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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Credit rating agency sees a ‘clear path,’ as Alaska tries to balance its budget; Alaska investigators nab 3 in botnet attacks, 'click fraud' scam; ACA health insurance applications due Friday; Kenai sees return of tree-killing beetle; Warming in Utqiaġvik so fast, NOAA algorithm flags as mistake; King Cove closer to goal of 100 percent renewable energy; Four Alaska firefighters dispatched to battle California blazes; Two really, really big cruise ships headed to Alaska; Alaskans are aging in Alaska, so now what? Listen now

New fiber-optic cable system to turbocharge North Slope broadband access

Residents of five North Slope communities will soon have access to much faster internet connections, now that Anchorage-based Quintillion has activated its new, land- and sea-based fiber-optic cable network. Listen now

Ask a Climatologist: Chukchi Sea ice at record low

Ice in the Chukchi Sea is at a record low for this time of year, by a wide margin. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Payroll tax and crime overhaul on the docket for fourth special legislative session; Legislative pay could suffer cuts; Jury finds man guilty of killing Alaska attorney in 2014; Young Alaskans sue the state, demanding action on climate change; Eighty tons of contested Bristol Bay salmon trashed in Anchorage landfill; Body recovered downstream of Carlanna Lake Dam; UAA names economics lab after Nobel laureate Vernon Smith; AK: The Birdman of Alcatraz's grisly Juneau connection; 49 Voices: Carissa Pearce of Anchorage Listen now

Alaska U.S. senators quiet on colleagues’ critique of Trump

Two Republicans rocked the U.S. Senate Tuesday with harsh criticism of President Trump, for what they call flagrant disregard for truth and debasing the nation. So far, the two senators aren't discussing it. Listen now

AK: At Wales’ Kingikmiut Festival, dancing to heal

Last month, the community of Wales, in Western Alaska, hosted one of the biggest Alaska Native dance festivals in the state. 10 groups from around the region and as far as Anchorage flew in to the village over Labor Day weekend, to sing, dance, drum, talk — and heal. Listen now

Fat bike and packraft adventurers

KSKA: Thursday, September 28, at 2:00p.m. On the next Outdoor Explorer, some real explorers. Bjorn Olsen and Kim McNett explored much of Alaska’s Arctic Ocean coast by fat bike and pack raft, and they brought back some great stories and insights. We’ll also talk about their trips on the Kenai Peninsula and how you can try out this fast and remarkably practical way of covering the backcountry by pedaling and paddling, and go to new, exciting places. LISTEN HERE

Alaska hatches plan for vast road network across the Arctic

Alaska's capital budget this year includes $7.3 million to plan the construction of an Arctic road system. Listen now

Solar eclipse has stargazers excited all over the U.S.

This Monday, August 21st, states across the lower 48 will get to see a full solar eclipse, as the moon slides directly in front of the sun for roughly 2 minutes. People from all over the world are flocking to towns that will fall under the path of the moon’s shadow. Listen now

Feds seek comments on Alaska’s in-state natural gas pipeline

The Alaska Standalone Pipeline project would bring gas from the North Slope to communities in Alaska. Listen now

Ask a Climatologist: Remembering the record breaking July snow

Back in 1970 on July 19, it snowed 9.7 inches at the Summit weather station just south of Cantwell on the Parks Highway. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Contractor's blunder causes outage to University of Alaska statewide network; Wave of addiction costs is hitting Alaska’s healthcare system; Assembly approves granting immunity to sex workers who aid police; University of Alaska receives grant to address Native suicides in villages; Produce coming soon from Pilgrim Hot Springs farming project; Shareholders re-elect Sealaska board incumbents; Business as usual for marine mammal deterrence; Governor Walker signs law recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska Listen now

Governor Walker signs law recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska

In Utqiaġvik over the weekend, Governor Bill Walker signed legislation recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. The law establishes Alaska as the second state in the nation to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October, replacing Columbus Day. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mat-Su lawmaker leaves Senate Majority, dissatisfied with budget compromise; Alaskan protesters not letting up on their disapproval of the Senate healthcare plan; Alaska communities to receive millions in Payments In Lieu of Taxes; Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud from Aleutian Islands; Anchorage seeks proposals for Transit Center overhaul; As Uber arrives in Alaska, towns without taxis have new transportation option; Ask A Climatologist: A warmer North, but a lukewarm everywhere else; Redington High School commemorates 'father of the Iditarod' with bronze statue Listen now

Fiber broadband coming to Nome by year’s end, Quintillion says

In order to stay on schedule, Kristina Woolston, Quintillion’s Vice President of External Relations, says they will have three vessels in Alaskan waters this summer to install 40 more miles of fiber, which wasn’t completed last year. Listen now

Conservation groups aim to build climate change resiliency in the classroom

A handful of research and conservation groups received a grant this month that will fund a program aimed at engaging students in western and northern villages in real-world problem solving. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rep. Eastman becomes first Alaska House member to be censured; Murkowski, Sullivan diverge in statements on Comey firing; Verdict looms in Sockeye Fire trial; Walker tells Assembly he expects revenues in fiscal plan; Return to sender: Juneau pot business blocked from mailing tax payments; Arctic representatives kick off Arctic Conference in Fairbanks; After high-level Arctic talks, the party moves to Anchorage; Experts outline benefits of boosting Arctic broadband; but some cite cultural 'concern'; Ask a Climatologist: Alaska wins the daylight prize Listen now

Experts outline benefits of boosting Arctic broadband; but some cite cultural ‘concern’

Participants in the Arctic Broadband Forum held this week at the University of Alaska Fairbanks got an update on the progress of a project that promises to bring high-speed internet to remote northern Alaskan communities. Listen now

Ask a Climatologist: Alaska wins the daylight prize

Alaska is once again the land of the midnight sun. If you live in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), the sun won’t set again until August 2. Listen now

Artist gives visual voice to domestic violence

Putting a topic like domestic violence into words is difficult, so artist Carmel Anderson has another approach. Her traveling exhibit, “Unheard Voices, Unheard Wisdom,” conveys the unspoken truths about abuse – of both women and children – through fabric. Listen now