AK: The Middle Ages
Feasts, jousting, and medieval dress are just your average afternoon for members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Participants are dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and culture of pre-17th century Europe. KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver joined the Alaska contingent for its annual Bi-Baronial Collegium in Wasilla and reports it's about values, family, and finding a place to fit in. Download Audio
Firefighters contain Sunrise wildfire north of Wasilla
The 30-acre Sunrise wildfire north of Wasilla is now 100% contained. Mop-up operations are underway, according to state fire information officer Norm McDonald. About 30 firefighters are on the job and will remain there through the night.
AK: Alaska ice hockey player Zoe Hickel turns pro
Earlier this year it was announced that National Women’s Hockey League would begin its first season this fall. The move is huge for women hockey players, who until now had little to no options to pursue their careers past the college level. One of the women who will be playing in the NWHL’s inaugural season is a born-and-raised Alaskan. Download Audio:
A Forensic Investigation
Dr. Ryan Harrod recently buried some strange remains in the woods behind the University of Alaska Anchorage. Join his team of student investigators and find out more about the world of forensic anthropology.
Alaska delegation looks to build road from King Cove to Cold Bay
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced legislation that would authorize construction of the single lane, non-commercial, gravel road between King Cove and the all-weather airstrip in Cold Bay. Listen now
Fairbanks looks to transform school day
Fairbanks schools will be the first in Alaska to implement a new education model that will transform the traditional school day. Listen Now
As Subsistence Foods Become Scarce, Kivalina Celebrates A New Store
It's been a festive day in the northwest Arctic community of Kivalina today as residents celebrate the grand opening of a new store. It's an end to eight months of struggle with limited supplies after Kivalina's store burned to the ground last December. Download Audio
Survey shows billions of juvenile Arctic cod under sea ice
What happens under Arctic sea ice has largely been hidden from the prying eyes of science. But a new under-ice trawl net has changed that. A new study finds a northern cod species lurking there in the billions. Download Audio
Middle Kuskokwim villages predict earliest river breakup on record
Middle Kuskokwim River villages reported that river ice is beginning to move out in what is expected to be the earliest river breakup on record for those villages. Download Audio
Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier/City of Bears
During part one of a three part series, bear biologist Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. Watch as he experiences close encounters with bears, observing brutal battles among males during mating season as well as tender moments between a grizzly mom and her cubs. Alaska Public Television. Wednesday, July 11. 7:00 pm
I am a Wildlife Whisperer
About 30 miles outside of Haines, Alaska, Steve Kroschel spends his days taking care of his wolverines, a wolf, a brown bear, moose, and other creatures. With help from his son and friends, Steve has built his sanctuary as a place where others can learn how to live simply and naturally.
Leone, Part Two: ‘A Rapid, Liquid Stop’
This is the second of our three-part conversation with Lt. Lance Leone, the only survivor of a fatal helicopter crash in 2010, in which three people from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka died. Leone was the co-pilot aboard Coast Guard helicopter 6017 as it flew back to Sitka from Astoria, Ore.
I Am An Ice Sculptor
Ice, an annoyance for most during the long Alaskan winters, has become the muse for Anchorage artist Speareo Stephens. Stephens stumbled upon ice sculpting when he first arrived in Alaska and has been carving away ever since.
Tlingit Masks On ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Draw Questions From Southeast Alaska
A recent episode of the popular PBS show “Antiques Roadshow” caught the attention of some Southeast residents when a couple of 200-year-old Tlingit masks from Haines appeared on screen. Download Audio
Mayor intros new measure to combat wave of Anchorage spice emergencies
One of the problems trying to enforce existing rules is that "spice" refers to a wide umbrella of drugs containing a number of different synthetic substances. Download Audio
Humpback Researchers See ‘Old Timer’ Again After 44 Years
Whale researchers in Southeast Alaska have broken the record for the longest re-sighting of a humpback whale. Forty-four years ago, the first sighting of a humpback known as Old Timer coincided with both the end of commercial whaling and the establishment of the Endangered Species Act. Download Audio
Justin Connaher and John Pennell
Justin Hayward Connaher was named after the lead singer of the 1960s rock group, Moody Blues. At age 5, he knew he was going to be a paratrooper. At 38, he knows he's a survivor. As part of StoryCorps at JBER, Justin spoke with his friend John Pennell about one of his earliest jumps. Listen now:
Secretary of Agriculture discusses wildfire season with regional forest officials
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with the nation's regional forest heads on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming wildfire season. This year is expected to be worse than average in the Southwest US, Alaska and Hawaii. Download Audio
Fairbanks Chief of Staff returns to work following summer DUI charge
One personnel issue has come to a close, and another continues at the City of Fairbanks. Speaking at a city council meeting Monday night Mayor John Eberhart welcomed chief of staff Jeff Jacobsen, who was charged with driving under the influence this summer, back to work. Listen Now
Crews Continue to Battle Funny River Fire; Rain Forecasted
Video by Sonya Wellman - Alaska Public Media The Funny River Fire continued to burn the central Kenai Peninsula this week. As of Monday afternoon, it’s estimated to have burned more than 158,000 acres with 30% containment. Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end was evacuated on Sunday afternoon. The Kenai Keys were put on evacuation alert.