After a bruising 2016, Martin Buser upbeat for 2017

Last year, Martin Buser had a tough Iditarod. He finished in 37th place, his lowest position on the leader-board in a decades-long career. But this year, as the four-time champion charges through the race’s early checkpoints, a lot of things are going better.

Committee votes against most amendments to crime bill

Rep. Chuck Kopp has proven to be a key vote, largely sticking to Alaska Criminal Justice Commission recommendations. Listen now

Murkowski field hearing highlights rural Alaska’s unique energy issues, solutions

When Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski chose Bethel for a field hearing of the Senate Energy Committee – which she chairs – she had a very specific point to make. Download Audio

Illegal pot, heroin and opium among drugs seized most by Anchorage police

Police officers in Anchorage are seizing more heroin than almost any other drug. Listen now

Local internet costs still unclear for fiber optic cable project

This summer, Quintillion will lay undersea fiber optic cable from Prudhoe Bay to Nome. The project is scheduled to bring high-speed internet to western Alaska by March of 2017, but local providers won’t say how much it will cost for residents in the Bering Strait Region.

Unknown Oily Sheen off Shishmaref Coast Returns

An oily sheen of unknown origin discovered along the northeast coast of Shishmaref this summer has returned. Download Audio

Pink salmon found in odd places near Homer

Pink salmon are showing up in unexpected places around the Homer area. Listen now

Wrangell Opens A New Cultural Center, Carving Shed

The Wrangell Cooperative Association cut the ribbon on its cultural center and carving shed Saturday, completing the second phase of the tribe’s three-part Native cultural revival plan. The center will serve as a place for recreating eight sacred totem poles and for teaching Native arts. Download Audio

Over 4,250 Show For Anchorage’s Bike To Work Day

More than 4,250 bikers turned out for Bike to Work Day in Anchorage on Wednesday. That’s more than double the participants for last year’s snowy event, when low numbers were blamed on the cold, wet weather. In 2012, about 3,800 bikers took to the streets and trails. Download Audio

Togiak herring season starts out rough

The Togiak herring fishery is having a tough season. First the herring showed up and started spawning earlier than ever before, then the winds and weather proved uncooperative. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more on the ongoing effort to harvest roughly 29,000 tons in the state's largest herring fishery: Download Audio

American Petroleum Institute Says Shell Should Move Forward With Arctic Ocean Drilling Plans

The top oil lobbyist in Washington DC says Shell Oil should not be hampered by the grounding of the Kulluk. The American Petroleum Institute says Shell Oil should move forward with its Arctic Ocean plans this year.

Though Earthquake Detection Has Improved, Gaps Remain

Just five years after statehood, Alaska endured the largest earthquake recorded in North America. The quake devastated communities around the Southcentral portion of the state, but in the years that followed it also made Alaska the epicenter of extreme seismic studies. Download Audio

Fishery Safety Experts Unhappy with Program Cancellation

Commercial fishing remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. So, safety experts are crying foul over the Obama administration’s proposal to cancel a program run by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that’s working to reduce fisheries-related deaths and injuries.

Coin toss could determine control of Alaska House

Election workers are scheduled to audit the remaining absentee ballots Nov. 23. If the vote count is still tied after that, then there will be a recount.

Congress Likely To Pass Budget

It looks like Congress will finally pass a budget. A two-year spending plan easily cleared a Senate hurdle today, and is headed for final passage tomorrow. Both Alaska senators supported it, but they’re not entirely happy. Download Audio

Winter food security

A lot of Americans would welcome a forecast for a mild winter, but in Alaska a lack of snow and ice can mean hardship for those in rural communities who depend on cold for traveling and hunting. What happens when the land of ice and snow isn't so frosty? APRN: Tuesday, 11/24 at 10:00am

Getting to know a volcano, starting with its plume

A group of scientists from around the country are on a three-week expedition studying volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands. As part of that project, Tobias Fischer with the University of New Mexico is using instruments on helicopters to measure the gas composition of volcanic plumes. The work is aimed at improving volcano monitoring. Download Audio:

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

New test scores show Alaska students fall short in English, math; Alaskans opt out of insurance, into health care sharing ministries; Federal dollars directed at helping tribes combat meth, suicide; Support pours in as Bethel school re-opens; Homer, state argue over gas assessments; Buccaneer Oil trustees agree to reduced payments; Ice locked in glaciers could substantially contribute to sea level rise; Thermokarst: The after-burn of wildfire over permafrost; Southeast conservation leader steps down; A look back as Juneau Assembly considers Gastineau reboot Download Audio

Public Meetings Begin On Proposed Park Service Sport Hunting Ban

The National Park Service will host 17 public hearings across the state beginning Tuesday, October 21 through November 20th to address the agency’s proposals to prohibit some sport hunting on National Park and Preserve lands. Download Audio

GVEA declares Healy 2 power plant operational

Golden Valley Electric Association’s chief executive says the 50-megawatt Healy 2 power plant is finally fully online and commercially operational after successful testing of repaired/updated systems. Listen now