Hannah Colton, KDLG - Dillingham
A bill to bar abortion service providers from teaching sex education in public schools narrowly cleared a hurdle in the Alaska House today. Download Audio
After clearing the Alaska Senate last month, a bill that would bar “abortion providers” like Planned Parenthood from teaching in public schools has been taken up in the House. Senate Bill 89 would require parents to opt their kids in to sexual education lessons. The public took the opportunity to push back against the bill Monday morning.
The village of Igiugig has been awarded $392,500 from the U.S. Department of Energy to make improvements on a hydropower system that could replace the use of diesel fuel for the town of 70 on Lake Iliamna. Download Audio
A bill that would impose penalties on affiliates of “abortion services providers” for providing teaching materials to Alaska public schools has been deemed "constitutionally problematic” by the Legislature’s Legal Services Division. Download Audio
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen is touting a restructuring plan called “Strategic Pathways” as a way to save the state money. The plan, presented to the Board of Regents last week, would reorganize the system into three “lead” universities, but it lacks specifics about how much money it would save, or which programs might be on the chopping block.
After two young men went off-course on a snowmachine trip from Chevak to Scammon Bay this week, it was an unlikely responder who came to their rescue. Download Audio
The University of Alaska Board of Regents heard public testimony Thursday morning on its plan to restructure the University system in light of state budget cuts.
An upcoming course at the Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center will help prospective fishing guides get ready for a Coast Guard exam required to get a "six-pack" operator’s license. But area lodge owners say recent rule changes by the U.S. Coast Guard have made it the process of getting that license more difficult.
The Federal Subsistence Board is considering two more changes to increase take of the Nushagak Peninsula caribou herd, which managers say is large, overpopulated, and possibly heading for a sharp downfall.
An independent investigation this week concluded that Kodiak police officers responded “professionally” within the scope of their authority when they pepper sprayed an autistic man September 16 in Kodiak. The incident caused uproar this fall, and again last month when Kodiak Police released video footage of the encounter. And it’s one of a slew of recent incidents involving police force that have led many Americans to demand measures like equipping officers with body cams. Download Audio
Lawmakers this week heard a proposal from the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program to turn Mt. Edgecumbe High School into a three-year accelerated program. Download Audio
A controversial proposal to increase minimum school enrollment seems unlikely to pass this session, if such a bill even materializes. Download Audio
A U.S. Senate Committee Wednesday passed language that would pre-emptively block a draft Fish & Wildlife Service rule seeking to ban some predator control in national wildlife refuges. Download Audio
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake that caused gas leaks and power outages across Southcentral Alaska early Sunday was barely felt in villages closest to its epicenter east of Lake Iliamna in Cook Inlet.
Rep. Jim Colver of Palmer has pre-filed a bill that would do away with the year-old Alaska Measures of Progress standardized test. Download Audio
The U.S. Interior Department last week announced that it added $4 million to a scholarship program for American Indian and Alaska Native students.