Monica Gokey, KSKA - Anchorage

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It may seem like another crummy winter in Southcentral. Too much pavement. Not enough snow and ice. But if you’re willing to head up -- not north, but upward in elevation -- there’s a different winter story playing out. Download Audio

VA contractor adds staff to better handle appointment scheduling; BP announces lay-offs in wake of low oil prices; Pre-filed bill aims to nix controversial school AMP test; Auditors review state Dept. of Ed policies; For 2nd consecutive year, Iditarod eyes Fairbanks start; Mat-Su grant targets parents in bolstering family well-being; Sitka Library settles in at new digs; Pre-filed bill would allow discrimination in performing marriage; Alaska Native Medical Center to host state's first Ronald McDonald House; A century of bird data informs modern surveying on Kenai Download Audio

Rep. Kito prefiles bill to revert to 120-day legislative session; White House invites Alaskan to State of Union; 'The Blob'... on vacation or gone for good?; Councilman calls on Fairbanks marijuana clubs to get retail licenses; Anchorage Assembly to vet commercial cannabis measures; Dillingham drug bust nets $19K cash, 12.5g heroin; Rasmuson Foundation, family gift $24M to Anchorage Museum; Matt Hall wins Copper Basin 300, Aliy Zirkle takes 4th; Former Anchorage Archbishop Francis Hurley dies at 88 Download Audio

Leaked documents point to misallocation of federal funds at tribal group; Supreme Court overturns education lawsuit ruling; FWS proposes tighter rules on predator hunting in refuges; Ahead of session, legislative bills trickle in; Judge sends LIO case to trial; UAF engineering chases sparse funding, looks to private sector; Facebook says Ketchikan is indeed in Alaska; AK: For Tlingit engineer, Juneau bridge connects Alaskans; 49 Voices: Ron Levy of Soldotna Download Audio

Alaska anthropologist and radio producer Richard Nelson keynotes the 2015 Mat-Su Salmon Symposium. KSKA: Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 2:00 p.m. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

North Slope Crude tanks along with other oil prices; Anchorage puts forth port as top legislative priority; Soldier's Medal given for heroic fishing rescue; Citizens apprehend man who broke 2 out of jail; Petersburg asks for smaller pot business setback; Petersburg Cold Storage diversifies its clientele; Sending sludge south is spendy; Juneau vets other options; Fairbanks unveils air quality app; Fairbanks Montessori school buys old rail depot Download Audio

Autopsy yields nil on pregnant soldier's death; 15-year-old in custody for Anchorage double homicide; Pipeline communities near TAPS tax settlement; Budget cuts close rural road maintenance stations; Stranded whaling fleet, miraculous survival make for archaeological jackpot; Gov's housing summit seeks solutions; High court tosses proposed commercial set-net ban; Huslia pleas to rein in burgeoning pike population Download Audio

A man allegedly slashed a Costco employee with a box cutter after being confronted for shoplifting Wednesday afternoon. Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect.

The battered remnants of two whaling ships from the 1800s were discovered in the Chukchi Sea this fall. NOAA archaeologists say they can thank an increasingly ice-free Arctic for the find, saying it's improved their access to potential shipwreck sites.

Family suspects Guard scandal at play in pregnant soldier's death; Downtown crash rattles culture of trust in Civil Air Patrol; Walker announces state hiring, travel freeze; S&P downgrades Alaska's credit rating, citing oil prices; Sen. Dunleavey won't challenge Murkowski after all; ESA listing denied for Southeast wolves; Young fishermen's summit courts the next generation; Late scientist's work compiled in new butterfly guide; Big Lake musher running for Kuskokwim 300 win Download Audio

Pilot in Alaska crash took plane without permission; 8 survive Anaktuvuk plane crash, all with serious injuries; Alaska Fred Meyers could start carrying overdose medication; Wildlife rescuers overwhelmed with starving sea birds; Alaska Chamber of Commerce gears up for annual legislative fly-in; Kenai school board weighs building lease for overcrowded school; Belle Mickleson awarded for traditional music program; APU skate skier takes 1st at nationals; Unalaska man makes good on 2015 New Year's resolution; StoryCorps: Recovery from addiction led Haines carver to healing art Download Audio

Rep. Hawker won't seek re-election; Russian icebreaker makes record-setting Arctic voyage; Fairbanks marijuana club treads carefully forward; About 7,700 Alaskans have enrolled in expanded Medicaid; Alaska school districts advised to adopt transgender policies; Behavioral health the focus of Mat-Su grants; Holy Bible translated into modern Yup'ik; Former Juneau mayor Jamie Parsons dies at 74 Download Audio

Pilot killed after plane crashes in downtown Anchorage; 4-year-old fatally shoots himself in Bethel trooper housing; High wind warnings persist in Southcentral; High winds trigger power outages in Fairbanks; Alaska IDs good for air travel, for now; Fisheries coastal change committee to convene in January; Basketball teams converge on Anchorage for tourney; Would-be drone entrepreneur thwarted by regs; Drones to monitor endangered Cook Inlet belugas; Murre die-off hits Kachemak in the thousands; State committee looks to improve, economize jury selection Download Audio

Bacterial infection to blame in Kachemak otter die-off; With gov's support, Bethel to be seat of new scout battalion; Conoco withdraws from Russian Arctic; Colorado guide charged with game waste violations; Alaska's pot cafes to give patrons a taste of cannabis; Governor may release video of St. Michael man who died in prison; Anchorage Chamber announces 2016 legislative priorities; High winds close Whittier tunnel; More high wind on horizon in Turnagain Arm; High winds imperil travel along Richardson, Parks Hwys; Strong El Nino, 'Blob effect' may mean more winter precipitation; After 15 years of closure, Rampart school seeks teacher Download Audio

American oil titan ConocoPhillips has sold its 50 percent stake in the Polar Lights drilling project in the Russian Arctic, according to Russian news media. The sale marks Conoco's complete exit from Russia. Download Audio

Three-hundred and sixty-four days a year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command -- or NORAD -- is the U.S.-Canadian military unit that monitors North American airspace for enemy threats. But one day a year, NORAD turns its watch onto one very popular air traveler. Download Audio

Fairbanks mayor prods police to investigate other suspects in Hartman murder; Fundraiser nets $32K for Juneau shelter, soup kitchen; Labyrinth of VA paperwork, bureaucracy leaves vets feeling lost; Police arrest 2nd suspect in Anchorage double homicide; Court employees furloughed Christmas Eve to save money; State pre-K slated for elimination in governor's budget plan; Yukon salmon fishery numbers show strong season; Christmas lights brighten Sitka after rough year Download Audio

Major western Alaska employer lays off 30; Casualty of care: Ex-Marine grapples with VA system; 2 Alaska newspapers sold to foundation; Juneau to hold March special election for new mayor; Police say drug deal preceded Anchorage shooting deaths; Family looks for answers as Juneau stabbing case grows cold; Senate advances Port Spencer as Arctic port; Researchers say less Arctic sea ice means more precipitation; Southeast electronic duo Whiskey Class premieres new music video; On Kenai, bear management strives for happy medium Download Audio

Plane makes emergency landing on Seward Highway; Anchorage LIO decision on hold for now; Alaska health plans save big sending patients south for surgery; Amid plunging gas prices, how competitive is Alaska LNG?; Anchorage fundraiser for the Fairbanks Four draws hundreds; Fairbanks tussles with police union over labor contract; Stranded seal in Nome released into wild Download Audio

Obama frees 2 Alaska inmates; Alaska Innocence Project nets first big victory in Fairbanks Four case; Law Dept. insists Fairbanks Four not 'exonerated'; US budget bill passes, Sullivan votes no; Models show permafrost melting faster than thought; Al Jazeera documentary highlights erosion in Kivalina, Newtok; Home heating assistance on chopping block with budget cuts; AK: Finding a home, building a family; 49 Voices: Katiya Simonsson of Unalakleet Download Audio