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The community of Ambler along the Kobuk river as seen from the air

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 21, 2024

Southwest tribes continue their fight against the Donlin gold mine, while supporters express confidence in the project. Plus, for the third time, a group of Sitkans is aiming to limit cruise ship tourism. And, maintenance crews deal with the impact of major weather events on Southeast hiking trails.
The community of Ambler along the Kobuk river as seen from the air

Sullivan amendment to defense bill would revive Ambler Road

The Biden administration nixed a proposal to build a road to the Ambler mining district. Sen. Sullivan wants to override that decision.
the outside of a prison

Alaska serial killer Joshua Wade dies in Indiana prison

The cause of death for Wade, 44, who claimed responsibility for the deaths of five people in Alaska, is unknown.

In his final days as Anchorage mayor, Bronson says he’s focused on a smooth transition

Dave Bronson says he has a number of accomplishments he's proud of as well as a few regrets.
an e-bike kitted out with cameras and a smartphone mount

Alaska ‘data bike’ proposal aims to reform how DOT assesses its sidewalks and trails

The idea is to get e-bikes kitted out with cameras and special smartphone software that captures how rough a path is, among other data.
Two people in 1900s costumes examine an old car.

Local play selected for L.A. theater festival | State of Art

Playwright Kristen Ritter's "Blanche Stuart Scott" is a historical comedy about a daring woman's ambitious road trip across America in 1910.
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Climate change is muddying the future of trail maintenance in Southeast Alaska

Crews face more intense mud, erosion and wash-outs wreaking havoc on trails as human-caused climate change makes rainstorms more extreme.
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Petersburg wolf trapper featured on hunting show ‘MeatEater’

A guide reluctantly showcased his talent for trapping wolves, along with his love and respect for them, on a popular hunting program.
the Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court may consider Alaska’s ‘dark money’ disclosure rules

Under Alaska law, donors are required to disclose the “true source” of large contributions from nonprofits to local candidates.
the Supreme Court

Supreme Court upholds federal ban on guns for domestic abusers

The decision was the first major gun ruling since 2022 when the high court broke sharply with existing precedent on gun laws.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 20, 2024

A military officer was one of the two men killed in a plane crash. Plus, Angoon prepares to launch a hydro-electric project.
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Federal judge considers lawsuit that could decide Alaska tribes’ ability to put land into trust

The case could allow tribal governments, rather than Alaska Native corporations, to take authority over significant amounts of Alaska land.
the Red Dog Mine

Red Dog’s dwindling ore is forcing the entire region to consider its future

The mine — an economic engine in Northwest Alaska — could close as soon as 2031.
a power plant

Demolition of Fort Greely’s old nuclear plant to begin this year

More than 50 years after the plant was decommissioned, the building that housed the reactor is scheduled for demolition.
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High-ranking Alaska Air Force officer among 2 killed in Kenai Peninsula plane crash

Air Force Col. Mark “Tyson” Sletten, 46, and civilian instructor Paul Kondrat, 41, were found dead Thursday when their plane was retrieved from Crescent Lake.
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Alaska faces consequences as federal education funding equity dispute continues

State officials offered the feds a $300,000 compromise instead of $17 million adjustment.

4 men have died in Alaska’s North Slope oil fields in just over a year

Before the recent string of workplace fatalities, there had not been a death in the area since 2018.
a sunrise

Summer officially arrives with the earliest solstice in more than 2 centuries

The summer solstice — the exact moment when Earth’s north pole is most tilted towards the sun — happens at 12:51 p.m. Alaska time Thursday.
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Woman found dead in an Anchorage home after police standoff

Police say both the woman and an officer fired their guns. Her death is under investigation.
a voter in a polling booth

Want to run for president in Alaska? You’ll need a few thousand friends.

Supporters of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have turned in more than 5,900 signatures, hoping to get the independent presidential candidate on this fall’s ballot.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Alaskans' fishy diet means higher standards for wastewater. Plus, two men are presumed dead after their plane crashed into a lake.
mobile homes

Juneau Assembly doubles loan amount available to residents purchasing a mobile home

The loans were previously available for up to $10,000 at 1% interest. But, at a meeting on Monday, the Assembly bumped that up to $20,000. 
a woman addresses a meeting room

On Juneteenth, Gov. Dunleavy weighs adding a new legal holiday for Alaska

If the governor signs a recently passed bill, Juneteenth would be observed as a state holiday in 2025.
A crescent-shaped lake in the mountains on the Kenai Peninsula.

2 men presumed dead after Kenai Peninsula plane crash

Two hikers witnessed the small plane crash into Crescent Lake, troopers say.
Two people on a dog walk.

Anchorage records its warmest three-day stretch since 2022

From Friday through Sunday, the official three-day average high temperature was 71.3 degrees, the hottest since the summer of 2022.

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