FAA approves UAS Above JBER, New Runway Installed

Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS, will soon be flying more often over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Soldiers assigned to the aircraft just tested out a new runway on the base earlier this month. Officials say it will allow more training on the remotely piloted aircraft in Anchorage. Download Audio

Governor Appoints A New Judge To Bethel District Court

Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Nathaniel Peters to the Bethel District Court. Peters has experience in the local court system as he served in Bethel with the Alaska Public Defender Agency from 2003 to 2006.

Department of Defense Releases Arctic Strategy Document

The Department of Defense released a 16 page Arctic Strategy document on Friday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talked about it at an event in Nova Scotia. The report states the arctic is at a "strategic inflection point," transforming from a region of relative isolation to one of increasing access to resource extraction, fishing and tourism as sea ice recedes faster than projected. Download Audio

The Law in Alaska

A recent report by the Tribal Law and Order Commission is the seventh study to call for more effective administration of justice in rural Alaska to address pressing problems of family violence, alcohol abuse, and high rates of recidivism and suicide. Now the state Attorney General says he’s looking for better ways to co-operate with tribes. What about the state Supreme Court? APRN: Tuesday, 11/26 at 10:00am Download Audio

Legislators To Submit Receipts For Office Expenses

For the past year, legislators have been required to treat their office accounts as income. They got a lump sum from the state, and were expected to spend that money on stationery and mailers under the honor system. Now, they're moving back to a policy where they have to submit receipts for those expenditures.

Riley Plaintiffs, Dems Rule Out Redistricting Appeal

The legal fight over Alaska’s redistricting plan may be nearing an end. Jason Gazewood, an attorney for Fairbanks-area plaintiffs George Riley and Ronald Dearborn, says they do not plan to appeal a decision approving the latest map. Download Audio

Amendment Would Let Military Prosecutors Handle Sexual Assault Reports

The U.S. Senate this week has been debating how the military should handle sexual assault reports from service members. Both Alaska senators have signed on to an amendment that would let military prosecutors, rather than a suspect’s commander, determine which cases to pursue. Senator Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday spoke on the Senate floor about some of the incidents that motivate her. Download Audio

ASD Surveys Community on Budget Cuts

Going into 2014, the Anchorage School District faces more budget cuts. The gap is big: $21 million, caused four years of flat funding from the governor combined with general cost of living increases. The School Board recently held three community meetings to gauge what the residents value as the district approaches the next round of cuts. Download Audio

Sealaska CEO Lobbies Obama on Subsistance, 8(a) Contracts

Chris McNeil Jr. is president and chief executive officer for Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast. He and 11 tribal leaders from around the country met with the president to talk about creating jobs and sustainable economic development.

Tennis Decision Postponed, Assembly Questions Funding

The Anchorage Assembly heard final testimony Tuesday on what has become a controversial proposal to build a rec center in the city with indoor tennis courts. The Assembly never asked for money for the project and accusations flew about how the tennis appropriation came about. Download Audio

Assembly Passes Budget: Library Funded, Bus Fares to Go Up

The Anchorage Assembly passed a $467 million municipal budget for 2014 Tuesday evening. It's about half a million dollars more than the one proposed by Mayor Dan Sullivan. Download Audio

Anti-Pebble Initiative Clears Signature Hurdle

A group opposed to the proposed Pebble Mine has secured enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot.

Officials Discuss Tribal Authority In Law Enforcement

An agreement to allow tribal courts to have more law enforcement jurisdiction in rural Alaska may be right around the corner. It was discussed extensively today on the public radio call-in show "Talk of Alaska," by Attorney General Michael Geraghty and the Chairman of a congressionally-mandated commission that just released a report calling on Alaska to do more to bring law enforcement to the bush. Download Audio

Begich Proposing More Insurance Options For ACA

Senator Mark Begich is proposing a change to the Affordable Care Act that would make cheaper insurance options available. The Expanded Consumer Choice Act would add a new tier of coverage to the range of plans available on the individual market starting in 2015. Download Audio

Feds Pay Alaska $19 Million For Oil, Gas Development

The Department of Interior announced Tuesday it paid Alaska $19 million over the previous year for oil and gas development on federal land in the state. Download Audio

Juneau Assembly Member to Lead Alaska Municipal League

City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Karen Crane will be the next president of the Alaska Municipal League board of directors. Currently, Crane is first vice president. She will take up her new position at the end of this week’s AML conference in Anchorage.

LNG Pipeline Plan Suggests State Ownership Stake

The Department of Natural Resources has released a roadmap for getting a natural gas pipeline built, and it involves taking on a multi-billion-dollar ownership stake in the project. Download Audio

Gov. Parnell Issues Disaster Declaration For Fairbanks Area

Governor Sean Parnell issued a disaster declaration for the Fairbanks area today, following a winter storm last week that caused a widespread power outage. The declaration will help residents and the local electric coop recover damages. Download Audio

Residents Tell Bethel’s Tribe King Restrictions Are Warranted

Bethel’s Native Tribe, Orutsararmuit Native Council, held a public hearing seeking input on Chinook fishing restrictions next summer. It’s part of a call out to tribes along the river to help come up with management options after poor King salmon runs the last several years. Download Audio

Judge OKs New Political Boundaries

A state court judge has ruled that Alaska's newly redrawn political boundaries meet constitutional standards. Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy issued the ruling Monday, granting the Alaska Redistricting Board's requests for summary judgment. Download Audio