Pew report sees Alaska ahead of other states in its ‘sovereign wealth fund’

A national report says other states can learn from the example of the Alaska Permanent Fund as they seek to grow their own funds they’ve built from natural resource extraction. Listen Now

Federal Spending Package Secures Funds For Tribal Health Care Facilities

In Congress tonight, a massive spending package has emerged after weeks of intense negotiations among lawmakers, and it contains good news for Alaskans. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, top Republican on the subcommittee for Interior Department spending, has announced that she’s secured $66 million to staff the state’s six new tribally operated health care facilities. Download Audio

Fourth-generation pilot takes to the skies with new air taxi

There’s no question—air taxis are indispensable to Alaskans who live off the road system, where planes connect people and goods like trucks and cars do in bigger cities. Some in the aviation industry are worried that Alaska will suffer from a pilot shortage in the coming years. But for Cade Schlagel, starting an air taxi business in his hometown of Dillingham this September, just a few years after graduating high school, was the natural thing to do.

Investors are backing Southeast’s largest oyster farms

The largest ever oyster farms in Southeast Alaska could be coming soon. Silver Bay Seafoods wants to lease 182 acres of seafloor in Sitka Sound. The state sees potential for a thriving industry, but local reception has been cool.

Ellis sentenced to 3 years, 2 suspended, for death of cyclist Dusenbury

An Anchorage teen who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a man on a bicycle will be sentenced to three years in prison with two suspended. Judge Michael Wolverton accepted the plea deal agreed to earlier this year. Download Audio

Seattle’s KPLU meets $7M fundraising goal, avoiding sale

In the wake of a controversial sale announcement, 17,000 donors pooled funds to buy KPLU's licence from Pacific Lutheran University. Download Audio

No joke: A bear walks into a Lemon Creek liquor store

A bear likely was just following its nose when it walked into a Lemon Creek business on Friday. Listen now

Lead facilitator of Anchorage youth leadership program to retire after 22 years

For 22 years, the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute, or PYLI, has worked to add in an important skill set for children: leadership.

Investigators Find No Cover-up at Alaska National Guard

An Army Inspector General found no fault with how the Alaska National Guard handled reports of sexual assault and harassment. At least, that’s how the Inspector General’s office for the Defense Department explained it in a letter to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She says she won't comment until she gets a chance to see the IG report for herself. Download Audio

With two Juneau judges retiring, court system seeks change to relieve bottleneck

Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave and Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez are both retiring on June 29. Listen now

49 Voices: Levi Samuel of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Levi Samuel in Anchorage. Samuel is a lifelong Anchorage resident who attends East Anchorage High School. He was part of this year's Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute.

It’s About The Dogs

The top sled dog teams in the Iditarod have become so competitive that the slightest edge can make a critical difference. And that means that mushers want to know everything they can about what their dogs can do. APRN: Tuesday, 2/21 at 10:00am Download Audio

SEC Charges Miller Energy Execs With Cooking the Books

Miller Energy Resources Inc. and two of its former executives have been charged with inflating the values of the company's oil and gas properties in Alaska by more than $400 million.

Are big energy projects the solution for Alaska’s budget crisis?

What's the prognosis for big energy projects in Alaska? Shell's abandoned the Arctic and state lawmakers are about to duke it out over an expensive new natural gas line. We'll dig into fossil fuel projects. Is the proposed gas line a real solution for the state's budget crisis or CPR on a flailing economy? APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at 10:00am Download Audio

NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson reflects on his newfound fame

Christopherson had never toured anywhere outside of Anchorage before winning the contest. And even though he was born and raised in Alaska, this was his first time visiting Juneau.

Ex-Secretary of State Endorses Sullivan in Tight U.S. Senate Race

Former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice stars in an ad for Republican challenger Dan Sullivan. The ad aims to quash the argument of a pro-Begich super PAC that Sullivan belongs more to the Beltway than to Alaska. Meanwhile, the Begich campaign is airing an ad showing footage of both the senator and of his Congressman father, campaigning across Alaska by small airplane, four decades apart. Download Audio

Team Pure and Wild Freeburd wins 2017 Race to Alaska

Four days and 700 miles after departing from Victoria, British Columbia, Team Pure and Wild Freeburd sailed into Ketchikan, making them the winners of the 2017 Race to Alaska. Listen now

Wrangell’s tax base shrinks as senior population grows

Wrangell has the second oldest population in the state, and the local borough is worried about the growing number of tax-exempt seniors. Those out-of-reach property tax dollars coupled with state cuts are putting aging communities in a tough spot.

Court sees video deposition in ‘Fairbanks Four’ hearing

A video deposition of a man implicated in the 1997 John Hartman murder in Fairbanks, was played in court Wednesday. Download Audio

Governor’s Oil Tax Plan Advances, With Changes

Gov. Sean Parnell's oil tax proposal advanced out of the Senate resources committee on Wednesday, with a few changes. Instead of setting the base tax rate at 25 percent, it bumps it to 35 percent.