Madilyn Rose, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
The state reveals new information about last year's record number of inmate deaths, but more questions remain. A look into how Alaska's data on homelessness is collected, and how reliable it really is. As the Yukon Quest kicks off this weekend, there are serious questions about the race's future.
In his recent state of the state address, Governor Mike Dunleavy laid out ideas for Alaska’s economic future, such as using state forest land for carbon sequestration. He also wants more funding for statehood defense and said he’ll work with legislators to make Alaska the ‘most pro life state in the country.’ What are the Governor's ideas for the permanent fund dividend, funding for education, affordable housing and healthy communities? We ask the Governor on this Talk of Alaska.
Destination development consultant Roger Brooks presented eight initiatives on how to make Anchorage more appealing to visitors and residents.
Anchorage and Alaska have seen a decade-long pattern of population decline. Birth rates are slowing, and more people are leaving the city than coming in.
Questions over the origins of a court order for a mental health check, the courts say never existed. The story of two Russians who crossed the Bering Sea in a fishing boat to avoid the war in Ukraine. Plus the Alaska Long Trail is a long ways off, but supporters say the benefits are worth the wait.
Kodiak's tanner crab fishery is still at a standstill as the fleet holds out for higher prices. Governor Dunleavy lays out his priorities in this year's state of the state address. And after a long hiatus, Sitka's community orchestra is back in business.
Southcentral Alaska has seen an extreme mix of winter weather so far this snow season and in some of the most popular mountain areas in the backcountry for Alaskans to get out and enjoy fresh snow, avalanche danger is high. Before you grab your skis, splitboard or load up the snowmachine, stay with us for Talk of Alaska to hear from avalanche experts and guides about how best to prepare and what to watch for, when venturing out into the mountains.
Confusion over discrepancies in Representative Mary Peltola's educational record. Families are stuck abroad after the Marine Highway System pulled a ferry from service. Plus Soldotna looks at creating a more walkable - and business friendly - downtown.
In the discussion about increasing education funding, some lawmakers say they want it tied to improved outcomes. The EPA says a plan to improve air quality in Fairbanks falls short of requirements. Plus remembering the legacy of North Slope legend Oliver Leavitt.
Disaster assistance information, supposedly translated into Alaska Native languages, turned into a disaster itself. Also, why a federal lease sale in Cook Inlet drew such little interest. And turning plastic waste into useful building materials.
A North Pole man is waiting for another chance at a heart transplant after Winter storms stopped the first. A replacement for former Assembly Member Forrest Dunbar is officially selected. Plus the dogs on this Skagway bus go woof, woof, woof… and viral.
Day 3 with no house speaker in DC, and lawmakers are looking for ways to break the gridlock. A dispute between oil producers centers on a road to Alaska's next big oil project. And cod season is off to a late start after disagreements over the price per pound.
A massive bird flu outbreak in Washington leads to an egg shortage in Alaska. How smoke alarms made a clear difference between two New Year's house fires. And climatologists say last month's heavy snow in Anchorage was in part due to climate change.
Alaska's military service members are set to get higher pay in 2023. The Ketchikan School District could be on the hook for huge health insurance payments. And a former Olympian turned Homer high school coach talks about her work in advocacy.
After more than a year without an official director, the Anchorage Public Library is under new leadership. How the airline meltdown is canceling plans months and even years in the making. Plus the land rising and falling makes for some unique engineering around an Alaska river.
Alaskans are still stranded across the country as nasty weather keeps planes grounded. And a new federal committee is working to change derogatory names on American landmarks. Plus researchers are bouncing a radio signal from Alaska off a far-out space object.
The Anchorage Assembly expands the capacity of its largest shelter amid a leadership shakeup in the Bronson administration. Plus the bright light Southcentral residents saw in the sky this morning wasn't a bird or a plane, but something more exciting. And a new book examines the history of Black Alaskans.