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Missing Boater Found Dead Near Seldovia

Sixty-eight-year old Robert Purpura, of Seldovia, was identified Monday night after an extensive search throughout the day.

April 29, 2015

Sitka Hospital Asks Community For Help With Money Problems

Sitka Community Hospital is turning to the residents it serves to try to figure out how to climb out of its $2 million budget deficit.

April 29, 2015

Denali National Park Wolf Count Drops Below 50

Denali National Park and Preserve’s wolf numbers have reached a record low this spring with an estimated population of just 48, according to a Park Service study.

April 29, 2015

Controversial Anchorage Budget Bumps Up Taxes for Public Safety, Veto Likely

The Assembly passed a budget adding a 5.61% rise in property taxes, splitting the body between those calling for fiscal conservatism, and others stressing a need for spending on public safety.

April 29, 2015
Signs posted around Town Square Park protesting budget cuts to education. Hillman/KSKA

Alaska PTA, community speaks out against education funding cuts

Community members and education groups, like Alaska PTA, organized in Anchorage to speak out against public education funding cuts.

April 29, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: April 28, 2015

The Coast Guard wants cutters before icebreakers; Lawmakers ask for a break and relocation for special session; Marriage equality advocates ask Governor to stop gay marriage challenge; Akiak’s approach to stopping the flow of alcohol; Health implications for third world conditions in rural Alaska; Unalaska prepares for cruise ship season; The U.S. Army ‘Sugar Bears’ fly supplies to Denali

April 28, 2015
Marriage Equality Advocates Ask Governor and Attorney General To “Stop in the name of the love”

Marriage Equality Advocates Ask Governor and Attorney General To “Stop in the name of the love”

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on marriage equality yesterday (Tuesday). On the same day, around 40 people gathered at the Dimond Courthouse plaza across from the State Capitol in Juneau to rally through song and dance.

April 28, 2015
U.S. Army ‘Sugar Bears’ Fly Supplies to Denali

U.S. Army ‘Sugar Bears’ Fly Supplies to Denali

On Monday, Army helicopters flew the last round of supplies to Denali base camp for the 2015 climbing season. The unit, dubbed the “Sugar Bears” is well-known in Talkeetna, and has a history in Alaska of combining training and supply runs.

April 28, 2015
Icebreakers? Sure, but CG Boss Says Cutters Come First

Icebreakers? Sure, but CG Boss Says Cutters Come First

The head of the Coast Guard says the country must invest in new icebreakers to meet a predicted increase in Arctic drilling and marine traffic. But he also told a U.S. Senate panel today the Coast Guard needs lots of ships, and icebreakers aren’t the top item on his acquisitions list. 

April 28, 2015

As Legislature Gavels In For Special Session, Leaders Ask For Break And Relocation

House Speaker Mike Chenault said he has broached the idea of taking a two-week recess and then reconvening back in Anchorage, noting that construction is scheduled to start on the Capitol building in a matter of days.

April 28, 2015
A Moving Target: Stopping Booze at the River

A Moving Target: Stopping Booze at the River

Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The region’s three Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Taskforce investigators can’t be everywhere at once. Some villages are trying to fill in gaps where bootlegged alcohol reaches dry option communities. In the second of a three-part series on the law enforcements efforts to stem the flow of alcohol to the region KYUK’s Ben Matheson reports on Akiak’s tribal approach.

April 28, 2015
Kick the Bucket: Health implications of Third World conditions in Alaska

Kick the Bucket: Health implications of Third World conditions in Alaska

You don’t have to go to a foreign country to find Third World conditions. You can find more than six percent of Alaskans living in those conditions – without modern running water or sewer systems. The so-called “honey bucket” situation has frequently been deplored and millions of federal and state dollars have been devoted to dealing with it. But the reality remains that people in 3,300 households in the state live without running water and flush toilets and have much higher rates of hospitalization for respiratory and skin infections. Are there solutions? Maybe? Are we getting closer to those solutions? Maybe not. Today we begin a five-part series entitled “Kick the Bucket,” in which we’ll get a closer look at the water and sewer situation in rural Alaska. In part one, we look at the public health implication of inadequate water supplies.

April 28, 2015

UAF To Play Central Role In US-Led Arctic Council

Now that the United States has assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will play a central role in carrying out the U.S. agenda in the region, UAF’s top two administrators said Friday.

April 28, 2015

Report Tallies Tourism’s Economic Impact

A new report from the National Parks Service says Alaska parks brought over 2.5 million visitors, $1.1 billion and 17,000 jobs into the state economy last year.

April 28, 2015
Record Cruise Ship Season Starts Sunday in Unalaska

Record Cruise Ship Season Starts Sunday in Unalaska

Unalaska will get a big population boost this weekend, with the first cruise ship of what’s shaping up to be a busy summer.

April 28, 2015

Shell seeks injunction against Arctic drilling protesters

A federal judge on Tuesday will consider a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for an injunction against illegal boarding of Arctic-bound drilling equipment by activists from Greenpeace Inc.

April 28, 2015

Alaska Legislature Passes Child Support Bill

Alaska lawmakers have passed legislation to bring state child support law into line with an international treaty under which the United States and other nations enforce child-support orders for one another.

April 28, 2015

Togiak Herring Meets Threshold, Fishing Opens

Alaska’s largest herring fishery opened Monday at 8 p.m., after Fish and Game staff documented a threshold biomass of herring around Togiak.

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April 28, 2015

After Legislature Adjourns, Walker Calls For Special Session

Eight days after the statutory deadline, the Alaska State Legislature has adjourned. But as soon as the gavel dropped, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling them into a special session.

April 28, 2015

Lawmakers Could Gavel Out

Lawmakers may gavel out this evening after a week long stalemate on the budget.

April 27, 2015