Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

a black bear

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, October 7, 2022

Another fall storm brings high winds and coastal flooding to Northwest Alaska. Alaskans weigh a constitutional convention ahead of next month's election. And a bear-viewing site in Southeast Alaska puts its own spin on Fat Bear Week.

Anchorage School District considers closing schools to help fill budget gap

Declining enrollment in the district means there are too many buildings with not enough kids.
a subsistence fishing net

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, October 6, 2022

An Alaska girl’s report leads investigators to a major child pornography scheme. Also, how the state's fishing permit system has affected local communities. In Western Alaska, the September storm brought some unexpected treasures.
a ballot box in Juneau

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, October 5, 2022

A new storm could bring flooding and high winds to Alaska’s northwest coast. Many homeless campers in Anchorage don't want to go to a city-run shelter. And from Bethel to Ketchikan, voters cast their ballots in municipal elections.

Anchorage parents, students ask school board to keep funding for language immersion programs

The Anchorage School District may close schools, cut immersion programs or restructure some middle-school programs to close a $68 million budget deficit.
older man speaks at podium

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Candidates in the governor's race share their goals for Alaska's seafood industry. Also, Alaska State Troopers seized more than 2 million doses of fentanyl this summer. And a new fictional TV show set in Alaska has roots in reality.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

15th person dies this year in Alaska Corrections custody

William Ben Hensley III, 34, was pronounced dead Sunday at Goose Creek Correctional Center. He had been in Corrections custody for one month.
A group of preschoolers sits in a circle singing Alutiiq songs.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, October 3, 2022

The Kodiak Fishery debates kick off tonight with some key candidates missing. Another storm heads to some communities affected by last month's flooding. And a new generation of Kodiak Alutiiq speakers is keeping the language alive.
bus driver speaking in microphone

Anchorage School District says rotating bus schedule will continue until further notice

District leaders had previously hoped to end its rotating bus schedule by the start of October. But not enough drivers are coming back from tourism jobs in time.
a tractor submerged in water

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 30, 2022

Storm damage in Newtok increases the pressure for residents to relocate. Also, homeless campers in Anchorage prepare to move back to the Sullivan Arena. And the school bus driver shortage continues.
A young man in a blue shirt and black sweatshirt stands in front of two tents and a trailer covered in a blue tarp.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 29, 2022

A campground that was opened to Anchorage's homeless is set to close on Saturday. Also, a dozen Aleutian communities are set to get high-speed internet. And an eight-year study finds that wolves eat much more than deer and moose.

State health department ends COVID data summaries, will track COVID and flu side by side

It marks a shift from focusing on COVID case counts to tracking broader respiratory illness trends across the state.
a sand dune

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Erosion from last week's storm has left Hooper Bay without protective sand dunes. Also, Sen. Lisa Murkowski asks the federal government for additional disaster funds. And Ketchikan High School's drama club earns the right to perform Disney's "Frozen."
two people look at a house

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

A landslide damages homes and causes power outages in Juneau. Steven Downs is sentenced for murdering Sophie Sergie nearly 30 years ago. And a Kenai forager's guide to berry picking this fall.
water floods a wooden boardwalk

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, September 26, 2022

State and federal officials visit Nome to plan storm recovery efforts. Also, Hooper Bay reckons with the storm's emotional toll and the village's future. And Delta Junction's upcoming city council election is the most competitive one in decades.

‘This did not happen overnight’: Anchorage schools superintendent says a variety of factors created $68M budget shortfall

The school board’s finance committee has spent the last several weeks mulling over possible budget cuts, which could include school closures and cuts to language immersion programs. 

Pilots union reaches tentative agreement with Alaska Airlines

The tentative agreement, which union members will vote to approve or reject in the coming weeks, increases pay, scheduling flexibility and parental leave.
damaged boats and sheds in chevak

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, September 23, 2022

Chevak residents have lost frozen fish and the boats they used to catch them. Also, a Kenai grand jury charges a man in the killing of Anesha "Duffy" Murnane. And Alaska's kelp industry is stuck at a crossroads.

Opponents push back against Mat-Su school district bathroom policy

“These kids are a part of your community whether you like it or not, so please stop trying to make life harder for them,” said Myles McDonald, a former student in the Mat-Su Borough School District.
damaged boats in chevak

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Western Alaskans face the loss of subsistence food, gear and property. Also, Rep. Mary Peltola aims to renew the nation's primary fishing law. And pushback against transgender student bathroom policies in Matanuska-Susitna Borough schools.