Ahoy, jellies! Citizen scientist log cnidaria sightings

Crystal... lion’s mane... sea nettle... moon.... comb... the big red... These are some of the species of jellyfish that live in Southeast waters. A Ketchikan diver who logged a 'big red' said it was like reporting a Big Foot sighting.

Post-Flooding Gravel Work to Raise Dalton Highway

A contractor is expected to begin work soon building up a portion of the Dalton Highway severely damaged earlier this year by overflow ice and flooding from the Sag River. It’s part of plan to armor the major North Slope oil field supply conduit against future ice and flood impacts.
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Some churches defy Anchorage’s COVID-19 order limiting large indoor gatherings

A handful of churches defied the city’s emergency order to limit gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19 last week.

Senate Passes Bill That Could Delay Eielson AFB Closure

The U.S. Senate passed a bill today outlining the nation’s defense policy for the year. The bill could potentially delay the closure of Eielson Air Force Base. Despite bipartisan calls for reigning in federal spending, there’s zero appetite in Congress for closing military bases.

‘This is creating havoc’: Juneau regional hospital’s mental health surge continues

Even as more than 70% of Juneau’s eligible population has had its first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, hospital officials say the patient load hasn’t decreased: It’s just leveled off.

WWOOFers Bring Transient Farming Culture to Alaska

Every summer, Homer and the surrounding area are inundated by a transient population that’s come to work for eco-friendly businesses. They’re called WWOOFers, and they spend weeks in different places around the world learning how to live sustainably.

Alaska Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Parental Notification Law

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a lawsuit that halted a voter-passed law requiring health care providers to notify parents of minors before performing abortions. Download Audio

ADN reports large salaries, small workload for state fisheries commission

Two state commissioners are making big money even though they don't have much work left to do. That's the story recently reported by the Alaska Dispatch News. Listen now
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The Amsterdam of Alaska: pot businesses sit down with Spenard

As permit applications trickle down from the state, local community groups are meeting prospective cannabis businesses seeking to open shop nearby. Download Audio
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FEMA to assist Southeast Alaska communities with cost of December storm disaster

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Feb. 17 that it would provide assistance for the December storm disaster in Southeast Alaska.

Campbell To Serve as Interim Director of DOT Southcoast Region

A Department of Transportation insider is the new manager of the agency’s division overseeing Southeast Alaska. Commissioner Marc Luiken on Tuesday announced Rob Campbell will fill in as interim director of DOT’s Southcoast Region. That includes Southeast, plus coastal Southcentral and Southwest Alaska. Campbell already directs the department’s Central Region, which includes Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Begich Bill Would Shush Political Calls

After losing an election that was the most expensive -- and some say annoying -- in state history, outgoing Sen. Mark Begich has proposed a bill that would curtail political calls to voters’ homes. Download Audio

Juneau School District uses data to keep kids from being left behind

It's well-known not all children learn in the same way or at the same pace, but it's not always easy to realize which kids need extra attention. The Juneau School District is adopting a system that is supposed to systematically identify kids who need extra help and show educators whether their attempts to help are working.

WWII evacuation and internment commemorated at JBER ceremony

A group of military officials, foreign dignitaries, and survivors gathered at the Fort Richardson National Ceremony to recall the bombing of Dutch Harbor and tragic aftermath.

Eielson Will Keep F-16 Squadron

The Secretary of the Air Force told Alaska officials Tuesday that Eielson Air Force Base will keep its F-16 Aggressor squadron. Alaska Congressman Don Young says it’s good news on its own but it also improves the chances the Eielson will get F-35 aircraft, too. Download Audio

Alaska Teens Lobby Governor On Climate Change

A group of teenagers are calling on Gov. Bill Walker to create a climate change task force.

Proposed fuel tax revenue may help buoy rural airports

A state advisory board is recommending Gov. Bill Walker hike the aviation fuel tax to support rural airports. Download Audio

Bird flu monitoring underway as duck season opens

Duck season opens Sept. 1. An outbreak of avian influenza in the Lower 48 has wildlife managers monitoring migratory waterfowl nationwide, including in Alaska. Download Audio

Katmai bear cams draw international audience of millions

Last year 16 million viewers glued their eyes to screens to watch a reality show with no dialogue, no celebrities, and hardly any humans. Download Audio:

Accountability Office Says IHS Program Flawed

Most facilities funded by the Indian Health Service can’t afford to have specialists on staff in areas such as heart disease or intensive care for newborns.