A bulletin board in teacher Katie McDaniel’s kindergarten classroom at Huffman Elementary School. The signs remind students to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer and stay home if they’re sick.

Anchorage School District to make masking optional on Feb. 28

Superintendent Deena Bishop said the change follows a rapid drop in COVID cases in the state and the widespread availability of vaccines.

After deadly bear attack, hikers in Eagle River weigh risks

If you live in Alaska, you live in bear country. While the risk of a bear encounter or attack is low, there's always a chance the worst could happen. Listen now

Homeless Shelters Concerned As Federal Funding Dries Up

As Alaska’s summer starts to slide toward fall, concern is growing for sheltering the increasing numbers of homeless citizens in Anchorage on cold nights. Download Audio

$200,000 in state funds spent on PR for beer festival

The small craft brewing industry is thriving, but state support for the burgeoning alcohol sector doesn't sit well with everyone. Download Audio
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Christmas tree cutting open in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Until Christmas Day, anyone can head out to the refuge and cut down their own holiday tree entirely for free, with a few restrictions.

Eek VPSO arrested for sex assault, human trafficking

A 22-year-old village public safety officer in the Southwest Alaska community of Eek has been charged with sexual assault and human trafficking.
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Mask and COVID-19 test requirements are dropped for Alaska State Capitol

The rules will continue to require those who test positive for the virus to isolate. 
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Bethel principal, accused of sending sexual texts to girl, goes before a judge

A Bethel elementary school principal charged with online enticement of a minor and transferring obscene material to a minor made his initial appearance in federal court in Anchorage Tuesday.

Communities unite to form one economic voice

The Azachorok Corporation in Mountain Village is working to set up a coalition of communities in order to get a more powerful economic voice for their region.

Black bear enters camper near Seward, scratches sleeping man’s leg

The bear had entered the man’s camper through an open door, said Alaska State Troopers.

AK: The Way Things Were

From the big ideas that drew in mid-century Americans seeking adventure to the small furs that brought Russians before that, we look back through...
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Seward plans to welcome back its first cruise ships since 2019

Cruises support an estimated 20,000 jobs in Southcentral every season.

Contractor charged in Anchorage VA fraud case

Prosecutors say a business eligible for preferential awards mishandled a contract, involving kickbacks for passing work along to another company.

Former Bethel Foster Parent, Daycare Provider Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges

A former foster parent and daycare provider in Bethel has been arrested for charges that he sexually abused a 4-year-old. Bethel police arrested 69-year-old Peter Tony June 13 after investigating him for six months. They say he could have many more victims going back to the 1970s. Download Audio

Dunleavy aide who ran campaign against ranked choice voting returns to lead ‘statehood defense’

Brett Huber, a former top aide to Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy, has returned to the governor's office after running last year's campaign against the ballot measure that instituted ranked choice voting and other overhauls to the state's election system.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Anchorage restaurant owners are furious with the mayor's shutdown order. And, parents in Juneau want more details on the school start plan. Plus, how difficult is it to cross the Canadian border right now?

Extreme Cold, Overflow Problems Wreak Havoc on Quest Trail

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks It’s unclear who is leading the Yukon Quest sled dog race. Quest officials say extreme cold has hampered the...

Murkowski’s statements on impeachment cut both ways

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is showing her independent streak as she discusses the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

2,000 Dancers Make Grand Entrance To Celebration

More than two-thousand Southeast Alaska Natives danced their way to Juneau’s Centennial Hall on Wednesday evening for Celebration 2014. The biennial festival is the largest cultural event in the state. Organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, it brings multiple generations of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people together to celebrate their culture. Download Audio
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What happened to the Bronson shelter plan in Anchorage and what happens next? Here’s what we know.

Why did a planned shelter pushed by a conservative administration get quashed by the mayor's ideological allies? And what will happen to the 400 people currently staying at the emergency shelter at the Sullivan Arena this winter?