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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

As Negotiations Continue, Little Public Action From Legislature

With negotiations over the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit still underway, the Alaska House and Senate met in brief and uneventful floor sessions over the weekend. But legislative leaders say there has been some progress on a compromise between the Republican Majority and Democratic Minority.

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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

On Arctic Offshore, Symbolic Support from Anchorage

Resolution aims to express solidarity with the Port of Seattle and a focus on safety in Shell’s plans in the season ahead.

Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Heroin Hits Home: A Bethel Woman’s Struggle to Get Clean

Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that’s reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

With Legislature At Impasse, One Alaskan Suggests A Kickstart

For weeks, the Alaska Legislature has been wrestling with how to cover its multi-billion-dollar budget deficit. Now one Juneau man has a modest proposal for them: Try crowdfunding.

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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Nome Neighbors’ Lawsuit on Sled Dog Noise, Smell Dismissed

A lawsuit between Nome neighbors that centered on noise and odor from one household’s dog lot has been dismissed—and is no longer set to go before a jury this summer.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Smokejumpers Race to Divert Seventy Mile Fire From Community of Eagle

Warm, mostly dry weather continues across much of the eastern interior, and that has fire managers concerned about future growth of the Seventy Mile fire in the eastern interior. It’s so far burning in remote country, north of the Seventy Mile River and away from the community of Eagle. Alaska Fire Service spokesman Sam Harrel says a planned burn out operation would blacken an area of heavy timber along the river to protect values on the other side.

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Tim Bodony, APRN Contributor

Alaska Muskrat Populations Are Rebounding

Alaska Muskrat Populations Are Rebounding

After years of unexplained population declines across North America, muskrat numbers have returned to levels not seen in Alaska for at least 40 years.

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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Heroin Hits Home: A Bethel Woman’s Struggle to Get Clean; With Legislature At An Impasse, One Alaskan Suggests A Kickstart; Nome Neighbors’ Lawsuit on Sled Dog Noise, Smell Dismissed; Smokejumpers Race to Divert Seventy Mile Fire From Community of Eagle; Alaska Muskrat Populations Are Rebounding; ‘Summer of Blubber’ Broadcasting Live From Round Island; Houston: Ready To Turn Out the Lights; Building a Community, One Hip Hop Move At A Time

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Houston Ready To Turn Out The Lights

The city of Houston is facing such severe financial woes that all but three city employees have been furloughed.

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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

7-Year-Old Girl Severely Injured in Dog Attack

A 7-year-old girl in Unalakleet was severely injured in a dog attack Sunday—and had to be medevaced to Anchorage for her injuries.

Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Juneau Business Fined Nearly $12K For Whale-Watching Violations

Juneau Business Fined Nearly $12K For Whale-Watching Violations

Tour company Juneau Whale Watch recently finished paying almost $12,000 in fines for violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI - Homer

Cleanup continues for Cook Inlet diesel spill

Clean up and assessment work continues following a diesel spill in southern Cook Inlet over the weekend. The vessel in question is currently tied up in Seldovia, on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

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Man dies in south Anchorage shooting

Anchorage police are investigating a south Anchorage shooting Monday night that left a man dead.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

As Negotiations Continue, Little Public Action From Legislature

With negotiations over the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit still underway, the Alaska House and Senate met in brief and uneventful floor sessions over the weekend. But legislative leaders say there has been some progress on a compromise between the Republican Majority and Democratic Minority.

Matt Martin, KDLG - Dillingham

IGAP coordinators train on data collection in Dillingham

IGAP coordinators train on data collection in Dillingham

Residents of Togiak, Illiumna, Port Heiden, among others, came to Dillingham for scientific training. It’s part of the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program or IGAP. The researchers are looking to set a baseline data set of water quality and temperature in the region.

Emily Schwing, KUCB - Unalaska

APICDA-owned Fish Company Opens Processor in Washington State

A new fish processor opened its doors in Kent, Washington this spring. It is operated by the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association. Revenue from the processor is expected to help fuel economies in remote communities along the Aleutian chain.

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The Legislative Special Session

Lawmakers have gaveled out of the Governor’s special session without acting on his requests of fully funding the state budget, expanding medicaid and passing sexual abuse prevention legislation, known as Erin’s law for schools. Legislators have now called themselves into special session. What changes when lawmakers make the call?

APRN: Tuesday, 5/26 at 10:00am

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AK: A 12-Year-Old Ambassador

Imagine you arrive in a world where it rains all year round, and daylight swings from 17 hours in summertime to a paltry six in winter. And you’re only seven years old. That’s the situation Jasmine Molina found herself when she first got to Sitka, over 5,000 miles from her native city of Manila in the Philippines. Sitka’s Filipino population has grown substantially in the past five years, but there remains no formal system to help new students transition to school. That is, until Jasmine came to town.

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49 Voices: Jean Aspen of Homer

This week, we’re hearing from Jean Aspen, a writer of wilderness books and a nurse who lives in Homer.

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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Heroin Hits Home: A Bethel Woman’s Struggle to Get Clean; With Legislature At An Impasse, One Alaskan Suggests A Kickstart; Nome Neighbors’ Lawsuit on Sled Dog Noise, Smell Dismissed; Smokejumpers Race to Divert Seventy Mile Fire From Community of Eagle; Alaska Muskrat Populations Are Rebounding; ‘Summer of Blubber’ Broadcasting Live From Round Island; Houston: Ready To Turn Out the Lights; Building a Community, One Hip Hop Move At A Time

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