On Saturday, Feb. 2 at noon a special “Mudlark Sampler” celebrated the life and music of Buddy Tabor. As many of you know, Buddy was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011. Host Chris Trostel and a bunch of friends including Grace Elliot, Irene Muller and Tony Tengs celebrated Buddy, while he listened from home. Friends and fans called in, live music was performed, and folks sent in emails during the show. It was a wonderful opportunity for the people who love Buddy and his music to share thoughts and memories. Buddy passed away Sunday evening, 2/5/12. He will be missed. Listen to the show here.
- Juneau Finance Director Bob Bartholomew projected Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of about half of dividend funds will cost the city.
- Only three votes now separate two northern Alaska House candidates. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue has 780 votes, ahead of 777 votes for incumbent Rep. Ben Nageak, who’s from Barrow.
- Bus passes, child-care assistance, work clothing and other resources to get low-income tribal members into jobs are being cut in seven Southeast Communities..
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.