Alaska News Nightly by Alaska Public Media

This year’s Arctic Man Classic to start at Summit Lake this week

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Racers and fans gather this week at Summit Lake for the annual Arctic Man Ski and SnoGo Classic. Listen now

Investigation Attributes USCG Death To Faulty Equipment, Work Practices

The Coast Guard has finished investigating a Bering Sea rescue that left a 28-year-old crewman with fatal head injuries late last year. According to a review board, faulty equipment and work practices developed by the crew of the cutter Waesche put Petty Officer Travis Obendorf in harm’s way. Download Audio

Cruise Lines Cited For Violating Air Regulations

Seven major cruise lines face penalties for polluting the air while sailing Alaska waters. Download Audio

President Declares Federal Disaster For November Storm Victims In Alaska

President Barack Obama declared a federal Disaster for Alaska Thursday, making federal dollars available for victims of storms that occurred back in November.

Child care advocates have started pushing for more funding and reforms

Advocates hope that with additional funding will stabilize providers but reform is necessary to be sustainable.

The special ingredient inside these new gluten-free noodles? Fish, from Alaska.

The featured ingredient in the new gluten-free “protein noodles” stocked at Costco might surprise you: It’s pollock, the unassuming whitefish caught by the millions in the Bering Sea, off Alaska’s coast.

‘Letters from the Sky’ melds snow science with art

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Art and science combine in a new exhibit at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks. The “Letters From the Sky” installation opening Thursday shows how snowflakes form.

Native Leader Facing Summer Jury Trial

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An August 4th trial date has been set for a former Sealaska corporation executive accused of stealing money from a subsistence fund. A ‘not guilty’ plea was entered on behalf of Robert ‘Bob’ Loescher, 66, who appeared in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday in a wheelchair.

Alaska skier Kikkan Randall reveals breast cancer diagnosis

Alaskan skier and Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall has breast cancer. Randall made the announcement on Instagram Wednesday morning. Listen now

Walker Continues To Fill Out Cabinet With Administration, Education Commissioners

Walker has named Sheldon Fisher head of Administration, and will keep Mike Hanley on as education commissioner. Download Audio

Juneau man captures story of icebreaker Storis in labor-of-love documentary

Congress is considering funding a new icebreaker to serve in the Arctic. It would be a heavy, polar-class Coast Guard cutter, to get through thick ice. But size isn’t everything when it comes to Coast Guard ships. A Juneau man has made a film about the Storis, a dainty icebreaker by polar standards, that rescued mariners and enforced the law along Alaska’s coast for almost 60 years.

Governor’s veto could close Head Start classrooms in Southeast Alaska

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Tlingit & Haida’s Head Start pre-K program serves 10 communities in Southeast Alaska. Without state funding, they may have to reduce staff, cut spots or close classrooms altogether.

Climate scientists worry NOAA cuts will hinder Alaska weather forecasting

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Scientists who study Arctic climate say their research will suffer if the Trump administration goes ahead with big budget cuts reportedly under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And they say the proposed cuts also would hinder meteorologists’ ability to forecast weather in Alaska and worldwide. Listen now

Study Describes North Slope Employment As A Roller Coaster

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A new study describes employment on the North Slope as a roller coaster. In a report to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee Tuesday, Jim Calvin, President of the McDowell Group, presented the results of a study ordered by the Senate to determine what factors influence jobs in the oil patch.

What it takes to respond to a mental health crisis

If someone breaks their arm or twists an ankle, we generally know what to do – brace it and get help. But what if someone is hurting mentally instead of physically? A bandage won’t help, but a Mental Health First Aid class will.

Anchorage’s Mexican Consulate will close in November

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The Mexican Consulate in Anchorage is closing to the public at the end of November because of budgetary reasons.

Judge Denies Stay In State Education Lawsuit

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A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now. Download Audio

13,000 Alaskans Enrolled With Healthcare.gov

About 13,000 Alaskans signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period that closed March 31st. The two insurers offering plans on the exchange in Alaska shared their enrollment figures today with APRN. Download Audio

Fewer Kids Going to Preschool in Alaska, Waiting Lists Long

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The number of children attending preschool in Alaska is on the decline, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers say Alaska now ranks nearly last in the nation for preschool enrollment. Download Audio
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U.S. Senate approves $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in a historic vote

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The vote is a victory for a group of bipartisan Senate negotiators who worked with the White House to craft the agreement. The measure faces an uphill path in the House.