Bill To Reinstate State Income Tax Introduced In Alaska House

A pair of lawmakers in the Alaska House have filed legislation to reinstate an income tax. Download Audio

Weather Service Ends Manual Readings Of Mendenhall River Level

The National Weather Service is changing the way it forecasts the water level in Juneau’s Mendenhall River. The agency said Friday that it has stopped taking manual readings of the river level at the Mendenhall Loop Bridge. Instead, river level observations and flood forecasts will be based on an automated gauge located in Mendenhall Lake.

State and defense attorneys argue over Sockeye wildfire trial date

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Sockeye wildfire, which drove Willow residents from their homes and claimed fifty - five residences. Download Audio

Sitka herring forecast lowest in a decade

Sitka’s commercial herring fleet should expect to catch significantly fewer fish this spring. That’s the news from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which released its preliminary harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery on Friday. Download Audio

Tanana River erosion closes trail, threatens cabins at Big Delta State Historical Park

Alaska State Parks officials have closed a section of trail in Big Delta State Historical Park near Delta Junction, because the Tanana River been cutting sharply into its southern bank where the trail is located. The extreme erosion now threatens a couple of historical cabins within the park. State and local officials are working on a plan to shore up the bank – and to come up with a way to pay for it. Download Audio

Community of Stebbins experiencing ‘water crisis’

The community of Stebbins has been experiencing an ongoing “water crisis” since the community’s water line froze in late November. Listen Now

Seiners turn in early after weak pink harvest

The pink salmon season in Southeast is supposed to be peaking right now. Instead, the run is actually slowing, harvests have been poor, and many fishermen are wrapping up the season early.

Iditapod: Rainy Pass, race rookies and Rohn axe-throwing

In Episode 7, we talk to mushers making preparations at the Rainy Pass checkpoint, as well as some first-time Iditarod racers and... some volunteers staying entertained by throwing axes? Speaking of throwing axes (loosely), we also answer a question about what happens if you get hurt out on the trail.

Petersburg Man Arrested For Meth Importing

Petersburg police and the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs task force arrested a Petersburg man this week in an investigation into two packages of methamphetamine mailed to town.

Alaskans endure rising insurance costs

Alaskans shopping for individual health insurance on the federal exchange will only be able to choose from one insurer when open enrollment starts on November 1st.

Despite federal changes, ‘Eskimo’ still in use in Western Alaska

The term “eskimo” is divisive across much of the arctic, but it’s still being used in western Alaska. Some identify with it, while others want to see change. Download Audio

300 Villages: Igiugig

This week, we're heading to Igiugig, a community of just 69 people on Lake Iliamna. Alexanna Salmon is President of Igiugig Village Council in Igiugig. Download Audio

Ski, Biathlon Championships in White Mountain Earn Western, Interior Athletes Trip to Arctic Winter Games

Five Western Alaska athletes will make their way to Greenland next year after earning spots on Team Alaska for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games at the Western Interior Cross-country Ski and Biathlon championships. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: July 10, 2014

Sportsmen’s Bill Falls To Senate Gridlock; Mead Treadwell, 'Big-Picture Guy,' Runs for U.S. Senate; Gov’s Office Considers Suing Xerox Over Botched System Rollout; Ellis, Gara Ask DOT To Delay Demolition Of Two Anchorage Houses; Alaska Harnesses Power of Tides, Rivers, and Waves; Preliminary Figures Show Dismal Walrus Harvest From Poor Weather; Rare Ribbon Seal Sighting In Prince William Sound; TODAY Show Live From Juneau; ‘Finding Bigfoot’ in the Y-K Delta in Search of Miluquyuliq Download Audio

Muni memo sends Elmore extension back to drawing board

As the design for Anchorage's contentious Northern Access Project — the proposed 2-lane road connecting Elmore Road with Bragaw Street in Anchorage' U-Med District – nears completion, the municipality's planning division released a memorandum recommending the project be sent back to the drawing board. Download Audio

Alaska Air flight grounded after e-cig batteries ingnite

Passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage on Sunday were delayed over 5 hours after a passenger’s backpack started burning. Batteries for an e-cigarette are the likely culprit. Listen Now

With understanding comes forgiveness: Turning ‘Yuuyaraq’ into film

Juneau filmmaker Lisle Hebert is making a film based on Harold Napoleon’s essay “Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being.” Napoleon gave Hebert his blessing to do the adaptation, but he says it’ll be a challenge to translate the message to film. Download Audio

Electronic cigarette tax vexes vapers

A hefty excise tax on wholesale tobacco products sold in the Matanuska Susitna Borough is under scrutiny.

Legislature Adjourns Special Session, Only To Call New One

The Alaska State Legislature has gaveled out of special session, without voting on any of the items on the governor’s agenda. But almost immediately, lawmakers called themselves back -- but on their own terms. They have formally relocated to Anchorage, and have set aside Medicaid expansion. Download Audio:

Cash from Congress will boost Alaska-based system that protects planes from volcanic ash

A $12 million budget boost from Congress will help modernize the instruments that protect transcontinental jet planes from threats posed by volcanic ash. Listen now