Mat-Su Borough, fire department spat over on-duty rules

The Mat-Su Borough and the Talkeetna Fire Department are working to clear up confusion about when responders are on duty.
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State reports 25 new COVID-19 cases Monday, including 1 in Nome-area village

Of the new resident cases, seven are from Anchorage, eight are from the Kenai Peninsula borough, three are from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, two are from the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and one is from the Nome region.

Restaurant closures create uncertainty in the market for premium Copper River salmon

Restaurants may not be reliable buyers this year, as owners grapple with reduced business amid the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID Q&A: What are the legal and medical barriers to wearing a mask under Anchorage’s new mandate?

One area of confusion has been how customers need to prove a disability that might prevent them from wearing a mask to a store owner.

Shakespeare Is Alive In The Capitol City, 24 Hours A Day

If he were alive today, William Shakespeare would be 450 years old in April. In honor of the event, the capitol city is celebrating with its first Bard-A-Thon, 24 hours of Shakespeare readings for eight consecutive days. The non-stop Shakespeare kicked off on Saturday. Download Audio

Crews Making Progress On 100-Mile Creek Fire

Mangers of the 100-Mile Creek Wildfire response are bracing for high winds. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the 23,000 acre fire west of Delta Junction from noon to midnight, calling for south winds gusting to 35 miles per hour, and humidity in the 25 percent range. Over 500 firefighters are assigned to the blaze and Fire Information Officer Sarah Sarloos says a lot of work has been done. Download Audio

Streff Takes Command of National Guard

A new Alaska Army National Guard commander is taking the helm in the weekend ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Col. Joseph Streff will take over from Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges at a ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Officials say Streff has been with the Guard for more than 27 years.

Utqiagvik voters overwhelmingly reject soda tax

Early results show voters in the city of Utqiagvik rejecting a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

State Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Survivor Benefits Case

The Alaska Supreme Court listened to oral arguments Tuesday in a case that challenges whether or not same-sex couples should receive survivor benefits. Download Audio

More than $100,000 raised for injured Anchorage firefighter

An Anchorage firefighter badly hurt during training is making progress in a Colorado hospital amid an outpouring of support from Alaska. Listen now

Infectious Disease

What do Alaskans need to know about the first case of Ebola in America and the risk to children from Enterovirus 68? Neither disease is in Alaska, but public health officials are preparing just in case. APRN: Tuesday, 10/7 at 10:00am Download Audio

Rest day: Iditarod teams start parking in checkpoints for their day-long layovers

With more than a quarter of the trail behind them, some teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog were parked at checkpoints on Wednesday, taking their required daylong breaks.

Dunleavy reaches his supporters, inside and outside Alaska, through national media outlets

In the appearances on Fox News, Breitbart News and talk radio shows, Dunleavy has drawn a parallel between the potential recall effort he’s facing and the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

DNR Proposes Changes to Mission, Legislature to Review

Although it’s not official yet, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources has announced its intention to change its mission statement. Recently, administrators quietly removed the words ‘conserve’ and ‘enhance ‘from the statement, leaving only the word ‘develop’ to describe how resources should be managed. They also removed a reference to ‘future Alaskans’. Legislators will soon begin weighing in on the issue.

Election Law Revision Before Assembly

A new version of Anchorage Election law, or Title 28, will be before the Assembly at their next meeting. Officials began reviewing the law after problems with an election in 2012. KSKA's Daysha Eaton has more.

Unalaska Has Loud Voice on Arctic Policy Commission

As the closest deepwater port to the Arctic, Unalaska is set to play a major role in the region’s economic development. Now, the city is positioning itself to influence Arctic politics, too.

As Alaska’s elections come down to wire, ads test limits of campaign finance laws

In the last few days before an election, it’s pretty common for political groups to start playing fast and loose with Alaska’s campaign finance laws — and the state’s cash-strapped campaign finance regulators say they’d need a larger staff to monitor all the ads in the last-minute barrage. Listen now

Fresh doubt for Alaska tribes seeking land-in-trust

A new solicitor's opinion throws doubt on whether Alaska tribes can gain "Indian Country"-type jurisdiction by putting land in trust with the feds. Listen now
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Processor settles cannery worker lawsuit for more than $440,000

North Pacific Seafoods was sued for false imprisonment and failing to pay the workers, among other charges.

Recount Gives Kreiss-Tomkins 32 Vote Victory in House District 34

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has won a Southeast Alaska state House seat after a recount. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says Kreiss-Tomkins defeated Republican incumbent Representative Bill Thomas of Haines by 32 votes. The final count was 4,130 votes for Kreiss-Tomkins and 4,098 for Thomas.