Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media


Supporters say Trump’s infrastructure proposal could fund ‘Road Belt’ power line; Porcupine caribou herd numbers highest in monitoring history; Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans; School damaged by suspicious fire will reopen on time; Juneau’s domestic violence shelter opens to all genders; Alaska reports dip in marijuana tax revenue in latest report; Scientists study how beavers are changing the Arctic; Togiak NWR manager participates in federal disaster relief in Puerto Rico; Friends and family remember Judge Roy Madsen; Juneau’s first Year of Kindness ends, but kindness effort will continue Listen now

Trollers call for chinook management ‘with a scalpel, not a sledgehammer’; North Slope oil production ticked up again in 2017; Less than an hour into 2018, Anchorage records first homicide; Anchorage man sentenced to 11 years for selling Oxycodone; Father's body recovered, five rescued after family falls through Kuskokwim; Parents file wrongful death lawsuit in death of daughter; Marine scientist Michelle Ridgway remembered for being outspoken conservationist; Anchorage hosting Olympic hopefuls at U.S. Cross Country Nationals; After two-week delay, sled dog racing season kicks off on the Kuskokwim; Popular Anchorage polar bear unexpectedly dies; When preschoolers meet Pioneers, both benefit Listen now

The Alaska Legislature goes back to work in two weeks. The agenda will be full and likely include the use of Permanent Fund earnings to help pay for public services for the first time in the fund's history. Plus, it's an election year for governor and most of the Legislature. Listen Here

For some states, climate change may be a credit problem. For Alaska? Maybe not; Walker appoints former Attorney General to Permanent Fund Corporation’s board; How energy systems across the state are saving costs; Feds jump into transboundary mining dispute; Sexual assault survivor, advocacy group speak out against sexual predatory behavior; AK: Anchorage's thriving skateboard scene retreats underground; 49 Voices: Simon Vongsamath in Bethel Listen now

Unique payment plan for companies who owe TAPS settlement money; Clock approaches midnight for Congress to renew this oil industry tax; Fairbanks Four file wrongful imprisonment suit against city; First Alaska Native Superior Court Judge passes away; Murkowski bill targets ocean acidification in rural communities; Shellfish first, finfish second at Sitka meeting of Board of Fish; Old gold slows borough land selection; Kake hydro gets boost in governor’s budget; City will not donate funds to St. Michael’s Cathedral for renovation project; On New Year's Day, America's State Parks says take a hike! Listen now

Locals attempt to rebuild after powerful winds tear through Kuskokwim communities; Port Heiden loses road access to safe harbor and old village; Work starts on oil exploration project in Arctic federal waters; As kings suffer across Southeast, Chilkat Chinook candidate for “stock of concern”; Unalaska mayor will face recall election in 2018; Come 2018, the state plans to dispose of F/V Akutan; Juneau revisits scrapping eagle nest protections; Sheldon Chalet offers luxury at elevation in the Alaska Range; Memoir details emigration from Ireland to New York to Alaska Listen now

State approves ExxonMobil’s expansion plan for Point Thomson, ending months-long fight; Fairbanks police, state troopers fatally shoot man; Police: Trooper shoots armed man in back of patrol car; Tax appeal challenges Alaska’s fish landing tax; Unalaska's fire chief says he was forced to resign; BSAR asks surrounding villages, own members for help responding to nightly alcohol emergencies; 'Let them talk!’ Iconic political figure Jack Coghill urges collegiality among legislators; Rural Alaska losing access to fisheries, report says Listen now

2017 is nearly gone. There were lots of big news stories in the past year. What was important, and what was just plain interesting. What were your local top stories of the past year? Listen Here

New oil estimate for NPR-A: It's 'HUGE'; State looks to settle TAPS tariff cases; North Slope borough storm gets disaster declaration; Refuge drilling opponents prepare for next phase of struggle; Bethel Search and Rescue seeks stronger partnership with local police; Alaska Christmas trees: backyard charm or out-of-state beauty?; AK: Anchorage celebrates winter solstice with tour of trees; 49 Voices: Anita Laulainen of Palmer Listen now

Man killed in fourth Anchorage officer-involved shooting of the year; Two arrested in Juneau for murder in Anchorage cold case from 1995; Pebble announces federal permit application; State’s latest water quality report has bad news for popular Kenai River; $200m for Fort Greely interceptors in spending bill; Chugach announces proposal to by ML&P; Homer fishermen grapple with cod decline; For some Native corp shareholders, cultural role outweighs the economic; Ask a Climatologist: A remarkably warm December Listen now

Trump lauds ANWR passage; Young: 'We finally got it done'; Oil companies aren’t promising to drill in ANWR…so how interested are they?; ACLU won't challenge Assembly's modified anti-camping measure; Anchorage firefighter wins nearly $780,000 in lawsuit against city; Walker budget proposes fix for spring ferry funding foul-up; Alaska’s only tribal college will waive tuition for Alaska Native students; T-rexes, minions and more at the ninth annual Polar Plunge; The real cost of child care in Juneau Listen now

Long ANWR battle ending quietly; Climate task force begins work – and push-back begins, too; New trial ordered for man convicted in Coast Guard killings; State mandated review of Juneau’s untested sexual assault kits is underway; Mat-Su teacher contract negotiations hit impasse over pay, health insurance; Local athletes hope to represent Juneau at Native Youth Olympics; Preventing problems with exercise for elders Listen now

Pebble names First Quantum Minerals as new partner; Landslide south of Anchorage creates 'unusual' highway blockage; Sarah Palin's son charged with hitting father; Walker wants to borrow money to pay $900 million in oil tax credits; Permanent Fund Corporation to study ethical and sustainable investing; Why prison drug treatment programs in Alaska ramped down at ‘exactly the wrong time’; Wolves and logging both cut into Prince of Wales deer; Mt. Edgecumbe girls smash records at state wrestling tournament Listen now

Amid sexual harassment claims, Rep. Westlake says he’ll resign; Murkowski unsure Congress can investigate Trump on groping charges; Walker proposes smaller budget, plans to fill gap with savings; Conoco hopes to crack open off-limits North Slope land; Alaska marijuana regulators issue first-ever license revocation after slew of violations; ACLU sounds alarm on non-criminal immigrant detentions in Anchorage; Marine biologists seek answers in a warmer Bering Sea; AK: How do you recruit more young Alaska Native nurses?; 49 Voices: Alexandria McLearen of Anchorage Listen now

Credit rating agency sees a ‘clear path,’ as Alaska tries to balance its budget; Alaska investigators nab 3 in botnet attacks, 'click fraud' scam; ACA health insurance applications due Friday; Kenai sees return of tree-killing beetle; Warming in Utqiaġvik so fast, NOAA algorithm flags as mistake; King Cove closer to goal of 100 percent renewable energy; Four Alaska firefighters dispatched to battle California blazes; Two really, really big cruise ships headed to Alaska; Alaskans are aging in Alaska, so now what? Listen now

Protests fail to slow tax bill, or Arctic drilling; State Division of Elections denies GOP primary block; Washington man sentenced to 10 years in prison for extensive Alaska scamming spree; Iditarod to tighten race trail security, rewrite “gag rule”; What a change in city code could mean for Sitka’s LGBTQ community; Ravn Alaska to fly between Anchorage and Bristol Bay; Tribal members want more authentic Native art in Haines Listen now

Trump signs defense bill to allow more missile interceptors in Alaska; State’s revenue department predicts slow uptick in oil prices; Scientists warn Arctic “refrigerator” is failing, with global consequences; Walker names members of Alaska climate leadership team; Alaskan soldier from Wasilla dies in Afghanistan; Nonpartisan report says Wilson incident in June wasn’t sexual harassment; State prosecutor decides not to charge Sen. Wilson in reporter slapping; Togiak herring forecast for 2018 to be a little larger than this year; Chinook gusts up to 80 mph knock out power around Interior; In Russia, a competitor for Alaska’s gasline project comes online; Wrangell schools roll out anonymous, anti-bullying app Listen now

With 35th homicide this year, Anchorage hits an all-time high; Warning from left: Deficit could eat Alaska's ANWR money; Canada rejects transboundary mine permit protest; AIDEA board OKs sale of Pentex to Interior Gas Utility; GOA Pacific cod allocations hacked 80 percent after massive stock decline; Staggeringly low forecasts for king salmon in the Stikine; Reaching out to youth where they are; Does Sitka’s Baranov statue impress or oppress? Listen now

House Majority calls on Dean Westlake to resign amid sexual harassment allegations; One of the Fairbanks Four sues the city over alleged civil rights violations; As Alaska’s gasline corporation pushes for deal in Asia, legislators push for more information; Parents help uncover marijuana edible dealing in Bethel High School; Road crews reopen Richardson Highway after avalanche; DOT officials struggle to keep up with recent snow storm; Ask a Climatologist: Jet stream pattern keeps Alaska warm, Lower 48 cold; AK: In the industrial heart of Anchorage is a warehouse full of wild birds; 49 Voices: Peter Twitchell of Bethel Listen now

Senate votes 'aye' on Balash; Drilling foes see NPR-A bids, request redo on ANWR estimate; Sen. Wilson says unreleased video shows he didn’t harass Capitol worker; Despite decades of backcountry experience, beloved coach died in avalanche; Father of child who shot himself arrested on weapons charge; How would the salmon ballot initiative impact development in Alaska?; Can Newtok house a village with army surplus?; Coast Guard ends search for men missing in Juneau channel; Feds trying to find scam victims after $586M Western Union settlement Listen now