s Rhapsody
Music West MW-134
5:18

Sanctuary
Miles Davis
Bitches Brew
Columbia 88697 75828 2
10:20

Sonata for Swee’ Pea
Alan Broadbent
Better Days
Discovery 74004
6:19

Lazy Bird
Alan Broadbent / Coltrane
Better Days
Discovery 74004
4:00

Friday The 13th
Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron / Monk
Hot House
BMG 3098-2-N
6:07

The Mooche
Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron / Ellington
Hot House
BMG 3098-2-N
5:55

Persistence Of Memory
Jimmy Layton
Persistence Of Memory
Miracle ZYX-4452
6:05

Thief In The Night
Jimmy Layton
Persistence Of Memory
Miracle ZYX-4452
4:33
9:00 – 10:00
Peedlum
Hank Jones
Lazy Afternoon
Concord CCD-4391
5:01

Lazy Afternoon
Hank Jones
Lazy Afternoon
Concord CCD-4391
7:41

Where Monk And Mingus Live
Roland Kirk
Domino
Mercury 826 988-2
4:10

Domino
Roland Kirk / Farrari
Domino
Mercury 826 988-2
4:04

Wynton
Keystone Trio / Rollins
NewKlear Music
Milestone MCD-9270-2
7:47

Here’s To The People
Keystone Trio / Rollins
NewKlear Music
Milestone MCD-9270-2
5:31

In a Sentimental Mood
Vanessa Rubin / Ellington
Pastiche
NOVUS 63152-2
6:19

I’m Just a Lucky So and So
Vanessa Rubin / Ellington
Pastiche
NOVUS 63152-2
5:18

I’ll Remember April
Zoot Sims / Raye
On The Corner
Pablo PACD_2310-953-2
6:14

Lacking key traffic report, Alaska Senate approves Knik Arm bridge

Sat, 2014-04-12 21:39
Lacking key traffic report, Alaska Senate approves Knik Arm bridge The Alaska Senate has given its approval to a toll bridge project across Knik Arm, despite key traffic projections being overdue. The report is important for people who want to know if the project can pay back hundreds of millions of dollars that Alaska would borrow to build it.April 12, 2014

Beer industry bubbles in Alaska, while brewers feel 'crippled' by law

Sat, 2014-04-12 20:55
Beer industry bubbles in Alaska, while brewers feel 'crippled' by law A state economic trends report says that the beer industry is bubbling in Alaska, but brewers say there is a lot for lawmakers to change if they want the momentum to continue.April 12, 2014

Photos: A tour of Broken Tooth Brewing

Sat, 2014-04-12 20:55
Photos: A tour of Broken Tooth Brewing

A state economic trends report says that the beer industry is bubbling in Alaska, but brewers say there is a lot for lawmakers to change if they want the momentum to continue.

April 12, 2014

Senate scraps plan to double governor's picks on council for judge nominees

Sat, 2014-04-12 19:54
Senate scraps plan to double governor's picks on council for judge nominees Senate leaders failed to muster 14 votes for a constitutional amendment to change the way Alaska selects judges, withdrawing the proposal after a week in which the measure appeared on the calendar every day.April 12, 2014

Lessons learned: First-time candidate Mao Tosi ready for another possible political run

Sat, 2014-04-12 19:19
Lessons learned: First-time candidate Mao Tosi ready for another possible political run Tosi said he raised and spent about $4,000 on his grassroots effort to win a seat on the Anchorage Assembly, and he faced opponents who spent much more. April 12, 2014