Obama shares smiles, salmon and dance moves in Dillingham; In Kotzebue, excitement is high as the president ventures north; 5 Chinese warships spotted off the Aleutians; Shell drill rig is back on the grind after a brief storm-induced hiatus; Even with another icebreaker, US fleet pales against its Arctic neighbors; President gives a small fiscal boost to village relocation efforts; Praying to see POTUS, even just a glimpse!; With a potential buyer in the Philippines, Mat-Su floats a ferry deal; Dust settles on state’s new Douglas offices, but employee concerns haven’t gone quiet
Obama on Exit Glacier: ‘We want to make sure our grandkids see this’; Reactions to GLACIER trickle in; Medicaid expansion begins in Alaska; Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit; Fed judge subpoenas ex-EPA official in Pebble case; Governor declares disaster in Sitka, opening new lines of relief funds; Bird flu monitoring underway as waterfowl season opens; Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward
Judge denies injunction; Medicaid to roll out Sept. 1; Policy promises and more on the presidential docket ; USARC presentation hints at a relocation initiative in the president’s policy plans; 3 homes, community library lost in the Chiniak fire near Kodiak; Town Square gardeners pick up the burden of city homelessness; Belugas sightings persist in the middle Yukon; AK: Setting sail with a tot in tow; 49 Voices: Leah Zumwalt of Anchorage
This week, we’re hearing from Leah Zumwalt, a first-grade teacher at Inlet View Elementary in Anchorage. She’s originally from California, but has lived in Alaska for eight years.
Judge strikes down law restricting Medicaid-funded abortions; Judge hears arguments in anti-Medicaid lawsuit; Plaintiff’s attorney joins by Skype; BC official says they’re open to more mine treaty talks; Anchorage prepares for a stately crew of visitors; Science takes center stage at USARC meeting in Nome; For hungry bears, it’s open season on garbage; Farmer in Homer tries to cultivate a north-hardy strain of garlic; Cleaning Up to Be with His Kid — Stories from Brother Francis
With VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutions; GOP candidate Rand Paul drums up support in Alaska; YWCA races to close the gender pay gap in Alaska; Final Sitka landslide victim recovered; Speaking at Assembly, officials say: ‘Thank you, Sitka’; Bethel preschool re-opens after a monumental cleanup effort; Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’; Hoonah hyrdo project cuts energy bills for local businesses; Voices From Nome’s Dream Theater
Walker hopes to reframe the president’s perspective; Gov. Walker continues to fight land into trust for Alaska tribes; Anchorage law firm intervenes on behalf of state in anti-Medicaid lawsuit; Vets vent about poor VA care during listening sessions in Fairbanks, Kenai; Comrades fondly remember Iraq War veteran ‘Eskimo Joe’; El Nino, ‘The Blob’ prime Alaska for another warm winter; Quitting meth: two teens tell their story
Alaskans can expect warmer, drier days this coming winter. That, according to the National Weather Service, is drawing on new tools and techniques to peer into the future.
Walker plans to recommend TransCanada buy-out in gas project; As national media hone in on Alaska, ICC plots its course; The devil’s in the details: How to keep a presidential visit secure; Calling from Alaska jails? It’s complicated; Parents feel sticker shock at rising price of high school activity fees; New science shows Sitka geologically separate from rest of Alaska; ‘It’s Good to Be Here’ — Working at the Brother Francis Shelter
359 years for man convicted of double-homicide, sexual assault of a 2-year-old; Potentially exonerating info leaked in Fairbanks Four case; A year after Roxanne Smart was killed, Chevak still waits for justice; Search teams race to find 3rd victim before storm sets in; Murkowski hears testimony on the state’s growing prison population; DNR vets competing water applications in Chuitna coal proposal; AK: Saving a life by leaving it behind; 49 Voices: Gary Hanchett of Bettles
Second body recovered from slide, crews hone in on the third; To stand a fighting chance, anti-Medicaid lawsuit needs to show irreparable harm; NOAA: whale deaths in the Gulf are three times the average; As fur seal numbers in the Aleutians decline, one population is curiously thriving; Flint Hills refinery asks for loosened cleanup standards; Transforming teaching: Nanwalek School received Apple tech grant; Storyworks: Refugees share their journeys
Gov. Walker visits Sitka, meets with families of those presumed dead; Running from the slide: two city officials, one survivor; Out with Mew, in with the new: DEA agent to take over as APD chief; Ellis sentenced to 3 years, 2 suspended for death of 51-year-old cyclist; Small-scale hydro project comes online in Iguigig; Glacier Bay’s missing stories find a new home in Tlingit tribal house
Recovery efforts of 4 missing persons suspended until terrain stabilizes; Legislative panel votes to spend $450K to stop Medicaid expansion in court; A project to remap Alaska reaches its halfway mark; Yukon king run shows signs of recovery; Anchorage hospitals appeal state’s ER bed cap; Woman pleads guilty to running a sex-trafficking ring, sentenced to 5 1/2 years; Life’s curvy road leads to homelessness for some; A lifetime of fighting: A history of Alaska LGBT rights; Can we call it ‘Hoo-Brew’? A new brewery opens in Hoonah
Shell Gets Final Approval To Drill Into Oil-Bearing Rock in the Chukchi; 24 Apache Choppers To Nest At Ft. Wainwright; Legislators Plot Their Next Move As Medicaid Rollout Looms; Bethel Preschool Trashed by Vandals; VA Sec. Visits Point Hope, Kotzebue; Bush Vets Share The Woes of Accessing Remote Care; Staffing the Grill & State: Walker’s First Governor’s Picnic; 2015 Dungeness Season: Lackluster Against 2014’s Harvest, But Still Average; Roasting Twinkies And Other Wisdom From Kid Camp In the Togiak; Dispatch From the Couch: Google Trekker Lets You ‘Hike’ the Chilkoot Trail
Mat-Su Vets Rail Against VA During Secretary’s Visit; Climate Change, Not Arctic Drilling, Brings Obama to Alaska; Doyon Announces New Oil & Gas Prospect Near Nenana; LGBT Discrimination Claims Still Not Valid in Alaska Despite Federal Ruling; Governor Nominates Elizabeth Peratrovich As The Face of the $10 Bill; Earthquake Swarm Hits Yakutat; AK: Sitka Cirque Lassos Sitkans Into The Show; 49 Voices: Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man
The circus is coming to Sitka, Alaska, but the performers aren’t from out of town. They are ordinary citizens, who in the past two years, have learned to climb, swing, and soar. Led by an aerialist with roots in Alaska, Sitka Cirque is dreaming up a new kind of circus that provides as much thrill to the participants as it does to the audience.
Mayor Pulls the Plug on A Slow and Spendy Software Project; University of Alaska Defines Consent in New Student Conduct Code; Child Porn Suspect Arrested in South Carolina; 70 Years After WWII, Two Nations’ Militaries Jump Side By Side; Anchorage Assembly Seeks to Add LBGT Clause To Anti-Discrimination Code; Bethel Council Nixes City-Run Liquor Store Vote in October; Permafrost Carbon Takes A Trip to Davy Jones’ Locker; After More Than 30 Years, The Mendenhall Valley Library Moves Out Of the Mall; Happy 40th, Kupreanof! All 24 Residents Celebrate A Remote Alaska Lifestyle
Former YKHC Network Manager Indicted for Child Porn Distribution; Berkowitz Moves to Unravel The ‘Gordian Knot’ of City’s Homelessness Problem; Shell Ready To Drill For Arctic Oil As Delayed Icebreaker Arrives; Looking (And Listening) For Alaska’s Rarest Whale; As The Final Dock Pilings are Drilled, a Hoonah Controversy is Put to Rest; Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time And Money; A Two-Wheeled Crusade Against Transphobia Hits the Road
Feds Move to Protect Polar Bear Habitat; M/V Challenger and barge overturned in Nushagak near Kokwok; Visa-Free Travel to Russia Reinstated for Eligible Alaska Natives; AG Rejects Cook Inlet Gas Facility Sale, Calls for Revision; Juneau Assembly Relaxes Child Care Facility Restrictions; Why SEARHC Thinks Paying for 8 Weeks of Parental Leave Will Save Money; New York-Based Investors Buy Majority Stake in Ravn; Hull Crack Forces Ferry Aurora Out of Service Early for Repairs; Southeast Tourism Economy Hinged on Cruise Ship Travel; Alaska Greats ‘Portugal. The Man’ To Rock AK State Fair
5M Acres Burned Puts This Fire Season in the Record Books; FBI Charges Wasilla Man In Abduction of 2 North Pole Kids; Governor Meets with Tribes in Advance of Land Trust Deadline; Cruise Lines Cited for Violating Air Regulations; ‘Stop the Violence’ Walk Demands Community Pay Attention; Federal Agency Launches Website to Help Universities, Colleges Deal with Campus Violence; Alaska Joins Lawsuit Asking Judge to Block New Federal Water Rule; Miller Energy Charged with Inflating Company’s Value; Commercial Fishing on the Kuskokwim Opens Monday; Norton Sound Sees Bumper Salmon, Crab Season; Government to Buy $30M of Canned Sockeye; Humpback Researchers See ‘Old Timer’ Again After 44 Years