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ConocoPhillips looks west, to the National Petroleum Reserve

ConocoPhillips looks west, to the National Petroleum Reserve

Despite oil prices hovering around $30 a barrel, ConocoPhillips is plowing ahead with projects in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. The company invited Alaska journalists on a tour this week of CD5, its newest drill site -- the first to produce oil from the NPRA and, the company hopes, the gateway to more development. Download Audio
February 11, 2016
Fainting aside, Air Force says F-35 is OK

Fainting aside, Air Force says F-35 is OK

President Obama’s 2017 Air Force budget would slow the pace of buying F-35s. That’s the new fighter jet slated for Eielson Air Force Base. But top Air Force officials still speak highly of the plan to station them at the Fairbanks base. Never mind that one general lost consciousness when discussing the F-35's budget. Download Audio
February 11, 2016
Scientists find prevalence of algal toxins in the Arctic

Scientists find prevalence of algal toxins in the Arctic

For the first time, scientists have documented the prevalence of two biotoxins in Alaska’s marine mammal population above the Arctic Circle. That’s according to a new study out Thursday in the Journal Harmful Algae. But it’s not clear if algal toxins have always existed in the Arctic, because scientist never looked before now. Download Audio
February 11, 2016

Gara proposes tax on S-corporations

Anchorage Democratic Representative Les Gara wants to make sure that these cuts don’t fall too heavily on working-class and low-income people. Gara has instead proposed a bill that would apply a 6 percent tax on the owners of businesses that aren’t currently taxed by the state. These businesses are called S-corporations and their owners report the business income as personal income. Download Audio
February 11, 2016

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Obama slows pace of F35s; scientists find prevalence of algal toxins in the Arctic; Gara: don't let budget cuts fall too heavily on working class, poor; ConocoPhillips plows ahead in NPR-A; agreement expected soon on railroad right of way; Mt. Edgecumbe proud of tradition; Sass running strong in Yukon Quest. Download Audio
February 11, 2016

Agreement expected soon between state and Ma-Su Borough on railroad right of way

An agreement between the state and the Matanuska Susitna Borough is soon to be finalized regarding state land the Borough wants for a railroad right of way. The Borough had purchased several agricultural parcels from the state in the Point MacKenzie area for a right of way for the rail spur between Port MacKenzie and Houston. But agricultural covenants on the land didn't allow industrial use. Download Audio
February 11, 2016

Breakwater project funded in Port Lions

Port Lions just obtained federal funding for a breakwater construction that will help ease the wear and tear on its harbor. The project will be completed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which works on the construction and maintenance of water resources and other forms of infrastructure. Bruce Sexauer is the chief of the civil works branch at the Alaska District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and says additional breakwater is necessary to provide complete protection for Port Lion’s harbor.
February 11, 2016
"Hero dog" dies after battle with cancer

“Hero dog” dies after battle with cancer

Buddy, the “hero dog” that led an Alaska State Trooper to a structure fire in the spring of 2010 has died after a battle with cancer.
February 11, 2016

Future of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters challenged

A group of nongovernmental organizations recently sent a letter to the US Department of State calling for a ban on heavy fuel oil, or HFO, in Arctic waters. HFO is hard to cleanup, but the widespread use of HFO throughout the Arctic makes the ban an especially hard sell. In the Arctic, HFO is used in both big and small ways. It fuels large cargo ships and helps heatand power homes in Canada and Russia. It’s banned in Antarctic waters and in northern Europe,partly due to its dirty emissions. It’s also hard to clean up.
February 11, 2016

Sass leads Yukon Quest mushers into Dawson

The top Yukon Quest teams are in Dawson City, Yukon, settled in for a mandatory 36-hour layover at the race’s halfway point. Brent Sass was first into Dawson yesterday. Download Audio
February 11, 2016

Shotgun shooting leaves man wounded in Anchor Point

Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting on the Kenai Peninsula that left a man wounded.
February 11, 2016
Low snow causes havoc again with Iditarod

Low snow causes havoc again with Iditarod

Another low snow year in Alaska is playing havoc with the world's most famous sled dog race, at least for the start.
February 11, 2016
Wildwood Correctional Facility in Kenai. (Department of Corrections photo)

Assault at Wildwood Correctional Center leaves Dillingham man hospitalized

A fight between inmates at the Wildwood Correctional Facility in Kenai has left a Dillingham man hospitalized in Anchorage. KDLG News has learned that Vaughn Clark, who was sentenced last December to four years in jail on drug dealing charges, was one of two involved and was medevaced with serious injuries Tuesday night.
February 11, 2016

Kodiak police focusing on better training following Pletnikoff incident

The Kodiak Police Department is working to improve its staff’s sensitivity towards people with special needs. That includes new approaches to identifying members of the community affected by autism.
February 11, 2016

Bon Voyage, Susitna

Mat Su's unused ferry is heading South.
February 11, 2016
Budget defers 5 jets, but Air Force general 'excited' for F-35s in Alaska

Budget defers 5 jets, but Air Force general ‘excited’ for F-35s in Alaska

President Obama’s 2017 Air Force budget would slow the pace of buying F-35s, the new fighter jet slated for Eielson Air Force Base. But the Air Force chief of staff still speaks highly of the plan to keep them at the Fairbanks base.
February 11, 2016

AK court system planning more budget cuts

Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Craig Stowers says the court system has taken steps to cut costs. In the annual State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the legislatureon Wednesday, he said the courts plan on more cuts. Download Audio
February 10, 2016

Sen. Olson joins majority caucus

The Senate’s already large majority grew even bigger today. Senator Donny Olson joined the majority caucus. The move by the Golovin Democrat means that sixteen of the twenty senators are in the majority. Olson says he’s honored to join the majority and will lend a strong voice for rural Alaskans. Download Audio
February 10, 2016

Presidential race heads to Alaska in March

Alaska’s major parties will pick their candidates on different days. The Republicans will choose theirs on March 1st, also known as Super Tuesday. That’s because it’s the day that the largest number of delegates will be picked this year. Download Audio
February 10, 2016
Young: FAA privatization bill harms Alaska air travel

Young: FAA privatization bill harms Alaska air travel

A U.S. House bill would turn air traffic controllers into employees of a non-profit corporation. Surprisingly, the air traffic controllers’ union supports it. Alaska Congressman Don Young says the bill would also undermine Essential Air Service. Download Audio
February 10, 2016