• Alaska dividend bill draws support from unusual allies

    Legislators on opposite ends of the political spectrum are supporting an Alaska Senate bill to restore the portion of Alaskans’ oil wealth checks cut by Gov. Bill Walker last year.
    Walker vetoed half the checks after legislative sessions that focused on the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit ended in gridlock.
    Senators who want the rest of the checks restored disagree with Walker’s veto but they also have different ideas on what a fiscal plan should include.
    It remains to be s
  • Spinning for a cause with Revolutions on Super Bowl weekend

    Spinning and burning calories for a cause the day before Super Bowl 51. Revolutions is a fundraiser for Anchorage Project Access. Spinning is a term used for indoor cycling exercises with other people in a group.
    The nonprofit has been in Anchorage for the past decade and coordinates donated health care for those that need it. According to Kristi Holta, there are still thousands of Alaskans that don’t have insurance. Anchorage Project Access works with 600 healthcare providers that volunte
  • Teacher of the Week: Kaity Williamson

    For Kaity Williamson, teaching is her dream job.
    “Everyday is different, the kids are awesome,” she explained.
    Williamson is a biology teacher at Service High School and is helping her students explore careers in biomedical sciences. “Health care is definitely an up and coming need in this nation and our kids are hopefully going to fill a void,” Williamson said.
    Williamson helped co-found the Biomedical Career Academy (BCA) at Service.
    “I want to say almost all
  • Soldotna hockey captain suspended from weekend play over racist tweets

    A senior on the Soldotna High School hockey team was suspended from play over the weekend after posting racist comments on social media.
    The player was a team captain but did not participate in games in Anchorage over the weekend.
    Posts on his personal Twitter account, one dated Thursday and one dated Friday, quickly went viral around the state, in which the posts made denigrating remarks about Alaska Natives, homosexuals and the former first family.
    The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District a
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  • Seward declares state of emergency after heavy snowfall

    Courtesy of Norm Regis
    Heavy snowfall caused the City of Seward to declare a state of emergency Saturday, according to a letter written by Seward city manager Jim Hunt.
    In the document, dated Jan. 21, Hunt said city crews were managing roads “as well as it can” and noted that emergency service areas had been cleared. The letter also stated snow dump sites were nearly full, the Public Works crew was stretched thin and the next storm was expected Monday.
    The letter went on to say that
  • Alaska man caught with meth on ferry sentenced to prison

    JUNEAU — A 21-year-old man caught transporting methamphetamine on a ferry running between Washington state and Ketchikan, Alaska, has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison.
    The Juneau Empire reported Sunday that Jason Corey Vincent Alto was sentenced last week to 20 months in prison.
    Court documents say Alto was stopped by Alaska troopers in May after a K-9 alerted troopers to the more than 3 pounds of meth in his luggage.
    Federal prosecutors called it the single largest seizure of
  • Coast Guard rescues downed pilot near Shelikof Strait

    The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a pilot who crashed near Shelikof Strait on Sunday afternoon.
    The pilot reportedly crashed his single-engine Super Cub airplane while attempting to land in deep snow on Hallo Glacier Lake, about 75 miles northwest of Kodiak, according to a Jan. 23 news release.
    A Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew received a mayday call from the pilot.
    The Jayhawk crew lowered an aviation survival technician to help right the aircraft and transported the uninjured pilot t
  • 13 inches of weekend snow boosts Anchorage into record books

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Winter conditions more closely associated with Alaska have returned to the state’s largest city after two years of low snowfall totals.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Rebecca Duell says Anchorage has received 23.8 inches of snow so far in January.
    That’s the second highest total for the start of a calendar year since records began being taken at the airport in 1953. The highest snowfall 23 days into a new year was 26.6 inches of snow in 2007. Co
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  • Meet The Republican Governors Who Don’t Want To Repeal All Of Obamacare

    As congressional Republicans begin work on repealing the Affordable Care Act, many of the nation’s governors want to make sure that their state budgets don’t take a hit during the dismantling process.
    They’re most concerned about Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor that’s run jointly by the states and federal government. As a result of a Supreme Court decision, states were allowed to decide whether they would expand Medicaid under the ACA; 14 million peopl
  • Officer smashes window to save woman trapped in burning car

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – A woman who was trapped in a burning car is hailing a Washington state officer as a hero after he bashed in her window and pulled her to safety, a rescue caught on the officer’s body camera.
    Video shows Officer Tim Schwering of the city of Spokane repeatedly smashing the window with a baton as flames shoot from the hood of the car on a snowy street.
    He eventually cracked a hole for Kim Novak to fit through and pulled her out.
    Novak told Spokane news station KREM
  • Destructive storms soak, batter and bury communities around the country

    Multiple destructive storm systems damaged property and killed at least 19 people over the weekend, and continued to batter much of the U.S. with rain, snow and wind today.
    All 19 reported deaths were in the South, where apparent tornadoes ripped through towns over the weekend, damaging and destroying buildings in multiple states.
    “Trailers are just flat, just laid on top of people,” Debbie Van Brackel, a volunteer EMT in Adel, Ga., told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday. &l
  • Trump signs 3 executive orders, including withdrawal from Pacific trade deal

    President Trump acted on Monday to keep a signature campaign promise: withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    Trump’s action, an executive order, is mostly symbolic.
    As he signed the order in the Oval Office, Trump said, “We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” adding it’s “a great thing for the American worker.”
    Trump also signed two other executive orders, though NPR has not seen the official language on the orders yet. One is exp
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  • Fairbanks finds police chief conducted other business on job

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The Fairbanks mayor’s office says a former city police chief did have a conflict of interest that barred him from the job.
    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Friday Mayor Jim Matherly’s office said in a news release that the investigation into former Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon’s personal security-survey business is complete and substantiated allegations of conflict-of-interest violations.
    Aragon was accused of using his positi
  • Arctic Valley gets enough snow to open for skiing

    With more than a foot of fresh snow, the Arctic Valley Ski Area opened Sunday for the first time this season.
    “Me and my buddies came out thinking we’re just going to get a couple turns, a couple laps in,” said snowboarder Reynaldo Perez-Figueredo. “It ended up being an all-day affair and some deep, awesome powder.”
    They kicked off the season with a membership free ski day and $10 lift tickets.
    “We had all three parking lots full, everybody walking out wi
  • Alaska protesters join women’s marches amid subzero temps

    Protesters dusted in snow and bundled against subzero temperatures were among those who marched in Alaska to show solidarity with the women’s march on Washington.
    Pink hats dotted the Anchorage crowd Saturday as marchers pushed through a winter storm and held signs with slogans including “Women’s rights are human rights.”
    Fairbanks protesters faced temperatures that hovered around 20 below zero. It was minus 16 degrees for marchers in Barrow.
    As protesters gathered at the
  • Heavy snow collapses sports facility dome

    Heavy snow has collapsed the roof of an Anchorage sports complex.
    The Dome is closed and all events have been postponed until repairs can be made.
    Pressurized air along with cables and pipes support the dome.
    Officials had evacuated the building when the roof started to sag.
    It collapsed Saturday night.
    A statement from facility management says no one was injured.
    It’s unclear when The Dome will reopen.
  • Blizzard warning issued for Unalaska area

    The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Unalaska area for Sunday.
    The Unalaska Department of Public Safety released a statement Saturday saying winds up to 80 mph and heavy snow will produce white-out conditions in the city on the Aleutian Islands.
    Officials urge residents to secure loose objects that could be blown around and damage property.
    The blizzard warning is in effect from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Motorists are warned to exercise caution.
  • Strong harvests, more oversight marked 2016 groundfish fisheries

    Alaska Pollock. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)
    Last year was a good year overall for groundfish fisheries in the region.
    With a few standout harvests and favorable proposals with the Board of Fisheries, managers are feeling optimistic heading into the new year.
    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game oversees several groundfish fisheries within the Cook Inlet Management Area, which extends outside of Kachemak Bay to the north Gulf coast.
    “These fisheries include Paci
  • Craig Tribal Association’s land-into-trust application approved

    The Department of the Interior announced approval of Craig Tribal Association’s land-into-trust application on January 13.  This is the first application from Alaska to be approved since the Interior Department issued a revised rule in 2014 expelling the “Alaska exception.”
    Craig Tribal Association’s application places a 1.08-acre parcel into federal Indian trust status. Tribal president Clinton Cook Sr. says the association applied for the status change to protect C
  • Trump Aide Says He Won’t Release Tax Returns, Claiming Most People Don’t Care

    President Donald Trump speaks during a White House senior staff swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Sunday. Andrew Harnik/AP
    A top aide to President Donald Trump says he won’t release his tax returns, insisting that voters aren’t concerned about the issue.
    “The White House response is he’s not going to release his tax returns,” said Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, on ABC’s “This Week.”
    “We litigated this all through the
  • Republican Plan To Replace Obamacare Would Turn Medicaid Over To States

    Within hours of taking the oath of office, new President Donald Trump signed his first executive order in the Oval Office while the press looked on. Evan Vucci/AP
    Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, told NBC News’s Sunday Today with Willie Geist, that the health care law that will replace Obamacare will turn Medicaid — a joint state-federal health insurance program for the poor — into a block grant program. The change would mean the federal government would give money to th
  • President of Gambia Leaves For Exile, Allowing For First Peaceful Transfer Of Power

    Adama Barrow was sworn in as President of Gambia at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday in the nation’s first peaceful and democratic transfer of power. AP
    After weeks of uncertainty and political tension, the longtime ruler of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has boarded a plane to fly into exile.
    On Dec. 1, Jammeh lost an election to Adama Barrow in a shocking upset. Initially, Jammeh accepted the result — then, a week later, he changed his mind. He issued a state of emergenc
  • Records fall as snow accumulates across Southcentral

    The latest round of snow across southcentral Alaska is setting new records.
    The snow started falling in Anchorage around 6 p.m. Friday and continued to fall through Saturday night. As of 9 p.m., 12 inches of snow had fallen at the National Weather Service office in west Anchorage, with more on the way.
    Most of the Anchorage Bowl picked up between 11 and 13 inches. This set a new record for the most snow ever recorded on Jan. 21 since records began in the early 1950s. The previous record was
  • Consultant raises concerns about Alaska gas project

    A legislative consultant is raising red flags about Alaska taking the lead on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project, even as Gov. Bill Walker has said he’s comfortable with it.
    Legislators are scheduled to hear a project update Monday.
    In a recent report to lawmakers, consultant Nikos Tsafos outlined challenges threatening the project’s potential for success.
    He says they include a competitive market and a laundry list of tasks the state will need to achieve, such as finding
  • Pete Kaiser wins third consecutive Kuskokwim 300

    Pete Kaiser won his third consecutive Kuskokwim 300 Sunday morningCredit Katie Basile / KYUK
    Pete Kaiser made it three in a row Sunday morning, winning the 2017 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Kaiser crossed the finish line in Bethel at 10:37 a.m. to loud cheers from his hometown crowd, according to a story published by KYUK Public Media. His leader, Palmer, brought home the nine-dog team.
    Brent Sass, who came in second last year, followed 46 minutes later at 11:23 a.m. finishing as the race&rsquo
  • Soldotna hockey captain suspended for racist Twitter posts

    Racist comments posted on Twitter recently by the captain of the Soldotna Stars hockey team created a firestorm on social media and have cost the player his spot on the team.
    Soldotna High School student Ethan Brown used his personal Twitter account to denigrate Alaska Natives and homosexuals while also making a racist remark about former first family, head coach Derek Urban confirmed Saturday.
    “3 things I hate. Liberals, faggots, and Alaska natives,” one tweet read, d
  • 4 more survivors pulled out of Italy’s avalanche-hit hotel

    Emergency crews pulled out four more survivors from the rubble of a hotel crushed by an avalanche and were searching Saturday for more who may still be alive as family members awaited word if their relatives were among the lucky ones.
    The overnight operations raised to at least nine the number of people found alive in the rubble of Wednesday’s avalanche that demolished the Hotel Rigopiano in the Gran Sasso mountain area when tons of snow rushed down the mountainside, slamming into the reso
  • Alaska National Guardsmen take part in presidential inauguration

    Federal employees and military service members pose for a photo together National Guard Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, JTF D.C. Alaska Guardsmen tasked with supporting the 58th Presidential Inauguration receive a briefing U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel Alaska Guardsmen tasked with supporting the 58th Presidential Inauguration receive a briefing from Maj. Gen. Laurie HummelU.S. Army National Guard photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel
  • Dangerous avalanche conditions for southern, western Kenai Mountains

    Dangerous avalanche conditions are expected Saturday evening through Monday in the southern and western portions of the Kenai Mountains. That includes areas like Summit Lake, Carter Lake, Lost Lake Snug Harbor and Bear Creek.
    The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center in Girdwood says the two to five feet of snow that fell on mountain slopes Friday and Saturday means human-triggered large avalanches are likely on slopes steeper than 30 degrees.
    In their special avalanche bulletin r
  • Two days, two Capitol protests and two very different turnouts

    An anti-abortion crowd listened to a series of speeches against abortion on Friday. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)
    Two protests were held on the steps of the state capitol this weekend. The first on Friday, called for an end to abortion. Then Saturday, hundreds came out for the “March on Juneau” to show support for women’s rights.
    The two protests were different in tone, message and especially in size.
    On Friday, a little more than a few dozen anti-abortion supporters –
  • The Latest: Sentencing reset for Alaska strip club owner

    A sentencing hearing has been canceled for the second day in a row in the case of an Alaska man who was convicted of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor while operating a floating strip club.
    Darren Byler is now set for sentencing Monday afternoon. He was set to be sentenced in Anchorage this week but twice was unable to make it after his flights, including one on Friday, from Kodiak Island were canceled.
    U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason rescheduled the sentencing after telling Byler b
  • Alaska governor proposes pay freeze bill amid state deficit

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proposed freezing his own salary, along with the salaries of the lieutenant governor, legislators and state department heads.
    It’s part of a broader bill that would freeze non-union state-worker pay for two years, beginning in July. The bill also would allow the governor to waive any portion of the governor’s salary during that time.
    Walker’s term ends in 2018. He has said he’ll probably seek re-election.
    In a release, Walker says he has propos
  • Alaska ends 2016 with 6.7 percent unemployment rate

    The state labor department says Alaska’s unemployment rate ended 2016 at 6.7 percent.
    That preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for December compares to 6.8 percent in November. The rate stood at 6.6 percent in December 2015.
    Nationally, the unemployment rate last month was 4.7 percent.
  • Aleutians volcano sends up ash cloud; aircraft warned

    An Alaska volcano that has been erupting periodically since mid-December has sent up another ash cloud.
    The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian lslands erupted at 1:17 p.m. Friday.
    Pilots report an ash cloud reached 36,000 feet. Ash clouds higher than 20,000 feet are a threat to intercontinental jet aircraft because ash can damage engines.
    The aviation color code remains at red, the highest threat warning.
    The observatory says prevailing winds pushed the cloud southe
  • Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky.

    Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea.
    So, does that mean breakfast is bad for you? Not that either. What it does show is how difficult it can be to sort the hype from reliable dietary advice when studies are funded by the makers of Froot Loops, nutrition science is often inconclusive, and gray areas can be spun for marketing.
    Take Special K. In the 1990s,&n
  • Funding for opioid overdose kits offers ‘hope’ for Alaska’s drug epidemic

    The Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center in Bethel offers alcohol and opioid addiction treatment. Photo: Dean Swope/KYUK
    The state government is gearing up for a major battle against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska, according to a report published by KYUK Public Media.
    Andy Jones, the section chief for the state Department of Health and Social Services, is heading up a new, statewide program to get the drug Naloxone, also known by its commercial name Narcan, into the hands of he
  • Women’s March on Washington draws hundreds of thousands to nation’s capital

    Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women massed in the nation’s capital and cities around the globe Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years.
    As night fell on the East Coast, thousands of protesters from the Women’s March on Washington were still marching through the city’s streets in opposition to President Donald Trump.
    Pol
  • Turkey fryer blamed for Colony Loop house fire

    Slick, snowy roads made it difficult for emergency personnel to respond to a house fire Saturday.
    Shortly before 2 p.m., the Anchorage Fire Department issued a statement that 15 units had been dispatched to a home on the 2400 block of Colony Loop, where the fire was reported.
    According to firefighters at the scene, the fire’s origin was likely a turkey fryer that was left unattended. It was outside the house, but underneath an overhang, sending fire up the outside wall.
    Firefighters s
  • Southeast lawmakers wary of education budget cuts

    Rep. Sam Kito lll addresses the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. He and other Southeast lawmakers oppose cutting school funding. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    Southeast Alaska lawmakers express skepticism that the Legislature should look to school funding to cut the state’s budget. In fact, some legislators would like to see spending increase in some education areas.
    School funding makes up one of the largest pieces of the state budget. But as the Legislature looks to close a
  • First Juneau officers to wear body cameras this spring

    Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson describes the events leading up to an officer-involved during press conference. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
    Juneau police officers may be wearing body cameras within four months. That’s according to Chief Bryce Johnson who said he looks forward to equipping officers with the first few cameras when they arrive.
    In the investigation of December’s officer-involved shooting, Johnson said he didn’t think body camera footage would’ve added
  • Trump Signs Executive Order To ‘Ease The Burdens Of Obamacare’

    President Trump signs a confirmation for James Mattis to be defense secretary, Friday in the Oval Office.
    Evan Vucci/AP
    As promised, President Trump got to work on Day One, spending some time in the Oval Office in between the inaugural parade and a trio of formal balls.
    Trump signed an executive order Friday night directing government agencies to “ease the burdens” of Obamacare while the new administration and Congress work toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
    Whit
  • In D.C., Group Of Protesters Breaks Windows; Police Use Pepper Spray

    Police officers push a group of demonstrators back in Northwest Washington, D.C., on Friday. Violence broke out in the area among a crowd of several hundred, but the city’s interim police chief says protests across the city have been largely peaceful.
    Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images
    Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET
    An inauguration protest in Washington, D.C., turned confrontational on Friday, as several hundred black-clad protesters broke windows and police responded with pepper spray and a concussive
  • Heavy snowfall causes Dome roof to bow

    The interior of The DomeRick Rysso/KTVA The DomeRick Rysso/KTVA
    Events at The Dome were canceled Saturday afternoon when heavy snowfall caused the roof to bow.
    “The snow load is causing some slight depression in the roof, and we’re working to remove the snow from the top of the facility,” explained Mike Martin, chairman of the facility’s board.
    The Dome, located at 6501 Changepoint Drive, is a multi-use sports complex. The turf area was closed as of noon, according to a p
  • Events postponed indefinitely after Dome roof collapses

    The interior of The DomeRick Rysso/KTVA The DomeRick Rysso/KTVA
    Last updated at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22.
    Events at The Dome have been postponed indefinitely after heavy snowfall caused the roof to collapse Saturday evening. The popular indoor sports facility was evacuated after the roof began to sag under the weight of the snow.
    A post on the official Facebook page said nobody was injured. No timeline was given for repair.
    A press conference will be held at The Dome at 11 a.m
  • Thousands participate in Women’s March on Alaska

    Supporters at the Women's March on NomeCourtesy Lily Fawn White Jessica Stugelmayer/KTVA Jessica Stugelmayer/KTVA Jessica Stugelmayer/KTVA
    While thousands of men and women attended the Women’s March on Washington, thousands more took to the streets in sister marches across Alaska.
    With a new president in the White House, many have wondered what new laws will be enacted and what laws would be repealed, such as the Affordable Care Act. The marches were a way to speak up about right
  • PHOTOS: Women’s March on Alaska

    Supporters at the Women's March on NomeCourtesy Lily Fawn White Jessica Stugelmayer/KTVA Jessica Stugelmayer/KTVA Jessica Stugelmayer/KTVA
    While thousands of men and women attended the Women’s March on Washington, thousands more took to the streets in sister marches across Alaska.
    With a new president in the White House, many have wondered what new laws will be enacted and what laws would be repealed, such as the Affordable Care Act. The marches were a way to speak up about righ
  • APD investigates homicide of 17-year-old boy shot in the back

    A 17-year-old boy died Saturday after he was shot in the back in Government Hill, Anchorage police said.
    The boy was found in the roadway on the 700 block of Birch Street just after midnight, police said in a statement.
    The boy was taken to a nearby hospital alive, but he later died there from his wounds, according to police.
    “The victim’s family has been notified, but because he is a juvenile, his name is not being released,” police wrote. “Homicide Detectives are active
  • APD urges public to be aware of winter conditions following 2 possible cold exposure cases

    Last updated at 4:16 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21
    The Anchorage Police Department says one person’s death Saturday may likely be the result of exposure. A second person was later found with similar symptoms, but has not died as initially reported, an officer confirmed. 
    The first victim’s death was reported Saturday morning after a male’s body was found outside near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Fairbanks Street, police said in a Nixle alert.
    “Cold weather ma
  • Snowfall in Southcentral creates hazardous driving conditions

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    Last updated at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21
    Several crashes were reported by Anchorage police during
  • All climate change references deleted from WhiteHouse.gov as new chapter begins

    All references to global warming and climate change have vanished from the official website of the White House, a stark reminder of the radical policy shift now underway with President Trump in office.
    The changes occurred around noon on Friday, the exact moment of transition between administrations as outlined by the Constitution.
    President Obama’s WhiteHouse.gov, which is now archived online, included a detailed “Climate Change” section, in which global warming was frame

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