Supporting foster kids and those who take them in

Foster care doesn't just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? APRN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Weaving A Journey Of Change

The biennial culture and dance festival Celebration ended Saturday night in Juneau with a Grand Exit. The gathering of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshians began in 1982 with just a few hundred people. This year, 7,000 were expected in Juneau for the 4-day event. The festival, organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, included performances, lectures and language sessions. The Juried Art Show features Della Cheney’s Ravenstail robe “Leadership and Change.” Download Audio

National chain forces native Hawaiian to drop “Aloha Poke” from Anchorage restaurant

Tasha Kahele is a native Hawaiian. In April, she opened Aloha Poke Stop. Then in May, she got a letter from a Chicago-based chain demanding she change her restaurant's name. Listen now

$50K for a pot permit. If you’re lucky.

Hundreds of people across Alaska are trying to figure out how to sell commercial cannabis, spending big to be able to prepare applications for licenses.

ConocoPhillips to add wells at CD5 site in Alpine Field

Oil development is ramping up in the National Petroleum Reserve. ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. says it's adding wells and other infrastructure at its CD5 site in the Alpine Field. Download Audio

As Spending Talks Continue, House Takes Crack At Capital Budget

After a day of stalled and canceled meetings, the Alaska Legislature made small advances on a capital budget.

Update: Dunleavy sworn in as governor in Kotzebue

More people are expected to attend the inauguration event than live in the community of Noorvik.

Hoonah hydro project cuts energy bills for local businesses

Alaska’s newest hydro power project has been generating electricity since the beginning of August, but it only recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony. The city of Hoonah is cutting diesel consumption by about a third which could help the local economy. Download Audio

Forest Service reminds tourists why Mendenhall glacier is shrinking

On a busy summer day, thousands of people -- mostly cruise ship passengers -- visit Juneau's Mendenhall glacier. The U.S. Forest Service wants those tourists to take in the dramatic views, but also consider why the glacier is shrinking. Visitor center director John Neary is making it his personal mission.

As objection hearings wrap, countdown to new Tongass plan

The U.S. Forest Service wrapped up objection hearings Wednesday on a plan that could shape the future of timber in the Tongass National Forest. Listen Now

Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish Hatcheries

New research paints an unsettling picture of the future of shellfish in coastal Alaska. The effects of ocean acidification are worsening and could mean the end of hatcheries in the next 25 years if costly mitigation efforts aren’t put in place. Download Audio:

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, January 8, 2016

Leaked documents point to misallocation of federal funds at tribal group; Supreme Court overturns education lawsuit ruling; FWS proposes tighter rules on predator hunting in refuges; Ahead of session, legislative bills trickle in; Judge sends LIO case to trial; UAF engineering chases sparse funding, looks to private sector; Facebook says Ketchikan is indeed in Alaska; AK: For Tlingit engineer, Juneau bridge connects Alaskans; 49 Voices: Ron Levy of Soldotna Download Audio

Fairbanks approves putting tax increase in hands of voters

On Monday night, the Fairbanks City Council approved an ordinance that puts a proposed property tax increase to public vote this fall. The hike is aimed at compensating for lost state revenue to due to low oil prices. Listen now

Study: Climate Change Hurting Salmon Habitat

Scientists know climate change is altering rain and snowfall patterns in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. A new study details how that could affect salmon and suggests what can be done. Download Audio

APOC fines Slope mayor Charlotte Brower $35k for failure to disclose

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is fining North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower $34,460 dollars for failing to file her annual disclosure report for 2014. In the investigation into her campaign for re-election last year, Brower and her staff refused to provide information repeatedly requested by APOC. Download Audio

Obama Administration Announces Five-Year OCS Plan

It is showtime for the Obama administration, which this morning is announcing its five year offshore oil and gas leasing schedule. While Environmentalists were pressing hard to eliminate sales in the Arctic Ocean, they are still in the plan - sales in both the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, placed late in the schedule, officials say, for when we know more about the environment and the geology there, and are better prepared to respond to spills.

Anchorage lawmakers weigh options for $1.9B port modernization project

Anchorage Assembly members are considering whether to spend $100,000 to hire an independent analyst to monitor an ongoing modernization project at the Port of Alaska.

Unofficial Election Returns Point to Marijuana Legalization

Although absentee and questioned ballots yet to be counted could change the outcome, it is likely that Proposition 2, which legalizes recreational marijuana use in Alaska, has gained voter approval.

Sockeye Evacuees Get Chance to Return to Their Homes Friday

Update: Friday, June 19. 7:00 am. Managers of the Sockeye Fire near Willow plan to begin letting residents back into the evacuation area Friday. At 10 this morning, the evacuation zone will be reduced to the fire perimeter line, controlled by nine security checkpoints. Homeowners who have lost homes will be let into the fire zone, starting at 11. The evacuation is set to end entirely on Saturday but security checkpoints will remain in place through the weekend. On the Parks Highway, traffic will be controlled between mileposts 71 and 78 until Monday.

Scientists use deer pellet DNA to study populations in Southeast Alaska

Deer populations around Petersburg’s Mitkof Island have been low in recent years. Hunters are only allowed to shoot one buck in a two-week open season in October. Keeping track of the population is difficult in a mountainous terrain covered in forest. Now, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is using DNA studies to help fill in the gaps.