Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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

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.

Anchorage efforts to reduce homelessness see success, challenges

Anchorage Assembly member Felix Rivera, chairman of the Assembly's Committee on Homelessness, says funding is one of its top concerns

Anchorage lawmakers weigh options for $1.9B port modernization project

Anchorage Assembly members are considering whether to spend $100,000 to hire an independent analyst to monitor an ongoing modernization project at the Port of Alaska.

Anchorage police: Suspected prowler shot, killed after firing at officers

Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said officers recovered a handgun with a partially ejected shell casing at the scene.

Alaskans split on Dunleavy PFD repayment plan

The March 6 public hearing before the Senate State Affairs Committee stretched for more than two hours, with testimony split almost evenly between Alaskans opposed

Months after 7.0 Alaska earthquake, federal disaster assistance process continues

Between Jan. 31 and March 4, FEMA approved more than $4.1 million in disaster assistance aid for more than 1,300 Alaskans, according to the agency.

At Anchorage hearing, Alaskans protest Dunleavy budget proposal, advocate for income tax

More than four dozen people testified against Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal at a March 2 Anchorage Caucus meeting, with many asking lawmakers to consider tapping into new revenue sources to fund state services.

Lawsuit spotlights alleged minimum wage violations at Anchorage restaurants

An Anchorage mother and daughter have filed suit against the owners of both Hula Hands and West Berlin, seeking approximately $150,000 back wages and statutory penalties for alleged wage violations between 2016-2018.

Ask an Economist: Growth and uncertainty for Alaska’s cannabis industry

For nearly three years, Alaska's cannabis industry has generated steady job growth, tax revenues and new businesses around the state, but how does it fit into the overall economy? Department of Labor and Workforce economist Karinne Wiebold explains.

Alaska Community Foundation raises $100M to support statewide nonprofits

The $100 million Alaska Fund was created by private donations from more than 1,600 Alaskans — all the way from a $25 contribution from a 7-year-old boy to large multi-million dollar estate contributions.

Grant program aims to cultivate specialty crops across Alaska

A federal grant program provides grants of up to $60,000 for projects that "enhance the competitiveness of Alaska Grown specialty crops, sustain farmers’ livelihoods, and strengthen local communities," according to the Alaska Division of Agriculture

Public EV charging station debuts in Downtown Anchorage

The Anchorage Community Development Authority installed the 240-volt EV charger in an EasyPark garage at 7th Avenue and G Street last week. Executive Director Andrew Halcro said it’s the latest step in a two-and-a-half year process of evaluating customer demands and modernizing EasyPark facilities.
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Report: Arrest rates for most drug crimes down for last three decades

Arrest rates for most drug crimes in Alaska have fallen over the past three decades.

Mechanical issues trigger rural air cargo delays

Recent mechanical issues temporarily sidelined two of Alaska Airlines' three Alaska cargo freighters, causing canceled flights into hubs like Nome and Kotzebue and a backlog of cargo deliveries just a few days before Christmas.

AK: TubaChristmas spreads brassy holiday cheer in Anchorage

First convened in New York City in 1974 as a tribute to the late virtuoso William J. Bell, the public holiday performance now takes place in more than 200 cities around the world. In Anchorage, the concert is in its 23rd year.