Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowPlan to draw from permanent fund is silent on PFDsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska legislature released a proposal today outlining how it will draw from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state spending.Bethel voters to decide whether or not to keep legal alcohol salesChristine Trudeau, KYUK – BethelBethel residents will be asked to vote again this October on whether to have legal sales of alcohol in town. A petition has gathered enough signatures to put the local option issue back on the city’s October ballot.Calista director Colonel Wayne Don denies allegations against himTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelThe Calista Regional Native Corporation is trying to get rid of its former chairman, and it’s not entirely clear why.More than 300 Alaska-based paratroopers to return home this weekendZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe first wave of Alaska-based soldiers from an on-going combat deployment is about to arrive home.State wants public input on how to spend Volkswagen settlement moneyElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe $8 million could go towards investments in electric vehicle infrastructure or upgrades to diesel-powered transportation.Kuskowkim River remains jammed as community eagerly awaits breakupAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelAs of Wednesday morning, the Kuskokwim River ice remains jammed in the Middle River at Birch Crossing. There, the Kuskowkim makes a sharp 100-degree bend, which traps ice every year.Survival of first Alaskans linked to breast milkEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers some clues into how the first Alaskans adapted to their new home.UAF signs deal with New Mexico-based lab for future Arctic projectsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Fairbanks is partnering with Sandia National Laboratory to conduct science in the Arctic.Wolves are eating sea otters near Gustavus. What does that mean for the deer?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauOn a recent camping trip, a Gustavus man realized that wolves weren’t just eating deer at a beloved hunting spot. One notorious marine predator appears to be becoming the prey.Hoonah microbrewery gets new owners and location, but will offer familiar tastesTripp Crouse, KTOO – JuneauThe new owners of Icy Strait Brewing are busy remodeling a new location for the Hoonah microbrewery. They hope to open in time for the first cruise ship scheduled to dock on May 12.
Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on target Brewing with the Pico C really is very similar to making coffee (or cola) with a Keurig. There are a few more steps involved, but it’s all quite simple. Pop in one of Pico’s brewing kits, pour in water, brew, add yeast and let it do its thing, then transfer it to the supplied keg to finish.A feature-packed app lets you keep tabs on the brewing process, and you can kick up the ABV or hoppiness with the turn of a dial. Where Pico’s brewing system stands out is its “brew pods.”They’re more like baskets, really, but the concept is the same. Each PicoPak contains everything you need to brew a beer (minus the water). And these aren’t just Pico’s takes on the craft beers you already enjoy. They’re actual craft beers from breweries like Rogue and Harlem Brewing.They do offer up their own recipes, too, and you can also create a fully customized PicoPak if you’re feeling adventurous. You are locked into using PicoPaks to brew… so you’ll have to look for another system if you were hoping to be able to take a more DIY route with a high-tech brewing appliance. High-tech homebrewing systems have come a long way in the last couple of years. Owning your very own Keurig for beer isn’t a just fantasy anymore. It’s a reality thanks to the crew at PicoBrew.You might remember reading about PicoBrew before. They’ve successfully crowdfunded a couple of different gadgets that were designed to simplify the homebrewing process. In 2013 they launched Zymatic, which some lucky backers scored for $1299.Two years ago they came back with the more diminutive Pico, and the managed to drop the entry-level price to $499. Now they’ve slashed prices again. Their new Pico C countertop brewing system went as low as $279.Even if you miss out on the two early bird options, you’ll still only have to pledge $329 to snag a Pico C. That’s what the current Keurig Kold is selling for on Amazon, and it just makes boring old soft drinks.