State Ordered to Improve Voting Materials for Alaska Natives
Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel
A federal judge has ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters with limited English.
Senate Candidates Vie for Rural Support
Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel
This year’s U.S. Senate race in Alaska is shattering records for spending, with millions in outside dollars directed mostly toward TV ads. With less than two months before the general election, both campaigns are also aggressively seeking an edge on the ground in rural Alaska.
State Files Complaint Against Medicaid Payment Vendor
The Associated Press
The state has filed an administrative complaint alleging unfair or deceptive practices by the vendor it hired to implement a new Medicaid payment system.
Deadline Set for Southeast Wolves ESA Review
Joe Veichnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
The federal government has agreed to a deadline of the end of next year for an endangered species review for wolves in Southeast Alaska.
KTVA Reporter Quits on Air, Dedicates Time to Pot Initiative
Anne Hilleman, KSKA – Anchorage
A KTVA reporter announced that she is the president of Alaska Cannabis Club and quit her job during a live broadcast Sunday night.
EPA’s 404-C Public Comment Period on Pebble Closes
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
More than 160,000 official public comments have been received by the EPA regarding their proposed restrictions on the controversial Pebble mine. But it’s expected that once the numbers are tallied hundreds of thousands of comments, both pro-and-con, will be submitted.
NTSB Report Yields Few Clues In Fatal Soldotna Plane Crash
Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – Homer
A plane crash in Soldotna last summer resulted in the deaths of 10 people. The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings on the crash this week.
Murkowski Presses FDA To Clarify Spent-Grain Rule for Brewers
Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, along with beer-makers around the country, is celebrating a recent clarification from the Food and Drug Administration about spent grains.
Arctic Researcher: Social Changes Are As Drastic as Climate Changes
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Academics and researchers have been meeting in Anchorage to bring together studies looking at what sustainability means in the arctic. Andrey Petrov is lead investigator and director of Arctic Frost. He has studied the arctic in Russia, Canada and Alaska for 15 years. He says there is a lot of discussion about environmental changes, but social changes in arctic communities can be even more dramatic.