To stay or to go? Anchor Point parents and teachers grapple with potential school closure

Students, parents and faculty on the Kenai Peninsula are coming to grips with the reality that state cuts to education may force school closures.

Following earthquake, significant road damage around Southcentral

As of Saturday morning, the state Department of Transportation had documented over 40 damaged sites.

Senate F Race Pits Valley Educator Against Seasoned Legislator

A new District.. Senate F.. was created with last year's state redistricting plan, and now two candidates with solid ties to the the area want to represent it in Juneau. Download Audio

Mackey Will Train Jamaican Musher for Iditarod

Dog sledding champ Lance Mackey says training Jamaican musher Newton Marshall will not interfere with his own racing ambitions. A four- time Quest and...

Putting The ‘State’ In Alaska State Museum

The Alaska State Museum in Juneau is getting a lot of help from other Alaska museums ahead of its move to a new facility in 2016. As the staff works to pack up the more than 32,000 artifacts in its collection, museum professionals from around the state are lending a hand, and learning what it takes to safely store and transport priceless historical objects. Download Audio

Alaska Fire Service has furloughed most employees as shutdown continues

Although wildfires are unlikely to bust out in the Interior anytime soon, the shutdown is hampering the Alaska Fire Service’s planning and preparation for the coming fire season.

Parnell, Young Retain Seats; Write-In Ballots to be Counted for US Senate Race

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC Tuesday, Alaskans voted to keep their Governor and U.S. Congressman, and may have made history...

Keystone XL: Bad for Alaska Crude?

The fight over the Keystone XL Pipeline is likely to heat up in Congress this week. Senate Bill 1 would permit the pipeline to cross the Canadian border into Montana, moving Alberta tar sands oil. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, as the new chairman of the Energy Committee, is leading the Republican charge. But, some Alaskans say she’s pulling for the wrong project. Download Audio

Walter Soboleff celebrates 99th birthday

Preeminent Presbyterian minister and Tlingit elder, the Reverend Doctor Walter Soboleff, is now 99 years old. Several hundred people turned out at a community...

Unalaska Gets New Online Archive

A new online video and audio archive highlights stories of Unalaska's history. Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska Download Audio (MP3)

DOJ Won’t Interfere With Marijuana Legalization

The Obama Administration announced Thursday that it won't sue states like Alaska that allow medical marijuana. Not only that, it won't sue Colorado or Washington for legalizing recreational use of the drug, something that Alaska might do next year. Listen Now

Not guilty plea entered in rural Alaska abduction case

A not-guilty plea has been entered in the case of a 37-year-old man accused of repeatedly raping a woman and holding her captive for five weeks in rural Alaska.

Iditapod: Injuries, wildlife and Zirkle first to halfway. Plus: naming dogs

Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle and all 14 of her SP Kennel dogs made it to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's halfway point, the Iditarod checkpoint, for her 24-hour layover. Other mushers coming off their 24s are expected through there Thursday. Earlier on their breaks, mushers shared stories of injuries, sled mishaps and wildlife encounters, as well as sled dog litter-naming conventions.

Forty Mile caribou hunt to open early

Growth of the Forty Mile caribou herd in the eastern interior has prompted the state to open the winter hunting season Friday, two weeks earlier than normal. Listen now

Fierce competition at the front of Iditarod pack

The competition is fierce in this year's Iditarod. Jeff King and Lance Mackey left Shaktoolik within minutes of each other last night, headed across...

Alaska News Nightly: September 22, 2014

State Ordered to Improve Voting Materials for Alaska Natives; Senate Candidates Vie for Rural Support; State Files Complaint Against Medicaid Payment Vendor; Deadline Set for Southeast Wolves ESA Review; KTVA Reporter Quits on Air, Dedicates Time to Pot Initiative; EPA's 404-C Public Comment Period on Pebble Closes; NTSB Report Yields Few Clues In Fatal Soldotna Plane Crash; Murkowski Presses FDA To Clarify Spent-Grain Rule for Brewers; Arctic Researcher Says The Social Changes Are As Drastic as Climate Changes Download Audio:

Department of Defense Releases Arctic Strategy Document

The Department of Defense released a 16 page Arctic Strategy document on Friday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talked about it at an event in Nova Scotia. The report states the arctic is at a "strategic inflection point," transforming from a region of relative isolation to one of increasing access to resource extraction, fishing and tourism as sea ice recedes faster than projected. Download Audio
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Smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season with practice jumps

Preparation for wildfire season is underway. Alaska Fire Service spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said smokejumpers have been training and will commence practice jumps this week in the Fairbanks North Pole area, something she said will go on despite this year’s hefty snowpack. Listen now
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North Pacific Fishery Management Council sets intentions towards new entrants

When it comes to trawl bycatch management in the Gulf of Alaska, many members of the fishing industry are concerned about the future for new entrants.

300 Villages: Kaktovik

This week, we’re going way up north, to the village of Kaktovik, inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The community of about 300 people is located on the north shore of Barter Island on the Beaufort Sea. Annie Tikluk is the mayor of Kaktovik.