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Ruth Eddy, KRBD - Ketchikan

Sunshine affects Ketchikan’s tourism industry

Sunshine affects Ketchikan’s tourism industry

Ketchikan’s summer tourism season is well underway. Record low rainfall in May and warmer-than-usual temperatures had a lot OF tourists smiling. But in a place known for rain, is sunshine bad for business?

Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Marriage equality and mourning: Mildred Boesser fought till the end

Marriage equality and mourning: Mildred Boesser fought till the end

When the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage nationwide last week, President Obama called the ruling “a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up.” Mildred Boesser stood 5 feet tall, and she was one of those people. On the day of the ruling, Boesser was on her deathbed at home in Juneau, surrounded by family.

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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Federal bill introduced to fund Erin’s Law

Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, testified last year in the House Education Committee on House Bill 233, also known as Erin’s Law. Rep. Geran Tarr is the bill sponsor. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would fund the implementation of Erin’s Law in states where it’s been adopted.

Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

No 4th of July Fireworks or Fires in the YK Delta

A burn ban that has been lifted for most of the state remains in affect for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region. Fire officials say drought conditions have fire danger at high levels throughout the region and no burning or setting off fireworks will be allowed.

Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

Haines man charged for shooting 3 bears

Haines man charged for shooting 3 bears

A Haines man faces misdemeanor charges after shooting three brown bears on his property last month.

Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

Haines Assembly approves cruise ship waiver incentive

Haines Assembly approves cruise ship waiver incentive

Haines has some of the lowest cruise ship moorage fees in Southeast Alaska. And last week, the borough assembly approved further lowering those fees for three summers. The assembly accepted a resolution that would give 50 percent off waivers to all cruise ships for a three-year time period. It’s part of a marketing plan to draw more ships to Haines.

The Associated Press

North Pole man sickened by ‘rabbit fever’

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials are warning residents after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as “rabbit fever.”

Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Crooked Creek Man Charged with Attempted Murder

A man is under arrest after shooting at people in the middle Kuskokwim village of Crooked Creek, Wednesday.

The Associated Press

Report: Polar bears’ fate tied to reversing global warming

If humans don’t reverse global warming and stop the loss of sea ice, it’s unlikely polar bears will continue as a species. That’s the blunt assessment in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s draft recovery plan for polar bears filed Thursday.

The Associated Press

State will discontinue filling grayling in Alaska lakes

Funding cuts have forced Alaska hatcheries to stop raising Arctic grayling. The state chose to cut grayling because the small, native fish are disproportionately expensive to raise.

Challenges and successes for Alaska’s LGBTQ community

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. But in the same week, the rainbow flag was burned outside of Identity, Anchorage’s LGBT community center. In these fast changing times, what challenges and successes are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities facing here in Alaska?

KSKA: Friday, 7/3, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7/4, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 7/3, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7/4, at 4:30 p.m.
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Cross-Border Salmon Dispute Puts A Damper on Summer Troll Opener

Harbors emptied throughout Southeast this week as fishermen headed out for the beginning of the summer troll season. July 1 marks the annual start of the summer’s first king salmon opener — the most lucrative time of the year for many trollers.

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Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

Bristol Bay Sockeye: A Run on the Brink?

Bristol Bay Sockeye: A Run on the Brink?

Alaska’s largest sockeye fishery is predicted to have a near record return this summer, but so far the reds have only trickled into Bristol Bay’s rivers.

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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Berkowitz Emphasizes New Tone for a New Anchorage in Inaugural Address

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz chatted with supporters while the Vinyl Floors played on stage ahead of the start to the formal ceremony. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Ethan Berkowitz formally became the new Mayor of Anchorage on Wednesday. The celebration downtown was a marked departure from past inaugurations, with a heavy emphasis on changing directions at city hall.

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Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

Anchorage’s 2014-2015 snowfall levels lowest on record

As July begins and the National Weather Service resets their annual snowfall totals to zero, it’s official — Anchorage’s snowfall levels last winter are the lowest on record.

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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

Alaska’s shoreline erosion rate among highest worldwide

This oblique aerial photograph from 2006 shows the Barter Island long-range radar station landfill threatened by coastal erosion. The landfill was subsequently relocated further inland, however, the coastal bluffs continue to retreat. Photo by Bruce Richmond/Ann Gibbs, USGS.

Alaska has some of the most aggressive rates of shoreline erosion in the world. These findings are part of a new study released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

Bristol Bay Elder Hjalmar “Ofi” Olson Dies at 75

Bristol Bay Elder Hjalmar “Ofi” Olson Dies at 75

Bristol Bay elder Hjalmar E. “Ofi” Olson passed away at an Anchorage hospital at the age of 75. Olson was battling kidney failure, and his health was deteriorating in recent months. He was medevaced to Anchorage Sunday, and according to a family friend, was taken off dialysis mid-week. He succumbed late Wednesday or early Thursday, surrounded by family.

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Alaska: On the Cusp of Recession?

With oil prices stuck in the gutter, Alaska is staring down the possibility of economic recession. Combine that with declining federal dollars and jobs, military reductions and a weakened fishing industry and it all adds up to a perfect storm. It’s an uncomfortable question: what will our economy look like without a booming oil sector?

APRN: Tuesday, 6/30 at 10:00am

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AK: Mount Marathon

All eyes are on the nation’s July 4 birthday, but the date also marks the anniversary of an Alaska tradition. Seward’s Mt. Marathon race, which takes place July 4 turns 100 years old this year. The race is a one of a kind, grueling, uphill run, and now it is the subject of a documentary film aimed at putting a face on the men and women who take the challenge.

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49 Voices

49 Voices: Diane Timberlake of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Diane Timberlake of Fairbanks.

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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cross-Border Salmon Dispute Puts A Damper on Summer Troll Opener; Bristol Bay Sockeye: A Run on the Brink?; Berkowitz Emphasizes New Tone for a New Anchorage in Inaugural Address; Anchorage’s 2014-2015 Snowfall Levels Lowest on Record; Alaska’s Shoreline Erosion Rate Among Highest Worldwide; Parasite Plagues Some Yukon Kings; Hjalmar “Ofi” Olson, Bristol Bay Elder, Dies at 75; Sea Shanties, Scurvy, and a Sailboat Regatta Without Wind

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