Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media


Legislature split on budget, taxes and use of Permanent Fund; State puts out list of companies that got $75 million in cashable tax credits last year; Feds to drop new habitat rules, ending state's legal challenge; Feds approve $1.7M to buy out homes in Newtok; Snow blocks road to Hatcher Pass; 10 stranded at lodge; The Cost of Cold: When the only option is diesel; The Cost of Cold: Keeping warm in Unalaska; At 2018 Finisher’s Banquet, tales from a difficult Iditarod; Wrangell assembly approves new $9 million water plant; New analysis adds to picture of how belugas are impacted by sea ice loss Listen now

Oil revenue is up in state’s spring forecast; Iñupiat leadership organizations contemplate a “unified voice”; Salmon initiative clears another hurdle; New poll shows Juneau leaning pro-road; Zulkosky organizes meeting to discuss alcohol's impact on villages; First Alaskans Institute helps revive Yup’ik traditional Qasgiq teachings at Cama-i; AK: Staying power: world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor comes to Sitka; 49 Voices: Fannie Akpik of Utqiagvik Listen now

Senators propose spending limit to curb future sprees; Lawmakers might have more control over the Permanent Fund than they think; Grand jury indicts 13 Fairbanks Correctional Center inmates for August jail riot, standoff; Walker hopeful plan to pay off oil tax credit debt with bonds will pass this session; Riled: Young keeps true to form; Wrangell declares water emergency; Dog dies at Koyuk checkpoint; Fishermen’s network creates map of ocean floor to reduce bycatch; Tribes plow longest Kuskokwim ice road ever Listen now

The trans-Alaska pipeline fights off about 22 million cyber attacks. Daily.; New Norwegian champ, Joar Ulsom wins 2018 Iditarod; Juneau students take part in national student walkout protesting gun violence; Proposed constitutional amendment would protect dividends, sort of; Mendenhall Towers climbers presumed deceased; search ends; Toksook Bay Tribe receives more than 10 million federal dollars for trail construction; Japanese tsunami litters North American shores with 10 times the trash Listen now

State gets timeline for federal environmental review of Alaska LNG project; Troopers release names of officers involved in Pilot Station shooting; Ulsom first into White Mountain, 77 miles from the finish; Old guard content to watch new generation of mushers take reins of sport; Even in corridors of power, the Iditarod intrigues; Scientists listen for mammals, ships in a changing Bering Sea; Mixing science with traditional knowledge, researchers hope to get seal oil on the menu Listen now

House passes fast-track bill to fund Medicaid, ferries; Tariffs already boosting Alaska aluminum prices; To disrupt land in Upper Kuskokwim, Donlin Gold may preserve land by Cook Inlet; Weather hampers ongoing search for missing Mendenhall climbers; Petit lead disappears as Ulsom overtakes on coast; Alaskan skier wins gold, silver medals at Paralympic Games; Governor Walker asks feds to declare Pacific cod disaster; Ferry reform effort gets a legislative boost; Cama-i 2018 honors its roots; Ask a Climatologist: A winter of warm temps and decent snow Listen now

Zulkosky takes seat as House District 38 representative; House bill to declare state of emergency for Alaska Native languages passes committee; Following alcohol complaints, governor's office proposes meeting with Napaskiak leaders; Larsen Bay residents fear losing school; Bad weather all but shuts down critical Iditarod checkpoint; Musher chases bison off trail, with an ax; AK: Juneau shamanism retreat leader’s financial, cultural and spiritual legitimacy challenged; 49 Voices: Richard Hensley of Kotzebue Listen now

Trump official says Interior aims to move ‘pretty quickly’ on Arctic Refuge oil development; Sweeney Interior nomination in limbo; State, hospitals seek funds to prevent payment emergency; Trump administration sued over Pacific walrus; For this expat mom, raising healthy girls means going to prison; Rep. Guttenberg taken to hospital for ‘unknown medical emergency’; As Iditarod has changed, so has its relationship with its Native roots, mushers say Listen now

Interior Department officials visit North Slope to talk ANWR; Sullivan knocks Trump tariff as bad for Alaska; Lawmakers add funding for public defenders; Recall election fails to oust Unalaska’s mayor; Army tanker truck wrecks, spills fuel near Harding Lake; New dog doping drama emerges on the Iditarod trail; Seavey reaches Takotna first, declares 24-hour layover; New documentary highlights mismanagement of Native trust money by feds; Scientists don’t know why ice seals are appearing in ice-free Unalaska Listen now

USGS nominee inclined to show data to Interior bosses; State regulator pushes for stronger laws to deal with abandoned oil wells; Juneau police end policy of flagging flying weed; Aleutians East Borough votes to join feds in battle over King Cove road; DeeDee Jonrowe second musher to scratch in 2018 Iditarod; Some mushers deck out in "full body armor" to tackle Dalzell Gorge; Snowier year makes for smoother run to Nikolai; Alaska Railroad's first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with company; To feed elders, traditional foods take untraditional route Listen now

Walker seeks to deepen trade ties with China; Governor Walker pushes for fiscal solution: "The worst plan is no plan"; Public testimony backs stable or increased state budget; House majority down two members; Murkowski backs bill to ID school threats; Iditarod ceremonial start kicks off in Anchorage; Fans participate in trailgate parties to celebrate Iditarod start; Redington, Pettersson and Seavey first into Skwentna checkpoint; Zoya DeNure scratches in Skwentna, first scratch of 2018 Iditarod; Kodiak oil response crew cleans up spill; Trying to solve a moose-sized mystery in the tundra near Nome Listen now

Alaska SB 92 would crack down on derelict boats; Starting positions set for 2018 Iditarod; 67 mushers to depart from Willow on Sunday; Jeff King on PETA and past Iditarod protests; Roll reversal: Anchorage Iditarod prep means dumping snow on city streets; State House to hear public testimony on budget in Anchorage-- the same day as Iditarod start; Response crews reach Shuyak spill; Body of snowboarder caught in avalanche recovered; Why don’t you see people-sized salmon anymore?; AK: How an Arkansas duck tagger became a champion musher; 49 Voices: Bede Trantina of Anchorage Listen now

Coast Guard makes plans for ramping up Arctic operations with new icebreaker; Senate votes to let car insurers base renewal rates on credit histories; Lacking competitive benefits, exodus of troopers causes 'critically low' staffing; Forest Service chief, Murkowski hear from Tongass stakeholders; Forest Service official says fighting Lower 48 wildfires is cutting into Alaska forest services; KEA chooses contractor for Terror Lake hydroelectric project expansion; Scientists confirm traditional knowledge regarding seal pup migration; Ketchikan High School wins state Academic Decathlon competition; Dillingham-raised artist’s work draws attention to missing and murdered Alaska Native women Listen now

Bill would let Alaska judges temporarily take guns from likely threats; Bethel High students stage walkout to raise awareness for gun violence; What can unflappable geese teach us about the future of Arctic development?; Recovery effort for man buried in avalanche temporarily suspended; Popular Alaska peak weighs new rules for climbers' waste; Iditarod set to start under a cloud of scandals; New GOES satellite will aid weather forecasting in Alaska, Western US; Scrutiny urged over Hydro One’s Alaska foray Listen now

Did Russia compromise Alaska election websites or systems? NBC News report says it did; Committee scales back draw from permanent fund earnings; State veterinarian urges farmers to watch for new diseases in Alaska wildlife, livestock; Wind causes oil spill north of City of Kodiak; University of Alaska opens first all-gender restroom; Richardson Highway avalanche more inconvenient than dangerous; Can Southeast share the wealth of tourism growth?; Unalaska revisits wind power, hoping for a renewable energy source; A recent earthquake leaves Kodiak’s fire station damaged, but energizes efforts to replace it; Air Station Sitka: An airborne mission over Alaska’s maritime landscape Listen now

Tweets aside, Sullivan says Trump good for Alaska; Backlog of more than 20,000 seek Medicaid, public assistance; Young suggests guns could've saved Jews during Holocaust; In Western Alaska, there’s water where there should be ice; Archaeology in northern Alaska: a race against the clock; Scientists discover mysterious uranium particle above Aleutian Islands; Dion isn't homeless. This is why it matters.; Athletes give it their all Native Youth Olympics Listen now

Walker among governors prodding Congress on health care; Three dead in early morning Anchorage fire; Legislature faces another struggle over long-term budget plan; Ninilchik student in custody after making gun threat; Fairbanks tanker truck spills 2,500 gallons of fuel on Richardson Highway; Murkowski sends letter questioning oil companies about drop in Alaska hire; Racers approach conclusion of Iron Dog 2018; AK: Sitka students flex their performance muscles at state DDF tournament; 49 Voices: Erynn Bell of Anchorage Listen now

On mass shootings, Murkowski leaves a word unspoken; Offshore drilling public meeting draws supporters, critics and criticism; Session end is murky as budget takes shape; Mike Shower confirmed to Dunleavy Senate seat; Tiffany Zulkosky appointed by governor to Rep. Fansler's seat; Randall named to international Olympic athlete commission; Gulf to receive fishery disaster recovery funds, unclear when; In some cases, houses of worship step in to help people keep their homes Listen now

Anchorage skier Kikkan Randall wins Olympic gold; USGS scientist resigns in tussle over release of NPR-A data; Federal regulators say they don’t have enough information about Alaska’s gasline project; Senate president seeks work or volunteer requirement for Medicaid recipients; Alaska Legislature passes bill to legalize industrial hemp; News report raises questions about mayoral candidate's past; Hilcorp CEO steps down; If rental assistance is a lifeline for preventing homelessness, why is it so hard to get? Listen now

Young, Murkowski hold fast on gun rights; State leaders push to take next steps on ANWR drilling; District 38 Democrats select 3 candidates for Fansler seat; Walker appoints USAF veteran to Dunleavy Senate vacancy; University of Alaska president appeals for public support for more funding; New Anchorage airport manager looks to China for growth; This man wants to bring more electricity to Juneau. What’s the hold up?; ADN owners acquire three new publications; Kachemak Selo makes progress toward a new school but the project isn’t guaranteed; Skagway residents sell barbecue sandwiches in fundraising effort for Florida shooting victims Listen now