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9/20/16

The lack of running water and flush toilets in more than three thousand Alaska homes causes health problems, but another issue looms even larger:  that’s the effects of climate change on drinking water sources. That’s according to scientists at the international Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference in Anchorage this week. 

By Joaqlin Estus

In an earlier story, KNBA quoted Dr. David O. Carpenter, the Director of the Institute of Health and the Environment at New York University at Albany, who stated, “the evidence that [cell phones and Wifi use] cause cancer in humans is very, very strong, and it comes from multiple studies, including studies done by the World Health Organization.”

Sept. 14, 2016

Dr. David O. Carpenter, the Director of the Institute Health and the Environment at New York University at Albany, was a guest on this week’s KSKA talk show Line One. Your Health Connection. He said studies show excessive cell phone and Wifi use cause brain cancer.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Turnagain Arm and higher elevations, as well as parts of east Anchorage and the lower Hillside exposed to winds channeled through the Chugach range.

The forecast calls for Southeast wind 45 to 60 mph decreasing to 30 to 45 mph after midnight in east, south, and west Anchorage and the lower Hillside.

Along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations, expect southeast winds of 50 to 65 mph with gusts of 70 to 85 mph.

Joaqlin Estus

Sept. 2, 2016

  By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Last year, about 45-thousand people went to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on the first Saturday it was open.  Fair organizers say they’re expecting about that many again on each of the next three days [Saturday, Sunday, Monday] because there’s so much to see and do at the fair, and the forecast is calling for sunny weather.

Just before 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage Police received calls from people, a total of four victims, who said they'd been pepper-sprayed at Town Square Park or later in the Sullivan Arena area.

The suspect is a white male riding a bicycle, wearing a black shirt with a gold emblem on it, blue jeans and bright red shoes. He's carrying a black backpack and may have a camouflage backpack too.

Police are asking any victims who have not yet called, or anyone who knows the suspect's whereabouts to call Police Dispatch at 786-8900.

Based on a story by Josh Edge, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage Gov. Bill Walker and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have issued disaster declarations due to erosion and flooding in the Butte area along the Matanuska River. The flooding is due to a change in direction in the river rather than high water. If water breaks through the embankment, as many as 75 homes could be affected. State Department of Transportation and Mat-Su borough response crews are working to bring in armor rock to contain the river.

By Jenny Neyman, KBBI - Homer 

Southcentral Alaska is abuzz with winged things that pack a sharp sting. Wasps are an all-too-common problem. If you've been outside much this summer, you're probably uncomfortably familiar with the buzzing sound of wasps.

  Southcentral Alaska has seen an increase in wasp activity this year. Mild winters are good for overwintering queens, and more queens means more nests come springtime.

AVTEC Closes Anchorage Campus Due to State Budget Cuts

Aug 23, 2016

By Casey Marsh, KBBI - Homer

Alaska’s Institute of Technology, also known as AVTEC- the Alaska Vocational Technical Center- had to close the doors to their Anchorage satellite campus on Aug. 15, due to budget cuts.

Heather Beaty is the Executive Director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. As a spokesperson for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Beaty said the closure was due in part to the 33 percent budget cut to the State General Funds.

August 19, 2016

By Molly Dischner, KDLG - Dillingham

When Alaskans went to the polls this week, some had new options for language assistance. Expanded help for Yup’ik, Gwich’in and Inupiaq speakers was the result of a lawsuit brought against the state in 2013. A team of state elections officials and those involved in the lawsuit traveled to three Bristol Bay communities to see how the provisions worked out on primary day.

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