New Alaska Branch of Americans For Prosperity Campaigns Against Medicaid Expansion

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, recently opened an office in Anchorage. They're working to convince elected officials to support their vision of smaller government. And one of their main priorities this legislative session is defeating Medicaid expansion. Download Audio

Tlingit Masks On ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Draw Questions From Southeast Alaska

A recent episode of the popular PBS show “Antiques Roadshow” caught the attention of some Southeast residents when a couple of 200-year-old Tlingit masks from Haines appeared on screen. Download Audio

Alaska Tops Gallup’s Index of Well-Being

Gallup today released its annual Index of Well-Being, and for the first time, Alaska tops the list. The researchers who produce the Gallup-Healthways report say Alaska residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2014. The Gallup report doesn’t attempt to reconcile its findings with all those other lists that have Alaska at or near the top: Suicide rate, sexual assaults per capita and domestic abuse. Download Audio

Seward Highway Reopened After Rock Slide

Alaska Department of Transportation and Anchorage police report the Seward highway is open again. It was closed this morning due to a rock slide near the scales south of Potter Marsh. Both lanes of the highway were closed. Download Audio

Tanaina Supporters Appeal To UA Board of Regents

Supporters of the Tanaina Child Development Center appealed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Thursday, urging the board to help save Tanaina. The center was informed it would need to find a new home late last month, when UAA opted to end an agreement which allowed the childcare facility space on campus. Download Audio

YKEDC Gets Grant to Improve Economy, Housing

The State of Alaska has awarded a grant to the Yukon Kuskokwim Economic Development Council, YKEDC, for a truss-manufacturing project. If the plan goes forward, local workers would use the region’s wood resources to build frames for highly energy efficient housing. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: February 19, 2015

Walker Aims To Ramp Up Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project; New Alaska Branch of Americans For Prosperity Campaigns Against Medicaid Expansion; Tlingit Masks On 'Antiques Roadshow' Draw Questions From Southeast Alaska; Alaska Tops Gallup's Index of Well-Being; Seward Highway Reopened After Rock Slide; Tanaina Supporters Appeal To UA Board of Regents; YKEDC Gets Grant to Improve Economy, Housing Download Audio

International Experts on Arctic Warfare Gather For First Time At Remote Alaska Training Site

As the Defense Department puts its focus on the Arctic and Pacific, the U.S. Army in Alaska held its first ever international summit on cold weather combat, bringing elite specialists to the Northern Warfare Training Center near Fairbank. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: February 18, 2015

Murkowski Concludes Obama Aims to Kill Alaska's Pipeline; Crowd Rallies Attention Toward Climate Change; Port Officials Call For "Tweaks" to Shell Moorage Plan; Army Using Alaska To Prep For Cold Weather Combat; Alaska's Healthcare.gov Enrollment Jumps To Nearly 21K; With Budget Changes, Walker Boosts Ferry, Community Jails Funding; Gov. Walker’s New Adviser To Focus On Rural Economy, Local Governments; Anchorage YWCA Works for Gender Pay Equity; Fairbanks Mountaineer Nearing Seven Summit Feat Download Audio

Murkowski Concludes Obama Aims to Kill Alaska’s Pipeline

President Barack Obama has stopped in Alaska to refuel, but he plans to make his first real trip to the state in August, in the company of Secretary of State John Kerry. Or so says U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She let it slip during her annual address to the Alaska Legislature today, a speech aimed primarily at fighting the administration’s moves to shield parts of the Arctic from oil development. Download Audio

Crowd Rallies Attention Toward Climate Change

Sen. Lisa Murkowski barely talked about climate change in her annual speech to the Alaska Legislature Wednesday. And outside the Capitol, a small group rallied to bring attention to climate change and to demand more action on the issue from Murkowski. Download Audio

Port Officials Call For “Tweaks” to Shell Moorage Plan

As Shell tries to chart a course back to the Arctic this summer, the company is looking for new space to store its drill rigs in Unalaska. Download Audio

Alaska’s Healthcare.gov Enrollment Jumps To Nearly 21K

Almost 21,000 Alaskans signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period that closed Feb. 15. Download Audio

With Budget Changes, Walker Boosts Ferry, Community Jails Funding

With Wednesday’s deadline for changes, Gov. Bill Walker has sent his final amendments to the capital and operating budget to the Legislature. Download Audio

Gov. Walker’s New Adviser To Focus On Rural Economy, Local Governments

Gov. Bill Walker named his new rural affairs adviser Tuesday at the Alaska Federation of Natives winter retreat in Kotzebue. Gerad Godfrey’s full title is “Senior Advisor on Rural Business and Intergovernmental Affairs” — a title that Godfrey says is meant to communicate that much of his work will focus on economic development in villages and bringing tribes to the table when the state consults local governments. Download Audio

Anchorage YWCA Works for Gender Pay Equity

The Anchorage YWCA has taken on the topic of pay inequity for women. Nationally women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, but in Alaska, the rate is 67 cents, placing Alaska at 48th for women's pay in the nation. Hilary Morgan is the CEO of Anchorage YWCA, she says when she researched the pay disparity, she thought it may be skewed due to jobs in the resource development industry that required more physical strength, so she examined industries that didn't require brawn. Download Audio

Fairbanks Mountaineer Nearing Seven Summit Feat

A Fairbanks man is nearing completion of a mountaineering feat. Bill Cole has climbed the highest peaks on 6 of the world’s 7 continents. Download Audio

Anchorage Assembly Approves New Start for Former Platinum Jaxx Building Downtown

A controversial effort in the Anchorage Assembly to block a liquor license transfer failed during Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting.

Alaska News Nightly: February 17, 2015

Alaska Lawmakers Frustrated After Meeting With Interior Secretary Jewell; Sen. Murkowski Says Protecting Lands Is Top Priority; Lawsuit Challenges Alaska's Regulation Restricting Abortions For Low Income Women; Brent Sass Outduels Allen Moore For Yukon Quest Win; Alaska Budget Cuts Threaten Local Jails; Rescued Hiker: “We Definitely Got More Than We Bargained For”; "Emotional Creature" Teaches Young Women To Speak Download Audio

Alaska Lawmakers Frustrated After Meeting With Interior Secretary Jewell

After President Barack Obama announced a plan to designate most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, Alaska lawmakers seized a chance to meet his Interior Secretary on their own turf. A team of nine legislators took a break from session work in Juneau to travel to Kotzebue this week to confront Sally Jewell about those actions. But while the meeting was hyped, neither the delegation nor the Secretary described it as a showdown. Download Audio