Unprecedented summer heat sparks caribou, climate concerns for Bristol Bay Subsistence Council

At a Bristol Bay Regional Subsistence Advisory meeting, all members expressed concern for subsistence resources in the region following this year’s hot, dry summer.

Coast Guard’s VHF signal down for much of coastal Alaska

The outages are affecting Prince William Sound all the way down to Sitka and other Southeast communities.

Dunleavy administration to spend $600,000 on Outside law firm to help with union lawsuits

The state posted a request for proposals for a law firm that has experience arguing cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

A barista ministry opens the only real coffee shop in Bethel

The purpose of opening the shop is to create something rare in Bethel: a place to sit and relax in a social setting that’s not work and not home, and where you’re not expected to drop money in the double digits, like at a restaurant, Pastor Adam London said.

As the Arctic climate warms, the growing season lengthens. Will rural Alaska become more agricultural?

As winter approaches, farmers and gardeners make plans for spring crops. Climate change effects on the growing season in Alaska means new opportunities and challenges for the future. Will residents, even in the arctic, be able to grow enough food for their winter use?
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Opponents of citizens initiative to boost oil taxes have formed a bipartisan coalition

The group, OneAlaska, does not appear to include any oil industry leaders, though several of its members work for companies or organizations with ties to the industry.

Citing executive order, Fort Wainwright evicts public employee union

In an emailed statement, Fort Wainwright officials said they’re evicting the union, “in accordance with Executive Order 13837, which prohibits government agencies from providing free or discounted office space to labor organizations.”

Legal expert: Previous Alaska Supreme Court decisions favor Recall Dunleavy argument

A crowd in Anchorage's Cuddy Park to sign a petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy (Photo: Zachariah Hughes - Alaska Public...

To reduce staff turnover, Wrangell hospital takes home-grown hiring approach

The idea is to reduce staff turnover in the Southeast hospital by empowering — and ultimately hiring — people with roots in the community.

US Dept. of Transportation awards $25M for Port of Alaska upgrades

The money will help pay for upgrades to the petroleum and cement terminal in the first phase of the project.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

The legal peculiarities of Alaska law on recall elections, as the effort to unseat the governor lands in court. Also: Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox has been re-sentenced after a successful appeal.

Petersburg’s connection to main power source down to backup cables

Fixing the underwater line could cost millions of dollars — but if it fails, the community may be forced to turn to expensive diesel power.

EPA fines Silver Bay Seafoods over seafloor waste pile

The Sitka seafood processor reportedly allowed its waste pile on the seafloor to balloon to more than double the size allowed by its permit.

Research shows studded tires cost the state millions of dollars in road maintenance every year

A new report finds that over the next 20 years, the road maintenance related to studded tire use will cost the state way more than what it takes in from fees drivers pay to use them.

After the Unalaska plane crash upended their swim meet, locals volunteered and the high school team swam anyway

When Unalaska swimmers were unable to compete against Cordova as planned, classmates and other community members stepped up to the blocks instead.

Alaska militia leader Schaeffer Cox’s murder conspiracy sentence cut by 10 years

A judge has reduced Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox’s sentence after part of his conviction in a murder conspiracy was thrown out on appeal.

Haines doctors oppose local mine development, cite health risks

Citing a locally commissioned report, Haines doctors said that an influx of mine workers could burden the health system.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

With criticism for the attorney general, the fight to recall Governor Dunleavy heads to court. Also: The Alaska State Troopers graduate a new class of drug dogs, and one already has a big bust. And a tribute to Richard Nelson, the anthropologist, writer and host of “Encounters," who passed away Monday.

Study examines possibilities for locally controlled Northern Lynn Canal ferry service

While the study focuses on governance and management of a local ferry authority, there are numerous other questions about how to create a ferry service. For example, where would they get the ships?

Building a boat with Tongass timber, woodworker finds local lumber hard to come by

It can be surprisingly difficult for people living in and around the country’s largest national forest to get access to local timber.