With Federal Funding Drying Up, Fate of Trails Program Uncertain

Whether it's with bicycles, ATVs, or hiking boots, summer is a prime time for Alaskans to go and play outside. There are hundreds of miles of trails available for use across the state, and much of that system is developed and maintained with federal funding. But now, some of that money is at risk of drying up, and outdoor enthusiasts are worried about what that could mean for recreation in the state. Download Audio
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Dunleavy’s veto erases $8.5M from Alaska ferry budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed around 12% of the ferry operating budget on Thursday. That leaves the Alaska Marine Highway System with nearly $8.5 million less to run its vessels over the next 18 months.
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CARES Act money helps Tribes address affordable housing and homelessness

Congress appropriated $100 million earlier this year to help Tribes cope with housing and sanitation issues during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Alaska’s isolated wetlands could soon lose their protected status

Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency could determine how much of Alaska’s wetlands are subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act.

A star and exoplanet will be named ‘Nushagak’ and ‘Mulchatna’

Around 900 names were submitted for the contest and a little over 2,600 votes were cast. Nushagak and Mulchatna received 25.7% of the votes, just edging out Yellowstone and Old Faithful at 25.3%.

Petersburg opposes Mental Health logging plan

Petersburg’s Borough Assembly on Tuesday voted to send a letter urging a land exchange rather than logging Alaska Mental Health Trust lands on a steep hillside above Mitkof Highway south of downtown. Listen now
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Anchorage judge Jennifer Stuart Henderson to be newest Alaska Supreme Court justice

Dunleavy appointed Henderson six days after asking the Alaska Judicial Council for a new slate of nominees.

Alaska Railroad’s first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with company

Harry Ross never imagined he’d be conducting trains. But in 1968 he became the first black conductor for the Alaska Railroad. March 6th will be Ross’ 50th anniversary with the company, a milestone never reached by any other trainman. Listen now

Alaska Native language groups convene to translate census materials

The gathering at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage included about 25 people representing the Gwich'in, Inupiat, Yup'ik and Koyukon cultures.

Solving The Childcare Crisis In Rural Alaska

Finding quality, affordable childcare for young children can be a challenge anywhere in Alaska. It’s especially difficult in rural Alaska’s hub communities – where the cost of living is high and space is often hard to find. It becomes a factor in attracting professionals to jobs at regional health and other organizations. In the next installment of our series “Being Young in Rural Alaska” from the producers of Kids These Days, Anne Hillman takes a look at how some communities are trying to meet the challenge.

Haines debates banning yurts as permanent structures

Recently Haines’ planning committee recommended prohibiting yurts as permanent structures. Existing ones would be grandfathered in. But going forward, any new yurt or similar tent-like structures would have to be relocated after 18 months.
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Questions remain after GCI sells television assets to competitor

The future is uncertain for many employees of Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA, after the television station’s owner, telecommunications company GCI,announced in late July it is getting out of the broadcast television business.

From Hawaii to Alaska, candy leis make graduation sweeter

Working in their living rooms and at kitchen tables, Anchorage residents are meeting a growing demand for candy leis for graduations, Mother's Day and more.

Fire at BC fish farm releases thousands of Atlantic salmon

Finfish aquaculture is currently outlawed in Alaska.

Bethel Elders Home Certified

The Y-K Delta’s first skilled nursing facility is open and just received the federal certification necessary for payment from for Medicare and Medicaid. The certification comes just as Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which runs the Elders Home, faces an $11.7 million budget shortfall. Download Audio
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Canada announces border to open Aug. 9 for vaccinated Americans

Travel must upload proof of vaccination and show a recent negative COVID test.

Sunken seiner leaks oil near Sitka

A 58-foot seiner that sank Wednesday is now estimated to have spilled 10-30 gallons of oil in Sitka waters. The incident took place half a mile from the mouth of Indian River. Download Audio

Alaska wildland fire crews ready for action, with state funding to reduce hazardous fuels

Norm McDonald, the state Division of Forestry's Chief of Fire and Aviation, says all it would take to go from an average fire season to a huge one is some hot, dry weather and a lightning strike, or the careless burning of some brush or a campfire.

Chinook salmon are getting smaller, and researchers say killer whales may be to blame

Chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, are getting smaller, and a team of scientists at the University of Washington think they know why. A new study says killer whales might be behind Chinook’s declining size.