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Cargo-passenger “combi” jets out from Alaska Airlines lineup in 2017

Alaska Airlines will be phasing out its combination cargo and passenger planes used in Southeast Alaska and elsewhere around the state.

Mat-Su Borough, AIDEA sign West Susitna access project agreement

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough and a state-owned corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding that could eventually pave the way for development west of the Susitna River.

New online service aims to ease commutes, encourage alternative transportation

The Municipality of Anchorage launched a new online application to help ease Alaska commutes and encourage alternative forms of transportation. Listen Now

How a new high-frequency radar system benefits Bering Strait scientists, subsistence hunters

The technology could be used to improve marine and sea ice forecasting, and to track the spread of harmful algal blooms and potentially even toxic spills.

Talk of Alaska: Sean Parnell, Republican Candidate for Governor

After years of service in the Legislature and the Lieutenant Governor’s office, Sean Parnell became Governor when Sarah Palin resigned.   Now he...

Gov. Walker Outlines Priorities For Legislative Session

The Alaska Legislature gavels in tomorrow afternoon for the 29th session. Lawmakers - along with all Alaskans will get a better sense of Governor Bill Walker's agenda for the next 90 days in two speeches this week - the State of the State and the State of the budget. Walker took some time today to talk about his priorities. He says he has a few guiding principles as he crafts a budget this year. Download Audio

Budget cuts sideline Taku ferry July-September

Craig Renkert and his wife Barb planned a three-week tour of Southeast Alaska for this summer. They were looking forward to ferrying through the Inside Passage, celebrating the Fourth of July in Sitka and staying at bed-and-breakfasts along the way. Then, the couple from Ohio got some bad news.

New Book Casts Spotlight on Traditional Foods In Aleutians/Pribilofs

From sweet Russian tea to fermented fur seal flipper, the traditional diet in the Aleutians and Pribilofs has always been pretty varied. Food has been a crucial part of the Unangan culture for centuries. But in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands, people are relying less on the land and sea and more on their local store. A new cookbook captures the legacy of subsistence foods in the region. Listen now:

Bethel’s Megan Leary Takes First Runner-Up At Miss Indian World

Bethel’s Megan Leary is the 2014 first runner up of the Miss Indian World competition, which concluded Saturday night at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Download Audio

Republicans may take control of the Alaska Capitol. But don’t expect to hear ‘kumbaya’ just yet.

Alaska House members and senators are holding meetings this week to organize new caucuses leading each chamber. But it won’t necessarily be smooth sailing even if the Alaska Capitol ends up under one-party control, according to interviews with members.

Man charged in Spenard shooting

21-year-old Cody Randall Hess has been charged in connection with a shooting in the Anchorage's Spenard area.

Pedestrian and bike friendly community planning

Working to make community streets safer for pedestrians, bicycle riders and public transit users can revitalize neighborhoods, boost the economy and help residents get more exercise. It also keeps the air cleaner. These ideas are increasingly being built into long range traffic and community design plans and it’s not just a concept for warm climate cities. We’ll discuss new ways of designing transportation plans for trails and roads. Listen Now

New Agreement Moves NPRA Opening Process Another Step Forward

An agreement between two federal agencies on Monday leaves only one formal step in the process to open the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska – or NPRA -- for development.

Alaska seed companies are overwhelmed as people panic-buy for pandemic gardens

A small seed company in Juneau says that people seem to be buying more seeds than they could ever need.

Trident Seafoods Paying $2.5 Million in Fines for Clean Water Act Violations

Trident Seafoods is agreeing to pay the federal government $2.5 million to settle clean water act violations at its Alaska processing facilities.
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EPA settles for $130K with Alaska company over disposal well

The Soldotna-based North Star Paving & Construction Inc. is accused of having had an unauthorized underground injection well on its property.

Qawalangin tribe discusses resources for the elderly

What resources are available to people when they near they end of their lives? That was the subject of a community meeting last week between the Qawalangin tribe and the Aleutian Pribalof Islands Association. Download Audio

Card Street Fire Now Estimated at 2,000 Acres; Homes Being Evacuated

The Community Center in Sterling continues to be the hub for relief efforts. Residents are sharing updates, along with food, clothes, phone chargers, everything. I was just opening my laptop to pull up the latest evacuation maps when a man who had just left the fire zone came over.

RavnAir announces flight schedule for Unalaska following deadly crash

In a statement on Monday, Ravn officials said the new schedule includes as many as 17 flights per week, with as many as seven flights per day for the "upcoming peak travel period" during the holidays and busy winter fishing season.

North Slope Borough Leaders Getting Pay Raises

North Slope Borough's mayor and at least 10 other leaders are getting big raises. Alaska Dispatch News reports that Mayor Charlotte Brower will see her salary jump by about $24,000 to more than $222,000. That's roughly $90,000 more than Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan makes.