Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Two Utqiaġvik whaling crew members die in apparent whaling accident; Public safety persists as top issue for Y-K Delta tribes; Poll shows challenger closing in on Rep. Young; Republican Governors Association plays dominant role in Alaska campaign funding ; ConocoPhillips heralds first oil at Alaska petroleum reserve; Ask A Climatologist: How much would society have to adjust to curb climate change?; How much can a city like Anchorage cut down on carbon?  ; Kenai invocation policy ruled unconstitutional; Anchorage School Board votes not to change school start times; NPFMC may impose regulations on Southeast and GOA rental boats; Beadnose 409 crowned as the 2018 Fat Bear Week champion Listen now

Groups say they will sue unless EPA renews effort to restrict oil spill dispersants

The plaintiffs say the federal Environmental Protection Agency is shirking its duty to update its rules so they reflect the latest science on how dispersants affect the environment.

Commercial longline seasons to open on time

Commercial longliners in Alaska can go fishing on March 11 after all. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Friday (March 3) that March 11th will be the start date for halibut and black cod fishing. Listen now

Will Alaska endorse climate science education?

Alaska could be joining dozens of other states by adopting the framework of Next Generation Science Standards. On Friday, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a draft slated for public comment.

Federal board considers restricting Mulchatna caribou harvest

The Mulchatna herd was only half of the minimum population objective this year. Now a proposal to reduce federal subsistence harvest limits is on the table.

Army investigating fatal shooting of soldier during live-fire field-training exercise

Army investigators have begun looking into the circumstances surrounding last weekend’s death of a soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson during a field-training exercise on a range near Fort Greely. But, investigators aren’t saying much about the case.

BP Sells Some North Slope Assets To Hilcorp

BP announced Tuesday it’s selling some of its assets on the North Slope. The company will sell to aging oil fields – Endicott and Northstar – to Hilcorp, a company that is developing oil and gas wells in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp will also buy a 50 percent interest in two other fields- Milne Point and Liberty. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dunleavy calls for action on constitutional amendments, crime bills; 2 Alaska human rights commission members resign; Fairbanks City Council delays on-site cannabis consumption vote; Alleged Alaska prison gang member arrested in Georgia; Alaska’s rural schools could get a boost in internet speed; Donlin promises economic development if mine goes through; Three entrepreneurs propose heli-ski operation in Hatcher Pass; Regalia, stories abound at Cama-i

Kensington Gold Mine plans major expansion for operations past 2024

The modern Kensington Gold Mine began operations in 2010. But its 28 miles of underground tunnels follow veins first explored and blasted more than a century ago.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dunleavy says money set aside for Alaska schools is subject to veto. Lawmakers disagree.; Senators weigh splitting permanent fund draw between state and dividends — and limiting spending; AG Barr to visit rural Alaska; Experts say efforts by cruise ships to reduce air pollution may be causing water pollution instead; Alleged head of 1488 gang moved to Washington ahead of trial; Federal money for trails will no longer be shared with local communities by the state; Two men admit to stealing, cutting up 10,000-year-old mammoth tusk; Meet Alice Qannik Glenn, the podcaster who’s trying to get more young Alaska Native voices on the mic

Iditapod: Mushers check in at Manley Hot Springs

In Episode 7, we talk about: Early race trail conditions, new sled-building and packing strategies, and we hear interviews with Dallas Seavey and Lance Mackey.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Legislature confirms all of Gov. Dunleavy’s commissioners; Cost to move Legislature could be up to $45M if state builds office, analysts find; Murkowski calls for many 'silver bullets' to tackle climate change; Glennallen man selected to lead Denali Commission; North Pole High 'bathroom incident' raises concerns over bullying, policy; Southeast captain admits to dumping 8 tons of waste overboard; State dials back PFAS response standard; Homer Rep. Vance looks into Board of Fish vote on Cook Inlet meeting location; Juneau high schoolers headed to world robotics championship; American Ninja Warriors Nate DeHaan and Nick Hanson talk friendship and representing rural Alaska

Faced with local opposition, IPOP continues search for gold near Nome

The exploratory work has drawn formal opposition from the Native Village of Solomon, as well as dozens of public comments opposing the proposed mine project.

As Capitol reporters dwindle, Alaska lawmakers grapple with rise of political blogs

The newest member of the Alaska Capitol press corps isn't your average reporter -- he once made the news for posing for photos in a Speedo. But he's one of a growing number of political bloggers who are trying to fill in gaps left by Alaska's shrinking mainstream media.
Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)

Facing a $16M repair bill, state to pull Malaspina ferry out of service

The 56-year-old Alaska Marine Highway System vessel will be stored in Ketchikan this January, according to the Department of Transportation.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Alaska Permanent Fund looks to pay investment managers incentives; Sitka Tribe of Alaska sues state, claiming mismanagement of herring fishery; Alaska governor examines gas line project before weighing in; Farm bill's untold story: What Congress did for fish sticks; Former manager charged with embezzling from village utility; As Alaska warms, the Y-K Delta heats up even faster; Schools’ need for technology outpacing funding for faster internet

New Ambler heat pump project aims to drastically reduce diesel costs in the village

Installing the pump, solar arrays and LEDs costs about $8,200 per home, providing an average fuel savings of $2,000 to $3,000 dollars a year. This means they essentially pay for themselves in about three years.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Navy plans to be more active in the Arctic; New legislation introduced in Congress aims to strengthen Roadless Rule; Dunleavy administration pick for $94,000-a-year labor relations manager comes without labor relations experience; Juneau man dies of stab wounds; police detain suspect; Emmonak votes to keep alcohol and remain 'damp'; Kenai rejects changing local rules for onsite marijuana use; GVEA plans to highlight state's largest solar farm; Marie Adams Carroll became a ‘folk hero’ fighting for Iñupiat whaling rights. Now she’s in the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame.; Region I music director of the year reflects on teaching in Dillingham; 'The Sun is a Compass' highlights yearn for the outdoors 

Chugach tree fulfills holiday destiny on Capitol lawn

A 74-foot tree cut from the Chugach National Forest near Seward nearly a month ago arrived at the U.S. Capitol today. It’s the first time the Capitol Christmas tree has come from the 49th state, and it had an entourage. Download Audio

Why is the US so far behind in the Arctic? Clues emerge at congressional hearing

Retired admiral Thad Allen, a former Coast Guard commandant, said the country needs to wake up to the strategic importance of the Arctic Ocean and commit more resources to it.