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Meet this year’s Fur Rondy pin designer (and his mom) | State of Art

We go downtown to the Fur Rondy HQ to speak with Corey Green, and his mom, about their family's long history with the event, pins and more.
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Unalaska positions to walk away from geothermal agreement

A Friday memo from Unalaska's administration advises against renewing a power purchase agreement in the Makushin Volcano geothermal project.
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Multiple fatalities reported in Point Hope shooting

North Slope Borough Mayor Josiah Patkotak said multiple people were dead after Sunday evening's incident, with a suspect in custody.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says bipartisan education funding bill ‘falls far short’

The bill would increase the base per-student state funding to school districts by $680, the first substantial increase since 2016. The bill would also provide new support to charter and correspondence schools and offer funding to help young students struggling to read.

Bettye Davis African American Summit: Education Forum | Addressing Alaskans

This discussion focuses on education and how it relates to the theme of the summit – “Marching till Equity, Equality & Justice is Won!”
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Kuskokwim Ice Road crew fights weather to keep river traffic flowing

The crew has established and marked more than 200 miles of roads along frozen rivers, during warm weather and intermittent snow storms.

Bristol Bay is getting a drug investigator

An Alaska State Trooper will hold the position, vacant since 2012 amid state staff shortages, as fentanyl and other drugs flow across the region.
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Alaska House approves relaxed environmental rules for ‘advanced recycling’

Rep. Tom McKay, R-Anchorage and House Bill 143’s prime sponsor, said the bill now headed to the state Senate would keep plastic out of landfills.
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Murkowski pushing to extend federal landslide risk monitoring program

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is trying to get the National Landslide Preparedness Act she helped push through Congress reauthorized for the next 10 years.
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Feds and 9 AGs sue to block Kroger-Albertsons supermarket merger

Attorneys general in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming joined the suit.
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Wasilla man dies in Big Lake snowmachine crash

David Nose, 26, died Sunday night when his snowmachine struck a parked Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck, troopers said.
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Iditarod disqualifies former champion Brent Sass amid sex assault allegations

The Iditarod board voted unanimously on Thursday to disqualify former champion Brent Sass after allegations made in November and recent questions from Alaska Public Media, the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica. Sass has denied the claims.
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Alaska News Nightly: February 23, 2024

Lawmakers pass a historic increase to education funding. Plus, the Department of Agriculture looks to reduce energy costs in rural areas.
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Iditarod reinstates musher Eddie Burke Jr. after state drops assault charges

At the time of his disqualification Monday, Burke was facing two assault charges stemming from a 2022 incident.
The Mat-Su Borough School Board meeting on Feb. 21, 2024.

Mat-Su School Board bans 1 book after months of committee review

An advisory committee recommended removal of the novel “This Ends with Us,” for its depiction of domestic violence.
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Resources for suicide prevention and healing | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend and her guests discuss resources for preventing suicide and promoting healing.

Unalaska weighs energy options as geothermal project requests new terms

Unalaska is closer than ever to building a geothermal power plant on Makushin Volcano, but the project is facing investment challenges and the city is weighing its options.
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American Library Association president hears about struggles and successes from Alaska librarians

While the state faces unique logistical challenges, Emily Drabinski says that many problems facing Alaska librarians are happening across the country.

Man found guilty of murder in Alaska Native woman’s killing that was captured on stolen memory card

The Anchorage jury returned a unanimous verdict against Brian Steven Smith after deliberating for less than two hours.

Alyeska Volunteer Ski Patrol stories | Outdoor Explorer

Alyeska decided to end their volunteer ski patrol last fall. To celebrate the patrol's history, folks gathered to tell stories and reminisce.

USDA boosts energy grants to help rural businesses, farmers, others

The federal Department of Agriculture is offering grants to help people who live and work in Alaska’s rural areas reduce their energy costs.

Juneau School Board votes to consolidate schools

The plan will put seventh and eighth grades at Thunder Mountain High School and ninth through 12th grades at Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé. 

Federal education officials say Alaska owes millions to Juneau, Kenai and North Slope school districts

Rules attached to the funding prevented states from disproportionately reducing their funding to high-need districts.
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Alaska House passes bipartisan education compromise bill with funding boost

The $246 million bill would permanently increase state education funding, boost internet speeds in some rural schools, and provide new support to charter schools.
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Alaska News Nightly: February 22, 2024

Lawmakers try to find common ground on a sweeping set of education reforms. Plus, an Anchorage jury finds Brian Smith guilty.

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