Chinese Icebreaker Set for Sixth Arctic Expedition

China’s icebreaking research vessel Xuelong, orSnow Dragon, will soon begin another summer in the arctic. Chinese state media Xinhua reports the Snow Dragon is set to leave its Shanghai base next week to embark on a sixth summer expedition to the North Pole.

Walker says the Legislature must pass his fiscal plan

Gov. Bill Walker said the Legislature’s work is a long way from being over. While lawmakers stopped pink slips from being sent to state workers by passing a state budget on Tuesday, Walker said the Legislature must act now to prevent a replay in the future. Download Audio
Bill Walker, fifth from left. As a Valdez City Council member, Walker traveled with a delegation from the Organization for the Management of Alaska Resources (later the Resource Development Council) to meet with California Gov. Jerry Brown to advocate for a gas line, 1977. (Photo courtesy of Bill and Donna Walker)

Man on a mission: Gov. Walker and the gas line

The announcement this summer that Alaska will pursue a state-owned natural gas pipeline is a major U-turn after more than a decade of negotiations with the big three North Slope oil companies.

Begich Frustrated Over Lack of Gas Line Project Progress

Senator Mark Begich cited his frustration at the lack of progress on getting an Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline built as he introduced legislation on Monday in Washington.

‘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."

Sealaska Lands Legislation Still Afloat

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau Lisa Murkowski’s defeat in the Republican primary could impact the chances of Sealaska’s lands legislation passing. Murkowski was the...

Alaska House Names April as ‘Child Abuse Prevention Month’

The Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously Thursday to name April “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Alaska. House Concurrent Resolution 21 was sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr from Anchorage. The resolution heads to the Senate for consideration.

Redistricting Board To Redraw Southeast Districts

The Alaska Redistricting Board will start redrawing Southeast Alaska’s legislative districts on Monday.

Dunleavy asks for resignations from broadened group of state workers

In a press release Friday afternoon, the Dunleavy transition team wrote that the governor-elect wants to broaden the scope of which employees will be asked to offer leaving their jobs.

Stevens’ Time in Office Hard to Summarize

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Governor Sean Parnell told reporters this afternoon that he first heard of the crash and the possibility that...

At a safe distance: Monitoring remote volcanoes from remote locations

Across Alaska there are monitoring instruments on 31 of the most active volcanoes, but there’s nothing on the one that’s erupting now. Listen now

Health Campus Proposed To Handle Anchorage’s Homeless

A recent editorial in the Anchorage Daily News proposes addressing chronic inebriation and the moribund area of east 4th avenue as the way forward for a more vibrant downtown. These ideas have been on the table before, but not from the person charged with championing the city as a great place to visit and do business. Andrew Halcro is a former state lawmaker and the current President of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Rather than glossing over the city's ongoing problems, he proposes a health campus to deal head on with homeless people and chronic drunks. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: December 24, 2014

Officials Warn of Botulism Outbreak; Investor Pulls Out of BC Mine; LNG Exports Hits Bumps; Lights Return in Ft. Yukon; Maybe No White Christmas in Aleutians; Volunteers Pitch in Haines; Fish Skin Appearing in Modern Fashion

Cooperative Extension to keep doors open in Anchorage, Sitka

The Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks planned to close two offices this fall due to state budget cuts – one in Anchorage and the other in Sitka. But today (08-31-16), Extension leadership announced a plan to keep both offices open.

Fighting wildfires is risky and difficult but it has its rewards

Experienced firefighters can earn up to 60-thousand dollars in a few months, which may seem like a lot of money. But considering their working conditions, and hazards, many of them would say they earn every bit of their pay. A few dozen Alaskan firefighters are mopping up the McHugh fire south of Anchorage. Listen now
KSKA's Anne Hillman and KTUU's Austin Baird join Ellen Lockyer on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Impacts Of Reduced State Funding On Alaska’s Schools

Today we’ll be checking in with the Legislative session in Juneau, and the impacts the latest school funding developments on schools statewide and how it may affect school bonds in Anchorage’s upcoming Municipal Election. And, we’ll take a look at how a group of Sudanese refugees are moving forward after a recent vandalism incident in Anchorage. Download Audio KSKA: Friday, 4/3 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 4/3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 4:30pm

Murkowski Asks Pentagon To Abandon F-16 Movement Plan

Top Pentagon officials at a Senate budget hearing today were grilled about the plan to move an F-16 squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Senator Lisa Murkowski asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to try to get the Air Force to abandon the plan until it was better studied. Panetta defended the plan as necessary to meet Congressional mandates to reduce spending. Dempsey said he’d been hearing a lot from Alaska’s Senators about the plan and promised to look into it.

Self-Determination for the Future of Native Game Development

Indigenous game designers, coders, and artists will be in Santa Clara, California on Friday to talk about the future of the native gaming industry.

Congress Passes 9-11 Responders Bill

Libby Casey, APRN – Anchorage The Lame Duck Session of the 111th Congress is over.  Both the House and Senate completed their work this...

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Video shows Sitka teen hog-tied, tasered repeatedly in Sitka jail; Alternate suspect Jason Wallace testifies at Fairbanks 4 hearing; SecDef talks to Fairbanks servicemen on drawdown, suicide; With icy roads afoot, APD responds to 87 collisions; Museum of the Aleutians reopens; Director reprimanded; Sitka keeps Alaska Bulk Water afloat with 6th contract extension; In Juneau, Filipino community stays connected over radio waves Download Audio