Sabine Poux, KDLL - Soldotna

A sunny beach with a couple people on it

The Pacific Northwest heat dome just skirted Southeast. What will Alaska’s own extreme heat waves look like?

A heat wave in the Lower 48 cooked shellfish alive on Pacific Northwest beaches and triggered excessive-heat warnings in several states. Climatologists say it’s because of a dome of heat that drove temperatures high above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and even skirted part of Southeast Alaska.

Cold weather pushes back peony picking in Southcentral Alaska

For Alaskan peony farmers, a cool summer means slower-blooming peonies — which means more room in the wedding market for Alaska's top flower crop.
An empty hallway lined with red lockers.

Kenai ​Peninsula parents join national outcry over critical race theory; School district says it’s not in the curriculum.

“CRT, or its tenets, are not part of the KPBSD curriculum, or what we do," said Clayton Holland, incoming superintendent for the Kenai school district.
A large arm with a glacier in grantie mountains

Tsunami threat to Whittier less severe than early estimates, scientists say

Geologists have warned Alaskans for over a year that a 30-foot tsunami could hit Whittier following a potential landslide at a nearby arm. They’re still ringing the alarm bells, but new research suggests the wave will be a lot smaller than they originally expected.
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Librarians worry for future of statewide library catalog after governor’s funding veto

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $635,900 for a system that allows Alaskans to request just about any book, movie, or magazine in the state through a statewide lending network.
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Kenaitze Indian Tribe building new educational campus

The Kenaitze Tribe on the Kenai Peninsula is raising a new building on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Forest Drive in Kenai to house its educational programming.
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Environmental regulators to give Alaska LNG pipeline another look

Last year the Alaska LNG pipeline project got the go-ahead from environmental regulators, under then-President Donald Trump, to build the massive project, but the Biden administration wants to take another look.
A boat sits on the ocean, near shore, in front of a volcano

Alaska fishermen join sleep deprivation study

AMSEA and several other organizations are studying 200 commercial fishermen over the next two years to quantify the problem and gauge fishermen’s concerns when it comes to how their sleep patterns affect their overall health.
A red salmon as seen from underwater

Sportfishing group asks anglers to release big Kenai kings, even though Fish and Game says run is strong

The Department of Fish and Game says that king salmon have reached their early run escapement goals and that its okay to keep them. But some anglers worry that forecasters are being optimistic and that keeping large fish could threaten the long-term health of the run.
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Alaska Medicaid must cover gender-affirming care following Homer woman’s lawsuit

That’s following the January settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by Swan Being, a transgender woman from Homer who said Alaska Medicaid refused to cover costs related to hormone treatment in 2019.

Eviction moratorium extended through July

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced the eviction moratorium last September, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through homeless shelters and other congregate living. The agency has extended the order several times and said this extension will be the last.

State looks for small salvage teams for moose roadkill work

When there’s moose roadkill in the area, dispatchers will call those teams, who will have 30 minutes to respond. Teams can keep the meat they salvage.
A gray baby beluga pokes its head out of the water next to other white belugas

Volunteers make over 200 beluga observations in rivers this spring

Those who live close to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers know belugas sometimes feed there. But it’s been a mystery how many whales actually travel through those waterways...until now.
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Ravn Alaska to purchase fleet of electric aircrafts

But the company that builds them first has to finalize its aircraft design. Airflow CEO Marc Ausman said he hopes to have Airflow’s planes ready for service by 2025.
A shelf with a few bozes of ammo

Ammo shortage leaves Alaska businesses shooting blanks

Alaska and the rest of the U.S. are deep in an ammunition shortage, likely due to a confluence of current events and production setbacks.
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Fire crews respond in force to Loon Lake fire outside of Sterling

The Division of Forestry said it intends to fully suppress the fire and is attacking it with water drops and fire retardant. As of Monday afternoon, it had built 15 percent of a containment line around the fire’s perimeter.
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‘It’s just a very life-affirming story’: Witness describes campers helping Kenai bear attack victims

A man involved in the rescue said that two kayakers paddled 6 miles across Skilak Lake after being attacked and injured by a bear. He heard them scream for help as they pulled in.
A meeting room with people wearing masks

Seward council member apologizes for antisemitic comment

During a Monday work session, Sharyl Seese used the phrase “Jew them down” to refer to negotiating the price of a building.
A harbor with some large boats

Seward considers how to spend $1M donation from cruise line

The $1 million doesn’t come with any strings or a timeline. Chamber of Commerce Director Jason Bickling said that’s created a unique opportunity for the city to reflect on what it needs.
People wearing rainbow clothes walks down a sidewalk

For small Kenai Peninsula towns, Pride month is about visibility

Later that year, a gay Sterling woman reported being attacked at her home. That catalyzed a community reckoning about how the central peninsula can support members of its queer community.