Groups say they will sue unless EPA renews effort to restrict oil spill dispersants

The plaintiffs say the federal Environmental Protection Agency is shirking its duty to update its rules so they reflect the latest science on how dispersants affect the environment.

Walker describes ‘painful’ PFD decision, highlights new education commissioner

The Alaska Federation of Natives convention is scheduled to take place each year shortly after Permanent Fund Dividends are distributed. And plenty of that money gets spent in Anchorage or Fairbanks, depending on where the convention is held.

Forest Service Proposes Mendenhall Glacier Fee Increase

The U.S. Forest Service is holding a public meeting tonight to discuss a proposed fee increase at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center starting with the 2016 tourist season. Download Audio

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

FCC Revisiting Airwave Laws

The Federal Communications Commission is assessing current rules over how much mobile spectrum one company can own. Some smaller mobile companies, like those in Alaska, are hoping it will give them a better chance to capture more, high-quality airwaves.

Trial opens for couple accused of starting ’15 Willow wildfire

Did an Anchorage couple start the 2015 wildfire that devastated a big swath of Willow? That’s the question for a Palmer jury, which heard opening statements Thursday as the trial over what became known as the Sockeye Fire began. Listen now

Alaska’s Attorney General Resigning

Alaska’s Attorney General is resigning. John Burns will stay on the job until Jan. 2. In a letter to the Governor, Burns says the decision was “based solely on personal reasons.” He goes on to say he has had to live out of a suitcase, which is not fair to his family in Fairbanks.

Deadliest Catch alum seeks to write book on Unalaskan experiences

Were you living in Unalaska in the 70s or 80s? If so, Christian Skovly is looking for you. The Californian wants to make a book of stories of life in Unalaska at that time. Download Audio
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King salmon trollers to have lower harvests this year

King salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska will see a significant reduction in their harvest this season. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: August 20, 2014

Begich Says 'Bring It On'; Oil Tax Referendum Opponents Declare Victory; Oil Vote Goes Down In State Record Books as the Most Expensive Issue Race; Report: Alaskans Aren't All That Healthy; A Susitna Valley Farm Sells Its Produce Close to Home; Yup'ik Voters Give Ballot Translation Mixed Reviews; Indian Village Totem Poles Come Down in Juneau; Peninsula Women Swim Across Kachemak Bay Download Audio:

Alaska lawmakers, Native group join dispute over Pebble mine

The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday that Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy wrote a July letter supporting investment in the Pebble Mine by Wheaton Precious Metals.

Solutions sought to ease conflicts over Southeast Alaska’s rising sea otter populations

Sea otters are rapidly recolonizing Southeast Alaska, breeding challenges for commercial fishermen in the region.

Alaska GOP votes to block 3 House reps from primaries

Alaska Republican Party leaders voted Saturday to block Homer Rep. Paul Seaton, Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux and Rep. Louise Stutes of Kodiak from running in the party’s 2018 primaries.

Following ousting of Mayor Brower, North Slope elections yield no successor

The is no winner as yet in the North Slope Borough's mayoral election, and officials indicate there may be a run-off election. With absentee and questioned ballots still to be counted, not one of the seven candidates has received the required 40 percent of the ballot. Download Audio

State Goes On Charm Offensive Against Wal-Mart Over Salmon Dispute

For months, Wal-Mart and state officials have gone back and forth on whether Alaska salmon should be sold in their stores. The dispute is over a tiny blue sustainability label from the Marine Stewardship Council, which Wal-Mart requires for their seafood. A trip by Wal-Mart executives to Juneau has left state officials optimistic for a resolution. Download Audio

Letter Shaming Alaska Voters Cribbed From Study Proving Its Value

Letters from an unknown group calling itself the Alaska State Voter Project are appearing in Alaska mailboxes. They list the voting history of the addressee – along with that of other community members. Many recipients are outraged, saying the letters are an attempt to shame them into voting. A political scientist says the letters are nearly identical to ones he used in a 2006 experiment.

To stand a fighting chance, anti-Medicaid lawsuit needs to prove irreparable harm

Medicaid expansion is set to roll out in Alaska September 1st. It would offer health coverage to up to 40,000 very low-income adults who don't have children. The lawmakers suing to stop expansion will ask a judge for a preliminary injunction. That would prohibit the state from implementing the program before the issue is decided in court. Both sides of the lawsuit have specific points they need to prove to win the case. Download Audio

Warming ocean temps may bode poorly for pollock

On Tuesday researchers wrapped up a month-long cruise through the unusually warm waters of the Bering Sea. They’re investigating how the second year of a warming pattern is affecting the ecosystem, including the nation’s largest fishery, pollock. Download Audio

Stowers chosen as next chief justice of Alaska Supreme Court

The Alaska Supreme Court has chosen Justice Craig Stowers to be the next chief justice. The announcement was made Wednesday in a release from the court system.
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Fairbanks man charged with North Pole mother’s murder

A North Pole woman is dead, and her son is charged with her murder. Listen now