Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Wesley Early covers municipal politics and Anchorage life for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at wearly@alaskapublic.org.

Mitch Seavey wins the 2017 Iditarod in record time

For the sixth year in a row, a member of the Seavey mushing family has claimed the top spot in the Last Great Race. This year it was Mitch Seavey who finished the Iditarod at 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14. Listen now

49 Voices: Carlos Tayag of Unalaska

Now it’s time for 49 voices. This week we're hearing from Carlos Tayag in Unalaska. Tayag is the Teen and Leisure program coordinator for the city and moved to the island from Washington three years ago. Listen now

King salmon sport fishing in Upper Copper River closed this season

The Department of Fish and Game announced today (March 7) that all king salmon sport fisheries in the Upper Copper River drainage will be closed this season due to declining salmon returns. Listen now

As mushers race to Nome, a Chicago educator will teach on the trail

The Iditarod trail won't be full of just mushers: a teacher will be following along as part of a yearly program. Listen now

Senate passes bill to recognize Black soldiers’ efforts in building Alaska Highway

The state Senate today (March 6) unanimously passed a bill that would make October 25th African American Soldiers' Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day. Listen now

49 Voices: Ivan Simonek of Wrangell

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This week we're hearing from Ivan Simonek in Wrangell. Simonek emigrated from Czechoslovakia in the 60s. Listen now

49 Voices: Kokayi Nosakhere of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Kokayi Nosakhere in Anchorage. Nosakhere is community coordinator for Anchorage's branch of the NAACP. Listen now

49 Voices: Zion Phillips of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Zion Phillips in Anchorage. Phillips is a UAA freshmen and president of UAA’s Black Student Union. Listen now

49 Voices: Lawrence Bahovec of Wrangell

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This week we’re hearing from Lawrence Bahovec in Wrangell. Bahovec has lived all over Southeast Alaska since he was a baby and recently celebrated his 100th birthday on January 4. Listen now

49 Voices: Jannelle Trowbridge of Nome

This week we're hearing from Jannelle Trowbridge from Nome. Trowbridge is a UAA student and Arctic Youth Ambassador who almost a decade ago sailed up to Alaska with her family from Michigan. Listen now

49 Voices: John Parsi of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from John Parsi in Anchorage. Parsi is an attorney and also moonlights as a member of various comedy troupes. Listen now

Alaska’s population increases slightly

On January 12, the Department of Labor released its 2016 report on population change in Alaska. The population has grown slightly because of births, but people are still moving out faster than they are moving in. Listen now

Anchorage man in custody for Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting

The FBI said an Anchorage man opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida airport this morning. The Broward County Sheriff's office said 26-year-old Esteban Santiago killed five people and wounded eight others. Listen now

Ft. Lauderdale shooter lived in Anchorage

A man believed to have been living in Anchorage opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this morning -- killing five and injuring eight according to the Broward County Sheriff's office.

‘Naughty’ Facebook locks North Pole Santa Claus out of account

North Pole resident Santa Claus --yes, that is his legal name -- has been living under that name for about 11 years. He was surprised when Facebook notified him that his account had been shut down because Facebook didn't believe him. Listen Now

49 Voices: Santa Claus

This week we're hearing from Santa Claus [Dan Bale]. On occasion he can be seen at Anchorage's Bass Pro Shop listening to children's wish lists during the holiday season. Listen Now

49 Voices: Sophie Leshan of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Sophie Leshan in Anchorage. Leshan is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to Anchorage in 2013. She will be the University of Alaska Anchorage's Fall commencement speaker on Sunday. Listen Now

Man indicted for January Point Woronzof murders

An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a 21-year-old man in a double homicide at Anchorage's Point Woronzof in January of this year. Listen Now

49 Voices: Ives Viray in Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Ives Viray from Anchorage. Viray is a professional break-dancer and is looking to open Express Dance Studio early next year. Listen Now

‘Most wanted’ child pornographer apprehended by Fairbanks Airport police

On Monday morning, Fairbanks International Airport Police Officers arrested 40-year-old Kevin Trask, who had been on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's most wanted list, and was evading police since 2012.