Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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

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

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

House District One race still tied, headed for coin toss; New federal report: Climate change is going to be expensive in Alaska and impact every household in the state; Medicaid decision allows more beds for substance abuse treatment; Small Business Saturday spotlights Alaska companies; Scientists map shifting migration around Alaska mountains, using GPS-equipped eagles; Bethel remembers Mary Ciuniq Pete; AK: Heated by hot springs, Tenakee Springs Museum tells community’s story; 49 Voices: Russell Sell of Anchorage

Small Business Saturday spotlights Alaska companies

This year on Nov. 24, shoppers can find specials deals at 33 participating shops and restaurants around Downtown Anchorage, according to the Downtown Partnership.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Tied Fairbanks legislative race headed for coin toss; Walker questions Dunleavy transition’s approach to resignations; Dunleavy names construction advocate to lead Department of Transportation; An unexpected agency weighs in on offshore Arctic oil drilling: NASA; Ash from Alaska volcano prompts aviation warning; Seismic work in ANWR this winter? Time will tell; Fast ferry returns to Lynn Canal for the holidays; Dunleavy’s win leaves a lot of uncertainty for rural education; Master carver creates healing totem for abuse survivors

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

Sullivan weighs in on Mueller investigation; Trump administration moves to open environmentally sensitive National Petroleum Reserve land to oil drilling; Search continues for White Mountain man missing since Nov. 4; State asks for new housing units to help Alaskans in recovery; Citing E. coli outbreak, US officials say don't eat romaine; Fairbanks City Council approves homeless camp removal ordinance; Things are heating up for Alaska pollock — and it’s putting them in the mood to spawn; Anchorage School Board votes to close Mount Spurr Elementary School; Ask a Climatologist; Fairbanks considers air quality improvement recommendations; First Costco opens in Fairbanks

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

Dunleavy transition team requests state worker resignations; New, all-Republican Senate majority forms; Regional manager appointed to lead Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Rep. Young proposes rule change that puts him on GOP panel; Student charged following Anchorage school threat; State suit targets Forty Mile River; Reconnecting with roots at Alaska Native languages summit; Chukchi Sea polar bears thriving, study shows; Tooth boosts archaeological research

Student charged following Anchorage school threat

While police and Anchorage School District administrators determined the threat was a prank, the district said it takes such actions "extremely seriously.”
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Ongoing vote counting flips tight Fairbanks legislative races; Dunleavy inaugural celebration schedule announced; Murkowski won’t block judges to get Mueller protection bill; Heroin disguised as Christmas package seized in Anchorage; Chukchi Sea polar bears thriving, study shows; Municipalities share state funding concerns; Lt. Gov. returns to Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta; ADF&G forecasts a ‘return to normal’ for Bristol Bay sockeye in 2019; State taps Portugal. The Man, other local bands for new hold music

Alaska Municipal League panel spotlights statewide housing shortages, homelessness

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is working with statewide partners to hire a rural homelessness coordinator.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Civil suit filed in controversial Anchorage assault case; Shrugging off lawsuit, Trump administration forges ahead with offshore Arctic drilling proposal; Dunleavy seeks regulation freeze; Coast Guard bill would end EPA permit mandate for fishing boats; Juneau seasonal cold weather emergency shelter begins operations Thursday; With election of Dunleavy, is climate action team out in the cold?; Anchorage teachers, school district reach contract agreement; The only thing people in Crooked Creek agree on about the Donlin Mine is that it’s coming; It was quite a week for Marko Cheseto, who became a marathoner and an American in a 3-day span