Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, October 22, 2021

Genealogy helps identify a serial killer's victim 40 years after her death. Also, efforts to increase childcare capacity in the state continue. And a look at the complicated, often controversial process of drawing new legislative district lines.
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Alaska troopers ID serial killer’s victim 40 years after murder

She’d been known as “Horseshoe Harriet” after her body was found 37 years ago near Horseshoe Lake north of Anchorage. Troopers announced Friday the young woman’s real name was Robin Pelkey, a 19-year-old originally from Colorado. She was murdered by Robert Hansen.
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A member of Alaska’s state government is also a member of an anti-government militia

Wasilla Republican Representative David Eastman's name showed up in a list of Oath Keepers leaked online this week, and Eastman told the Anchorage Daily News that, yes, he's a proud member.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Wasilla Republican state Rep. David Eastman is part of a far-right, anti-government militia. Also, the state is looking at why Alaska has a hard time retaining teachers. And Alaskans will soon be allowed to drive all-terrain vehicles on some public roads.
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Anchorage man murdered mother days after release from psychiatric hold, charges say

Thomas Layou, 38, had known mental health issues, owned guns and had been seen fighting with his mother, Patrice Layou, in the days leading up to her death, the charges say.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The state is preparing to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids. Also, a whistleblower in Anchorage says she was illegally fired by the mayor’s administration. And the federal subsistence board votes down a proposal to restrict trapping near trails.
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Alaska expecting COVID-19 vaccines for wider group of kids in coming weeks

The state of Alaska is working on a plan to make sure kids can get vaccinated as soon as possible. State of Alaska Immunization Program Manager Matthew Bobo joined Alaska Public Media's Casey Grove to talk about those plans.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Hospitals in Anchorage report good compliance with COVID vaccine mandates. Also, the state is spending a lot of money to keep its idled ferry, the Malaspina, tied up at a dock. And high schoolers in Haines turn a rundown skate park into a work of art.

Fairbanks’s Lathrop High wins its first football championship with motto of ‘EMAL’: Every Man A Leader

The Lathrop footballers had not spent the season focused on beating Soldotna, says their coach, Luke Balash, who describes the team's success as a byproduct of learning to be physically, mentally and emotionally capable young adults.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, October 18, 2021

State senators struggle to come to agreement on a plan for the budget and Permanent Fund Dividend. Also, Anchorage businesses adjust to the new citywide mask mandate. And Fairbanks's Lathrop High School wins its first football championship.
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Alabama man arrested in Alaska charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

It’s unclear why Christian Matthew Manley, 26, was in Alaska at the time of his arrest Friday. He faces charges for allegedly assaulting officers during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, causing civil disorder and entering and engaging in violence in a restricted building, among others.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, October 15, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration releases recommendations to improve air safety in Alaska. Also, the Episcopal church in Alaska will investigate its history of boarding schools in the state. And Skagway says goodbye to the last cruise ship of a shortened season.
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Threatened by melting sea ice, polar bears’ status up for review under Endangered Species Act

The review, which the Fish and Wildlife Service conducts every five years, could result in polar bears being "uplisted" to endangered, with further protections, de-listed altogether or they might stay listed as threatened.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Alaska's decline in COVID-19 cases stalls. Also, former Anchorage Assembly members weigh in on the current, fraught mask debate. And the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins its next review of polar bears' status under the Endangered Species Act.
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First Alaska Native woman trooper, now retired, reflects on two decades in law enforcement

Anne Sears' 22-year career in law enforcement took her all over the state — from Southeast, to Southcentral, the Interior and, eventually, back to Northwest Alaska, where she's from.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

After days of fraught testimony, the Anchorage Assembly passes a mask mandate. Also, rural Alaskans ask federal fisheries managers to crack down on salmon bycatch. And the first Alaska Native woman to serve as an Alaska State Trooper retires.

Alaska could see another La Niña winter, but early season snow and temps don’t mean much

That's according to National Weather Service climate researcher Brian Brettschneider, back for our Ask a Climatologist segment.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

City and tribal leaders in Skagway agree to an archaeological study at the site of a former boarding school. Also, new affordable housing is set to open in Anchorage's Spenard neighborhood. And it's looking like another La Niña this winter.
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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, October 11, 2021

Conservative officials pressure the state Pharmacy Board to fill Ivermectin prescriptions. Also, Anchorage's chief equity officer believes mayor Bronson fired him illegally. And a 6.9 earthquake struck near Chignik early Monday morning.
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Alaska Supreme Court decision gives joint custody to non-biological mom in same-sex couple that split

The decision is the first of its kind in Alaska involving a same-sex couple. It relies on legal precedent from similar child custody battles between men and women, in which the non-biological parent is deemed a "psychological parent” and retains custody.