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  • 2 Alaska women set world records at powerlifting championships2 Alaska women set world records at powerlifting championships

    After becoming the first woman in the history of her weight class to squat more than 600 pounds, Alaska powerlifter Natalie Hanson stuck out her tongue, looked to see if her lift was legal and then broke into a grin as she raised her arms in victory Friday.Hanson was one of two Anchorage women who lifted themselves into the world record book this week at the International Powerlifting Federation's open world championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic.Hanson, 27, and Priscilla Ribic, 44, both set a pair of world records and both captured gold medals at the competition.Together, they lifted nearly 3,000 pounds — Hanson totaled 1,479 to win the 185-pound weight class, and Ribic totaled 1,442 to win the 159-pound weight class.Both totals set IPF world records. Hanson also set a world record in the squat, and Ribic set one in the deadlift."Age is just a number people!" Ribic, who turns 45 next week, posted on Facebook.[Strong friendship, strong bodies: 3 Alaska friends are powerlifting national champs]Ryan Carrillo, USA Powerlifting's Alaka state chairman, said it's the first time two Alaskans have won open-class championships at the same IPF meet.For Ribic, winning world titles is nothing new. This is her eighth open world title and her 17th overall, with the others coming in masters competition.For Hanson, the gold medal is her first."For Natalie, it is the pinnacle for her," Carrillo said. "You don't often see a woman who's 27 winning a world championship. Usually you're looking at people 10 years older, so that's a big deal."Hanson became the first 185-pound woman to squat more than 600 pounds at the world meet. The previous record was 591 pounds (268 kg), set by Ukraine's Olena Kozlova.With parents Rick and Kathy Hanson of Bethel watching from the audience, Hanson ducked under the bar while surrounded by five spotters. She squatted more than three times her weight — 273.5 kilos, or 603 pounds."It's only been about 12 hours, so I'm still soaking it all in!" Hanson said in a Facebook message. "I actually met my expectations. I knew going into this meet that I was capable of winning and breaking the squat and total world records, but I had to perform exceptionally well in order to do it."I had squatted just shy of what I did today in training a couple of weeks ago when I did 270kg and I had benched and deadlifted more than what I did today."Hanson added lifts of 408 pounds (185 kg) in the bench press and 468.5 pounds (212.5 kg) in the deadlift to win the gold medal. Her total weight eclipsed the previous world record, held by Kozlova, by half a kilogram.She said she managed to stay calm despite the big-meet pressure."It takes a lot to feel great on meet day," Hanson said. "Recovering from traveling across the world is the first crucial piece, then successfully cutting/making weight."Finally, staying calm on the biggest stage in the sport is probably the hardest part. It is easy to get caught up in the high-level competitors all around you and the intensity of the meet, but it is important that you don't let that happen."Hanson's gold-medal performance came a day after Ribic's.[At 44, Anchorage powerlifter feels stronger than ever heading into World Games]In claiming her victory, Ribic set a world record of 549 pounds (249 kg) in the deadlift. She added a lifts of 529 pounds (240 kg) in the squat and 364 pounds (165 kg) in the bench press.Ribic's deadlift record was half a kilogram better than the previous mark of 548 pounds, set by Norway's Marta Elverum. Her total weight of 1,442 pounds broke her own record of 1,417."Priscilla's performances always motivate me," Hanson said. "She continues to raise the bar for herself and her competition every meet, even after being at this for 20 years, and always competes with such poise."Her legacy is unlike any other person's in the sport of powerlifting."

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  • Kobayashi outguns competition at Dimond A1 ShootoutKobayashi outguns competition at Dimond A1 Shootout

    Jasmine Kobayashi of Dimond, who earlier this season broke the Cook Inlet Conference riflery record, was perfect in two rounds of prone shooting Saturday to win the Dimond A1 Shoot Off.Kobayashi scored 582 out of a possible 600 to win the meet, which pits the top boy and top girl from each of the CIC's eight high schools for shoulder-to-shoulder competition.Davis Schwarz of South registered a 574 for the day's second best score. The third highest score came from Chugiak's C.J. Hatt, whose 569 was the best score among boys.In a regular-season dual meet earlier this season, Kobayashi fired a 297 to break the old CIC record, held by multiple shooters, by one point.The season wraps up Dec. 2 with the conference championships at West High.Girls — Jasmine Kobayashi, Dimond, 582; Davis Schwarz, South, 574; Ashtin Bennett, Eagle River, 568; Sarah Wolski, Eagle River, 564; Athena Baty, Service,  557; Xaichengtao Yang, East, 546; Cheyenne Bolan, Bartlett, 546.Boys — CJ Hatt, Chugiak, 569; Andrew Kozak, Dimond, 565; Wrangle Kruckenberg, Service, 564; Michael Stoddard, South, 559; Elijah Faso-Formose, West, 559; Dylan Jijon, East, 538; Daniel Foshee, Eagle River, 535; Gabriel Culp, Bartlett, 525.

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  • With Shootout looming, UAA women run record to 5-0With Shootout looming, UAA women run record to 5-0

    The fourth-ranked UAA women's basketball team will ride a five-game winning streak into the GCI Great Alaska Shootout.The Seawolves smothered Western State 82-54 on Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center to run their record to 5-0.Their next two games will be against Division I opponents in the Shootout, beginning with an 8 p.m. game Tuesday against Maryland Eastern Shore."I thought we played our most complete game of the season thus far," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said. "Defensively we were outstanding for the first three quarters, and our offense seems to be clicking well for this early in the year. It's great to go into the Shootout with some nice momentum."The Seawolves shot the ball well in the middle two quarters, hitting 20 of 38 shots to finish the game with a 39.5 percentage.They limited the Mountaineers to six baskets in the first half and 10 for the first three quarters, and they held a commanding rebounded advantage.Shelby Cloninger grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to help UAA outrebound Western State 45-36, an effort that included 20 offensive boards.All 11 Seawolves had at least one rebound, all but one scored and all but one had a steal. Yazmeen Goo and Sala Langi had four steals apiece to help UAA finish with 20.Hannah Wandersee continued to impress in the post with 16 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Goo added 11 points and Rodericka Ware had 10.Katie Dalton led Western State with 15 points, three assists and two blocks.In earlier action Saturday in the four-team, two-day Seawolf Hoops Classic, UAF pounded Holy Names 73-29.On Friday, UAA beat Holy Names 92-49 and Western State defeated UAF 49-41.

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  • Blizzard warning in effect for much of Western AlaskaBlizzard warning in effect for much of Western Alaska

    A blizzard warning is in effect or will soon be in effect for many communities in Western Alaska through Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said Saturday.St. Lawrence Island, Nome, Unalakleet, Buckland, Deering, Point Hope and nearby communities can expect wind gusts as high as 40 or 50 mph in some areas (and higher for St. Lawrence Island), the weather service said.In combination with a forecast that calls for as much as a foot of snow in many places under the warning, "this will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous," the weather service said on its website.[Colder winter forecast for Southcentral Alaska, but warmer in rural regions with shrinking sea ice]The blizzard warning lasts until 3 p.m. Sunday. Much of Southwest Alaska is also under a winter storm warning through Sunday afternoon, and can expect snow, freezing rain and hazardous travel conditions.Wind gusts as high as 75 mph are expected in Bethel and other parts of Southwest Alaska, where a high wind warning is in effect from midnight Saturday until 3 p.m. Sunday.Cold Bay and Sand Point are also under a high wind warning starting Sunday at 6 a.m. through Monday at 3 a.m., the weather service said. Gusts up to 90 mph are expected.You can find weather conditions for your community on the National Weather Service website.

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  • Puppy stolen in Eagle River parking lot returned to owner — with verification, police sayPuppy stolen in Eagle River parking lot returned to owner — with verification, police say

    Anchorage police said Saturday evening that a 3-month-old puppy named Dexter has finally been found safe after being reported stolen Friday and then mistakenly reported as found Saturday morning.Police said that around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police dispatch received a call from Anchorage Animal Care and Control that Dexter may have been dropped off. Officers arrived and interviewed the man who dropped him off, who police said is not a suspect, and then at last released Dexter to his owner.The reunion followed a false alarm from just hours earlier. Police said in a release that just before 9 a.m. Saturday, Anchorage Animal Care and Control told police dispatch that Dexter, the male puppy reported stolen from a locked car in the Eagle River Walmart parking lot Friday, may have been dropped off. The puppy returned to Dexter's owner, however, turned out to be female.Anchorage police spokesman MJ Thim said he did not have details about how the Saturday morning dog mix-up happened."What I can tell you is we got a call from Animal Care and Control this morning saying they believed Dexter was found," he said.Saturday evening, when police said the real Dexter was found, officers called the victim to return to Animal Care and Control to complete the verification process, police said."Due to the mistaken identity situation from earlier this morning, AACC and APD took additional steps to verify this was in fact Dexter," police said in a statement.Thim said the police department issued an alert about Dexter being stolen because of how unusual the crime was and because police thought the public could help."The circumstances surrounding this particular crime, very rare," he said. "A random smash-and-grab where a dog is stolen like this."Police said Friday that the suspect had smashed the driver's side window of the victim's Toyota Scion, "grabbed the puppy and fled in a small SUV" while the victim was in the Walmart store for less than 10 minutes. Police described the thief as a white woman wearing a light-colored jacket and white hat. She drove a small, dark green SUV with a tire on the back, according to police. Police are still searching for her, and the investigation continues.Police received the report at about 12:30 a.m. Friday and sent out an alert about the stolen puppy later Friday morning."They smashed the window, stole the puppy and took off," Thim said. "This is an unusual situation. It's like taking someone's kid."Brianna Trybalski said she is the person who dropped the female dog off at animal control on Elmore Road on Friday night, along with three other puppies. She said she'd had the dogs since they were born and she wasn't able to care for so many. Then, she said, she got a call from a police officer Saturday morning asking questions about the dog."I sent all these photos of (the dog) since birth," to show it was not the dog police were searching for, she said.The female puppy has since been returned to Anchorage Animal Care and Control, police said. The search for Dexter and the suspect is ongoing, and police are working with Walmart to get a screengrab of the suspect from surveillance video."We don't know why she stole the puppy; however, if she wanted a dog that bad, there are plenty of dogs up for adoption at Animal Care and Control and she should have done that instead," Thim said.Anyone with information about the puppy investigation or relevant surveillance video is asked to call dispatchers at 907-786-8900. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

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  • UAA skiers put on a strong show at Hatcher PassUAA skiers put on a strong show at Hatcher Pass

    Hailey Swirbul and Toomas Kollo captured victories to lead the UAA ski team Saturday in the first race of the Alaska Nordic Cup.Swirbul led a dominant effort by the UAA women, who grabbed the top five spots in the classic-technique race at Hatcher Pass.She finished the 7.5-kilometer race in 22 minutes, 45.5 to win by more than 40 seconds on the Independence Mine trails. Casey Wright was second in 23:27.4.Kollo won the men's 10K in 29:03.0. He was 4.2 seconds ahead of Tyler Kornfield, an Anchorage man who is a member of Alaska Pacific University's ski program. Jan Cech of UAF was third in 29:19.5.Competition continues Sunday with a mixed relay at Kincaid Park. Racing begins at 11 a.m.Alaska Nordic CupMen's 10K classic1) Toomas Kollo, UAA, 29:03.0; 2) Tyler Kornfield, independent, 29:07.2; 3) Jan Cech, UAF, 29:19.5; 4) Zacharias Toresson, UAA, 29:32.3; 5) Seiji Takagi, UAF, 29:41.0; 6) Marcus Deuling, UAA, 29:48.3; 7) Alex Eckert, UAF, 29:49.9; 8) Max Donaldson, UAF, 30:02.4; 9) Peter Hinds, independent, 30:32.5; 10) Nick Lovett, UAF, 30:37.5; 11) Luk Platil, UAF, 30:40.5; 12) Tracen Knopp, UAA, 30:57.8; 13) Logan Mowry, independent, 31:12.9; 14) Arnaud Guyon, UAF, 31:25.1; 15) Josiah Alverts, independent, 32:04.2; 16) Brandon Herhusky, UAA, 32:19.4; 17) Everett Cason, independent, 33:12.8; 18) Kai Meyers, independent, 35:19.2; 19) Aaron Maves, independent, 36:17.1.Women's 7.5K classic1) Hailey Swirbul, UAA, 22:45.5; 2) Casey Wright, UAA, 23:27.4; 3) Marte Haakeenstad-Braaten, UAA, 24:09.1; 4) Hannah Rudd, UAA, 24:26.6; 5) Sadie Fox, UAA, 24:45.8; 6) Ann-Cathrin Uhl, UAF, 24:54.8; 7) Kati Roivas, UAF, 24:59.2; 8) Michaela Keller-Miller, UAA, 25:03.0; 9) Jenna DiFolco, UAA, 25:05.1; 10) Anna Darnell, UAF, 25:57.9; 11) Heidi Booher, independent, 26:18.0; 12) Anja Maijala, UAF, 26:28.2; 13) Sage Robine, independent, 26:45.0; 14) Hannah Deuling, UAF, 26:45.9; 15) Lupua Oba, independent, 30:04.6.

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  • Sometimes the best Thanksgiving dinner is one you don’t cookSometimes the best Thanksgiving dinner is one you don’t cook

    Here's a Thanksgiving secret a few of us planning dinner at home have right now: Sometimes the best holiday meal isn't one with grandma's stuffing or a overnight-brined organic turkey.It's just one we don't have to cook.Local chefs are paying attention. Though most grocery store delis offer all the pre-made components of Thanksgiving dinner, restaurant owners in Anchorage say there's a growing market for higher-end takeout meals that taste like home cooking or, in some cases, even fancier.The Marx Bros. Cafe, a restaurant in downtown Anchorage, has been offering to-go Thanksgiving for more than 25 years. But recently, several other fine dining restaurants, including Simon & Seafort's and Suite 100 Restaurant, have gotten into the takeout game and say they have found plenty of takers."I really think that restaurants are just responding to the need. I think it's a change in our culture," said Garrett Martin, manager at Suite 100 in South Anchorage. "Not only are people just busier, people are leaning toward things that are more important to them. When you have less time spent prepping, you have more time for the good stuff."[Want to go out to eat for Thanksgiving? Here are some restaurant options around Anchorage]There was once a time when late November was slow in the Anchorage restaurant world, said Jack Amon, longtime partner and executive chef at Marx Bros. Interest in takeout Thanksgiving has grown with the increase in the number of families where two parents work, he said. When he was growing up, the women in his family stayed home and had more time to prep."Now you have two working spouses, kids in soccer, kids in hockey, kids in school," he said. "The poor mother, usually, has to spend all day in the kitchen and somebody has to go fight the crowds at the grocery stores."An estimated 1,600 to 2,000 people will eat Thanksgiving takeout from Amon's restaurant Thursday. There is only so much time on Thanksgiving Day, and many customers feel like it's better spent out of the kitchen, Amon said."I got five kids, they go from age 13 to 3. We like to play games, we like to go outside and sled when there's snow," said Josh Pepperd, whose family has been getting dinner from Marx Bros. for 10 years. "The kids would much rather have us than have a certain from-scratch home dinner."Marx Bros. dinner for eight to 10 people costs $250 and includes either a deep-fried turkey or one that's ready for the oven, stuffing, potatoes, yams, gravy and a pumpkin cheesecake."It all comes in a nice little box that we carry to your car," Amon said. "I take a lot of pride in them."A similar meal with an organic turkey at Suite 100 costs $300. The restaurant is planning to do roughly 30 of them, Martin said."I think the price is reasonable for what it is," Martin said. "When I cook, especially when I cook recipes at home, once you buy everything, the cost is so compounded because you are buying more than you need for an actual dish."Thanksgiving is now Simon & Seafort's busiest reservation night all year. Instead of turning people away from a fully booked dining room, they decided to extend takeout service a couple years ago, said Chris Hockett, front house manager. It will likely do 75 full meals this year for 10 to 12 people for $260 each."Don't feel guilty," Hockett tells customers. "Cooking's not easy. It's time-consuming. It's expensive."Linnea Cummings owns Alaska Dinner Factory, a business that offers pre-assembled meals for delivery and takeout. For the last few years, she's done brisk business in ready-to-cook Thanksgivings. She'll do 45 dinners for 12 this year at $280 a piece. She's toned up her Thanksgiving offerings as she's learned more about the market. Thanksgiving menus are shaped as much by nostalgia as they are about what people actually like to eat, she explained."Each person has a traditional thing, the potluck item they bring," she said, talking about her own family table. "Whether we like it or not, we still eat it and we still miss it if it isn't there."She's expanded her offerings to include more nostalgic dishes, she said. A version of green bean casserole, for example, is a runaway hit. She's working on something that might get at people's love of canned yams, she said.One of Cummings' customers, Lynette Harple, started ordering Thanksgiving a few years ago, when she found herself working and caring for her mother and her husband, who were both ill. The dinner included turkey, green bean casserole, potatoes and several "to die for" miniature pumpkin pies, she recalled. It met everyone's desire for a festive meal, she said, and shrank her list of responsibilities."It comes ready to go and it comes with explicit directions," Harple said. "I just don't have time to cook a ton of stuff because I gotta work, you know?"

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  • Welcome to the new Anchorage Daily News. Here’s what’s changed.Welcome to the new Anchorage Daily News. Here’s what’s changed.

    You've seen a lot of changes in the ADN these past few weeks. Today, you'll notice a big one. We're changing our name to the Anchorage Daily News.It's a return to the original name of Alaska's largest newspaper, first published in 1946 and changed to Alaska Dispatch News in 2014.The change represents a move forward, while respecting the legacy of this institution. We're redoubling our efforts both online and in print, to provide relevant, high-quality news and information for Alaskans. The name recognizes our primary coverage area — Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska — but our print nameplate also includes "Alaska's Newspaper." We mean that. We will continue to cover statewide news.You'll see other changes as well. We've freshened up our look. Starting this weekend, we're reintroducing editorials. The first one is here. And the opinion page isn't just for us. We intend to publish a wide array of Alaska viewpoints and to be a town square of ideas where Alaskans can debate, discuss and form their own opinions.We'll be rolling out more changes in the days and weeks ahead. We want your feedback and suggestions. Email me and editor David Hulen anytime at ryan@adn.com and dhulen@adn.com.Thanks for reading and for all your support.– Ryan Binkley, co-publisher

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  • UAA runner Kurgat claims D-II national title; Ostrander 4th at D-I championshipsUAA runner Kurgat claims D-II national title; Ostrander 4th at D-I championships

    A woman who came to Alaska to earn a nursing degree became a national champion for the Seawolves on Saturday.Caroline Kurgat, a senior nursing student from Eldoret, Kenya, breezed to a 20-second victory at the NCAA Division II national cross country championships in Evansville, Indiana.Her triumph came around the same time as, and about 125 miles to the west of, another big performance by an Alaska woman.Soldotna's Allie Ostrander ran to fourth place at the Division I national championships in Louisville, Kentucky. She was 11.7 seconds behind the winner.Kurgat pulled away midway through her 6-kilometer race and was unchallenged the rest of the way."She won it in dominating fashion and went out for the lead," UAA coach Michael Friess said in a press release from the school. "She didn't want anyone to run away with it, so she went with it and just kind of established the lead and ran home strong."It was the second top-three national-championship finish for Kurgat, 24, and the second top-four finish for Ostrander, 20.Kurgat placed third at last year's D-II championships, and Ostrander placed second at the 2015 D-I championships. A redshirt sophomore for Boise State, Ostrander missed last season with an injury.Both women are leaders in the classroom as well as on the running trails.Ostrander is a kinesiology major with a 4.00 grade-point average, which on Saturday earned her an NCAA Elite 90 award, given to the athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at each of the NCAA's 90 championship events throughout the school year.Kurgat owns a 3.51 GPA in nursing and medical laboratory science and is on track to achieve her dream of earning a nursing degree. That dream led her to UAA, which boasts not only a nursing program but a running program with a long history of attracting athletes from Kenya.She's the first woman and the second athlete to win a cross-country championship for UAA. Micah Chelimo, another Kenya runner, won the men's national title in 2012.Kurgat broke away from early pacesetter Hannah Wolkenhauer of Queen's University about 3 kilometers into Saturday's race. She won in 20 minutes, 32.3 seconds, nearly 20 seconds ahead of second-place Sarah Berger of Walsh University."I was racing with (Wolkenhauer) at the beginning, but then she started to fall back and I didn't want to fall back so I decided (it was time) to just focus on my own race," Kurgat said in the UAA press release. "I knew this was my last race and that I had to do something better than last year."… It's an awesome feeling and I'm really proud that I achieved (it)."Kurgat led the UAA women to fifth place in the team standings with 180 points, one point away from fourth-place Chico State. Adams State won the team title with 126 points.Two UAA runners joined Kurgat as All-Americans — Zennah Jepchumba, a junior who placed 32nd in the women's 6K, and Edwin Kangogo, a senior who finished 19th in the men's 10K.All five women who scored points for the Seawolves cracked the top 100. Besides Kurgat and Jepchumba (21:38.4), Emmah Chelimo was 44th (21:48.4), Danielle McCormick was 45th (21:49.9) and Mariah Burroughs was 81st (22:18.9). The race had 247 finishers.[Ostrander, minus one shoe, triumphs in return to cross country]In Louisville, Ostrander ran in the lead pack for the entire race.Going into the final 2 kilometers, she was a step or two behind the leader. That's when winner Ednah Kurgat of New Mexico — who's from the same Kenya city as Caroline Kurgat but is no relation — broke free to win with a record-setting time of 19:19.5.The time beat the previous NCAA best of 19:27.9, recorded in 2012 by Betsy Saina of Iowa State.With Kurgat forging a late lead, Ostrander was left in a three-way battle for second place. Washington's Amy-Eloise Neale used a strong finishing kick to place second in 19:27.0, San Francisco's Charlotte Taylor placed third in 19:28.6 and Ostrander was fourth in 19:31.2.Neale and Taylor are both seniors, while Kurgat and Ostrander are both sophomores. Like Ostrander, Kurgat sat out last season after transferring from Liberty University to New Mexico.Ostrander was bidding for her second national championship. Last spring, she won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title at the Division I track and field championships.

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  • Not in their backyard: Alaska game board rejects wild release for feral catsNot in their backyard: Alaska game board rejects wild release for feral cats

    The state Board of Game on Friday rejected a bid to allow the release of sterilized feral cats into Alaska's wilds.The seven-member board that sets wildlife regulations voted unanimously against a proposal that would have legalized a practice called trap-neuter-return that aims to control cat overpopulation.Scattered colonies of cats abandoned or born wild populate communities around the state. Animal shelters struggle to find homes for the unsocialized animals and often end up euthanizing them.The proposal, from an Anchorage special education teacher and animal advocate, was supported by a range of animal rescue and shelter groups looking for a humane solution that takes the burden off shelters.[Rising numbers of feral cats challenge Mat-Su shelters and rescuers]But several board members referenced their statutory duty to protect Alaska wildlife from disease or "species capable of causing a significant reduction" in wild populations."These are out roaming in the wild with the potential to severely impact the bird population," said Karen Linnell, of Glennallen. "I just can't in good conscience … adopt this proposal."Stosh Hoffman, from Bethel, said he didn't view the practice as humane after seeing feral cats living in a village dump. Hoffman said he spotted the cats at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. as he headed out caribou hunting."They don't look very healthy. Their ears are gone, their tails are gone. They're scratched up," he said. "They're living in the dump, barely surviving."Nearly 80 comments came in supporting the change.More than 650 communities have adopted a trap-neuter-return policy that also involves vaccinations, according to sponsor Shannon Basner.It was opposed by wildlife advocates concerned about the tremendous toll cats roaming free take on birds, mammals or frogs as well as the spread of disease.About 50 comments opposed the change, as did the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Veterinary and other scientific associations point to studies indicating the strategy is "ineffective at controlling feral cat populations" unless 71 to 94 percent of the population is neutered, Brynn Parr, a permitting biologist with Fish and Game, told the board. "That's hard to reach."Concerns about Dall sheepThe board also addressed more conventional wildlife issues — resident hunting preference, using planes during sheep hunts, a small but vocal falconry contingent — during a weeklong, statewide rule-setting session in Anchorage that ended Friday and garnered heavy public interest.The board received more than 900 public comments on dozens of proposals, though several hot topics accounted for most."It took me 11 hours to get through them," said board chairman Ted Spraker.The board took no action on a proposal that netted more comments than any other: removing domestic goats and sheep from the so-called "clean list" of Alaskan animals that can be kept without a permit.[Permits for domestic goats and sheep?]The proposal, from the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation, set out to protect wild Dall sheep from a bacteria linked to die-offs in the Lower 48. But livestock producers say the move would have decimated a fledgling cottage industry. Amid early research that shows a relatively low incidence of the disease here, Alaska's state vet says it's unlikely the bacteria could spread to wild sheep.The board instructed the sheep foundation and the Alaska Farm Bureau to work together and provide a report to them at a March 2019 meeting.Several members suggested both sides focus on continued research, testing sheep and goat flocks, and finding a practical way to restrict sheep and goat imports from outside Alaska.Spraker promised to personally make sure Alaska's wild sheep stay safe and urged producers not to stop working on testing and imports now that they dodged a bullet."This is an issue that we really need to be serious about," he said.'Pocket pet'Another animal failed to make the "clean list" altogether: the lesser hedgehog tenrec, a small spiny creature that's not a hedgehog at all but resembles one.A licensed hedgehog breeder asked for the tenrec recognition out of the desire to be able to offer this hypoallergenic version of "a more affectionate 'pocket pet' " — presumably a reference to the sometimes less-than-personable but more familiar African Pygmy Hedgehog, which is on the clean list."The joy that I see this species bring into other families as a family pet seems to be exuberant," proposer Billie Wilder said.The tenrecs, native to parts of Madagascar and Africa, can't breed and seem to bring little impact to Alaska animals, according to biologist Parr. But they "enter torpor" in cold weather and are known to charge an attacker or bite if they feel threatened, she said.The board rejected the proposal 5-2, largely over concerns about introducing a new animal to the state.

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  • Ice Alaska cancels 2018 World Ice Art Championships - Fairbanks Daily News-MinerIce Alaska cancels 2018 World Ice Art Championships - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

    Fairbanks Daily News-MinerIce Alaska cancels 2018 World Ice Art ChampionshipsFairbanks Daily News-MinerAttendees stop to check out the Multi-Block Classic Abstract sculpture "Baby Fun" by Chinese carvers Di An, Qi Feng An and Shao Jun Liu at the 2017 BP World Ice Art Championships at the Ice Alaska Ice Park Wednesday evening, March 22, 2017, at the ...and more »

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  • Colder winter forecast for Southcentral Alaska, but warmer in rural regions with shrinking sea iceColder winter forecast for Southcentral Alaska, but warmer in rural regions with shrinking sea ice

    Alaskans can expect something of a sequel to last year's winter weather, colder in Southcentral and Southeast but relatively warm in much of rural Alaska where sea ice has melted, a climate scientist said Friday.Those warmer-than-normal expectations – for the Western and Arctic regions – result from big reductions in coastal sea ice in those areas, said Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager for the National Weather Service in Alaska."Holy moly, we thought last year didn't have much sea ice in mid-November," he said Friday. "This has even less. It's really quite remarkable."Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska near Anchorage and Southeast are about normal for this time of year, Thoman said.But not so in the Bering Sea and heading north into the Chukchi Sea off Northwest Alaska.By now, a significant part of the Chukchi should be covered in ice, he said. Instead, a "large tongue of open water" extends into the Chukchi well above Russia and Alaska."It's quite amazing now that we're 5 1/2 weeks from the winter solstice," he said."The sea ice is far, far below long-term normal, even in comparison to recent times," he said.A lack of sea ice along the coast has contributed to increased risk of flooding from "nondescript storms" this autumn, he said. Shores aren't shielded with sea ice to damper waves, like they used to be, he said.Over the weekend, a storm gobbled beaches and caused flooding that threatened roads and houses in the villages of Deering and Shismaref more than 500 miles northwest of Anchorage.The village of Shishmaref lost a "big chunk" of the road heading to the landfill, said Shishmaref Mayor Donna Barr.The storm wiped away or damaged about 200 feet of road, she said.Chukchi and inlet waters near Shishmaref, located on a barrier island near the Bering Strait, used to freeze in October, she said. But in recent years they haven't frozen until December or even February, helping storms deliver bigger blows, she said.Shishmaref on Tuesday asked the state for a disaster declaration. The city doesn't have funds, heavy equipment or other means to repair the road, Barr said.On Wednesday, responding to a different storm, Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for the North Slope Borough. It was for a late-September storm and flooding that damaged roads and other property in the nation's northernmost city, Utqiagvik, formerly Barrow.That declaration opens up $1 million from the state's Disaster Relief Fund.On Thursday, Arctic and Western Alaska remained relatively warm for this time of year, according to a weather service map posted on Twitter. Areas around Bethel, Kotzebue and Barrow saw temperatures about 20 degrees above normal.Thursday saw big a spread in daily temperature departures from normal. The Panhandle and the eastern Gulf Coast saw well below normal temperatures, while western and northern Alaska were much warmer than average for Nov 16. #akwx pic.twitter.com/7IwM0Ws6Ko— NWS Alaska Region (@NWSAlaska) November 17, 2017 Overall, Alaska was 4.9 degrees above the long-term average in October.The map underscored Thoman's winter expectations for Alaska. Temperatures Thursday were generally cooler than normal in Southcentral and Southeast.Those regions should "tilt cool" for the winter, Thoman said.Driving those chilly predictions are increasing expectations for a repeat of last year's La Nina, an oceanic pattern of cooling. The signs include equatorial surface water temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean that have fallen below normal, he said."It's a classic La Nina setup," Thoman said. "And we're seeing the atmosphere starting to respond to that."

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  • Polar-orbiting satellite launched successfully - Fairbanks Daily News-MinerPolar-orbiting satellite launched successfully - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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  • Alaska politics roundup: Chinese pipeline deal stuck behind Great Wall as legislators fly to Houston for tax talksAlaska politics roundup: Chinese pipeline deal stuck behind Great Wall as legislators fly to Houston for tax talks

    JUNEAU — The Alaska politics roundup went on hiatus for the special legislative session.But now that the session is in the equivalent of a medically induced coma — with lawmakers meeting in brief "technical sessions" until time expires Tuesday — the roundup is back.Here's some of the stuff that's happened in the world of Alaska government and politics in the past few weeks.Where's Walker's gas pipeline agreement?Alaska Gov. Bill Walker was in Asia last week for the signing of what he described as a historic deal with Chinese entities to advance development of Alaska's massive proposed liquefied natural gas project.[Related: Here are five big questions about Alaska's gas deal with China]When the announcement was made, officials with Alaska's gas pipeline agency, the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., wouldn't release a copy of the deal itself, which they're calling a "joint development agreement."Those officials said the text would be released this week. By Friday, however, it wasn't.A spokeswoman for Walker, Grace Jang, said Friday that the agreement would be released next week instead."These are commercially sensitive documents," she said. "And we're coordinating with three other entities in China."Meanwhile, the Alaska House Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing on the $43 billion project Dec. 4.Lawmakers head to Houston for oil talksAnchorage Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson and Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman were in Houston this week for a six-hour meeting with the Legislature's three oil-tax consultants.Gaffney, Cline & Associates, Palantir USA and In3nergy are working with state lawmakers to develop computer models that will compare Alaska's oil-tax regime to those in other places.[Related: By hiring new consultants, Alaska lawmakers signal extension of oil tax debate]"Rather than fly all them up, it was just easier to come down here," said Stedman, who stayed two extra days for an oil-tax policy seminar.Josephson said he, Stedman, legislative staff and officials from Walker's administration met with the companies Wednesday. They reviewed the models, which are essentially spreadsheets that will allow lawmakers to see how oil companies' taxes would be affected by different types of changes to the tax regime.Josephson said he doesn't expect lawmakers to pass a "major" oil-tax bill in 2018, since it's an election year and the Legislature just passed an oil-tax measure, House Bill 111, in July.But, he added: "In 2019, there might be." And the consultants would be expected to work with the Legislature's resources and finance committees on such a bill, Josephson said.Josephson stressed that his trip was not luxurious — he stayed at the Comfort Inn.Salmon habitat initiative foes move forward as one sponsor withdrawsThe pro-development opponents of an emergent salmon habitat protection initiative have geared up to fight the proposal, which they argue could threaten big oil and gas and mining projects.The opponents' group, Stand for Alaska, filed a report with state campaign finance regulators that showed them raising about $100,000 to fight the initiative. Five-figure contributions came from groups including the Alaska Chamber, the Council of Alaska Producers — a group representing big mines — and the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.Stand for Alaska's filing showed that it paid $50,000 to Dittman Research for a poll. The group's chair, Marleanna Hall from the Resource Development Council, declined to share its results.Meanwhile, proponents of the initiative suffered two setbacks this week. One of the initiative's three sponsors, Brian Kraft, stepped down from his position, organizers announced Wednesday.Kraft owns fishing lodges in the Bristol Bay area that could be affected by the proposed Pebble mine project, and the initiative was seen as a way to fight developments like those. Kraft, in a prepared statement, cited "business and family constraints" as the reason for stepping down as a sponsor.He didn't respond to a request for comment Friday.Meanwhile, one opponent of the Pebble project, Bristol Bay Native Corp., said this week that it does not support the salmon habitat protection initiative."Development that aligns with local opinion and does not threaten the region's fisheries and fish habitat can and should be given an opportunity to proceed," the corporation's chief executive, Jason Metrokin, said in a prepared statement to Dillingham public radio station KDLG.End of an era for the LegislaturePam Varni, the longtime head of the Legislature's nonpartisan support staff, is retiring. Her job — executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency, or LAA — was posted Wednesday.When Varni, 66, retires in February, she'll have survived 25 years in charge of the various divisions that serve lawmakers, from accountants to the attorneys who write legislation to a nonpartisan research staff.Varni started working for LAA in 1978 as a bill typist, she said in a phone interview Friday.Her position is posted at $108,000 a year. The Legislative Council — a joint House-Senate committee of legislative leaders — will select Varni's successor.Alaska GOP hires consultantAs the Alaska Democratic Party beefs up its grass-roots organizing, Alaska Republicans have hired their own contractor to work with local districts.The Alaska Republican Party, in its latest federal campaign finance disclosure, said it hired Myranda Walso on a $2,500 contract. Party chairman Tuckerman Babcock said Walso rewrote a manual for Republican district officials and is helping to coordinate district conventions.[Related: With an eye on 2018, Alaska Democrats hire operatives to work municipal elections in Mat-Su, Kenai]The Republicans earlier this year took a pair of paid staffers off the payroll amid concerns from party leaders about fundraising. Babcock said Walso's contract was a one-time expense.Walso ran in the GOP primary last year against incumbent Eagle River Rep. Dan Saddler. She got 27 percent of the vote to Saddler's 72 percent.

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  • How do I introduce my liberal girlfriend to my super religious, politically conservative parents?How do I introduce my liberal girlfriend to my super religious, politically conservative parents?

    Dear Wayne and Wanda,I've been dating my girlfriend since the start of summer. Everything is great. We're talking about moving in together. We just went on our first trip, and it was awesome. I really have no complaints. The one thing we fight about is when she will meet my family. Hers lives in the Lower 48. When they visited Anchorage this summer, I met them. It made sense, because things with us are good, and who knows when they would visit again. They were really nice people and we got along great.As soon as that meeting was behind us, and probably because it went so well, she started pushing to meet my parents. The truth is, I'm afraid of how that will go. I love my parents. But there are some things about my household that might be different for her and hard to adjust to. First off, they are really, really religious. We grew up going to church several days a week and for them the holiday is all about God and Jesus and religion. While I went along with this as a kid, and still do believe in God, it is way less a center point of my life than it was when I was a kid. I found a more chill church I go to a couple times a month. My girlfriend isn't really religious at all. We've talked about it, and it just isn't something that's important to her. Fine by me, but I'm afraid my parents will judge her, or maybe she will judge them.My parents are also set in their political views and suffice to say they're pretty conservative. My girl is the total opposite — as am I — and on the liberal side of things. I take my parents' views with a grain of salt, but am trying to imagine how the dynamic would be with them and my girlfriend. I don't think it would be good, I can say that.Maybe I'm delaying the inevitable but I don't think the holiday is the time to introduce my parents to her, and to potentially have fallout, tension and awkwardness. I haven't told her why I'm reluctant. But she can tell something is up and feels very strongly that the holidays are a great time for a first introduction. I don't know what to do here. Advice?Wanda says:Merging different compartments of our lives can be scary and nerve-wracking, but while keeping things tidily separated is simple, it's not sustainable, and it certainly won't work in the long run, especially as you and your girlfriend grow more serious. Building a life together means merging — combining households and assets, connecting your partner to your friends and coworkers, and inevitably, introducing her to your parents.So your parents are super religious conservatives? That could sound scary on paper, but let's think about this positively; this means they likely have deep convictions, long-held values, well thought-out opinions and passion for how they live life. These are great traits! Your girl, meanwhile, isn't really into church, and leans left — so one might deduce there's a degree of independence, of a woman unafraid to go against tradition, and of someone who has equal energy for her beliefs. I see commonalities there.And even if their political views are wildly different, even if their religious doctrines are unaligned, guess what: everyone loves you! As long as you are with your lady-friend, you can only postpone but you cannot avoid introducing her to your family. Holidays are an awesome time for this – people are feeling full-grade affectionate and sentimental. So I say go for it, bite the bullet and make the introduction. Not only will it make your girlfriend happy, but I'm betting your parents would love to meet the woman who's making their son so happy.Wayne says:Oh modern politics – if you talk about them, you're sure to land in an argument; if you don't talk about them, you're part of the problem, man!Oh parents – if you introduce your friends to them, they'll totally embarrass you; if you don't introduce your friends to them, you're a jerk, man!Look bud, this situation is like most things we know we should do; the longer we put it off the more difficult it's gonna be. So stop putting it off. You've been dating since summer and snow has fallen – your parents probably don't even believe you have a girlfriend!And don't wait until the holidays. While Wanda is right that everyone is feeling festive, it's also a time of stress, pressure and, um, worship for certain individuals like your parents. It's also a time of when the proverbial rails go off the proverbial sleigh, which increases the fun and the odds of meltdowns.I'm not saying don't bring your girlfriend around the folks during the holidays; I'm just saying don't make the holidays her introduction. Since everyone is nearby, and this meeting is long overdue, just treat everyone to a very mellow dinner at a folksy, well-lit, non-alcoholic place. Plenty of those around Anchorage. Trust me ­– the conversation will center on where she works and grew up, and probably how she ended up with a procrastinator like you, not about her religious and political beliefs. I bet you they even ask what she's doing for the holidays and encourage her to accompany you to their place.Want to respond to a recent column, point out a dating trend, or ask Wanda and Wayne for wisdom regarding your love life? Give them a shout at wanda@alaskadispatch.com.[My best friend and her husband are in an open relationship – and it's making me question some things][I want to start dating again, but everyone sees me as 'the divorced guy']

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  • Women breach world of Big OilWomen breach world of Big Oil

    Ryu Bokyoung is confident she can do anything a man does in the sprawling Ulsan refinery in South Korea, be it scaling 100-meter steel towers or working through the night when repairing the plant. The challenges that come with being a woman in the traditionally male-dominated oil industry have never stopped her.But she worries a baby might.Newly wed, the 28-year-old engineer is now considering her options for when she has children. Taking a break would be inevitable given the safety concerns of an expectant mother climbing towers or the difficulty of staying away from her baby all night."If I were a man, these are things I wouldn't have to worry about," said Ryu, who joined SK Innovation Co., the nation's top refiner, in 2012.[What's it like to work at an oil field on the North Slope?]Women like Ryu are pioneers in a business where about 80 percent of the global workforce is male, women's bathrooms at some refineries are a relatively new addition, and the term 'oilman' has its own dictionary entry. But in the aftermath of the crash in crude prices that began three years ago, Big Oil is redefining its business model and realizing that hiring and retaining more women would boost profitability.Asian firms, which lag behind other regions in gender diversity, are now catching up, with SK and Japan's Showa Shell Sekiyufocusing more on female workers."Women are underrepresented in the oil and gas industry in general and Asia is no exception," said Katharina Rick, a partner at Boston Consulting Group, who co-authored a report on promoting gender balance in oil and gas. "The industry has made several attempts since the late 1980s to become a more inclusive work environment but the numbers have not increased as fast as in other industries."Women accounted for only 22 percent of the workforce in oil and gas, one of the smallest ratios among major industries, according to the BCG report. Only construction ranked lower, with an 11 percent female representation. Finance had 39 percent, and health and social work 60 percent.Though the share of female workers in office-based roles has increased, it is nowhere near parity in technical and field roles outside of the office, BCG's Rick said. When refiners first started hiring more women, there was a scarcity of bathrooms for them at some plants as the facilities only employed men.While women account for about 30 percent of the workforce at global oil majors such as Exxon Mobil in the U.S. and BP in the U.K., the proportion sinks to below 10 percent at many large Asian refiners like India's Reliance Industries, South Korea's S-Oil Corp. and Japan's Idemitsu Kosan Co., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.One of the relatively better ratios in the region can be found at Showa Shell, where about 24 percent of employees are women. With roots in The Hague-based Royal Dutch Shell, the firm has been trying to increase female workers for the last 20 years at the urging of its former European parent company. Some numbers show success: It hired more female graduates than males for the first time ever this year. Yet it only has one woman on its eight-member board.Ayumi Takahashi recalls that when she joined Showa Shell more than 20 years ago, the few women who were sent to gas stations would have their abilities questioned by the men who owned the service stands. They would ask "what could you possibly offer?" Women still face gender discrimination in the industry, she says."Every woman definitely experiences it at one time or another," said Takahashi, now a manager in the oil business research and development division at Showa Shell. "We repeatedly face hardships but keep going."Takahashi and colleague Yuri Inoue, head of the company's legal division, are pushing to break down gender barriers at Showa Shell as they hold workshops and seminars to educate men on the importance of diversity. Their firm plans to boost women in leadership positions from 13 out of 211 to at least 26 by March 2020."It's difficult for companies to differentiate themselves in the oil industry," said Inoue. "It's vital to have diversity for survival."Crude's price crash, geopolitical instability and changes to environmental regulations are driving a fundamental shift in the oil and gas industry, according to an Ernst & Young Global survey last year. Diversity is key to navigating the disruption, and more needs to be done to attract, retain and promote women, according to the survey, where 61 percent of respondents recognized that gender diversity impacts financial performance."Given the challenges within the oil and gas industry, it's hard to understand why companies wouldn't want the financial benefits diversity can bring," the report said.The South Korean and Japanese firms may have an added incentive to hire more women as both countries have a rapidly aging population. The top three Korean refiners, SK, GS Caltex Corp. and S-Oil, have all created daycare facilities at their headquarters.Still, they have a long way to go. The proportion of female employees at SK has only marginally increased to 10.9 percent in the last 10 years, even as it provides longer maternity leave and flexible hours to working mothers.Byun Hyejin, 27, joined SK five years ago as an engineer. Her predecessors told her stories of how they would drive far to find women's bathrooms, a sentiment independently echoed by Takahashi.While facilities for women have now improved, challenges remain. Like Ryu, Byun worries having children could affect her career, and refinery maintenance periods would be hard given she'd have to stay overnight. But even though initial dreams of ascending to head of a plant seem tough, she hasn't lost hope."We don't have any female engineers who have taken executive positions yet but I'm sure it will happen," Byun said. "And I'd like to be one of them one day."

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    Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn Listen now New pipeline partnership with China still a mystery Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation hasn’t released details on the gasline agreement inked in China. First in decades, Anchorage mumps outbreak triples in size Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The number of cases reported in Alaska’s first mumps outbreak in decades has tripled. Alaskan powerlifter Natalie Hanson breaks world record, squatting 3.2 times her body weight Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel Powerlifter Natalie Hanson has broken a world record. Friday morning, the former Bethel resident squatted 603 pounds in the women’s 185 pound weight class at the World Open Powerlifting Championship in the Czech Republic. The record is more than three times Hanson’s body weight. Elephant trophies? Young says yes Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. President Trump is rethinking whether to allow hunters to important their elephant trophies. But Rep. Don Young wants the trophy ban overturned. Young says the only way to save the elephant is to hunt it. Forty Mile caribou hunt to open early Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Growth of the Forty Mile caribou herd in the eastern interior has prompted the state to open the winter hunting season Friday, two weeks earlier than normal. ADN will once again mean Anchorage Daily News Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Starting with its Sunday print edition the paper’s original name will be officially restored. AK: “Kicking the sky with your feet,” four teams compete in Bethel’s NYO Invitational Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel Bethel’s Native Youth Olympic Invitational went on as scheduled. Teams arrived by boat and small planes through thick fog to compete in the traditional games of strength and endurance at Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School. 49 Voices: John Active of Bethel Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage This week we’re hearing from John Active in Bethel. Active translates world news for Yup’ik listeners at KYUK, and loves telling stories he learned from his grandmother.

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He said he’s pretty familiar with Alaska’s gasline corporation head Keith Meyer and the mega-project itself. Shields argued that projects like Alaska’s are all about probability. “All development projects start low probability,” Shields said. And for Alaska’s mega project, there are big hurdles that will lower that probability — make it less likely it will be built. A big one is cost. It’s going to be hugely expensive to build. Right now, estimates are that it’ll cost about $43 billion. But, Shields said there are other things that raise the odds. For one, the state is on board. A state-led project can chase down some creative, possibly tax-exempt financing options. Shields said because the deal is with China, and includes a potential investor, a customer and a business partner, that also increases the project’s chances. If China-owned corporations are going to invest in the project and buy gas, they mightaccept a higher price for the gas. The money could come out of one pocket, and go right back into the other. “It might be a little bit high but i’m also the investor and the investor also gets the uptick from the price, if it is too high,” Shields said. After the state signed the agreement, Gov. Bill Walker said this is different from past gasline deals– because it’s high level engagement with the global gas market. But, this isn’t the state’s first brush with a gasline. There have been projects in the works for decades. Former Republican lawmaker Mike Hawker left the legislature in 2016. Before that, he’d been in the thick of oil and gas legislation for 14 years. He’s watched a lot of gasline proposals come alive, and fizzle out. He helped create the state’s gasline corporation. The first thing he said? Stop calling this a deal. “A deal is a deal when there is the funding in place to move forward to the next stage of the project development … Really getting into the nitty gritty of laying out the plans for the project,” Hawker said. Hawker’s not convinced that the new agreement is anything to get excited about. “We don’t have any facts,” Hawker said. “All we have is an allegation made by members of the executive branch members of AGDC that they have some kind of agreement to agree upon something in the future…. I would suggest that that’s pretty indicative that there is no serious progress on this project.” Hawker said when there is serious progress, Alaskans will know because the international business and finance communities will be all over it — fighting to be part of a massive economic venture. There is another potential snag that could lower the probability of the project moving forward- the Alaska legislature. Alaska’s has a multi-billion-dollar hole in its budget and lawmakers are looking for places to cut. Last year, the Senate voted unanimously to strip $50 million from the corporation’s budget. Members of the state House tried to cut its budget too. They have continued to grill the gasline corporation about how and where and why it’s spending millions of dollars to get the gasline built. During a recent corporation update to the legislature, Senator Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, said she was frustrated by how difficult it is to get basic information on the structure of the project from corporation employees. She said she finally settled on pulling numbers from publicly available documents and crunching them herself to figure out how much money the corporation has left to spend. But, after the announcement in China, von Imhof said she applauds Walker and corporation president Keith Meyer for the agreement. She said the international attention is great. “And so now we’ve just upped the probability a little bit, because we have interest,” von Imhof said. “But we’re still pretty low. It just takes time to continue marching forward.” But even with the better odds, it still might not be enough to convince lawmakers to funnel more money into the gasline project. Von Imhof said it was still to early in the process to allocate more money to the gasline corporation. It may be early, but Meyer said there are some deadlines for the new pipeline partnership. The state wants a final investment decision by early 2019, so it can get shovels in the ground and bring the pipeline online by 2025.

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  • Elephant trophies? Young says yesElephant trophies? Young says yes

    By Trevor Ohlssen, via Wikimedia Commons The Trump administration decided this week to allow big-game hunters to bring back tusks and other trophies from elephants killed in two African countries. And then, late Friday, President Trump tweeted that he’s putting that decision on hold to review it, leaving the trophy ban in place for an indefinite period. It seems to be a nod to popular demand. Word that Trump was ending the ban sparked outrage from some quarters. But Alaska Congressman Don Young wants that ban over turned. Young says the only way to save the elephant is to hunt it. Listen now Young says he’s all for saving elephants, but he’s been to Africa seven times and says every country he’s been to has a surplus. “So if we don’t hunt them, they will hunt them and kill them for food, and sell the ivory,” Young said in an interview Thursday. The African elephant is still listed under the Endangered Species Act. Young says American hunters pay big bucks to take an elephant, and their fees are often the only money an African country has to pay game wardens and improve conservation. Young spoke from his Washington, D.C. office, where the walls are covered with hunting trophies. Rep. Don Young is in Washington, D.C. office. Photo: Liz Ruskin “As a hunter we pay the concessionaire, the government, $55,000 to shoot an elephant, we take the tusk and they get the $55,000,” Young said. Masha Kalinina of the Humane Society International says in Zimbabwe, the going rate to shoot an elephant varies from $30,000 to $50,000. “You hear that sum and it seems like it’s so much money, but then there’s no record of how that money is actually spent,” Kalnina said. Kalnina says there isn’t enough transparency to ensure the money actually goes to conservation. She agrees Zimbabwean wildlife managers are dependent on trophy hunting fees for their budgets. She thinks the arrangement could pressure them to put money ahead of saving elephants. Kalinina says the country was already unstable, and just this week there were reports of a military coup. “It’s constantly ranked as one of the most corrupt in the world. There is poor rule of law and enforcement,” Kalinina said. “And all of this contributes to the fact that we cannot expect there to be sound wildlife management at this time.” The U.S. said Zimbabwe is better at transparency now. The government had planned to issue trophy import permits for elephants taken in Zimbabwe between 2016 through 2018. Don’t expect Don Young to apply. “I have no desire to shoot an elephant,” Young said. “Although they say it’s the most exciting hunt of all.” Young take trophies seriously. He’s been trying for years to allow some 41 polar bear hunters, including two Alaskans, to import trophies from legal hunts in Canada before 2008, the year the bear was listed under the Endangered Species Act. Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017

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  • First in decades, Anchorage mumps outbreak triples in sizeFirst in decades, Anchorage mumps outbreak triples in size

    The number of cases reported in Alaska’s first mumps outbreak in decades has tripled. Listen now From May to September, state epidemiologists counted 13 cases of mumps, an extremely contagious viral illness. As of Tuesday, that count had jumped to 44 cases, all of which were contained to Anchorage. Mumps patients have high fevers, swollen salivary glands and other symptoms, though the illness is typically not life-threatening. Alaska has not had this many mumps cases since the 1970s, when the country was still seeing the benefits of the first mumps vaccine. “Based on what we’re seeing nationally, in other states where outbreaks are occurring, it is not a big surprise,” Dr. Joe McLaughlin, head of the state’s Section of Epidemiology, said. “But we are concerned that we are starting to see an uptick.” Those states include Hawaii, which has reported hundreds of cases this year. According to an epidemiology bulletin this week, several Alaska patients said they had either been to Hawaii recently or been in contact with someone who had visited the islands. Nearly half of the recent mumps patients in Alaska had already received the recommended two doses of the vaccine, so state health officials are advising anyone who knows someone who’s had the illness to get a third dose. McLaughlin said mumps is particularly virulent due to its transfer by close proximity to others, as they sneeze or even speak near someone. Anyone with plans to see a doctor for mumps-like symptoms should not go to a waiting room where they might expose others and instead talk to clinic staff about how to be seen without coming into contact with other patients, McLaughlin said. The best way to fight the mumps outbreak is for people to stay home for at least five days if symptoms like swollen cheeks or jaw pain occur, or to get vaccinated if others in their social groups come down with the illness, McLaughlin said. McLaughlin said state health officials are unsure if the Anchorage outbreak has peaked yet. “At this point, there’s no indication that it’ll be going away anytime soon,” McLaughlin said.

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  • What’s it like to be bullied – and how do we stop itWhat’s it like to be bullied – and how do we stop it

    (Photo: Flickr, Working Word) Bullying is prevalent in Alaska — about a quarter of teens say they’ve experienced it at school. Others have been bullied online. But why should we be concerned? How does bullying affect young people? This program is part of Alaska Public Media’s Solutions Desk. This month were talking about youth supporting youth. HOST: Anne Hillman GUESTS: Lindsey Hajduk – Director, Anchorage Youth Development Coalition Local youth Statewide callers  Participate: Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air) LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide. SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.

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  • Governor signs Petersburg land billGovernor signs Petersburg land bill

    Governor Bill Walker signs senate bill 28 Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Petersburg’s Sons of Norway Hall. Behind him are legislative staffer Melissa Kookesh, Petersburg community and economic development director Liz Cabrera, mayor Mark Jensen, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Petersburg harbormaster Glo Wollen and daughter Sigrid, legislative aide David Scott and lobbyist Ray Matiashowski. (Joe Viechnicki/KFSK) A major increase to the land granted to the new Petersburg borough is now official. Governor Bill Walker Thursday signed legislation granting over 14-thousand acres of state land to the local government. Governor Bill Walker signed the bill at Petersburg’s Sons of Norway Hall and spoke about putting lands under local control. “Im not a big fan of someone in another state saying what we can do in our state,” Walker said. “And nor do I think we oughta be saying here what they can do in their state. They oughta do their thing, we do our thing. So this is sort of a version of that, is that you didn’t get all the land you were entitled to, I’m only too happy to put my name on the signature and again all the credit goes to those that have spoken before me because they did all the heavy lifting. I get to hold and kiss babies and sign documents…” Under state law cities and boroughs are entitled to select 10 percent of available state land within their boundaries. When voters approved the formation of the Petersburg borough in 2013, it meant expanded boundaries for the municipal government and an additional land selection beyond what had already been chosen by the city of Petersburg. Borough officials went to the legislature this year to increase that amount and scored big. Senate bill 28 is nearly a tenfold increase in the land grant and allows the borough to take 14,666 acres. The bill’s sponsor Sitka Senator Republican Bert Stedman was out of state but his staffer Melissa Kookesh said the legislation will give the borough opportunity for future economic growth. “That’s vitally important in this climate that we have and I know Senator Stedman was very happy about that but again sends his regrets for not being here for this historic event,” Kookesh said. Kookesh helped shepherd Stedman’s bill through the legislature and noted it was her first. Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins introduced a companion bill in the House. The bill saw no votes of opposition in the legislature and was one of only a couple dozen passed by both the House and Senate this year. It’s almost all of the remaining state land in the borough that hasn’t already been designated for another use. Parcels are spread throughout the borough and could be sold off to generate revenue from the sale and property tax from future owners. Some parcels could also be developed for rock and gravel pits or other uses. Mayor Mark Jensen thought the borough would have many ways to use the land. “Some of it’s going to hopefully be used for mitigation for projects and maybe on the island for some rock sources, so there’s many, many uses and I think now it’s up to our land selection committee to pinpoint down what we want,” Jensen said. “And then of course before you can do anything I understand it all has to be surveyed. So I don’t know the specifics but there’s a ways to go before we could actually probably put it up for sale or develop or whatever we’re going to do.” A committee of local residents met into last year to determine top priorities for a smaller land selection. With the increase, they’ll have to restart meetings to lengthen that priority list. The state Department of Natural Resources values the total land grant at more than 78 million dollars.

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  • This adorable baby beluga slurps, head-butts and clicks at its Alaskan rescuersThis adorable baby beluga slurps, head-butts and clicks at its Alaskan rescuers

    In a large tank filled with cold water, an orphaned beluga calf slurps and gulps with gusto six times a day.

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  • 49 Voices: John Active of Bethel49 Voices: John Active of Bethel

    John Active of Bethel (Photo courtesy of KYUK – Bethel) This week we’re hearing from John Active in Bethel. Active translates world news for Yup’ik listeners at KYUK, and loves telling stories he learned from his grandmother. Listen now ACTIVE: One day there was a fox and he was walking on the tundra in the fall, looking for something to eat. He came upon a goose. He couldn’t fly because he was growing new feathers. And the old fox, he was so happy that he was gonna have a good meal. He started singing. Well that old fox, he was so sure that the goose wouldn’t fly away, or go get away, the next verse he sang, he closed his eyes. Sings in Yup’ik.  He [the fox] sang out a little longer. And he opened his eyes, he looked and the goose was gone. He looked in the middle of the lake. There was the goose. He had gone down to the lake and he was swimming in the middle of the lake. He looked in the water. He was all red with embarrassment. He said, “Oh no. I can’t look like this. If the other animals, they’ll say I made a mistake and turned red with embarrassment. He kinda got an idea. So, he took black charcoal in his paws (rubs hands together) and he rubbed both of his paws and both of his feet. And then he took his tail and colored that tip of his tail black too. Then he took some white ash, it was just white, and he colored from underneath his neck all the way down to his chest. Then he looked in the water again, “Ooh. I look really good now. Nobody will make fun of me, or know that I made a mistake.” And from that day on. that fox became those colors. This interviewed was gathered by the interns at KYUK in Bethel. 

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  • Fifty-Four Percent Of Alaskan Sexual Assault Victims Are Alaska ... - KYUKFifty-Four Percent Of Alaskan Sexual Assault Victims Are Alaska ... - KYUK

    KYUKFifty-Four Percent Of Alaskan Sexual Assault Victims Are Alaska ...KYUKIn "Hope Quilt," an art installation that toured Bethel last month, Alaskan artist Carmel Anderson displays anonymous stories from abuse survivors throughout the ...and more »

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  • AK: “Kicking the sky with your feet,” four teams compete in Bethel’s NYO InvitationalAK: “Kicking the sky with your feet,” four teams compete in Bethel’s NYO Invitational

    Goodnews Bay eighth grader Tucker Evans leaps in the air during the One-Foot High Kick. He says that his cast throws off his balance but increases his momentum.(Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery) Only three of the six teams were able to make the trip due to poor weather, but Bethel’s Native Youth Olympic Invitational went on as scheduled. Teams arrived by boat and small planes through thick fog to compete in the traditional games of strength and endurance at Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School. Listen now A ball hangs in midair: an orb of turquoise blue and spotted seal fur, suspended on a string and connected to a tall, wooden tripod. Bethel Gladys Jung sixth-grader Jordan Klejka approaches. She runs her fingers down the twine, steadying the ball. It hangs just below her bright blue eyes, 49 inches from the ground. Klejka steps back. Pauses. Then, in a sudden motion, she jackknifes her body, lifting both feet and kicking the ball. The ball soars in a wide arc and Klejka lands on her red sneakers, winning the Junior High School Girls’ Two-Foot High Kick. “It feels really fun and amazing when you’re about to kick it,” Klejka said. “It feels like you can kick the sky with your feet.” Oscarville takes second place. NYO is the small school’s only sport. With about a dozen students, Oscarville doesn’t have a gym. Instead, chaperone Eliza Joekay said that the students practice in classrooms. That can be challenging. “One time they did seal hop, and they went inside the school, but they had to make sure the doors were open wide so they could turn,” Joekay said. During the seal hop this weekend, eleventh grader Brenda Mark from Goodnews Bay takes the lead. She bounces her body in a push-up position across the floor. Arms straight, hands flat, toes pointed; her chipped purple nail polish sparkles against the blond wood floor. Three-quarters of the way across, she collapses and holds her position. Another athlete runs the tape measure from the starting line to Mark’s fingertips. “72 feet, 5 inches, for Brenda Mark,” the judge announced. After others fail to match or exceed her, Mark receives a blue ribbon for first place. She says that taking up yoga helped her increase her distance. “It’s from practicing breathing, and there’s lot of different types of breathing,” Mark said. “It depends on how you’re moving. You have to try to control it.” Fletcher Hughes, Mark’s coach at Goodnews Bay, moved from Pennsylvania last year and began learning how to coach a sport unique to Alaska. “The One-Foot and Two-Foot were the biggest learning curve,” Hughes said, “because I’d never taught anything remotely close to that.” Hughes had coached baseball, basketball and soccer in the past. To learn these new sports, he began watching NYO videos online. “Had a couple of young men from last year increase their kick by 12 and 14 inches, so I felt like I was doing alright with it,” Hughes said, smiling. NYO events prepare athletes for subsistence activities. High kicks were used to signal a successful hunt. The seal hop builds stamina and trains hunters to sneak up on seals. The wrist carry, where athletes hang from a wooden pole by one wrist, tests strength and endurance while respectfully emulating an animal giving itself. Oscarville eleventh grader Trevor Mesak said that the training also works in reverse. Subsistence prepares athletes for sports. “Especially the seal, and carrying the moose always helps because it gets you stronger and more stamina,”  Mesak said. As the coaches calculate the scores, the students go for the hoops. This basketball game is more than just a friendly match. For the teams traveling to Bethel, it’s one of the rare times they get to run the length of a full court. Then Bethel’s Gladys Jung coach Tommy Bayayok wheels out a cart piled with brightly colored ribbons. One by one, he calls out the top scores and the athletes’ names. And one by one, students walk up and collect their awards, leaving the tournament with fistfuls of silky ribbons.

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  • State, delegation push feds on transboundary miningState, delegation push feds on transboundary mining

      Eight transboundary watersheds feed into Southeast Alaska rivers. Alaska officials are pushing for stronger protections. (Map courtesy Alaska Department of Natural Resources) Alaska leaders want Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to push Canadian officials to better protect Southeast fisheries from British Columbia mine projects. The governor, lieutenant governor and Congressional delegation made the ask in a joint letter sent Nov. 13 to the U.S. State Department. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said officials want environmental protections discussed at an upcoming meeting of the department and its Canadian counterpart. “We focused on asking them to have the B.C. mining projects, the transboundary treaty and the implementation of it as it relates to transboundary rivers in Alaska be included on their agenda,” Mallott said. State officials made similar requests to John Kerry, the previous secretary of state. But his department sent the issue back to Alaska, since it already was consulting with British Columbia. Since then, tribal, environmental and fisheries groups have demanded stronger action to protect watersheds where Alaska salmon spawn and grow. Chris Zimmer works for Rivers Without Borders, an environmental group that has warned of the dangers of transboundary mining for more than a decade. “This is what’s been needed all along, is this concerted approach from our members of Congress and the state to the U.S. federal government,” Zimmer said. “And then hopefully what that will result in is a concerted approach to B.C. and Canada both, to deal with some current issues we have with transboundary mining.” Two mines and more than a half-dozen exploration projects are active not far from the Alaska border. Another long-closed mine is leaking acidic water. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs said the agency is aware of the concerns expressed in the letter. “This is an issue we have raised with our Canadian counterparts at a number of levels with both provincial and federal governments, and we will continue to engage with them on it,” a spokesperson wrote in an email. British Columbia officials said they’ve improved permitting and regulation of mines and mining projects with Alaska and other downstream interests in mind. Mine owners and developers have said their projects don’t pose serious threats to Alaska. The letter asks for specific steps beyond what’s already been done to be taken to protect Alaska waters. Mallott said one important effort would standardize monitoring downstream from the mines and projects. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott signs a statement of cooperation with British Columbia in 2016. The Walker-Mallott administration is asking for further action to protect transboundary rivers. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor) “Right now, water quality and other environmental data is gathered as the result of specific permits for specific projects,” Mallott said. “And we believe that that kind of monitoring should be undertaken on a consistent, over-time basis by our governments.” The state signed a memorandum of understanding with British Columbia about a year ago. But the provincial government has changed leadership, as have both federal governments. Mallott said his administration continues working with provincial officials. He and other officials met with their British Columbia counterparts this month. But Mallott said the State Department needs to become a strong partner in those efforts. The group Salmon Beyond Borders has recently criticized the state for acting too slowly. But spokeswoman Heather Hardcastle said the letter is a step in the right direction. “They need to know that they’re not stepping on the toes of the state or the delegation, but instead (are) carrying out, really, united asks,” Hardcastle said. The letter to Tillerson was signed by Mallott, Gov. Bill Walker, Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young. It said the state department should: Encourage B.C. officials to develop public outreach tools to better explain their processes for considering the cumulative impacts of proposed mining projects on transboundary waters during the environmental assessment process. Determine whether an International Joint Commission reference is a suitable venue to evaluate whether mines operating in the transboundary region between B.C. and Alaska are implementing best management practices in the treatment of wastewaters and management of potential-acid-generating mine tailings and waste rock. Establish a formal consultation process with U.S. state agencies, other federal agencies, tribes and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporations during the environmental assessment process, similar to the consultation process afforded to a cooperating agency under the National Environmental Policy Act in the U.S. Support and work toward robust funding and other needed resources for developing a reliable database of water quality and related data for transboundary waters that can be used to track cumulative impacts, trends and significant episodic changes associated with operating and historic mines in the  transboundary region. Establish an interagency task force led by the Department of State and including the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies as necessary, to work in collaboration with the State of Alaska, and develop recommendations and direct funding to ensure protection of transboundary rivers.

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  • U.S. National Security UnfilteredU.S. National Security Unfiltered

    During this show we’ll be hearing an unfiltered conversation about U.S. national security with former Ambassador John Negroponte and General Joseph Ralston. Ambassador Negroponte served as Deputy Secretary of State and the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush.   GUESTS:  John D. Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008.He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer. General Joseph Ralston completed a distinguished 37-year Air Force career as Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO. Previously, General Ralston served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1996-2000), the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer. Moderator: David Ramseur, chair of the board of the Alaska World Affairs Council, provides the introduction today. HOSTS:  Alaska World Affairs Council LINKS: Alaska World Affairs Council website for the event RECORDED: Friday, October 19th, 2017 at 49th Brewing Company. BROADCAST: Tuesday, November 21, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT About Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please Contact Us with details. SUBSCRIBE: Get Addressing Alaskans updates automatically via email, RSS or podcasts. ADDRESSING ALASKANS ARCHIVE

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  • November is American Diabetes Month: Are you at risk?November is American Diabetes Month: Are you at risk?

    Take the test to find out if you may have prediabetes:www.DoIHavePrediabetes.org If you have prediabetes, you can enroll in a FREE online program called “TurnAround Health!” Alaskans can take advantage of a FREE 1 year subscription with PROMO Code: Alaska2015. SIGN UP Today! It’s real. It’s common. And most importantly, it’s reversible.  You can stop prediabetes from developing into […]

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  • Alaskan powerlifter Natalie Hanson breaks world record, squatting 3.2 times her body weightAlaskan powerlifter Natalie Hanson breaks world record, squatting 3.2 times her body weight

    Natalie Hanson sticks out her tongue after setting a world record in the women’s powerlifting squat at 603 pounds in the 185 pound weight class. (Courtesy of International Powerlifting Federation – IPF) Powerlifter Natalie Hanson has broken a world record. Friday morning, the former Bethel resident squatted 603 pounds in the women’s 185 pound weight class at the World Open Powerlifting Championship in the Czech Republic. The record is more than three times Hanson’s body weight. Listen now In a video of the record breaking squat, Hanson checks her lifting vest and slaps her thighs. She marches to the bar, grips it with both hands and swings her body beneath. She arranges her feet, steadies herself, looks up and stands, lifting across her shoulder blades hundreds of pounds. Five big men form a semicircle and raise their arms to spot. Hanson steps back one, two, three steps. She bends her knees and in a sudden thrust, she straightens her legs, pushing up the 603 pounds. A champion, Hanson sticks out her tongue, places the bar on the stand, and throws both fists up in victory. Later, in another video, the American national anthem plays as Hanson takes her place on the championship podium, an American flag draped over her shoulders and a gold medal around her neck. On her right stands the second place lifter from Ukraine and on her left, the third place lifter from Norway. Hanson competed against women from 11 countries and four continents. The competition to establish the world’s strongest women powerlifters began at 10 a.m. Friday in the Czech Republic; it was midnight in Alaska. Each athlete lifted three times in each event, upping their weight with each lift in the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. Hanson’s final lifts totaled 1,479 pounds: squatting 603 pounds, bench pressing 408 pounds and deadlifting 468 pounds. Though this is the first time Hanson has officially set the world record in the squat, she broke the unofficial world record in May of this year by squatting a massive 595 pounds. Hanson herself weighs 185 pounds and stands 5 feet 2 inches tall. Hanson grew up in Bethel and lives and trains in Anchorage. She’s a coach and co-founder of the powerlifting company Beefpuff Barbell, and she is the Executive Director of Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative, a co-op that searches for energy solutions for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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  • Beavers Slapping Tails on Far-North WatersBeavers Slapping Tails on Far-North Waters

    Animals the size of Labrador retrievers are changing the face of Alaska, creating new ponds visible from space. “These guys leave a mark,” UAF ecologist Ken Tape said of North America’s largest rodents, beavers. He has observed the recent work of beavers north of Arctic Circle using satellite images. He and a group of arctic […]

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  • Standoff with SWAT ends in Arrest on Northwood DriveStandoff with SWAT ends in Arrest on Northwood Drive

    APD reported that a male suspect on the 3900-block of Northwood Drive has been taken into custody after a stand-off with SWAT on Thursday night. Anchorage police were alerted to a possible threat situation in Spenard at 6:57 pm on Thursday evening. The caller reported that a man inside a residence on Northwood Drive was […]

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  • U.S. wants input on Alaskan oil production proposalU.S. wants input on Alaskan oil production proposal

    The U.S. government said it was seeking additional public input on plans by an oil company to build artificial islands to drill in the Beaufort Sea. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it was asking for comments about a draft environmental impact statement on Hilcorp Alaska's plans in shallow waters about 20 miles east of Prudhoe Bay.

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  • ​Child​ ​and​ ​Adolescent​ Therapy-​ ​What​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​know​Child​ ​and​ ​Adolescent​ Therapy-​ ​What​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​know

    Is​ ​your​ ​child​ ​struggling​ ​with​ ​academic​ ​or​ ​behavioral​ ​problems?​ ​Have​ ​you lost​ ​control​ ​of​ ​electronics​ ​and​ ​does​ ​social​ ​media​ ​scare​ ​you​ ​to​ ​death?​ ​Has your​ ​child​ ​shut​ ​you​ ​out​ ​and​ ​left​ ​you​ ​wondering​ ​why​ ​they​ ​are​ ​so withdrawn​ ​and​ ​angry?​ ​What​ ​should​ ​you​ ​do​ ​to​ ​intervene​ ​and​ ​how​ ​do​ ​you know​ ​the​ ​difference​ ​between​ ​“normal”​ ​teen​ ​behavior​ ​and​ ​behavior​ ​that needs​ ​professional​ ​intervention? The​ ​decision​ ​to​ ​take​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​counseling​ ​is​ ​a​ ​difficult​ ​one​ ​and​ ​just getting​ ​a​ ​teen​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​first​ ​appointment​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​daunting​ ​task.​ ​How do​ ​you​ ​find​ ​a​ ​good​ ​therapist?​ ​What​ ​questions​ ​should​ ​you​ ​ask?​ ​How​ ​can you​ ​tell​ ​if​ ​it’s​ ​working​ ​or​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​just​ ​wasting​ ​time​ ​and​ ​money?​ ​These and​ ​many​ ​other​ ​questions​ ​are​ ​common​ ​for​ ​parents​ ​who​ ​are​ ​often desperate​ ​to​ ​find​ ​some​ ​answers​ ​to​ ​why​ ​their​ ​child​ ​might​ ​be​ ​struggling. On​ ​the​ ​next​ ​program​ ​co-host​ ​Prentiss​ ​Pemberton​ ​welcomes​ ​clinical therapists​ ​Maureen​ ​Young​ ​and​ ​Krista​ ​Pemberton,​ ​for​ ​an​ ​informative conversation​ ​about​ ​child​ ​and​ ​adolescent​ ​therapy.   HOST: Prentiss Pemberton, LCSW GUESTS: Maureen​ ​Young,​ ​LCSW Krista​ ​Pemberton,​ ​LCSW LINKS: Fuller Diagnostics, LLC Child and adolescent issues from GoodTherapy.org Therapy for Teens: What to Expect Why teens hate therapy and mistakes therapists should avoid What to Expect at Your First Therapy Session Taking your child to a therapist, from kidshealth.org Different types of psychotherapy for children and adolescents PARTICIPATE: Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752  (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm) Send email to lineone@alaskapublic.org before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air) Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on air) LIVE BROADCAST: Monday, November 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. AKDT REPEAT BROADCAST:  Monday, November 20, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. AKDT DR. WOODARD’S FAVORITE HEALTH AND SCIENCE LINKS: Cleveland Clinic Mayo Clinic MedlinePlus Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HealthyChildren.org American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology American College of Allergy,  Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) Science Based Medicine Quackwatch Super Smart Health Understanding Health Research SUBSCRIBE: Get Line One: Your Health Connection updates automatically by: Email RSS feed Podcast Find the archive of past Line One: Your Health Connection shows here.

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  • UPDATE: APD Locates Puppy Stolen Eagle River WalmartUPDATE: APD Locates Puppy Stolen Eagle River Walmart

    Update: Anchorage police reported on Saturday, that ‘Dexter,’ the stolen puppy that was being sought, was located and returned to its owner. APD also advises that “if anyone wants a dog, they should contact Anchorage Animal Care and Control instead of stealing one. There are multiple dogs available for adoption who are in need of a […]

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  • Three Indicted on Drug Conspiracy Charges in April 2016 Goose Creek IncidentThree Indicted on Drug Conspiracy Charges in April 2016 Goose Creek Incident

    The Justice Depart announced on Thursday that three individuals that are currently incarcerated in the Alaska prison system on unrelated state charges, are facing new federal charges following a federal grand jury indictment handed down yesterday. The  indictment against Spencer Daniel Johnson, age 24,  Kalani Lemauga Maalona, age 31, and Heaven Leigh Erick, age 28, […]

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  • Governor Walker Signs Stronger Alaska Legislation in PetersburgGovernor Walker Signs Stronger Alaska Legislation in Petersburg

    PETERSBURG — Governor Bill Walker Thursday signed legislation to help increase economic and resource development opportunities in the Petersburg Borough. When it was formed in 2013, the Petersburg Borough received a significantly smaller land grant entitlement from the state than other organized boroughs; Senate Bill 28 rectifies this situation, increasing the land entitlement for Petersburg […]

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  • Behind the scenes with ACT’s new staff membersBehind the scenes with ACT’s new staff members

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  • Watch: Marines deliver toys on a mission to reach - as many children as possible' in AlaskaWatch: Marines deliver toys on a mission to reach - as many children as possible' in Alaska

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  • USO expands services in Interior Alaska with new centersUSO expands services in Interior Alaska with new centers

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    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 30 min. ago
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    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 32 min. ago
  • Veterans’ disappearing storiesVeterans’ disappearing stories

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    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 33 min. ago
  • Get off the couch!Get off the couch!

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    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 35 min. ago
  • Annual PB&J drive continues in year eightAnnual PB&J drive continues in year eight

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    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 37 min. ago
  • Student business owner shares his path to successStudent business owner shares his path to success

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    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 40 min. ago
  • RED ZONE: 1 in 2 Anchorage women experience sexual or intimate partner violenceRED ZONE: 1 in 2 Anchorage women experience sexual or intimate partner violence

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    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 43 min. ago
  • The Chronicles of Yarnia: The crochet, the knit and the cross stitchThe Chronicles of Yarnia: The crochet, the knit and the cross stitch

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    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 45 min. ago
  • Posters across campus attempt to stir up controversyPosters across campus attempt to stir up controversy

    Interim Chancellor Samuel Gingerich says the posters were part of "a movement occurring at high schools and universities nationwide designed to create racial tension and division with the express goal of eliciting media coverage."

    The Northern Light / 5 d. 5 h. 47 min. ago
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