Statewide News

News coverage from every corner of Alaska from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Meet the woman who makes sure K300 dogs are ready to race

There’s no physician for the mushers during the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, but a team of volunteer veterinarians checks each dog before the race, at the checkpoints, and after the teams cross the finish. The program has come together for nearly 30 years largely through of the efforts of one woman.

Regional airline ends scheduled Juneau-Petersburg service

Island Air Express is discontinuing scheduled stops in two Southeast Alaska communities on Jan. 15.

Centuries-old rattle carved by Tlingit artist sells for $500,000

The rattle is thought to be the work of a woodcarver named Kadjisdu.axch, who lived in a village near modern-day Wrangell 200 years ago.

With Governor’s Award, Ivanoff recognized as leader among Alaska Native writers

Although she has had less time to write lately with the birth of her son almost seven months ago, Laureli Ivanoff of Unalakleet continues to reach wide-ranging audiences with her writing.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

Negotiations continue as members of a state House - still in disarray - try to find a majority coalition; A functioning government or border security? Murkowski wants both; State agency orders review following accident at Prudhoe Bay well; DEC says about 3,000 gallons of diesel spilled near village of Beaver; Faith-based shelter fights bar transgender women; Wood stove emissions device test shows promise; Friends went looking for a missing Southeast Alaska artist. Instead, they found a note.; AK: Sitka, one of the best kept secrets for surfers; 49 Voices: Jannelle Trowbridge of Nome

A functioning government or border security? Murkowski wants both

"I've got a lot of people who are saying 'Lisa, you've got to stand with the president. ...'" Murkowski said on the Senate floor. "And then I have an equal number that are saying, 'Please, please, do something to help reopen this government.'"

DEC says about 3,000 gallons of diesel spilled near village of Beaver

There’s been a large fuel spill in the Yukon Flats village of Beaver.

Upper Lynn Canal leaders discuss implications of Juneau cruise industry lawsuit

In December, a federal judge ruled that the City and Borough of Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fee could not be used to fund projects that did not directly support cruise ship vessels. Since then, communities in the Upper Lynn Canal have been trying to determine if the decision could affect funding for local infrastructure projects.
Looking east on 5th Avenue at H Street in Downtown Anchorage.

Making communities livable for people of all ages

What makes you want to stay in the community where you live? Is it easy to get around? Do you feel connected to your neighbors? Everything from building new playgrounds to giving people access to computers helps make a livable community.

Expensive groceries and health care contribute to Unalaska’s high cost of living

Through the national questionnaire from the Council for Community and Economic Research, Unalaska’s cost of living index was 7th overall – behind Manhattan; Nantucket, MA; San Francisco; Honolulu; Brooklyn; and Washington DC.

Elite medics mix combat and wilderness training in Alaska Search and Rescue

Alaska hosts some of the most elite, specialized rescue operators and equipment in the world. The state is a training ground for highly trained para-rescue medics.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Former state workers sue, saying they were unconstitutionally fired; Alaska gasline project board ousts its $1 million man; In Congress, Alaskans are split over shutdown; 2 drivers die in east Anchorage head-on collision; 2-year-old dies in Fairbanks mobile home fire; Trump administration responds to criticism of continued work on Arctic drilling during shutdown; Ask an Economist: What does the partial government shutdown mean for Alaska's economy?; Dunleavy administration could revive debate over contentious Kachemak Bay State Park hatchery; Elite medics mix combat and wilderness training in Alaska Search and Rescue

In Congress, Alaskans are split over shutdown

Republicans in Congress remain mostly united behind President Trump and his rejection of legislation to re-open government departments unless it includes $5 billion for a border wall. But the Alaska delegation is split on this.

2-year-old dies in Fairbanks mobile home fire

Alaska State Troopers report that the two-year-old girl was in a bedroom of a mobile home in Gold Rush Estates that burned in the early morning hours of January 7th .

Dunleavy administration could revive debate over contentious Kachemak Bay State Park hatchery

About a month ago, former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack abruptly signed off on a draft management plan for Kachemak Bay State Park. After Mack left the job and a new governor was sworn in, DNR rescinded the plan.

Ask an Economist: What does the partial government shutdown mean for Alaska’s economy?

That's because the federal government is in its third week of a partial shutdown. Around 5,700 people in Alaska work for unfunded federal agencies. So right now, they're furloughed or working without pay.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

Young considers crossing aisle as shutdown grinds on; Furloughed U.S. Forest Service workers feel uncertain about the future; Pebble EIS delayed, but not by federal shutdown, says Army Corps; Fairbanks teen charged in fatal stabbing of older brother; Alaska port official charged with trying to drown daughter; Anchorage School Board member Dave Donley appointed to Dunleavy administration, remains on board; New salmon-counting technique treats Alaska stream like a crime scene; Grant program aims to cultivate specialty crops across Alaska; Fairbanks’ famously severe cold snaps are getting less cold and more rare; Alaska Made: Tonkin cane, silver spoons and the ultimate fly rod
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

First-of-its-kind program to offer Alaska banking for cannabis businesses

An Alaska credit union wants to offer banking services to businesses in the state's legal cannabis industry. Based in Anchorage, Credit Union 1 is starting a pilot program to learn more, and Credit Union 1 CEO James Wileman talked with Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove about the program.

Grant program aims to cultivate specialty crops across Alaska

A federal grant program provides grants of up to $60,000 for projects that "enhance the competitiveness of Alaska Grown specialty crops, sustain farmers’ livelihoods, and strengthen local communities," according to the Alaska Division of Agriculture

Fairbanks’ famously severe cold snaps are getting less cold and more rare

Over the last 80-some years, there’s been a noticeable change in Fairbanks: The more recent cold snaps haven’t been as cold, and they’re occurring less frequently than they used to.