Hannah Colton, KDLG - Dillingham

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Hannah Colton is a reporter at a in Dillingham.

Flights cancelled as Pavlov continues to spew ash

Alaska Airlines is canceling dozens of flights as Pavlof volcano, on the Alaska Peninsula - spews ash more than 30 thousand feet in the air. Download Audio
Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, on the floor of the Senate during debate about the state operating budget, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Bill banning sex ed from abortion providers moves forward in House

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

Lawmakers hear pushback on bill to bar Planned Parenthood from schools

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.

Village awarded money to improve hydropower replacement for diesel

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

Ban on Planned Parenthood teaching materials deemed ‘problematic’

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

New bill on sex education passes in Alaska Senate

A bill to give parents more authority over sex education in Alaska schools passed the Alaska Senate Friday.
Jim Johnsen at a meet and greet in Juneau, July 7, 2015. Johnsen is a candidate for University of Alaska president. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

UA president touts plan to save state money

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.

Elder rescues two young lost relatives on snowmachine

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

University of Alaska Regents hear testimony on restructuring plan

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.

Coast Guard rules make licensing, exam harder for area fishing guides

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.

Managers seek to open Nush caribou to non-locals, same-day airborne

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.

Dillingham Police get a body cam upgrade

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

Education commissioner Mike Hanley stepping down

Mike Hanley is stepping down as Alaska’s education commissioner. Governor Bill Walker announced the leadership change in a press release Thursday morning. Download Audio

ANSEP proposes to run Mt. Edgecumbe as 3-year STEM school

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

Proposal to boost min. enrollment makes little headway

A controversial proposal to increase minimum school enrollment seems unlikely to pass this session, if such a bill even materializes. Download Audio

Sullivan tries to stop proposed ban on predator control in Alaska refuges

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

Western Alaska villages barely affected by 7.1 quake

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.

Pre-filed bill aims to nix controversial AMP school test

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

Auditors reviewing Dept. of Ed policies

Auditors hired by the state will visit Dillingham City School District this week to ask local teachers and administrators how the Alaska Department of Education is doing. Download Audio

Interior Department adds $4M to Cobell Scholarship program

The U.S. Interior Department last week announced that it added $4 million to a scholarship program for American Indian and Alaska Native students.