Alaska governor lays out expectations for gas line progress

Gov. Bill Walker says he wants the state and the North Slope's major producers to reach agreement on key contracts and issues related to a major gas project before the end of the current legislative session

Hundreds of frustrated Anchorage teachers stage walkout during school board meeting

Unhappy teachers staged a demonstration at Monday's Anchorage School Board meeting, upset about curriculum changes and wages, among other things. Listen now

Ferry Workers Considering Strike If Contract Negotiations Don’t Move Forward

Contract talks between the state and Alaska’s ferry workers are heating up as each side disagrees on how to make up the gap between revenues and the cost of operating the ferry system. Workers are now considering whether to authorize a strike if negotiations remain stalled. Download Audio

Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame: Jane Ruth Angvik

Jane Angvik has been involved in Alaska public life since 1973. She has served as an elected member of the Anchorage Assembly and the Anchorage Charter Commission and has taught many women how to conduct campaigns for public office. Download Audio
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Coast Guard says masks will no longer be required while outdoors on boats, ferries

The Coast Guard announced Friday that it received permission from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to no longer enforce the mandate that requires anyone traveling on commercial maritime vessels, including ferries, to wear a mask in outdoor areas.

Scientists suspect retreating sea ice is changing the color of Alaska’s tundra

Biologists say early retreating sea ice is potentially causing vegetation productivity changes on the tundra across Alaska and the Arctic. Uma Bhatt, a climate variability...

Tax appeal challenges Alaska’s fish landing tax

A dispute over a fishing company’s tax bill is challenging Alaska’s fisheries resource landing tax on constitutional grounds. The landing tax is crucial for fishing dependent communities that receive half the revenue. Listen now
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Trump administration downsizes NPR-A lease sale after little interest last year

At its annual oil and gas lease sale, the Bureau of Land Management will offer 254 tracts for bid. Last year, the Trump administration put 900 tracts up for bid. Listen now

Ninilchik tribe sets net in Kenai River

The Ninilchik Traditional Council has for years been seeking approval to use a more effective method for catching their subsistence allocation of sockeye salmon on the Kenai River and late last week, they got that opportunity. Listen now

Dog café opens in Ketchikan

A dog café - apparently the first one in Alaska - celebrated its official opening last weekend in Ketchikan. The café offers gourmet dog treats and an enclosed play yard. There's also coffee and treats for humans. KRBD's Leila Kheiry took her dogs to the new business to check it out. Listen now

Walker ‘disappointed’ in Permanent Fund suit filed by Wielechowski today

A lawsuit seeking to maintain full Permanent Fund dividends this year was filed Friday – and Governor Bill Walker blasted the arguments in the lawsuit. Listen now

Sugar Creates Genetic Trouble For Coastal Alaska Natives

The idea that traditional diets are best for coastal Alaska Native people is being further confirmed by the discovery of a gene deficiency that doesn't allow their systems to process sugar. Dr Matthew Hirschfeld is the director of maternal/child health services at the Alaska Native Medical Center. The intolerant gene causes a condition know as as C-Sid. Download Audio

GOA Pacific cod allocations hacked 80 percent after massive stock decline

A dramatic decline in Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod stocks forced regulators to hack the fishery’s total allowable catch by about 80 percent Saturday. The large cut will likely hit the commercial fishing industry in the Gulf hard. Listen now

2018 second warmest year on record for Bethel

Climate changes are hitting home in many ways: the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race had to make a last-minute route change, and the Kuskokwim River is taking longer to freeze, so more residents in remote Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities have to travel by air instead.

Extreme cold temps in Bethel region mean more ice road, but river hazards remain

The crew experienced no issues while they plowed the 50 miles from Tuluksak to Kalskag in a wind chill of negative 45 degrees fahrenheit.

‘Let The Games Begin!’ Gala Opening Ceremony Celebrates Diverse Cultures

The 2014 Arctic Winter Games officially got underway Sunday, with a gala opening ceremony before a standing-room-only crowd at the Carlson Center. A full slate of competition – and a weeklong array of cultural events – begins today. Download Audio

Seward statue unveiled in front of Alaska Capitol

A statue of the U.S. statesman behind Alaska’s 1867 purchase from Russia now stands in front of Alaska’s Capitol building. Listen now

Bloomberg philanthropy gives $1M to Anchorage for new project

The money is set for a design lab run in partnership with the Anchorage Museum that will focus on art, civic engagement, and solutions to climate change. Listen now
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Alaska salmon see record low returns, few bright spots in 2020

While Bristol Bay’s run exceeded 50 million fish for the sixth year in a row many other parts of the state were far below their forecasts.

Southeast Voters Return 4 Incumbents To Office, 1 Race Too Close To Call

Southeast Alaska voters on Tuesday returned four incumbents to the state Legislature, but the fifth race is far too close to call.