A village on a lake and a river below low hills

15,000-gallon heating oil spill reported in Kobuk River village of Shungnak

The spill puts the Kobuk River at risk, as well as the village's source of drinking water.
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After tribal court ruling, toddler killed in St. Paul will be buried next to his mother

The boy’s paternal aunt had power of attorney. That side of the family pushed for him to be buried in Anchorage, where he died.

Industry, environmental groups speak out as Hilcorp paves the way for drilling in federal Arctic waters

The oil and gas company Hilcorp wants to build a gravel island in shallow waters in the Beaufort Sea, east of Prudhoe Bay. Listen now

Settlement allows Alaska inmate to wear some religious Native regalia

A settlement will allow a descendant of the Cherokee Nation to wear some religious Native regalia while serving time in Alaska.
Three young Chinese men hold a fish in front of an Alaskan Cannery

Cannery workers document the Chinese history of Alaska’s fishing industry

Chinese immigrants arrived before statehood and helped grow Alaska's wild salmon industry into the international, multi-billion-dollar economy that it is today.

Progress slows on mine project near Haines

Drillers are usually on the mountain at the Palmer Project north of Haines 24 hours a day seven days a week by mid-summer. But this year, Constantine Metal Resources announced a belated and quiet work season.
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Exploring a career route less taken, with Skilsaws

The spring break program is available to high school students age 16 and older. Accuracy with a Skilsaw is part of the course.

Hilcorp Gets Permits For Construction At Redoubt Bay

After concerns were raised about the safety of the Drift River storage facility located at the base of Mt. Redoubt, the energy company Hilcorp has started a project to ensure protection of the large oil tanks located there. But, the project first needed waivers from provisions of the Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat Management Plan.
Jim Johnsen at a meet and greet in Juneau, July 7, 2015. Johnsen is a candidate for University of Alaska president. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

UA president calls for action on DACA ahead of regents meeting in Juneau

Earlier this week, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen wrote Alaska’s congressional delegation urging it to quickly resolve the Trump administration’s directive to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Listen now
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Remembering Lillian Atmak Michael: Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s Yup’ik news announcer

Longtime KYUK colleague Lillian Atmak Michael died earlier this month at the age of 64. She died on the Russian Orthodox holiday Pascha, also known as Easter.

Mental Health Trust investments in legal “ambiguity”

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board met on Thursday to discuss the legality of its investment policy. The board’s decisions to independently invest $39 million of the Trust’s principal funds in real estate have recently been called into question. State statue reads the Trust’s principal is to be invested by the Permanent Fund Corporation, but the board and its legal counsel previously interpreted other statues and regulations to provide more leeway for investments. Listen now
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Meet musher Hanna Lyrek, the Iditarod rookie who’s racing closest to the front of the pack

While she’s a newbie to the Iditarod, Lyrek has already proven her mettle in long-distance dog mushing. At age 19, she won the 2019 600-kilometer Finnmarksløpet, one of the biggest races in Europe.

What’s driving Anchorage’s recent string of urban lynx encounters? Here’s what biologists say.

Last month, a lynx was spotted in Anchorage’s Airport Heights neighborhood, several miles from Far North Bicentennial Park. And on Friday, a resident captured a video of the animal walking along the Chester Creek Trail.

UA Regents Approve Tuition Hike

The University of Alaska Board of Regents have voted 9-1 to increase tuition. The board on Friday approved what the university system is calling the lowest increase in over a decade. The board, meeting in Juneau, approved UA President Pat Gamble's proposal to raise tuition by 2 percent for resident undergraduates and a 4 percent increase for non-resident undergraduates. Regents also approved a 2 percent increase to the graduate resident and non-resident rate.
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Here’s how Alaskans can get help with monthly internet bills

If you make less than $21,722 or lost income during the pandemic, you could qualify for a $75 per month internet subsidy.

COVID Q&A: What are the legal and medical barriers to wearing a mask under Anchorage’s new mandate?

One area of confusion has been how customers need to prove a disability that might prevent them from wearing a mask to a store owner.
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Alaska House passes bill to end marriage for 14-15 year olds

The bill repeals a section of law that spells out a process under which a court can grant permission for someone as young as 14-years-old to marry.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 15, 2018

China responds to U.S. tariffs with tariff on Alaska seafood; State backlog means long wait for health coverage for some Alaskans; Final public hearing on ANWR drilling held in DC; Even a rainforest can experience a drought, weather service says; AK: Keeping memories alive on Father's Day; 49 Voices: Bruce Gordon of Excursion Inlet Listen now

Tugboat sinks in Gastineau Channel

A tugboat, known as Challenger, sank near Aurora Harbor around 3 p.m. on Saturday. Coast Guard Petty Officer Geno Kludt said the 96-foot wooden vessel was engulfed by water in about fifteen minutes.

Handful of new jet-fighters could come to JBER after Florida storm

The move is part of a broader effort to consolidate the Air Force's stock of F-22 Raptors as it makes way for new F-35s.