Ferry reform effort gets a legislative boost

The effort to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System took a step forward Thursday. The House Transportation Committee voted to instruct staff to draft legislation that would establish a public corporation to take over the system. But it’s a long way from a done deal. Listen now

Ghosts of 1918 pandemic haunt Bering Straits villages as they face COVID-19 without water or sewer

In rural Alaska villages with no water or sewer and hard to find hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, following the CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of disease requires "being a MacGyver at all times."

Alaska News Nightly: January 9, 2017

FBI and police address Fort Lauderdale shooter's ties to Alaska Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage Law enforcement officials in Anchorage held a press conference on Saturday regarding what's known about Esteban Santiago, the alleged shooter in Friday's attack at the Ft. Lauderdale airport. Savoonga residents request state help after storm devastation Davis Hovey, KNOM - Nome In the final days of 2016, a storm caused wind and water damage to many buildings in Savoonga, one of two communities on St. Lawrence Island. At one point, nearly a hundred people took shelter in the school building. How Alaska had this Trump nominee shaking Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media - Washington DC President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Commerce Department, Wilbur Ross, is a billionaire investor, a specialist in distressed industries. Alaska Economic outlook for 2017 is bleak Rashah McChesney, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau Thousands of Alaskans lost their jobs in 2016. And in the forecast for 2017, it doesn't look like the economy is going to stop shrinking anytime soon. Lawmakers pre-file legislation in the lead up to next week's session start Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media/KTOO - Juneau Lawmakers couldn't agree last year whether to permanently provide health insurance to the survivors of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty. Starting next week, they'll have another chance. Hold These Truth tells story of WWII, presents lessons for today Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage The Perseverance Theater production of “Hold These Truths” is playing in Anchorage this week. The one-man show tells the story of Gordon Hirabayashi and his resistance of the forced imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Elevated avalanche concern for interior Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks Recent heavy snows and high winds have created avalanche conditions in areas of the interior not normally prone to slides. Minnesota climber gives up Mount Hunter attempt Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks Lonnie Dupre (doo-PREE) has called it quits on Mt. Hunter after a harrowing experience. The Minnesota based adventurer began an attempt last week to become the first person to scale the 14 thousand 5 hundred foot Alaska Range peak alone in January. Whale Pass votes to become a second class city Angela Denning, KSTK - Petersburg Whale Pass residents voted to become a second class city in an election that is wrapping up. The small community has about 50 residents on northern Prince of Wales Island.

Corps of Engineers halts cleanup after workers discover buried DDT-tainted junk

The Army Corps of Engineers last fall halted cleanup of fuel-tainted soil near Birch Lake, about 60 miles south of Fairbanks, when workers uncovered buried junk that included barrels with residues of a different contaminant – the banned pesticides DDT and chlordane. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 11, 2020

The market for Alaska's seafood becomes more unpredictable as the salmon season starts. And, Alaska's tourism industry turns to in-state customers during the pandemic. Plus: Bars throughout the state can start to reopen, but will they?

This old Alaska mining town is almost a ghost town. It has everything to gain from Donlin Mine.

This is part one of a three-part series reported from a village of 20 people on the Upper Kuskokwim River that stands to gain the most from the proposed Donlin Mine. Red Devil was built by mining almost 100 years ago, and now carries a toxic legacy of mine pollution. But to its residents, the Donlin Gold mine represents hope. Like so many communities in Alaska, resource extraction is at once a lifeline and a risk.

Kaiser first into White Mountain with Ulsom hot on his heels

At the front of the 2019 Iditarod, Bethel musher Pete Kaiser and his dog team arrived in White Mountain this morning. Kaiser must continue to hold off the defending champion -- Joar Leifseth Ulsom -- to secure his first Iditarod victory.

Rogue gravel barge stranded in Kuskokwim ice is recovered

The barge got stuck in ice on the Kuskokwim River last winter, and was recently seen floating past Bethel during the river breakup.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

With help from an Anchorage conservative group, the city of Fairbanks' mayor appears headed for reelection. Also: A fight out in the Aleutian islands, over a lot of cod worth a lot of money.

Alaskan powerlifter Natalie Hanson breaks world record, squatting 3.2 times her body weight

Powerlifter Natalie Hanson has broken a world record. Friday morning, the former Bethel resident squatted 603 pounds in the women’s 185 pound weight class at the World Open Powerlifting Championship in the Czech Republic. The record is more than three times Hanson’s body weight. Listen now

After years of bad luck, Southeast Alaska tour operator is reviving a small ferry

The Rainforest Islander sat in Wrangell's boatyard for three years, before it was purchased this spring by a local who has plans to use it to transport freight, vehicles and up to 30 passengers.

Former YKHC employee pleads guilty to distributing child pornography

A former Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation employee has pled guilty in Anchorage Superior court to distributing child pornography. Listen now

Bill would repeal conflict of interest requirements enacted last year

Alaska lawmakers want to repeal parts of a new law that requires them to declare a wider range of conflicts of interest: Senators say it's creating practical obstacles to serving their constituents.

Will fiber optic broadband make it to the Aleutians? Decision may depend on USDA grant

The project would connect Unalaska to Kodiak with a fiber optic cable, but GCI says it can't build it unless it receives a $25 million grant from USDA.

Paratroopers dot the skies over Fort Richardson

Hundreds of parachutes dotted the sky near Anchorage Tuesday afternoon, as more than 450 Airborne Army paratroopers participated in a Joint Forcible Entry Exercise at Fort Richardson. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Black box recovered from crashed Southeast flight; Conservative group hosting Dunleavy fiscal policy events; At DEC nominee Brune's confirmation hearing, public testimony centered on Pebble ties; Owner of B.C. gold mine near Taku River courts investors; Anchorage lawmakers weigh options for $1.9B port modernization project; Anchorage School Board votes to repair two quake-damaged Eagle River schools; Fish and Game seeks to understand genetic differences between pink salmon populations; Men’s group forms in Homer to foster healthy masculinity but getting new members is a challenge; Kaiser gets hero's welcome in Bethel

Anchorage removes capacity limits on businesses but keeps 6-foot rule

Mayor Berkowitz says safety rules will improve confidence in the market. "We're not going to worry about whether establishments are 25 or 50, or 75% open."

Who will be the fattest Katmai brown bear? Forget Beadnose, Holly is like the ‘Michelin Man’

A dozen brown bears in Katmai National Park are competing for the title of fattest bear during the park’s annual Fat Bear Week.

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

Coming up this week: the sockeye run in Bristol Bay dropped off suddenly over the weekend, and some fishermen are looking forward to fishing the silvers; there's plenty of salmon news from Southeast, and Alaska's largest commercial fishing port finally is getting wireless internet coverage.

LISTEN: This Alaska bush pilot died in a plane crash. Now his friend who survived wants to honor him.

Researcher Ben Jones says he's compiled a list of more than 100 scientific publications that his pilot friend, Jim Webster, contributed to, and he's seeking an honorary, posthumous degree for Webster from UAF.