More From Roadshow SUVs Hybrids Luxury cars Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Lincoln 4G LTE The 2020 Lincoln Aviator landed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with handsome looks and a powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain. Now, we have an idea of what this kind of luxury will cost — and it ain’t cheap.The 2020 Lincoln Aviator will start at $51,100, excluding $1,095 for destination and delivery, according to the newly launched Aviator configurator. The base engine is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 that’s good for 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment includes a suite of active safety systems, keyless access and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive raises the price by $2,500.The next trim, Reserve, will cost consumers $56,190. This trim adds larger 20-inch alloy wheels, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, a surround-view camera, four-zone climate control and a hands-free liftgate. Again, RWD is standard with AWD commanding a slight premium.Enlarge ImageIt’s a high price to pay for a high-tech Lincoln. Andrew Krok/Roadshow The cheapest way to get into the 450-hp, 650-lb-ft plug-in hybrid Aviator will set buyers back $68,800. Not only does it electrify the powertrain, it also adds standard all-wheel drive, a panoramic glass roof and exterior accents exclusive to the PHEV. We’re not done yet. At the top of the lineup is the Black Label trim, which piles on the luxury. This trim adds 30-way power seats with ventilation and massage functions, a 28-speaker Revel audio system, a head-up display and a beefier version of Lincoln’s safety suite. Buyers can also base their interior appointments around various themes. As one might expect, it’s expensive — the non-PHEV Aviator Black Label costs $77,695, while the electrified variant ramps the price up to $87,800. Luxury doesn’t come cheap, folks, especially when it’s done as interestingly as Lincoln’s Black Label.Lincoln will start taking orders for the Aviator this spring. The base and Reserve trims will arrive at dealers first, in the early summer, with the Black Label and PHEV variants to follow in the late summer. Lincoln 58 Photos The sky’s the limit in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator Comments Tags Lincoln: Stay up to date on all the news from Ford’s fancy sister brand.Lincoln Navigator: Lincoln’s biggest boy is at the top of its game. 3 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
5 NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond Originally posted March 25, 9:35 a.m. PT.Update, 3 p.m. : Adds details from NASA’s change-of-assignment announcement.Update, March 26: Adds information about spacesuit sizing and maintenance and NASA clarification on spacesuit availability on the ISS. NASA astronauts break out guitars for ISS space jam Watch as a Borg-like satellite zips by the ISS NASA Space We’ve seen your tweets about spacesuit availability for Friday’s spacewalk. To clarify, we have more than 1 medium size spacesuit torso aboard, but to stay on schedule with @Space_Station upgrades, it’s safer & faster to change spacewalker assignments than reconfigure spacesuits. pic.twitter.com/tPisBHaF2p— NASA (@NASA) March 26, 2019 ISS happenings Sci-Tech Comments 23 Photos What does it take to get ready for a #spacewalk? A LOT! Watch our EVA live tomorrow at 6:30 a.m ET: https://t.co/XruQSLUeYN pic.twitter.com/f3FZWZJEgz— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 21, 2019 This spacewalk would have been a quick turnaround for McClain, who took part in her first spacewalk this past Friday along with Hague. McClain and Hague worked on swapping out batteries and installing adapter plates. The battery upgrades are scheduled to take place over a couple of years as new hardware arrives at the ISS. NASA TV will kick off live coverage starting at 3:30 a.m. PT Friday. The actual spacewalk is expected to begin around 5:20 a.m. PT and will last about 6.5 hours. McClain is still set to take another spacewalk, but this time it’s scheduled for April 8 along with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. Tags “McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso — essentially the shirt of the spacesuit — fits her best,” NASA said. “Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it.”NASA tweeted a clarification about the spacesuits on Tuesday, noting that there’s more than one medium torso on the ISS, but that to stay on schedule “it’s safer and faster to change spacewalker assignments than reconfigure spacesuits.” There is no difference between a male or female’s suit, except that female astronauts usually require a smaller size, according to NASA. McClain posted a video to Twitter on March 21 explaining what goes into preparing a spacesuit for a spacewalk, a maintenance and cleaning process that starts about a month ahead of the actual event. Enlarge ImageNASA astronaut Anne McClain during her March 22 spacewalk. NASA It’s been 35 years since cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space when she stepped outside the Salyut 7 space station. We’re now going to have to wait longer for the first all-female spacewalk team.NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were originally scheduled to take a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, which would have made them the first all-female spacewalk team in history. But on Monday, NASA announced a change of assignments that will instead send astronaut Nick Hague out with Koch.Hague and Koch will continue work on a project to upgrade the ISS solar array battery storage system. They will swap out old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries. Share your voice
• See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors What is going on between Huawei and the US? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it It comes as the US cracks down on China’s Huawei, citing security concerns, potentially prompting the country’s tech companies to consider self-reliance in reaching customers. ByteDance is one of the few with a large reach outside China, according to the Financial Times.However, jumping into a smartphone market dominated by Samsung, Huawei and Apple is tough even for massive companies — the Facebook-centric HTC First flopped in 2013 and Amazon’s Fire Phone failed to set people’s imaginations alight in 2014.ByteDance didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 4:47 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:48 a.m PT: Adds more detail. Post a comment reading • TikTok owner reportedly developing its own phone 4:59 Apple Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Phones ByteDance reportedly intends to preload its own phone with TikTok and other apps. Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the TikTok social video app, is working on its own phone, a report said Monday.It’ll preload the phone with its own apps, including TikTok, newsfeeds and games, according to the Financial Times, which cited two anonymous sources.The device, which ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming has wanted for a while, comes after the company acquired patents and recruited staff from Chinese phonemaker Smartisan, the report noted. Tags 0 Huawei Samsung Apple
JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Chris Monroe/CNET Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct, T-Mobile and Sprint merger… Read the AirPods review Inside Nintendo’s E3 2019 booth $155 at Google Express What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 $520 at HP Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $210 at Best Buy $6 at Tidal DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Now playing: Watch this: 5 See it See It $299 at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Google Microsoft Nintendo,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sprint Angela Lang/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Tags $60 at Best Buy Gaming Comments Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1:29 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ delay apparently had a big impact on Nintendo’s stock market value. Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Nintendo’s stock market value reportedly dropped more than $1 billion on Wednesday after the company revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons won’t come out until March 2020. Its Nintendo Direct livestream at E3 2019 also failed to address game streaming trends or hint at new Switch models.Shares in Nintendo closed 3.5% lower in Tokyo, according to the Financial Times, following the Tuesday announcement suggesting that the company’s holiday 2019 offering will be slim. See at Turo The Cheapskate Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice $59 at eBay See It 13 Photos $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review Google and Microsoft used E3 to push their gaming streaming plans, but Nintendo focused heavily on its upcoming games.One analyst wondered why the market didn’t react favorably to Nintendo’s surprise announcement that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its beloved 2017 Switch launch game, is getting a sequel.Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Rylo Boost Mobile Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple iPhone XS
1 Comment The interior keeps Lotus’ focus on simplicity, but its design looks far more futuristic. There’s a whole lot of low-gloss carbon fiber, and the center console is a thin, little thing that rises rather dramatically, leaving plenty of space behind it for storage. The steering wheel is small and square, and it rests just ahead of a single digital screen that stands in for a more traditional gauge cluster. Since it lacks traditional side mirrors, there are screens in both door panels that beam a camera’s view to the cockpit.If you think the looks are bonkers, wait until you hear about the powertrain. While Lotus isn’t divulging production specs just yet, it has a number of target specifications. Its battery sends juice to all four wheels by way of electric motors that are aiming for an output just shy of 2,000 horsepower and 1,250 pound-feet of torque. With a curb weight 3,700 pounds in its lightest specification, 62 miles per hour hopes to arrive in under 3 seconds, with the speedometer reaching 186 mph in less than 9 seconds and topping out north of 200 mph.The battery is estimated at 70 kilowatt-hours, which might not seem like much, but Lotus believes it can squeeze 250 miles of range out of that figure, although that number is likely based on European WLTP measurements, which tend to be more favorable than the EPA’s handiwork. Using a 350-kilowatt charger, the battery should top off in just 18 minutes.Of course, all this capability means one thing: It will drain money from your wallet faster than it drains electrons from its battery. Lotus estimates that each car will cost between £1.5 million and £2 million ($1.9 million to $2.5 million). The automaker is asking for a £250,000 ($310,000) refundable deposit to get one of the 130 production slots on offer. Production is scheduled to commence in Norfolk, England in 2020. Lotus Evija doesn’t look a thing like any other Lotus, and that’s good More From Roadshow 40 Photos 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive: More style, more range, more fun 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive Lotus Evija hypercar is an electric rebirth for the British… Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 23:22 Enlarge ImageHeavens. Charlie Rose/Roadshow Lotus has been sailing along for the last several years with occasional rehashes of its three core vehicles — Elise, Evora and Exige. But now, under the tutelage of new parent company Geely, Lotus is ready to roll out something that’s wildly different from the norm. It’s the Lotus Evija, and it’s nuts.Lotus on Tuesday unveiled its all-electric hypercar, the Evija. Pronounced “E-vi-ya,” and reportedly translating to “the first in existence,” this car represents a dramatic departure from the usual day-to-day Lotus stuff. It’s a proper moonshot, packing all manner of new technologies while aiming for stratospheric numbers that would fit right in with all the wild metal seen at every Geneva Motor Show.We’ll start with the looks. The Evija is such a radical departure from the current Lotus design language that it’s almost surprising to see the badges on it. It looks more like the Aston Martin Valkyrie than an Evora, with body panels that hug the wheels and generate a whole bunch of interesting shapes on the sides — I mean, look at that those massive air channels just ahead of the rear wheels! I even see a little bit of the McLaren F1 in the side profile, thanks to its wedge-y shape.The rear is perhaps the most marvelous part of the whole car. Those channels ahead of the rear wheels send air through two positively massive outlets at the rear, surrounded by LED lights. The rear diffuser is the size of a small European village, and there’s another LED light smack dab in the middle of it. It appears the charging port is tucked away back there, too, just under the Lotus badge. Lotus Electric Cars Exotic Cars Future Cars Performance Cars Coupes Tags Lotus
6 Photos 55 Photos Car Industry Trucks SUVs Enlarge ImageOne big, happy family. GMC Even though some vehicles may have been redesigned within the past year, every new model year tends to bring along some feature or another, however slight of a change it may be. For the 2020 model year, most of GMC’s vehicles are getting some new tech, and one’s been given a pretty thorough rework. We’ll start with the smallest and work our way up.2020 GMC TerrainThe smallest GMC on offer has one pretty big update that covers all its trim levels. GMC announced that every 2020 Terrain would receive the GMC Pro Safety suite of active and passive driver aids. This includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and a following-distance indicator.If that’s not enough, there’s still an optional package that adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and a haptic-feedback driver seat. Denali models get front parking sensors, too.Speaking of the luxe Denali trim, that specific vehicle gets a few extra updates. The new Premium Package combines safety and comfort packages to offer things like adaptive cruise control alongside ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. There’s also a new suspension that offers a better ride and reduced road noise. 2020 GMC YukonGMC did not make mention of any updates to the 2020 Yukon, likely because it’s due for replacement very soon. We’ll see a new GMC Yukon and Yukon XL alongside new versions of the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade, but we’re not quite sure when GM plans to debut these vehicles.2020 GMC CanyonGMC’s midsize pickup truck keeps its updates light. Considering it and its sibling, the Chevy Colorado, have been kicking for several years now, perhaps a refresh is coming down the pipeline for the 2021 model year, but that’s just my guess.The most notable update is the addition of a standard Tire Fill Alert, which provides audio and visual indications when a tire has reached its optimal pressure when being filled. There’s a bit more safety in here, too, thanks to a new Driver Alert Package that adds forward collision warning and lane-departure warning. A new Carbon Black Metallic paint color is available, too, but that’s it for changes. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 30 Photos Check out the 2020 GMC Acadia’s new look 2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro edition brings us the bed of the future Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech 2020 GMC Sierra HD revealed with new camera tech, off-road AT4 model 5:17 Comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags 22 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra HDLike the Acadia, the GMC Sierra HD is brand spankin’ new for the 2020 model year. It picks up a design that’s basically the same as the 2019-2020 GMC Sierra 1500, with some exaggerated features on all sides to take advantage of its larger physical footprint. Equipped correctly, the Sierra HD will tow more than 30,000 pounds, which is pretty wild. That capability comes from a beefier frame, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and GMC’s tried-and-true 6.6-liter Duramax diesel, which now puts out 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. There’s a good amount of tech in here, too. It can be optioned with a camera that can show a feed from the backup camera — in fact, there are up to 15 selectable camera views on offer. Combined with an accessory remote camera, the new “Transparent Trailer” mode can show the driver what’s behind the trailer in a stitched-together view that lets you see right “through” the trailer. A new AT4 off-road trim is available, and as always, a Denali trim is available for those who like to be fancy. Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems More From Roadshow 2015 GMC Canyon SLE All-terrain (pictures) 2018 GMC Terrain offers good looks, great tech 2020 GMC AcadiaThis is GMC’s most thorough SUV update for the 2020 model year. Hitting dealerships later this summer, the Acadia features new designs front and rear, borrowing at least part of its look from the also-redesigned GMC Sierra and Sierra HD pickup trucks. LED headlights are standard, and the whole thing looks just a bit more rugged than it did before. If you really want to look ready for rocks, opt for the new AT4 trim.The Acadia gets a new engine, too — a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 making 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which will slot between the base 2.5-liter I4 and the more powerful 3.6-liter V6. A new nine-speed automatic transmission is now standard, too, and I hope you like using buttons to select gears, because the traditional shift lever is gone.The 2020 Acadia also includes the latest iteration of GMC’s infotainment system, akin to Chevrolet Infotainment 3 and Cadillac’s new CUE. Off-roading with the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 GMC 36 Photos Share your voice 1 2020 GMC SierraThe Sierra got a massive redesign for the 2019 model year, so not much is new here style-wise. That said, there’s still new stuff in store for the 2020 model year, including a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6. It’s also the first model year to feature full availability of the CarbonPro Edition’s carbon fiber truck bed, which is offered on AT4 and Denali trims.The 2020 Sierra 1500 will also get available adaptive cruise control and a clever new system that uses cameras to see “through” a trailer.There some other small updates, too. GM’s 10-speed automatic is now available with the 5.3-liter V8 on SLT, AT4 and Denali trims with 4WD. Trailer towing mirrors are available as a standalone option, and the Elevation trim can now be had in a crew-cab configuration. Cadillac Chevrolet
(Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)A group of six dental health aide therapists graduated from training Friday in Anchorage. The ceremony also marked the 10th anniversary of the innovative program that places mid-level dental practitioners in under-served rural communities across Alaska. 81 villages in the state now have therapists.Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Louis Sullivan spoke at the graduation. Sullivan says the American Dental Association has strongly opposed the program from the beginning. But he says dental health aide therapists help expand the reach of dentists.Download Audio
[With the recent] **After the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and other cities, police departments across the country are under a lot of scrutiny. Questions are being raised about use of force, police militarization and racial profiling.Download Audio:Against that backdrop, the Juneau Police Department this week launched a new outreach program.Downtown resident Noelle Derse talks with Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson at Coffee with a Cop. JPD started the program this week to improve outreach to the public. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.Coffee with a CopIt’s a busy Wednesday morning at the Heritage Coffee shop on 2nd Street in downtown Juneau. A mix of tourists and locals are sipping lattes and eating fresh-baked treats.Police Chief Bryce Johnson sits at a table near the front door, talking with Noelle Derse. The young mother of three lives downtown and says she loves it. But she feels like the area is kind of sketchy.“A couple of years ago it was really bad, broken windows all the time,” Derse says. “Every Saturday morning when we took our walk, just filth and vomit and feces and everything all over the streets.”Derse says she came to Coffee with a Cop to talk to police about increasing patrols in her neighborhood. Overall, she thinks the Juneau Police Department does a good job.“They work really well one-on-one with people,” she says. “I just want more. I want to see them more. I want to know they’re out here.”Larri Spengler is with the Thane Neighborhood Association, a community watch group for residents who live a few miles outside downtown. She calls JPD officers helpful and approachable, and says events like this foster good relations between the police department and the community.“Especially with recent publicity in the nation about police troubles, I mean, I don’t think we have that sense of that here,” Spengler says. “And this kind of thing would help even make it less likely that people would think of the police as other.”Not a police stateAt a recent interview in his office, Chief Johnson says he’s followed the events in Ferguson through the media. He’s thought a lot about how he would handle a similar situation, and says it’s important for people to remember that there are a lot of unknowns. But he says one lesson is “we (police) need to learn how to better communicate with the public in general and with the media.”Since coming to Juneau a little more than a year ago, Johnson has consistently talked about wanting police to be an open and trusted part of the community.“We don’t live in police states. They call it a thin blue line for a reason,” he says.Johnson brought the Coffee with a Cop idea with him from Salt Lake City Police Department, where he worked for 20 years. He says trust is important because cops are only part of the crime prevention puzzle.“When you look at what causes crime it has a lot to do with economic opportunity, it has to do with family status, it has to do with drugs and alcohol,” Johnson says. “These are all problems that the police department cannot fix. So what we have to do is we have to partner with other community agencies, other community entities, other people, and be part of a solution.”Police militarizationOne of the biggest criticisms leveled at police in Ferguson has dealt with the militarization of law enforcement. Johnson thinks that’s an unfair characterization. He says the Juneau Police Department has received some surplus military gear from the federal government. But he says it’s only used under special circumstances and always to ensure the safety of officers and the public.“I don’t think it is a bad thing the police department is getting this type of protective equipment,” Johnson says. “I think a better conversation would be when do you use it, when do you deploy it?”Coffee timeBack at the coffee shop, downtown patrol officer Jim Quinto says he doesn’t feel much negativity or hostility toward Juneau police. Quinto grew up here and has been on the force for 17 years. He says efforts like Coffee with a Cop will only improve communication between the department and residents.“Like when I walk around, I’m constantly going into stores and saying hi to people,” Quinto says. “Just so they know that we’re out there.”JPD hopes to make Coffee with a Cop an ongoing program with events every month or two in different neighborhoods. Johnson says it doesn’t cost anything, and hopefully it’ll make the department more accessible.
Inside the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery – Photo courtesy of ceoas.oregonstate.eduA recent NOAA study pegged 2040 as the date for the potential end of Alaskan shellfish hatcheries. That is, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place to combat ocean acidification. Last week we reported on the research, done at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward. Now, we’ll take a look at what a hatchery on the Oregon coast is doing to deal with these harmful changes in ocean chemistry.Download Audio:The Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery is located in the small town of Tillamook, Oregon.“This hatchery was started by Lee Hanson,” says Sue Cudd, who owns the hatchery now. “It was really the first shellfish hatchery that was commercial in operation. It started in 1978.”She studied biology in school, worked for an oyster company for a while, and then came on with Lee Hanson to learn about the hatchery world. From the 1970s until 2006, there were natural ups and downs, but overall, things ran relatively smoothly.“Then all of a sudden, in about 2006, we started seeing some pretty major problems. Then from the end of 2007 to the end of 2008, we couldn’t produce larvae anymore,” says Cudd.For a year and a half, they tried to produce. Even when they did manage to get some larvae, they wouldn’t survive and develop. It was a financial nightmare for the business.“We lose money really fast because the production cost is the same without having any production. So, it was tough,” says Cudd. “We got help from some customers. The oyster growers association [helped] and one of our state senators got us some community development money, so we had time to be able to try to solve this problem. Without that, I don’t know what would have happened because we just lost money so fast.”They weren’t sure what to do, but they figured they should start with looking at the water. They hired an oceanographer consultant and got in touch with OSU’s marine lab. They brought in specialized equipment and began evaluating the water’s pH and other levels several times a day.Wiley Evans is a researcher at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environment Lab in Seattle. He was the project lead at Alutiiq Pride in Seward, and says what Sue Cudd is describing is now seen as a defining time in this field of research. They’ve become a model for studying and coping.“The classic is at Whiskey Creek Hatchery on the Oregon coast,” says Evans. “The first hatchery to really start making these measurements with help from Burke Hales at Oregon State University.”Burke Hales is the namesake of the Burkolator, an instrument now used at both sites to measure partial pressure of carbon dioxide or pCO2 in the ocean.Cudd says the equipment brought in led them to find that the levels of carbon dioxide in the water were much higher than they’d expected. Lots of measurements seemed out of whack. But why had it taken them nearly two years of lost product to figure it out?“We didn’t know why we couldn’t produce larvae because we really never knew why we could. We didn’t know what conditions they needed, we didn’t know what their parameters were because we never needed to. They just grew,” says Cudd. “So, then when we started having problems, we had to go back and try to figure out what was wrong with the water.”And that’s her first piece of advice for hatcheries. If you haven’t already started taking measurements, start now. The Alutiiq Pride study is doing just that, says Evans.“So we wanted to set a baseline because, really, the shellfish aquaculture industry in Alaska is very young. So, right now, there’s one shellfish hatchery and we’re making measurements in that hatchery,” says Evans. “We wanted to set a baseline that could be something that the industry uses for moving forward in the future.”Cudd says based on daily and seasonally fluctuating CO2 and acidity levels, Whiskey Creek has developed a system to compensate. They buffer the water in their production tanks with injections of sodium carbonate. The carbonate helps organisms like clams and mussels develop their shells, which they can’t do in unusually acidic water. Alutiiq Pride is now considering that as an option for the future.“It’s weird to think that 10 years ago, we were running this hatchery with no treatment and now we don’t ever run with no treatment,” says Cudd.And that’s been the direct cost of acidification to her hatchery. The carbonate is relatively cheap, but the whole operation has changed. They’ve had to integrate lots of expensive equipment into their daily work. Staff have to constantly monitor it, maintain it, make adjustments here and there.She asks, if such an drastic change could happen over the course of a year and a half, what could happen next?“It’s incredible. It opens your eyes. It makes you see things very differently,” says Cudd.And researchers and hatcheries in Alaska are now looking to places like Whiskey Creek for clues on how to deal with the serious issue that is ocean acidification.In the next part of this series, KBBI reporter Shady Grove Oliver will take a look at the future of ocean acidification from genetic studies to water currents. Read more about the study being done at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, here: http://kbbi.org/ocean-acidification-threatens-future-of-alaskan-shellfish-hatcheries
Seward’s City Council has approved a plan aimed at using tidal energy to heat city buildings. If successful, the project could turn out to be the first ocean -sourced district heating system in the state. A resolution passed by the Seward City Council the evening before President Obama’s arrival is on-point with the president’s climate warming message. But assistant city manager Ron Long says it was not planned to go with the president’s visit.Download Audio:“Purely coincidental. It sure worked out well that is was picked up by news media in town, so we have a chance to tell our story to a little broader audience than we might have.”]Long says the city is planning to move away from the use of heating oil, while it attempts to create a renewable energy heating district in the city that would include four public buildings. The resolution approved Monday gave the go-ahead for seeking grant funding, and spending city funds, on the innovative project. Long says the plan is unique to Seward, because of the city’s location and because of the position of the buildings involved. The plan to use tidal forces to produce energy requires heat loops to be buried in gravel below the city’s waterfront.“While it is warmed by sea water, we don’t pump sea water, so we don’t have to deal with any of the corrosives, extra pumps, all those other pieces of a system that we might otherwise have to have.”The fluid in the loops absorbs heat from sea water according to Andy Baker, a consultant with Your Clean Energy, and energy auditing and consulting company.“Vertical loops that will be drilled into the deep gravel along their bike path, where the ocean tides are washing in and out twice a day.So the idea is that the loops would intercept the tidal water, the heat from the ocean water will go into the loops. The loops are part of one big closed loop that goes around and around in four different buildings. In each of those buildings are heat pumps. the heat pumps extract the heat from the loop.”Interestingly, Resurrection Bay water is warmest in the month of November, according to Baker, a fact that Baker says is fundamental to understanding why ocean heat is such a great resource for much of southeast and south central coastal Alaska. The North Pacific Ocean gyre starting at the Equator eventually brings warm water to the Alaska current which flows through Prince William Sound to the front of Resurrection Bay“And in October when they get the big rain storms here, fresh water flows out of Resurrection Bay and then draws in the deep sea water from the Alaska current. So it is sort of like a bathtub that fills up with hot water just before winter. ”Seward will apply for a Alaska Energy Authority Renewable Energy Fund grant of 850 thousand dollars and use 85 thousand dollars in city funds for the project. City officials estimate heating the library, city hall, a city annex and fire department with renewable energy will save the city up to $76,000 annually.Seward mayor Jean Bardarson says the city will apply for the grant this month.“And they are awarded in January. So we are looking forward to hopefully winning those fiances to funding that project in January.”The city’s proposed tidal energy project is different from the ocean water heating system used by the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. The Sea Life Center uses sea water pumped directly from the ocean then filtered and then pumped into a heat exchanger. Baker says the proposed city project requires no water pumping.