New life raft regulations for fishing boats no longer required

Commercial fishermen scrambling to buy life rafts for their boats this winter can rest a little easier. Congress has changed a new law that would have required life rafts for fishing boats traveling at least three miles off shore. Download Audio

Bill Aims To Create Arctic Port on Bering Sea Coast

A U.S. House subcommittee today considered a bill aimed at creating a deepwater dock at Point Spencer, a narrow curlicue of land on the Bering Strait, just south of the Arctic Circle. Alaska Congressman Don Young says his bill would divide the 2,000 acre spit among the Coast Guard, the state and the Bering Strait Native Corp., creating a partnership to build a port. Download Audio

Why Mental Illness Is The ‘No-Casserole’ Illness

Mental illness is usually a personal matter, the type of sickness that doesn’t receive much attention. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, wants to change that. Download Audio

Alaska’s largest needle exchange is rushing to keep up with demand

The number of syringes exchanged at one Anchorage non-profit doubled in just two years to almost half-a-million. This year they're on track to outpace that. Listen now

State troopers’ plan to move dispatch to Anchorage draws criticism from Ketchikan borough

The planned move is part of a wider effort to centralize dispatch operations, which also involves closing dispatch facilities in Wasilla and Soldotna.

DNR Withdraws Approval for Sutton Coal Mine

The state Department of Natural Resources has withdrawn a decision allowing a coal mine project to go forward near Sutton.

Southeast Alaska crabbing seasons start Wednesday

Two crab fisheries in Southeast Alaska started up Wednesday, February 17. Fishing for Tanner crab and golden king crab opened at noon.

Brown Bear Hunting Suspended In Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Last month, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced it was thinking about temporarily suspending brown bear sport hunting on the Refuge until late next spring. This week, they held two public meetings to see how people felt about the proposal and on Friday, they made their decision. Download Audio

Unalaska mayoral recall petition delivered to city hall

The Unalaska City Clerks department is checking signatures on a petition to recall Mayor Frank Kelty.

AK Essay: Barenaked

Nude is what is it is called. Nude is artsy and sophisticated. But when I crumpled onto the small wooden platform, I was just plain old naked. And then when I crawled the several feet between me and my robe, I was even more naked. Download Audio

Anchorage Forms New Committee To Navigate Pot Legalization

Just a week after a vote shooting down a controversial proposal to ban commercialization of marijuana within Anchorage, the city Assembly is forming a new committee to handle local implementation in the months ahead. Listen now:

Kaiser father and son take to the trails for K300 race weekend

Bethel is gearing up for a big sled dog racing weekend as top-tier mushers from around the state arrive to compete in the Kuskowkim 300.

Education advocate Alyse Galvin to challenge Congressman Don Young

Alyse Galvin is challenging Congressman Don Young for Alaska’s single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Listen now

Trash proving costly to burn at Dillingham landfill

The incinerator at the Dillingham landfill has been clean-burning trash for a little over a year now. While it’s doing a good job of cutting down the volume of material that gets buried in limited cell space, it’s not proving as cost efficient to operate as hoped.
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Former Sitka officer wins harassment settlement, promises investigation of police

A sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former police officer against the City of Sitka has settled out of court for over $500,000.

Iditarod Front-Runners Headed For White Mountain

Front running teams are making their way for White Mountain Tuesday morning.

Industry opposes Anchorage pot tax, excessive regulations

Two separate items coming before the Anchorage Assembly will shape the state's largest market for commercial cannabis for years to come. And industry representatives are worried it'll be for the worse.

‘Lullaby Project’ connects mothers to kids through prison walls

A program aimed at helping mothers who are in prison connect with their kids is called the Lullaby Project. Professional musicians work with inmates at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River to write songs for the inmate’s children then the musicians record them onto a CD. Listen now
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Homer man charged in “Poopdeck Trail” murder case

Homer Police arrested a man in connection with a three-year-old murder case on Sunday. Listen Now
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Alaska Regional Hospital opts out of state directive to halt elective surgeries, for now

Alaska health officials issued a directive Monday asking hospitals statewide to postpone non-essential surgeries for 90 days. But, It’s not a mandate.