Tag: AlaskaInsight

Bean's Cafe at Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage.

The effort to end homelessness

The annual point in time homelessness count for Alaska has for years revealed that about 2000 people across the state, do not have their own home. Is it possible to get to zero?

The role of nonprofits in Alaska

Alaska has a high number of nonprofit organizations that assist communities with a wide range of services. What could state budget cuts mean for their funding and how will it affect their ability to provide services?

Alcohol awareness month

April marks alcohol awareness month, a time for public health and treatment advocates to highlight the dangers of excessive drinking. Alcoholism is a big problem in Alaska and recent public events have promoted having fun without having alcohol. Will the sans concept catch on?

The decline of sea ice in the Arctic

The decline in seasonal sea ice affects more than just arctic communities. That ice helps regulate world temperatures. Less ice means coastal communities are at risk of rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

The Governor’s permanent fiscal plan

Governor Mike Dunleavy says he wants a permanent fiscal plan for Alaska and he has proposed amendments to the constitution to keep future governors and lawmakers from changing the tax structure or the PFD formula without a vote of the people.

Foretold Disaster – the Exxon Valdez oil spill | MIDNIGHT OIL: Episode 07

The Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 is often talked about as an unprecedented, unthinkable event, but it was, in fact thinkable, and people tried to prevent it.

Exxon Valdez disaster 30 year anniversary

It was the spill officials didn't think would happen. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill released 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. 30 years later the industry's prevention measures have changed dramatically.

Iditapod: Making it to the Yukon River

Top teams in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are reaching the Yukon River on Friday as the race enters its fifth day, with snow and more warm temperatures in the forecast. Girdwood's Nicolas Petit and Norwegian-by-way-of-Willow musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom have continued to leapfrog each other, with Nic winning a five-course meal in Anvik. We hear more about the different strategies as they came into focus earlier in the race and take a listener question about team positions for dogs.

The race to Nome

One thousand miles is a long journey under the best conditions, but behind a dog team, through the wilderness in extreme weather is a daunting challenge. That's the essence of the Iditarod, bringing together tough human and animal athletes for the yearly race to Nome.
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Further Insight: Mahala Ashley Dickerson, part two

As part of Alaska Public Media’s celebration of Black History Month Alaska Insight highlighted the life of the late Mahala Ashley Dickerson, who was a pioneer of law in Alaska. Dickerson is best know for winning an equal pay case against the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1975.
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Further Insight: Mahala Ashley Dickerson, part one

As part of Alaska Public Media’s celebration of Black History Month Alaska Insight highlighted the life of the late Mahala Ashley Dickerson, who was...

The Governor’s budget proposal

Governor Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal would cut more than one and a half billion dollars from state spending in one fiscal year.

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.

The future of ANWR

Opening the 10-02 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or ANWR has been a dream of Alaska's congressional delegation and the oil industry for decades, but for Gwitch'in people and environmentalists, the idea is a nightmare.

Calls for ‘vigilance’ on Russian military buildup in Arctic

Russia's Arctic ambitions worry regional experts. So do the lack of ambitions on the part of the United States.

Exploring the past and future of life in Alaska for Black residents

A lot of that diversity starts with the first people of the state but many people from other ethnicities came to Alaska for military or government service, to work in the oil industry, fisheries or for adventure. Black Alaskans fill roles in all these areas plus more.

‘Uber for icebreakers’ idea gains traction

Money for a new polar icebreaker is caught up in the fight over whether to build a wall at the southern border. But there’s more than one way to break ice.

Defense Dept. says climate change is a threat to bases around the country

The report looks at 79 major military installations around the country, assessing both the current and future risks of flooding, drought, wildfires, desertification, and thawing permafrost.

Port project cost estimate doubles to nearly $2B

According to the latest estimate, overdue repairs will be twice as expensive as originally forecasted, leaving city officials are dismayed.

Critics say shutdown will doom Arctic projects in court

The Trump administration continued work on some Alaska oil development projects, despite the partial shutdown. Critics say that could invalidate the government's ultimate decisions to approve them.