Today at 3 on A Juneau Afternoon, Pat Moore will host. Robin Gilchrist, Associate Dean of the UAS School of Career and Technical Education, will give us the scoop on a series of Saturday Sessions to be offered by members of the school’s faculty during February; we’ll talk with Keyboard artist Tom Loker, who will be accompanying nine jazz divas including guests Kari Groven, and Bobbie Mitchell in performance tomorrow night at the Zephyr Restaurant downtown; Darren Snyder of the UAF Extension Service will give us details on upcoming Master Gardener classes; and Christina Rich and Anna Dindinger will tell us about Saturday’s kick-off party at Nugget Mall for the upcoming American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising event.
- 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.
- It’s costing 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.