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.

Gruening Middle School closed for the rest of the school year due to earthquake damage

The Anchorage School District announced that Gruening Middle School will be closed for the remainder of the school year due to damage sustained during Friday's earthquake.

Eagle River Elementary, damaged by quake, will remain closed through school year

The Anchorage School District announced that after taking severe damage from Friday's earthquake, Eagle River Elementary School will be offline for the remainder of the school year. 

Houston Middle School likely closed for remainder of school year following quake

Most schools in the Mat-Su School District will be able to resume classes by Thursday, December 6.

Bettye Davis, trailblazing lawmaker and education activist, passes at the age of 80

Former state lawmaker Bettye Davis has passed away at the age of 80.

Anchorage classes cancelled through the week as clean-up continues

The tentative first day back for students is Monday, Dec. 10.

In wake of Anchorage quake, teachers thankful for regular disaster drills

Right now, all Anchorage School District facilities are closed through Tuesday, and it's unknown when classes will start back up, and when students and staff will be able to gather the belongings they left behind.

49 Voices: Clare Baldwin of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Claire Baldwin in Anchorage. Bladwin currently serves as the Student Body Vice President at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Listen now

As teacher contract dispute continues, Anchorage School District and teachers union schedule third round of mediation

After two days of contract negotiations, the Anchorage School district and the Anchorage Education Association have agreed to a third round of mediation. Listen now

Hundreds of frustrated Anchorage teachers stage walkout during school board meeting

Unhappy teachers staged a demonstration at Monday's Anchorage School Board meeting, upset about curriculum changes and wages, among other things. Listen now

An unusually high number of black Alaskans are running for the Legislature — and most are Republicans

As long as Alaska has been a state, its legislature has always been overwhelmingly white. Even in the most diverse areas of the state, white Alaskans have almost always been elected to serve in Juneau. However, this year's general election has an unusually high number of black Alaskans on the ballot, and most of them are running as Republicans. Listen now

Anchorage community gathers to celebrate Bettye Davis’s political legacy

Former lawmaker Bettye Davis retired from the Anchorage School Board at the end of September after more than 35 years in public service. In her tenure on the board and in the state legislature, Davis fought for education reform and helped break barriers for Black Alaskans and women in government. Listen now

Anchorage’s Danielle Riha selected as 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year

Today in Anchorage, Danielle Riha, a teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, was honored as the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year. Listen now

From Trump and tribes to Grammy-winning rock bands: Dunleavy and Begich receive varying endorsements

In the last week, both Mike Dunleavy and Mark Begich received endorsements from varying spheres of influence. Listen now

2018 Alaska General Election

Alaska Public Media's coverage of the 2018 General Election. See all of our candidate interviews and news related to this year's election.

49 Voices: Nolan Charles of Toksook Bay

This week we're hearing from Nolan Charles from Toksook Bay. 16-year-old Charles is part of the Toksook Bay Yup'ik dancers, who performed in the opening ceremony to AFN. Listen now

Anchorage School District enters mediation with teachers union over contracts

Teachers in the Anchorage School District are working without a contract, and in negotiations for a new one. The parties are in mediation Oct. 18 and 19. Listen now

Beadnose 409 crowned as the 2018 Fat Bear Week champion

There is a new champion, fattest bear in Katmai. Listen now

Anchorage School Board votes not to change school start times

On Monday night, the Anchorage School Board voted against changing school start times for the district. Listen now

Alaska tribes gather together to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska, and there are gatherings across the state commemorating and celebrating Alaska Native people. Listen now

49 Voices: Janis Stoner, the state’s first female land surveyor

This week we're doing something a little different and going back in time. Janis Stoner was the first female land surveyor in the state, coming up 47 years ago. Stoner lives in San Francisco now, but in her short six-year tenure in Alaska, she helped make history. Listen now