LISTEN: Giant Alaskan legend from early UFC dies of COVID-19

Paul Varelans was a 6-foot-8, 300-pound giant from Fairbanks and a pioneer in the now wildly popular Ultimate Fighting Championship. He died at the age of 51 battling COVID in an Atlanta hospital.
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Tenured teachers address Ketchikan School Board

While it wasn’t on the agenda, the Ketchikan School Board got a lesson last night about tenure, taught by five of the school district’s tenured teachers. Listen now

Russian River campground, road to close for improvement work

A popular Kenai Peninsula recreation spot near Cooper Landing will be closed for nearly a year to partially rebuild a road and reinforce parts of the hillside along the Kenai River.

Murkowski says Pruitt’s Pebble decision surprised her

Sen. Murkowski says the EPA administrator's move to keep alive proposed limits on the mine seemed out of character. Listen now

Senior aide to Rep. Young lands BLM job

A long-time aide of Congressman Don Young has been selected to head the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska.
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Water donations trickle into Tuluksak but may not be enough for village in crisis

After the Southwest Alaska village's water plant burned in a fire two weeks ago, Tuluksak's residents are struggling to find a solution to their crisis.

Dunleavy and his supporters celebrate inauguration in Wasilla

Dunleavy told the crowd that his first experience as governor has been watching “what Alaskans are all about — people helping each other” in response to the earthquake.
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Police chief retirement and budget vetoes mark latest shakeup in Anchorage politics

Turbulence in Anchorage’s city politics continued Tuesday with the chief of police announcing his retirement and the mayor vetoing most of the changes the Assembly made to the city’s budget last week. 

Southeast Ferry Service Stalled by Engine Overhaul

Sitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14th, a week later than scheduled. Download Audio:

Search team investigates potential piece of missing Guardian Flight plane

According to a Guardian Flight Facebook post, a search team recently located a large object in Frederick Sound that they think could be part of the missing aircraft.

Three killed in avalanche on Bear Mountain near Chugiak while ascending a technical route

Alaska State Troopers are warning of avalanche danger around Bear Mountain in Chugiak, after three people were reportedly killed in a slide there this week.
Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, on the floor of the Senate during debate about the state operating budget, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Bill banning sex ed from abortion providers moves forward in House

A bill to bar abortion service providers from teaching sex education in public schools narrowly cleared a hurdle in the Alaska House today. Download Audio
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Omicron spreads uncertainty about holiday travel and dampens recovery for airlines

The rapid emergence of the omicron variant of the coronavirus has many questioning whether they should rethink their holiday travel plans.
A small community king salmon permit system is underway. (Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK)

Nome summit focuses on food sovereignty in Alaska

Members of the Inuit Circumpolar Council discussed topics ranging from wildlife management to fisheries.

Dunleavy announces Alaska National Guard deployment along Mexico border

The deployment is a response to President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration on the southern U.S. border last month.
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Gov. Dunleavy issues emergency declaration for Tuluksak water crisis

The declaration comes nearly a month after a fire destroyed the village’s only source of drinking water. In the interim, residents of Tuluksak have been drinking bottled water donated by private citizens and businesses.

Rural schools struggle to move online when promised internet access isn’t available

With teachers relying on paper packets to monitor students progress, some fear that students are learning to dislike school.
A person leaves the sliding glass doors ofa pink building witha white sign above that says "Anchorage Health Department

As Anchorage faces the pandemic and homelessness, resignations at the health department pile up

ivision managers and medical officers have all left or been fired from the health department, which has largely stopped communicating with news media.

Wanted: Unalaska birders and beachcombers to help track seabird mortalities

Thousands of dead seabirds washed up on Alaska's shores this summer, marking the state's fifth straight year of mass die-offs. Now the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey team is training volunteers to monitor the trend.

It’s hurry up and wait for state gasline corporation’s federal permitting schedule

Alaska’s gasline corporation has filed tens of thousands of pages of documents for their federal permit. Now it's waiting for the commission to make a decision on if, and when, the state can get to work on its massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project. Listen now