State Scholarship Bill Runs Into Opposition

A bill giving state money to private and religious schools ran into opposition Monday before the House Education committee. The bill sets up a mechanism providing state scholarships to private school students.

Begich Questions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bonuses

As police in New York routed the Occupy Wall Street encampment this morning, there are indications that some in Congress have taken notice of the movement. And that includes Alaska Senator Mark Senator Mark Begich is trying to block million-dollar bonuses to the executives at mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Are Pacific walruses adapting to warming? Feds say no need for more protections

"If the Fish & Wildlife Service had protected the Pacific walrus from threats of climate change, the Trump administration would have to admit that climate change is real," Shaye Wolf with the Center for Biological Diversity said. Listen now

Industry Forecasts Strong Tourist Season For Alaska

With a little over a week until the first ship arrives in Juneau, the head of a cruise industry group in Alaska says 2015 should be strong year for tourism in the state.

St. Vincent de Paul to build 41 affordable housing units for seniors

Juneau nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul and partner agency Seattle-based GMD Development have been awarded $9 million in tax credit financing from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. The award will allow the agencies to build 41 units of affordable housing in the capital city for low income seniors. Download Audio

Ready… Set… Net! Bristol Bay Setnet Fishery Opens

Setnetters in the Nushagak Section had their first opportunity to put their nets in the water Sunday night.

49 Voices: Jody Dillon of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Jody Dillon in Anchorage. Dillon is an environmental scientist who was born in Juneau. Listen now

Weather Temporarily Gives Firefighters An Edge in Aniak

Aniak and Chuathbaluk are receiving favorable winds today, cutting down on the smoke and fire danger. The fire across the river from Aniak has grown to 27,000 acres.

Hazy Forecast For Alaska’s Economy

Alaska’s economy weathered the Great Recession better than most states, and should hold steady for the foreseeable future. But depending on who you ask, there could be gloom on the horizon. World Trade Center Alaska brought its annual Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon to Juneau on Thursday, where two economists offered differing predictions for the state’s fiscal future.

Six-Day Race at the Alaska Dome Goes Heavy on the ‘Ultra’

August is a popular time for hitting the trails around Anchorage. But fior an elite group of ultrarunners, last week is all about taking their sport indoors. Nearly fifty people from all over the world plodded away in the Alaska Dome last week, trying to log as many miles as they could in six days.

AK: US Army Rangers Train In Alaska’s Rugged Interior

In a forested area outside of Fairbanks, the U.S. Army operates a remote facility where it trains military servicemen and women in cold, mountainous environments. It’s called the Northern Warfare Training Center. And in August, they hosted an elite unit of Army Rangers. Download Audio
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Budget cuts lead to sale of popular Fairbanks well by DOT

The Alaska Department of Transportation is preparing to sell a popular well that provides Fairbanks area residents with water. Fox springs has long been a staple resource for cabin dwellers and others who want free spring water. DOT said cuts in its budget are leading to the sale.

Native Vietnam vets get another chance to claim 160 acres

Congress passed a sweeping public lands bill that includes a provision allowing Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War era apply for land allotments. Critics worry about a land grab.

Group tries to link voting to Permanent Fund Dividends

An initiative group is gathering signatures in an attempt to link voter registration to Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications.

When a step back into prison is really a jump forward on the road to recovery

Alexandria Niksik has been in and out of prison for seven years. Her most recent return home only lasted 16 days. But what might look like failure from the outside is actually a key step toward success and recovery from alcohol misuse.

AK: Volunteers work to rebuild damaged landscapes on Flattop Mountain

Anchorage is home to one of Alaska’s most popular peaks—Flattop Mountain.  But all those hikers have done a lot of damage to the landscape. So this summer and fall, volunteers have been working hard to rebuild the final section of the trail. Listen now

Effort To Revive Parts Of Controversial Permitting Bill Scrapped

An effort to resurrect parts of House Bill 77 was abandoned on Friday night.

Trident Seafoods Paying $2.5 Million in Fines for Clean Water Act Violations

Trident Seafoods is agreeing to pay the federal government $2.5 million to settle clean water act violations at its Alaska processing facilities.

Alaska House approves restrictions on sex ed in schools

The Alaska House voted to put restrictions on sexual education in Alaska schools. The bill had been voted down three times before being approved. House Bill 156 would also suspend statewide standardized testing for two years. Download Audio

Regulatory Board Reviews Proposed Marijuana Regulations

Communities could opt-out or limit commercial and retail marijuana sales much the same way they do alcohol under proposed regulations put forth by the state alcohol control board.