Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media


Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 20, 2016

Murkowski, Sullivan vote no on gun limits; legislators respond to Walker's latest special session; more than 200 people work to put out Tetlin River Fire near Tok; a cocktail napkin is at the heart of $1M lawsuit against ADN; FBI: No national security threat in '15 Alaska plane crash; Dillingham woman missing after leaving Juneau treatment center in March; underpaid Alaska contractors bear burden of Buccaneer’s bankruptcy; Kiehl proposes ordinance to outlaw LGBT discrimination in Juneau; first openly gay bishop talks about religion and sexuality Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 17, 2016

Permanent Fund restructuring bill dies in House committee; Russia launches largest, most powerful icebreaker in the world; fledgling Fairbanks pot business sees high startup costs; raft capsizes near North Slope, two Nevada women dead; George Mute's body found after nine months; Bristol Bay communities working on processing plants; AK: Summer ski jumping; 49 Voices: Onya Enkhbat of Unalaska Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 16, 2016

Former Mayor Dan Sullivan drops out of senatorial race; Democrats say Murkowski sinks bill with riders; major change for Alaska vets as TriWest steps aside; dividend checks would drop, but not by as much, under revised bill; Michael Johnson to be new commissioner of education and early development; Former military leaders fight on the side of lease sales in the Arctic; first evidence of ancient trade with Asia uncovered in Northwest Alaska; numerous wildfires hit Interior and St. Lawrence Island; Copper River King salmon run slower than anticipated; troopers reveal victims in Atka crash were from Anchorage; Fairbanks man gets 17 years behind bars in murder-for-hire; Bethel elders could be spending more time alone once ONC closes Senior Center Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Three die in deadly car crash in Atka; Walker sympathizes with dividend-cut opponents, but says it's the only option; Board of Education interviews candidates for education commissioner; Young, Murkowski bills would delay change for Tongass; scientists urge Obama to end offshore drilling leases in Arctic; Anchorage PrideFest to see increased security after mass shooting in Orlando; LKSD dual language program helps student succeed in Yupik and English; ANSEP and new design plans presented for Wrangell Institute property; private nonprofit to assume management of Valdez-area parks; Fairbanks launches new anti-opioid initiative Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Permanent Fund bill stalls in House Finance Committee; third major ratings agency downgrades Alaska credit; Murkowski puts riders in spending bill; Dems decry 'poison pills'; Obama's opioid addiction treatment plan could result in millions for Alaskan treatments; AVCP reports near bankruptcy to board of directors; police release name of moose attack victim; 64 years later, closure sought for Colony Glacier plane crash; Anchorage Fire Department: dangerous fire conditions; voices of Sitkans mourning Orlando shooting victims; bear gets head stuck in can, officials jump to aid Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 13, 2016

VA relieves contractor of role in appointments; Permanent Fund bill faces test in House Finance Committee; new federal rule could prevent litigation over Native children in state custody; LGBTQ community grieves while celebrating Pride; Big Lake throws block party in remembrance of Miller's Reach fire; state and defense attorneys argue over Sockeye wildfire trial date; Juneau charges ahead with electric vehicles; youth tell US Attorney General: Alaska needs help Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 10, 2016

In Anchorage, U.S. Attorney General announces new focus on Alaska Native issues; Legislature still hasn’t officially sent budget to governor; Lawsuit filed against EPA over fine particulate pollution in Fairbanks, North Pole; remains of hiker found at Denali National Park; summer Yukon salmon runs predicted to be below average; hydroponics business brings local produce to Kotzebue; hundred-year ‘treasure’ of Alaska history and culture opens in Juneau; AK: Bear spray do's and don'ts; 49 Voices: Vivian Osborne of North Pole Download Audio

49 Voices: Vivian Osborne of North Pole

This week we're hearing from Vivian Osborne in North Pole. Osborne owns Arctic Qiviut, the first fiber mill in Alaska. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 9, 2016

New AGDC president to make half million dollars a year; Gov. Walker: We're taking each step as we can; Alaska regulators approve first license for a legal marijuana business; Juneau cooking prodigy sails to White House on a crêpe; U.S. Forest Service seeks public comment on proposed Wrangell Timber Sale; in Whittier, loss of seafood processor a big blow; stabbing victim may have actually been bear mauling victim according to police; canoe landings kick off Celebration 2016 Download Audio
A young drummer at the grand entrance to Celebration 2014. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lawmakers worry over effects of PFD legislation on inflation; Repsol latest in string of oil companies to leave Chukchi Sea; following ousting of mayor Brower, North Slope elections yield no successor; memo: US Attorney General to visit Alaska Friday; federal law enforcement search cabs and homes in Bethel alcohol investigation; moose shot within Denali National Park; rangers investigate; DOT looks to reduce rock fall from Nenana River Canyon onto highway; Juneau Hydropower a step away from crucial license; smartphone apps encourage local involvement in a changing climate; PenAir faces complications getting Saab 2000's off the ground; UAF researcher receives grant to utilize peptides in vaccines; Celebration 2016 aims to renew youth engagement in culture Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Senate passes bill cutting Permanent Fund dividends in half; as Stock cuts non-partisan path, bits of blue show through; unions say pipeline operator risks spill in Prince William Sound; Alaska troopers and FBI agents raid illegal alcohol sellers in Bethel; remains of Kodiak fire victim identified; UAA survey tracks rate of sexual assault, misconduct; energy audits, a possible solution to elevating Southeast electricity costs; looking back on the buyback — activists remember events that protected Kachemak Bay Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 6, 2016

Conference committee passes House oil and gas tax bill, Seaton urges Walker to veto; DOC investigation shows inmate died from drug overdose; new national project focusing on race in schools begins in Anchorage; record rainfall leads to flooding in Anchorage; cruise ship Infinity heads for repairs after crashing into Ketchikan dock; these sailing drones can teach us about life in the Bering Sea; UAF Looking To Expand HAARP Potential;

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 3, 2016

Gov. Walker declares June 3 as Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day; Senate votes to lower health insurance premium increases for individuals and families; UA Board of Regents approves $909.8M operating budget; man in Wasilla shot by State Troopers after charging at them with a knife; BLM continues work on cleaning debris from North Slope oil drilling; U.S. Senate bill could give five Southeast “landless” Native groups land; Department of Environmental Conservation seeks herbicide for invasive Elodea plant; UAF researchers study effects of wildfires and thawing permafrost on carbon production; numerous fires reported with causes ranging from lightening strikes to human error; Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: June 2, 2016

One dead and three injured in Kodiak fire; four senators -- including Ellis and Huggins -- won't seek re-election; candidate Sullivan says surprise candidacy followed call to Joe Miller; members of House panel, some begrudgingly, move tax bills; family of man who died in Anchorage jail files wrongful death lawsuit against the state; cooler weather eases burden of Medfra Fire; ferry budget changes, but schedule doesn’t; tires from 87 Merrill Field planes get slashed and vandalized; marine experts seek help finding entangled humpback; snow geese number rise after protective actions; walrus create issues for salmon fishing districts; Snow geese number rise after protective actions; Volunteers work to restore the amphibious plane, the Grumman Goose; Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Walker says the Legislature must pass his fiscal plan; with budget deal done, oil tax reform remains elusive; ex-Mayor Dan Sullivan challenges Murkowski; Legislature passes two bills aiding children in foster care; Medfra fire spreads rapidly, encompassing over 8,000 acres; State moves toward trial in Sockeye wildfire; pedestrian killed on Seward Highway south of Potter Marsh; Tanana Valley Fisheries Center to be opened early June; Haines transgender teen breaks barriers at state track meet Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Legislature votes to dip into budget reserve to pass state budget; father, son die in Glacier Bay capsizing; several fires plague Mat-Su over Memorial Day weekend; real winners in pot bonanza? Security companies; despite federal changes, ‘Eskimo’ still in use in Western Alaska; former Wrangell Institute property could see another boarding school; former UAF shooter prepares for his 4th Olympics; Fairbanks' largest care facility to be operated by Greater Community Hospital Foundation; Unalaska ambulance inherited by Chignik Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 27, 2016

In stalemated Legislature, 'Musk Ox' may hold the key; attorneys in Sockeye fire case ask for more time to prepare, granted; Young, Murkowski to do 'double whammy' on energy bill; researchers study economics of permit ownership, loss; Ruby Marine purchases Inland Barge Service as barge season begins; AK: Young 'Bio Blitzers' explore and examine the Arctic environment; 49 Voices: Bret Connor of Anchorage

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Insurance Director tells lawmakers individual market could collapse; House bill streamlines children in state custody; bill with $1B for icebreaker advances to Senate; 'spicy' ocean levels could spell trouble for marine mammal hunting; Department of Fish and Game seeks to prevent closing of caribou hunting to outsiders; brown bears draw hundreds to Alaska Peninsula for spendy spring hunt; man charged after using stolen front loader to rob liquor store; Barrow experiences earliest snowmelt on record; Tanana River erosion closes trail, threatens cabins at Big Delta State Historical Park; Seattle's KPLU meets $7M fundraising goal, avoiding sale Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Alaska corrections officer faces federal drug charges; U.S. Senate passes bill to use $1 billion from Navy budget for polar icebreaker; Walker ally on gas line board resigns to run for state Senate; former ASD Superintendent to lead Minneapolis Public Schools; attorneys grow impatient in Sockeye Fire trial; $200,000 in state funds spent on PR for beer festival; historic agreement gives Kuskokwim tribes say in fish management; pay boost passed for Anchorage fire and police employees; Downtown Anchorage park to see major safety renovations; after bike impales daughter, mother sends public thank you to good Samaritans Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

At special session legislators come up short for new sources of state revenue; Hilcorp faces massive penalties for safety and environmental violations; 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' scrubbed from 2 U.S. laws yet live on; bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’; Haines and Hydaburg receive grant to jumpstart biomass renewable energy projects; observation group launches info hub on Cook Inlet beluga whales; generational differences among Japanese-American families