• Anchorage police respond to report of gunfire between 2 vehicles in Northeast Anchorage

    Anchorage police officers were called to Northeast Anchorage Monday evening shortly before 7 p.m. after witnesses in the area reported hearing gunshots.
    One witness told the Anchorage Police Department that multiple shots had been fired between two vehicles near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Turpin Street, according to a release from APD spokesperson Renee Oistad.
    The witness told police the vehicles involved in the shooting were a white truck and a black SUV. Both of the vehicles lef
  • GCI Great Alaska Shootout: Same tournament, different marketing strategy

    This November, the GCI Great Alaska Shootout has a big anniversary — it turns 40.
    The tournament’s look has changed over the years. Now, University of Alaska Anchorage’s athletic director, Keith Hackett, is marketing it that way too.
    For decades the tournament featured some of the biggest programs in college basketball. But the days of the most recognizable names, such as Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina, coming to Anchorage are likely over. There are too many holiday tou
  • Trump signs order rolling back Obama-era environmental efforts

    President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will roll back many of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb global warming. The order is aimed at helping spur American energy jobs.
    The president signed the order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency.
    Trump says this is “the start of a new era” in energy production.
    The order will mandate a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plant
  • Top athletes compete in Haines for Freeride World Tour

    The top three snowboard men Ryland Bell, Sammy Luebke and Davey Baird. (Photo courtesy Freeride World Tour)
    Big mountain skiers and snowboarders from around the world braved deep snow and steep slopes in the Haines mountains for the Freeride World Tour. Friday’s event took place after a week of waiting for unsafe snow conditions to settle.http://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170327-11.mp3
    Announcers Ed Leigh and Martin Winkler talked through the action on the Freeride website’s livestrea
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  • Young gives Trump a hand at bill signing

    Rep. Young says he kept his hand on the president’s chair to make a point. (APM illustration from C-SPAN video)
    Alaska Congressman Don Young was at the White House Monday to see the president sign a bill that repeals an Obama administration rule known as “BLM Planning 2.0.”
     Last year, then-Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the rule was intended to give the public a greater voice when the BLM draws up regional management plans. Rep. Young said it would have le
  • Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama’s Environmental Legacy

    President Trump will sign sweeping executive orders Tuesday that take aim at a number of his predecessor’s climate policies.
    The wide-ranging orders and accompanying memorandums will seek to undo the centerpiece of former President Obama’s environmental legacy and national efforts to address climate change.
    It could also jeopardize America’s current role in international efforts to confront climate change.
    A senior White House official says the goal is to make the U.S. energy-i
  • Anchorage businesses grapple with sudden electricity bill increase

    Bakers at work at Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop in downtown Anchorage. A recent jump in electricity bills has the owner wondering if she’ll need to raise prices. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/03/27MLPRATE.mp3At Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop near downtown Anchorage, customers probably don’t make the connection between utility bills and the price of a chocolate chip cookie. But bakery owner Janis Fleischman explaine
  • Power outage leaves Juneau skiers dangling on chair lift

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A weekend power outage at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area left 200 skiers temporarily dangling.
    The Juneau Empire reports three chairlifts that use power from Alaska Electric Light & Power shut down Sunday morning during an outage.
    Alaska Electric Light &Power spokeswoman Debbie Driscoll says a squirrel made contact with energized and grounded equipment.
    The resulting surge electrocuted the squirrel and affected power on Douglas Island and parts of downtown
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  • Juneau Afternoon – 3-27-17

    Monday at 3 on a Juneau Afternoon,
    Learn how to lobby effectively with Judith Mitchell and Chris Niemi, from the League of Women Voters;We’ll learn about the Cape Decision Lighthouse Society;
    And Rebecca Gaguine will be here with details about Advocacy Training from AWARE.
    http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/03/Juneau-PM-3-27-171.mp3
  • Petition circling to stop Mat-Su school district from outsourcing custodial, cafeteria positions

    Faced with a $10 million budget deficit, cuts sometimes have to be made beyond the classroom, says Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) assistant superintendent Luke Fulp.
    As a “viable option to help reduce ongoing expenses and financial obligations,” the district is looking to outsource its custodian and nutrition service workers. In February, the MSBSD voted 4 to 3 to move forward with a request for proposal (RFP), calling for companies interested in pro
  • Be ready: Expert warns to be prepared before a tsunami strikes

    It’s Tsunami Preparedness Week, a reminder to be ready in case a natural disaster like the 1964 earthquake and tsunamis happens again.
    Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Tsunami Warning Center, says the week’s events include a test of the tsunami warning system. He said in 1964, most of the victims had no warning of the deadly tsunamis, which came within minutes of the 9.2-magnitude quake and killed far more people.
    “We learned a lot from that. Today we have a war
  • Senate calls for 5% education cut, balks at putting it in budget bill for public critique

    Public testimony on the Alaska Senate’s version of the state budget is closed, but Alaskans still haven’t seen cuts made to one of the biggest pieces — education.For weeks, the Republican majority has called for a 5-percent cut to the state’s four largest departments: Health and Social Services, Transportation, the University of Alaska, and Education. Reductions were made in the budget accordingly in three of the four areas. But details on education have yet to be se
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  • Lawmaker introduces tax on opioid prescriptions

    Last month, Gov. Bill Walker declared Alaska’s opioid epidemic a disaster. Now, a member of the Alaska House is proposing a tax on prescription drugs to help remedy the issue.
    Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ House Bill 196 raises revenue directed toward treatment and rehabilitation programs for opioid abuse. At $.01 per morphine milligram, Kreiss-Tomkins says the goal isn’t to completely shift costs onto consumers.
    “It shouldn’t sort of dramatically change t
  • Father and son look back at 1964 earthquake

    It’s been 53 years since an earthquake changed the landscape of downtown Anchorage. It was recent enough to remember, but long enough ago to learn some important lessons along the way. In the last five decades, the scientific and engineering community has used what it’s learned from the ’64 quake to make buildings stronger and safer.
    The ground started to shake at 5:36 p.m. on that Good Friday afternoon and didn’t stop shaking for close to five minutes.
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  • Bureau of Land Management announces digital Alaska maps for outdoor excursions

    The Bureau of Land Management is making it easier to take maps into the backcountry. The agency launched a series of digital maps that can be downloaded to a smart phone or tablet through the Avenza Maps app.
    The first eight maps range from the Steese Conservation Area to the Unalakleet National Wild River.
    “There’s also information about points of interest in the areas and historical facts and pictures too,” BLM Alaska spokeswoman Linda Gleason explained as she showed off
  • UPS, Delta oppose proposal to triple state jet fuel tax

    If enacted, Alaska’s motor fuel tax would triple but remain less than half of its inflation-adjusted high. (Screen capture of Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report).
    UPS and Delta Air Lines oppose a proposal to triple the state’s jet fuel tax. But the Alaska Trucking Association supports a similar increase on fuel for cars and trucks.
    UPS representative Jeff Wafford said raising the tax will make Alaska less competitive. He says it could encourage companies to shift t
  • Meet the candidates: District 3 – Seat E – West Anchorage

    KTVA invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election to an on-camera interview at our studios to discuss the following topics:
    Balancing the budget
    Public safety
    Introducing new taxes
    Addressing homelessness in Anchorage
    Plans for the future
    We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, each of which has been left unaltered. The candidates’ full interviews and responses are listed below, ordered alphabetically.
    David NeesBiography
    Davi
  • Mat-Su school board president says superintendent’s resignation was for personal reasons

    Last updated at 8:45 p.m. on Monday, March 27
    The school board held an emergency meeting Monday evening to discuss the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) superintendent’s “pending immediate resignation.”
    Superintendent Gene Stone’s resignation was not initially announced by the district, but was outlined in a resolution considered at the emergency meeting. Stone’s resignation comes only a few months after the school board approved an ex
  • Mat-Su school board calls emergency meeting following superintendent’s resignation

    The school board announced an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) superintendent’s “pending immediate resignation.”
    Superintendent Gene Stone’s resignation was not specifically announced by the district, but was outlined in a resolution to be considered at the emergency meeting.
    Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Superintendent Gene Stone
    Stone was selected to replace Dr. Deena Bishop in May 2016 after Bishop ac
  • Jeff Sessions calls on sanctuary cities to ‘enforce our immigration laws’

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing Monday afternoon to urge sanctuary cities to change their policies, noting that the Department of Justice plans to deny them funding if they do not begin following federal immigration laws.
    “I strongly urge our nation’s states and cities ad counties to consider carefully the harm they are doing to our citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws, and to rethink these policies,” S
  • Juneau planning commission to consider warehouse pot grow

    This undated photo shows a marijuana plant growing in an indoor, hydroponic garden in Washington, D.C. (Creative Commons photo by Adam Vartian)
    An application for another marijuana grow facility is scheduled to come before the Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday evening. If approved, it would add to the growing number of licensed cultivators in the capital city.
    Green Elephant LLC proposes its second marijuana grow operation in a 6,000-square-foot vacant warehouse on Airport Boulevard. The pro
  • Another Fairbanks police officer’s name used in recent scam, department warns

    Another Fairbanks police officer’s name is being used in a scam, the department announced Monday.
    Lt. Matt Soden is the second Fairbanks officer so far to be used by scammers in the past year, following a scam using Det. Avery Thompson’s name in December.  In both cases, the Fairbanks Police Department stressed that neither man was actually involved in the scams, although both are actual law enforcement officers.In a Facebook post made Monday, the department stated that fou
  • Brewery expansion could help Juneau recycling efforts

    Alaskan Brewing Company in JuneauCourtesy Google Earth
    Alaskan Brewing Company’s plans to expand its Juneau-based facility could help spur the consolidation of the city’s waste services.
    The Juneau Empire reports that the brewery is looking to purchase four lots owned by the City and Borough of Juneau for additional retail, storage or office space. The transfer would displace the city’s water utility and public drop-off area for household hazardous waste.
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  • Juneau Afternoon 3-28-17

    Tuesday at 3 on A Juneau Afternoon,We’ll get an update on the Juneau Community Band;Collette Costa will be here to highlight this week’s Science on a Screen;Community member and STEM Coalition member Brenda Taylor will bring along a teacher to talk about Science Technology Engineering and Math events and activities in Juneau schools.That, Writers Almanac, Bird Note, music & more, Tuesday at 3 ON A Juneau Afternoon;
  • Newscast- March 27, 2017

    http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/03/KXLL-NEWS-032717.mp3In this newscast:
    Journalist Roger Wilkins has died at age 85.
    Democrats forced a one week delay on a Senate committee vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
    Trump signed several pieces of legislation rolling back Obama-era regulations.
    Hilcorp says it could begin repairs on a broken gas line in the next 10 days.
    A moderate earthquake was detected underneath the Aleutian Islands.
  • Sitka sac roe herring fishery close to being over

    Thousands of scoters gather on the water, following herring spawn. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Fish & Game)
    There is just under a thousand tons of herring left to catch in the Sitka sac roe herring fishery after the last opening on Saturday. That day, fishing was open for three hours and 20 minutes bringing in about 5,200 tons of herring. That brings the season’s total harvest to about 13,500 tons.
    Having less than a thousand tons left for the fishery’s Guideline Harvest
  • Avalanche Engulfs Student Trip In Japan, Leaving At Least 8 Presumed Dead

    An avalanche struck a Japanese ski resort midmorning on Monday, overwhelming a student mountaineering exercise and leaving at least eight people with no vital signs, according to local authorities. Some 40 other students and teachers were injured in the avalanche, which hit the area in Tochigi Prefecture, nearly 100 miles north of Tokyo.
    As the BBC notes, Japanese rescue officials typically will not pronounce victims dead until they receive confirmation from doctors at a hospital.
    CNN, citing lo
  • Juneau man arrested after Friday standoff

    A Juneau man was arrested by police after two-and-a-half-hour armed standoff late Friday evening.
    Donald Ray Hosier, 34, was charged with third-degree misconduct involving weapons and two counts of second-degree assault after the incident in the 3000 block of Nowell Avenue in West Juneau.
    Police said a woman resident reported being assaulted and locked out of her apartment by a man with a firearm. Two children were reportedly in the apartment when the incident occurred.
    Police said they were abl
  • FBI: 2 armed suspects robbed a midtown bank

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  • Alaska lawmakers, industry, grapple with oil subsidies

    Lobbyists Kevin Jardell and Dan Seckers talk to Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck during a break in a hearing on a state House oil tax credit bill on Wednesday, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    House Bill 111 is the latest proposed tweak to the state’s oil tax system, one that supporters hope will hold oil companies to a minimum tax rate and get the state out of the business of writing checks to companies.
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  • Flow reduced in leaking underwater Alaska gas pipeline

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The owner of a leaking underwater pipeline has reduced the amount of natural gas spewing into Alaska’s Cook Inlet by about half.
    Hilcorp Alaska LLC over the weekend lowered line pressure.
    The company says the leak will be cut to 85,000 to 115,000 cubic feet of processed natural gas per day.
    Hilcorp is waiting for ice to clear so divers can safely repair the pipeline and expects to deploy divers within 10 days.
    The pipeline since mid-December has leaked gas fr
  • Brown Bears hockey team on thin financial ice

    It’s been a rough season for Alaska hockey.
    The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves program was nearly cut, but remained after an eleventh-hour save. Then the Alaska Aces announced this will be their final season due to budget issues.
    Now the Kenai Brown Bears are following suit.
    But is this it?
    It’s still an uphill climb, but the Brown Bears aren’t going down without a fight. Steve Stuber, a businessman and fan, is spearheading the effort.
    “We’ve lost the Aces
  • Fili’s Pizza drops liquor store application

    Fili’s Pizza has dropped its application to turn its restaurant into a liquor store, according to a story published by KYUK Public Media.
    Bethel City Council issued a protest of the license in February, mainly because of the site’s location. The pizzeria sits across the street from a halfway house and a cemetery, down the street from a 4-H teen center, and near Pinky’s Park, Bethel’s largest recreational area. Also, the landscape surrounding Fili’s is bushy and wood
  • Sunken South Korea ferry lifted from sea floor

    South Korean salvage crews have raised a sunken, 6,800-ton ferry out of the water and loaded it onto a transport vessel that will carry it to a port.
    The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Friday that the upper side of the Sewol had been lifted from the seafloor, where it was lying sideways after it sank on April 16, 2014 in an accident that killed 304 passengers, including many students on a high school trip.
    The bodies of 295 passengers were recovered after the sinking, but nine a
  • Trump tweets about Democrats, Freedom Caucus after health care bill fails

    President Trump initially publicly blamed Democrats for the failure of the Republican health care bill. But on Sunday morning, he hit the Freedom Caucus and outside groups, too, tweeting that Democrats in Washington are “smiling” after the conservative Republicans “saved” Planned Parenthood and Obamacare.Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
    — Donald J. Trump (
  • Alaskans bring home medals from the Special Olympics World Winter Games

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    Among the athletes at this year’s Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria were two Alaskans, both of whom brought home medals in their respective sports.
    Madison Englund is a snowboarder from Fairbanks and earned two medals
  • Three Selected to 2017 Gold Medal Hall of Fame

    Klukwan’s Stuart Dewitt, Washington referee Joe Thompson, and Kake’s Nick Davis were selected into the Hall of Fame at the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe)
    It is only fitting that Stuart DeWitt and Nick Davis were inducted into the Gold Medal Hall of Fame on Friday, even more fitting is that referee Joe Thompson was also given the honor… someone has to keep a close officiating t
  • Steve Brandner honored as Walter Soboleff Award winner

    Steve Brandner stands with his wife, Monica after receiving the Walter A. Soboleff Achievement Award at the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Klas Stolpe).
    Imagine being elbowed by a great man.
    Imagine a great man backing you down into the paint, turning to score over you and knocking you to the floor.
    Then imagine a great man reaching down to help you up.
    This is what I remember about Juneau-Douglas High School junior Steve Brandner. It
  • Alaska troopers search for suspects in taxi driver’s robbery

    Alaska State Troopers say they are searching for two men who robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint.
    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that a trooper news release says a driver for Arctic Cab picked up a man at Club Manchu early Saturday morning.
    Troopers say the man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, pressed a gun to the driver’s head when they reached their destination at Lakeview Terrace.
    The release says a second man got out of a parked vehicle and stole the driver’s money and
  • 3 pilots inducted into Alaska Aviation Hall of Fame

    Three pilots were inducted into the Alaska Aviation Hall of Fame Saturday night.
    KTVA’s Joe Vigil was the master of ceremonies at the event, which honored pilots Holger “Jorgy” Jorgenson, Sam White and J. Vic Brown Jr. The ceremony is a major fundraiser for the Alaska Aviation Museum, which preserves the state’s aviation history, past and present.
    Holger “Jorgy” Jorgenson
    Holger “Jorgy” Jorgenson. Photo: Alaska Aviation Museum
    Jorgenson was known f
  • Trooper-involved shooting leads to deaths of suspect, K-9

    Last updated at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 26
    A Wasilla man and a K-9 died Sunday after a shooting involving Alaska State Troopers, according to an online dispatch.
    The incident began around 2:50 a.m. during an attempted traffic stop in the area of Bogard Road and Helen Lane in Wasilla, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters wrote in the dispatch. She said the Subaru Legacy continued driving at high speed until it was stopped 45 minutes later by spike strips near mile 45.5 of the Parks Highway.
    When the
  • Last call for the phone booth?

    For some of our younger viewers, a phone booth might as well be a monolith from another world. With Mo Rocca, we remember the good old days… 
    Some of you may recognize this coin-operated curiosity: It’s called a phone booth.
    Phone booths used to be everywhere, providing an office for agent Maxwell Smart … and a sanctuary for Tippi Hedren from killer seagulls in “The Birds.”
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  • Hilcorp shuts down oil platforms to address Cook Inlet gas leak

    Location of a natural gas leak taking place from a pipeline owned by Hilcorp in Cook Inlet. (Image courtesy Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation/NASA)
    Hilcorp announced Saturday that after discussions with Alaska Governor Bill Walker, it’s shutting down two oil platforms in Cook Inlet in response to an ongoing leak from a gas line. The pipeline carries natural gas from shore to power four oil platforms in Cook Inlet. Two of the platforms have already been shut down.
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  • Here’s when hospital patients are less likely to die

    Hospital patients may be less likely to die if they are treated during weeks that inspectors are checking on the staff, a new study suggests.
    In the United States, hospitals are accredited by a body known as the Joint Commission. Inspectors from the commission make unannounced visits to each hospital every 18 to 36 months, to make sure staff are complying with standards for patient safety and care.
    The new study asked a basic question: Do patients fare better if they are treated during an inspec
  • Trump budget proposal cuts funding for after-school, free meal programs in Alaska

    One of President Donald Trump’s budget proposals could leave thousands of Alaska kids without after-school programs or summer lunches. Trump’s plan calls to eliminate $1.2 billion in grants for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. In Alaska, there are about 5,700 students in 37 of those federally funded programs.
    The Mountain View Elementary School after-school program regularly has about 75 kids. Coordinator Lori Moore said it’s all about enrichment and acade
  • Lions, Grizzlies crowned 3A champs in ASAA high school basketball state tournament finals

    The final games for the 3A and 4A classifications in the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) high school basketball state tournament were set to take place this weekend at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. 
    Last weekend, the 1A titles were taken home by the Scammon Bay Lady Eagles and the Ninilchik Wolverines, while the Bristol Bay Lady Angels and Petersburg Vikings were crowned champions in the 2A division.
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  • 3A, 4A champs crowned in ASAA high school basketball state tournament

    The final games for the 3A and 4A classifications in the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) high school basketball state tournament were set to take place this weekend at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
    Last weekend, the 1A titles were taken home by the Scammon Bay Lady Eagles and the Ninilchik Wolverines, while the Bristol Bay Lady Angels and Petersburg Vikings were crowned champions in the 2A division.
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  • Royal Suite Lodge fire child victims receive a special gift from Anchorage woman

    When Denise Bogue-Skoniecski first heard about the fatal Royal Suite Lodge fire, she said she knew things were bad, but hearing about what the youngest of the victims lost drove her to do something.
    “When I heard about the two little girls – trying not to cry – who lost their mama, the Lord laid it on my heart so heavy that they needed a blanket for comfort,” she said. “I started finding out there was a lot of children, and I decided I was going to make a blank
  • Meet the candidates: District 6 – Seat K – South Anchorage

    KTVA invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election to an on-camera interview at our studios to discuss the following topics:
    Balancing the budget
    Public safety
    Introducing new taxes
    Addressing homelessness in Anchorage
    Plans for the future
    We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography. The candidates’ full interviews and responses are listed below, ordered alphabetically.
    Albert FogleBiography
    Albert Fogle is an Iraqi War Veteran and
  • ‘Solar-powered skin’ could open new doors for prosthetics

    Engineers have developed a new way of harnessing the sun’s rays to power “synthetic skin” that they hope can be used to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees.
    Dr Ravinder Dahiya. Courtesy University of Glasgow
    The researchers from the University of Glasgow had previously created “electronic skin” for prosthetic hands made from graphene, a highly flexible form of graphite that is only a single atom but stronger than stee

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