Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Wesley is a reporter for Alaska Public Media, covering primarily city government and Anchorage life. He previously worked at Alaska Public Media as a web editor, producer and education reporter before a two-year stint in Kotzebue, AK as News Director for KOTZ-AM.

Man charged after using stolen front loader to rob liquor store

A man was charged with DUI, theft and criminal mischief among other charges after he ran a front loader into an Anchorage Brown Jug liquor store in order to rob it at around 3 in the morning on Thursday. Download Audio

Former Anchorage prosecutor sentenced for biggest wire fraud in state history

Former Anchorage resident and former municipal prosecutor Mark Avery was sentenced Monday for 160 months for the wire fraud and money laundering of about $52 million. This marks the largest wire fraud and money laundering conviction by amount ever prosecuted in Alaska.

49 Voices: Greg Martinez of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Greg Martinez in Anchorage. Martinez is a UPS worker who moved to Anchorage from New York 12 years ago. Download Audio

Susan Carney to replace Justice Fabe on the AK Supreme Court

Susan Carney will be the next Supreme Court Justice following Justice Dana Fabe’s retirement. Governor Bill Walker announced his appointment this afternoon in Anchorage. Download Audio

49 Voices: Indie Alaska Viewers in Anchorage

This week, 49 voices heads to the Bear Tooth Theater in Anchorage, where Alaska Public Media's Indie Alaska program held a screening last week and made a short movie with Alaskans willing to answer a few questions in front of the camera. Download Audio

49 Voices: Tribute to Annie Feidt

This week on 49 Voices, we’re doing something a little different. Our long-time editor and producer Annie Feidt will be leaving Alaska News Nightly to manage Alaska's new Regional Journalism Collaborative focused on energy and environment. As our editor she may very well be furious that we changed to tonight’s program without her permission, but we thought it was important to let her know how much she'll be missed. Download Audio

49 Voices: Will Mirabel of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Will Mirabel in Anchorage. Will is originally from Venezuela and came to America two years ago. Download Audio

49 Voices: Patricia Ratcliff of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Patricia Ratcliff from Anchorage. Ratcliff moved up here 30 years ago from the Dakotas to get married. Download Audio
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49 Voices: Bulou Croker of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Buluo Croker in Anchorage. Croker is originally from Fiji and moved up here from American Samoa. Download Audio

Gatt scratches at Nikolai checkpoint

Hans Gatt, a veteran musher from the Yukon, scratched at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Nikolai checkpoint.

Koenig scratches at Skwenta checkpoint

At 2pm, Martin Koenig of Seeley Lake, MT scratched at the Skwentna checkpoint. The veteran musher had fallen ill and it prevented him from finishing the race.

Neff first out of Rainy Pass, takes lead

After arriving to Rainy Pass in third, Hugh Neff wasted no time in getting back on the trail.
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49 Voices: Dennis Ricker of the Mat-Su

This week we're hearing from Mat Su Valley resident Dennis Ricker. Ricker came to Alaska from Colorado in 1978 and was a wildland firefighter until he retired. Download audio

Fur Rondy carnival celebrates 50 years with a Golden Carousel

The Fur Rondy carnival is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To commemorate the event, Golden Wheel amusements, the family-owned company that runs the carnival, has introduced a new ride: The Golden Carousel. Download Audio
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49 Voices: Robert Johnson of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Robert Johnson who’s lived in Alaska since the mid ‘80s. Download audio

Anchorage sets record for most days without snowfall

A nearly 60-year-old record for low snowfall went down over the weekend. National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Snider confirmed that Saturday night was the 37th day in a row without snow in Anchorage. The streak had started on January 15th. Download Audio

Anchorage to tie record winter with 36 straight days of no snow

Anchorage is on its way to tying an almost 50-year-old weather record. Since January 15th , there has been no measurable snowfall in the city. Download Audio

49 Voices: Ryan Kennedy of Anchorage

This week, we're hearing from Ryan Kennedy, an unemployed carpenter who lives in Anchorage. Download Audio

49 Voices: Laurie Fernandes of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Laurie Fernandes. Laurie moved to Anchorage with her husband and children last June from Houston, TX. "People do a lot outside in Houston, but I think we just felt it was a great opportunity with work to come up and a great opportunity for the family to see a different side of life and explore and have so many different experiences." Download Audio

49 Voices: EJ David of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from EJ David, a Psychology professor from UAA and keynote speaker at the First Alaskans Institute 2016 Racial Equity Summit.