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State DHSS suspends thousands of senior benefits payments

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has suspended payments for some recipients of the state’s Senior Benefits Program due to a lack of funding.

Coast Guard rescues 7 and dog from Chilkat River sandbar

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued seven people and a dog from a sandbar on the Chilkat River near Haines on Saturday.

Public divided over process for establishing federal water quality protections

Several communities across Alaska have nominated their local waters for a federal Tier 3 designation, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest water quality standard.

Skagway mayoral election too close to call

The results of Tuesday’s special mayoral election in Skagway are too close to call.

Court rules against Klukwan, conservation groups in permitting lawsuit

On Friday, a federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral exploration in the Chilkat Valley.

Tlingit code talkers recognized by state legislature for their efforts during WWII

The state legislature adopted a citation Wednesday recognizing the contributions of Tlingit code talkers during World War II. During floor sessions, representatives and senators spoke about the outsized role that Alaska Natives have played in the military.

Skagway offers Borough Manager position to former state legislator

The Skagway Borough Assembly voted to offer the city’s Borough Manager position to former state legislator Sam Kito III at a meeting Thursday.

In rural communities, jails house psychiatric patients awaiting transport to hospitals

When Alaska residents go through a severe mental health crisis, many rural clinics lack the resources to ensure their safety. About 10 patients are held in the Haines rural jail each year awaiting transport to hospitals.

Centuries-old rattle carved by Tlingit artist sells for $500,000

The rattle is thought to be the work of a woodcarver named Kadjisdu.axch, who lived in a village near modern-day Wrangell 200 years ago.

Upper Lynn Canal leaders discuss implications of Juneau cruise industry lawsuit

In December, a federal judge ruled that the City and Borough of Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fee could not be used to fund projects that did not directly support cruise ship vessels. Since then, communities in the Upper Lynn Canal have been trying to determine if the decision could affect funding for local infrastructure projects.

ADF&G predicts weak pink salmon harvest in 2019

If the forecast is accurate, 2019 would be the lowest odd-year pink harvest since 1987.

Haines Police once again authorized to respond to calls outside the townsite

Two weeks ago, Haines ordered borough police not to provide service outside the Haines townsite. On Tuesday, the assembly decided police can respond to calls outside the townsite if there is an articulable crime in progress or an imminent threat to life or property. Listen now

Haines Police ordered to stop responding to calls outside the townsite

The Haines Borough has ordered the police department to stop providing service outside the townsite unless assistance is requested by the state troopers. Listen now

Seismologist says earthquake may have triggered mudslide on the Haines Highway

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake centered about 12 miles from the slides was recorded at 7:04 a.m. Sunday. The first report of the highway mudslide came just 25 minutes later. Listen now

Proxy hunters help harvest moose for those who can’t

Alaska Department of Fish & Game sometimes allows people to hunt on behalf of those who may not be physically capable. Listen now

Mineral exploration company begins assessment of a possible mine site north of Haines

The assessment is the first of three studies, and assesses at the potential of the site, which is the subject of a lawsuit about future impacts of mine development. Listen now

Nonprofit brings veterans with disabilities to Skagway for weekend of excursions

A Skagway non-profit will host a group of wounded veterans from Fairbanks this September for a weekend of nature excursions. Listen now

Group of tourists pledges to cancel trips to Alaska if Murkowski confirms SCOTUS nominee

Prospective tourists have pledged to cancel vacations to Alaska if Senator Lisa Murkowski confirms President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. That is according to a letter sent to visitors bureaus in cities across Southeast Alaska. Listen now

Nevada man dies when commercial canoe flips in Alaska river

The body of Steven Todd Willis, 50, of North Las Vegas was pulled from the Davidson Glacier River by a Coast Guard helicopter crew. Listen now

Klukwan Community Library carries out initiative to preserve stories of tribal members

The Klukwan Community Library is carrying out an initiative to preserve the stories of tribal members. Listen now