Dunleavy requests federal disaster money for earthquake recovery
Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
The step could unlock tens of millions of dollars in disaster relief funds for entities damage during the November 30th quake and continuing aftershocks.
Judge dismisses Alaska bonding plan lawsuit
A state court judge has dismissed a challenge to former Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to use bonding to pay Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit obligations.
U.S. House Dean Don Young swears in Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
Alaska’s lone congressman had a ceremonial role in a major transition that happened Thursday in Washington D.C.
Alaska Fire Service has furloughed most employees as shutdown continues
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
Although wildfires are unlikely to bust out in the Interior anytime soon, the shutdown is hampering the Alaska Fire Service’s planning and preparation for the coming fire season.
Rule seeks to tighten work requirements for food stamps
A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is alarming Alaska food security advocates who say it would make it tougher to waive work requirements for food stamps.
Japan’s departure from International Whaling Commission may have consequences for Alaska subsistence whaling
Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk- Fairbanks
Last month, Japan announced that it is leaving the international group that regulates whaling and will resume commercial whaling in its own coastal waters. Japan’s decision may have consequences for Alaska’s legal subsistence whaling.
Credit union begins pilot program to start banking for Alaska marijuana businesses
Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
An Alaska credit union wants to offer banking services to businesses in the state’s legal cannabis industry.
Alaska woman finds owner of native artifacts box left in cab
A box of Alaska Native artifacts will be returned to the owner after it was left in a taxicab about three decades ago.
Alaska Made: Sea otter pelts are highly prized, tightly regulated
Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg
The sea otter population in Southeast is growing steadily. Alaska Natives are allowed to work the pelts in traditional ways, but production is constrained by regulations.
Envisioning recovery and rebuilding a life in Noatak
Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
Karen Mitchell is the Behavioral Health Aide in Noatak, a small village in the Northwest Arctic. Twenty-five years ago, as she stared out the window of her home there, such a future seemed impossible.