Matanuska River Claims A Home Plus 3 Other Structures
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
The Matanuska River has taken a toll on personal property in the Sutton area in recent days. A 16-by-20 foot home has fallen into the river, and three other outbuildings have toppled into the water, so far.
Mallott: US-Canada Commission Won’t Take Up BC Mines
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Alaska critics of British Columbia mines probably won’t get any help from a cross-boundary panel they’ve been lobbying to take on their concerns.
Despite Stiff Competition, Alaska Airlines Logs Record Profits
Tom Banse, Northwest News Network
The parent company of Alaska Airlines reported its highest quarterly profit in its history Thursday despite stiff competition.
Fairbanks Voters To Decide on 5% Pot Tax
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
City of Fairbanks voters will consider a 5 percent sales tax on marijuana. The city council has approved putting the proposed retail tax before voters in the October municipal election.
Bethel Appeals ABC Rejection of Liquor License Protest, Could Bring Decision To A Vote
Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel
The Bethel City Council is appealing the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s rejection of their protest of the Bethel Native Corporation’s package liquor store application. The council met in executive session Thursday evening for three and a half hours.
In Remote Alaska, High-Speed Internet Comes By Land – Not Satellite
Tim Bodony, KIYU – Galena
A plan to bring land-based high speed internet to the western Interior is moving forward this summer.
Village of Wales Starts Polar Bear Patrol to Protect Community
Laura Kraegel, KNOM – Nome
Representatives from four agencies arrived in the community of Wales recently, equipped with 40 pizzas and a slideshow on polar bear deterrents.
49 Voices: Verna Haynes of Anchorage
Dave Waldron, APRN – Anchorage
Verna Haynes runs the Anchorage store Obsession Records with her husband Steve. The born-and-raised Alaska couple had almost 20,000 LPs at one point — that’s when they decided they should share their love of vinyl with everyone.
AK: An 80-Year Love Affair With Flowers Still Blossoms
Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage
Eighty years ago Verna Pratt was more comfortable with the violets and buttercups of rural Massachusetts than with people. But her early affection for flowers led her on an unexpected path to notoriety more than 3,000 miles away.