Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
"Of Bears and Ballots" is about Heather Lende's time as a member of the Haines assembly, from running for office, through some contentious debates, some uplifting moments, and then a recall effort that ultimately failed.
LISTEN: Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz talks mask mandate, concerns about Fourth of July gatherings
As the pandemic hit Alaska this spring, it forced the closure of nonessential businesses in Anchorage, and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says mandating mask-wearing now -- as cases spike in the city -- is a way to avoid another shutdown.
Whether it's thunder and lightning and rain in Fairbanks, or just a whole lot more rain in Juneau, a couple things stand out about the summer so far in Alaska.
Alaska’s courts will test the use of videoconferencing in grand jury proceedings later this summer in the northwest region of the state. The goal is for residents to hear cases and complete jury service while staying home, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The art installation took over a year to conceive and create, and it's called “Shadow on the land, an excavation and bush burial," part of Sydney’s 22nd Biennale art exhibition. It's the work of Yeil Ya-Tseen Nicholas Galanin, a Tlingit-Unangax̂ artist from and based in Sitka.
The Alaska Sports and Recreation COVID-19 Advisory Council is comprised of three dozen people from a broad range of sports and recreation interests, from athletes to event organizers and backcountry guides.
A Jesuit Catholic priest who visited Alaska off and on for many years is among nearly a dozen who worked at a prominent university in the Pacific Northwest and are also accused of sexual misconduct.
Palmer’s police chief returned to work Monday after a nearly three-week suspension over Facebook posts he made calling the Black Lives Matter movement a “hate group” and, separately, questioning the legitimacy of sexual assault reports.
Anchorage lawyer Caitlin Shortell told Alaska Public Media's Casey Grove there are still some loopholes, and now, more than ever, it's important for Alaskans who feel discriminated against in the workplace to know their rights.
Duane Fields, 48, is the only person known to have been criminally prosecuted in the state for violating coronavirus quarantine rules. He had been charged with contempt of court for allegedly violating a court order as part of his conditions of release to quarantine for two weeks at an Anchorage hotel.
DACA recipient and Anchorage resident HJ Kim says she had been anticipating a ruling from the High Court -- one way or the other -- and had worried she would have to leave her job and be deported to South Korea, where she was born.
Two weeks, one protest and one city council meeting later, and the city of Palmer has made no decision yet on how to handle statements by its police chief calling the Black Lives Matter movement a "hate group" and questioning the honesty of sexual assault victims.
Anchorage's history of activism impacting local police policy includes the NAACP's efforts toward repealing the "fleeing felon" rule. That said police officers were justified in using lethal force to stop a fleeing felon.
Researchers wish there was more data to contextualize the rate of police killings in Alaska.
LISTEN: COVID-19 almost killed this marathon runner. Now he wants Alaskans to take the threat seriously.
Fairbanks resident Greg Finstad was one of the first people in Alaska diagnosed with COVID-19. He says the disease almost killed him and he’s still recovering.
In following Alaska's health guidelines for preventing the spread of coronavirus, service industry workers are sometimes caught between customers who think a business's rules around things like wearing masks are too strict, and those who think the rules are not strict enough.
In Facebook posts that were widely shared over the weekend, the Palmer Police Chief called the Black Lives Matter movement a "hate group" and seemed to question the legitimacy of reports by victims of sexual assault.
Iditarod champ’s long-awaited journey home included old cargo plane, engine trouble and a collision with a deer
Waerner won the race March 18th. But he couldn't get back to Norway because of coronavirus-related, international travel restrictions related to flying his dogs. So he ended up staying with friends near Fairbanks in Ester.
LISTEN: This Alaska bush pilot died in a plane crash. Now his friend who survived wants to honor him.
Researcher Ben Jones says he's compiled a list of more than 100 scientific publications that his pilot friend, Jim Webster, contributed to, and he's seeking an honorary, posthumous degree for Webster from UAF.
It remains unclear why prison officials put Duane Fields on a plane to Alaska after he tested positive for the virus. Fields says he was unaware of the test results until days after he arrived.