How can we get more Alaskans teaching in their home communities?

The highest rates of teacher turnover in Alaska are with teachers who are trained outside the state. So how are educators and lawmakers working to get more Alaskans trained to teach in their home communities?

6.2 Magnitude earthquake felt in Adak

The 6.2 earthquake struck about 50 miles from Adak around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

LISTEN: Difficult-to-predict explosions at Shishaldin Volcano could go on for months

There was a massive explosion at Shishaldin Volcano on Sunday, sending volcanic ash several miles up into the sky and lava streaming down its flank.

Coastal erosion unites village of Kivalina and Louisiana tribes in UN complaint

Last week, the Native Village of Kivalina joined four Louisiana tribes in a formal complaint to the United Nations.

Coastal communities relate ferry woes to House lawmakers

They were invited by House lawmakers who held Tuesday’s hearing — the first day of the legislative session — to galvanize support for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

State introduces reforms to involuntary commitment policies

New policy measures could reduce the number of Alaskans kept in jails and emergency departments while awaiting psychiatric care.

Alaska lawmakers receive sobering view of state budget challenges

The House Finance Committee began its legislative session by hearing from the state’s nonpartisan budget experts.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

Debate over the PFD fractures the Senate Majority caucus and the recall Dunleavy campaign resumes after an accidental delay.
A picture of a vape pen disguised as a watch

Anchorage School District administrators go on the offensive against vaping

Administrators in Alaska's largest school district are trying to get a handle on youth vaping.

Murkowski joins Republican chorus calling Rep. Nadler’s remark ‘offensive’

“As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended," Sen. Murkowski said.

Wrangell sees a 50 percent increase in water consumption during cold snap

Water consumption has risen in Wrangell since the recent cold snap. The town is using 150 gallons per minute more than it did last month. That’s about a 50 percent increase in consumption.

Some Thunder Mountain Mobile Park residents frustrated after more than a week of water issues

On Jan. 12, water pressure at Juneau’s Thunder Mountain mobile home park dropped to a trickle. It took days to get fixed, and now they have to boil the water to use it. Some residents say they’re frustrated with how the situation was handled.

Alaska Senate majority strips three Mat-Su Republicans of their leadership positions

The three Republicans -- Mike Shower, Shelley Hughes and Lora Reinbold -- broke from their caucus on a vote last year setting the Permanent Fund dividend amount.

Judge lifts hold on Recall Dunleavy campaign, saying order he issued 24 hours earlier was “inadvertent”

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth, in his second reversal in as many days, has revoked an order pausing the campaign to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, saying he'd issued it accidentally.

LISTEN: Alaska Gov. Dunleavy remains skeptical of cutting PFD, and says he’s still pursuing campaign agenda

Dunleavy said Tuesday that the campaign to recall him hasn’t changed how he does his job. But he said he has given the issue some thought. Listen to Dunleavy's full 17-minute interview with Juneau correspondent Andrew Kitchenman here.

An Anchorage attorney made a fortune fighting Big Oil in Alaska court. Now he’s funding the campaign to raise their taxes.

Frustrated by the industry-supported overhaul of oil taxes in 2013 and the unsuccessful campaign to repeal it, Robin Brena is chairing the citizens initiative to raise taxes. And he’s also the effort’s top funder, contributing more than $100,000 so far.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

Gov. Dunleavy responds to the campaign to recall him, the fight to control student vaping, and rocket launch preparations.

This Southeast Alaska town has convened a task force to deal with its marauding, dumpster-flipping bears

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Management Biologist Carl Koch estimates there were 12 to 15 bears roaming Haines this fall. “You couldn’t imagine how many dumpsters were flipped," he said. "Ten to 15 dumpsters."

These two Chugiak women are buying Skagway’s newspaper – for $20

Owner Larry Persily chose Gretchen Wehmhoff and Melinda Munson of Chugiak from 200 people who wanted to run Skagway's newspaper. They learned about the opportunity through an article in the Anchorage Daily News.

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy picks Juneau man as new budget director

Juneau resident Neil Steininger started Tuesday, just in time for the first day of the legislative session.