New poll shows Juneau leaning pro-road

A new poll shows 54 percent of Juneauites say they support “the road” in the form of Juneau Access Project. The survey conducted by the McDowell Group asked 402 people transportation questions and was jointly funded by the City and Borough of Juneau and a pro-development group. Listen now

State asks for mule deer sightings due to concern about spread of moose winter tick

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking for the public’s help in reporting sightings of mule deer around the Interior. The experts are concerned they may be carrying a parasite that could devastate local moose populations. Listen now

AK: New book of poetry explores indigenous thought

Juneau poet Ishmael Hope has released his new book of poetry titled “Rock Piles Along the Eddy. KTOO’s Scott Burton spoke with Hope and brings us this preview of the new collection two years in the making. Listen now

Juneau Schools To Replace Controversial Texts With Local History

Juneau Schools Superintendent Mark Miller says the district will remove four controversial readers from the elementary school language arts curriculum. He announced his decision at a press conference Thursday at the Zach Gordon Youth Center. Download Audio

Dillingham wins first overall and sportsmanship at state NYO

The statewide Native Youth Olympics tournament wrapped up Saturday after three days of competition. Dillingham earned the rare distinction of winning both first place overall and the top sportsmanship award. Download Audio

Distillery cocktail debate continues after weekend hearing on House Bill 269

The House Community and Regional Affairs Committee met Saturday in the state Capitol to hear public testimony on House Bill 269. The bill would settle a debate over whether distilleries can serve mixed cocktails in their tasting rooms. Listen now

Lawmakers add funding for public defenders

Anchorage Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt opposed the added money. He proposed firing higher paid lawyers and replacing them with lower cost, less experienced lawyers. Listen now

AK: The Birdman of Alcatraz’s grisly Juneau connection

In this spooky pre-Halloween edition of AK, we revisit the scene of the crime, the site of a cold-blooded murder over a hundred years ago in Juneau. KTOO’s Matt Miller spent this summer researching what happened when the Birdman of Alcatraz killed for the first time. Listen now

Lawmakers pass permanent fund draw, spar over PFD effect

For the first time in the Alaska Permanent Fund’s 40-year history, the Legislature has adopted a plan to draw money from the fund to pay for state government. Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll sign it. Listen now

Fairbanks Clean-Air Advocates: Slow Regulatory Startup Encourages Opponents

Clean air advocates say they’re disappointing that local and state regulators haven’t made more progress in getting the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s air-quality program up and going. Citizens for Clean Air members are worried the slow-moving process could jeopardize the local program, because opponents are already working to get an initiative before voters in the fall. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Murkowski votes to advance DeVos, angering Alaska school advocates; How will climate science in Alaska fare under Trump? No one knows yet; Walker criticizes Trump’s handling of refugee issue; Sweeping criminal justice overhaul under fire — and revision; Volcanic ash falls on Unalaska in Bogoslof’s longest eruption yet; Plane crash passengers found alive on west side of Cook Inlet; Seeing the value of the forest in the trees: Chugach enters California’s carbon market; Juneau’s downtown cruise terminal preparing for bigger boats; Bethel native sets American record in women’s powerlifting squat Listen now

Solving The Childcare Crisis In Rural Alaska

Finding quality, affordable childcare for young children can be a challenge anywhere in Alaska. It’s especially difficult in rural Alaska’s hub communities – where the cost of living is high and space is often hard to find. It becomes a factor in attracting professionals to jobs at regional health and other organizations. In the next installment of our series “Being Young in Rural Alaska” from the producers of Kids These Days, Anne Hillman takes a look at how some communities are trying to meet the challenge.

After signing wastewater bill, Governor Walker celebrates salmon

Governor Bill Walker put pen to paper last Thursday afternoon, signing a bill at a shipyard in Sitka. The measure means big savings for small ships — especially those that ferry passengers around Southeast. On Alaska Wild Salmon Day, he also received a gift from local fishermen.

Anchorage community members protest education budget cuts

About 60 community members gathered outside of the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage Wednesday evening to protest proposed cuts to education funding. Download audio
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UAF rape victim speaks out following investigation completion

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has completed investigation of a campus rape case. Citing confidentiality rules, the university will not comment on the September 2016 case, but the victim is again speaking out. Listen Now

With Votes Still Coming In, Elections Division Prepares For Count

After a week of collecting and reviewing absentee and questioned ballots, the Division of Elections will start counting votes on Tuesday.

Court to issue opinion on possible DNA testing in decades-old Juneau homicide

After four years, convicted murderer Newton Lambert of Juneau may finally get an answer about whether he will get a DNA test in his case. Listen now

Fairbanks election lawsuit goes before Supreme Court

Two months after election day, the Alaska Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments at a Jan. 4 oral hearing in the lawsuit holding up Alaska’s House District 1 election.

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

ConocoPhillips picks up another oil prospect west of Prudhoe Bay

ConocoPhillips announced it intends to buy 21,000 acres from Caelus Natural Resources, which includes the Nuna oil discovery.