Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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.

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

49 Voices: Brian Weed of Juneau

This week we’re hearing from Brian Weed in Juneau. Weed is a corrections officer by day and a mine explorer in his free time.

Alaska changes HS diploma requirements; no more SAT, ACT

A law that made taking a college aptitude test such as the SAT and ACT mandatory for getting a high school diploma expired on Thursday after being in effect for two years. This signaled an end to 12 years of requiring students to take some form of test, in addition to passing a standard high school curriculum, to get a diploma. Listen now

Anchorage citizens react to PFD cuts

Among Governor Walker's cuts today was a cut to Permanent Fund Dividends that would cap the amount at 1000 dollars. A controversial decision among lawmakers and the public, it was one of many ways the Governor tried closing the budget deficit. Anchorage citizens had varied opinions on how the cut to the dividend would affect the public and if the cut was justified.

Jahna Lindemuth to serve as next Alaska Attorney General

Governor Walker announced Tuesday afternoon that Jahna Lindemuth would succeed Craig Richards as the Alaska Attorney General. Download Audio

AK: Summer ski jumping

Last week, the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage (NSAA) was able to have summertime ski jumping at the Hilltop Ski Area. This is the first summer ski jump facility in the state. Download Audio
Gov. Bill Walker, pictured at a press availability on January 28, 2016. (File photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)

Walker orders Alaska flags lowered in remembrance of Orlando shooting

In the wake of the mass shooting early Sunday morning at an Orlando gay nightclub, Governor Walker ordered that all Alaska flags be lowered in honor of the victims of the shooting. In the attack, a lone gunman opened fire on the Pulse nightclub and killed at least 50 people and injured at least 53 more. The attack is reported to be the worst attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks.

Man charged in Spenard shooting

21-year-old Cody Randall Hess has been charged in connection with a shooting in the Anchorage's Spenard area.

UPDATE: Recent bear mauling may actually have been moose attack says Fish and Game

What was thought to have been a stabbing on wednesday, then a bear attack, is now being reported as a moose attack by the Department of Fish and Game.

Record rainfall leads to flooding in Anchorage

Anchorage beat an almost 30-year-old record on Monday for most rainfall in a single day. Download Audio

49 Voices: Grant Deussing of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Grant Deussing in Anchorage. Deussing is a graphic designer and student worker at UAA. Download Audio

Tires from 87 Merrill Field planes get slashed and vandalized

Vandals slashed the tires of 87 planes at Merrill Field in Anchorage early Thursday morning. Officials and pilots at the field say it's the largest act of air travel vandalism they've seen in their careers. Download Audio

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