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Interior delays public comment deadline for ANWR oil leasing

The Interior department is giving the public an additional month to weigh in on its controversial plans to allow oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop. (USFWS)

Despite shutdown, Trump administration continues work to begin oil drilling in ANWR

As the partial government shutdown drags on, the Trump administration is making sure some Interior Department employees continue work on one of its biggest, most controversial priorities: opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Japan whaling decision may have consequences for Alaska subsistence whalers

Last month Japan announced that it is leaving the international group that regulates whaling and will resume commercial whaling in its own coastal waters.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

Big aftershocks from Alaska earthquake continue; Gruening Middle School teachers pack up their classrooms for quake-induced move to Chugiak High; Reactions from Utqiaġvik on a whaling quota rule change: 'We don’t have to beg anymore'; Several Native organization want Dunleavy to dedicate funds to helping prosecute crimes against Native women; After misdiagnosis and amputation, Anchorage woman wins $21M; Former hockey coach sentenced for abusing children; Ruling limits how Juneau can spend cruise passenger fees; Human rights complaint filed over transboundary mining in British Columbia; Anchorage museum archives earthquake with viral memes, Twitter poetry; Workshop in Anchorage seeks to empower Alaska musicians

Science and traditional knowledge converge in North Slope Borough’s bowhead whale program

Scientists have spent the past few decades catching up to traditional knowledge, documenting scientifically what whale hunters already knew. Like the fact that the whales can smell, and that they can travel under sea ice.

Shrugging off lawsuit, Trump administration forges ahead with offshore Arctic drilling proposal

If the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is going to hold an oil lease sale in the Beaufort Sea in 2019, the environmental review process needs to start now.

Report: Data lacking on murdered Native women

Many police departments didn't respond to requests for data about missing or murdered indigenous women. "You will never solve a problem you won't admit you have, that you don't have data on," says Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Dunleavy to be sworn in as governor in Noorvik; Judicial council begins process of replacing ousted judge; Fairweather gets reprieve in draft ferry schedule; Alaska firefighters sent to battle California wildfires; In a warming Arctic, October in Utqiaġvik presents an especially striking picture; What’s so special about the Mustang Field?; Haines Police once again authorized to respond to calls outside the townsite; ‘Integrated’ research merges human experience and fisheries science; Pence makes brief stop in Alaska en route to Asia; Gold exploration near Herbert Glacier excites investors; Udder surprise: Loose cow startles Anchorage cyclists Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

Dunleavy names Alaska Republican chairman as his chief of staff; House member named as next speaker lacks votes he needs to be elected; Trump administration downsizes NPR-A lease sale after little interest last year; As more ballots are counted, Kreiss-Tomkins opens lead in House race; Sitkans tell Roadless Rule committee that best action is 'no action'; Fall whaling in Utqiaġvik: joy, excitement and this year, mourning too; Nine thousand-year-old tooth holds clues to ancient Alaska; At Anchorage library open mic, teen performers take center stage Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

Meet the two men who have spent $700,000 trying to make Mike Dunleavy Alaska’s governor; Poll finds less than one percent margin in race for governor; Campaign filings show focus on Fairbanks Senate, House races; Utqiagvik fugitive in fatal shooting taken into custody; Woman struck, killed after stepping out of crashed vehicle; Open enrollment for individual health insurance begins Nov. 1; Gustavus households offered safe drinking water after latest PFAS scare; Public comments for onsite marijuana consumption due by Thursday evening; Amid growing global demand for aircraft mechanics, local training program opens in Y-K Delta; In Goodnews Bay, the Pledge of Allegiance is a way to speak Yup’ik in school Listen now

‘Our ancestors are our fire’: Elders and Youth conference kicks off in Anchorage

The annual conference precedes the Alaska Federation of Natives convention each fall, designed to strengthen inter-generational connections and share indigenous knowledge around the state. Listen now
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Elders and Youth, AFN kick off in Anchorage next week

The 35th annual Elders and Youth conference begins Monday at the Denai'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, followed by the Alaska Federation of Natives later in the week. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Two Utqiaġvik whaling crew members die in apparent whaling accident; Public safety persists as top issue for Y-K Delta tribes; Poll shows challenger closing in on Rep. Young; Republican Governors Association plays dominant role in Alaska campaign funding ; ConocoPhillips heralds first oil at Alaska petroleum reserve; Ask A Climatologist: How much would society have to adjust to curb climate change?; How much can a city like Anchorage cut down on carbon?  ; Kenai invocation policy ruled unconstitutional; Anchorage School Board votes not to change school start times; NPFMC may impose regulations on Southeast and GOA rental boats; Beadnose 409 crowned as the 2018 Fat Bear Week champion Listen now

August storms prompt North Slope Borough to file disaster declaration

Emergency Manager Heather Seeman says she’s concerned about the storm season ahead. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Cyber-security firm says Alaska was targeted by Chinese cyber spies; State house candidate faces charges over food stamp benefits; NTSB releases initial report on deadly Alaska Range crash; Lieutenant governor candidate Grunwald was fired at height of National Guard scandal; Political support to play part in jury selection for trial; Democrat hopes to unseat Young with 'Medicare for all' campaign; Alaska marijuana board taking comment on onsite use draft; Alaska Marijuana Control Board fines pot festival organizer; Major oil development planned in NPR-A to get ‘streamlined’ environmental review; In Utqiaġvik, a growing erosion problem may soon outpace local efforts to slow it Listen now

Kunniak’s Spices brings new flavors to Native dishes

One way to make money in a slow economy is to fill a gap in the market. But a local spice blend company is doing more than building bank accounts--it's also connecting people with Native dishes in a new way. Kunniak's Spices pairs flavors like lemon, garlic and ghost pepper with Alaska Native dishes like Maktak.

Anchorage health care providers discuss rural tele-health systems with FCC Commissioner

As part of his statewide tour of broadband systems, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr stopped in Anchorage today to hear from rural health providers. Commisioner Carr has already visited Unalaska and Palmer on his Alaska tour to learn about challenges with broadband Internet access. Listen now

FCC Commissioner to visit Unalaska during state broadband tour

Commissioner Brendan Carr will arrive Monday night and spend about 24 hours on the island to learn about the broadband challenges facing rural Alaska. Listen now

Experiments in Northern Alaska seek to improve projections for a changing Arctic

"What we’re trying to do is make better predictions so that we can basically provide policy-makers with more useful, actionable information." Listen now

Nome residents continue wait for Quintillion high-speed internet

Residents of Nome continue to wait to access high-speed internet through Quintillion’s fiber-optic cable, though a handful of business customers are now connecting to it. Listen now