Alaska News - APRN

News coverage from every corner of Alaska from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Village grieving loss of Alex Nielsen, 17, who was killed after ATV struck a snow bank on Iliamna Lake. In a tragic coincidence, his father Niel was killed 11 years ago on the same day, January 19, 2006, in an ATV accident outside of Kokhanok. Listen now

Friday, on the Kuskokwim River outside Bethel, nine mushers and their teams will dash under the start banner for the Bogus Creek 150. An hour and a half later, 20 more will follow over a trail twice as long in the 38th Annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Listen now

Wintertime means a few things in rural Alaska. Dog mushing. Sub-zero temperatures. And basketball. Basketball is a cornerstone this time of the year in many villages, a gathering point for family members and fans to cheer on young players. Listen now

This week we're hearing from John Parsi in Anchorage. Parsi is an attorney and also moonlights as a member of various comedy troupes. Listen now

U.S. senators take a variety of postures as they question cabinet nominees at confirmation hearings. Some interrogate. Some toss softballs. Many grandstand. Alaska’s two senators stuck to a few time-honored tactics as the engaged with nominees. Listen now

Gov. Walker hits on same budget themes with new Legislature; State gasline corporation quietly opens office in Tokyo; North Pole Rep. continues to press for OCS reform; Governor Walker to attend Trump inauguration; Young to have front-row seat as Trump takes oath; For US senators, it's all in the question; Southeast legislators hesitant to cut education funding; Man dies on snowmachine trip from Kotzebue to Fairbanks; FAA investigates recent "laser attack" reports; Asian tapeworm found in Alaskan salmon; Symphony of Seafood competition continues innovation Listen now

If you plan to watch Donald Trump get sworn in, look for Alaska Congressman Don Young on your screen. The Congressman said he’ll likely have a high-profile seat. Listen now

Would you eat salmon flavored ice cream or use salmon oil on your dog? A Southeast-based seafood competition aims to find out what innovations the Alaska seafood industry has when it comes to value-added products. Listen now

Southeast Alaska lawmakers express skepticism that the Legislature should look to school funding to cut the state's budget. In fact, some legislators would like to see spending increase in some education areas. Listen now

Scientists recently announced they had found an Asian tapeworm species in pink salmon caught off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Listen now

The state gasline corporation has opened a satellite office in Tokyo. Listen now

Recent police reports indicate aircraft on the Kenai Peninsula are being targeted by handheld lasers. Listen now

In his annual State of the State Address on Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker pushed a lot of the same ideas and proposals for solving the state’s budget crisis as last year. Listen now

The multi-camera television and radio coverage from the state capitol building in Juneau will begin at 7:00 p.m. The broadcast is expected to last for approximately one hour. The broadcast will be hosted off screen by KTOO and 360 North’s Jeremy Hsieh.

President Barack Obama has turned down a request from the western Alaska village of Newtok for a disaster declaration. Listen now

Brad Snow was 26 years old when he left Anchorage to start a life with his girlfriend, Lilly Allen, near the Yukon River. The couple is featured in John McPhee’s book “Coming into the Country,” published 40 years ago. Listen now

Newtok's disaster declaration is denied; Senate majority eyes $750M in budget cuts over three years; Ballot initiative to change Anchorage’s protections for LGBTQ community deemed illegal; Alaska volcano erupts again, sends ash cloud to 31,000 feet; 2016 officially hottest year on record worldwide; North Star School Board reconsiders banned sex ed websites; State sues federal land managers over predator hunting restrictions; Culturally valuable yellow cedar on the decline; Writer John McPhee was at ease in a canoe, Brad Snow was at ease with him Listen now

The state Senate is generating ideas to make significant cuts to the state budget. They’d like to lock in lower spending levels into the future. Listen now

An avalanche that blocked the Richardson Highway north of Isabell Pass this morning, has been cleared. No vehicles were caught and no one was injured in the slide which naturally triggered near milepost 209, conditions remain dangerous.

It was -50 degrees today in Fairbanks. Anchorage hit -15 degrees. Much of the state is enduring the coldest temperatures in nearly five years. Listen now