Arctic

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1:19 am
Fri August 15, 2014

5/15/14 KNBA News - Adm. Papp hears concerns, hopes for Alaska Arctic

L to R: U.S. Senior Arctic Official Julie Goreley; Ambassador David Bolton, State Department; Adm. Papp, U.S. Rep. for the Arctic; Institute of the North director Nils Andreasson. Click photo above to see other photos.
Joaqlin Estus KNBA 90.3 FM

  Admiral Robert Papp, the newly appointed U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, heard from some 20  Alaskans at a listening session in Anchorage Thursday. People talked about the need for infrastructure such as innovative sanitation systems and lower cost energy. They also described solutions to problems of distance and cost Alaskans could share with other Arctic nations, such as telemedicine and distance learning.

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Local News
11:27 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

7/25/14 KNBA News - U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, seek resources to meet needs as the Arctic changes

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure committee heard about growing maritime traffic in Arctic waters and the need for a heavy ice breaker for search and rescue, oil spill response, and law enforcement services.  The U.S. Coast Guard said fiscal constraints don't allow it to build an ice breaker. The Navy testified ice breaking is outside its areas of responsibility. Despite USCG studies to the contrary, Alaska Rep. Don Young said he thinks leasing an ice breaker from the private sector could be done cost effectively.

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Local News
9:36 am
Tue June 10, 2014

6/10/14 KNBA News - A study shows VA hospital in Anchorage gets veterans appointments within 14 days

A newly released federal audit shows veterans were able to get an appointment within 14 days at the VA hospital in Anchorage.

A deep water port in northwest Alaska wouldn't cut the high cost of living unless the oil and gas used the proposed port as a main base.

The Tlingit and Haida Dancers of Anchorage are practicing, and raising money, to go to "Celebration," a biennial arts, dance, and cultural event held in Juneau.

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Local News
7:17 am
Thu May 22, 2014

5/22/14 KNBA News - Smoke from wildfires blankets Anchorage, triggering a health advisory

A health advisory is in effect for areas from Soldotna to Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna valley as some 200 firefighters work to contain a wildfire near Soldotna. Another 90 firefighters are working to contain the Tyonek wildfire that is headed toward Beluga, the site of the Chugach Electric powerplant at Beluga that supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.

Congressman Don Young, Alaska Republican, has proposed a measure that would set aside federal land in Northwest Alaska for an Arctic deep water port.

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Local News
10:15 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

5/8/14 KNBA News - Mayor and Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Sullivan apologizes for union, slavery comments

The NAACP and Anchorage Central Labor Council have called on candidate and Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan to apologize for likening required payment of union dues to slavery.

A government report says despite the retreat of ice in Arctic waters, ship traffic is not likely to increase in the next decade.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation to lose 150 positions due to the 2013 sequestration and reductions to Indian Health Service funding for 2014.

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