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Alaska Review 03
Hosts Ed Bennett and Eric Eckholm introduce the program. The first segment deals with small airplane safety issues in Alaska. Issues include the increased number of airplane crashes, safety concerns, pilot training, weather conditions and preparedness, and FAA regulations. Those interviewed include: pilot Jerry Olson; head of the Alaska office of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Frank Malone; owner of Webber Air Service in Ketchikan Jack Swaim (misidentified in title screen); pilot Wes Lynch in Kivalina; air service owner Paul Haggland of Fairbanks; Alaska Governor and pilot Jay Hammond of Naknek and Juneau; Alaska Regional Director of the FAA Lyle Brown; and the unidentified witness of a small plane crash.
The second segment examines oil tanker safety in Alaskan waters, including Prince William Sound. Footage includes the breakup and sinking of the oil tanker Argo Merchant in 1976, the Port of Long Beach in California, N.A.S.C.O shipyards in San Diego, Puget Sound in Washington, and the Port of Valdez and Valdez Narrows in Alaska. Issues discussed include oil tanker construction, navigation challenges at the Port of Valdez, and ways to minimize oil spill risks. Those interviewed include: Chuck Champion, Alaska's Pipeline Coordinator; Walt Parker, leader of the Alaska Governor's task force on tankers; Captain Roletti of the oil tanker Sea Tiger; Admiral Hayes, head of the Alaska Command of the U.S. Coast Guard; Dave Stevens, State of Washington tanker expert; Alaska State Senator Chancy Croft; Ernst Mueller, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation; A.B. Mookhoek, head of Exxon's Marine Oceans Operations and chairman of the Marine Subcommittee of Alyeska; Bill Morrice, Valdez Port Director; Captain Bill Fiskin, in charge of vessel loading; and Dr. Betty Willard of the President's Council on Environmental Quality.
The third segment, reported by Janet Archibald, covers the struggle to keep the Anchorage Daily News in business. Those interviewed include: Kay Fanning, publisher of the Anchorage Daily News; Hugh Fleisher, co-chairman of the Committee for Two Newspapers; Robert Atwood, publisher of the Anchorage Daily Times; and Lee Jordan, publisher of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.
Program includes public service announcements (PSAs) about the Council on Aging, child abuse, and human development.
Alaska Review 04
Hosts Ed Bennett and Eric Eckholm introduce the program. In the first segment, Alaska Review correspondent Janet Archibald examines the future of the military in Alaska. Interviewees include: General James Boatner of the U.S. Army; Captain Richard Frase of the U.S. Army; Sergeant Jonny Ray of the U.S. Army; Major Dave Moss of the U.S. Army; Colonel George Robertson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Richard Eakins, director of the Alaska Division of Economic Enterprise.Footage features wintertime Jack Frost training exercises at Ft. Greely, the Bolio Lake Test Site, Eielson Air Force Base, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Fort Richardson, Fort Wainwright, and U.S. Coast Guard vessels at Juneau.
In the second segment, the conflict between the Teamsters Union in Alaska and the Prinz Brau Brewery in Anchorage is investigated. Ed Bennett interviews: Peter Bading, brewery developer and founder of Prinz Brau Brewery in Alaska; Tom Kelly, former Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources; Gerhardt Konitzky, Prinz Brau brewery manager; Heinrich Reich, brewmaster for Prinz Brau Brewery; Mike Gordon, owner of Chilkoot Charlie's in Anchorage; and Larry Wooten, owner of Party-Time Liquors. Many others involved in Alaska's alcohol industry are mentioned or quoted. Images include brewing and bottling facilities at Prinz Brau Brewery, Alaska liquor stores, and the Teamsters Mall and Hospital. [Note: Ed Bennett calls Prinz Brau the first brewery in the state. He corrects himself on Alaska Review #5. Prinz Brau is the first producing brewery in Anchorage.].
The third segment explores the ways in which lobbyists and lobbying influence Alaska lawmaking. Eric Eckholm interviews: Alaska State Senators Bill Ray, Pat Rodey, and Clem Tillion; Alaska State Representative Bob Bradley; lobbyists Waco Shelly representing Mobil Oil, J.B. Hanford representing Odom, Tim Bradner representing BP-Alaska, Lewis Dischner representing Teamsters Local 959 and other entities, and Bill Overstreet representing Alaska School Boards; former Alaska State Representative Bill Parker; and Herb Montoya, chairman of the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC).
Program also contains Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about alcoholism, gas mileage stickers on new cars, and services available for disabled children.