Michael Fanelli, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Michael Fanelli, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Michael Fanelli reported on economics and hosted the statewide morning news at Alaska Public Media. 

Mat-Su Health Foundation receives $15 million from Mackenzie Scott to support local initiatives

The donation was the largest of several unrestricted gifts sent to Alaska organizations from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, who was once married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Anchorage

Events honoring the civil-rights leader include concerts, free legal service and a Hoops4Unity basketball event.

Alaska is getting a new tallest building — an upgraded air traffic control tower

The new control tower at the Anchorage airport will stand at 306 feet, 10 feet higher than the ConocoPhillips building.
colorful spices in a box

A refugee-led co-op in Anchorage provides work experience, with flavor

The FIG program’s Global Spice Blends has grown in popularity, providing job opportunities and community building for recently resettled refugees.
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Alaska routinely skimps on wildfire response budget, study finds

Researchers found that wildfire-prone states like Alaska were obscuring the true costs of fires, creating an added challenge to budgeting for mitigation and prevention.

Alaska Energy Authority invests $4.9M in state’s largest solar farm

The 8.5-megawatt project is set to power 1,400 homes in the Mat-Su Borough starting next year.
A gas station sign showing gas prices

Alaska gas prices among highest in U.S., despite producing most of it in-state

Even though Alaska supplies and produces the majority of its own gasoline, consumers are stuck paying prices based on other West Coast states.

Anchorage lawmakers ask FTC to block Kroger-Albertsons merger

Reps. Ivy Spohnholz and Zack Fields say the buyout would eliminate competition among Carrs and Fred Meyer, two of Alaska’s biggest grocery chains.
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Amid sluggish recovery, economist predicts more Alaska jobs in weed and mining

Alaska's economy has had a tougher time than nearly every other state bouncing back from the pandemic. But the 10-year outlook shows signs for optimism.

The Alaska Primary Care Association hopes to boost homegrown health care workforce with new grant

The money provides a much needed boost to an industry that's struggled to fill jobs for years.
A close of up photo of wild blueberries on the vine

This UAF professor is looking for help collecting blueberries. She’s paying $50 per gallon.

She’s been asking for the wild blueberries for two weeks now, but has yet to receive any.
a person standing next to a big sign that says "Welcome to Alaska"

Meet Michael Fanelli, Alaska Public Media’s new morning host

Michael is officially taking over as the job of morning news host this week from Kavitha George.
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It’ll take sustained rain to pull Anchorage out of its severe drought, says climatologist

The forecast is calling for a rainy week ahead in the city after a prolonged dry stretch.