Can a liquor store help a community solve alcohol-related problems?

Alcohol abuse is an issue throughout the country, even in areas where it's illegal. Banning alcohol doesn't always solve the problem, so should communities try swinging the other way and make it more available? Could opening a liquor store help a community, not harm it? The village of Kiana is finding out – and reviews are mixed.

Searchers find body of missing boater near Napakiak

Searchers found the body of 28-year-old Benjamin Beaver Junior of Bethel after his boat hit a sandbar and sank.

Drug trafficking charges filed against former head of Kotzebue post office

A former postmaster in Kotzebue has been indicted for charges of drug trafficking, which allegedly took place over a two-year period while he was running the local post office.

Alaska congressman explains why he voted ‘no’ on new rules for Trump impeachment probe

Alaska Rep. Don Young says the newly adopted rules don't give the Republican minority enough authority in the process.

The race to Nome

One thousand miles is a long journey under the best conditions, but behind a dog team, through the wilderness in extreme weather is a daunting challenge. That's the essence of the Iditarod, bringing together tough human and animal athletes for the yearly race to Nome.

Forest Service kicks off Roadless Rule discussion in Juneau

People who attended the meeting had a lot of questions about the process.

Zirkle takes Iditarod lead out of Ophir as top teams coordinate rests

A trio of Iditarod teams declared their 24-hour rests immediately on pulling into Tokotna Tuesday night.

Recall election fails to oust Unalaska’s mayor

Unalaska’s mayor has survived a recall effort that accused him of misconduct and poor leadership. Listen now

Meet the woman who makes sure K300 dogs are ready to race

There’s no physician for the mushers during the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, but a team of volunteer veterinarians checks each dog before the race, at the checkpoints, and after the teams cross the finish. The program has come together for nearly 30 years largely through of the efforts of one woman.

Alaska Botanical Garden celebrates 25 years

Garden executive director Mike Monterusso says the Garden aims to do two main things: to operate as a museum that preserves, labels and catalogs plants and to teach the public about plants and their connection to them. Listen now

Tlingit code talkers recognized by state legislature for their efforts during WWII

The state legislature adopted a citation Wednesday recognizing the contributions of Tlingit code talkers during World War II. During floor sessions, representatives and senators spoke about the outsized role that Alaska Natives have played in the military.
Wrangell’s mayor. Steve Prysunka. circulated this image on social media. It shows the lack of water running into Wrangell’s reservoirs. (Photo Courtesy of City of Wrangell)

Rains erase last of ‘severe drought’ in Southeast as conditions improve statewide

Places like Ketchikan, Wrangell and as far north as Juneau are still in “moderate drought.”

Green New Deal? Murkowski says no, opts for middle way on climate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is talking about global warming more than ever. While the Green New Deal is a lightning rod in Congress, Murkowski says she's reaching for what's politically possible. In a word: "Innovation."

How would lifting the Roadless Rule change Tongass logging? Not much, both sides say

But at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday, people for and against the rule agreed that removing the roadless restrictions won't make much difference for an industry that's already a shadow of its former self.

Rep. Young Riles Indian Country With Hearings on ‘Land in Trust’ Powers

The Interior Secretary’s power to take land into trust for tribes could create pockets of Indian Country across Alaska. Tribes see it as an opportunity to police their own territory and improve village safety. Others see it as the reservation model that Alaskans rejected in the land claims settlement act 44 years ago. Outside the state, land-into-trust is controversial, too. Download Audio:

Human skulls found near Sinuk River

The bones were first reported to Alaska State Troopers on Oct. 10.

Alaska lawmakers learn about a subsistence superfood

The state’s food safety codes currently don’t allow seal oil in public facilities like nursing homes. But a movement is underway to serve the beloved food to Elders.

No one is sure why the Mulchatna caribou are disappearing in Southwest Alaska

Perhaps the animals trampled their food, but the herd was not at the peak numbers it once had decades ago. Perhaps there was heavy predation, like from wolves, but predators don’t usually cause a population to drop by half. Then there’s a theory of over-hunting, which could be a contributing factor.

Juneau Assembly accepts settlement agreement with cruise industry

“We’re certainly pleased with the settlement,” the head of the cruise industry association said. “It’s really an opportunity for all of us in the cruise industry and the community of Juneau to move forward.”

Amid state economic woes, Nome focuses on port’s future

Alaska’s harsh environment is often used to explain its resilient population. But more recently it’s been the economy that’s tested the toughness of its people. Royal Dutch Shell pulled out of its multi-year and multi-billion dollar plan to drill in the Chukchi, taking with it business from the Norwegian oil company Statoil, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers put its plan for a deep draft Arctic port on hold.