Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media


Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Vote to draw from state savings account to pay for capital projects falls short; $20M state grant released to Alaska schools, but future funding remains unclear; Work begins on new site for village of Newtok; State employees anxious as government shutdown threat looms; Numerous fires spark around Interior; DEC details new plan to address PFAS in soil; Unusually high number of seal deaths reported along the coast of the Bering and Chukchi Seas; Ask a Climatologist: Anchorage close to record number of 'thunderstorm days'; Goat yoga? In Fairbanks, there’s a new animal to flow with: reindeer

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Capital budget, Power Cost Equalization, college scholarships are caught in PFD debate; As the legislature fights over the budget, a decades-old accounting quirk takes on new importance; Federal child pornography charges against Indiana man related to shooting of Anchorage teenager; As Alaska's population ages, new senior housing developments are drawing elders from all over; Escalating tariffs, lingering questions hamper University of Alaska timber sale in Haines; City of Homer works with state and Army Corps to battle erosion on the spit; Hoonah planning pedestrian project to address tourist congestion; City of Anchorage program trains child care providers, parents on potentially toxic products; Team Angry Beaver wins 5th annual Race to Alaska

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 10, 2019

Senate sends budget without dividends to governor; Interior says no permit needed to take aerial survey of ANWR; Four more charged in Anchorage teen's murder; Army National Guard sergeant drowns in Copper River; Settlement allows Alaska inmate to wear some religious Native regalia; Anchorage mayor defends city response to illegal homeless camps; Will a new policing strategy make a dent in Anchorage's crime?; State labor report shows job gains after 3 years of losses; Military celebrates milestone for radar system under construction at Clear Air Force Station; Community remembers Guardian Flight crew lost in January plane crash; Tularemia side-effect: Hare population cycle makes pets more susceptible to predators

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 7, 2019

PFD rally brings out governor's ardent Mat-Su supporters; Budget deadlock could delay Medicaid payments to health care providers; Could Arctic warming be connected to the dead gray whales in Alaska, and elsewhere? Here's why scientists are asking.; Alaska schools now have more guidance on how to teach science in the classroom; Stricter regulations may affected upcoming gillnetter season in Southeast; Kenai hospitality businesses oppose bed tax plan; Juneau icefield researchers resurrect ‘Gorgon Spire’ — a name nearly lost in obscurity; AK: Meet the Juneau couple who brush their teeth next to history; 49 Voices: Kyra Dushkin of Kenai

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 5, 2019

US House calls for more research on ocean acidification; Erosion threatens village of Huslia; Akiak seeks funds to move homes away from river; Nome establishes new public safety commission; Juneau’s homeless population declines for first time since 2016; Alaska awards contract to study Medicaid block grant system; North Pacific fish council enters Pebble debate, over state’s objections; State unveils draft hemp regulations; In a rainforest, Southeast Alaska towns face extreme drought; Alaska Native students get hands-on medical experience at UAA nursing camp

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday June 5, 2019

Have Alaska's US lawmakers read the Mueller report? We asked.; Murkowski 'not inclined to be supportive' of Trump's Mexico tariff; Critics say politics are driving the Dunleavy policy on PFAS contamination; Two Anchorage juveniles arrested in two separate homicide cases; Tanker crash kills driver, spills 2,000 gallons of diesel on Dalton Highway; Senior companions program expanding to keep pace with growing elderly population; Potential doubling of Pioneer Home rates draws ire from seniors and their families; Can the youth climate lawsuit go to trial? A federal appeals court will rule.; Homer and Anchor Point fishermen in Dog Fish Bay case fined; EPA grants $600,000 to Anchorage for contaminated sites

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Bill to fund full, $3,000 PFD fails narrowly in state Senate; Tanker crash spills 2,000 gallons of diesel on Dalton Highway; University of Alaska task force looking at potential restructure of UA system; As some sea star populations make a comeback, scientists may have found cause of ‘wasting disease’; This ice cream stand was constructed out of local wood. Here’s why that’s unique.; NOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassment; Constantine releases Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Palmer Project; Alaska or bust! Racers set out on paddleboards, outrigger canoe, sailboats and skiffs
A cake features a print of the Koyukuk River at a USPS and NPS celebration of the stamps on May 29.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 3, 2019

Bill would provide $1,600, with aim of growing permanent fund; Juvenile shoots 2 in woods off Anchorage arena; A stretch of the Denali Park Road sits atop a creeping landslide. And it's picking up speed. ; Felony count climbs to 13 in sexual assault case against Sitka doctor; Alaskans weigh in over Carnival Corporation’s deal with federal prosecutors; Alaska’s Tlikakila and Koyukuk Rivers get own Forever Stamps; Ground broken at soon-to-be SEARHC hospital in Wrangell; 'Sketches of Schizophrenia' captures Anchorage family's struggle

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 31, 2019

Suspect in village fatal shooting makes self-defense claim; Attorney General Barr says 'very basics of public safety are lacking in the villages'; Pilot dies in crash of experimental airplane near Wasilla; NTSB releases preliminary report for Metlakatla floatplane crash; UAF relocating long-standing reindeer herd off campus farm; Federal researchers open formal investigation into gray whale deaths, including Alaska's; Dunleavy taps former aide for vacant Board of Fish seat; Searchers work to recover Napaskiak man who drowned in Kuskokwim River; AK: Silver-haired Haines athletes go for gold; 49 Voices: Shane Baldwin of St. Paul

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 30, 2019

BP and ExxonMobil commit up to $20 million to Alaska LNG; Interior: Arctic Refuge lease sale still on track for 2019; Koyukuk man detained on suspicion of first-degree murder; Donlin studying how proposed gold mine could impact smelt in the Kuskokwim River; 33-month sentence in theft of ancient mammoth tusk; As sea ice melts, fish are showing up farther north off Alaska. A federal fishing trip will investigate if they're sticking around.; UAF's Toolik Field begins summer research; Juneau struggles to keep up as junk cars continue piling up; Remove your rings and get out your card-blanket: a table-side view of one of Utqiaġvik’s most animated card games

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

'Enough is enough': Attorney General Barr hears from Native leaders about rural justice problems; Dunleavy calls for state budget, while senators discuss separate PFD bill; Two victims of Whitehorse plane crash were Palmer-based NPS employees; Local trucking company could get LNG transport contract; Southeast in for hazy skies this week; Anchorage sets record for rain in May; Aggressive bear killed SE of Wrangell; Alaska man charged with assaulting mother, blaming bear; Anchorage 're-entry walk' offers glimpse of path out of prison; Spruce pollen blooms look ominous but are nothing to sneeze at; Kids in Space: Dillingham Elementary challenges the stars; Swan recovering at Sitka's Raptor Center

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Alaska Legislature prepares to sue governor over school funding; Senate sends criminal justice bill to Dunleavy’s desk; Lawmakers are wary of targeted ads from Dunleavy administration; Trump administration appeals ruling that blocked Arctic offshore drilling; Can 'Indian country' powers combat violence in rural Alaska? Sullivan says he'll discuss it with AG Barr.; Supreme Court rules against Alaska man in free speech case; What happens if Roe v. Wade goes? In Alaska, ‘nothing’; Oregon Lakes Fire doubles in size over Memorial Day weekend; The “8.5 mile” fire destroys a home, spreads to State Forest land; Kenai Peninsula Borough School District staff vote to strike; DEC permit renewal would increase Cook Inlet oil producers’ wastewater discharges

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 27, 2019

Kenai Peninsula rocked by early morning 5.8 quake; Bill aims to make health care coverage for school districts cheaper; Marine Highway cuts could mean trouble for aspiring Susitna Valley ranchers; Southeast Alaska experiencing first recorded extreme drought; High winds expand west perimeter of ongoing Alaska wildfire; To get a count on bowhead whales, North Slope scientists head out onto the sea ice; Using local foods, a Juneau middle school teacher demystifies cooking for kids; Kipnuk celebrates life of late high school basketball star Keoni Aliralria at graduation

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 24, 2019

A judge blocked a Trump plan for a controversial road through an Alaska wildlife refuge. Now the administration is appealing.; Dunleavy says second special session could happen on the road system, listing Mat-Su as an option; Climate change looks different in Southeast Alaska. Here’s how tribes are planning for that.; 1 dead, 2 hurt in Parks Highway collision; Kake tribe urges renaming Saginaw Bay over ‘Kake War’ connection; Study on Iliamna Lake seal teeth adds to debate on conservation status; AK: The end of Wrangell’s king salmon derby leaves locals longing; 49 Voices: Frank Hauser of Anchorage

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 23, 2019

More than a week into special session, lawmakers still divided on budget; If you’ve reported a sexual assault to Alaska State Troopers, a UAA researcher wants to hear from you; Major planned North Slope oil project gets key federal permit; Warm weather causes flooding in village of Allakaket; More Russian bombers and fighter jets intercepted near Alaska; More Russian bombers and fighter jets intercepted near Alaska; As gray whales die along the West Coast, Alaska scientists look for answers beneath blubber; Under a new pilot program, several Anchorage elementary schools will have longer lunch and recess next fall; Fukushima radiation is present in Bering Sea, researchers say — but no cause for concern

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Palmer man dies in Prince William Sound floatplane crash; NTSB releases preliminary report on May 13 mid-air collision; House bill seeks full PFD this year, with lower amounts in the future; ANWR fight not over for Democrats in Congress; Anchorage adopts Climate Action Plan; Juneau protesters rally in support of abortion access; Kenai radio reporter claims she was attacked while covering Soldtona abortion rally; Akiak loses a mile of riverbank to erosion; Coast Guard cutter captain relieved of duty after investigation of crew member death; Former Naknek Electric Association manager sentenced for embezzling over $500,000; DEC extends public comment period for Palmer Project permits; US Postal Service announced Tlikakila River stamp

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Victims in floatplane crash near Metlakatla identified; Legal views conflict on Alaska school funding law; State agencies disagree over major well bonding increase for oil companies; Alaska-based fighters intercept 6 Russian aircraft flying near Alaska; Environmental worries persist as Northern Edge grows; New icebreaker won't have much time for the Arctic, says Coast Guard boss; Alaska officially parting ways with fast ferries; Skagway looks into developing a local ferry authority; ADN report: 1 in 3 Alaska villages lacks law enforcement

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 20, 2019

From Texas to Colorado to Scotland, ANWR drilling opponents take their case to CEOs; State to ship water to Yakutat following PFAS contamination at well; Negotiations over Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact break down between state and tribes; Pink salmon fisherman still waiting for federal relief funding after season disaster; Alaska man given Coast Guard medal years after girl's rescue; Two bridges named after fallen Interior State Troopers; Scientists find 1,800-year-old footprint near Fairbanks; Author, radio host honored as Alaska’s ‘Distinguished Artist’ for 2019

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 17, 2019

Lawmaker says she won't hear Alaska abortion ban bill; Murkowski suggests multi-faceted approach is necessary to combat carbon emissions; Court throws out Pebble-backed lawsuit against BBRSDA; Ferry system could still be operational with Legislature's suggested cuts; Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open; Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open; Spring Creek continues clean-up, investigation of May 7 riot; AK: Counting the hooligan swimming through Haines streams; 49 Voices: Maurice Nanalook of Bethel

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 17, 2019

Alaska lawmakers say compromise crime bill repeals Senate Bill 91; Murkowski sticks with GOP to confirm anti-abortion nominee to bench; US House bill clears path for Alaska tribes to put land in trust; Two of Alaska’s biggest exports are caught up in the US and China trade dispute; Residents step up to help victims of Southeast plan collision; Legislature passes bill allowing Alaska State Fair, ski areas to serve alcohol; Aspiring to have a ‘live city again,’ Solomon moves forward on path to renewable energy; Anchorage musician Quinn Christopherson wins NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest