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

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.

Alaskans see extended health insurance enrollment period following November quake

Regular open enrollment closed December 15, but when FEMA issued an emergency declaration in response to the Nov. 30 quake, it triggered something called an exceptional circumstances special enrollment period -- and extra 60-day window to apply for health insurance via the federal exchange.

Anchorage Museum archives earthquake with viral memes, Twitter poetry

The Anchorage Museum's historical record of the Nov. 30 quake will include viral memes and verses published via Facebook and Twitter.

UAA play brings anti-bullying message to student audiences across Alaska

The play “New Kid,” written by Dennis Foon and performed by students with the UAA theatre department, tells a story about immigration, bullying, friendship, acceptance and overcoming cultural and language barriers.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

Climate change will cost Alaska hundreds of millions per year, report finds; Is there something for everyone in a new vision for Tongass roads?; Icebreaker could lose out to wall; What’s behind a wave of threats in Anchorage schools?; Community forum focuses on helping people who are homeless with improved behavioral health care; National Guard rescues pilot and passenger after Montague Island plane crash; New legislation improves earthquake preparedness in Alaska; Climate, infrastructure impact Alaska heating costs; Real or fake? Christmas tree companies compete for customers

Alaska News Nightly: Tueday, Nov. 27, 2018

Murkowski all in for Hyde-Smith, despite ‘hanging’ remark; Appeals court ruling mixed on Alaska campaign finance laws; Johnson murder trial begins; ConocoPhillips executive: more land around Teshekpuk Lake should be available for drilling; As oceans heats up off Northwest Alaska, the fishing does too; Fisheries managers report declining halibut stocks; University of Alaska patents data synthesis computer program; Dillingham man arrested with $55,000 worth of meth in suitcase; Rescuers free tangled whale in Southeast Alaska

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

Dunleavy administration announces key cabinet positions; Walker introduces state budget proposal; Fairbanks House race officially tied, ballots remain; After a huge eruption of ash, Mount Veniaminof quiets down; Nuclear power in Alaska? Experts say it’s not as far-fetched as you think; Science and traditional knowledge converge in North Slope Borough’s bowhead whale program; Otter skin sewing workshops promote ‘sustainable cottage industry’ in coastal Alaska