Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

A man in a blue shirt puts gas in his car.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 3, 2022

Alaskans are spending more at the gas pump and could be for a while. Also, Alaskan mothers ask Senator Lisa Murkowski to support gun safety legislation. And candidates running for the new Anchorage Assembly seat share why they're running.
A woman with an orange shirt on holding a sign that says pass gun safety now.

Alaska chapter of gun safety group delivers petition to Sen. Murkowski

The group is asking senators to expand background checks for all gun sales, pass a federal "red flag" law and confirm President Biden's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Candidates finish filing their paperwork ahead of crowded statewide elections. After hours of public testimony, the Anchorage Assembly postpones its vote on a process to remove the mayor. A possum walks into a New York City bar, and an Alaskan carries it out.

Mat-Su school board considers banning transgender athletes from girls’ sports

Just before the end of the legislative session, state senators voted to table a bill that would have enacted similar restrictions statewide.
Smoke rises from a school building off the water

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

School officials assess the damage after multiple school facilities burn in Kasigluk. One woman's effort to find care for her husband with memory loss. Alaska had one of its wettest winters on record, so why is it so hot out?
Judy Eledge attends an assembly meeting

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Controversy and complaints about the top library administrator in Anchorage. Also, honoring an Unangax soldier killed in World War II. And two beluga whales swim up the Kuskokwim River, all the way to Bethel.
a phone dialed to 988

Alaska prepares to roll out new 988 suicide prevention hotline on July 16

It’s part of a national effort to establish one suicide hotline number across the country.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 27, 2022

The new strain of bird flu is detected in a fox in the Aleutian Islands. Also, a bill awaiting Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s signature could help seafood processors grow. And high school students in Petersburg travel by helicopter to study a nearby glacier.
a person shows their ballot before placing it in a secure ballot drop box

In-person voting is underway in Alaska’s special primary election. Here’s what to know.

Ballots have been mailed out to registered voters, but if you’d rather vote in person, you can go to one of 170 voting sites.

Anchorage School District officials prioritize security upgrades at elementary schools

The district says increasing security at school entrances is a high priority after a high school student in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school on Tuesday.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Anchorage School District prioritizes security upgrades after Tuesday's school shooting in Texas. Also, where candidates in the special election for U.S. House stand on abortion. And the Sitka resident behind the musical skills of one Spongebob Squarepants character.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The EPA proposes vetoing development of the Pebble Mine. As COVID case numbers rise, health officials urge older Alaskans to take extra precautions. And low Yukon River salmon runs could mean a season without subsistence salmon fishing.
a person puts a bandaid on another person

As COVID cases and hospitalizations increase in Alaska, health officials urge caution for older adults

The state department of health reported 1,911 cases on Wednesday. That’s a 14% increase from the previous week, and a 34% increase from this time last month.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The state's redistricting board must use a new map for this year's elections. Also, Alaska parents and pediatricians face the nationwide shortage of baby formula. And a new program uses artificial intelligence to identify humpback whales.

Alaska parents look desperately for baby formula as nationwide shortage persists

Alaskan parents are taking to Facebook to help each other find baby formula, which is in limited supply nationwide after a recall by a major brand.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 23, 2022

Gov. Mike Dunleavy picks a running mate for this year's election. Also, a structure fire spreads into nearby trees amid warm and windy weather in Anchorage. And a new community fridge could help address food insecurity in Anchorage.

University of Alaska Anchorage receives federal funds to expand state health care workforce

The grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will fund the construction of new laboratories and classrooms. That expansion will allow the university to graduate an additional 100 healthcare workers annually.
A landslide as seen from the air

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 20, 2022

The state's Office of Children’s Services has been sued over its handling of foster care. Also, Alaskans welcome Ukrainian refugees to the United States. And weeks after a landslide, the road to Lowell Point may soon be cleared.

After six years, Anchorage Superintendent Deena Bishop prepares to pass the torch

"With all the noise in the world right now, put your heart and your mind to young people," she tells her successor, Jharrett Bryantt.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Alaskans would get $3,200 under a budget passed by the legislature. Also, the Anchorage police union prepares to negotiate over a new body camera policy. And with thousands of Ironman race participants expected in Juneau, the city is encouraging residents to help house them.