UA Board of Regents discuss approval process for Chilkat Valley timber sale plans

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The University of Alaska’s Board of Regents will review plans for a proposed timber sale in the Chilkat Valley. The decision on whether the board would approve the development and disposal plan for the sale was postponed at a meeting last month. Listen now
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After dodging the worst of pandemic, Hoonah hopes it can handle cruise ships safely

The first large cruise ship in nearly two years arrived in Alaska at the end of July. It marks the return of the region’s biggest source of tourism, which lost an estimated $3 billion and 40,000 jobs during the pandemic hiatus.

Former NBA Coach Leads Haines Girls’ Basketball

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Haines School now has a physical education teacher and high school girls’ basketball coach who trained an NBA team for 20 years. Download Audio

Yakutat sockeye fishery blindsided by historic low return

Commercial sockeye fishing in Yakutat has been closed due to historic low returns, leaving set-netters in a bind until coho and chum season later in the summer. Unlike other salmon fisheries around the Southeast, biologists never saw this coming.

2012′s Cruise Season Was Up, But Not Everywhere

Suzan Hess is setting up a beer tent as part of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce season-end celebration. She’s co-owner of the Baranof Island Brewing Company. The business began in 2010, so it’s still figuring out the tourism market. But Hess says it’s been great.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Dunleavy delays start of special legislative session

The special session will now begin August 16 instead of August 2, according to an announcement by Dunleavy’s office this week.
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Donlin Gold pushed back on textbook content. The Lower Kuskokwim School District removed it.

Teachers were working on curriculum for a fifth grade textbook about human impacts on the environment.

AK: Iñupiaq photographer documents life and culture in Alaska Inuit communities

From Teller and Kaktovik to Shungnak and Tuluksak, Inupiaq photographer Brian Adams has traveled all over rural Alaska for “I Am Inuit.” The project aims to document Alaska Inuit culture and share it with the world through portraits and stories of local people. Download Audio

Bethel police unable to trace cellphone calls to 911

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More than 70 percent of 911 calls are made through cell phones, but if you call 911 in Bethel, the Police Department won’t be able to trace that call. Listen now
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University of Alaska Anchorage students living in dorms must be fully vaccinated

The University of Alaska Southeast has a similar policy, while the University of Alaska Fairbanks is still deciding its vaccination rules.

LISTEN: Study shows Alaska salmon are shrinking

The shrinking of chinook, sockeye, coho and chum salmon has a negative impact on the number of eggs fish lay, but smaller body sizes also mean fewer meals, fewer commercial fishing dollars and fewer nutrients transported into rivers every year.

State: Permafrost thaw from Arctic broadband projects violated permits

Alaska officials are still trying to sort out the scope of a problem caused by trenching for fiber optic cables owned by GCI and Quintillion, which could threaten the only haul road to the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay, as well as dozens of streams along the way. Listen now

Eaglecrest In Finals Of Ski Town Throwdown

Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau is in the finals of a Powder Magazine poll of favorite North American ski areas. Called the Ski Town Throwdown, Powder Magazine runs the contest and people from all over Canada and the U.S. have been casting votes. The contest ends Friday at 4 p.m. Download Audio
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Alaska court buildings require masking for entry

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Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel Winfree says masks are necessary because of the rise in COVID-19 cases and the prevalence of the more contagious delta variant throughout the state.

Charges: ConocoPhillips employee and cop friend stole millions in fraud scheme

A senior ConocoPhillips employee tricked the oil company into paying more than $3 million to a business owned by his friend, an Anchorage police officer, for work that was never performed and materials that were never received, according to criminal charges filed this week.

Scientists Watching Retreating Sea Ice

As September approaches, scientists are guessing how far the Arctic Sea ice will retreat this year before it begins to freeze up again. ...

After Hydro One leaders resign, Avista reassures regulators about merger

Alaska Electric Light & Power said political pressures in Ontario won’t affect the acquisition of its parent company Avista by Hydro One of Toronto. But market analysts warn of new uncertainty over the $5.3 billion deal. Listen now

Dead Killer Whale Found to be Pregnant

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One of the Killer Whales found dead on the Nushagak River was pregnant. A necropsy performed at the beach in Dillingham yesterday found the whale was carrying a late term fetus.
Words on a building red building that say "Brother Francis Shelter. 1021 E. 3rd Ave."

City is ‘cautiously optimistic’ it has a handle on COVID-19 outbreak at Anchorage shelter

Municipal Manager Bill Falsey says that, so far, test results don't indicate widespread COVID-19 infection at Anchorage shelters outside of Brother Francis.

Murre colonies struggle to reproduce following die-off

The massive murre die-off that left tens of thousands of dead birds on Alaska’s coast in 2015 and 2016 may be over, but the population is still struggling. In the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, surviving murres are failing to reproduce. Listen now