Juneau School Board Allowing Review Of Middle School Sports Travel Ban

The Juneau School Board says a community committee can review its ban on middle school travel for athletes, but it’s not likely anyone from the board will participate.

Temporary Deal To End Federal Shutdown Expected To Pass

The 16-day federal government shutdown appears to be nearing an end, and Alaska’s Republican Senator, Lisa Murkowski, is getting a good deal of the credit.

French To Run For Lieutenant Governor

The Anchorage Democrat had been considering jumping into the gubernatorial race, but set aside those plans after former Juneau mayor and Permanent Fund Division Director Byron Mallott announced he would seek the Democratic nomination. French says he wanted to avoid expending resources on a competitive primary race.

Short-Staffed APD Goes High Tech To Combat Spiking Crime Rates

The Anchorage Police Department will soon be using new mapping software to track crime around the city in nearly real-time. The announcement comes in the wake of an annual FBI report that says serious crime was up last year in Anchorage in nearly every category. Download Audio
The Coral Princess Cruise ship prepares to dock in Juneau. Photo by Heather Bryant, KTOO - Juneau.

Juneau Assembly Unanimously Confirms Support For Project Labor Agreements

The Juneau Assembly wants the city’s Docks and Harbors Department to reconsider its decision not to use a Project Labor Agreement for a major rebuild of the city’s downtown cruise ship docks scheduled to get underway next year. Download Audio

Federal Shutdown Keeps Many Crab Fishermen In Port

Today was the official opening of Alaska’s king crab season. About a half a dozen boats catching community development quota, issued by the state, got to head out and start fishing. But as KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, hundreds of other fishermen were stuck in port, waiting for the federal government to reopen and issue their crab permits. Download Audio

Bethel Gets Fish And Game Advisory Committee

Alaska’s Joint Board of Fisheries and Game is meeting in Anchorage. Today, they decided to create a Fish and Game advisory committee just for the community of Bethel. With over 6,000 residents, Bethel continues to grow as the hub of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The community currently has one seat on the Lower Kuskokwim Advisory Committee but local groups approached the joint board about getting their own. Download Audio

ATV Decision Could Inform Pebble Mine Case

Back in July, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state was inappropriately granting permits for ATV usage on park land. The decision affected about 200 families who use their four wheelers to cross park lands to get to their property. Last week, the Court reissued their decision, and the way they handled the case could offer a clue on how they'll handle other questions of land management, including one involving the proposed Pebble Mine. Download Audio

Congressman Young Says Newest House Proposal Going Nowhere

In Washington, the government shutdown continues with no resolution in sight. Alaska Congressman Don Young says the latest House proposal is going nowhere. It would have funded the government and raised the debt ceiling but included changes to Obamacare. Download Audio

Former DNR Commish Dan Sullivan Announces Senate Run

Former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan announced he's running for U.S. Senate this morning in Anchorage. Download Audio

Shelter Says 30 Days and You’re Out … If You Don’t Follow the Rules

With cold temperatures right around the corner, Anchorage's main homeless shelter is reviving a former time limit rule. Download Audio

Mallott Kicks Off Gubernatorial Campaign

Byron Mallott will be filing as a candidate for governor today, making him the first Democratic candidate to officially jump into the race. Download Audio

Craig Fleener Announces Lt. Governor Run

Alaska’s Deputy Commissioner of Fish and Game Craig Fleener has resigned his post to run for Lieutenant governor. Independent candidate for Governor Bill Walker held a press conference Monday afternoon in Fairbanks to help Fleener launch his campaign. Download Audio

Shutdown Could Mean Total Loss for One Biologist, Big Financial Hit For His Pilot

Among the many Americans affected by the government shutdown, are scientists who rely on federal funding for their work. But that money doesn’t just go to the scientists. Lots of it trickles down into the community.

Officials Say White Powder At State Office Building Non-Hazardous

Officials now say there was no threat from a suspicious white powder found in a package at the State Office Building in Juneau on Friday. The incident prompted the building to be evacuated shortly after 10 o’ clock this morning.

Murkowski, Young Ask Dept. of Commerce to Jumpstart Crab Season

As it stands, the Bering Sea crab harvest is on hold until fishermen receive their permits from federal government. But three Pacific Northwest congressional leaders have an idea to get the season back on schedule.

Impacts Of The Shutdown On The Tongass

The U.S. Forest Service employs about 400 people in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. And most of them are on furlough, awaiting a call from the federal government that they’ll soon be back to work. With the partial U.S. government shutdown in its second week, KTOO’S Rosemarie Alexander takes a look at the impact on the Tongass. Download Audio

Public Weighs In On Plan For Northern Access To U-Med District

The city of Anchorage is hoping to build a road through green space in the city's university area. It would be provide additional access to one of the busiest business districts in Anchorage, but neighborhood councils in the area are strongly opposed to the new road. And public feedback at a town hall meeting on Tuesday evening was overwhelmingly negative. Download Audio

Muni Planning and Zoning Stalls Eklutna Landfill

The Anchorage planning commission has shot down a bid by Alaska Native corporation Eklutna, Inc. to develop land the corporation owns near a residential area. Despite Eklutna's last minute request for more research time, commissioners questioned the motive behind some aspects of the industrial project

Assembly Postpones Decision on AO-37, Traini Proposes Repeal

The Anchorage Assembly continued hearing testimony on two proposals about when to hold a vote whether a controversial labor ordinance should be overturned.