Wesley Early, KOTZ - Kotzebue

Wesley Early, KOTZ - Kotzebue
Wesley is the news director for KOTZ in Kotzebue. He previously worked at Alaska Public Media as a web editor, producer and education reporter.

Less than an hour into 2018, Anchorage records first homicide

Anchorage recorded its first homicide of the new year less than an hour into 2018. Listen now

49 Voices: Simon Vongsamath in Bethel

This week, we're hearing from Simon Vongsamath in Bethel. Vongsamath works for Alaska Airlines and is originally from Thailand. Listen now

49 Voices: Anita Laulainen of Palmer

This week we're hearing from Anita Laulainen from Palmer. Laulainen is a UAA graphic design student and just gave the whole state a present: a new license plate design. Listen now

Man killed in fourth Anchorage officer-involved shooting of the year

Anchorage police shot a suspect last night in the fourth officer-involved shooting of the year. The male suspect was shot after firing a handgun at a neighbor of his in a Midtown Anchorage condo complex. Listen now

49 Voices: Alexandria McLearen of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Alexandria McLearen in Anchorage. On Sunday, McLearen will give the UAA commencement speech for the Fall 2017 ceremony, and hopes to someday become a doctor. Listen now

House Majority calls on Dean Westlake to resign amid sexual harassment allegations

The Alaska House Majority Coalition is calling for Democratic representative Dean Westlake of Kiana to resign amid sexual harassment allegations. Listen now

49 Voices: Peter Twitchell of Bethel

This week we're hearing from Peter Twitchell in Bethel. Twitchell was the former host of KYUK's Geezer Rock radio show which aired its final episode on October 27. Listen now

University of Alaska’s first Rhodes Scholar: A voracious reader with deep King Cove roots

A young Aleut woman from the University of Alaska was recently selected as the first recipient from the school of the Rhodes Scholarship. The academic award is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The grant funds two to three years of study at Oxford University in the U.K. Listen now

49 Voices: Eileen Starr of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Eileen Starr in Anchorage. Starr is a site coordinator for the Mountain View site for Anchorage Thanksgiving Blessing. On Monday, she and hundreds of volunteers helped give families across Anchorage food for Thanksgiving. Listen now

49 Voices: John Active of Bethel

This week we're hearing from John Active in Bethel. Active translates world news for Yup'ik listeners at KYUK, and loves telling stories he learned from his grandmother. Listen now

49 Voices: Hunter McGovern of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Hunter McGovern in Anchorage. McGovern is a member of Doctors Without Borders, and just got back from a 7-month assignment in Nigeria. Listen now

Alaska Airlines pilots disappointed that large wage increases still have them behind peers

Alaska Airlines pilots are getting a significant boost in pay. An arbitration panel ruled Tuesday to increase the pilots' wages. Listen now

49 Voices: Clintonette Gregg of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Clintonette Gregg of Anchorage. Gregg grew up in Kotzebue and is the leader of the Anchorage Northern Lights dancers. The Inupiaq dance group opened the first day of the AFN convention on Thursday. Listen now

49 Voices: Mia Kinard of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Mia Kinard in Anchorage. Kinard moved to Alaska from South Carolina a little over a year ago. Listen now

Romig Middle School science teacher honored as Alaska Teacher of the Year

Today, Anchorage teacher Ben Walker was selected as the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year. Walker is a seventh grade science teacher at Romig Middle School and was granted the honor at a surprise assembly in the school gymnasium. Listen now

49 Voices: Andrew Jasper of Bethel

This week we're hearing from Andrew Jasper from Bethel. Jasper is originally from Aniak and works as a behavioral health aide for the Yukon-Kuskowkwim Health Consortium. Download audio

49 Voices: Jody Dillon of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Jody Dillon in Anchorage. Dillon is an environmental scientist who was born in Juneau. Listen now

Trump’s decision to end DACA prompts Anchorage protest

About a hundred protesters gathered in downtown Anchorage in opposition to the president's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Listen now

49 Voices: Demry Mebane of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Demry Mebane in Anchorage. Mebane moved up here four years ago from Texas and just started his last year at UAA, after which he plans on attending law school. Listen now

Six charged in extensive Anchorage mail fraud case

Six Anchorage residents have been charged in a large mail fraud case. Listen now