Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media
This week is an election special-- Zoo election, that is. Supporters of the Alaska Zoo will be electing a president of their own on November 8th. Today we’ll hear from three candidates -- Aphun the polar bear, Denali the wolf and George the Magpie—as well as their two campaign managers. Listen Now
The Anchorage School District has a new public web page that lets community members comb through district data. Listen Now
Retired Sgt. Kevin Briggs is known as the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. For years he patrolled the iconic San Francisco landmark and spoke with people who were considering suicide. Listen Now
Mental health advocates are expressing concern that the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is straying from its mission after the sudden resignation of its CEO, and several groups are calling for special audits of the trust. Listen Now
On November 8, Alaskans will vote on Ballot Measure No. 1, which would automatically register eligible individuals to vote when they apply for a PFD, unless they opt out. But would the initiative actually improve voter turnout? One expert says maybe a little. Listen Now
Libertarian vice-presidential candidate Bill Weld is in Anchorage this week, trying to shore up support for his running mate, Gary Johnson, and to increase the visibility of the Libertarian Party in Alaska. Listen Now
The CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority resigned Wednesday and will take on a different role in the organization. Some of the trustees allege that his resignation indicates violations of the Alaska Open Meetings Act. Listen Now
The CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority stepped down on Monday. Jeff Jessee served as CEO for 21 years. A press release from the organization does not explain why Jessee is stepping down, what his new role will be, or when the decision was made.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell addressed AFN Friday. Jewell announced a new secretarial order that requires the Department to include native communities and traditional ecological knowledge in land management decisions. Listen Now
A program aimed at helping mothers who are in prison connect with their kids is called the Lullaby Project. Professional musicians work with inmates at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River to write songs for the inmate’s children then the musicians record them onto a CD. Listen now
Alaska's immigrant population is growing at a faster rate than almost any other place in the nation, and most of the people who arrive in the state are of working age. Immigrants are starting new businesses, paying taxes, and helping build our local economies. On the next Talk of Alaska we'll talk about the contributions of foreign-born Alaskans and the challenges they face when starting a life here. Listen Now
A Washington man has been indicted for fraudulently taking about $2.7 million from Alaskans, most of whom were elderly.
A man at the Wildwood Correctional Complex died by apparent suicide Tuesday afternoon, though his death is still under investigation.Listen now According to a State Trooper dispatch, 30-year-old Walter Shade of Soldotna was arrested and sent to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility on September 1 for stealing $3,000 worth of tires from a store earlier this summer.
When foster youth are admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Alaska against their will, they can stay there for up to 30 days without judicial review. Two tribes are arguing that's too long. The Office of Children's services says a judge shouldn't have to sign off at all on keeping kids at North Star Hospital. The court battle has lasted over two years, and a judge will hear more oral arguments later this month. Listen now
AT&T is donating $750 thousand dollars to an Anchorage program aimed at helping at-risk and homeless youth graduate high school. “Back on Track” is a collaboration between United Way, the Anchorage School District, and Covenant House Alaska. Listen now