Why aren’t there more Alaska Native defenders, prosecutors and judges?

A listener posed a question for Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska and we tackled it for this week’s show. Where are the Alaska Native defenders, prosecutors and judges in our state’s judicial system? What would justice [...]

2021-04-18T01:53:22+00:00April 18, 2021|Alaska|

Here’s how small airlines in Alaska are surviving the pandemic travel slow-down | Alaska Insight Air travel came to a halt last year as the pandemic caused closures across the country. In rural Alaska, where planes are a lifeline for many communities, airlines had to pivot and adjust to [...]

2021-04-17T01:26:25+00:00April 17, 2021|Alaska|

Alaska to offer vaccines to visitors as part of plan to boost tourism

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks about his hopes for holding a summer cruise season this year in a news conference in the hangar of Wings Airways in Juneau on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media) Alaska will [...]

2021-04-17T00:25:38+00:00April 17, 2021|Alaska|

LISTEN: Anchorage sets vaccination target to ‘do it for summer’

Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson in her Turnagain neighborhood on October 22, 20202 (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)COVID-19 restrictions are loosening just a bit Friday in Anchorage. The city’s acting mayor announced this week a target vaccination rate for when residents [...]

2021-04-16T20:21:23+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

Dunleavy administration withdraws DMV privatization plan

The DMV office in Haines, Alaska. (Courtesy of State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles) The Dunleavy administration is no longer seeking private vendors to replace six state-run Division of Motor Vehicles offices. The department that includes the DMV sent a letter [...]

2021-04-16T18:19:29+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

This Anchorage piñata maker is crafting giant COVID germs for smashing

Carolina Tolladay Vidal, 38, makes custom COVID-19 piñatas in her Anchorage home. She says smashing a coronavirus germ is especially satisfying. April 14, 2021. (Hannah Lies/Alaska Public Media)When the coronavirus pandemic hit last year, the piñata business Carolina Tolladay Vidal runs [...]

2021-04-16T17:18:25+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

Mekoryuk likely first Alaska community to reach 100% vaccination against COVID-19

YKHC Mekoryuk health aides Linda Davis (left) and Shara Davis (right) have helped vaccinate possibly 100% of their community’s eligible population against COVID-19. (Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation)The Nunivak Island community of Mekoryuk has reached as close to 100% vaccination of its [...]

2021-04-16T16:17:32+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

Rep. Young breaks with GOP colleagues with support for Puerto Rico statehood

The East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol in 2019. This area has been closed ot the public since the Jan. 6 mob attack. (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)Alaska Congressman Don Young champions statehood for Puerto Rico, defying his fellow Republicans in [...]

2021-04-16T15:16:59+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

Alaska would be first state to use blockchain-based voting system under proposed bill

Alaska would become the first state to adopt blockchain technology statewide in its voting security system under a proposal by Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Shower.  Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, in the Senate Judiciary Committee in Juneau on March 22, 2019. [...]

2021-04-16T06:08:57+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

APOC denies expedited hearing after allegations of Bronson campaign finance violation

Voters cast their votes at the Loussac Library voting center just before 6 p.m. on April 5, 2021. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)The runoff election for Anchorage mayor began to heat up this week after Forrest Dunbar’s campaign accused Dave Bronson’s [...]

2021-04-16T04:06:25+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

Gov. Dunleavy orders investigation into state disclosure of personal information with Anchorage

Gov. Mike Dunleavy (Dunleavy Flckr)On Thursday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered an investigation after the state shared individuals’ personal information with Anchorage’s municipal government without authorization, the governor’s office said.  People working on behalf of Anchorage’s government contacted individuals about COVID-19 [...]

2021-04-16T03:05:27+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

After 5-month wait forces fuel ration, barge arrives in St. Paul

The North Pacific Fuel barge arrived in St. Paul Tuesday. The small community had been waiting on its arrival since November of last year. (Courtesy of Phil Zavadil)A fuel ration in the Pribilof Island community of St. Paul ended Tuesday [...]

2021-04-16T01:03:24+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

Widow of Gary Knopp files cross complaint against charter company

Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna, speaks during a House Minority press availability in April 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Rep. Gary Knopp’s widow, Helen Knopp, has filed a counter-complaint against High Adventure Air Charters, the Soldotna company whose plane collided with [...]

2021-04-16T00:02:23+00:00April 16, 2021|Alaska|

Alaska delegation tries multi-pronged effort to save part of cruise season

The cruise ship Noordam in 2017. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s congressional delegation is trying to salvage this year’s cruise-ship season by proceeding on two fronts: Getting the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to loosen up, and solving the Canada [...]

2021-04-15T23:01:23+00:00April 15, 2021|Alaska|

U.S. Seafoods apologizes to Unalaska after COVID-positive crew caused widespread exposure at bar

The 240-foot Seafreeze America docked in Captains Bay on Tuesday, April 13. (Hope McKenney/KUCB)A Seattle seafood company has issued an apology to Unalaska after crewmembers from one of its vessels at port in the island community breached isolation protocols to visit [...]

2021-04-15T22:00:41+00:00April 15, 2021|Alaska|

Ketchikan police investigate racist, homophobic graffiti at local skate park and trail

Few traces of the graffiti remained Tuesday on a paved path near Schoenbar Middle School. (Eric Stone/KRBD) Ketchikan police are investigating racist and homophobic graffiti that appeared around an asphalt trail and local skate park over the weekend. Police said [...]

2021-04-15T20:59:25+00:00April 15, 2021|Alaska|

Alaska denied Permanent Fund dividends to gay couples despite court rulings

Protesters gathered June 5 on Ketchikan’s Berth 3 promenade to demonstrate outside a flower shop that reportedly refused to take an order for a same-sex wedding. Ketchikan’s Borough Assembly overrode a mayoral veto and asked state lawmakers to protect LBGTQ [...]

2021-04-15T19:58:41+00:00April 15, 2021|Alaska|

Biden taps Alaskan as Interior Department deputy

A 2012 photo shows Tommy Beaudreau meeting with North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower during his time as director of the newly-established Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. (BOEM)The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be [...]

2021-04-15T17:56:42+00:00April 15, 2021|Alaska|

After a year of pandemic isolation, Anchorage Muslims return to mosque for Ramadan

Youssef Barbour, a doctor in Anchorage and spokesperson for the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage Alaska at an evening prayer service on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)The crescent moon appeared in the night sky on Monday, kicking [...]

2021-04-15T16:55:07+00:00April 15, 2021|Alaska|

Western Alaska village puts up vaccine requirement to enter store

Kongiganak, Alaska in 2004. (Credit Department of Commerce Community Photo Database)COVID-19 vaccine passports are gaining some traction within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Around the same time the Bethel fitness center reopened to fully vaccinated individuals, Kongiganak started allowing only fully vaccinated community members [...]

2021-04-15T15:54:31+00:00April 15, 2021|Alaska|

Officials confirm Juneau’s first COVID case caused by more contagious virus variant

Ralph Dagdag, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is part of a team of scientists led by professor Eric Bortz, studying Covid-19 variants. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Genomic sequencing has confirmed the first positive [...]

2021-04-14T22:37:23+00:00April 14, 2021|Alaska|

Anchorage Assembly extends COVID emergency declaration by closest vote yet

The Anchorage Assembly Chambers in the Loussac Library on Jan. 26, 2021. (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday approved an eighth extension of the city’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. The measure passed six to four, the slimmest margin an [...]

2021-04-14T20:35:32+00:00April 14, 2021|Alaska|

After year of cancellations, Denali’s base camp manager prepares for return of climbing season

Lisa Roderick outside her tent at Denali Base Camp in 2018. (Katie Writer/KTNA) It’s springtime in Talkeetna and while most of the town is preparing for summer, one local resident will be wearing mittens and down for a few more [...]

2021-04-14T19:34:28+00:00April 14, 2021|Alaska|

Kenai Borough mayor attacks school district’s mask policy

KPBSD reopened school buildings to students in January, though some grades were attending on rotating schedules. All students were allowed to return full time in February. (Sabine Poux/KDLL)With five weeks remaining before summer break, the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor is [...]

2021-04-14T18:33:28+00:00April 14, 2021|Alaska|

Judge recommends state not uphold Donlin mine water certificate

The site of the proposed Donlin Mine, 145 miles northeast of Bethel. (Dean Swope/KYUK)A state judge recommended the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation not uphold a water certificate issued to the Donlin Gold mine in Western Alaska. The final decision [...]

2021-04-14T17:32:25+00:00April 14, 2021|Alaska|

For Alaska Native earring makers, the pandemic brought a boom

Lisa Apangalook, ivory carving artist, in her art studio in Spenard. (Alice Glenn/Alaska Public Media)A year ago, as the pandemic drove everybody inside, Delaney Thiele turned her focus to making earrings.  She owns a business called Cloudberry, selling Indigenous beaded [...]

2021-04-14T16:31:28+00:00April 14, 2021|Alaska|

Report sheds little light on fatal Alaska helicopter crash

A rescue helicopter lands near the site of a fatal helicopter crash that killed 5. (Alaska Mountain Rescue Group Photo)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A preliminary report from the federal agency investigating the fatal helicopter crash in Alaska that killed five [...]

2021-04-14T15:30:26+00:00April 14, 2021|Alaska|

Pacific heatwave had lasting impacts on Gulf of Alaska marine species

John Moran of NOAA and Jan Straley of the University of Alaska Southeast study whales in Prince William Sound. (Rob Suryan) When a heat wave swept through the northeast Pacific Ocean between 2014 and 2016, it changed the marine makeup [...]

2021-04-13T23:14:24+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Activists want voters to consider limiting cruise ship access to Juneau

A passenger stands on the dock in Juneau near the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, May 19, 2019. (Ryan Cunningham/KTOO) Activists in Juneau filed paperwork Monday which could lead to a local ballot questions in the fall asking voters [...]

2021-04-13T21:12:24+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

‘The dean’ meets with Biden, has concerns about infrastructure bill

President Biden met with lawmakers in the Oval Office Monday to discuss infrastructure. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, had a seat near Vice President Harris. (Photo: White House)President Biden invited Republicans to the White House Monday in an attempt to win [...]

2021-04-13T20:11:24+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Alaska providers pause use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine while feds investigate rare risk of blood clots

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imageAlaska providers are following the federal recommendation to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines while they figure out the clotting risk.  About 6.8 million doses have been administered in the U.S., and a handful [...]

2021-04-13T19:10:24+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Senators unveil bill to extend, limit Alaska disaster declaration as deadline for food aid looms

Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, participates in a Senate Finance Committee discussion in March 2019. On Monday, Bishop said the committee’s version of House Bill 76 provides for continued additional federal food aid to Alaskans while also limiting Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s [...]

2021-04-13T18:09:27+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Alaska executives, employers wrestle with whether to mandate, incentivize or encourage COVID-19 shots

A vial of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at a community vaccine clinic in Anchorage. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) For Emily Palenske, who works with residents and staff at two nursing and rehabilitation homes in the Mat-Su owned by a company [...]

2021-04-13T17:08:25+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Yup’ik engineers team up to build apps for Yugtun language learning

Lonny Alaskuk Strunk (left) and Christopher Egalaaq Liu (right) in Seattle in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Egalaaq Liu) Two Yup’ik engineers are trying to push the Yugtun or Central Alaskan Yup’ik language into the future using technology. Their latest [...]

2021-04-13T16:07:23+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

You’re vaccinated for COVID-19. Now what can you do?

Nurse Shawnece Stovall prepares doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage on March 24, 2021 (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)More and more Alaskans are getting their COVID-19 vaccines, and while [...]

2021-04-13T15:06:25+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Savoonga woman joins White House council on environmental justice

Vi Waghiyi at KNOM (Zoe Grueskin/KNOM) Viola Waghiyi of Savoonga is one of 26 members chosen for a new White House advisory council on environmental justice. She will give advice and recommendations on how to address current and historic environmental [...]

2021-04-13T05:57:23+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Anchorage acting mayor seeks emergency order extension

A hand-drawn sign about mask requirements at a downtown Anchorage bar on March 24, 2021 (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)The acting mayor of Anchorage has asked the Assembly to extend through mid-July an emergency proclamation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. [...]

2021-04-13T04:56:24+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Denali Park glacier surging 65 feet a day, threatening summit route

The Muldrow Glacier on March 17, 2021. (National Park Service)The 34-mile-long Muldrow glacier is the largest on the north side of the Alaska Range, visible from the road into Denali National Park. But as the glacier surges down toward the [...]

2021-04-13T03:55:33+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Key federal fisheries advisory panel loses Alaska Native voice

Natasha Hayden (back row, third from right), pictured here in the 2020 advisory panel, was seeking reappointment for another term. But her seat, along with that of Ernie Weiss, was eliminated at the end of last year. (Courtesy of North [...]

2021-04-13T02:54:25+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, April 12, 2021

A recent photo of the Unangax̂ cemetery at Funter Bay. (Courtesy of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum) Stories are posted on the statewide news page. You can subscribe to Alaska Public Media’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and [...]

2021-04-13T01:53:27+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Interior Department chooses Native woman for top Alaska advisor

Raina Thiele, from her days in the Obama administration. (Photo: White House) The Interior Department today named Raina Thiele as the department’s top official on Alaska issues. Thiele was President Obama’s lead tribal liaison and helped organize his landmark trip [...]

2021-04-13T00:52:30+00:00April 13, 2021|Alaska|

Anchorage mayor loosens pandemic restrictions, plus adds incentive to get vaccinated

Signs at a downtown Anchorage café encouraging patrons to wear masks and keep their distance on Dec. 8, 2020 (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Acting Anchorage mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced further loosened pandemic restrictions on Monday. Under the new emergency order, starting [...]

2021-04-12T23:51:30+00:00April 12, 2021|Alaska|
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