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New automation initiatives driving National Weather Service push to focus staff in urban offices

The National Weather Service is automating weather balloon launches in Alaska as part of a shift that will concentrate staff at the agencies urban forecast offices. Listen now

Trump administration kicks off process for oil development in ANWR

The Department of Interior released a notice saying it will hold “no fewer than two” oil lease sales in a 1.6-million acre portion of the refuge, known as the 1002 area or the Coastal Plain. Listen now

Alaska Native leaders imagine divergent “Arctic futures”

A recent conference in Nome brought together leaders from Alaska Native communities to discuss the challenges — and opportunities — facing an evolving Arctic. Listen now

New map shows the potential future of permafrost on the North Slope

"We hope that this tool will be useful for engineers who [are] doing some projects in this area, for government thinking about what they should expect, and also for any people who live in Alaska," Vladimir Romanovsky said. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hill visits: It's all about access in DC; 3-year-old boy shot, mortally wounded in Utqiagvik; Man survives plane strike on Arctic sea ice north of Alaska; Newtok to Congress: thank you for saving our village; USGS project shows low fossil fuel burning can limit permafrost thawing, carbon release; Suspicious fires destroy dance hall, damage village building; State ferries won’t stop sailing April 16, after all; Scientists record volcanic thunder for the first time; Achieving wellness through Medicaid expansion Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, March 16, 2017

Oil revenue is up in state’s spring forecast; Iñupiat leadership organizations contemplate a “unified voice”; Salmon initiative clears another hurdle; New poll shows Juneau leaning pro-road; Zulkosky organizes meeting to discuss alcohol's impact on villages; First Alaskans Institute helps revive Yup’ik traditional Qasgiq teachings at Cama-i; AK: Staying power: world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor comes to Sitka; 49 Voices: Fannie Akpik of Utqiagvik Listen now

Iñupiat leadership organizations contemplate a “unified voice”

“I definitely think it’s possible to have a unified voice but it’s never going to be truly unified unless all entities that were invited to the table take advantage of it,” Utqiaġvik Mayor Fannie Suvlu said. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Interior Department officials visit North Slope to talk ANWR; Sullivan knocks Trump tariff as bad for Alaska; Lawmakers add funding for public defenders; Recall election fails to oust Unalaska’s mayor; Army tanker truck wrecks, spills fuel near Harding Lake; New dog doping drama emerges on the Iditarod trail; Seavey reaches Takotna first, declares 24-hour layover; New documentary highlights mismanagement of Native trust money by feds; Scientists don’t know why ice seals are appearing in ice-free Unalaska Listen now

Interior Department officials visit North Slope to talk ANWR

A high-profile guest from the U.S. Interior Department was in attendance at the North Slope Borough Assembly meeting in Utqiaġvik on Tuesday, March 6. Listen now

In Western Alaska, there’s water where there should be ice

Last week, social media across Western Alaska lit up as residents posted photos and videos of open water where, normally, there's ice. Listen now

Archaeology in northern Alaska: a race against the clock

"If you see a library burning, you should at least try and get the rare books out," said archaeologist Anne Jensen. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Murkowski, Sullivan split as immigration reform mires in Senate; Senate appointee drops out after controversial Facebook comments scrutinized; Mallott lambasts Juneau’s annexation bid; Air Force completes another round of cold-weather tests on F-35s at Eielson; Juneau Assembly approves 24-hour anchor rule; Unalaskans want to follow other Alaska communities by banning plastic bags; Kenai Borough may ask tax payers to help pay for a new Kachemak Selo school; Meet Utqiaġvik’s Arctic Youth Ambassador, Eben Hopson; Anchorage skier Scott Patterson exceeding his Olympic expectations Listen now

Two lives that came together at the top of the world

"He does not remember meeting me," Nancy Grant says of her first encounter with her now-husband, Andrew Grant. "I do, too!" he insists. Listen now

Inupiat leaders say offshore drilling proposal ‘ignored’ local concerns

In a recent letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, VOICE wrote, “with respect to the Arctic [Outer Continental Shelf] announcement on the [Draft Proposed Program], we feel the concerns of local organizations were ignored and that deeply disturbs us.” Listen now

Alaska’s only tribal college now offering bachelor’s degree in business

The college's President hopes the bachelor’s program will give local students the qualifications they need to fill positions that might otherwise go to applicants from elsewhere. Listen now

Borough mayor on new potential development coming to the North Slope

On ANWR and the new offshore plan, the mayor says that communication with the federal government will be key. Listen now

Walker faces Wednesday deadline to fill District 40 seat

There are two new candidate: Kotzebue resident John Lincoln and Utqiagvik resident Abel Hopson-Suvlu. Listen now

Nominees for vacant House seat meet with Walker, describe qualifications

Gov. Bill Walker met Monday with the three nominees for the now vacant District 40 seat for the Alaska House. The district covers the North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs and is open because former Rep. Dean Westlake resigned after allegations of sexual harassment. Listen now

Ask a Climatologist: What is polar amplification?

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Brettschneider says it’s a phenomenon called polar amplification. Listen now

Ask a Climatologist: 2017 was hot around the globe, warm in Alaska

Across the globe, 2017 was the second hottest year on record, just behind 2016, according to a European Union monitoring center. Temperatures in Alaska last year were a bit more moderate. 2017 was the 13th warmest year on record. Listen now