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Sitka Nature Show #148 – Pat Druckenmiller (encore)

The December 31st show featured an encore conversation with Pat Druckenmiller, curator of Earth Sciences at the Museum of the North and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

If you have questions or observations you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment here or on the page I’ve set up for that purpose.

Complete post -> Sitka Nature Show #148 – Pat Druckenmiller (encore)

907 Updates February 21, 2018

By Annie Zak: Ahtna elder Roy Ewan, involved in passage of ANCSA, dies at 82
By Maria Downey: Hula Hands is latest target of ATM theft
By KTVA Web Staff: Leads wanted in beloved Talkeetna store vandalism
By Liz Thomas: Docs: Woman suffers multiple facial fractures in domestic assault
By Daybreak Staff: Curated Conversations: Indigenous Women in Activism
Curated Conversation: Indigenous Women in Activism will take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. inside the Anchorage Museum. Directly following that at 7 p.m. will be the screening of “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock”.
By Liz Raines: Docs show mayoral candidate’s arrest, wage garnishments, lawsuits
By Nathaniel Herz: Alaska’s newest state Senate nominee is a former F-22 fighter pilot
By Kalinda Kindle: ASD superintendent addresses Proposition One
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Responding to question from parents and students, Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop addressed Proposition One during the Anchorage school board meeting Tuesday night.

Proposition One would change city code to require facilities like locker rooms, showers, changing rooms and bathrooms within municipal buildings to be designated for people of the same sex, which in this instance would be the persons gender at birth. Backers of the proposal say it would also give private businesses and faith based groups, such as churches and ministries, the freedom to operate according to their convictions and segregate intimate spaces based on biological sex as determined at birth.
By Associated Press: Bills would impose work requirements for Medicaid in Alaska
There are exemptions for children, the elderly or those who can’t work because of medical reasons.

Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson questioned how much would it cost to implement such a program and whether it would save any money.
By Beth Bragg: Anchorage skier Kikkan Randall wins Olympic gold
Moms Everyday Alaska – Tara at YummySprout: Chocolate chip protein cookies

907 Updates February 20, 2018

By Cassie Schirm: Baristas say they are prepped with defenses after robbery
By Daniella Rivera: Man on Pre-Trial Supervision after January arrest wanted again
As of last Friday, a DOC spokesperson said there were more than 300 individuals on pretrial supervision throughout the state and 24 outstanding warrants for defendants who violated conditions of pre-trial release.

The names of those defendants with active warrants were: Justin Ching, Phillip Hayman, Maria Garcia, Jyrmayne Canty, Patrick Mora, Matthew Irwin, Asia Blagmon, Jarvis Prince, Robert McGowan, Kelly Peters, Cherise Mullins, Micah Jacoby, Sherry Sampson-Crooms, Justin Harris, Monica Abarca, John Vang, Jason Tungul, Douglas Felix, Simeon Simmonds, Brandon Wallace, Levi Jacobs, Robert Malone, Walter Queenie and Willie Mute.
By Jack Carney: Former Chair of ML&P Commission steps down over transparency concerns
By Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO: Gap of $6.6 billion in state pension funding draws lawmakers’ concern
It would take an amendment to the state constitution to reduce benefits. The Alaska Supreme Court has interpreted the constitution to protect both pensions and retiree health benefits from cuts.
By KTVA Web Staff: Protesters crash ANWR dinner in Midtown
Lisa Murkowski is booked to join KTVA LIVE at 5 o’clock Tuesday. Tune in to watch!
By Annie Zak: Carrs Safeway set to occupy Sears space in Midtown Anchorage mall
By nchorage Daily News: Publishers of Anchorage Daily News will buy 3 Morris publications in Alaska
By Kalinda Kindle: Legalization of Industrial Hemp Passes House
By Leroy Polk: Unreported fire at Trident Seafoods could have endangered Alaska village, officials say
According to Chitty, this isn’t the first time that Trident has failed to report a fire. Chitty said this one was caused by the burning of a trash pile, a common practice for the company, against the side of the cliff behind the plant.

As of this filing, Trident’s corporate headquarters has not responded for comment.
By KTVA Web Staff: Democrats offer 3 names to fill vacant Bethel House seat

Yvonne L. Jackson was born in Bethel, Alaska and raised in Kasigluk. She has lived in the YK Delta for a total of 23 years serving the people of District 38 in Workforce Development. Yvonne currently works for AVCP as a Tribal Workforce Development Director
Raymond “Thor” Williams has been a resident of Bethel for over 20 years. He currently serves on the Bethel City Council and was Mayor of Bethel from 2005-2006. He also serves on the Lower Kuskokwin School District Board.
Tiffany Zulkosky was born and raised in Bethel and is of Yup’ik and Polish decent. She is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Northwest University and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
By Tegan Hanlon: Former Iditarod champion John Baker has pulled out of this year’s race
By Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media: Cheering from Alaska: Women’s relay 5th at the Olympics

By James Gaddis: Teacher of the Week: Kris Hinrichsen
By Rhonda McBride: A musical adventure in Mekoryuk

By Rhonda McBride: Frontiers 135: Zuill Bailey: A messenger of music
Why the picture of cleavage?
By Leroy Polk: Nursing programs open enrollment, aimed at shoring Alaska health workforce

By Julia O’Malley: In the aisles of Anchorage groceries, a food writer collects flavors of Korea
Moms Everyday Alaska: Liz Kepplinger Sweet potato whole grain bread

Alaska: Only In Your State

The Best Home Cooking In All Of Alaska Is Hiding In This Unsuspecting Diner
Judy’s Cafe is an Anchorage institution, and you’ll see why when you taste their amazing cuisine. People flock here for breakfast and lunch in a classic diner setting. Classic American home cooking is the stye, and they do it right. Read more ->
The 18 Best Decisions You Can Make In Alaska
The unspoken #1 on our list is to be completely in love with living in Alaska, so if you’re already here and feeling that special sort of way, you are winning in our book. Although as with anywhere, the newness can wear off over the years and you might find yourself taking all of the things that make Alaska so incredibly unique and spectacular for granted. Let this article be a reminder to soak life in, live in the moment and never take a single day for granted. Read more ->
25 Undeniable Thoughts Everyone Has While Driving In Alaska
Driving in the last frontier can be quite a doozy. The stunning landscapes make it hard to concentrate while the random junk on the side of the road keeps that whole “wild Alaska” thing in crystal-clear perspective. From crazy tourists, abundant wildlife, odd hauls, extreme hazards and harsh winter weather conditions – driving in the great 49th state is filled with “OMG” moments that will genuinely make your jaw drop and make you shake your head in disbelief. Read more ->
Read complete newsletter -> Only In Your State

907 Updates February 19, 2018

By Victoria Taylor: Man wanted in connection to Anchorage homicide, robberies appears in court
By Kalinda Kindle: ‘I was afraid for my life,’ Barista recounts being robbed at gun point
Staff said the crime was all caught on camera from the coffee stand’s security footage. Swierk explains the video shows two suspects walking up towards the window. The owner of Bikini Babes says employees are free to arm themselves with firearms but it’s not a requirement.
By Daniella Rivera: Anchorage businesses report armed robberies Saturday
By Victoira Taylor: Police: burglary leads to $4,500 worth of damage to middle school
By Sean Maguire: District Attorney: pretrial assessment tool ‘not without its hiccups’
Allen however signals other growing pains with the PED including letting people charged with violent crimes back on the street. “We have had some recent incidents where folks have been arrested for very violent acts and over our objection have been released with little or no bond.”

The Anchorage DA points to the case of Evgueni Antisiferov who was charged with shooting a person who had stolen his marijuana. The charging documents describe that Antisiferov is alleged to have shot a person as they sat in the passenger seat of a car. Allen said the pretrial assessment tool was used in relation to that case and Antisiferov was released on an unsecured bond. “He didn’t put down any money, he signed something and promised to come back.”

Furthermore, the Anchorage DA describes that the Antisiferov case occurred Dec. 24, 2017 and Allen said it’s the state’s position that it is inappropriate under Alaska statute to use the new system for 2017 cases.
By Bill Roth: Iron Dog racers hit the trail during Big Lake start
By Kyle Clayton, Chilkat Valley News: Rare, ‘weird-looking’ 70-pound frozen fish washes ashore in Haines
By Beth Bragg: Olympic notebook: Soldotna grad makes golden moment possible; Patterson, Hanneman ski the relay
By AnnieZak: ‘Financial strain’ of Williwaw a factor in bankruptcy case involving company that owns Anchorage bars
James Mason:
“”Creditors do this for all sorts of reasons,” he said.” They do it because they want to get paid.

By Sean Maguire: UAA robotics competition inspires love of science among kids
By Sean Maguire: Security camera footage captures graphic Midtown moose attack
By Daniella Rivera: ‘Rogue Movers’: Following a Wasilla family’s shipment
(Rick) Childers’ tips for vetting a moving company can be seen in an interview here.

907 Updates February 18, 2018

By Liz Raines: House Judiciary chair defends new pretrial tool
It’s been nearly a month since Gov. Bill Walker introduced a measure to revamp the state’s new pretrial risk assessment tool, but the bill has yet to get a hearing.

Walker’s House Bill 295 aims to address some problematic aspects of the new system. One of the biggest ones is that it doesn’t take into account any prior criminal history a suspect has from out of state.
By Sean Maguire: Hook the moose killed in a car crash
Congratulations Ashley Perry!
By Victoria Taylor: New program encourages young readers to connect with shelter animals
Congratulations Ruthy Hebard!
By Beth Bragg: Alaska’s hot-shooting Ruthy Hebard makes mark on NCAA record book

907 Updates February 17, 2018

By Sean Maguire:Elizabeth Peratrovich Day marked Feb. 16
By Sean Maguire: Convict indicted for two counts of murder in 2015 double homicide
By Sean Maguire: Suspect in a homicide and robbery investigation taken into custody

By Joe Vigil: ‘We don’t call the police:’ A sign of the times in Anchorage crime
Welch sets up watch programs in Anchorage neighborhoods, which she says is easy to do. Those interested can all APD’s Neighborhood Watch Program at 907-786-8585.
By Liz Raines: Two stereo systems go missing from Chevrolet South Anchorage
By Zaz Hollander: A pilot’s love for the mountains built a house on Denali. Now it’s at the center of a family dispute.
By Zaz Hollander: Snowplow crews help with emergency medical rescue in Hatcher Pass
By Devin Kelly: Anchorage downtown transit center restrooms closed ‘permanently’ after suspected arson
By Shannon Ballard: Conservation groups preserve Palmer farmland parcel

907Updates February 16, 2018

By Laurel Andrews: Woman who abandoned baby in Eagle River park sentenced to 9 years for manslaughter
By Mike Ross: Man wanted in connection to shooting
By Heather Hintze: $10,000 bail set for 4A’s embezzlement suspect
By Devin Kelly: Confidential report at the heart of Anchorage police chief’s secret suspension in 2015
Anchorage’s former police chief was secretly suspended for two weeks without pay in 2015, a fact hidden even from elected representatives until it emerged in the course of a civil trial last year.

A confidential city report at the time criticized the chief, Mark Mew, for the way he handled concerns about a police lieutenant who allegedly interfered with investigations into the Alaska National Guard sex and drug scandal, court records show.

By Nathaniel herz: Republican Senate appointee whose Facebook posts drew attention withdraws from consideration

One listed points supporting a theory of why some men have dogs instead of wives, among them that “a dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.”

Another accused Sen. Lisa Murkowski of treason. A third suggested that medical workers who perform abortions should be “executed with scissors cutting their hearts out.”
Congratulations Alliana Salanguit!
Presented by the University of Alaska: For university legislative interns, Juneau is a hands-on lesson in civic engagement
By anchorage Daily News: Coming up: Pulse Dance Company, Prohibition party and Blackwater Railroad
ACLU unveils Alaska Privacy Project to help Alaskans secure digital information

Alaska Privacy Project
By Beth Verge: FBI training teaches first responders how to deal with active shooters
By Kari Bustamante: Kari Tries Figure Skating

907 Updates February 14, 2018

Who lost money betting she would show?
By Daniella Rivera: California felon a no-show in court after mandatory release
By Daniella Rivera: APD among agencies opposing Facebook algorithm change
By Associated Press: Alaska troopers say fentanyl big concern for authorities
By Shannon Ballard: Royal Suites Lodge construction begins 1 year after deadly fire
By KTVA Web Staff: Mississippi woman accused of 3 years of PFD fraud
By Jack Carney: Anchorage assembly action: marijuana shop privacy and public office
By Nathaniel Herz: Walker and GOP state senators trade shots over replacement for Dunleavy
By Kyle Hopkins: (UPDATED) Creditors say they are owed millions by Humpy’s owners, seek bankruptcy hearings
Who cares about “millennials”~ How many folks would love to have a stable job providing a living wage, they are making a positive difference where they live and sense of accomplishment?
By Annie Zak: Here’s what Anchorage millennials want from their jobs
By Zaz Hollander: Proposed Hatcher Pass downhill ski area has a name: Skeetawk
PALMER — A long-awaited alpine ski area in Hatcher Pass is a step closer to reality with a new name: Skeetawk.

The name, announced at an event Saturday, is a phonetic spelling of a Dena’ina word — Shk’ituk’t — that translates to “where we slide down,” according to Louisa Branchflower, board president for Hatcher Alpine Xperience.
By Devin Kelly: Loussac Library renovation contractor wants $1.6M in extra payment from Anchorage
By Michael J. Coren: When you give Alaskans a universal basic income, they still keep working
By Daybreak Staff: Homesteading 101: Whale harvest
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Double-chocolate olive oil cake with salted chocolate caramel icing

Katie Sweeney, Biologist: Steller Watch ->What’s that on the rookery?

From our Steller Watch survey, I learned a lot about many of you—thank you to everyone who filled out the survey, so far! One thing I saw was that you all are interested in hearing about other marine mammals and related research. This ties in nicely with today’s blog post. On the Steller Watch talk forum, I’ve seen many reports of an odd sighting on one of the rookeries: there has a uniform row of white squares spotted on the beach at Cape St. Stephens (Kiska Island; see image below). Many of you guessed it was a part of a whale and you were right! This is the vertebrae (and other parts) of a sperm whale that washed up onshore.


Read more -> What’s that on the rookery?