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Anchorage elementary student brings loaded handgun to school, police say

The weapon was found at Rogers Park Elementary School at around 9 a.m. just about when school would be starting.

AK: Resurrecting the 52-year-old pipe organ at Fort Greeley’s chapel

The old pipe organ in the chapel at Fort Greely will soon again be belting out gospel tunes, if Army officials approve the post chaplain’s request to allow a pipe-organ expert from Nenana restore the rare 52-year-old instrument. 

Black business owners: the past and the future

Running a business that aims to serve a particular demographic can be a challenge. But sometimes it's borne of necessity.

Storms erode Bering Sea ice pack; caution is urged

Winter storms and blustery weather currently buffeting the Bering Sea have caused sea ice coverage to be reduced by almost 25% since late January.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

After a month of deadlock, Bryce Edgmon selected as state House speaker; Among Dunleavy's proposed DOC cuts, sending 500 prisoners out of state; Dunleavy floats deep cuts, privatization of ferry system; Findings released regarding governor’s bid to fire state oil and gas watchdog chair; Rep. Young sponsors bill to bring back deported vets; Marijuana Control Board nominee draws fire from industry; Storms erode Bering Sea ice pack; caution is urged; Calista shareholders voice dissent over Donlin Mine in letter to board; U.S. Air Force ‘barren lands’ survival course teaches how to stay alive in Arctic wilderness; 2019 World Ice Art Championships kick off in Fairbanks

Findings released regarding governor’s bid to fire head of state oil and gas watchdog agency

The report supports some, but not all, of the governor's charges against the chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Hollis French. French believes the report exonerates him from what he calls "the most serious charges."

UA president says drastic actions would have to happen to cover Dunleavy’s proposed $134M in cuts

The Governor’s budget proposal lops $134 million from state support for the University of Alaska, reducing the general fund allocation from the current year’s $327 million dollars to $193 million.

Calista shareholders voice dissent over Donlin Mine in letter to board

More than 130 female Calista shareholders signed a letter sent to the Calista Native Corporation protesting the proposed Donlin gold mine.
Alaska State Troopers. Photo: Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo.

Sand Point man sentenced to 12 months in prison for meth and heroin distribution

A Sand Point man was sentenced Monday for distributing drugs and other crimes committed on bail.

U.S. Air Force ‘barren lands’ survival course teaches how to stay alive in Arctic wilderness

Survival course trainees are exposed to subzero temperatures and winds that gust up to 30-plus miles an hour. “They don’t go back inside after they come out here and begin the training,” said instructor Sgt. Garrett Wright.

Marijuana Control Board nominee draws fire from industry

Alaskans working in the state’s marijuana industry flooded a Senate hearing with criticism of a nominee who has a history of taking anti-cannabis positions.

House Republican group pitches plan for House

Under the proposal, every bill would be considered by all members of the House, on the floor.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

Governor Dunleavy unveils budget proposal; Gov. Dunleavy faces political, legal obstacles to enacting far-reaching budget cuts; 'Devastating' and 'significant': Educators react to Dunleavy's budget proposal; GOP House members propose plan to move bills without permanent speaker; Interior political giant Jack Coghill dies at 93; Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane; Armed alleged thief shot and killed by Fairbanks police; So far, seals are adapting to shrinking sea ice; Unexpected end-of-race storm hampers remaining Yukon Quest mushers

Interior political giant Jack Coghill dies at 93

Former state lawmaker Jack Coghill died this morning at the age of 93.

How would a $20M cut affect public schools statewide?

The proposal would need to go-ahead from the legislature before becoming a reality. But school administrators are concerned about the possibility.

Dunleavy floats deep cuts, privatization of ferry system

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget director Donna Arduin says the administration is looking at privatization options for the state-run ferry system. That’s on top of a proposed budget that would cut 75 percent of the struggling ferry system’s budget.

Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane

Searchers have detected an underwater beacon from the Guardian Flight air ambulance that vanished en route to the Southeast community of Kake, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Brazil dam disaster sparks questions over the safety of Donlin’s tailings dam

A tailings dam collapsed last month in Brazil, killing more than 150 people. That accident raised fears among some residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta about the safety of the tailings facility and dam that Donlin Gold plans to construct for its large gold mine. Donlin says its design is much safer than the one that collapsed in Brazil. 

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

House deadlock persists after Knopp votes for himself for speaker; State Revenue Commissioner outlines administration's budgeting policy; Big win for Murkowski: Public lands bill passes Senate; Alaska Native issues feature prominently at hearing on Arctic Refuge oil leasing; Brazil dam disaster sparks questions over the safety of Donlin's tailings dam; Ask an Economist: What does the PFD do for jobs, crime and health in Alaska?; Brent Sass recounts winning strategy for his second Yukon Quest victory

‘Do something about it.’ UA Board of Regents hears angry testimony from education students stung by accreditation loss

"We're getting screwed. So now what?" one student said. "I think our message is pretty clear: Do something about it."