Alaska legislature split on budget vetoes, dividends — and even where to meet
Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau
Alaska legislators gathered in two different places today, with different messages about state law, permanent fund dividends and Governor Mike Dunleavy’s line item vetoes.
Constituents use Wasilla special session to lobby Alaska lawmakers on Gov. Dunleavy’s budget vetoes
Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage
Monday’s special session in Wasilla gave road-system Alaskans a chance to offer their opinions about the huge budget dilemmas facing state lawmakers right now.
Juneauites turn out to protest budget cuts on first day of special session
Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau
More than 750 protesters packed the street in front of the Alaska Capitol on Monday, calling for the state Legislature to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes.
Following boat explosion, Coast Guard searching for missing man in Whittier
Maggie Wall, KMXT – Kodiak
The Coast Guard continues to search for a man missing from a fishing boat after an explosion and fire last night that has caused major damage to Whittier’s number one salmon loading dock.
Malaspina and Montana Creek Fire update for July 8th
Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna
The following is the latest update on the Malaspina and Montana Creek Fires from the Alaska Division of Forestry.
Efforts shift away from Sterling as crews battle Swan Lake blaze
Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai
The Swan Lake fire has been burning on the Kenai Peninsula for more than a month and has now covered nearly 100,000 acres. As the fire continues to move east, efforts are shifting away from the Sterling community and toward Cooper Landing.
Conditions improve in fire containment for Shovel Creek
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Burn out operations resumed last night on the Shovel Creek wildfire northwest of Fairbanks. Heavy smoke prevented helicopters and planes from flying for much of Sunday, but conditions improved late, allowing for safe ignition of back burns along a fuel break protecting neighborhoods from the over 11,000-acre fire.
Barricaded man commits suicide in Denali National Park
Dan Bross + Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna
On Sunday evening, Denali Park Service Rangers found a man dead after barricading himself in a tent, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Children rejoice as roaches invade Ketchikan Public Library
Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan
They’re creepy, they’re crawly, they’re about two-inches long – not including feelers – and they recently invaded the Ketchikan Public Library, much to the delight of about 100 kids and parents.
Katmai National Park unveils new permanent Brooks River Bridge
Sage Smiley, KDLG – Dillingham
For years, Katmai National Park has had a problem with “bear jams.” On June 30, the park opened a new, permanent, elevated bridge aimed at fixing the problem for good.