Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
school bus in front of building

Teacher retention bonus bill moves forward in Alaska House

The bill would give bonuses of up to $15,000 to full-time teachers at the end of each school year.
a woman

Outgoing Juneau superintendent will help University of Alaska recruit teachers

Bridget Weiss has been named the first-ever liaison for the Alaska College of Education Consortium.
Young students sit behind desks in an elementary school classroom.

How the Anchorage School District is proposing to close a massive budget gap

Among the proposals: closing schools, increasing class sizes and outsourcing sports.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, December 2, 2022

What a merger between Kroger and Albertsons could mean for Alaska. Also, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to improve relationships with Alaska Native Tribes. And donations pour into Stebbins after the community's only grocery store burned.
kids playing in Newtok

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, December 1, 2022

Federal funds will help relocate villages threatened by climate change. Also, public safety organizations are starting to use a stronger version of a medication to prevent overdoses. And a sneak peek at the 2023 Yukon Quest Alaska sled dog race.
Young students sit behind desks in an elementary school classroom.

Anchorage School District could increase class sizes to close budget gap

Increasing it by one across all grades would save the district $7 million and require 60 fewer teachers than the district needs to operate now. Increasing it by five would save the district $32 million and require 274 fewer teachers.
Ketchikan cruise ship berth

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

For only the second time on record, Alaska had no fatal accidents among commercial fishers. Also, a huge elder fraud case comes to a close. And Sitka is the central character in a new documentary about energy resilience.
Bristol Bay sockeye fillets are processed at Nakeen Homepack during the 2015 season. (Photo by Hannah Colton/KDLG)

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, November 28, 2022

State senators form a bipartisan majority coalition. Also, biologists work to restore king salmon runs in Bristol Bay. And Alaskans can chop down their own Christmas trees in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Two men counting voter ballots

Watch our special election coverage on Alaska News Nightly

The hour-long special aired at 6 p.m. Wednesday following the first full run of Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system.
kids sitting on the bus

Anchorage School District to have full bus service next month

The district, which has had rotating bus service for months due to an ongoing bus driver shortage, will combine routes and fit more students on each bus in December.

2 Anchorage students arrested after police find loaded gun

It’s the second time in the last two weeks that a student has brought a gun to school in Anchorage.
a Bethel Winter House sign

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Bethel's emergency shelter could close early this winter without more funding. Also, more and more Alaskans are voting to fire judges. And a battle over LGBTQ-themed books in the Homer library.

4 black bears euthanized after frequent visits to East Anchorage homes

Fish and Game biologist Dave Battle said the department got daily calls this summer about the sow and three cubs getting into trash and birdseed.
People gather around a truck full of cardboard boxes.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, November 21, 2022

Candidates in close races wait for Wednesday's ranked choice results. Also, Bering Sea crabbers hope to get federal relief funds. And a beloved holiday star will soon light up in Anchorage.
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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, November 18, 2022

Alaska's first openly LGBTQ lawmakers prepare to head to Juneau. Also, plans for a power and Internet cable to Metlakatla get a boost of federal funding. And PBS' "Molly of Denali" gets two Emmy nominations.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, November 17, 2022

A new podcast explores the right to abortion in Alaska. Also, federal grants will fund improvements to wastewater systems in Interior Alaska. And Sitka's youngest actors become gnomes and fairies in a new play.
An ATV drives on a dirt road

USDA grants $3.6M to improve wastewater systems and landfills in Interior Alaska

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting $3.6 million to Interior Alaska villages to help improve water systems and landfills.

Alaska health officials urge flu vaccines as case counts rise among children

Flu-related hospitalizations among children are currently at levels not usually seen until late December and early January.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Anchorage Police Department plans to carry the overdose-reversing Narcan. Also, state health officials are bracing for an early wave of flu cases. And Anchorage School District leaders suggest a push for state education funding.