7:00 – 7:30 PM: Geoff Kirsch has written for Comedy Central, Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. His first book-length piece, Run For Your Life! Doomsday 2012! came out this past summer from Workman. For the last two and a half years, he has written a regular column, “Slack Tide,” for the Juneau Empire, hailed by critics as “in English” and “left-to-right, top-to-bottom.” www.geoffkirsch.com
7:30 – 8:00 PM: Nils Andreassen is the Managing Director of the Institute of the North. His background in rural and international development, Alaska policy issues and leadership development fit well within the Institute’s mission to research commonly-owned lands, seas and resources while educating and engaging Alaskans in the responsibilities of that ownership. The Institute has a legacy working on Arctic infrastructure priorities and policies that serve to strengthen and connect northern communities.
- Heli-skiing has long been a controversial topic in Haines. The interests of the industry often clash with people who live near heliports and don’t want the noise disturbing their peace and quiet. But there’s another group that’s impacted by helicopter noise: mountain goats.
- In the Northwest Arctic, caribou hunting has been contentious for years. Alaska’s largest herd continues to decline while tensions have emerged between rural subsistence users and outside hunters.
- From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the arctic village of Kiana, 13 communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will help these communities cut their energy use by 15 percent by training local utility providers.