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

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.

Spreading Swan Lake Fire prompts traffic delays and air quality warnings

As of Friday, the Swan Lake Fire covered more than 20,000 acres on the Kenai Peninsula, burning within 4 miles of the Sterling Highway.

Federal audit finds gaps in Alaska ‘critical incident’ reporting

After a recent review from a federal watchdog agency found Alaska health care providers failed to correctly report and monitor critical incidents involving people with developmental disabilities, state health officials are making changes in an attempt to close the gaps.

Kitchen fire sparks Fairbanks lodge evacuation

A fire at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge led to the evacuation of more than 500 guests and staff Thursday evening.

Senior living in Alaska

Alaska’s senior population is booming. Meanwhile, the state is experiencing what experts call a housing "crisis." How are communities working to meet the growing need for senior housing and long-term care options?

New Anchorage senior living homes see growing demand

As Alaska’s senior population booms, leading to the construction of hundreds of new assisted living home rooms, developers report surging demand — from seniors in state and Outside.

Anchorage ‘re-entry walk’ offers glimpse of path out of prison

Re-entering the community after incarceration can be complicated. In Anchorage, a unique tour gives people a glimpse at what it can entail.

Alaska lawmakers approve vaccine program continuation

Lawmakers have voted to extend the Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program, which provides universal

Anchorage Bike Blessing draws riders from around the state

The event — which coincides with the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month — is organized by the nonprofit group Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education, otherwise known as ABATE.

At Anchorage library, pilot program connects patrons to social services

An ongoing pilot program seeks to connect Anchorage library patrons in need with local housing, food, employment, health care and other resources. So far, it's reached more than 200 Alaskans.

Budget cuts put Anchorage transitional housing program at risk for closure

Proposed state budget cuts would defund several grant programs that provide “essential” support for transitional housing and other social safety net programs in Anchorage and around the state.

On Talk of Alaska, Dunleavy takes calls on budget cuts, taxes

Gov. Mike Dunleavy fielded questions about his budget proposal and plan for Alaska’s fiscal future during an appearance on Alaska Public Media’s statewide call-in show Talk of Alaska Tuesday morning.

Alaskans pack Anchorage hearing to testify on proposed state budget cuts

The vast majority of the people who testified during a House Finance Committee hearing Sunday spoke out in opposition to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal.