In wake of Anchorage quake, teachers thankful for regular disaster drills

Right now, all Anchorage School District facilities are closed through Tuesday, and it's unknown when classes will start back up, and when students and staff will be able to gather the belongings they left behind.

Medicaid Reform

Alaska will spend more than $700 million on Medicaid this year. State officials say Medicaid costs are increasing at an unsustainable rate. What would reforming the program look like to keep costs under control? APRN: Tuesday, 9/30 at 10:00am Download Audio

Cook Inlet companies defend oil and gas tax credits

As Alaska continues to grapple with a major budget shortfall, one line item promises to be particularly controversial: tax credits for oil and gas producers.

Wildfire Burns Near Dot Lake

A wildfire caused by lightning in the interior is burning near the Village of Dot Lake. The Tanana Slough Fire has burned about 500 acres on an island in the Tanana River. The island is about three miles north of the small Native community off the Alaska Highway near Tok. Area state forester Jeff Hermans says suppression efforts are aimed at keeping the fire on the island.

Senate Ready to Approve One-Year Extension to Coastal Zone Management

The state Senate is ready to agree to a one-year extension of the state's Coastal Zone Management system without changes.

Two men found dead at Valley of the Moon park, police say homicide

In Anchorage, two men are dead in what appears to be a double homicide over the weekend at a popular park. Listen now

Absentee Voters Close Gap in Sitka Mayoral Race

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka John Stein is no stranger to close elections. When he became mayor of Wasilla in 1987, he won by...

Out with Mew, in with the new: Anchorage hires a new police chief

A man with a long history in drug enforcement will take the reins as Anchorage's new police chief. The city administration says he'll be in step with a plan to develop a community policing model. Download Audio
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Controversial Anchorage bathroom bill will go on April ballot

Anchorage voters will decide next spring how public bathrooms are going to be regulated. A controversial citizens' initiative has gathered enough signatures from supporters to go before voters in 2018. Listen now

49 Voices: Zach Sarti of Anchorage

At first I was nervous of moose. I'd hear stories of people being like, "Don't get too close to 'em or they might charge you," or something like that. I mean, not that I've gotten real up close and personal, but I'm not afraid of moose anymore. But yeah, we still keep an eye out for bears. We like to take a Bluetooth speaker with us, make a lot of noise and let 'em know we're coming.

Charges: Treasurer for Alaska movie industry union stole nearly $200K

The former treasurer of an entertainment industry union that raked in money during Alaska's film-making boom is charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from the union

Changes to oil tax bill scale back incentives for new oil

With just over a week left in the legislative session, lawmakers are wrangling over the always-contentious issue of oil taxes. Gov. Bill Walker had requested a complete overhaul of the state's oil and gas tax credit program. The House Resources scaled back that proposal. Now, a third committee has weighed in. The House Finance committee chose a middle route -- while also introducing some changes that weren't even in the governor's bill. Download Audio

Legislation Would Help Alaskans Pay High Heating Costs

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks A proposal by Fairbanks State Senator Joe Thomas would help Alaskans pay for the high cost of heating...

CEO: Possible Sitka Community Hospital merger raises ‘complexity’ of hospital’s challenges

Sitka Community Hospital is operating in the black for the first time in several years, but its future is far from certain. Listen now

Weyhrauch Trial Delay Request Will Be Considered on Friday

Matt Miller & Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau A request for a trial delay for former state Representative Bruce Weyhrauch will be considered in...

Findings released regarding governor’s bid to fire head of state oil and gas watchdog agency

The report supports some, but not all, of the governor's charges against the chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Hollis French. French believes the report exonerates him from what he calls "the most serious charges."

Congressman Don Young

Congressman Don Young has been in Congress for more than 40 years. He’s the state’s sole Representative in the U.S. House. Hear Alaskans talking directly with Don Young on the next Talk of Alaska. KSKA: Tuesday, 6/25 at 10:00am Download Audio

Borough eyes emergency dispatch upgrade

Emergency dispatch operations in the Mat Su could be put out to bid, if a Requests For Proposals outlined at Tuesday night's Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly meeting is successful.

With Representation On Decline, Voting Rights Decision Worries Native Districts

Most states that had been covered under the Voting Rights Act won't feel the full impact of the Supreme Court's ruling until 2020, when the next redistricting cycle starts up. But Alaska, along with Texas, will experience the effects straight away. Here, political lines still haven't been finalized, and today's decision could shape the way boundaries are drawn. Download Audio

Ketchikan youth detention facility to close Sept. 15

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility, a detention center for juvenile offenders, will close Sept. 15. Listen now