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.
- Young says he sympathizes with the 9/11 victims, but says the law allowing them to sue Saudi Arabia threatens national security and the safety of Americans deployed abroad.
- About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.
- Andy Larson, 79, and Matthew Hanes, 32, hoisted from S/V Rafiki about 170 miles south of Sand Point early Wednesday.
- The company that sent the first big luxury cruise ship through U.S. and Canadian Arctic waters is preparing the Crystal Serenity for a repeat performance in 2017. But one expert believes this year’s historic transit doesn’t mean the Arctic is likely to become a hotspot for global shipping anytime soon.