A ferry approaches a town next to spruce covered mountains

Tenakee Springs reports first COVID-19 case

The casse was reported in a resident of the Chichagof Island community of 150

New fiber-optic cable system to turbocharge North Slope broadband access

Residents of five North Slope communities will soon have access to much faster internet connections, now that Anchorage-based Quintillion has activated its new, land- and sea-based fiber-optic cable network. Listen now

This ice cream stand was constructed out of local wood. Here’s why that’s unique.

There are still questions about how to make the young growth timber industry viable in Southeast Alaska. But some customers are seeking out the material.
Two white men in side-by-side photos speak into microhones

State elections watchdog orders ‘No on 2’ campaign to fix or take down ads

The group opposing a ballot reform initiative used outdated donor information in its advertisements.

Pivotal Alaskan economist Arlon Tussing dies at 82

An economist who played an important role in the shaping of modern Alaska has passed away. Dr. Arlon Tussing began his work in Alaska at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Economics in 1965. Download Audio

Could Arctic warming be behind gray whale deaths in Alaska, and elsewhere? Here’s why scientists are asking.

Scientists aren't calling climate change or declining sea ice the smoking gun yet. But they’ve seen enough other events that have come along with Arctic warming, like sea bird die-offs, that they’re asking questions.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

After 3 aides test positive, Alaska Gov. Dunleavy says he’s negative and will test again

"I'm going in probably tomorrow for another test — I anticipate it's a negative," the governor said in a brief phone interview Thursday morning.

More than a foot of snow falls in Ketchikan, more on the way later this week

Meteorologists say the snowfall was fairly normal for Ketchikan this time of year.

Juneau’s first Year of Kindness ends, but kindness effort will continue

Juneau’s Year of Kindness, an initiative that began last January, officially ended Sunday with a celebration at Thunder Mountain High School. Listen now

E. Coli present in popular Haines water source, but residents continue to fill up

This summer, a popular water source in Haines tested positive for E. coli. The Mud Bay spring is not regulated by the borough and is not regularly tested. But it’s where a lot of people get their drinking water. And some residents are not planning to stop. Listen now
A gravel road in a treed area

Donlin Gold receives more state permits, moving closer to operating mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

The permits will allow Donlin to build an airstrip and a port, and install fiber optic cables and build access roads for its mine, which could be one of the biggest in the world, if completed.
two kids do their homework in separate booths at a restaurant

This Anchorage mom is trying to keep up with her kids’ online learning and keep a business afloat

It’s an impossible balancing act made all the more difficult because English is her second language.

Christmas decorations brighten Sitka after rough year

Mike Romine is a Sitka man with a love of Christmas lights. His home has become an attraction every December with its huge displays, coordinated to musical hits such as “Uptown Funk” and “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen. But this season, as Sitkans work to recover from a deadly natural disaster, the lights hold a special meaning. Download Audio

Labor and business at odds over Walker’s worker’s compensation reform

Governor Bill Walker is sponsoring legislation he said would make it easier to determine if someone is an employee or an independent contractor. Listen now

Mother of all jökulhlaups reported in Southeast Alaska

Scientists believe a massive glacial dam release - or jökulhlaup - recently occurred in Southeast Alaska.

New research at LeConte Glacier predicts record retreat

Glaciologists have wrapped up two years of research on LeConte glacier near Petersburg. Their preliminary findings show that the glacier could reach a record retreat by the end of the year. And it could be an indicator for what’s going to happen in Greenland. Listen now

300 Villages: Kasaan (Archive)

This week, we’re heading to Kasaan, located in Southeast Alaska on Prince of Wales island. The coastal Native village is home to the oldest Haida building in the world. Frederick Otilius Olsen Junior is from Kasaan. Download Audio
A bay with a giant cruise shipped docked in the middle. Large spruce covered mountains in the sides

Cruise ban ends, but the coast isn’t clear for the 2021 season in Alaska

The No Sail order from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be replaced with what’s called a Conditional Sailing Order, which requires cruise lines to register with the CDC.

Eruptions can’t stop sealife from calling Bogoslof home

Before Bogoslof volcano started erupting, it was a haven for endangered Steller sea lions, fur seals and sea birds. But scientists did not know when and if animals would return to the eastern Aleutian Island. Listen now