After being labeled coronavirus ‘hotspot’, Fairbanks now has the highest level of testing in Alaska

Fairbanks was working with a shortage of test kits until last week, but now says that 800 over test kits are available for use.

Northern Dynasty and First Quantum extend deadline for finalizing Pebble option agreement

In December, Northern Dynasty Minerals and First Quantum Minerals announced that First quantum had agreed to buy into Pebble at $150 million for the option to become a 50 percent owner of the Pebble Limited Partnership at the end of four years. On Thursday, the companies extended the deadline to finalize that option agreement from April 6 to April 30. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Ferry system stops selling tickets amidst uncertain future; ASRC, after backing Dunleavy’s campaign, blasts his oil tax redistribution plan; Sullivan: Trump’s emergency ‘probably legal’ but unneeded; Judge denies Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for injunction; UA president highlights severity of budget cuts to Senate Finance; Senate bill would require UA regents to keep Legislature up to date on program accreditation; Anchorage advocate Ed Wesley reflects on civil rights struggles in Alaska; Why a wilderness lodge in the middle of nowhere became a magnet for mushers

Hughes, LaFrance Vie for Greater Palmer House District 11

Republican incumbent Shelley Hughes will vie with Democrat Pete LaFrance for the House 11 seat in November. The district represents the greater Palmer area.

Official: Seattle Shell protests caused environmental damage

An official with Washington state's Department of Natural Resources says Seattle activists protesting Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park.

Alaska ferries freeze autumn ticket sales amid uncertain future

The Alaska Marine Highway System has stopped selling tickets past September. That’s in anticipation to deep cuts that could be fatal to the state ferry network.

Early prisoner release to slow coronavirus spread? Corrections commissioner says it’s ‘not on the table’

While other states have decided to release some prisoners early in order to ease the overcrowding of prison's, Alaska officials say they won't be taking that step.

Gov. Walker asks to suspend Pebble environmental impact statement process

Gov. Bill Walker has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend the Environmental Impact Statement process for the proposed Pebble Mine. Listen now

‘Pretty amazing that we’re here’: Morgan and Olds win second Iron Dog in a row

When all was said and done, Saturday morning before 11am, Mike Morgan and Chris Olds crossed the finish line of this year’s Iron Dog in about 34 hours and 30 minutes, making this their second win in two consecutive races.

Alaska is reopening the economy, but Anchorage protesters took to the streets anyway

City and state officials announced they were relaxing regulations on businesses, but hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Anchorage in their vehicles on Wednesday anyway for an event meant push lawmakers to speed up the reopening of the economy.

No budget by July means no ferry service

All state ferries will stop sailing by early July if the Legislature fails to reach a budget deal. The Alaska Marine Highway System’s plans are among dozens of state service cuts announced Monday by the Walker administration. Download Audio:

Ravn’s bankruptcy leaves medical transport vacuum in rural Alaska

Ravn’s bankruptcy earlier this month left a lot of questions for rural healthcare providers who depend on those airlines to fly patients in for medical care.

Alaska language specialists talk about the effects of multilingualism on the developing brain

What are the benefits of multilingualism to the developing brain? Are there long term benefits to speaking more than 1 language fluently?

USCG report blames Destination sinking on overloading, outdated stability book

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering civil penalties against the owners of the F/V Destination — the crab boat that capsized two years ago in the Bering Sea, killing all six crew members.

At the Dimond Center, the first big Anchorage mall to reopen, stores are ready but customers are few

At Alaska's largest retail space, businesses have opened again, but getting customers through the doors comes with many challenges.

‘Concerning,’ ‘No comment’: Alaska senators respond to impeachment controversy

The senators responded to allegations that President Trump, in a phone call this summer, may have pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate one of Trump's political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Murkowski explains why she’ll vote to cancel Trump’s emergency

"One can be for border security ... and at the same time question whether the administration has overreached in using the National Emergencies Act in the way that it has,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski said on the Senate floor.

Carnival Cruise Line cancels all Alaska 2020 sailings

The news brings the estimated loss of 2020 passengers to about 70% of what was expected.

Five Democrats Vie For Chance to Run Against Don Young

Next Tuesday 5 Democrats are running against each other, hoping to garner the most primary votes to be able to challenge Republican Don Young for Alaska's lone seat in the U.S. House.