Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 2, 2018

Gov. Walker asks to suspend Pebble environmental impact statement process; Kodiak demonstrators rally to keep families together; On immigration, Sen. Sullivan calls for more facilities, better processing; Hawkins out of Republican governors race; Missing in national park, 2 hikers feared dead; Yakutat commercial sockeye fishing shutdown; How can the Small Business Administration help Alaska?; Governor taps Juneau city attorney for judge seat; Mount Marathon racers: Allison Barnwell; Forecasters from Haines and the Yukon work together to build a weather station in the Haines Pass Listen now

Grant program aims to cultivate specialty crops across Alaska

A federal grant program provides grants of up to $60,000 for projects that "enhance the competitiveness of Alaska Grown specialty crops, sustain farmers’ livelihoods, and strengthen local communities," according to the Alaska Division of Agriculture

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Alaska Legislature sues governor over validity of school funding law; As University of Alaska faces uncertain financial future, officials focus on supporting current students; Lawmakers here from constituents at Wasilla LIO; Draft ferry schedule shows long gaps in service to coastal communities; Effort to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy working to coalesce around legal grounds; Meet the Trump administration official whose signature could formally open ANWR to drilling ; Young votes against condemning Trump for racist tweets; Galvin tries again to unseat Young; Containment efforts keep Swan Lake Fire away from communities

Feds withdraw appeal of Izembek Refuge road decision

For now, that leaves in place U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason's decision blocking a land exchange for a road corridor through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Juneau Assembly approves local on-site marijuana consumption

The new ordinance, which allows patrons to consume marijuana edibles inside licensed retailers and smoke in designated outdoor areas, takes effect in 30 days.

Moody’s sees negative outlook for Alaska’s credit rating

If the state’s credit rating were to be downgraded, it would raise the interest rate for the government to borrow money.

Across coastal Alaska, Recall Dunleavy campaign gets underway

A statewide effort got underway Thursday seeking to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office. The first step for campaigners is to gather 28,501 signatures to start a recall petition.

With a few weeks to go, Alaska schools are short 245 educators

On top of Alaska’s regular recruitment challenges, the Lower 48’s economy is strong, its supply of teachers short, and educators’ salaries are on the upswing. Listen now

Circuit Court justices hears Fairbanks Four appeal

A panel of three 9th Circuit Court justices heard arguments Friday morning in Fairbanks in the appeal of a federal civil rights suit filed against the city of Fairbanks.

Skiff capsizes from ferry Columbia’s wake in Wrangell Narrows

A wake from the Alaska state ferry Columbia caused a small skiff to capsize in the Wrangell Narrows near Petersburg.

At least 50 structures lost in McKinley fire north of Willow

A 19-mile stretch of the Parks Highway was closed some 80 miles north of Anchorage, as authorities called for the evacuation of a subdivision that only has one road in and out.

Volunteers remain hopeful, as Levelock Fire reaches 5% containment

Emergency firefighters and local volunteers are still working to suppress a 5,000-acre fire near Levelock. The fire has been burning since Sunday night, and residents are finally beginning to see improvements.

Marijuana-regulating ordinance advocates flood Fairbanks city council hearing to urge passage

Most supported the ordinance and called for greater regulation of the industry. Opponents say the measure is unfair and heavy-handed, and would further unfairly treat marijuana and alcohol differently. Listen now

Environmental group to sue Hilcorp over Cook Inlet gas leak

Hilcorp's leaking gas pipeline in Cook Inlet is drawing concern from environmental groups and state and federal agencies. Listen now

Tularemia reported around Fairbanks, Palmer; vets urge quick diagnosis, treatment for pets

The state Department of Fish and Game is warning pet owners in the Interior and Southcentral Alaska about a recent spike in reports of tularemia – sometimes called “rabbit fever.” Listen now

After struggling for years to clean up its air, Fairbanks still faces contentious wood smoke problem

For years, Fairbanks and neighboring city North Pole have had some of the worst air quality in the United States. The area has been failing to meet a federal air quality standard since 2009 — now it's reached the deadline.

AK: TubaChristmas spreads brassy holiday cheer in Anchorage

First convened in New York City in 1974 as a tribute to the late virtuoso William J. Bell, the public holiday performance now takes place in more than 200 cities around the world. In Anchorage, the concert is in its 23rd year.

49 Voices: Rhiana Gay of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Rhiana Gay in Anchorage. Gay is a kindergarten teacher at Creekside Park Elementary School, and while most Anchorage students started school this week, her batch begins on Monday. Listen now

Successes and shortcomings in Anchorage’s homelessness strategy

As the year comes to a close, Anchorage officials are taking stock of the city's problems with homelessness. Several assertive measures to connect people with housing and social services are succeeding, but the coordinated effort is showcasing just how much work is left to do. Listen Now

House member named as next speaker lacks votes he needs to be elected

The representative identified Wednesday as the next speaker of the Alaska House currently lacks the 21 votes needed to be elected to the job, according to an interview with one of his colleagues. Listen now