Anchorage Edition becomes Alaska Edition

Today Anchorage Edition becomes Alaska Edition on KSKA radio and KAKM television. Host Michael Carey and journalists from around the state analyze and discuss...

Rural Alaska’s Water Issues

Today we’re discussing water. Specifically, the absence of adequate water and sewage systems in rural communities across Western Alaska. Though there has been a lot of progress building facilities in the last 20 years, the job isn’t done, leaving many with limited access to potable water. It’s not merely an issue of convenience. There are elevated health risks, economic consequences, as well as questions of fairness in resource allocation. And amid diminishing state revenues along with accelerating climate change, the problems are rapidly worsening. KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio:

Alaska Edition: October 3, 2014

An Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a tribal adoption case goes against the tribe's position; what are the broader implications for ICWA cases? Governor Sean Parnell defends his response to the National Guard sexual assault issue. Alaska voters will decide on a number of ballot propositions on November 4, including: marijuana legalization, increasing the minimum wage, and an initiative that would effectively prohibit the Pebble Mine. KSKA: Friday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 16 at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio

The current and future authority of Alaska’s tribal governments

The state and tribes have a relationship that is at times tense but there has been progress on some fronts. This week there was an announcement that the first joint tribal/state court would be starting up in Kenai as a partnership with the Kenaitze Indian tribe and the state. A tribal and state judge will sit side by side and preside together over a wellness court, dealing with substance-related criminal cases. KSKA: Fri., Oct. 16, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 17, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 17, at 6:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Anchorage Assembly Delays Land Swap; and the Militia Trial Continues

The Anchorage Assembly puts off a controversial land swap. The EPA hears from Alaskans on the proposed Pebble Mine project. The Fairbanks militia trial continues with testimony from Schaeffer Cox and Coleman Barney. Anchorage is voted the worst-dressed city in America. KSKA: Friday, 6/8 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/9 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 6/8 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/9 at 5:00pm

Anchorage Edition: December 10, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska....

Muni Election Report Released; And Mt. McKinley May Be Renamed Denali

Independent investigator Dan Hensley releases his report on the Muni election debacle. Reality TV flourishing in Alaska. Mayor Dan Sullivan takes his oath while on vacation in Hawaii. Muldoon community members finding resistance to their request for a local park. The U.S. Supreme Court rejects the Stolen Valor Act by a vote of 6-3. Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduces legislation to rename Mount McKinley to Denali. Governor Parnell might be saying no to the Medicaid expansion. KSKA: Friday, 7/6 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 7/7 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 7/6 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 7/7 at 5:00pm p.m.

The push to hire locally in AK

The number of nonresident workers in Alaska surpassed the number of residential workers in 2014. What's causing this statistic and what can be done to encourage local hiring within the state? This week's Alaska Edition tackles these questions and looks at the legality of policies aiming to increase the number of Alaskan workers. Listen Now:

FAA Policy Would Limit Some Night Flying; And Bill Walker Takes A Jab At Gov. Parnell

The FAA may be enforcing a policy that would cancel some night flying at some Alaska airports and other airfields around the country. More natural gas is being discovered in Cook Inlet; there might even be a surplus. The Alaska Congressional delegation seems conflicted about Syria. KSKA: Friday, 9/6 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 9/7 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 9/6 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 9/7 at 5:00pm Download Audio

Battle Of The Tennis Courts Is Over; And Election Season Is Coming

The lengthy Battle of the Tennis Courts is over. A government scientist finds a dead polar bear - and sets off a controversy lasting years. Fish wars on the Kenai Peninsula continue. Three-time sex offenders are sentenced to 99 years. The election season is coming - as is unregulated political advertising. Mayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage goes to Washington for municipal business - and a fundraiser. Santa's reindeer are a special species, ADFG tells us. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says several Alaska big-ticket projects are a waste of money. A crime story - suspicious icicles. KSKA: Friday, 12/20 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/21 at 6PM. KAKM: Friday 12/20 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/21 at 4:30PM Download Audio
Ethan Berkowitz. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Municipal Elections: What passed and what didn’t?

Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday in Anchorage to cast their votes for assembly seats, school board members and a number of ballot issues. Ellen Lockyer discusses what the outcome means for Anchorage on this week's Alaska Edition.

Marijuana Legalization In Alaska; And Sally Jewell’s Arctic Visit

First, we're discussing what the legalization of marijuana  coming up next Tuesday means for state residents in real terms. And also a rare visit from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Kotzebue in the Northwest Arctic Borough and the large group of lawmakers who were also in the Arctic. Download Audio

Flooding Continues Throughout Alaska; And Kulluk Testimony Wraps Up

Flooding continues throughout Alaska. A suspect in an Anchorage double homicide and sexual assault has a significant criminal history and is a registered sex offender. The Coast Guard wraps up testimony in its probe into the grounding of the Kulluk. KSKA: Friday, 5/31 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/1 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 5/31 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/1 at 5:00pm Download Audio

Statewide Legislative Races; And The Alaska Federation Of Native Convention

From Southeast to the Northwest Alaska and many places in between, some interesting races and ballot issues top voter concerns. Also, the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention is happening in Anchorage, covering a variety of rural issues. KSKA: Friday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio

How to talk about suicide after the fact

Many conversations about suicide only focus on prevention and looking for the warning signs. But what if a suicide has already happened? How do we talk about it publicly and privately in healthy, supportive ways? During this week’s show we’ll discuss the media coverage of recent suicides, like the death at AFN, and how to have community conversations about such deaths.


KSKA: Fri., Oct. 30, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m.

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Anchorage Deputy Clerk Fired; and Airman Clinton Reeves Body Found

The stories up for discussion this week are: Assembly Chair Ernie Hall fires deputy clerk Jacqueline Duke; out of session work for the legislature; redistricting; body of Airman Clinton Reeves found; Ron Paul supporters take over Alaska Republican Party leadership; Port of Anchorage expansion remains stalled. KSKA: Friday, 5/11 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/12 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 5/11 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/12 at 5:00pm

Alaska Edition April 25, 2014

The Alaska Legislature moved into overtime but finished its gas line work. The education bill forces the overtime. The set net initiative is in court. Initiatives move from August ballot to November ballot. Legalization of marijuana faces opposition. Tax credits for Alaska refineries. Joe Miller opens his bid for the Senate. CIRI wants MLP to buy more Fire Island wind power. BP sells 15 percent of Alaska holdings. KSKA: Friday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 , at 4:30 p.m. Listen now:

Anchorage Edition: July 2, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. Topics for...

Diversity In Anchorage

Today’s topic is diversity in Anchorage. We’ll start with how the community and the state became home to so many people from different cultures then dive into what that means for Anchorage today – how do we maintain our cultural diversity while also building a healthy, unified community. KSKA: Friday, 3/20 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 3/20 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Senate To Vote On Oil-Tax Legislation; ASD Superintendent Announces Retirement

The Senate moves closer to a vote on oil-tax legislation. Anchorage School Board Superintendent James Browder announces his impending retirement. Conservative lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require welfare recipients to submit to drug and alcohol tests. New analysis show that health-care costs are slowing down. KSKA: Friday, 3/15 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 3/16 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 3/15 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 3/16 at 5:00pm