Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media


Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Memo raises legal questions with Alaska budget language; Plan to eliminate Power Cost Equalization Fund meets resistance; Alaska GOP Gov. Dunleavy disbands state climate response team; Gov. Dunleavy opens door to megaprojects with order; US Senate sidelines "Born-Alive" bill; Drug trafficking charges filed against former head of Kotzebue post office; Nome discusses public safety commission proposal; Homer opioid task force hopes to spur community action through conversation; ‘Pretty amazing that we’re here’: Morgan and Olds win second Iron Dog in a row; Streeper wins 7th Fur Rondy title; Brent Sass reflects on Quest victories, his Iditarod future

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

Proposed state Medicaid cuts have health care workers concerned; Dunleavy hires veteran Republicans to new administration; Rep. Young seeks legal path for CBD; Driver who killed 2 teens will have sentence reconsidered; Can Bethel afford the costs of climate change?; Climate warming demonstrated in ice core samples of the Alaska Range; AK: How a mischievous Home Depot surveyor turned this hill into guerrilla art; 49 Voices: Shaylynn 'Yosty' Storms of Unalakleet

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Ferry system stops selling tickets amidst uncertain future; ASRC, after backing Dunleavy’s campaign, blasts his oil tax redistribution plan; Sullivan: Trump’s emergency ‘probably legal’ but unneeded; Judge denies Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for injunction; UA president highlights severity of budget cuts to Senate Finance; Senate bill would require UA regents to keep Legislature up to date on program accreditation; Anchorage advocate Ed Wesley reflects on civil rights struggles in Alaska; Why a wilderness lodge in the middle of nowhere became a magnet for mushers

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Alaska chief justice calls for computer security upgrade; U.S. Army Corps releases Pebble Mine's draft EIS; A Wasilla teacher is charged with abusing students. Now their parents are suing the school district; Old DC jobs are new again for two Alaskans; Head of cruise ship monitoring for the state concerned about loss of watchdog group; With winter snow trails, North Slope Borough hopes to offer residents a safe path over tundra; As proposed Dunleavy cuts loom, Anchorage School Board passes larger budget; In Anchorage, emotionally preparing students for the scary prospect of climate change 

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Dunleavy proposes doing away with public assistance payouts; Board changes eyed as a way to streamline; Tourism, courts, pensions, oil tax credits: Where Alaska Gov. Dunleavy wants to spend more cash ; Dunleavy wants to cut cruise ship watchdog program; House committees organize, five weeks after session began; Murkowski cool to Dunleavy cuts; Study: Steep tariff hikes needed for Port of Alaska repairs; Juneau, cruise industry make nice at regional conference as decision to appeal lawsuit lingers; In Sitka, a teacher wants her classroom to know who’s responsible for climate change; Research shows king salmon may be swimming with predators

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Senators question Dunleavy’s budget proposal; Suspect arrested for 25-year-old murder of UAF student; Industry launches campaign to rid ocean of plastic. Is it for real?; 5 people rescued from life raft after vessel sinks southwest of Unalaska; Ketchikan, Peterburg and Wrangell all low on hydropower; Part of Bering Sea Pacific cod fishery could move toward quota system; UAF to name new coastal research vessel; Fashion faux pas? MLM company LuLaRoe sued in Alaska over sales taxes.; Mushers cap off 2019 Yukon Quest at annual banquet

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

Trump's wall could drain money from Alaska military projects; Legislative finance gets ready to release its version of Dunleavy’s new budget; Alaska fishing towns would forfeit $28M in fish tax under Dunleavy budget; Alaska troopers announce cold-case murder arrest; Alaska court strikes down 'medically necessary' abortion law; Multi-partisan House majority takes shape; EPA to establish PFAS contamination level for drinking water; AK: Resurrecting the 52-year-old pipe organ at Fort Greeley's chapel; 49 Voices: Claude Bondy of Cantwell

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

After a month of deadlock, Bryce Edgmon selected as state House speaker; Among Dunleavy's proposed DOC cuts, sending 500 prisoners out of state; Dunleavy floats deep cuts, privatization of ferry system; Findings released regarding governor’s bid to fire state oil and gas watchdog chair; Rep. Young sponsors bill to bring back deported vets; Marijuana Control Board nominee draws fire from industry; Storms erode Bering Sea ice pack; caution is urged; Calista shareholders voice dissent over Donlin Mine in letter to board; U.S. Air Force ‘barren lands’ survival course teaches how to stay alive in Arctic wilderness; 2019 World Ice Art Championships kick off in Fairbanks

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

Governor Dunleavy unveils budget proposal; Gov. Dunleavy faces political, legal obstacles to enacting far-reaching budget cuts; 'Devastating' and 'significant': Educators react to Dunleavy's budget proposal; GOP House members propose plan to move bills without permanent speaker; Interior political giant Jack Coghill dies at 93; Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane; Armed alleged thief shot and killed by Fairbanks police; So far, seals are adapting to shrinking sea ice; Unexpected end-of-race storm hampers remaining Yukon Quest mushers

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

House deadlock persists after Knopp votes for himself for speaker; State Revenue Commissioner outlines administration's budgeting policy; Big win for Murkowski: Public lands bill passes Senate; Alaska Native issues feature prominently at hearing on Arctic Refuge oil leasing; Brazil dam disaster sparks questions over the safety of Donlin's tailings dam; Ask an Economist: What does the PFD do for jobs, crime and health in Alaska?; Brent Sass recounts winning strategy for his second Yukon Quest victory

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Dunleavy outlines approach ahead of big budget rollout; Seismic ANWR exploration may happen in winter after all, says Interior; Drilling foes in House launch bill to close ANWR; Former Quintillion CEO admits to felony fraud; Pebble officials outline future of controversial mine; Of 140,000 comments, most favor keeping the Tongass Forest Roadless Rule; Investors are backing Southeast’s largest oyster farms; Brent Sass wins claims his 2nd Yukon Quest title; Southeast Alaska tribe takes initial steps to create their own tribal court; UAF plans for cuts amid Governor's budget proposal; Alaska Native Arts teacher asks Governor to reconsider proposed budget cuts

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

State privatizes API management with no-bid contract; Hearing concludes regarding French’s fate at head of state oil and gas commission; Don’t count on oil to bail out Alaska’s budget soon, says unpublished state tax memo; Y-K Delta tribes appeal Donlin state permits; Alaska’s latest climate policy is still offline. So these students made a delivery to the governor.; Quest frontrunners approach Circle; With spring whaling around the corner, sinew thread makers are hard at work; AK: New housing for Skagway tourist season employees may be taking lodging from tourists; AK: Bruce Schindler of Skagway

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

Anchorage and Mat-Su school districts report millions in post-quake repair costs, with millions more to come; Measles vaccines OK locally; outbreak in Washington state; Former Ketchikan teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse of minor; gets six years; Police release info on two Anchorage homicides; GVEA to cut carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2030; environmentalists urge more cuts; Ask A Climatologist: Remembering 6.5 ft of snow pelting Richardson Highway decades ago; Measure funding Native language programs supported in Alaska; Quest leaders head out of Dawson in close proximity; Transforming perspectives on trauma through paintings of hope

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

State of the Union gets warm reception from Alaska delegation; Interior: No 3-D Seismic exploration in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this winter; As the Bering Sea warms, this skipper is chasing pollock to new places; State House sets record for longest period without a Speaker; US House dems push climate change into spotlight; Education commissioner says it’s time to review school funding formula; House holds meeting on Alaska’s struggling ferry system; Popular Anchorage restaurant in legal trouble over alleged wage theft; Microplastics found in Sitka mollusks; Yukon Quest leaders prepare to depart from Dawson

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

Interior Dept. kicks off new round of meetings on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Dunleavy’s Fish and Game nominee vows tough stance against federal agencies; Alaska gets mixed grades in tobacco report; Deadline for Anchorage municipal election comes to a close with several new faces in the fold; Amazon refunds local sales taxes to nonprofits; Southeast students explore careers to meet Alaska’s behavioral health needs; Forest Service reschedules meeting on Southeast Alaska timber sales; Metlakatla approves observance of daylight saving time; Ask a Climatologist: 2018 one of warmest years on record; Brent Sass first in Dawson City during 2019 Yukon Quest

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Legislature still at reduced capacity as budget deadline looms; Dunleavy's candidate screening process under scrutiny; Trump's pick for Interior secretary has worked for Alaska and energy industry; Teen arrested after trying to take control of a flight from Napakiak to Bethel; Credit agencies paying close attention to state amid budget discussions; Fairbanks City Council holds additional meetings on anti-discrimination ordinance; Shutdown cripples, but doesn't sink ocean science symposium; Gatt, Moore and Sass in early Yukon Quest lead into Dawson City; Aleknagik boys' basketball team hits the court for the first time in 32 years

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

Calls for 'vigilance' on Russian military buildup in Arctic; Governor's mid-year budget bill cuts VPSO recruitment funds; Coast Guard crew member dies in accident on Homer Spit; Medical community mourns loss of missing Guardian Flight colleagues; Klawock mayor pleads guilty to soliciting prostitution; Survey will monitor cruise ship emissions in downtown Juneau this summer; 12 rookie mushers prepare to tackle Yukon Quest trail; ‘Life is going to spring back to us’: the sun returns to Utqiaġvik; AK: Hunters sleep in Bethel parking lot to get muskox permits; 49 Voices: Peter Atchak of Bethel

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

Trump Administration approves money for earthquake recovery; Search continues near Kake for missing plane; Nonprofit raises questions over recent Donlin state permits; Murkowski reintroduces bill to prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls; After scathing audit, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority says fixes are underway; High ocean acidification found where salmon eat; Crafting a story of romance and resiliency with Tongass bowls; WWII-era mortar found at Haines museum; Yukon Quest mushers expect rough trail ahead due to thin snow cover; With cultural advisers and Indigenous writers, Molly of Denali creators work to make the show authentic

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

Search continues for missing medevac plane near Kake; Death of Coast Guard member sparks investigation in Unalaska; Dunleavy proposes constitutional amendments to enshrine PFDs, require public support for taxes, cap spending; Ferry system would lose millions under proposed Dunleavy budget; Interior delays public comment deadline for ANWR oil leasing; Pebble boosts spending to lobby feds; Rep. Young loses committee chairmanship; Valhalla strip mall closed for biz, even two months after quake; Ask an Economist: Growth and uncertainty for Alaska's cannabis industry; Willow 300 cancelled due to poor trail conditions; Alaska Communications planning to repair, replace slowly toppling telephone poles; Chicago, Midwest deals with Fairbanks-level cold snap

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

Schools push back on proposed mid-year budget cut; Study finds poor air quality aboard cruise ships; 'Uber for icebreakers' idea gains traction; Federal team investigating cause of Anchorage fire that caused $20M in damage; Fairbanks burn bans leading to better air quality, research says; Juneau residents are noticing an extra charge on their Amazon receipts. Here’s why; Togiak National Wildlife Refuge scrambles to make up for lost time after federal shutdown; Alaska extends deadline for earthquake recovery funds; Infrastructure updates may mean more boil-water notices in Emmonak; King Cove basketball team flies out last minute to play Unalaska after previous opponents cancelled