Ferry workers union explains why strike happened, and what workers gained from it

This summer the Alaska Marine Highway System weathered its first strike in more than 40 years. The fleet remained tied to the dock for 11 days while the state and largest ferry union worked through a federal mediator to hammer out a contract.

Alaska News Nightly: January 14, 2014

Former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan Raises $1.2 Million For Senate Race; Shishmaref Delegation Meets With Climate Change Task Force; Lawsuit Could Bring Federal Oversight Into Salmon Harvests; Juneau Businesses Take The Bitcoin Lead; Fairbanks Militia Leader Holding Anti-Gun-Control Rally; World Wildlife Fund Releasing Walrus Ivory Report; Grant Advances Kasaan Longhouse Repairs; Dena’ina Athabascan Exhibit Wraps Up At Anchorage Museum Download Audio
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Pebble employee for Board of Fish? Critics say no.

Testifiers questioned the appointment to the Board of Fisheries of a King Salmon man who is also the director of regional affairs for the Pebble Partnership

Former Fairbanks Mayor Comes Forward With Information About Miller

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker has come forward with some new information regarding U.S. Senate candidate...

Heroin in Alaska

Law enforcement officers say heroin use is on the rise in Alaska and communities are struggling to keep the drug out of their neighborhoods. How is it getting here and what’s being done to stop heroin from entering the state. It's not just an urban problem. Rural residents are speaking out to try to stop it. APRN: Tuesday, 5/5 at 10:00am Download Audio

Gov. Parnell Looks to Bypass Health Care Act

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau Governor Sean Parnell is looking at ways to bypass implementation of the federal health care act. He has...

Musher suffers dog loss at Galena checkpoint

A dog has died in this year’s Iditarod. It happened shortly before midnight at the Galena checkpoint. Listen now

Legislators Say No To Energy Break

House Speaker Mike Chenault says there will be floor sessions and committee hearings during the first week of March. His counterpart in the Senate, Charlie Huggins, has also resolved to work through Energy Council. Download Audio

Special hunt opens for two musk ox stranded on island off of Nunivak coast

Biologists fear the animals will starve on the small island that lacks fresh water and enough vegetation

Fairbanks Chamber Works To Keep Flint Hills Open

The Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce isn’t giving up on the Flint Hills refinery. Flint Hills announced last week that it plans to cease crude oil processing at the North Pole Plant, and turn the facility into a distribution depot for fuel shipped in from other facilities. Fairbanks chamber board chair Steve Lundgren says the organization will work with the state to try to find a new owner-operator for the refinery. Listen Now

Deciphering AO-37, Anchorage’s Labor Law

Anchorage's controversial labor law, commonly referred to as AO-37, will be on the ballot this November. The mayor and his administration want you to vote yes to keep it. The municipal unions want voters to get rid of it. Both sides discuss four major points of the law. Download Audio:

Unofficial Election Results Indicate Approval Of Nome Annexation Of Nushagak Fishery

The margins are slim and there are still votes to count but it looks like Dillingham residents have approved Proposition One to annex the local Nushagak commercial fishing district into the city limits and also approved the second proposition to impose a 2.5 percent raw fish tax. Both measures gained about 50 more votes in favor than those opposed. But, the final results won’t be known till tomorrow.

Million dollar pot operation raided

Police took a Homer resident into custody for growing a large crop of marijuana with the intent to sell it. The arrest comes just one week before the state is slated to introduce its brand new commercial cannabis regulations. Download Audio

Ask A Climatologist: What hope is there for snow lovers this season?

The lack of snow for a lot of Alaska is again on our minds in this week's Ask a Climatologist segment.

Tarmac meet & greet for Saab 2000

Friday was a day of speeches, fanfare and cockpit tours at the Dutch Harbor Airport. Peninsula Airlines - or PenAir - flew in its new Saab 2000 plane for a tarmac meet-and-greet with the community. At last a bigger, faster plane will be running daily flights to the island halfway through the Aleutian chain. Download Audio
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Norwegian Cruise Lines unveils initial design concepts for downtown Juneau property

Last year, Norwegian Cruise Lines outbid competitors when it agreed to pay the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority $20 million for a 3-acre parcel of waterfront land in downtown Juneau. Now, Norwegian is moving forward with its development plans for the lot.

AK: Hundreds of Douglas kids band together in music class

When you think about an elementary school music class, a choir might come to mind. The students sing choral standards with their teacher standing in front, or backing them up on piano. But these days, some of those classes are different. In Juneau, one music teacher has hundreds of kids playing guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and banjos – together, as a band. Listen Now

Freezing temps mean it’s time to clean the legacy wells on the North Slope

As the cold winter months hit the North Slope, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is heading back out to plug four old wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The agency hopes the process goes more smoothly this time around. Listen Now

Aboard Alaska’s endangered ferries, passengers fear a “giant step back in time”

Step onboard the MV LeConte, where a single trip last week showed how Southeast Alaska residents have knit the state's ferries into their lives – and how they would adapt if the ships stopped running, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing.

Walker traveling to Japan for gas conference

Gov. Bill Walker is heading to Japan to speak at a conference on the global liquefied natural gas market.