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Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it’s still unclear what the Trump administration’s Arctic or climate policies will look like. Listen now

Ice in Cook Inlet likely to delay fix to Hilcorp gas leak for weeks; Senate reveals plan to limit budgetary Permanent Fund use; Local advocates push for town hall meetings from Alaska delegation; Industry pushes back against proposed changes to state’s oil tax system; Murkowski says Trump policies on Arctic, climate still unclear; Light on Trump, Sullivan aims for optimism; Fish and Game experiments with new moose counting method; AK: The history of the water fluoride debate in Juneau; 49 Voices: Kokayi Nosakhere of Anchorage Listen now

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, in his annual address to the Alaska Legislature, barely mentioned President Trump, and he did not bring up the issues that drove demonstrators to the steps of the state Capitol today: Trump’s policies on immigration and refugees, and the Affordable Care Act. Sullivan did, though, directly quote a different president - Teddy Roosevelt. Listen now

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game is trying out a new way to count moose within Anchorage city limits. Listen now

Earlier this year the Anchorage Assembly nixed a ballot initiative to cease fluoridating its water supply.Despite setbacks, activists there vow to keep the effort alive. Listen now

This week we’re hearing from Kokayi Nosakhere in Anchorage. Nosakhere is community coordinator for Anchorage's branch of the NAACP. Listen now

Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to increase the nation’s infrastructure spending. After Trump was elected, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker sent the new president an infrastructure wishlist from the state. At the top of that list is the state-led $45 billion gasline project. Listen now

Alaska’s solar industry lags far behind many other states. But with prices dropping dramatically around the world, some entrepreneurs see a new opportunity. Listen now

Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is asking the federal government to take on much of the cost of supporting the individual insurance market. Listen now

Spicer says feds likely to boost enforcement of anti-marijuana laws; Alaska sees positive federal signals on individual insurance market; House Science to EPA: drop Pebble Mine veto; Walker wants Trump on board the gasline; Against the odds, proving solar can power Alaska; Alaska Aces hockey team to fold after this season; New Iditarod two-way communication rules for safety, not advantage Listen now

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said today he expects the Department of Justice will step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws. No details yet on how this will affect states that have set up recreational marijuana industries. Listen now

In a letter Wednesday to new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the chairman of the House Science Committee asked that the agency rescind its 2014 veto of the Pebble Mine. EPA proposed the preemptive Clean Water Act restrictions based on findings from its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, and did so with the support of many area tribes, fishermen, and environmental groups. Listen now

During last year's Iditarod, an intoxicated snowmachiner struck Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle's teams on a section of the trail heading into Nulato. And the implications of that event are shaping aspects of this year's Iditarod.

Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.

The state's only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday (Feb. 23). Listen now

In this episode we take a look back at the 2016 Iditarod, including: The Seavey dynasty, Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle's dangerous encounter with a snowmachine near Nulato, and Brent Sass withdraws from the 2017 Iditarod.

Alaska moved a step closer Wednesday (Feb. 22) to permanently filling the position of attorney general. Listen now

This week, we’re responding to a listener who asked whether it’s true that sea ice in Antarctic waters has been generally increasing, while Arctic sea ice has seen dramatic declines. Listen now

Murkowski looks at Trump, sees resource development; State moves forward on filling attorney general position; Study shows rise in some prenatal exposure to opiates; Carbon monoxide a factor in Soldotna deaths; After uncertainty, Alaska national parks get green light to hire summer staff; Twenty years after the Bethel School shooting; Mt. Edgecumbe High School marks 70th anniversary; Ask a Climatologist: We know it’s bad in the Arctic, what about the Antarctic? Listen now

A new study from a state epidemiologist looks at infants who were exposed to opiates before birth. Unlike previous studies, it goes beyond the sharp rise in cases for a portion of the population to explore what happens next. The data cannot be generalized to the whole state. Listen now