Monica Gokey

Monica Gokey

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Moda exits Alaska's individual health insurance market; Railbelt communities consider a business model overhaul; Scientists say murre die-off comparable to Exxon Valdez spill; APD investigates 2 unusual deaths at Point Woronzof; Corrections nominee pledges to stop incarcerating the intoxicated; Police, public health officials unite to combat Spice; Homeless count sheds new light on Alaska needs; Special election announced to recall North Slope mayor; Cyrano's theater honored with Governor's award; Middle Way restauranteur branches into pizza Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Education commissioner tosses controversial AMP test; New Medicaid reform committee strives for savings; Report: Alaska prisons, justice system need efficacy overhaul; On Kenai, cracked K-Beach Road re-opens to traffic; Spice conference convenes as overdoses in Anchorage persist; UA looks to consolidate programs at major campuses; New arrivals in Kotzebue Sound preying on belugas; American Polar Society honors UAF professor; Yukon Quest racers drop off food, gear for checkpoints; Mongolia looks to Alaska for help handling domestic violence Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Alaska's Future campaign urges lawmakers to tap Permanent Fund; Alaska job forecast holds steady despite plunging oil prices; Proposal to boost min. enrollment makes little headway; Rash of car thefts unnerves Anchorage; Juneau weaver adds to family legacy of Chilkat robes; Bronze artist Pat Garley received Governor's Award Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Sen. Gardner: Lawmakers need committee to vet budget bills; Gov. Walker on budget: 'It's time to fix the hole in the boat'; Mass seabird deaths prompt federal attention; On methane emissions, Alaska tells feds 'clean up your own act first'; Alaska soldiers weigh in on Bergdahl's desertion, radio fame; Buser dropped to last, dinged with 2 penalties; AK: Among wolverines, lynx and fox, a man finds his pack; 49 Voices: Davante Owens of Anchorage Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Meyer: Savings can mitigate budget overhaul impacts; State of the State: What do Alaskans want to hear?; Name is 'Pollock' -- just 'Pollock'; Top Army nominee says he's not keen to cut Alaska troops; Mat-Su mayor wants share scheme for future gas line; Board: Aye to Yukon pinks fishery; First Alaskans to host public forum on racial equity; ‘Our Voices Will Be Heard’ brings child sexual abuse saga to stage; Sitka raptor center bids farewell to iconic eagle HALi Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Supreme Court hears hovercraft case; Poll: Most Alaskans support statewide sales tax; Rep. Tuck: Budget burden shouldn't fall on middle class; Fairbanks conditions also lacking for Iditarod restart; Weather, land rule cancel Tustumena 200 race; BIA settlement closes, Alaska tribal groups net $100M; Fairbanks paper adds new publisher after sale; Scientists get 'Blobby' with it in Seattle; UAF anticipates new chancellor hire by spring; Story correction uncovers a Soldier's Medal story from '95 Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tues., Jan. 19, 2016

Chenault: Balance budget with mix of cuts, revenue; Alaska, Inc: The roots of the Permanent Fund dividend; Market experts: Oil could go lower but prices will rebound; NANA intervenes on behalf of Red Dog in tax dispute; NPS eyes reg changes for subsistence use of animal parts for the arts; Vets concerned about Wasilla monument; Federal Subsistence Board votes to mend Alaska relations Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Gov's budget plan aims to reshape relationship with oil; Gov hopes nonpartisan politics will help cross party lines; Kaiser wins 2nd K300, Bethel crowns hometown champ again; Moose hunter's land jurisdiction lawsuit goes to Supreme Court; State, Native interests also ride on hovercraft case in Supreme Court; Pivotal Alaskan economist Arlon Tussing dies at 82; After corruption allegations, tribes call on AVCP to meet Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Red Dog Mine owners sue borough over severance tax; An obscure rule may be contributing to Alaska's rising health care costs; Federal Subsistence Board votes to improve Alaska relations; Wal-Mart to shutter Juneau store; Homer authorities give Spit campers the boot; Amid icy trail conditions, mushers ready for K300; Musher Brent Sass' lead dog dies days before K300; AK: David Bowie's Alaskan name-twin adopts rocker's rebel streak; 49 Voices: Roger Sparks of Eagle River Download Audio

Roger Sparks of Eagle River

This week, we're hearing from Roger Sparks, a pararescueman with the Alaska Air National Guard. Five years ago, Sparks was involved in a heavy firefight in the mountains of Afghanistan. What happened after that changed his life. Download Audio:

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Slaughterhouse shutdown prompts ag community to mobilize; City starts war on homelessness by sizing up the problem; PFD voter initiative nets needed signatures for ballot; Environmentalists say Tongass plan doesn't act fast enough; Marine Highway releases trimmed down summer schedule; Sitka to challenge state's setback for pot businesses; Board of Fish considers commercial Yukon pink salmon fishery Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Report: EPA acted 'without bias or predetermination' in Bristol Bay; Obama's energy remark baffles Alaska senators; NTSB releases preliminary report in downtown crash; UA president paints bleak fiscal picture; Exxon Valdez litigation ends, but spill's legacy may be indefinite; On marijuana clubs, Fairbanks defers to lawmakers; Marijuana tax to go before Anchorage voters; Ninilchik: Future hub of Kenai public transit? Download Audio

Judge sends LIO case to trial

A state judge handed down a significant ruling Thursday on a case involving the controversial lease for the state's Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage. Download Audio

49 Voices: Ron Levy of Soldotna

This week, we're hearing from Soldotna photographer Ron Levy, who uses his art to highlight causes like the destruction of Mexican forests. Levy says the onslaught of digital photography spurred him to focus his lens beyond Alaska stock images. Download Audio:

Katiya Simonsson of Unalakleet

This week, we're hearing from Katiya Simonsson -- who is 23, and has lived in Soldotna, Kotzebue, and more recently Chicago. Her roots are in Unalakleet where she married her husband Thomas on July 10th. Download Audio:

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts open for beats! Jan. 12-Feb. 2

That's right... it's back again. NPR's Tiny Desk Concert is looking for the best undiscovered music talent. Last year, NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts received thousands of entries from every state in the U.S. In NPR's words: "You put desks in places we never imagined; you rapped with professional agility; you wrote lyrics that inspired them; you sang folk songs that sounded timeless. You melted our faces and our hearts."

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Shell asks for extension on offshore drill leases; NOAA report outlines impacts of warming Arctic; Alaska Air, co-plaintiffs doggedly push back on SeaTac min. wage; IEP tests LNG tanker on Alaska roads; Marijuana regs on track, despite remaining hurdles; Sitkans, police review tasing event in community 'talking circle'; At 71%, Alaska graduation rate among lowest in the country; At $1.50/lb., lamprey harvest tops Yukon salmon; With understanding comes forgiveness: Turning ‘Yuuyaraq’ into film Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Fairbanks 4 settlement: Say you're guilty and go; For Alaskans in Paris, climate talks hit home; Bethel weighs organizing as borough with gold mine on horizon; Young defends right to arms for people on 'no-fly' list; Mother of teen shot in face speaks out on gun violence; Juneau convenes town hall discussion on heroin; AK: A hunter's wallet lost and found, 40 years later; 40 Voices: Donna Erickson of Unalakleet Download Audio

Santa Claus spotted en route to Skagway

Santa Claus is taking time out of his busy schedule for a train ride in Skagway. The annual Santa Train rolls down the tracks this Saturday. White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad employees organizing the event say they expect a record turnout.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

BOEM staffers say rush for Arctic study undermined their work; Juneau loses boundary dispute to Petersburg; UAA, Providence gripe over U-Med road decision; Tesoro's Flint Hills acquisition expected to streamline petroleum distribution; Tanacross hydropower project nets $500K federal grant; 'Deadbeat' Eklutna dam overdue for removal, group says; Bethel hopes housing initiative may help retain city workers; The real Sitka journey of Steinbeck’s ‘Doc Ricketts’ Download Audio