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“Worthless” is how a New York hedge fund labeled the value of Northern Dynasty stock in a report issued Tuesday. Northern Dynasty is the Vancouver-based company behind the proposed Pebble Mine, which Kerrisdale said is a project that will never be commercially or politically viable. Listen now

Multiple news outlets report Mike Dubke is about to be named as President Trump’s new communications director. The Washington-based political strategist has worked on several Alaska campaigns, including those of Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan. Listen now

Every winter, a massive infrastructure project takes place on the North Slope — one that’s designed to disappear. Ice roads are built to minimize the oil industry’s footprint on the sensitive tundra, and melt away in spring. Many of the oil industry’s multi-million dollar projects on the North Slope can’t be built until the ice roads are finished each year. Listen now

After three years of waiting for special immigrant visas, a family from Iraq finally arrived in Anchorage last fall. They were seeking safety. Then, on January 27, President Trump signed an executive order, and everything seemed to change. Listen now

This week we’re hearing from Zion Phillips in Anchorage. Phillips is a UAA freshmen and president of UAA’s Black Student Union. Listen now

The 2017 Yukon Quest is over. The last 5 mushers arrived in Fairbanks Thursday (Feb. 16) and Friday (Feb. 17) morning.

Across Alaska, handlers play a pivotal role in competitive mushing. They manage sprawling kennels and help train sled-dogs for competition. It's a system that thrives on an unconventional economic arrangement. Listen now

Gov. Bill Walker took action this week to try to stem the epidemic of overdose deaths from heroin and other opioid drugs.

Rep. Young joins motley cannabis caucus; U.S. House lifts restrictions on predator hunting in Alaska refuges; Walker orders state agencies to pursue grants to fight opioid epidemic; Lobbyist tax gets pushback in Alaska state House; Can home wood pellet boilers go from fringe to mainstream?; Ask a Climatologist: This winter’s alarming record low Arctic sea ice; Yukon Quest rookie mushes in at 7th place; Adventure is the profit: the economics of dog handling Listen now

On Thursday (Feb. 16) the U.S. House approved a bill to lift Obama administration restrictions on hunting and trapping of bears, wolves and other predators on federal wildlife refuges in Alaska. Listen now
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The top rookie in this year’s Yukon Quest crossed the finish line in Fairbanks yesterday. Katherine Keith of Kotzebue arrived just before noon Wednesday (Feb. 15), with ten dogs to claim Rookie of the Year honors. Keith has run the Iditarod three times, but this was her first Yukon Quest. Listen now

Alaska Congressman Don Young says he’s never smoked marijuana. But Young says he wants to change federal law to help marijuana entrepreneurs do business. The issue has Young joining forces with congressmen of different stripes. Listen now

In Episode 2, we talk to Molly Rettig about the Yukon Quest and Brent Sass's scratch; and to Zachariah Hughes about the Iditarod start moving to Fairbanks and the economics of dog handling.

In this episode we talk about: - This year's Kuskokwim 300 with Ben Matheson. - Mushing's rural to urban migration with Zachariah Hughes
Rep. Sam Kito lll addresses the Alaska House of Representatives on April 7, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

State Rep. Sam Kito III wants to close a $200,000 funding gap at the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC), which oversees the activities of candidates, political groups and lobbyists. Listen now

It’s pretty common for residents of rural Alaska to head south for some time in the winter. For a few weeks, a month, or more. In some cases, students become part of that tradition. The question of how to deal with extended school absences came up recently in Haines.

A watchdog group is raising questions about whether new tugboats planned for Prince William Sound are up to the job of escorting oil tankers through the region. Listen now

Hilcorp's leaking gas pipeline in Cook Inlet is drawing concern from environmental groups and state and federal agencies. Listen now

Fire destroys Anchorage apartment building, kills 2; Governor Walker issues disaster declaration on opioid epidemic; Reserves, dividends would be gone in 10 years without action, lawmakers told; New bill from House lawmaker would hike minimum tax on oil industry; Environmental group to sue Hilcorp over Cook Inlet gas leak; Kenai Borough Assembly to consider eliminating religious invocation; Watchdog group skeptical of tugboats used as oil transport escorts; Alaska migratory bird co-management council proposes an emperor goose subsistence hunt; After die-off, sea stars face uncertain future Listen now

A midtown Anchorage apartment building caught fire early Wednesday morning, killing two people and injuring 16 others. A portion of the three-story Royal Suite Lodge on Minnesota Drive in midtown has collapsed from the blaze, and the cause is currently unknown. Listen now