Wesley Early, KOTZ - Kotzebue

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

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GALLERY: Voting in Alaska

Photos of various voters and voting from around the state.

Alaskan Cub superfans react to their team’s historic victory

Last night, an estimated 40 million people tuned in to game seven of the World Series. What they saw was history in the making: the Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland, 8-7 in 10 innings to win their first title since before World War I. Listen Now

Procession held in Anchorage for fallen Fairbanks police officer

The body of fallen Fairbanks Police Sergeant Allen Brandt has returned home. Processions were held Tuesday in Anchorage, where people gathered along the streets in honor of Sgt. Brandt, as his remains were taken to the airport for transport back to Fairbanks. Listen Now

Longtime Anchorage Costume store closes doors after Halloween

Anyone hoping to pick up a last minute costume will only have until tonight to pick up a costume at Dooley's Costume and Tuxedo store in Anchorage. The local shop will close its doors for good after decades of existence in Alaska. Listen Now

49 Voices: Starla Heim of Anchorage

This week we're hearing Starla Heim in Anchorage. Heim is the owner of Dooley's Tuxedo's and Costumes. She inherited the company from her mother, and after almost 50 years of business, Dooley's will be closing its doors the day after Halloween. Listen Now

Absentee and early voting opens for general election

Absentee and early in-person voting is now open in Alaska for the Nov. 8 general election. There are two locations open in Anchorage. Listen Now

Learn & Grow seeks to improve childcare evaluation and quality statewide

Better educational outcomes for kids statewide, is the aim of a new program being offered by Thread, a childcare resource and referral network. Listen Now

49 Voices: Jacqui Lambert of Kotzebue

This week we’re hearing from Jacqui Lambert from Kotzebue. Lambert is a volunteer here at Alaska Public Media and a student at UAA. Listen Now

Alaska to receive federal grant to process over 1000 untested sexual assault kits

Governor Bill Walker announced today that Alaska will be receiving just over a million dollars in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to process over 1,000 sexual assault kits currently in possession of Alaska State Troopers. Listen Now

49 Voices: Andrew Freed of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Andrew Freed in Anchorage. Freed is a UAA student and moved to Alaska 12 years ago from Mississippi. Listen now

49 Voices: Will Schlimgen of Eagle River

This week we're hearing from Will Schlimgen in Eagle River. Will is originally from California, and is just starting his second year at UAA. Listen now

Paratroopers dot the skies over Fort Richardson

Hundreds of parachutes dotted the sky near Anchorage Tuesday afternoon, as more than 450 Airborne Army paratroopers participated in a Joint Forcible Entry Exercise at Fort Richardson. Listen now

Flood warning issued for Seward area

National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Seward until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

2016 Alaska Primary Elections

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Unextinguished campfire cause of McHugh Fire

The Department of Natural Resources have determined that an unextinguished campfire was the cause of the McHugh fire that has been raging in Chugach State Park near South Anchorage since July 16th. According to a release sent out this afternoon, the fire began in an area not commonly used by hikers and not in an established campfire ring. Listen now

Weather service: Red flag warning for fires in Anchorage

Early this morning, the National Weather Service in Anchorage issued a red flag warning effective until 10 p.m. tonight, highlighting that Anchorage would be at a higher risk for wildfires.

Firefighters respond to wildfire off of Seward Highway

A 25-acre wildfire began to spread across McHugh Creek about three-quarters of a mile from the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. According to the Department of Forestry, the fire was reported to the Anchorage Fire Department at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Listen now

US Senate bill introduced that would prevent export of Native cultural and religious items

Tribes across the country would have new opportunities to reclaim lost artifacts under a new Senate bill. The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony , or STOP Act, would prevent the export of cultural and religious items. Listen now

49 Voices: Karen Paul of Kwigillingok

This week we're hearing from Karen Paul in Kwigillingok. Paul is a dual language teacher who teaches in English and Yupik. Listen now