Interior secretary nominee faces jabs over prior lobbying work

David Bernhardt has a lot of experience at the Interior Department. He has also represented the oil industry as a lawyer and lobbyist, and that drew a masked troll to his confirmation hearing Thursday.

Begich, Senate To Push Fishery Disaster Relief Bill

U.S. Senator Mark Begich says he and other members of the Senate will try to move a fishery disaster relief bill after the election. Time and money will be hard to find.

Walker receives national attention as example for political independents

Walker said on Politico’s Off Message podcast that Trump’s stated wish to achieve energy dominance is good for Alaska. Listen now

Legal haze clouds cannabis for pets

After the results of the November election, more than half of U.S. states have now authorized medical marijuana. And eight of those states also allow recreational marijuana. So if pot helps some humans feel better, then how about people’s best friends? Listen now

‘Gar-Barge’ Arrives To Courier Alaska’s Marine Debris To the Lower 48

A massive barge is docked in Kodiak this week, and that barge is more or less a huge floating trash can. It's en route to the Lower 48 with hundreds of tons of marine debris on board - debris that will be recycled once the barge arrives in Seattle. Download Audio

Hecla Greens Creek wants to close mine to hunters

The Hecla Greens Creek Mine is asking the Board of Game to ban hunting near its mine facility southwest of Juneau, saying hunters are endangering its workers.
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U.S. Senate committee advances bill to make Native tribes eligible for Amber Alert grants

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Tuesday approved a bill, S.722, that would make Native tribes eligible for Amber Alert grants. Listen now

Skagway celebration marks completion of fiber-optic cable installation

Stakeholders from around the region are gathering in Skagway Friday, to celebrate the completion of a project that promises to improve internet in the Upper Lynn Canal. Listen Now

Banned Books Week: ‘Captain Underpants’ Tops List Filled With Literary Classics

Sunday marked the beginning of banned books week, and Loussac Librarian Stacia McGourty says this week is a huge deal for her profession. Download Audio

Drones becoming more popular in the Arctic

U.S. State Department official Julie Gourley told a crowd at the Carlson Center Monday that the use of unmanned aircraft systems has grown widespread in the circumpolar north in recent years because they serve as the perfect platform for surveying the vast expanse of the Arctic for such purposes as research and environmental monitoring.

Middle schoolers test bridge building mettle at ANSEP summer program

A balsa wood bridge isn't something you'd want to drive your car over, but it can be a useful way to expose kids to engineering. The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program recently hosted middle school students from the Anchorage School District at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Listen now

Alaska Marine Highway drops price for Taku ferry

No one wants to buy the state ferry Taku. So, officials are lowering its price. Listen now

Oil Tax Referendum Meets Ballot Requirements

An effort to repeal a tax cut on oil companies hit the magic number for its referendum to appear on the ballot. Download Audio

Fish Creek opens for dipnetting, drawing crowds

Near Wasilla today, hundreds of salmon set to spawn in Fish Creek swam a gauntlet of dipnets after the Department of Fish and Game opened the sometimes sporadic personal-use dipnet fishery there. Listen now

Last month, Ruth Botstein argued Alaska’s case at the Supreme Court. This month she was fired.

Botstein is one of two prominent attorneys at the Alaska Department of Law who was fired by the new administration of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, in a move that observers said was unusual.
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Another Alaskan dies as the state announces 78 new COVID-19 cases

The woman who died was in her 50s and had pre-existing conditions according to state health officials. She is the 18th Alaskan to have died with COVID-19.

Anchorage to buy ConocoPhillips gas field for $152M

After months of closed door meetings, the city has worked out a deal to buy a section of the Beluga River Unit owned by ConcoPhillips since the 80s. Download Audio
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Palmer voting site temporarily closes after virus diagnosis

The risk to voters who cast ballots early at the main administrative offices of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is considered to be low, according to the Division of Elections.
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Report: Suicide is Alaska’s fifth-leading cause of death

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services report shows that for 2017, suicide was the fifth-leading cause of death in the state. Nationally, it’s the 10th-leading cause.

Open Call for Gas Supply Proposals Closes

The deadline for proposals to supply the State lead Interior Energy Project with natural gas was Monday. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is managing the project, and AIDEA spokesman Karsten Rodvik says the state corporation is considering a range of possibilities for getting affordable gas to the Interior. Download Audio