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Latest effort to revise Kenai invocation policy stalls

For the past four months, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has debated whether it should restrict who is allowed to give the invocation, or prayer, that begins each meeting. Listen Now

Sample sales present snag for overhaul of state alcohol laws

Until last week, alcohol sellers and others were in agreement over the need to make legal changes. Listen now

Affordable housing for seniors opens in East Anchorage

Affordable housing is in great demand in Alaska – people enter a lottery to even get their names on a waiting list. So the grand opening of an East Anchorage affordable housing complex for active seniors was cause for celebration Wednesday when about 50 people listened to speakers and toured the two-building complex. Listen now

Forrest Dunbar: The Millennial Who Aims to Unseat Don Young

The Alaska Congressman's Democratic challenger is a Yale-educated attorney, raised in Eagle and Cordova. Dunbar is a first-time candidate running a serious campaign on a relative shoestring. Listen now:

Alaska Fire Service looks to partner with Native groups to provide crews

The Alaska Fire Service is floating a plan to contract with Alaska Native corporations and tribal groups to provide wildfire crews.

Iditapod: Up the coast, DeeDee in UNK and oh snaps! Plus, Dallas Seavey in Norway

It's Monday and the frontrunners in the 2018 Iditarod are on the Bering Sea coast, venturing out on a trail over sea ice from Shaktoolik to Koyuk. Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes caught up with the top three -- Nicolas Petit, Mitch Seavey, Joar Leifseth Ulsom -- in Unalakleet on Sunday, as well as the legendary musher DeeDee Jonrowe, who scratched earlier in what she says was her last Iditarod after 36 total starts. We also hear from a Norwegian mushing reporter on four-time Iditarod champ Dallas Seavey's foray into the Finnmarksløpet, Europe's longest sled dog race.
A structure, with mountains in the background, painted with Tlingit art.

Cluster of COVID-19 cases sends Metlakatla into lockdown

The Southeast Alaska community of Metlakatla has gone into lockdown after confirming seven new COVID-19 cases on Monday.
A line graph shows historical jobless rates by race in Alaska

LISTEN: What can history tell us about which Alaskans face the greatest barriers to employment?

Nationally, Black and Asian Americans are facing a much greater increase in the unemployment rate, compared to white Americans.
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State eyes private ferries for Angoon, Hoonah and Kake

The state is seeking to fill gaps in Southeast Alaska ferry service using a private charter company. It’s given potential operators less than 24 hours to answer its Monday call for interest.

National labs to field test microgrid tech in Cordova

Several national labs and universities will partner with the Alaska community of Cordova to field test new technologies on the city’s power grid. Listen now
A river and mountains.

New York Times reporter discusses story revealing ANWR oil test well was ‘worthless’

This week, the New York Times published a story uncovering a long-held Alaska secret: it revealed that the only exploratory oil well ever drilled in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was "worthess." Alaska's Energy Desk reporter Elizabeth Harball talked to Henry Fountain, one of the New York Times reporters who broke the story.

Anchorage Capital Budget Seeking $350 Million for Port Expansion

Facing lean capital expenditures from the Legislature, the City of Anchorage is hoping a multi-year funding commitment can avoid future increases in overdue upgrades to port infrastructure.

Alaska airborne/infantry unit begins Afghanistan deployment

The Army in Alaska is sending more than two thousand troops to Afghanistan. And they’ve already started deploying. Listen now

Alaska biologists forecast ‘weak’ pink salmon harvest for 2020

According to a preseason forecast released Nov. 20, the estimated 2020 harvest is around 12 million fish, far below the 10-year average of 35 million.

Four young siblings, the youngest a toddler, lost in a storm in Nunam Iqua

The group went missing around 1 p.m. Feb. 2, when they drove towards the dump on snowmachine and never came back, according to Nunam Iqua Tribal Council president Edward Adams Sr.

Accidental Shooting in Juneau

A 17-year-old Juneau boy was killed in an accidental shooting outside a home in the Mountain Wood Circle neighborhood Saturday morning. LISTEN NOW

Coalition Uses A Data-Driven Approach To Find Behavioral Health Solutions

Anchorage organizations are using the wealth of data about youth behavioral health to develop local, community-relevant solutions for things like substance use and suicide. Listen now:

Alaska News Nightly: December 1, 2014

Walker, Mallott Sworn Into Office; Anchorage Assembly Member Pushes For Pot Ban In Municipality; Native Municipal Leaders: Pot-Legalization Law Could Harm Youths, Communities; Experimental Pollock Seine Fishery Opens in Cook Inlet; Wrangell Hospital Project Closes Contracts, Starts Fresh; New Palmer Landfill Proposal Up For Public Comment; Researchers Say Dementia Risk Increases With Age; Buying A Landmark Download Audio

Senate Republicans reject Walker’s Senate pick, Kowalke

Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche said the rejection was based on Walker not following the traditional process. Listen now

Juneau Empire and Alaska sister papers sold again

The 105-year-old Juneau Empire has been sold to a Canadian newspaper chain just six months after its longtime owner offloaded some of its Alaska holdings to GateHouse Media. Listen now