Porcupine caribou herd numbers highest in monitoring history

"Currently we don't have any studies specifically looking at what factors are affecting those demographics," said Jason Caikoski, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Listen now

State DHSS suspends thousands of senior benefits payments

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has suspended payments for some recipients of the state’s Senior Benefits Program due to a lack of funding.

Conservation Groups Appeal Big Thorne Ruling

Less than a week after losing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, a coalition of conservation groups seeking to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale has filed a Notice of Appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked for an injunction pending the outcome. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: April 10, 2014

House Debates Limiting Medicaid Funding For Abortions; Sponsor Wants Vote On Judicial Council Issue; Geraghty Testifies On Tribal Law And Order Commission Report Findings; Army Sets New Protocols During Fire Season; Exit Exam Bill Could Bring Diplomas To More Students; Assembly Passes Anti-Smoking Law; Fairbanks Will Help Fund New Mental Health Drop In Center; Retired Detective Discusses ‘Finding Bethany’ Download Audio

Oil Companies Protest Possibly Losing Tax Breaks

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC The heads of the nation’s biggest oil companies say they can’t handle losing...

Alaska News Nightly: July 24, 2014

Oil Tax Heavyweights Spar At Packed Debate; Effort to Ban Commercial Set Netting Moves Forward; Investigation Continues Into Tourist Train Derailment; Tribal Leaders Discuss Ambler Road; Over 11,000 Alaskans Receiving Health Insurance Refunds; Business leaders and Politicians Meet in Whistler BC for Economic Summit; Commercial Chum Bustling, But Causing Anger on the Yukon; Japanese Fishermen Visit Alaska for Ideas on Sustainability Download Audio

Republican Party Members Send Open Letter to Joe Miller

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage Some well-known Republican Party of Alaska members have written an open letter to Joe Miller, asking the party’s endorsed...

In rural communities, jails house psychiatric patients awaiting transport to hospitals

When Alaska residents go through a severe mental health crisis, many rural clinics lack the resources to ensure their safety. About 10 patients are held in the Haines rural jail each year awaiting transport to hospitals.
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No easy answers after fire destroys Tuluksak’s water supply

The temporary well being used at the school pulls up water from the Tuluksak River, which isn’t safe to drink.

Study finds marine mammal viruses are traveling between oceans as sea ice recedes

The study by researchers at the University of California Davis found that, since 2001, there have been various spikes of phocine distemper virus in Steller sea lions, bearded ring seals and various other Arctic marine mammals.

Group Uses National Water Dance To Raise Compassion

A small group of people gathered Saturday in Anchorage to use art to make change. The National Water Dance was an effort to use the art of human movement to generate compassion for the nation’s streams, lakes and oceans. Download Audio

Bill strengthening Alaska’s Code of Military Justice passes out of one committee into another

House Bill 126, aimed at strengthening the dated Alaska Code of Military Justice, passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee Thursday morning and now moves on to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Download Audio
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Interior temperatures to drop this weekend

A forecast weather shift is expected to cool interior temperatures this weekend. Listen now

Alaska gets $2.9M grant from ‘Investing in Innovation’ fund

The Association of Alaska School Boards has been selected to receive a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s “Investing in Innovation” fund.

Officials Discuss Status of Drilling Technology

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC There was no disagreement at a hearing in Washington Tuesday that oil and gas drilling technology has...

No mask, no problem: Sitka rejects local mask mandate

Cities in Alaska have been divided on the question of whether mask mandates are a violation of personal freedom or an effective public health tool.

Small Fire Around Old Sterling Power Pole Quickly Extinguished

Power was out for residents from Diamond Ridge to the Old Sterling Highway for about an hour on Monday afternoon. The incident, which took place on the Old Sterling, also caused a small fire.

Papua New Guinea company to take over big North Slope oil play

Denver-based Armstrong Energy is selling off a significant chunk of its stake in the Nanushuk oil play to Oil Search, a company based in Papua New Guinea. Oil Search announced Wednesday that it will take over as operator next June. Listen now

State Gives $1.5 Million To Support Suicide, Substance Abuse Prevention In Southwest Alaska

The State has awarded The Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks nearly $1.5 million to support rural Southwestern Alaska Yup’ik communities in their suicide and substance abuse prevention efforts.

Mat-Su Borough Assembly Bids to Disband Ethics Board

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly is looking at a bid to disband the Borough's ethics board, and a vote on the issue could come as early as Tuesday night. Some residents are concerned that the move could mean that major changes to the Borough's ethics code will be taken out of public view.