• After misdiagnosis and amputation, Anchorage woman wins $21M

    The Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. (Photo courtesy of ANTHC)
    The federal government has paid an Anchorage woman more than $20 million after a bad diagnosis led to the amputation of her arms and legs.
    Staff at Alaska Native Medical Center in 2011 thought the woman had shingles, when she actually had a worsening skin infection and was in the early stages of sepsis. They sent her home, but several days later, Mardi Strong returned near-death, suffering septic shock. Ultimately, doctors
  • Alaska Airlines workers rally again for higher wages, job security

    John Walters helped organize a rally of Alaska Airlines workers at Juneau International Airport in Dec. 2018. Photo: Zoe Grueskin/KTOO.
    Alaska Airlines workers rallied across the West Coast on Saturday, calling for job security and higher wages — and a resolution to slow moving contract negotiations.
    At the Juneau International Airport, around 15 employees took part. They sported the same neon green t-shirts worn at a similar event three months ago. The front reads “$how us the money
  • Ethics enforcers let former Juneau lawmaker’s unpaid ethics fines slide

    One of Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary definitions of ethics is “the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group.” (Photo illustration by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/12/10ETHICS-NPR1.mp3
    Two years back, the Alaska Legislature’s in-house ethics enforcers asked a former lawmaker to pay more than $18,000 in fines and write a public letter of apology. They said that while he was in office, the Juneau lawmaker had broken seve
  • Anchorage Museum archives earthquake with viral memes, Twitter poetry

    After the devastating Good Friday earthquake in 1964, archivers collected print newspaper headlines, letters and photographs shot on film. After a magnitude 7 earthquake rolled through Anchorage Nov. 30, when the Anchorage Museum began working to catalog and archive the event for future generations, museum director Julie Decker said staff also turned to the Internet.
    “That’s where stories are being shared, that’s where photos are being shared, and we saw a lot of memes going ou
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  • Fundraiser promotes two-spirit inclusivity with indigenous drag show

    Tlingit artist Ricky Tagaban performs as the drag persona Lituya Hart at the “Besties for Breasties” drag show and medical fundraiser at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau on Sept. 21, 2018. The event was hosted by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as benefit for Tlingit language teacher Mary Folletti Daaljíni and may be the first drag show sponsored by a tribal government. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)
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  • A week after the Anchorage earthquake, city continues to find damaged homes

    Jessica Fox stands outside her home, which was badly damaged by the Nov. 30 earthquake. Fox said her porch was level before the earthquake hit. (Photo: Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    On a quiet side street in Anchorage’s Sand Lake neighborhood, a yellow sign appeared Wednesday on resident Chris George’s front door.
    “RESTRICTED USE,” it states in bold, capital letters, with a handwritten note beneath: “Not recommended to occupy until engineer evaluatio
  • Newscast – Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

    In this newscast:ADN reporter James Brooks discusses Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s new administrative order consolidating state budget power,
    JPD identifies and arrests a suspect in downtown bank robbery,
    15 tribal nations in Southeast Alaska petition for action against British Columbia mines,
    the U.S. District Court in Anchorage reopens,
    Alaskan whaling captains succeed in getting an international whaling rule changed, a
  • Alaska state marijuana tax collection hits $1.8M in October

    The state of Alaska has collected $12.8 million in marijuana tax revenue so far this year, reaping a monthly record of $1.8 million in October.
    The latest report from the state — through October — shows the Matanuska-Susitna valley region with the highest number of businesses paying the tax.
    But Kelly Mazzei with the Department of Revenue says businesses there also make the lowest average tax payments.
    Cultivators pay the tax, imposed when marijuana is sold or transferred from a lice
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  • Central Gulf of Alaska halibut charters may face more closures

    Crewmen load halibut near Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by Gillfoto)
    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council could be taking additional steps to reduce the catch of halibut by the charter fleet in the central Gulf of Alaska next year. Those charters could see some regulation shifts in 2019 while the rules for Southeast-based charters will likely remain the same.
    The council regulates halibut charters based upon the expected total allowable catch along the U.S. and Canadian Pacific coast.
  • Fireman’s Ball features Gamble and the High Costa Living

    Scott Burton hosts on Monday, December 10, 2018.
    We’ll learn about the Juneau chapter of the Alaska State Firefighters Association, and talk about their Fireman’s Ball with music from Gamble and the High Costa Living. Mudrooms will preview Tuesday night’s storytelling gathering themed “family fun.” And we’ll have our monthly check in with the Juneau Police Department.
    That’s Juneau Afternoon on Monday: 3 p.m. on KTOO 104.3 FM, and repeated at 4 p.m. on K
  • When a step back into prison is really a jump forward on the road to recovery

    Community members gathered for a conversation at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Slingsby)Alexandria Niksik has been in and out of prison for seven years. Her most recent return home only lasted 16 days. But what might look like failure from the outside is actually a key step toward success and recovery from alcohol misuse.
    When Niksik was a kid in St. Michael, a village in western Alaska, she learned some lessons pretty quickly.
    “With just violence being a
  • Teachers at an Anchorage middle school pack up their classrooms for quake-induced move

    Binders were left behind by students as they evacuated during the earthquake. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)
    Teachers at Gruening Middle School in Eagle River began the process today of relocating to their new classrooms at Chugiak High School.
    Concrete near the front of Gruening sustained major damage from Friday’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake and there was a possible gas leak near the cafeteria.
    Gruening math teacher Kadra Peterson had a three-hour window to pack up the essentia
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  • New education program is a good ‘MATCH’ for adult learners

    Samantha Coronell is a student in The Learning Connection’s MATCH program. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO)
    Samantha Coronell said she’s always had trouble paying attention in school.
    The 27-year-old was born in Juneau but moved away with her family in the third grade.
    “And I moved back as soon as I could, had to come home. I didn’t realize it, but I missed the mountains. All my homework had little pictures of mountains on it,” said Coronell.
    Coronell did return to June
  • Alaska Native groups ask Dunleavy to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women

    (Graphic by Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descendant), PhD-c, courtesy of Urban Indian Health Institute)
    Several Alaska Native organizations asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday to fund investigations and prosecutions of cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
    Kendra Kloster, executive director of Native Peoples Action, drafted a letter to Dunleavy asking for his support.
    “There’s an alarming number of indigenous women and girls that have disappeared or been mu
  • Updated: Juneau police investigate bank robbery at downtown Wells Fargo

    David Glenn Waits. (Photo courtesy of Juneau Police Department)
    Update (Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m.) — Adelyn Baxter, KTOO
    In an updated release, the Juneau Police Department identified the suspect in Thursday’s robbery as Juneau resident David Glenn Waits, 54.
    Police say Waits allegedly presented a Wells Fargo teller with a note demanding $50 and $100 bills. He appeared intoxicated and became more agitated as he continued to demand the money.
    The employees gave Waits one $100 bill after growi
  • Juneau police investigate bank robbery at downtown Wells Fargo

    Juneau police detained one person after an attempted bank robbery at the downtown Juneau Wells Fargo Thursday afternoon.
    According to a Juneau Police Department release, Wells Fargo employees contacted police around 2:40 p.m. to report that a person came into the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding money. He became more aggressive when the teller did not immediately comply, but did not directly threaten anyone at the bank.
    Police say there were no reports that the man was arme
  • Artist Sarah Campen presents “the Rolodex Project//On Leadership”

    Kavitha George hosts on Friday, December 7, 2018.
    Artist Sarah Campen will preview her show “the Rolodex Project//On Leadership” – an interactive installation that explores leadership values through video, movement, and sculpture. We’ll talk with the Girls on the Run program about Saturday’s 5K. And we’ll meet the Juneau Artists Gallery’s featured artist Christine Lewis.
  • Ruling limits how Juneau can spend cruise passenger fees

    A pair of Panamax cruise ships docked in downtown Juneau on Aug. 30, 2017. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)
    A federal judge has ruled Juneau can keep collecting fees from cruise ship passengers. But the judge sided with the cruise industry which sued over how the funds are spent.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/12/06CLIA.mp3
    Juneau’s local government collects $8 per cruise ship passenger. It uses those funds to build things like bigger docks for bigger cruise ships.
    But it’s
  • Reactions from Utqiaġvik on a whaling quota rule change: “We don’t have to beg anymore”

    The bone arch in Utqiaġvik, made from bones of the bowhead whale. This year, Alaska whalers succeeded in getting the rules changed for how their whaling quota is renewed. (Photo courtesy of Arctic Council Secretariat / Kseniia Iartceva)
    Back in September, a group of whaling captains made the long trip from Alaska to Florianópolis, Brazil.
    They went to do something they’ve done dozens of times since the late 1970s: ask an international commission to let them keep whaling.
    But th
  • Got quake damage? Officials outline next steps for claims.

    Lights sway in a coffee shop in downtown Anchorage after an earthquake on Nov. 30, 2018. (GIF by Ryan Cunningham/KTOO; Video by Nat Herz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    As residents in Southcentral Alaska clean up damage from last week’s earthquake, government officials have one major request: Take notes.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/12/ann-20181205-04.mp3
    That was one key message at a special Anchorage Assembly meeting Wednesday addressing how individuals should be submitting c
  • Hydro One’s Avista merger unraveling over Ontario’s political meddling

    Hydro One’s logo on a tower at its headquarters in Toronto on May 20, 2015. Hydro One says it’s Canada’s largest electricity transmission and distribution service provider. (Public domain photo by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine)
    Regulators in Washington state have blocked the acquisition of Alaska Electric Light & Power’s parent company by a Canadian utility. AEL&P serves about 17,000 homes and businesses in Juneau and Hecla Mining Company’s Gr
  • Dunleavy and his supporters celebrate inauguration in Wasilla

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy (center) was surrounded by his family at his inaugural celebration at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla. From left: his daughter Ceil Ann; his brother Francis, of Houston, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah; Mike Dunleavy; his brother William, of Allentown, Pennsylvania; his brother Patrick of Scranton, Pennsylvania; his daughter Catherine; and his daughter Maggie. His wife Rose is obscured in the photo. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)
    Several hundred
  • Juneau officials seek public input on how to spend marine passenger fee revenue

    Passengers walk a downtown Juneau dock where three cruise ships are tied up in June 2017. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)
    Locals with ideas for how the city should spend marine passenger fees have until Jan. 2 to submit proposals.
    The $5-per-passenger head tax has been around since 1999, when Juneau voters passed a proposition meant to offset the cruise industry’s impact on local resources.
    Proceeds have funded things like seasonal crossing guards, better signs and public facilit
  • Alaska Supreme Court to weigh in on final unresolved House race

    State Review Board member Stuart Sliter discusses part of the election certification process with board member Lynda Thater-Flemmer, seated, and House District 1 candidate Kathryn Dodge, D-Fairbanks, in the Juneau office of the Alaska Division of Elections on Nov. 23, 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    The Division of Elections ran through every ballot for House District 1 last Friday. Officials counted 2,662 votes for Democrat Kathryn Dodge and 2,663 for her opponent, Republican Bart LeB
  • Murkowski: Disaster aid for Alaska likely to be linked to relief for California wildfires

    Photo of U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)
    The federal government has kicked in the first $5 million to help Alaska deal with the immediate effects of the earthquake. But the big money will have to come from Congress.
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski said disaster funds for Alaska will likely be included in a bill with aid for the victims of the California wildfires.
    “What we’ve been told is we’ll have that opportunity when the wildfires are addressed in January,&rdquo
  • Dunleavy names new AG, Corrections and Public Safety commissioners

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at an inauguration celebration in Wasilla on December 4, 2018. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)
    Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced his new public safety team Wednesday morning.
    Amanda Price, a victims’ advocate, will take over the Department of Public Safety from former commissioner Walt Monegan.
    Dunleavy also tapped Nancy Dahlstrom to head the state’s Department of Corrections. Dahlstrom was recently elected to serve as a state representa
  • Juneau Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”

    Scott Burton hosts on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
    Juneau Dance Theatre will preview this weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker” ballet. The Zach Gordon Youth Center will give us an update, and we’ll outline all the First Friday Gallery Walk arts and entertainment happenings with Arts Up.
    That’s Juneau Afternoon on Thursday: 3 p.m. on KTOO 104.3 FM, and repeated at 4 p.m. on KRNN 102.7 FM.
    Featured image is by Gabriel Saldana Follow of dance of the snowflake
  • Human rights complaint filed over transboundary mining in British Columbia

    A tailings dam holds mine waste from the Red Chris Mine in 2017. The copper-and-gold mine in British Columbia is on the Stikine River which flows into Southeast Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Garth Lenz)
    Canadian mines upstream from Southeast Alaska violate the human rights of tribal members. That’s the thrust of a 215-page petition filed Wednesday by a consortium of 15 Alaska tribes and an environmental group.
    It calls on the the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate a half
  • Ben Stevens, former Alaska senator investigated by FBI, lands job with Dunleavy administration

    Ben Stevens, the former Alaska Senate president once investigated for corruption by federal authorities, has landed a job in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration.
    Stevens will work as one of Dunleavy’s three policy advisors, focusing on transportation, legislation and fishing, a spokesman for Dunleavy, Jeff Turner, said in an email.
    Stevens didn’t respond to a request for comment.
    Ben Stevens’ portrait from when he was a state senator.
    Stevens is one of three sons of the l
  • Alaska selfie-takers told to stay off quake-buckled road

    Drivers pass the collapsed exit ramp from International Airport Road to Minnesota Drive in Anchorage. (Video still by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    With sizable shockwaves still emanating from last week’s powerful earthquake, authorities in Alaska are urging the selfie-taking public to stay away from a road that was badly mangled.
    Some photos posted on social media show people even climbing into large cracks on the buckled road in Wasilla north of Anchorage, Alaska State Tro
  • Watch: Bush National Cathedral ceremony

    Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.
  • Don ‘Moose’ Young says farewell to George H.W. Bush

    George H.W. Bush and Don Young. (Photo courtesy of Don Young.)
    When Alaska Congressman Don Young thinks of the 41st president of the United States, he remembers a nice guy who could be fierce with a racket.
    George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, played baseball at Yale — but that wasn’t his only ballgame. Young said the president would regularly come to Capitol Hill to play racquetball with him and other House members. He said Bush had a mean corner shot that he called “n
  • Iditarod clears Dallas Seavey in 2017 doping controversy

    Defending Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey greets his leaders prior to the ceremonial start of Iditarod 2016. (Photo by Ben Matheson/Alaska Public Media.)
    The Iditarod Trail Committee released a statement Tuesday clearing four-time champion Dallas Seavey of any wrongdoing in a doping incident that happened more than a year-and-a-half ago.
    The race’s board of directors says it does not believe Seavey “had any involvement with, or knowledge of, the events that led to the positive (drug)
  • Alaska DOT is in crisis response mode — and it just got a new boss

    Alaska Department of Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon sits at an incident command meeting Monday, Dec. 1, 2018 — his first day on the job and three days after a massive earthquake wreaked havoc on roads in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz / Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    Something you probably wouldn’t do in a corporate setting: replace a big business’s chief executive when it’s in the middle of a crisis response.
    But that’s pretty mu
  • Newscast – Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

    In this newscast:The state’s fall oil price forecast is delayed after prices drop 22 percent in November,
    the head of the state transportation department turns over takes over amid the earthquake response,
    Congressman Don Young shares memories of George H.W. Bush, and
    Iditarod officials clear Dallas Seavey of wrongdoing in a doping incident.
  • Court contest deadline imminent in pivotal House election recount

    Democrat Kathryn Dodge is considering a court challenge to last week’s election recount that put Republican Bart LeBon one vote ahead of her in a race to represent downtown Fairbanks. (Dodge photo courtesy of Kathryn Dodge and LeBon photo courtesy of Bart LeBon)
    The deadline to legally contest the outcome of last Friday’s pivotal House District 1 election recount is Wednesday afternoon.
    The recount last week put Republican Bart LeBon one vote ahead of Democrat Kathryn Dodge for the s
  • Alaska Marine Highway System takes step to replace old ferry

    The MV Tustemena in downtown Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by Gillfoto)
    The Alaska Marine Highway System has taken the first step in the process of finding a shipyard to build a ferry to replace an aging vessel serving southwest Alaska.
    The highway system issued a pre-solicitation notice last month for the Tustumena Replacement Project, but a possible construction date and build location remain unknown because of a pending federal waiver, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday.
    The federal wa
  • Could tiny homes be a big solution for coastal Alaska’s housing crisis?

    Local workers in Eek construct a 320-square-foot tiny home as part of a CVRF pilot project to see if tiny homes funded partly by mortgages could increase homeownership in communities with housing shortages. (Photo courtesy Coastal Villages Region Fund)
    The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has a housing crisis. Roughly 3,000 new homes are needed, but less than 30 houses are built in the region each year, according to a statewide housing assessment. Meanwhile, nearly half of the region’s existing homes
  • Nine printmakers present “Impressions”

    Sheli DeLaney hosts on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
    Artists Alice Tersteeg and Fumi Matsumoto will preview “Impressions,” an art show with nine contributing printmakers.The Juneau Douglas City Museum will tell us about Plein Rein, Coffee and Collections and model trains. And we’ll meet the Wildlife Wednesday presenter Dr. Cristina Eisenberg, Chief Scientist at the Earthwatch Institute.
    That’s Juneau Afternoon on Wednesday: 3 p.m. on KTOO 104.3 FM, and repeated at 4 p.m. o
  • Focus shifts to child care needs in wake of earthquake

    Most city services are getting back to normal in Anchorage after Friday’s major earthquake. Utilities like electricity, water, and trash collection are back to pre-quake status.
    Anchorage schools are not.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/12/ann-20181203-07.mp3
    With schools closed for the entire week in Anchorage, many families are looking for child care so they can get back to work.
    Thread, an organization focused on child care and early education, is working with state and muni
  • Dunleavy swearing-in obstacles don’t stop Noorvik inauguration feast

    Noorvik elders sing the hymn Aarigaa to welcome Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Rose Dunleavy and other dignitaries on Monday. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)
    Planning for events in rural Alaska always carries the caveat “weather permitting.” That was the case Monday, as new Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s swearing-in ceremony didn’t go according to plan. Fog prevented Dunleavy’s plane from landing in Noorvik in time for his swearing-in ceremony. So he was
  • Post-earthquake, air traffic controllers exiled from Anchorage tower used a pickup truck instead

    The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport’s control tower, at far right, had to be evacuated after Friday’s earthquake. (Photo by Michael Hayes)
    The 12-story air traffic control tower at Anchorage’s main airport is normally one of the best offices in town, with sweeping views of Cook Inlet, Denali and the Chugach Mountains.
    On Friday morning, though, Anchorage’s 7.0 earthquake reminded controllers that their workplace rests atop a “150-foot toothpick,” s
  • No earthquake policy? Your loss may still be insured.

    Workers sweep up broken glass after the Nov. 30, 2018, earthquake in Anchorage. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    You probably don’t have earthquake insurance. Fewer than 20 percent of Alaska homeowners do, according to state estimates. But if your property was damaged, you may still have options to get compensation.
    Homeowners’ insurance doesn’t usually cover earthquake damage, but standard policies often extend to events that immediately follow an earthq
  • Mat-Su middle school likely closed for remainder of school year following quake

    Mat-Su School Superintendent Monica Goyette says Houston Middle School took the most damage during the Friday earthquake, and it’s very likely it won’t be reopened this school year. (Photo courtesy of Tim Leach)
    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District said Houston Middle School will likely be closed for the rest of the year because of extensive damage from Friday’s earthquake. Most schools in the district will be able to resume classes by Thursday, Dec. 6.
    Mat-Su Dis
  • Newscast – Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

    In this newscast:Anchorage air traffic controllers rode out Friday’s 7.0 earthquake from their control tower, then a pickup truck at the end of a runway
    Republican Mike Dunleavy was sworn in as Alaska’s new governor.
    During the transition between governors, some state websites have been taken down — some may not return.
  • With Kiehl headed to Alaska Senate, Juneau Assembly seeks applicants for open seat

    Democratic Senate District Q candidate Jesse Kiehl answers a question during a League of Women Voters of Juneau candidate forum for Juneau-area legislative candidates @360 on Oct. 9, 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    The Juneau Assembly is now accepting applications for a short-term replacement for Assembly member Jesse Kiehl’s soon-to-be-vacant District 1 seat.
    Kiehl won the November election to replace retiring state Sen. Dennis Egan in the Alaska Senate. That means he will resign his s
  • Where’d the website for Walker’s climate change team go?

    As of Dec. 3, this is the message you’ll see in a Google Chrome browser if you try to visit climatechange.gov.alaska.gov. (Screenshot by Ryan Cunningham/KTOO)
    As Gov. Mike Dunleavy was sworn into office Monday, the transition of power was also taking place online.
    The Alaska Office of Information Technology is going through the process of updating the state website and editing pages with the former governor’s name.
    That means websites you could access last week may not be available n
  • Dunleavy names new Alaska Fish and Game chief

    There’s a new person in charge of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
    The governor has tapped Doug Vincent-Lang to be the acting head of Fish and Game. The announcement came Monday afternoon just hours after Mike Dunleavy was sworn in.
    Vincent-Lang is a former state fisheries biologist who rose to be the state’s environmental species coordinator during the Parnell administration. More recently he served as director for the Division of Wildlife Conservation. In that job, he u
  • Alaska railroad on the way to recovery following severe earthquake damage

    Workers making repairs to a section of the Alaska Railroad south of Eklutna that was damaged by the earthquake on Nov. 30. (Photo courtesy Alaska Railroad)
    Parts of the Alaska Railroad were severely damaged by Friday’s earthquake, interrupting both freight and passenger service.
    But according to an Alaska Railroad spokesperson, thanks to the speed of repairs, trains are likely to start running again by early this week.
    Alaska Railroad external affairs director Tim Sullivan said there were
  • CBJ Assembly Meeting – Nov. 26, 2018


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