Lawmakers are continuing work in Juneau. The House Rules Committee on Tuesday unveiled the latest attempt to rewrite tax credits for the oil and gas industry. The bill would save the state more money over the next three years than a previous version. But the savings are much less than what Governor Bill Walker proposed. Download Audio
Young Alaska Natives are spreading Yup’ik literacy. Six students from across the state competed in the fifth annual Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage over the weekend. The contest is open to third through eighth grade and run by volunteers. It’s a lot of work. And with responsibility concentrated to a few individuals, the future of the event is in question. Download Audio
Christopher Orman is the new assistant district attorney for Sitka, Petersburg, and Kake. He replaced Jean Seaton in February, who held the position since 2009. Originally from Southern California, Orman had a winding road to get into law, but he says he’s ultimately happy to be in field serving the community. Download Audio
Alaska Republican donors go to court over increasing campaign contribution limits; Senate president aims to finish session in Juneau; Seward Highway crash leaves two dead near Girdwood; Dillingham wins first overall and sportsmanship at state NYO; Bristol Bay Native Corporation plans to acquire Katmailand; deadly bat disease spreading; residents asked to help survey the flying mammals; Calista campaigning to reduce quorum requirements before descendants enroll; Wasilla pilot avoids injury after plane loses power; The Ecology of Breast Cancer: Researching the risks for breast cancer Download Audio
A Two Rivers man died in a weekend crash of an all-terrain vehicle. Download Audio
Going beyond known risk factors for breast cancer has led to research that looks at the ecology of risk. Dr Ted Schettler is the science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. He is also the author of The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The promise of prevention and the hope for healing. Dr Schettler says considering all the conditions that cancer arises from, means not just individual risks such as genetics, but community, ecosystem and societal concerns. Download Audio
Money is the lifeblood of a political campaign, and if a legal challenge to Alaska’s campaign contribution limits succeeds, there could be more of it. APRN’s Liz Ruskin attended the first day of a trial in U.S. District Court in Anchorage today. Download Audio
The Bristol Bay Native Corporation announced plans to acquire Katmailand, Inc., a long running sport fishing and bear viewing operation in and around Katmai National Park. Download Audio
Foster care doesn't just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families -- and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? We'll talk about supporting the foster care system on the next Talk of Alaska statewide. Download Audio
The statewide Native Youth Olympics tournament wrapped up Saturday after three days of competition. Dillingham earned the rare distinction of winning both first place overall and the top sportsmanship award. Download Audio
Zombies are real. They’re walking around on the bottom of Alaska’s ocean, mindlessly incubating the next generation of creatures that will, in turn, create even more zombies.
Fisheries researchers say the appearance of a warm water anomaly in the northeast Pacific Ocean likely added a new wrinkle into recent predictions of Alaska salmon runs that are used by commercial fishing industry for the upcoming season’s planning. Because of the variability of West Coast salmon populations, a simple cause and effect may be impossible to pin down.
Two people are dead after a crash over the weekend on the Seward Highway north of Girdwood. Alaska State Troopers responded to the collision just after 7 p.m. Saturday. Download Audio
A pilot avoided injury in Wasilla over the weekend, after a mechanical mishap. Download Audio
An independent report on the University of Alaska Fairbanks failed handling of sexual assault cases was released Friday. The review done by Anchorage attorney Jeff Feldman confirms that UAF failed to pursue policy dictated disciplinary action against perpetrators in five cases from 2011 into 2014.
UAF Title IX violations due to systemic failures; Point Thomson gas development begins production on North Slope; Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation: Investors of billions; Senate accepts House changes to alcohol, marijuana bill; marijuana entrepreneurs fight an attempt to quell business growth; largest marijuana runner in Homer sentenced; Alaska plans new task force to address heroin, opioids; AK: Protecting a village; 49 Voices: Antonio Prescott of Wasilla Download Audio
The Point Thomson gas development on the North Slope has started production. In a web release, ExxonMobil states it will initially produce 5000 barrels per day of gas condensate and 100 million cubic feet per day of recycled gas that will be re-injected for future recovery. Download Audio