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Life Informed.

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    Conventional wisdom has it that politicians only grant access to donors or lobbyists. Does the phenomenon of the "Hill visit" prove the cynics wrong? Listen now

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    The $15 million in this year’s spending bill is just a fraction of what Newtok needs to fund its relocation. But village leaders say it’s crucial seed money that will make everything else possible. Listen now

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    The Alaska Marine Highway System has enough money to sail through the end of June. A bill signed by the governor fills an 11-week funding gap. Listen now

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    A new, life-saving service has just been added to some medevac aircraft in Southeast Alaska. Airlift Northwest is now offering blood transfusions on two planes stationed in Juneau.

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    The race's two major candidates have put crime and the economy at the center of the election, but disagree on the best policies for the city. Listen now

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    The American Bald Eagle Foundation Raptor Center and Natural History Museum in Haines houses three American bald eagles: Arden, Vega and Bella. But the existing spaces where the largest birds live are less than ideal, and so the center will build a new aviary.

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    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is beginning work on a lease sale next year in Arctic waters, even though the larger plan for offshore leasing is still a draft proposal. Listen now

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    An oil project in the Arctic may seem like an odd leap for a company from an island nation in the South Pacific. But in a recent interview, the newly-minted president of Oil Search Alaska, Keiran Wulff, said the company is serious about its new venture. Listen now

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    BOEM seeks input on Beaufort leasing; plan still pending; Why a Papua New Guinea company is taking over one of Alaska’s biggest oil fields; The state budget is stuck in House over majority division; In Anchorage mayor's race, divergent stances on same set of topics; Alaskan Brewing Company unsure how steel, aluminum tariffs will affect manufacturing; New state Forest Service leader has Alaska experience; The Cost of Cold: Staying warm in Nome Listen now

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    As the Bering Strait becomes more accessible, the mayor of Nome says there’s an upside to less sea ice. Listen now

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    Since the majority couldn’t agree on the dividend, it can’t agree on the overall size of the budget. The added dividend money would cost $892 million. Listen now

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    The Alaska Senate passed a resolution Wednesday calling on the federal government to take steps to increase the harvest of sea otters in Southeast Alaska. Senate Joint Resolution 13 is sponsored by Sitka Republican senator Bert Stedman.

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    Starting Thursday, the Department of Transportation will begin repairing Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. The warm winter has wreaked similar havoc on highways across Alaska.

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    The proposed gold and copper mine would sit upstream from Bristol Bay. Gov. Bill Walker has said he doesn’t support the mine and believes the priority should be on the region’s salmon.

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    Walker admin says Corps moving too fast on Pebble; Reactions to Vote By Mail mixed as deadline approaches; Bethel highway repair begins as warm winter destroys state roads across Alaska; Palmer police expansion would be costly, as Valley grapples with crime; Seattle-based medevac operator adds life-saving service for Alaskans; Alaska Senate passes Stedman’s sea otter resolution; Southeast island man charged with shooting at herring boat; Army begins decommissioning Fort Greely’s Cold War-era nuclear power plant; Haines Raptor Center plans new aviary Listen now

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    So far, the system is not without kinks. But the experiment is proceeding steadily toward its April 3rd deadline.

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    About 7,000 people live inside Palmer city limits. It would nearly double the police department's budget -- adding an estimated $3 million every year -- to provide police service to another 6,500 people in unincorporated areas nearby, according to a study compiled by the police department at the city's request.

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    Alaska Seaplanes recently announced that they will add a new flight between Juneau and Whitehorse. This is a big deal for travelers in Southeast Alaska because it opens up international travel directly from the capital city, which hasn’t existed for some time.

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    Typically, cholera is associated with tropical destinations. But recently, the bacteria that can cause the disease was found in subsistence herring eggs in British Columbia. Listen now

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    This week we’re hearing from Mary Ellen Frank in Juneau. Frank is a doll maker and director/curator of Aunt Claudia’s Dolls a local Museum. Listen now

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