Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 14, 2021

The Anchorage School District is apologizing after students were prevented from wearing cultural regalia to their graduations. And, travelers planning trips to Alaska this summer are finding it difficult - and expensive - to rent a car. Plus, band kids in Wrangell play together again for the first time in over a year.

Summer reading recommendations with Alaska authors

Our state has dozens of accomplished and prolific writers and publishers. Who are your favorite homegrown authors and what are you looking forward to reading over the coming months?

Recognizing racism as a pandemic

Racism is beginning to be recognized as a public health crisis that contributes to disparities and inequities in health care experienced by the Black, Indigenous and people of color communities.
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Dead Reckoning: Learning from Accidents in the Outdoors

Most accidents occur for similar reasons: not being prepared, poor equipment, being in a rush, or a lack of skill. Some accidents, however, are unpredictable. Learning from others is a great way to avoid the perils of being outdoors. Emma Walker, author of Dead Reckoning, will share her stories.
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Brewing coffee in the outdoors

If you’re a coffee lover and an outdoor enthusiast, at some point you’ve probably wondered how you can indulge in better coffee while also enjoying your favorite outdoor spaces. This week on Outdoor Explorer, our guests are Tim Gravel, co-owner of Kaladi Brothers Coffee and fellow lover of the outdoors, and Gina Shively, an avid outdoorswoman. We talk about making better coffee in the backcountry and our favorite ways to drink this magical beverage in the outdoors.

A conversation with APD’s Acting Police Chief Ken McCoy

On this edition of Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska, APD's Acting Chief joins host Kathleen McCoy for...
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 13, 2021

The U.S. Senate passes a bill that could allow cruise ships to return to Alaska ports this summer. And, a conversation with the former Alaska journalist behind the true crime series "Sasquatch." Plus, an ice jam causes flooding and evacuations in Buckland.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Alaska pediatricians see intense interest as a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for kids as young as 12. And, illegal gambling in Facebook groups catches on across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Plus, Angoon leaders hope a new visitor center funded by COVID relief will grow their tourism industry.

Inside John’s Home Studio: Alaska’s Most Underground Music Venue (Literally) | INDIE ALASKA John Larson always had a dream to have his own recording studio, and to work with...
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Alaska lawmakers take a step toward finalizing the state budget. And, Anchorage developers transform a building with a colorful past. Plus, Skagway locals create an e-commerce website just for Alaska businesses.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 10, 2021

The Pfizer vaccine gets the green light for 12-15 years old, and shots could start later this week. And, new CDC rules could allow a short Alaska cruise season but small towns are not popping champagne corks just yet. Plus, what happened to those disappearing Instagram posts about missing and murdered Indigenous people?

State of Art: Marine biologist turned photographer pays it forward

When Cory Lescher heads out to the Aleutian Islands to help fishing crews manage bycatch or escapes to the mountains to play, he'll bring his camera to document the experience. As he improved his skills he didn't want to just use his photos to brag to his family in Oregon, he wanted to help out. That's why every month he donates 50 percent of his photo earnings to a different nonprofit organization.

State of Art: Hear about RKP Production’s third virtual roadhouse play

This week on State of Art we hear from director Dick Riechman and actor Jill Bess about the play "The Inner Man."

Discussing anti-Asian racism

Recent events have put a spotlight on anti-Asian racism. Many Americans even seem shocked & surprised that it’s happening. But is anti-Asian racism new? Is anti-Asian racism rare? What does it look like? Where does it happen? And how does it impact Asian Americans? Join us as we discuss the complexities of anti-Asian racism on this episode of Hometown, Alaska.
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Hear Anchorage mayoral candidates discuss their plans for the city

The runoff election for Anchorage's mayor ends Tuesday, May 11. The candidates have been narrowed down to Forrest Dunbar and Dave Bronson.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 7, 2021

Congressman Don Young hopes an antique political strategy will help fund infrastructure projects in the state. And, could this summer in Alaska include more organized events? Plus, Alaskans get into this year's Bird Sighting Contest.
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LISTEN: Vaccine fears in the BIPOC community

In the Black, Indigenous and People of Color community, mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccine is deeply rooted and extends to vaccines, medical treatments and even hospitals.

LISTEN: Future sustainability of the permanent fund

Lawmakers are still grappling with how to settle on a budget plan for Alaska's future and permanent fund earnings are at the center of the debate. What's the best way forward to ensure the sustainability of the fund and a dividend, while also providing vital state services?

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Economists push back on the idea that enhanced unemployment benefits are to blame for a worker shortage. And, a survey shows some Alaskans don't think COVID-19 is serious. Plus, Denali National Park officials are expecting an influx of visitors this year.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War would be able to receive state land under a new proposal. And, a step aerobic class gains popularity with Anchorage's Pacific Islander community. Plus, an Alaska fishery management council bans profane comments.