Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
The task of counting every person living in the United States begins right here in Alaska. Plus: A school in Hooper Bay becomes another cold weather casualty. And, as mushers, dogs, and volunteers gather in Bethel for the K300 this weekend, vets help keep the dogs in tip-top shape.
The Anchorage Archdiocese has released the names of clergy members and church employees accused of sexual misconduct. Plus: Sitka officials consider redesigning the city's seal. And, volunteer cooks prepare to feed hungry mushers during the Kuskowim 300 Sled Dog Race.
Some Alaska Native corporation shareholders are slapped with fines for their Facebook comments. Plus: Researchers say the hottest-ever summer in Bristol Bay was deadly for salmon. And, Toksook Bay gets ready to kick off the 2020 Census as the first town in the country to be counted.
Despite rising tension in the Middle East, Alaska North Slope crude oil prices are lower than they were ten days ago after the U.S. killed an Iranian General. Plus, the Northwest Arctic Borough fills three public safety officer positions after months of vacancies.
Gruening suffered the most damage of any school in the district during the earthquake and will receive the bulk of the money in the school bond proposal for repairs and seismic upgrades.
Both sides in the campaign to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy will be making their cases tomorrow in front of a Superior Court judge in Anchorage. Plus, campaigners for an initiative to reform Alaska's elections submitted tens of thousands of signatures to the division of elections today.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski could influence a congressional resolution that might limit the President's military interactions with Iran. Plus, frozen pipes force some residents in Yukon-Kuskowim Delta to go back to using honey buckets. And, a remembrance of longtime National Weather Service forecaster and Fairbanks public radio music host Bob Fisher.
The policy change is aimed at making the library more accessible to the people who need its services the most.
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.