AMHS announces another change to Alaska Class Ferry rollout

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced more changes to the Alaska Class Ferry rollout this week, but the summer schedule is still uncertain. A spokesperson says the new plan will get Alaska Class Ferries in service sooner and save money.

Climate change in Alaska and The Big Thaw podcast

Alaskans have a front row seat to climate change, and Alaska's Energy Desk is telling the stories of our changing state in a new podcast called The Big Thaw. On the next Talk of Alaska- the stories behind the podcast. Join us for a conversation with Energy Desk journalists about what they learned reporting on climate change in our state. LISTEN HERE

Amid environmental grief, finding hope in a graveyard of yellow cedar

One ecologist wonders, for the yellow cedar forests and the people who care about them, what comes after climate change and environmental loss in Southeast Alaska?

State trooper charged with illegal use of computer

An Alaska State Trooper serving on active duty with the Alaska National Guard has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of illegal use of a computer.

After a peak, APD says car thefts in Anchorage are declining

Officials say the steep increase in the number of cars stolen is largely attributable to drugs, and that the decrease is being driven by an expanded police force and collaboration among law enforcement agencies.

Drilling foes in House launch bill to close ANWR

Opponents of development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge filed a U.S. House bill Monday that would end the possibility of drilling in the refuge. The bill's prospects are dim in the Senate, but sponsors say they will press on.
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent makes an approach to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo by Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard)

Marine Science Symposium – LIVEBLOG – Wednesday

3:30 p.m. -- Mark Brzezinski, the White House's point man for the Arctic, told participants at the Marine Science Symposium this afternoon that they're in a growth industry.

Alaska fishing towns would forfeit $28M in fish tax under Dunleavy budget

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposals for balancing the state’s budget include a plan to stop sharing of millions of dollars in taxes on commercial fishing with coastal communities.

49 Voices: Nolan Charles of Toksook Bay

This week we're hearing from Nolan Charles from Toksook Bay. 16-year-old Charles is part of the Toksook Bay Yup'ik dancers, who performed in the opening ceremony to AFN. Listen now

Dillingham well tests positive for PFAS contamination

The Department of Transportation says it was recently alerted to potentially harmful chemicals contaminating a drinking water source near the Dillingham airport.

Communities reliant on Coast Guard services feel the pain of the federal gov. shutdown

Most U.S. Coast Guard operations are suspended and that’s holding up commercial boat and permit sales as well as some construction of passenger vessels.

Sitka and Juneau elect new mayors in municipal elections

Communities across the state elected new mayors and enacted new measures in local municipal elections yesterday. Listen now

Fish wheel: Design from the past may be a solution for the future

With gillnet fishing limited to only a few days on the Kuskokwim for most of June and July, some people on the river turned to alternative ways of filling their smokehouses. In Sleetmute, Barb Carlson and Maggie Bobby ran a fish wheel to get their season's catch of red salmon and to help their neighbors. Listen now

ASD accepts resignation of teacher who ‘shoved and grabbed’ a student in May

The Anchorage School District announced that a teacher the district says "shoved and grabbed a student" at Ptarmigan Elementary School has officially resigned from the district.

Transforming perspectives on trauma through paintings of hope

Traumatic childhood experiences can lead to problems later in life, but this doesn't define a person. Stories that start with trauma can end with hope. A new set of murals illustrates the transformation of seven Alaskans, and the process of creating them transformed the artists themselves.

‘Do something about it.’ UA Board of Regents hears angry testimony from education students stung by accreditation loss

"We're getting screwed. So now what?" one student said. "I think our message is pretty clear: Do something about it."

Alaska News Nightly: April 15, 2014

Legislature Passes Bill On AGDC Appointment; Legislature Considers $150m to Help Refineries; Nikiski LNG Plant May Reopen Soon; Yukon Fishermen Prepare For Summer Of Conservation; Some Southeast Chinook Runs Expected To Be Strong; MEA Official Accuses Anchorage Assembly Of Misusing City Funds; Haines Residents Pursue Railroad Link; Group Uses National Water Dance To Raise Compassion Download Audio

Updated budget requests would fund earthquake relief, cut school funds

One request includes cutting $20 million for public schools that lawmakers agreed to as part of the budget deal last spring.

Defense Dept. says climate change is a threat to bases around the country

The report looks at 79 major military installations around the country, assessing both the current and future risks of flooding, drought, wildfires, desertification, and thawing permafrost.

Alaska Community Foundation raises $100M to support statewide nonprofits

The $100 million Alaska Fund was created by private donations from more than 1,600 Alaskans — all the way from a $25 contribution from a 7-year-old boy to large multi-million dollar estate contributions.