Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up

Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on April 7th, but recently we’ve seen the race start to take off. It’s a crowded field, with 11 candidates, hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from donations, and expectations of an eventual run off. KSKA: Friday, 2/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 2/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Alaska Edition: Friday, August 8

The Anchorage Assembly okays a compromise labor law. The three major candidates for the GOP Senate nomination debate in Fairbanks. Shell and North Slope Native groups reach a drilling agreement. The bridge across the Tanana opens, the bridge to somewhere. Alaska LNG project buying land. Fishermen complaining about Gov. Parnell's choice of fisheries adviser. Gov. Parnell is disturbed the federal government sent five refugee children to Alaska. Forty years ago, Richard Nixon resigned as president. KSKA: Friday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 9 at 4:30 p.m. Listen now:

Pebble Loses A Partner; And The PFD Is $900

Anglo American has left the Pebble Partnership. Union leaders turn a petition with over 22,000 signatures for AO-37 repeal. Municipality of Anchorage denies an attempt to change the way union dues are handled. The 2013 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend checks will be $900. KSKA: Friday, 9/20 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/21 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 9/20 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/21 at 5:00pm Download Audio

How to talk about suicide after the fact

Many conversations about suicide only focus on prevention and looking for the warning signs. But what if a suicide has already happened? How do we talk about it publicly and privately in healthy, supportive ways? During this week’s show we’ll discuss the media coverage of recent suicides, like the death at AFN, and how to have community conversations about such deaths.

KSKA: Fri., Oct. 30, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m.

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Anchorage Edition: June 4, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. Topics for this week...

President Obama’s Jobs Speech; and the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11

Some of the topics up for discussion this week include: response to President Obama’s jobs speech; taxi drivers; Mayor Dan Sullivan versus the unions; the US Postal Service; school vandalism; employment on the North Slope; vehicle emissions program; the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Alaska Edition January 31, 2014

The Sullivan Administration labor law revision will be on the November ballot. The Richardson Highway avalanche continues to block road access to Valdez. HAARP may be history. Shell cancels its 2014 arctic drilling program. The Big Timber Motel in Anchorage may close. Gov. Parnell's gas-line proposal draws support and criticism. The emergency room is primary care for at least 6,500 Medicaid patients. Fairbanks expects to lay off up to 70 teachers during cuts to education funding. KSKA: Friday, 1/31 at 2PM & Saturday, 2/1 at 6PM. KAKM: Friday 1/31 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 2/1 at 4:30PM Download Audio

Election Prompts Big Changes In The Alaska Legislature

Democrats lose seats in the Alaska legislature. What’s likely to happen in the unfinished race between Hollis French and Bob Bell? Republicans Click Bishop, Pete Kelly and John Coghill win key Interior Alaska Senate seats. Don Young handily wins reelection. All Southcentral Alaska judges are retained. What happened with the Constitutional Convention ballot question? KSKA: Friday, 11/9 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/10 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 11/9 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/10 at 5:00pm

Anchorage Edition: September 10, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs...

Raising the Debt Ceiling; ANCSA at 40; and the Impact of Losing ANI

This week, the debt ceiling has been raised but stability has yet to be seen; the impacts of the loss of Alaska Newspapers; a former Murkowski aide may be headed to prison; community response to Mayor Sullivan’s proposed sidewalk sitting ordinance; surviving on urban subsistence; and a discussion of ANCSA.

Navigating The Online Health Insurance Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act's online health insurance marketplaces launched across the country on Tuesday. Each state is required to have a marketplace as part of the ACA. The sites are where people can shop for a health insurance plan and figure out if they qualify for a subsidy to help pay for it. Under the health care law, nearly everyone in the country is required to have health insurance starting Jan. 1. Today's guests are here to answer questions about how to sign up for coverage. KSKA: Friday, 10/4 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/5 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 10/4 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/5 at 5:00pm Download Audio

Keyes Commits Suicide In Prison; and Enstar Warns of a Possible Gas Shortage

Israel Keyes commits suicide in prison. U.S. budget cuts could be a big blow to Alaska. Enstar warns it’s customers to be prepared for a gas shortage. Fairbanks wood smoke battle continues. Rumrunners may lose its liquor license. Alaska could lose up o $700 million in revenue next year. KSKA: Friday, 12/7 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 12/8 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 12/7 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 12/8 at 5:00pm

Walker Announces Gubernatorial Run; And Alaska Native Charter School Will Get A New Building

Bill Walker announces his intent to run for governor as an Independent. The future of Anchorage’s popular downtown market is uncertain. Former state representative Vic Kohring is running for Wasilla City Council. The Anchorage Assembly addresses bars’ safety hour. KSKA: Friday, 8/9 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/10 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 8/9 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/10 at 5:00pm Download Audio

Anchorage Edition: March 11, 2011

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in...

Alaska Edition Friday February 28, 2014

Education and the funding of education remain deeply contentious in Juneau. The Anchorage School District passes the budget for the coming year. Flint Hills refinery closes - controversy follows. Channel 2 has a series "Inside Alaska Prisons." Anchorage Municipal Elections are barely a month away. US Senate candidate Dan Sullivan not only has raised a lot of money, he has a lot of his own and family money. Eielson AFB remains in the hunt for the F-35 fighter. CH2MHill returns to the troubled port of Anchorage as a contractor. The Iditarod. KSKA: Friday, 2/28 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, 2/28 at 6 p.m. KAKM: Friday 2/28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday. 2/28 at 4:30 p.m.  Listen now:

Anchorage Mayor Presents Budget; and Energy Companies Propose LNG Pipeline Plan

Mayor Dan Sullivan presents the assembly with two versions of the Anchorage Municipal budget. Mayor Sullivan sticks with the sidewalk law. The major Alaska energy companies estimate that a liquefied natural gas project would cost up to $65 billion. BP paid Republican Senate candidate Bob Bell's firm $1 million for contract work. Early voting has already started in other states, especially Ohio. In Alaska you can vote early by absentee ballot - in person - 15 days out from the election. KSKA: Friday, 10/5 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/6 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 10/5 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/6 at 5:00pm

Kulluk Drilling Rig Runs Aground; And Rep. Young Votes In Favor Of Fiscal Cliff Deal

First adrift, then aground, but always mired in controversy – that's the story of the Shell drill rig Kulluk, which has fetched up on an island near Kodiak. A look at the APOC complaint against lobbyist Dan Coffey. Sen. Murkowski says it is time to rein in the so-called Super PACs. About two-thirds of the Republicans in the U.S. House voted against the Senate-passed bill to keep us off the rocks below the fiscal cliff – Congressman Don Young was one of those who joined Speaker John Boehner in voting yes. KSKA: Friday, 1/4 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 1/5 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 1/4 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 1/5 at 5:00pm

Alaska Edition Friday May 30, 2014

Sexual assault and the National Guard update. Update on Southcentral fires. The SARB board meets to evaluate the trans-Alaska pipeline. Jim Minnery, leading conservative activist, modifies his views on gays. Changes ahead for workers compensation law. Verizon enters the Alaska market. Six Native regional corporation join the vote no campaign against the oil-tax referendum. Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew says his department is understaffed. KSKA: Friday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio

Anchorage Edition: July 9, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. Topics for this week...

Congressional Countdown To Christmas; And The Next Step For The Alaska Gas Line

The stories up for discussion this week are: the Congressional countdown to Christmas; the use of fireworks in Anchorage on New Year’s Eve; Governor Parnell’s proposed 2012 budget; fallout from the investigation and prosecution of Ted Stevens; legislative session opens in January; Linehan conviction thrown out; frankenfish; the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; and the next step for the Alaska gas line.