Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 23, 2017

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What’s next for the legislature after narrowly avoiding a shutdown?

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Legislature avoided a state government shutdown by passing an operating budget on Thursday, eight days before the deadline. But they haven’t addressed the capital budget, or other important issues facing the state’s future.

Ombudsman reports show failures at OCS

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The state’s Ombudsman’s Office has released reports for two investigations into the Office of Children’s Services – both involving the same caseworker.

No answers for low Kuskokwim king run

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

The driving question over the last several years, and the one that’s being asked again as biologists warn that 2017 could be the lowest king salmon run on record, is: why is the king run on the Kuskokwim so low?

Yukon salmon runs offering opportunities for harvest

Tim Bodony, KIYU – Galena

Yukon River king and summer chum salmon runs are shaping up to be some of the strongest in years.

Paddler sought life off the beaten path, respite from ‘paying to live’

Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau

Coast Guard Lt. Joey Schlosser looked out his kitchen window to see a man on a raft with a dog trying to paddle Gastineau Channel. After being rescued by the Coast Guard, Brandt Smith explained to KTOO what he was trying to accomplish.

AK: How do you grow a zoo in Anchorage?

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Alaska Zoo has dramatically transformed over the last five decades. The process of expanding a collection of rare animals isn’t easy. None the less, there have been some acquisitions lately. The process of integrating new wildlife into the facility combines non-profit budgeting with the whims of mother nature.

49 Voices: Nanne Boorgeart of Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Nanne Boorgeart from Anchorage. Boorgeart is originally from the Netherlands and has lived in Alaska for five years.