Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters as Buyers Struggle to Keep Up

Western Alaska is in midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means both subsistence and commercial fishermen in waters around Norton Sound and Kotzebue are catching record numbers of chum. Download Audio
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Building burns north of Grayling, investigation underway

Another remote property along the middle Yukon River has burned. Alaska State Troopers report that several structures at an unoccupied compound about 40 miles north of the village of Grayling, were damaged by fire Sunday. Listen now
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Denali National Park road partially re-opened after large mudslide

The National Park Service is partially re-opening the road into Denali National Park where a large mudslide crossed it near mile 67, west of the Eielson Visitors Center on Saturday. Listen now

I Am A Hooligan Fisherman

Alaska is known for its abundant salmon fisheries, but few outsiders have ever heard of the yearly hooligan runs. These fish earned the name "candlefish" from being so fat during spawning, with up to 15% of total body weight in fat, that if caught, dried, and strung on a wick, it can be burned as a candle. Click for more.

Frontline: Dollars and Dentists

Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans can’t afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net. Poor children, entitled by law to dental care, often cannot find a dentist willing to see them. Others kids receive excessive care billed to Medicaid or major surgery for preventable tooth infections. For adults with dental disease, the situation can be as dire — and bankrupting. While millions of Americans use emergency rooms for dental care, at a cost of more than half a billion dollars, corporate dental chains are filling the gaps in care, in some cases allegedly overcharging patients or loading them with high credit card debt. Correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates the flaws in our dental system and nascent proposals to fix them. TV: Tuesday, 6/26 at 9:00pm
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Teen dies after raft overturns in Anchorage’s Eagle River

A 14-year-old boy died Sunday in a rafting accident on Eagle River in Anchorage. Listen now

Czech climber dies while skiing on Denali

A mountaineer from the Czech Republic is dead after an estimated 1,500-foot fall on Denali Mountain. The National Park Service reports 45-year-old Pavel Michut was skiing Messner Couloir when he fell Saturday.

AK: The Goose

The Grumman Goose seaplane has served the Aleutian region for the better half of a century, shuttling residents from remote islands to Dutch Harbor. But once the new Akutan airport is complete later this summer, water landings in the Bering Sea will be a thing of the past.
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Alaska Railroad train strikes pedestrian at Crown Point

An 85-year-old Crown Point man was seriously injured when he was struck by an Alaska Railroad train near the Kenai Peninsula community. Listen now

Protesters flood Capitol steps in support of Planned Parenthood

A crowd gathered in the drizzle on the capitol steps Tuesday to show their support for Planned Parenthood. In recent weeks, Republican lawmakers have tried to strip the organization of its federal funding. Download Audio

Thalattosaur Fossil Discovered Near Kake May Be New Species

The fossil of a Thalattosaur discovered near Kake two years ago is a complete specimen, the first to be found in the western hemisphere. Scientists speculate it could be a new species of the prehistoric marine reptile. Download Audio

Autopsies indicates Juneau adult siblings drowned

Juneau police say two adult siblings whose bodies were found this week both died of accidental drowning. Listen now

‘Open Projector Night’ Draws Filmmakers and Fans

Open Mic Nights are a common enough occurrence at cafes and campuses. But something different has been building buzz around Anchorage. Video by John Norris.

Shop with a Cop highlights family homelessness in Anchorage

For the past 15 years, the Anchorage police and firefighters have donated money to the Shop with a Cop program. It gives disadvantaged children the chance to buy gifts for themselves and their family members for Christmas. But it also highlights a problem in Anchorage – families experiencing homelessness. Download Audio
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M/V Tustumena back on the water

After 75-days in the shipyard, southwest Alaska’s ferry is finally back in the water. Listen now
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Fairbanks considers becoming a sanctuary city

The Fairbanks City Council heard testimony last night from members of the public concerned about executive actions by president Trump blocking Syrian refugees and a temporarily halting travel to the US from seven primarily Muslim countries. Listen now

Rie Muñoz Leaves A Legacy Of Delight, Joy And Laughter

Beloved artist Rie Muñoz passed away Monday night at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau after a stroke. She was 93. Muñoz was active until the end, a prolific artist and traveler who drew inspiration from everyday Alaskans. Download Audio
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Legislative Council votes not to appeal Walker’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility

The Legislative Council voted today not to appeal a decision that upheld Governor Bill Walker’s action to expand Medicaid eligibility in the state. The vote ends the lawsuit less than a week after a separate court decision ruled that the House can’t take over the appeal from the council. Download Audio

The Reagan Presidency: Part 3

Few decades in American history rival the tumultuous 1980s. As Ronald Reagan entered office, unemployment was high. Interest rates were skyrocketing and the nation was plunging into recession. The Cold War was escalating as both Soviet and American leaders fired heated rhetoric from behind their podiums of power. TV: Thursday, 1/24 at 9:00pm

Sealaska Unveils Its New Building in Downtown Juneau

The Sealaska Heritage Institute unveiled its new structure in downtown Juneau on Friday. It’s called the Walter Soboleff Building after the late Tlingit scholar, elder and religious leader. Inside stands a full-sized replica of a traditional red cedar clan house. Download Audio: