To reduce staff turnover, Wrangell hospital takes home-grown hiring approach

The idea is to reduce staff turnover in the Southeast hospital by empowering — and ultimately hiring — people with roots in the community.

Exxon Mobil Developing Point Thomson Into Natural Gas Field

The first natural gas targeted development project on the North Slope is expected to come on line as early as next year. The Pt. Thompson Field is being developed by Exxon Mobil, 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay. Download Audio

Grant to Study Trucking Natural Gas Approved by Fairbanks Assembly

The Fairbanks borough assembly has approved spending half a million in state grant money to fund studies to assess trucking in natural gas from the North Slope and distributing it in Fairbanks.

Alaska’s employment outlook

For decades people came to Alaska for good paying jobs, but what's the outlook now for the future of our labor economy? With declining oil revenue, what will a great job in Alaska look like 10 years from now? How does this current downturn compare to past financial trouble? APRN: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Listen Now

High Web Traffic Cripples Federal Health Insurance Marketplaces

A day after the launch of Alaska’s health insurance marketplace, it’s still impossible to sign up for plans on the website. The federal government says higher than expected web traffic has hampered all of the federally run marketplace sites, like the one in Alaska. They are working to add more server capacity to address the problem. Download Audio

For Better Storm Warnings, NWS Goes Local

Predicting storms in a fast-changing environment isn’t easy. But the National Weather Service is slowly working on a plan to improve their forecasts in Alaska -- and across the country -- by adding in the view from the ground. Download Audio

Tustumena crew member tests positive for COVID-19, passengers quarantined

The Tustumena ferry’s sailings were canceled after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday.

AK: Caretaker for the dead receives unexpected help

On a clear night in September, a group of vandals desecrated a 200-year old cemetery in Sitka, tipping over headstones. The caretaker, 65-year-old Bob Sam, discovered the damage the next morning. Some of the marble slabs were broken beyond repair. This is the story of how the cemetery caretaker enlisted the help of local police to protect the rights of the dead. Download Audio

Kipnuk celebrates life of late high school basketball star Keoni Aliralria at graduation

In Kipnuk, seniors finished on May 10, concluding a difficult school year in which senior basketball star Keoni Aliralria passed away from cancer. At graduation, diplomas were awarded to all the graduates, including Aliralria.

Alaska Permanent Fund looks to pay investment managers incentives

The corporation and its board of trustees argue the policy could help recruit talented managers. But it’s up to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration and the Alaska Legislature to make it happen.

How bold? Governor’s climate action team talks emissions reduction goals and education

Governor Bill Walker’s Climate Action Task Force met Wednesday to discuss a draft document that could influence the state’s climate change policy in the future. Listen now

Exxon Valdez disaster 30 year anniversary

It was the spill officials didn't think would happen. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill released 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. 30 years later the industry's prevention measures have changed dramatically.

Warm Weather Allowing Expanded Use Of Salt On Fairbanks Roads

Warmer than normal temperatures this fall are allowing expanded use salt to combat icy roads in Fairbanks. Salt is more effective in some conditions and less expensive. Download Audio

Distressed fuel barge awaits inspection following tug detachment

A Ketchikan-bound fuel barge loaded with a million gallons of diesel and gasoline that detached from its tug is now anchored with a protective boom around it while it awaits inspections by Canadian authorities. Listen now

After years of loss, state economists forecast modest job growth in 2019

In 2019, state economists think Alaska could finally start gaining a modest amount of jobs.

After deadly bear attack, hikers in Eagle River weigh risks

If you live in Alaska, you live in bear country. While the risk of a bear encounter or attack is low, there's always a chance the worst could happen. Listen now

Tanana River Bridge Nearly Done, But State Officials Can’t Predict Fate of Next Phase

Alaska’s longest bridge is pretty much done. The 3,300-foot structure now spans the Tanana riverbed just west of Salcha, providing the military with year-round ground access to its training ranges on the far side. But, state officials don’t yet know where they’ll get funding to begin work on the next phase of the Northern Rail Extension project.

Unofficial results reveal Richard Beneville as Nome’s new mayor

With the polls closed and preliminary results in, it looks like Nome will be saying “Hello Central” to a new mayor. With 352 votes for Richard Beneville and 229 for Denise Michels, Beneville will replace Michels, who has held the job since 2003.

Murkowski strikes sweet note on immigration

Sen. Murkowski is helping President Trump achieve his tax overhaul, but she's sounding a different message on immigration.

Mendenhall Glacier ice caves on Smithsonian Magazine’s ‘bucket list’

Smithsonian Magazine has listed Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier ice caves on a list of “25 Great New Places to See.” It’s number six on the “life list” or “bucket list,” beaten out by the largest cave located in Vietnam, gorilla trekking in East Africa and the Alma Telescope in Chile.