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Liz Ruskin, APRN

Obama budget reveals Alaska flashes

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President Obama delivered his final budget to Congress this morning. It has a picture of Denali on the cover, and several big-ticket Alaska items among its pages. Download Audio

Rachel Waldholz, APRN - Anchorage

Crew maps polar bear dens on Alaska’s North Slope

Each winter, when the tundra freezes, the North Slope gets busy. It’s the travel season, the time of year when oil producers can put in ice roads and move heavy vehicles over the frozen ground. But before any of that can happen, one task comes first: looking for polar bears. Download Audio

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Robert Hannon, KUAC - Fairbanks

Fairbanks woman sentenced for mishandling tribe’s funds

A Fairbanks woman is facing 90 days home confinement and three years’ probation for mishandling federal funds meant for a local tribe. The Healy Lake Tribe says it will take months before it can recover. Download Audio

Molly Rettig, APRN Contributor

Sass leads Yukon Quest mushers out of Eagle

Sass leads Yukon Quest mushers out of Eagle

Frontrunners in the Yukon Quest are running toward the race’s halfway point at Dawson City, Yukon. Defending Quest champion Brent Sass continues to lead the race. The Eureka musher was in an out of the Eagle checkpoint first this morning, after 4 hours of mandatory rest. Download Audio

Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW - Sitka

New Sitka library opens

The renovated and enlarged Sitka Public Library is now open for business, with thousands of books having been moved back from temporary quarters on the Sheldon Jackson campus. Residents showed up in force to check out the new digs last week. Download Audio

Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

‘Kill the savage’ challenges artistic boundaries in Alaska

'Kill the savage' challenges artistic boundaries in Alaska

Three provocative new exhibits at the Anchorage Museum showcase changing boundaries within Alaska’s contemporary art scene.

Andrew Kitchenman, APRN & KTOO - Juneau

Presidential race heads to Alaska in March

Alaska’s major parties will pick their candidates on different days. The Republicans will choose theirs on March 1st, also known as Super Tuesday. That’s because it’s the day that the largest number of delegates will be picked this year.

Emily Russell, KNOM - Nome

Obama transfers Port Clarence land to Bering Straits Native Corporation

Obama transfers Port Clarence land to Bering Straits Native Corporation

President Obama signed the Coast Guard Authorization Act last night, transferring 2,500 acres of federal land at Port Clarence to local, state, and federal stakeholders. Located 120 nautical miles northwest of Nome, Port Clarence has long been left out of discussion as the location for the nation’s Arctic deep draft port. Download Audio

Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau

Grand jury indicts Juneau murder suspect

A former Juneau resident arrested last month in the Palmer area has been indicted on murder charges. A Juneau grand jury handed up an indictment on Friday charging Nora Edith Thomas, 28, with two counts of second degree murder.

Laura Kraegel - KNOM Nome

U.S. Marine Mammal Commission visits Nome to share new research

U.S. Marine Mammal Commission visits Nome to share new research

Alaska’s marine mammal population is stressed, according to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. One member of the federal agency will share new research on marine mammal health and discuss how the commission is helping conserve animals like walrus and seals on Monday in Nome.

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

Tribal, non-tribal voices discuss VAWA across jurisdictions

Tribal, non-tribal voices discuss VAWA across jurisdictions

The first day of the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, training began Monday in Bethel. The three-day session marks the first VAWA training in the state since Alaska’s Attorney General, Craig Richards, issued an opinion last summer that law enforcement must uphold tribal protection orders the same as state orders.

Andrew Kitchenman, APRN & KTOO - Juneau

House passes resolution to focus on budget

Lawmakers have talked about focusing on the state budget since their session began three weeks ago. But on Monday, they took action to make it official. The House passed a resolution that limits committees to working on bills that raise or spend state revenue. This new rule will remain in place until the House passes a budget. Download Audio

Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Anchorage to buy ConocoPhillips gas field for $152M

Anchorage to buy ConocoPhillips gas field for $152M

After months of closed door meetings, the city has worked out a deal to buy a section of the Beluga River Unit owned by ConcoPhillips since the 80s. Download Audio

Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO - Juneau

Angoon calls for help after discovering high mercury levels in subsistence seal

Angoon calls for help after discovering high mercury levels in subsistence seal

The City of Angoon believes high levels of mercury have been discovered in subsistence food caught near Hawk Inlet and that Hecla’s Greens Creek Mine could be responsible. Download Audio

Hannah Colton, KDLG - Dillingham

Dillingham Police get a body cam upgrade

Dillingham Police get a body cam upgrade

An independent investigation this week concluded that Kodiak police officers responded “professionally” within the scope of their authority when they pepper sprayed an autistic man September 16 in Kodiak. The incident caused uproar this fall, and again last month when Kodiak Police released video footage of the encounter. And it’s one of a slew of recent incidents involving police force that have led many Americans to demand measures like equipping officers with body cams. Download Audio

Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

New, easy tool to check SNAP eligibility could help Alaska’s economy

New, easy tool to check SNAP eligibility could help Alaska's economy

If everyone who was eligible for SNAP benefits applied for the program, $65 million would be added to the state’s economy. A new tool makes checking eligibility easy. Download Audio

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

AMHS report: Ferries boost Anchorage, Mat-Su economies too

AMHS report: Ferries boost Anchorage, Mat-Su economies too

Many people think the Alaska Marine Highway System only serves port communities in the Southeast and Southwest parts of the state, plus Prince William Sound. It turns out the Railbelt benefits, too. Download Audio

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Two local musicians in Anchorage are diving beards-first into the business of male grooming products. They’re going for a style reminiscent of Don Draper mixed with well-groomed mountain man. I spent an afternoon at company – or apartment kitchen – headquarters to find out a little bit more. Download Audio

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Understanding culture through Alaska literature

Literature helps us understand our world, ourselves and each other and Alaska is full of great authors. Tlingit author Ernestine Hayes will discuss her book Blonde Indian and the deeper understanding that can come from reading about lives that are different from our own.

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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Fed budget includes AK projects; Port Clarence land transferred; presidential race heads to AK in March; Fairbanks woman sentenced; crew maps polar bears; Sass maintains Yukon Quest lead; new SNAP app unveiled; new exhibit highlights AK modern art. Download Audio

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49 Voices: EJ David of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from EJ David, a Psychology professor from UAA and keynote speaker at the First Alaskans Institute 2016 Racial Equity Summit.

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