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Skagway assembly member signs guilty plea to federal tax charges, owes IRS $600,000

Skagway assembly member signs guilty plea to federal tax charges, owes IRS $600,000

Longtime Skagway Assembly member and business owner Dan Henry signed a plea agreement Wednesday admitting guilt to federal tax charges and agreeing to pay $600,000 in restitution to the IRS.
February 8, 2016

Kodiak harbor shooting leaves 1 dead

One 28-year-old fisherman is dead and another is in custody after an early Sunday shooting in Kodiak’s Saint Herman Harbor.
February 8, 2016

Former tribal chief sentenced for embezzling over $100,000

A former Healy Lake Tribe first chief and administrator will spend up to 90 days on house arrest as part of her sentence for embezzling more than $100,000 in federal and tribal funds.
February 8, 2016

Alaska troopers: No plans to intervene in village dispute

Alaska State Troopers say they don't know who the rightful tribal leaders are in a western Alaska village, and they've taken no action weeks after a federal judge said the agency could use force to evict former leaders involved in a prolonged power struggle there.
February 8, 2016
Price tag on LIO sale: $37M

Price tag on LIO sale: $37M

The developer says the sale would save the state $2,052,000 over the next nine years of the existing lease, and eliminates the potential for lawsuits if legislators walk away from the agreement. Download Audio
February 5, 2016

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

State seeks to charge Bill Allen in federal sex case; Alaska DOC to be reviewed; public testimony: keep state hands off of dividends; Alaska Native’s discuss what ‘Eskimo’ means to them; slumping Canadian dollar means big loss for Haines, Skagway; AK local start-up leverages social media to bring beard oil to Alaskans; 49 Voices, EJ David of Anchorage Download Audio
February 5, 2016
State seeks power to prosecute Bill Allen on federal trafficking charge

State seeks power to prosecute Bill Allen on federal trafficking charge

Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards says the state wants authority to pursue charges against former VECO boss Bill Allen for allegedly transporting a young woman across state lines for sex. The state has tried before, but in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch today, Richards cites a new law that requires her to allow the state to pursue the federal case, or provide a detailed explanation why she won’t. Download Audio
February 5, 2016
Alaska DOC to be reviewed by newly appointed Commissioner

Alaska DOC to be reviewed by newly appointed Commissioner

All prison programs in Alaska's correctional institutions will be reviewed, according to newly appointed Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams. Williams is also the co-author of an administrative report released last year that detailed deficiencies in the current system. Download Audio
February 5, 2016
Kyle Reading prepares a batch of Flintlock beard oil. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)

AK: Local start-up leverages social media to bring beard oil to Alaskans

Two local musicians in Anchorage are diving beards-first into the business of male grooming products. They're going for a style reminiscent of Don Draper mixed with well-groomed mountain man. I spent an afternoon at company – or apartment kitchen – headquarters to find out a little bit more. Download Audio
February 5, 2016
Alaska Native’s discuss what ‘Eskimo’ means to them

Alaska Native’s discuss what ‘Eskimo’ means to them

After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for their airplanes and website many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase they with their new marketing campaign. The phrase that sparked a controversy and a new round of conversations about what the word “Eskimo” means to Alaska Natives. Download Audio
February 5, 2016

Slumping Canadian dollar means big loss for Haines, Skagway

The Canadian dollar continues to hover around $0.72 U.S. That means locals in Haines and Skagway might not see as many Yukon license plates this summer. With the lagging loonie comes the loss of Canadian business for local shops and tour operators, who are now trying to figure out how to cope. Download Audio
February 5, 2016
Public testimony: Keep state hands off of dividends

Public testimony: Keep state hands off of dividends

Alaskans don’t want to see large cuts to their annual Permanent Fund dividends. At least, that was the message most people delivered Thursday night about Gov. Bill Walker’s plan for the fund. Download Audio
February 5, 2016
Anchorage paramedic aids refugees in Greece

Anchorage paramedic aids refugees in Greece

Anchorage resident Teresa Gray just returned from volunteering in a refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Gray is a retired paramedic who was moved to volunteer for three weeks in January with a relief organization based in Ireland, after she saw the tragic and widely circulated photograph of a small refugee boy who died and washed up on a beach. Gray had never assisted with an international relief effort before. She says the refugees who are fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq pay Turkish Smugglers 1500 dollars a person to get to Lesvos.
February 5, 2016

Understanding culture through Alaska literature

Literature helps us understand our world, ourselves and each other and Alaska is full of great authors. Tlingit author Ernestine Hayes will discuss her book Blonde Indian and the deeper understanding that can come from reading about lives that are different from our own. APRN: Tuesday, 2/9 at 10:00am Listen now
February 5, 2016
49 Voices: EJ David of Anchorage

49 Voices: EJ David of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from EJ David, a Psychology professor from UAA and keynote speaker at the First Alaskans Institute 2016 Racial Equity Summit.
February 5, 2016
Ohio rookie to go out first for Yukon Quest race

Ohio rookie to go out first for Yukon Quest race

The order is set for tomorrow’s start of the Yukon Quest. The 23 mushers, slated to begin the race in downtown Fairbanks, drew numbers Thursday night to determine the running order. The first person to leave for Whitehorse on Saturday will be a 19-year-old rookie from Ohio.
February 5, 2016
Breakfast offered in Sitka School District for all students

Breakfast offered in Sitka School District for all students

It’s often called the most important meal of the day but sometimes kids don’t get the chance to eat breakfast before heading to class. Sitka School District wanted to change that this year and started offering breakfast for all students. This is the first year the high school has offered breakfast and that Sitka School District has offered it to students at all five of its schools.
February 5, 2016
The next steps for DOC

The next steps for DOC

Governor Walker recently announced Dean Williams as the new commissioner of the Department of Corrections. This week on Alaska Edition we will talk about the future of the Department of Corrections and the steps the new commissioner plans to take to better the system. Listen Now:
February 5, 2016
Feds announce tracking requirements for seafood imports

Feds announce tracking requirements for seafood imports

The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced that it is implementing a new tracking program for seafood imports, meant to help combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud. Importers will have to track where fish was caught, the type of gear that was used and where it was landed.
February 5, 2016

Troopers seize illegal drugs, stolen guns at home in Tok

An estimated $35,000 in illegal drugs and at least 15 stolen guns have been seized by Alaska State Troopers serving a search warrant in Tok.
February 5, 2016