Lawsuit could stall Mat-Su marijuana vote

Potential marijuana growers in the Mat - Su are suing to have a controversial ballot initiative taken off the October Borough ballot.

49 Voices: Katy Laurance of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Katy Laurance of Anchorage. She recently moved back to Alaska after a 12-year hiatus in Seattle. Download Audio

Army investigating fatal shooting of soldier during live-fire field-training exercise

Army investigators have begun looking into the circumstances surrounding last weekend’s death of a soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson during a field-training exercise on a range near Fort Greely. But, investigators aren’t saying much about the case.

Lt. Gov. Mallott says he and Gov. Walker will run for re-election

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said Wednesday that he and Gov. Bill Walker will run for re-election next year. He also said they’ll run together. Even for incumbents, that may be an uphill fight. Listen now

Eskimo Pie is changing its ‘derogatory’ name, Dreyer’s says

The owner of Eskimo Pie is changing its name and marketing of the nearly century-old chocolate-covered ice cream bar, the latest brand to reckon...

Due to COVID-19, spring bear hunting isn’t happening for non-residents

After announcing there would be no spring bear hunting in the state, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has partially changed its mind. All non-resident brown and black bear hunts will remain closed through May 31. Spring bear hunting for Alaska residents remains open during that time.

As Education Bill Nears Vote, Lawmakers Brace For Funding Fight

On Friday, state representatives will vote on a sprawling education bill that deals with everything from school budges to teacher tenure to the establishment of charter schools. Some lawmakers are already preparing for a marathon session.

Tied-up ferry Taku is for sale

The state ferry Taku is for sale. The minimum price for the 54-year-old ship is $1.5 million. Listen now

Waiting to hear from the SBA about a coronavirus disaster loan? Murkowski has a tip for you.

If you’re waiting to hear about an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, take a look at your 10-digit loan application number.

King Resting At Ruby, Competitors Close In

Jeff King is resting at the Yukon river checkpoint of Ruby. The four time Iditarod champion is technically in the lead at this point, but Martin Buser, Aliy Zirkle and Robert Sorlie are closing in, and they’ve already completed their 24 hour layovers. Once teams leave Ruby, they’ll have a chance to take advantage of any remaining speed they have on the flat river miles ahead. Download Audio

LISTEN: Bering Sea ice at lowest extent in at least 5,500 years, study says

While it's notable that there's less sea ice now than thousands of years in the past, study co-author Matthew Wooller from UAF says the research provides a deeper understanding of the context and mechanisms of change over those years.

University of Alaska president: Campus closures, program elimination and layoffs on the table under Dunleavy vetoes

The University of Alaska stands to lose $134 million in state funding if Governor Mike Dunleavy's line-item vetoes are not overturned by legislators.

ASRC: Obama acts in our name, ignores our needs

President Obama cited subsistence and the needs of Alaska Natives yesterday in explaining why he decided to block future oil and gas lease sales in Arctic waters. Some Native people welcome the resource protection. But the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation says the president didn’t consult with its members and is ignoring the real needs of the Inupiat people. Listen Now

Sealaska Plans To Bring Investment Back Home

New Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott says part of the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s strategy for reversing recent losses will be to do business closer to home. Mallott told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that Sealaska wants to provide economic opportunities and jobs for its nearly 22,000 shareholders. Most live in Southeast and the Pacific Northwest. Download Audio:

Photographer emphasizes a dynamic Arctic

Florian Schulz's ambitious shots of polar bears and bowhead whales lend arresting aesthetics to a message of conservation.

49 Voices Brittney Anderson of McGrath

This week we're hearing from Brittney Anderson in McGrath. Anderson moved to McGrath in January of 2016. Listen now

White House Makes Economic Case For Expanding Medicaid In Alaska

The White House has issued a report laying out the costs of not expanding Medicaid. Alaska is one of 24 states that rejected federal dollars to increase access to Medicaid, preferring instead to study how those who would have qualified are currently receiving care. Download Audio

LISTEN: What another summer without cruise ships could mean for Alaska’s economy

Alaska lost 27,000 jobs in 2020. And, while the whole state suffered, regions that depend on tourism were hit especially hard.
A persons arm is seen holding a salmon

State announces Kuskokwim fishing opening, but feds say it’s illegitimate

The state’s decision to announce an opener on June 28 goes against recommendations by the state’s own advisory group, which voted to oppose any openings announced by the state until the feds and a tribal commission review the king and chum salmon run on June 25.

Earthquakes Swarm the Brooks Range

An “earthquake swarm” is hitting the Brooks Range. Seismologists do not know why it is occurring or if it will continue. Friday night a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20 miles northeast of Noatak. This is the third 5.5 quake that has struck the same area in the past two months.