• Sitka hikers wrap up epic, six-year Baranof Island trek

    A pair of Sitka adventurers has just wrapped up a six-year odyssey in their own backyard.
    Eric Speck and Dan Evans are likely the first people to walk the length of Baranof Island, north-to-south.
    They did the trip in segments — hiking a total of 32 days — through some of the most rugged terrain on the planet.https://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/17HIKE.mp3In all of Alaska’s huge landscapes, Baranof Island just doesn’t seem that big. It’s the eighth-large
  • Fairbanks citizens to test air pollution technology

    Wood stove pipe on a Fairbanks home. (Photo by Dan Bross/KUAC)
    Technology that removes fine particulates from wood and coal stove smoke is being readied for testing in North Pole as part of a citizen science project.http://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20171121-03.mp3Local veterinarian Jeanne Olson and a group of other Citizens For Clean air members installed the electrostatic precipitator device in the woodstove pipe at her clinic last week, and Olson said it’s awaiting final check.
    “To m
  • Americans say pass the turkey, not the politics, at Thanksgiving this year

    (Creative Commons photo by Ruocaled)
    Most Americans don’t want their family members to pass along their political opinions while passing the turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving.
    According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 58 percent of people celebrating the holiday are dreading having to talk politics around the dinner table. Just 31 percent said they were eager to discuss the latest news with their family and friends, while 11 percent are unsure.
    That’s a slight uptick from
  • Disputed June incident heightens sexual harassment concerns in Capitol

    State Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, addresses his colleagues in the Senate on June 16. A disputed incident outside of the House speaker’s chambers that involved Wilson has heightened concerns about sexual harassment in the Capitol. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    The Legislative Council voted Tuesday to allow Sen. David Wilson to view a video of a June incident that’s heightened concerns about sexual harassment in the Capitol. The video won’t be made public, and it’s not cle
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  • Southeast pink salmon catch could disappoint again in 2018

    Pink salmon swim in Cabin Creek on eastern Mitkof Island. (Photo courtesy Cindi Lagoudakis)
    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a commercial catch of 23 million pink salmon in Southeast Alaska next year.
    That would be down from this year but would come close to historical averages. Managers are expecting something similar to the disappointing season of 2016.
    However, for the first time in a decade, next year’s forecast is not adjusted using survey data from outgoing young
  • Juneau Afternoon – 12-1-17

    Friday, December, 2017 on KRNN
     
    8        Crosscurrents with Ricky D
     
    10      Soundings – Jazz & Blues with John Gaguine
     
    12      Cool Jazz Countdown
     
    Performance Today
     
    Millennium of Music
     
    A Juneau Afternoon (repeated from 3 p.m. on KTOO-FM)
     
    Tidelines with Rich Jennings
     
    Southern Exposure with Red Stephens
     
    Far True
     
    Today at 3 on A Juneau A
  • Phlight Club helps POW students learn life skills while having fun

    Students participate in a Phlight Club event. The colored strings represent a students’ web of support. (Photo courtesy Amy McDonald)
    A couple times a year, students in different parts of Prince of Wales Island are locked up together for three days. It’s Phlight Club, a program that aims to increase kids’ ability to cope with challenges, and improve their support system.https://krbd-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/17PhlightClub.mp3ROY G BIV is the common acronym
  • Some of Southeast’s recycling is headed to the landfill

    Sitka’s recycling center has separate bins for different reusable materials. But its mixed paper containers are gone, due to new restrictions tied to import rules in China. (Photo by Robert Woolsey/KCAW)
    Much of the cardboard, plastic bottles and other items recycled in Alaska end up in China. The East Asia country is about to impose new rules limiting what it will accept.
    Here’s how that affects our part of the world.
    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/11/20Recycle-L.
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  • ‘I don’t believe in science,’ says flat-Earther set to launch himself in own rocket

    On Saturday, a limousine driver plans to launch himself on a mile-long flight over the Mojave Desert in a rocket of his own making.His name is “Mad” Mike Hughes, his steam-powered rocket is built of salvaged metals, his launchpad is repurposed from a used mobile home — and he is confident this will mark the first step toward proving the Earth is flat, after all.
    “It’s the most interesting story in the world,” Hughes told The Associated Press of his jury-rigged
  • Haines Assembly to university: timber sale would go against local code

    The Chilkat Peninsula is home to many residential properties. Right now, residents walk or boat across the bay to access the properties. (Photo by Abbey Collins/KHNS)
    The Haines Assembly is pushing back on a proposed timber sale on the Chilkat Peninsula.
    The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of land for harvest.
    But at a meeting Monday, the local government said it will explore its legal options if a contract is awarded.
    The proposed sale is located in Haines’ Mud Bay zoning di
  • Newscast — Nov. 22, 2017

    In this newscast:
    Legislative Council rules Wasilla lawmaker may watch video of disputed incident — but you can’t
    Juneau Assembly to enlarge controversial mining panel
    Investigation underway over death of Rainforest Recovery Center in-patient
    Special legislative session ends with a whimper
     
     
     
  • Petersburg borough lands will increase dramatically with bill passage

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signs Senate Bill 28 on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Petersburg’s Sons of Norway Hall. Behind him are legislative staffer Melissa Kookesh, Petersburg community and economic development director Liz Cabrera, mayor Mark Jensen, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Petersburg harbormaster Glo Wollen and daughter Sigrid, legislative aide David Scott and lobbyist Ray Matiashowski. (Photo by Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)
    One of only 26 bills passed by the legislature this year, Senate
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  • Juneau Assembly to expand controversial mining panel

    The Juneau Assembly’s three-member subcommittee tasked with overhauling the city’s mining ordinance is adding four new members.
    At least 10 applicants put their names forward this month for four open seats, two from the city’s planning commission and two from the general public.
    The proposed appointments are:
    Ben Haight, chair of the planning commission and an electrical engineer
    Paul Voelckers, a vice chair of the planning commission an architect
    Kyle Moselle, head of large mi
  • Council allows Sen. David Wilson to view video of June incident

    The Alaska Legislative Council waits for its Tuesday meeting to begin. The council voted to allow Sen. David Wilson to view a security video of a June incident that raised concerns about the Legislature’s sexual and other workplace harassment policy. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)
    The Alaska Legislative Council voted Tuesday to allow Sen. David Wilson to view a video of an incident in June that sparked concerns about sexual harassment and other workplace harassment in the Capitol. The v
  • Juneau Assembly pushes RecycleWorks expansion

    The City and Borough of Juneau is moving towards a plan to consolidate its recycling operations on a 5.4-acre site in the Lemon Creek area. (Image courtesy City and Borough of Juneau)
    A complex project to consolidate the city’s recycling center and add a composting operation has moved a step closer following its approval from a key Juneau Assembly committee. But that would mean raising utility rates on homes and businesses.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/11/171121recycleworks.
  • Beware the hot oil turkey fryer on Thanksgiving, peak day for home cooking fires

    There are several different ways to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey. Roast it. Brine and smoke it. Or, braze, bake and broil it.
    You can also deep fry it, but that can be dangerous.
    In a video produced by State Farm back in 2011, William Shatner recreates his own experience of carelessly using a turkey fryer, creating a giant fireball.The flames in that video were just special effects. But the danger is real.
    Micheal Warzewick, public education coordinator with the Office of the Alaska State Fi
  • Juneau police probe death at Rainforest Recovery Center

    (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)
    Authorities are investigating the death of an intoxicated man who died after being admitted to Rainforest Recovery Center to sober up.
    Juneau police said in a release that Steven Jay West, 57 was visibly intoxicated in the downtown area around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He was walking and talking, police said, but deemed inebriated and driven to the facility by Rainforest Recovery Center staff.Police said he was medically cleared and admitted as the facility’s sole in
  • Ask a Climatologist: The highs, lows and snows of Thanksgiving in Alaska

    Snow piles up at Alaska Public Media in Anchorage on Jan. 23rd, 2017 (photo by Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    The weather is a popular conversation topic at any Thanksgiving dinner.
    So just in time for the holiday, we have a heaping serving of Thanksgiving-in-Alaska weather facts you can pass around your table along with the stuffing and potatoes.
    Brian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, compiled the list.
    No weather station in Alaska has ever hit 60 degrees on Thank
  • Juneau Afternoon – 11-22-17

    Wednesday at 3, on A Juneau Afternoon, Julie Coppens will host;
     
    We’ll talk with Peter Metcalfe about this year’s Public Market;
     
    Cynthia Nickerson will be here with news about Diabetes;
     
    We’ll get an update on Eaglecrest.
    And Meghan Chambers will be here with Arts Up.
    That, Writer’s Almanac, Bird Note, music and more, Wednesday on A Juneau Afternoon, live at 3 on KTOO-News, repeated at 4 on KRNN, and available on demand on-line at ktoo.org
     
     
  • State releases agreement signed with China on gas pipeline venture

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks at a press availability in Anchorage about the recent developments on a Chinese deal for Alaska LNG on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)
    At a news conference this morning, Gov. Bill Walker unveiled the new gas pipeline agreement he signed in China earlier this month.
    Walker, and Alaska Gasline Development Corp. president Keith Meyer, talked about what they hope will come out of the agreement.Meyer said Alaskan
  • Murkowski moves forward with legislation to nix Tongass plan

    The Tongass National Forest, near Ketchikan, Alaska. The spruce, hemlock and cedar trees of the Tongass have been a source of timber for the logging industry.
    (Photo by Elissa Nadworny/NPR)
    Congress could be one step closer to undoing a U.S. Forest Service decision to end old growth logging in the Tongass National Forest.On Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski added the measure to a Senate Interior and Environment appropriations bill.Last year, the forest service included new directives to its Tongass pl
  • Washington county declares opioid crisis a natural disaster

    SEATTLE (AP) — Snohomish County, Washington, has decided to treat its opioid crisis as a natural disaster.
    KING-TV reported Monday that the Department of Emergency Management is partially activating its Emergency Coordination Center in response to Snohomish County’s opioid crisis.
    County Executive Dave Somers said that if the opioid crisis were any other disaster, the number of its victims would have already constituted eme
  • Newscast – Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/11/20171121-newscast.mp3In this newscast:
    The Alaska Legislature’s special session ends with a whimper,
    Gov. Bill Walker releases a five-party joint development agreement with Chinese government-owned entities to advance a natural gas pipeline,
    Juneau Docks and Harbors solicits feedback on a waterfront design plan, and
    local second-graders take a cultural field trip to the Walter Soboleff Building as part of a program to expand access to the ar
  • Dog owners have lower risk of cardiovascular disease, Swedish data suggest

    Daniel Carson carries his dog Cody across Sandy Beach on a sunny Sunday, March 1, 2015. Cody’s paws are sensitive, Carson explained, and he has problems with the beach sand. (Creative Commons photo by James Brooks photo)
    Dogs shower their owners with affection and demand walks on a regular basis. And according to medical researchers, a corresponding link between dog ownership and heart health — previously called “probable” by experts — is supported by Swedish data.
  • Legislative Council to consider sexual harassment working group

    Alaska State Capitol in February. The Legislative Council is scheduled to discuss forming a sexual harassment policy working group on Tuesday. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    The Alaska Legislative Council is scheduled to discuss forming a sexual harassment policy working group Tuesday.
    Lawmakers are considering how to revise the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy to ensure that harassment reports are handled appropriately.
    Juneau Democratic Rep. Sam Kito III, the council’s chairm
  • New developments in the works for Juneau’s downtown waterfront

    NorthWind Architects and Corvus Design created this concept art illustrating what part of Juneau’s downtown waterfront could look like in 2019. The concept is part of a Juneau Docks and Harbors master plan process underway.
    More food trucks, retail, parking and an expanded USS Juneau Memorial are in the works for Juneau’s downtown waterfront.
    Last week, the city released a design plan to develop the area from Marine Park to Taku Smokeries.
    Gary Gillette, port engineer for Juneau Dock
  • Charlie Rose is accused of sexual harassment by 8 women

    Charlie Rose in November 2006. (Creative Commons photo by Thomas Hawk)
    The list of prominent men accused of sexual harassment is growing.
    Eight women have told The Washington Post that veteran television host Charlie Rose sexually harassed them between the late 1990s and 2011.
    Three of the women spoke on the record, revealing their identities, says the Post. Five others spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. The Post says that all of the women
  • In votes on menagerie of issues, Alaska Board of Game bans pet tenrecs, certain air bow uses

    The Alaska Board of Game wrapped up its recent meeting in Anchorage on Friday after voting on some changes to statewide hunting regulations.
    The board heard roughly 70 proposals and only a little over a dozen passed. Here are a few.
    Among the changes was a clarification on definitions related to moose antlers and their points, brow tines and forks, which can determine whether a moose is legal to hunt.
    The board also voted to ban the use of “air bows” for hunting big game in Alaska. U
  • Field trip to Sobeloff Building gives Juneau students exposure to Tlingit culture

    Culture Bearer Daaljíni Cruise tells Juneau second-graders a traditional Alaska Native story during an excursion to the Walter Sobeloff Building on Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)
    At the Walter Sobeloff Building on Thursday, Sealaska Heritage Institute Culture Bearer Daaljíni Cruise started off a visit from Juneau second graders by reviewing some concepts they learned in class.
    “And what usually happens in our Tlingit culture, we have what we call moieties,&rdquo
  • Juneau Afternoon – 11-21-17

    Tuesday on A Juneau Afternoon, Julie Coppens will be your host:
     
    Natalie Watson, from AWARE, will be here to talk about Girls On The Run;
     
    Montana Nolan will be here to discuss the CANVAS presence at the Public Market;
    Photographer Ben Huff will highlight Ice Fog Press at the Gallery Walk;
     
    At 4, tune in to KTOO for All Things Considered, followed at 6, it’s Alaska News Nightly.
  • With both cheers and tears, Alaskans react to big energy policy changes under Trump

    Clint Winzenburg was at this year’s Resource Development Council conference, and he thinks the Trump administration can help take Alaska’s economy a positive direction. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk.)
    When Donald Trump was elected president, Alaskans immediately started wondering what changes were in store — especially when it came to oil and mining.
    One year later, we have a better idea. The Trump administration is moving to get rid of many Obama-era
  • Newscast – Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/11/newscast1.mp3In this newscast:
    Eaglecrest Ski Area will likely not serve alcohol until next winter,
    the Juneau School District will create a new district-wide football team,
    and the U.S. government will not seek the death penalty in the case of a Utah man accused of murdering his wife aboard a cruise ship in July.
     
  • Eaglecrest Ski Area expects to serve alcohol next winter

    Eaglecrest Ski Area with fresh snowfall as seen here on March 5, 2017. (Photo courtesy of John Erben)
    JUNEAU, Alaska — The Juneau government approved an ordinance this summer allowing a local ski area to serve alcohol, but skiers will likely have to wait until next winter to partake in an alcoholic beverage.
    The Juneau Empire reports Eaglecrest Ski Area General Manager David Scanlan said Friday he expects the evaluation and permitting processes to last for most of this winter, bu
  • ADN will once again mean Anchorage Daily News

    Alaska’s largest newspaper is about to have a name-change. Or, more accurately, a name restoration.
    Starting with its Sunday print edition, ADN will once again stand for Anchorage Daily News.
    The company announced the switch through its Facebook page on Wednesday, writing “It’s a big change and a somewhat complicated process.” Comments from Facebook users following the company’s page were overwhelmingly enthused about the switch back.
    The newspaper became the Alaska
  • No more cross-town rivalry: Juneau to have new district-wide football team

    TMHS Falcons and JDHS Crimson Bears fight it out in the 2011 Glacier Bowl.
    Instead of consolidating Thunder Mountain High School’s football team and cheer squad into Juneau Douglas High School’s as planned, the Juneau School District will create a completely new team.
    In a statement, district Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett said the new football team will not sport the name, colors or mascot of either school. Instead, Juneau students will play on a team representing the entire distri
  • Report: Alaska Marine Highway System should increase rates

    KODIAK, Alaska — A report by Alaska’s Southeast Conference calls for the state marine highway system to increase its ticket prices.
    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Thursday that the recommendation is part of a 25-year plan that Gov. Bill Walker asked the conference’s stakeholders to put together for the struggling Alaska Marine Highway System. The major part of the plan is to turn the system into a public corporation.
    Stakeholders estimate rate increases could produc
  • New pipeline partnership with China still a mystery

    Prudhoe Bay at night on Jan. 28, 2013. (Creative Commons photo by jweston_40)
    Last week, during a press conference on a new gas pipeline partnership signed in Beijing, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation President Keith Meyer said he expected to release the agreement documents in a week.
    But, Corporation spokesperson Jesse Carlstrom turned down a request for the agreement and emailed that he doesn’t know when it will be made public.
    Walker’s administration also signed a memorandum
  • Government won’t seek death penalty against Utah man

    The United States will not seek the death penalty against a Utah man facing trial in the death of his wife aboard a cruise ship in Southeast Alaska.
    Court documents released Friday note the U.S. Attorney’s Office decision.  
    Kenneth Manzanares pleaded not guilty to a federal charge in the first-degree murder of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, aboard the Emerald Princess. 
    Alaska does not have the death penalty at the state level, but the federal death penalt
  • Juneau Afternoon – 11-20-17

    Monday on A Juneau Afternoon, Ben Brown hosts;
    We’ll talk with Joann Flora about Giving Thanks;
    Lauren Anderson and Maggie Swanson will be here to highlight activities at the Treadwell Arena;
    We’ll find out about the upcoming Tell-a-bration with storyteller Pete Griffin;
    That, Writers Almanac, Bird Note, music and more, today on A Juneau Afternoon, live at 3 on KTOO, repeated at 4 on KRNN, and available on-demand via ktoo.org
  • Alaska Native’s account for more than half of sexual assault victims in state, study says

    In “Hope Quilt,” an art installation that toured Bethel last month, Alaskan artist Carmel Anderson displays anonymous stories from abuse survivors throughout the state. Alaska’s sexual assault rates are high, and Alaska Native females are more likely to be attacked than anyone else. (Photo courtesy Carmel Anderson)
    Alaska has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the country, and Alaska Native women are more likely to be attacked than anyone else,  according to the
  • Alaska powerlifter breaks world record, squatting 3.2 times her body weight

    Natalie Hanson sticks out her tongue after setting a world record in the women’s powerlifting squat at 603 pounds in the 185 pound weight class. (Video still courtesy of International Powerlifting Federation – IPF)
    A former Bethel resident broke a world weight-lifting record Friday morning.
    Powerlifter Natalie Hanson squatted 603 pounds in the women’s 185-pound weight class at the World Open Powerlifting Championship on Friday morning in the Czech Republic.
  • Control board moves forward with regulations that could prohibit cocktail sales at Alaska distilleries

    Amalga Distillery employees in Juneau serve up a cocktail in their tasting room in May 2017. (Photo by Rhyan Nydam)
    The debate over whether Alaska’s distilleries can serve cocktails continues.
    The Alcohol Beverage Control Board reviewed at their meeting Monday  new regulations which would ban mixed drinks — unless you mix them yourself.http://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/16Distilleregs-L.mp3Alaska’s 10 distilleries just got some bad news.
    The Alcohol Control Board d
  • State, delegation push feds on transboundary mining

    Eight transboundary watersheds feed into Southeast Alaska rivers. Alaska officials are pushing for stronger protections. (Map courtesy Alaska Department of Natural Resources)
    Alaska leaders want Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to push Canadian officials to better protect Southeast fisheries from British Columbia mine projects.
    The governor, lieutenant governor and Congressional delegation made the ask in a joint letter sent Nov. 13 to the U.S. State Department.
    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said offic
  • U.S. House passes tax plan, the bill will open ANWR, Young says

    The U.S. House on Thursday passed a tax cut package.
    Like all but 13 Republicans, Alaska Rep. Don Young voted for the bill.
    http://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20171116-01.mp3“There’s some people saying it’s not so good, but overall if the actuarial figures are good, it’ll be about $3,000 in every tax-paying family’s pocket, that they didn’t have before,” Young said after the vote. “That’s how much the cut’s going to be.”
    Democrats say
  • Newscast – Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/11/171117-midday-newscast.mp3In this newscast:
    Winter Storm Warning in effect until 9 p.m.
    State regulators make permanent last year’s electric rate hike
    Southeast Conference recommends higher ferry fares
    DC lawmakers (still) debating oil drilling in ANWR 
  • Eagle numbers soar near Haines, while visitors to annual festival decline

    Photographers take pictures of eagles feeding on salmon in the Chilkat River. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)
    Eagles flocked to the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan in great numbers this year.
    But the number of human visitors coming to see them was way down.
    According to American Bald Eagle Foundation Executive Director Cheryl McRoberts, 99 people registered for the weeklong event this year.  She says typically the festival sees more than 300 guests.
    McRoberts attributes some of
  • Break out the scotch for former district attorney James Scott

    KTOO reporter Lisa Phu interviews District Attorney James Scott in January 2015 after he dropped the case against a Juneau woman for tripping traps. Scott’s picture of Abraham Lincoln can be seen in the upper right. Current District Attorney Angie Kemp has left it hanging in the same place. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
    A former district attorney for Juneau specifically requested that no formal memorial service would be held when he died.
    So there won’t be one.
    Instead, 52-year-old Jam
  • Visiting Puerto Rican college students support Hurricane Maria victims from Juneau

    University of Alaska Southeast National Student Exchange students Eva Collazo-Montanez, Nikyshaliz Velasquez and Gabriela Hernandez-Ramirez pose with the supplies they gathered to send home to Puerto Rico. (Photo courtesy of Eva Collazo-Montanez)
    Three Puerto Rican students came to study at the University of Alaska Southeast this fall in search of an adventure.
    But their semester abroad turned into a stressful ordeal after Hurricane Maria left them cut off from their families.
    https://s3-us-west
  • Police hope to launch drones over Anchorage — with limits

    Creative Commons photo by Peter Linehan/Flickr)
    The Anchorage Police Department wants to start using drones. But elected officials have some concerns.Anchorage police Capt. Kevin Vandergriff presented draft policies Wednesday on how police would like to use drones at a meeting of the Assembly’s public safety committee.
    “Search-and-rescue would be a primary,” Vandergriff said in a short interview after the meeting. “Evidence collection for major crimes and major crime scen
  • Storm to bring up to 12 inches of snow Friday

    Icicles hang from a pile of snow plowed in a parking lot near The Alaska Club in downtown Juneau on Nov. 16, 2017. It had snowed on Nov. 10, 2017. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)
    The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Juneau and northern Admiralty Island beginning at midnight tonight.
    Meteorologist Brian Bezenek said they’re expecting a few inches of accumulation by Friday morning, with more during the day and evening before it tapers off.
    “With this amount of

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