Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


Anchorage airport anticipates more passengers this summer

Passenger capacity on planes flying to Anchorage is projected to increase by 6 percent.

EPA report shows increased chemical releases at Red Dog Mine, state pushes back

"Eighty six percent of all release quantities of TRI chemicals reported from region 10 are from the Red Dog Mine," says Alexandra Dunn, the EPA's Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Ask an Economist: How has industry in Alaska changed since 1990?

"One of the biggest ones that really, I would say represents a huge structural change, particularly for Southeast Alaska, was the logging industry," Fried says.

KSKA’s Bede Trantina honored for work in public media

Kameron Perez-Verdia, President and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum, presented Trantina the award for distinguished service in community at a ceremony in Juneau earlier this month.

How would a $20M cut affect public schools statewide?

The proposal would need to go-ahead from the legislature before becoming a reality. But school administrators are concerned about the possibility.

Ask an Economist: What does the PFD do for jobs, crime and health in Alaska?

The checks qualified Alaskans receive each year give residents some extra cash. But the Permanent Fund Dividend, or PFD, could have broader impacts, too.

After years of loss, job growth expected in Anchorage in 2019

The biggest takeaway from the AEDC's forecast for the coming year: this recession that's been dragging on since 2015 -- it's probably going to end.

Alaska’s population is down for the second year in a row — why?

More people are leaving Alaska than are moving to the state, leading to overall population decline. That's the major takeaway from data released earlier this month from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. 

Ask an Economist: What does the partial government shutdown mean for Alaska’s economy?

That's because the federal government is in its third week of a partial shutdown. Around 5,700 people in Alaska work for unfunded federal agencies. So right now, they're furloughed or working without pay.

After years of loss, state economists forecast modest job growth in 2019

In 2019, state economists think Alaska could finally start gaining a modest amount of jobs.

U.S. House Dean Don Young swears in Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Alaska's lone congressman had a ceremonial role in a major transition that happened Thursday in Washington D.C.

How a missed opportunity and unforeseen costs became part of the Alaska Class Ferry story

An additional $30 million is needed before the Hubbard and Tazlina ferries can start sailing, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
Eareckson Air Station, on Shemya Island. (Photo: US Air Force)

Delta flight from Beijing to Seattle diverted to Aleutian island

Flight 128 had a potential engine issue, according to a statement from Delta Air Lines

Ask an Economist: Why are Alaska oil prices higher than the Lower 48?

Alaska oil is selling at a higher price than oil produced in the Lower 48. Why are the prices so different?

Ask an Economist: Earthquake recovery will help economy, but not enough to end recession

Economic activity driven by last month's major earthquake is not going to pull the state out of recession.

Consumer confidence surveys show positive signs — what does that really mean?

How much people may be willing to spend at businesses is important for the local economy. Consumer confidence surveys are an attempt to measure this. And, in Alaska right now, they're showing positive signs. But, there's more to the story.

After earthquake, Anchorage businesses clean up, assess damage

After a weekend of cleanup, many businesses are re-opening. But not everyone has the all-clear yet.

Quake’s closeness contributed to stronger shaking

This was a big earthquake. But, for Alaska, the size wasn't that unusual. What made it a big deal was the proximity to people and buildings. 

Anchorage School Board votes to close Mount Spurr Elementary School

The board heard emotional testimony from several people opposed to the closure, but ultimately voted 5-2 in favor of shutting the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson elementary school.
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Can you hold for a minute? State replaces default music with songs by Alaska artists

Five songs by Alaska artists will now cycle through the state's hold music, thanks to a new effort called the Alaska Music On Hold Project.