Henry Leasia, KHNS - Haines


The challenges of being the only woman on a pipeline crew

Diane Schenker had recently graduated from Reed College and was living in Fairbanks when she heard a rumor that Welding Union 798 had been forced to hire women to help build the trans-Alaska pipeline. A 21-year-old with no experience in construction, Schenker convinced the union office manager to let her work with an all-male crew of welders from the South. Listen now

New Anchorage power plant improves efficiency and reliability while increasing rates

Last year, Municipal Light & Power completed a $300 million overhaul of their power plant in East Anchorage. The expansion aims to increase efficiency, reliability and environmental quality by replacing old technology. Listen now
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Educators come together for annual National Education Association meeting

Educators from across the nation are currently meeting in Boston for the annual meeting of the National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in the country. Listen now

Brain injury survivors use mask-making to shed light on hidden trauma

An Anchorage woman has started a series of mask-making events to help people understand the challenges of brain injuries. Unmasking Brain Injury is a new project that lets people with cognitive disabilities from brain trauma share their experiences through art. Listen now

49 Voices: Adam Foutch of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Adam Foutch, who lives in Anchorage. Listen now

Redington High School commemorates ‘father of the Iditarod’ with bronze statue

A new bronze sculpture of Iditarod co-founder Joe Redington Sr. was unveiled at Redington High School in Knik on Friday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held the day before signups for the 2018 Iditarod race. Listen now

49 Voices: Nanne Boorgeart of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Nanne Boorgeart from Anchorage. Boorgeart is originally from the Netherlands and has lived in Alaska for five years. Listen now

Alaska trail advocates warn Governor Walker of transportation funding lapses

Advocacy group Alaska Trails has sent a letter to let Governor Bill Walker know that transportation funds are at risk. Last September, Alaska returned $2.6 million to the US Department of Transportation. Listen now

Supreme Court of Alaska hears arguments over legality of Walker’s PFD veto

The fate of hundreds of millions in Permanent Fund dividend money now rests with the five Alaska Supreme court judges. Listen now

Alaska Department of Natural Resources tracks bear that killed Anchorage teenager

Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources is still searching for the black bear that killed 16-year-old Patrick Cooper on Sunday. Listen now

AK: World’s only urban king fishery has lines casting in downtown Anchorage

Anchorage's annual Slam'n Salm'n Derby is in full swing this week. Since last Friday, fishermen at Ship Creek have been competing to see who can hook the biggest king salmon. Listen now

New study says melting ice keeps polar bears in perpetual motion

The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers and others said the already at-risk bears have to burn more calories to stay within their preferred habitat as sea ice drifts. Researchers have documented declining body condition, reproduction and survival among polar bears as diminished sea ice gives them fewer opportunities to hunt for seals.

49 Voices: Zach Sarti of Anchorage

At first I was nervous of moose. I'd hear stories of people being like, "Don't get too close to 'em or they might charge you," or something like that. I mean, not that I've gotten real up close and personal, but I'm not afraid of moose anymore. But yeah, we still keep an eye out for bears. We like to take a Bluetooth speaker with us, make a lot of noise and let 'em know we're coming.

Public meeting addresses bike and pedestrian safety in Anchorage

Anchorage Faith & Action Congregations Together (AFACT) held a meeting on bicycle and pedestrian safety on Wednesday to address concrete ways to make Anchorage's streets safer.

Alaskan selected for NASA’s 2017 astronaut candidate class

An Alaskan is among the 12 people selected by NASA for the newest class of astronaut candidates. Robb Kulin will report to Johnson, Texas in August, where he will begin 2 years of training.

Anchorage activists hold march against gun violence

On Saturday, the Anchorage chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a march commemorating National Gun Violence Awareness day.

Senate passes opioid addiction prevention bill by wide margin

On Thursday, the state Senate overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill which would limit opioid prescriptions from health providers in the state as well as require training on opioid abuse for medical practitioners. HB 159 passed by a margin of 17 to one. Listen now