Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media


Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019

BP’s Alaska exit not a surprise, experts say; What does BP's exit from Alaska mean for the state; After SCOTUS ruling, AG urges Dunleavy to limit public employees' unions; Swan Lake Fire conditions improve as residents remain on alert; Lightning started Paul's Creek Fire near King Salmon; Offal Fire moving away from Port Heiden; Alaska adding second insurer to individual insurance market; Fairbanks poet earns prestigious Willa literary award ; St. Herman’s legacy as a defender of Alutiiq people remembered

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

McKinley Fire close to 50 percent contained, evacuation levels lowered; 'Do they know that it's that bad?' Drivers describe 'hellfire' on Sterling Highway Sunday; Kennicott rescues boat passengers in Canada’s Inside Passage; Dunleavy sends letter encouraging potential Pebble investor; Rockslide blocks Pogo mine entrance; Water shortage looms in Chignik Lagoon; Dunleavy appoints 2 new members to human rights commission; In Alaska, Education Secretary DeVos touts alternative schooling agenda; Veteran musher Jim Lanier denied entry into 2020 Iditarod; Southeast Alaska’s summer chums returned much lower than expected; Elim residents ride on new roads; Kawerak says they’ll improve quality of life

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

51 homes burned from McKinley fire, 3 businesses, 80 outbuildings; Large chunk of Southcentral deemed an 'extreme drought' area for the first time; Poll by anti-tax Gov. Dunleavy shows Alaskans, narrowly, favoring more taxes; GOP sends 3 nominees for vacant Alaska Senate seat; Once vetoed by Dunleavy, funding for Alaska’s arts council is back in the budget; ConocoPhillips' next big oil project in Alaska takes another step forward; Unalakleet’s water troubles persist; city looks for long-term solution; Lawsuit blames fatal Butte home fire on gas company, owners; 2 Juneau 13-year-olds in custody after alleged school shooting threat; New transportation bill could reinstate funding for the Shakwak Project; At the moment, Donlin Gold isn't building a mine. But it is building a church

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

The latest on Southcentral wildfires: Aug. 22, 2019; Volunteers remain hopeful, as Levelock Fire reaches 5% containment; Experts: It’s heat and drought, not spruce beetles or leaf miners, that turned Alaska forests into kindling; Budget cuts rely on Medicaid savings that will be difficult to achieve; State agricultural workers react to restorations, and vetoes, from Dunleavy; Diocese of Juneau finds ‘credible evidence’ of sexual misconduct by Southeast Alaska priests; Alaska rolls back air ambulance ‘membership plan’ regulations; Bethel Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser to deliver 2019 AFN keynote address; Wrangell aims to put itself on the virtual map

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

'Pride' and 'sadness' for local Alaska crews who saved some homes from wildfires, and saw others burn; Caribou Lake Fire grows to 700 acres overnight; Swan Lake Fire pushes Cooper Landing's smoky air quality off the charts, literally; Pentagon scraps Fort Greely missile plan; Will EPA veto Pebble? Boss of agency says it’s not his call; Trump’s path to ‘energy dominance’ in Alaska hits a key obstacle: lawyers; Veto to debt reimbursement could raise your tax bill; To bolster financial options for refugees, a state program works to get them into farming

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

Southcentral fires burn, traffic at a crawl on highways, evacuees tell of heavy smoke and flames; Heavy winds breath new life into Swan Lake Fire; Smoke from Southcentral blazes creating unhealthy air conditions in Anchorage; This August is extremely abnormal, and fire likes it; Governor says third special session would focus on full dividend after allowing $1,600 PFD to stand ; Proposed Fair Share Act would raise taxes on oil companies; Alaska’s Planned Parenthood chapter withdraws from federal family planning program; Organizations partner to teach more Anchorage kids how to fish; ‘Molly of Denali’ creators help Juneau kids find their own voices

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

Group seeking Dunleavy recall isn’t stopping at minimum as it continues to gather signatures; Dunleavy says he won't veto $800K for OWL and homework help programs; Tali Birch Kindred, daughter of deceased state Sen. Birch, takes step toward trying to fill his seat; Heavy rainfall continues in Fairbanks area; Haines water department works to keep water flowing from Lily Lake amid drought; Plans for moving Napakiak school fuel tanks to develop at pace of erosion; Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dead at 84; Sanitation is focus as Indian Health Service head tours Wales, Shishmaref; Fort Wainwright begins process of replacing old, increasingly inefficient power plant

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

Dunleavy points to university budget cut agreement as a model for other services; State funding for early education restored, but services this year could still be affected; Homeless shelters and services to see reduced funding; Flood warning issued for several Interior rivers; Sitka Assembly takes no action on police investigation; Chinook runs in Southeast are looking very profitable; Ask A Climatologist: Summer 2019 was rife with records being broken; Petersburg climbers successfully summit Devils Thumb
H3's Alex Cruver (left), Shaun Pacarro (center), George Noga (right), and Lee Thompson (behind) play for a crowd at Anchorage's Live After Five concert series on June 20.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

Dunleavy cites public response in veto reversals; Murkowski says federal decision on Tongass and Roadless Rule coming soon; Skiff capsizes from ferry Columbia’s wake in Wrangell Narrows; Army, contractor begin planning to dismantle deactivated Fort Greely nuclear power plant; Dunleavy vetoes funds for Cold Climate Housing Research Center; Curyung Tribe to leave BBAHC; New report shows bear attacks are on the rise; Two decades later, Alaska's H3 says music is sanctuary

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019

Dunleavy halves vetoes to University of Alaska, spreads cuts over three years; Dunleavy agrees to fully restore $9M in funding to Head Start, early learning programs; New water test results show Bethel city subdivision lead and copper levels meeting federal standards; Fairbanks city council OK's what could be state's first marijuana onsite consumption facility; Heatwave shuts down dog sled tour on Denver Glacier early; NSHC opens new health clinic in Shaktoolik; Sophocles play added to Ft. Wainwright military suicide prevention training; Shishmaref man finds 50-year-old message in a bottle

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Aug. 12, 2019

Dunleavy reverses potential cuts to senior benefits; Alaska governor seeks to tighten work rules for food stamps; Environmentalists concerned over changes to Endangered Species Act; Dunleavy vetoes some funds for marine vessel tracking; Juneau forum brainstorms ways Native communities can adapt to public service cuts; Forest Service proposes plan changes for young-growth logging on karst lands; Conservation groups ask DEC to reconsider Palmer Project permits; As Kenai Peninsula dries out, likelihood for fires increases; UAF tracks moisture content in firewood

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

Capital budget vetoes to hit homelessness, addiction treatment; Human Rights Commission quietly fires director; Circuit Court justices hears Fairbanks Four appeal; Law governing adoptions of Native children upheld; Indiana man enters not guilty pleas in Alaska murder plot; Native corporation CIRI joins voices for Dunleavy recall; Quinhagak opposes Donlin Gold Mine; Why has Bethel been so wet? It's been swimming in an atmospheric river; Road to Denali National Park re-opens; Drought increases in SE Alaska while July temps break records; Summer heat accelerates Alaska peony harvest

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

Dunleavy decision on PFD could affect timing of dividend payment; Anchorage senator Chris Birch dies of heart attack; 5 recent missile-launch alerts direct Fort Greely residents, workers to take shelter; Russian nuclear power plant afloat in Arctic causes anxiety across Bering Strait; Grant program offers down payment assistance for Alaska homebuyers; Students in Mertarvik will go to school in evacuation center;

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019

Under 'Save Our State' banner, more than 25 organizations implore Dunleavy: No more vetoes; Ferry workers union explains why strike happened, and what workers gained from it; Ferry workers union explains why strike happened, and what workers gained from it; New Izembek land swap? New lawsuit, too.; Canadian authorities believe they've found bodies of 2 murder suspects; Man finds loaded AR-15 rifle along Anchorage bike path; Anchorage police officer faces two counts of child sexual abuse; Hilcorp clears some regulatory hurdles to conduct a seismic survey in lower Cook Inlet; Napakiak loses access to a main road As riverbank erosion persists; Citizen scientists sought for beluga monitoring effort; Erosion continues to eat away at Talkeetna riverfront; Honored nationally, a Juneau scientist helps Alaska fisheries managers see the bigger picture

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

4 believed to be on plane in deadly crash near Girdwood; Alaska ferries resume sailing after striking workers ratify new contract; Alaska Psychiatric Institute struggles to fill positions; Conduct of Denali Commission staffer draws scrutiny; Alaska senators host commission to discuss transboundary mining disputes; Anchorage police shoot man they say pointed a BB gun at officers; Anchorage police officer charged with sexual abuse of teen; 22-year-old Army soldier dies from gunshot in Fairbanks; Nome breaks another climate record: most rain in 24 hours; Alaska natives gather five years after B.C. mining disaster; Fairbanks football coach resigns after swimming accident; Years of data suggest ecosystem shifts in the Northern Bering Sea; Mule deer, white-tail deer expand range into Alaska

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Aug. 2, 2019

State and ferry workers union reach tentative agreement; Rate increases coming for Pioneer Home residents; Newtok's infrastructure erodes like the ground below it; 25-year-old Coast Guard man killed in fall near Buskin Beach; State authorities release IDs of 3 found in glacier lake; Interior farmers purchase North Pole slaughterhouse, with goal of boosting state's meat processing industry; As Bristol Bay celebrates larger than average catch, warmer waters could be affecting salmon; Nome Museum exhibit embraces Native food traditions, new and old; Stranded by Alaska’s ferry strike, a Juneau pretzel baker is turning a profit in Haines

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

Recall effort against Gov. Dunleavy kicks off statewide; Change of opinion: AEDC projects 3 more years of recession in Anchorage; Concerns are raised over ow Red Dog cleans up after truck rollover spills; Point Lay sees earliest walrus haul out ever; Politico: Science 'trampled' as Interior hurries toward ANWR lease sale; Children could bear large burden of Alaska's budget cuts; Budget uncertainty could make it harder for the elderly to access medical care; All 3 West Valley students hospitalized in pool incident released; Health care group completing merger with Alaska hospital; Anchorage curbside compost pilot picked up by private waste company, likely to expand

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Gov. Dunleavy chooses new chief of staff, Babcock moved to policy advisor; Campaign to recall Gov. Dunleavy set to start August 1; Confused about Alaska’s budget? You’re not alone. Here’s 10 things to know; Legislature restores Ocean Ranger program; Groups sue for information on Arctic refuge lease sale; Following promising news from EPA, stock prices rise for Pebble owner; Delays bump UAF power plant up-and-running date to mid-August; Amid UA budget woes, some students are noticing increased military recruitment; Nome-area ranch works to get youth into reindeer herding

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

UA regents move to consolidate University of Alaska system into one accredited university; Ferry workers strike continues as Marine Highway cancels sailings into August; This time, EPA decision has Pebble mine developers cheering; Feds award nearly $5M to combat rural Alaska violence; NTSB: Pilot safely evacuated passengers from burning plane; Can Alaska learn anything from 'the Kansas experiment'?; IGU borrows millions to continue to store natural gas; Ferry workers’ strike chokes supply chain to Gustavus; Wrangell residents react to ferry strike; 1 West Valley student remains hospitalized following UAF pool accident; Democratic presidential candidates take to Twitter to weigh in on Alaska politics; Wildfire near Donlin Gold mine site grows; Chignik Bay 'hanging by a thread' in second year of scant fishing

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 27, 2019

Legislature passes capital budget funding, $1,600 PFD, veto reversals; 'Tired of playing defense': GOP claims the environment issue. But climate change? Not so much.; Coast Guard Commandant makes statewide tour stop in Kodiak; As ferry strike continues, Angoon must find alternatives; Troopers: Hiker dies on the way to Stampede Trail’s 'magic bus'; West Valley pre-season football practice suspended after swimming incident puts 3 players in hospital; With ANWR drilling on its doorstep, an Alaska Native village is poised to profit; Air Force works to decontaminate PFAS-affected areas in Moose Creek; Alaska beekepers suspect pesticides in deaths of honeybees; Online education ad targeting University of Alaska students draws criticism