Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Kirsten Swann is a producer and reporter for Alaska Public Media.

As Anchorage grapples with homelessness, ConocoPhillips grants $150k to community housing program

The Community Housing Project provides families facing homelessness with rapid rehousing, short-term rental assistance and case management, and since launching in 2016, it's served nearly 100 households.

LISTEN: A growing number of Alaska kids have health insurance. Here’s why that’s good for adults, too.

About nine percent of Alaska children are currently uninsured — nearly twice the national average.

How to keep teens safer? This Anchorage group says the solution starts with Friday nights.

Research illustrates the powerful positive impact regular extracurricular activities can have on teens' well-being.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

With winter closing in, whalers in Utqiaġvik haven't landed a single bowhead whale. Also: Unalaska residents brace for at least another 10 days with no scheduled air service. For one mom,that means being separated from her kids.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

A passenger describes what it was like on board the plane that crash landed in Dutch Harbor yesterday, killing one person. Also: Corporate leaders express support for the effort to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on day two of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

In Fairbanks, a protest erupts on the first day of the AFN convention. Also: Sen. Lisa Murkowski responds to the latest revelations regarding the President and Ukraine.

Brian Smith, jailed for murder filmed in an Anchorage hotel, charged in second killing

The new charges are connected to the death of 53-year-old Veronica R. Abouchuk, whose remained were discovered near the Old Glenn Highway in April.

After summer of record heat, Alaska health officials see spike in scombroid poisoning from fish

Caused by eating fish that has not been properly chilled, symptoms can last up to 48 hours and include severe headaches, palpitations, blurred vision and abdominal cramps.

Overcrowded for years, Anchorage’s domestic violence shelter is about to expand

The $4.6 million expansion project will increase shelter capacity from 52 beds to 67 beds.

Alaska nonprofit, businesses pledge $40M to combat homelessness in Anchorage

The investment will fund supportive housing, transitional programs, shelters and various other services, guided by Anchorage’s strategic plan for ending homelessness in the community.

Anchorage’s sewer system is full of debris. Now there’s a giant vacuum to clean it out

Instead of paying $11 million to hire an outside company to clean just a portion of the city's pipes, the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility invested $2.6 million in the equipment to do the job itself.

Heavy rain triggers Anchorage flood advisory

The flood advisory warned that heavy rainfall could affect small creeks, urban areas, roadways and other low-lying areas.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019

Coastal Alaska communities are bracing for higher ticket prices and big reductions in ferry service. Also: It's time to stock up on your supply of reusable grocery bags — Anchorage's plastic ban bag goes into effect Sept. 15.
Seldovia, AK. (Photo via KBBI - Homer)

Alaska communities used to have plenty of fresh water. Then came severe drought

After an unprecedented summer drought drained reservoirs and wells across Alaska, hundreds of people face immediate water shortages — and lingering questions about the future.

Renewable energy in Alaska

From hydropower to solar energy, renewable and alternative energy projects are taking root statewide. What are the challenges -- and emerging opportunities -- when it comes to developing new power sources in the Land of the Midnight Sun?

In tight labor market, business groups highlight hiring ex-inmates

As unemployment drops nationwide and in Alaska, job openings outnumber potential employees and now business organizations are encouraging employers to consider an expanded labor pool in a push to fill positions.

Grant program offers down payment assistance for Alaska homebuyers

The NeighborhoodLIFT program offers down payment assistance of up to $12,500 for approximately 250 eligible Alaskans.

State seeks new study of Alaska Psychiatric Institute privatization

While Alaska's state-owned psychiatric hospital has renewed federal certification, it still struggles to recruit staff and increase capacity.

Alaska state budget vetoes cut homeless shelters, services

Anchorage homeless shelters and services are bracing for cutbacks and closures after Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced hundreds of millions of dollars in line-item state budget vetoes Friday.

Amid public outcry over homelessness, Anchorage seeks more shelter beds

On June 18, the Assembly approved a temporary extension to the municipality’s cold weather shelter plan. The next day, the Assembly’s Committee on Homelessness heard nearly an hour of public testimony from a standing-room-only crowd in a packed conference room on the eighth floor of City Hall.