Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
After rescuing two fishermen from a life raft, the U.S. Coast Guard suspends the search for five others near Kodiak Island. Plus, a new facility in Anchorage is using a different approach to sexual assault investigations that centers victims and survivors. And, residents in Kotzebue finally see fireworks after weather delayed the display on New Year's Eve.
The Haines community is shaken after an avalanche kills two young men. Plus, wildlife officials try to strike a balance between oil drilling and animal conservation. And, the city of Anchorage closes out the year by setting a new warm weather record.
Wrangell's Fish and Game office could close due to cost-cutting under Governor Dunleavy's proposed budget, but local officials are fighting to prevent it. Plus, how a free local mini-bus has changed the lives some of Petersburg's most vulnerable residents.
Anchorage Assembly members called a town hall last week to discuss a long-term solution for two schools that were closed due to damage from last year's earthquake. The central question is whether or not the two area high schools should merge in order to provide a new campus for the closed middle school, rather than rebuilding the middle school where it currently is.
How the U.S. stacks up against Russia and China for strategic power in the Arctic. Plus, Planned Parenthood challenges an Alaska law that prohibits medical practitioners from providing abortions. And, Bethel's first marijuana store prepares to open.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has released a proposed budget that spends savings to pay large PFDs. Plus: A U.S. Senate bill could provide new guidance for ship travel in the Arctic. And, a fully electric seaplane made its first flight over the Fraser River near Vancouver.
A new deal between Hilcorp and Native Corporation Doyon will allow for oil and gas exploration in the Yukon Flats region. And, another project that is already in the advanced stages of exploration north of Haines faces some pushback. Plus, Christmas comes early for residents in Napakiak this year as Santa Claus delivers presents in a Black Hawk helicopter.
The company trying to get federal permits for the Pebble Mine is going to need a lot more money to keep up the pace. Plus: A group of young scientists are logging data to try to figure out how warmer water temperatures will affect future salmon returns. And, a service member sues an Anchorage car dealer over a so-called "yo-yo scam."
The state has already received more than $130 million in federal aid to help recover from the 2018 earthquake.
Under the Trump administration, a different take on selecting federal judges for Alaska. Plus, A Delta Junction High School senior becomes the first Delta athlete to be recruited to a Division One university. And, how cultural interpreters at the Sealaska Heritage Institute share Southeast Alaska Native culture with cruise ship tourists and visitors.