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Sitka man takes plea deal in murder of girlfriend; will serve 45 years

A Sitka man accused of killing his girlfriend last year has taken a plea deal, and now could face up to 45 years in prison. Listen now

Coast Guard rescues man and dog in Gastineau Channel in duct-taped inflatable

A Coast Guard Station Juneau crew picked the 32-year-old up. According to a news release, he was trying to reach Point Bishop in an inflatable, duct-taped craft when it began taking on water. He was not wearing a life jacket, the release said.

‘Life is going to spring back to us’: the sun returns to Utqiaġvik

“Life is going to spring back to us,” said Robin Mongoyak. “Spring is coming, summer is around the corner. Birds when they come in big flocks, it’s like thousands of people coming to greet us.”

Of 140,000 comments, most favor keeping the Tongass Forest Roadless Rule

Back in August, the U.S. Forest Service said it would consider the state’s ask for an exemption that would make it easier to build new roads through the federal land.

AK: 2016: The year Bristol Bay landed its 2,000,000,000th salmon

Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. Over 132 years of commercial effort, now more than two billion salmon have been harvested from the Bay’s waters. In fact, the two billionth salmon was landed sometime, by someone, on July 6, 2016. Listen now

House Republican group pitches plan for House

Under the proposal, every bill would be considered by all members of the House, on the floor.

Senate bill would require UA regents to keep Legislature up to date on program accreditation

Senate Bill 53 would require the University of Alaska Board of Regents to prepare a report for the legislature outlining the accreditation status for university programs.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

Proposed state Medicaid cuts have health care workers concerned; Dunleavy hires veteran Republicans to new administration; Rep. Young seeks legal path for CBD; Driver who killed 2 teens will have sentence reconsidered; Can Bethel afford the costs of climate change?; Climate warming demonstrated in ice core samples of the Alaska Range; AK: How a mischievous Home Depot surveyor turned this hill into guerrilla art; 49 Voices: Shaylynn 'Yosty' Storms of Unalakleet
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Alaska’s oil production future could be bright, but it’s also unpredictable

Oil from new fields could boost the state’s production, but predicting when they’ll come online — and how much money the state will bring in — is tricky.

Iditapod: Clock ticking after Willow restart

Fifty-two mushers headed out of Willow as the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began in earnest Sunday, March 3. Iditapod host Casey Grove is joined by KNOM's Ben Matheson and Braver Mountain Mushing's Quince Mountain for discussions of the restart, early-race strategy and some of the numbers of the Iditarod, including that this year's race features the highest-ever percentage of female mushers.

Iditapod: Taking 24-hour rests, as Aliy takes the lead

In this episode, we have a race update as mushers start to take their mandatory 24-hour rests at different checkpoints, part of the strategy...

New capital budget is much lower than previous budgets

State lawmakers who voted to pass the capital budget Thursday said it will help the economy. But it will provide less help than it did just a few years ago. Listen now
Two Anchorage-based Team Norway fans at the 2016 Iditarod starting line in Willow. (Photo by Ben Matheson)

Photos: 85 Mushers run in ceremonial Iditarod start

Photos from the 2016 Iditarod ceremonial start by Ben Matheson, Zachariah Hughes and Patrick Yack.

Iditapod: A new trio of elite women mushers

It happened, because Paige Drobny made it happen: The top 10 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race includes three women for the first time ever. Fans of Drobny, Aliy Zirkle and Jessie Royer are ecstatic, as are some Bethel residents who were cheering on 2019 Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser. We hear from them in this episode, plus a lightning round of questions and... a couple special guests!

Butler to Return as Alaska’s Top Doctor

Jay Butler is returning to his job as the state's top doctor. Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson says in a release that Butler will be both the state's chief medical officer and director of the Division of Health. Download Audio

AC plans new liquor store in Bethel

There could be a new liquor store in Bethel this summer.

Watch: The legacy of Maryann Sundown and Agnes Aguchak

Scammon Bay "Dance Diva" Maryann Sundown and her sister, Agnes Aguchak, left behind a unique comedic legacy in Yup’ik dance. This year, the Scammon Bay dancers returned to the Cama-i Dance Festivalstage for the first time since their Elder, Maryann Sundown, passed away in 2011.

Valdez woman run over by drunk driver, police say

Valdez police say a drunk driver ran over and killed a woman Sunday morning outside of a local bar.

Southeast captain admits to dumping 8 tons of waste overboard

According to the plea agreement filed in federal court Monday, Brannon Finney admits to violating the federal Clean Water Act. Finney, 32, has signed the plea agreement, which goes before a judge next month at her sentencing hearing.

49 Voices: Cece Esparza of Kodiak

This week we're hearing from Cece Esparza in Kodiak. Esparza has been a social worker all over the state and is the longest volunteer host at KMXT in Kodiak. She's originally from California. Listen now