Text message vote by Wrangell assembly draws concern from legal expert

“Private citizens get secret ballots, but public officials don’t,” said John McKay, an expert on open meeting and public records laws.

Pandemic stirs greater demand for local meat and produce as Alaskans head into summer

"Farmers are selling everything they can get slaughtered right now," said Schade."

Following a series of earthquakes, Unalaska tested its tsunami sirens. Half failed.

Only three of the seven tsunami sirens in the Aleutian community worked, despite high seismic activity in the last week.

Federal judge questions venue for king salmon injunction in orca case

While the Wild Fish Conservancy has asked for an injunction that would stop all chinook salmon fisihing in Alaska, Alaska trollers say that there is more than just fish at stake.

AFN will hold in-person annual convention this year with the theme ‘Good Government, Alaskans Decide’

House Speaker Bryce Edgmon will deliver the keynote address of the first AFN convention to be held since the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation withdrew from the organization.

With food supplies threatened by pandemic, tribes say they’re still waiting for permission for special hunts

Tribal governments who requested special hunts in April in order to secure food security for their communities say they still haven't heard back from regulators.
The Upper Susitna Food Pantry. (Photo courtesy of Andrea Manning)

Northern Valley food pantry director discusses potential veto impacts

If the cuts stand as they are, Louanne Carrol-Tysdal is not sure what the ultimate impact will be, but that the area’s elders and working poor could face increased food insecurity as the winter approaches.
A village

After COVID-19 closes post offices for weeks, Western Alaskans suffer critical mail delays

The post offices in Kwethluk and Pilot Station have been closed for weeks because employees were infected with COVID-19, delaying shipments of essential medicines and supplies.

Birch pollen count breaks ‘world record’ in Fairbanks

After a cold winter and spring, high temperatures around the Interior prompted birch tree buds to burst, sending record-setting levels of pollen into the air.

Task force looks to expand courts that offer treatment instead of prison time

A task force of lawmakers and criminal justice experts is examining how the state can expand a system of courts that offer treatment instead of jail time.

Some Lower Yukon villages are going on lockdown to stop spread of COVID-19

The communities are shutting down in order to help one another out, after cases are first reported in nearby communities.
Governor Dunleavy, wearing a greenish zip up jacket, gestures as he talks

Legislative committee OKs governor’s expansion of small business relief program

An Alaska legislative committee has agreed to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s plan to expand access to a federally funded small business relief program.

Samaritan’s Purse delivers 30-bed field hospital to Bristol Bay Borough

An evangelical Christian organization delivered a field hospital to the Bristol Bay Borough Monday. It’s a measure the state requested in case of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community ahead of the fishing season.

Bethel restaurant owners consider closing down, returning to Korea

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are giving their residents a break on their water and sewer bills to offer financial relief, as well as provide more water for residents to wash their hands and their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A close of up photo of wild blueberries on the vine

LISTEN: Wild Alaska blueberries a benefit to old rat brains

But what's in those little blue bundles? Answer: More than just a delicious, sweet and tart treat. And, believe it or not, they're not even technically blueberries.

Workers headed to a Naknek cannery forced to quarantine in L.A. hotel without pay, lawsuit says

On the day they were supposed to travel to Naknek, the results for three of the workers came back positive. All 150 of the workers were told they had to quarantine for an additional 11 days, the complaint alleges.
A caribou in a swampy area with pondss in the background

Northwest Arctic Borough pushes for restricting outside hunters over COVID-19 concerns

But hunting guides say the risk of COVID-19 exposure is low and the fears are overblown.

PSP levels in shellfish samples near Unalaska test dangerously high

A recent report showed some of the highest ever recorded levels of PSP toxins in butter clams taken from the Alaska Peninsula community of King Cove in June

Family of Juneau man killed by police say they’re filing a wrongful death lawsuit

A Juneau police officer shot and killed Michael Stephens in late December, but a state investigation found the officer's use of deadly force was justified. Now, the victim's parents are filing a wrongful death lawsuit and asking for reform of Juneau's Police Department.

Study: Domestic violence hotline calls rise 52% in Alaska

But the study found that in Anchorage, domestic violence calls actually decreased by over 60%.