APRN: Alaska News
It is Day 92 of the legislative session, and lawmakers still have not reached a compromise on the state’s budget. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us from a very quiet Capitol.
Alaska State Trooper investigators say the father of the man suspected of shooting two officers removed the slain officers’ handguns from their holsters and cocked them to make it appear as if his son had acted to save his life.
There’s renewed push for greater protection of declining Denali National Park wolves. The effort follows news that a Park wolf was discovered dead last month from a snare injury.
This week Alaska Public Media is exploring the Blind Spot – how youth who are part of and outside of the juvenile justice system are getting help for substance abuse. One option is residential treatment, like the kind offered through the ARCH program in Eagle River, which Anne Hillman toured with one young resident.
Raven Landing Senior housing facility in Fairbanks will begin work soon on an expansion project. The Retirement Community of Fairbanks has secured a loan to help finance a $7.4 million 35-unit addition to the facility off Airport Way. The expansion is aimed at meeting a growing need for senior housing in the Interior.
Since January 2014, representatives of the Alaska Food Policy Council have been crisscrossing the state, getting a taste of local foods, food issues, and food successes.
Lawmakers Still Searching For Elusive Budgetary Compromise; Investigators: Suspect Tampered With Slain Troopers’ Guns; Snaring Death Of Denali Wolf Prompts Push For Protection; The Blind Spot: A System of Order Over Chaos; Raven Landing Gets Financing to Expand, Meet Growing Need for Senior Housing; Town Hall Meetings Tackle Alaska’s Food Security Issues; Cultivating Native Values, NYO Tournament Continues Growing
After a day of stalled and canceled meetings, the Alaska Legislature made small advances on a capital budget.
500 athletes from across the state were joined for the first time in decades by a foreign delegation from the Yukon Territory in Canada. Organizers say the tournament continues because of more deliberate efforts to promote traditional values across Alaska.
The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics; Lawmakers Still Searching For Budgetary Consensus; Bill Establishing Marijuana Control Board Poised To Become Law; Federal Government Proposes Taking Humpback Whales Off Endangered Species List; Migrating Birds May Carry Viral Baggage; Long-Term Weather Models Point Toward A Warm Summer; Homer Road Sloughs After Rain; Erin’s Law Stuck In Senate Education Committee; Cama-i Celebrates Tradition For All Generations
In Anchorage, the number of criminal offenses by minors referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice has dropped by nearly half in the past decade for almost every offense type – except severe drug and alcohol offenses. That number has stayed fairly steady. In fact, as a share of the whole, substance abuse cases in Anchorage are up, although as a share of the total they are proportionately small. But the numbers only tell part of the story.
In spite of the session extension in Juneau, the status of new legislation dealing with commercial marijuana for the year ahead is clear.
The federal government is proposing to remove most humpback whales from the endangered species list. Forty-five years after the whales were first listed, federal scientists say that most humpback populations – including those common in Alaska – are stable and growing.
Right now, a lethal strain of bird flu is wreaking havoc in the Lower 48. It’s clear that migrating flocks have something to do with spreading the illness between farms and across continents — but exactly what is still fuzzy. A remote spot in Southwest Alaska may hold some clues.
With the last of the snow melting off, and Alaska headed toward summer, long range forecasts indicate it could be a hot one.
The House passed a version of Erin’s Law on Saturday. Now, three versions of the child sexual abuse prevention bill are stuck in the Senate Education Committee as the legislature winds down for the year. Majority leadership has indicated there’s no rush to pass the bill.
The Cama-i festival packed the Bethel Regional High School gym for a weekend of dancing, singing, and celebrating life in the YK Delta. Traditional and modern dance groups from the YK Delta and native performers from across the country came to Bethel to express in song and dance this year’s timeless theme: Generations Celebrating Through Dance.
The hold up is a vote to draw from the constitutional budget reserve to fill a multi-billion-dollar deficit. Without support from the Democratic minority, the Legislature is short at least three votes to tap the rainy day fund.