Alaska News

Governor’s Revised Budget Restores Some Funding For Sexual Assault Prevention

Alaska tops a lot of lists, like best whale watching and cleanest air quality. But the state also ranks highly in something else. Sexual assault and domestic violence.

AK: A Forgotten Boat

A group in Kodiak recently completed an Alutiiq boat that was last seen in the mid-19th century. Alutiiq people once used the angyaq to travel over long distances and through rough seas. It’s an open boat, like a dory, with a flat bottom and bulbous bow. The artist leading the effort says the boat builders aren’t just recreating the past. They’re reviving a piece of Alutiiq history for use now and in the future. Download Audio

49 Voices: Christie Willett of Hydaburg

This week, we hear from Christie Willett, who moved to Alaska from New York State as a young teacher in 1975. Her first teaching job was in Hydaburg, on Prince of Wales Island. She remembers her first week in the town vividly. Download Audio

Heroin in Alaska

Law enforcement officers say heroin use is on the rise in Alaska and communities are struggling to keep the drug out of their neighborhoods. How is it getting here and what’s being done to stop heroin from entering the state. It's not just an urban problem. Rural residents are speaking out to try to stop it. APRN: Tuesday, 5/5 at 10:00am

Anchorage senior wins national Poetry Out Loud competition

West Anchorage High Senior Maeva Ordaz won the national Poetry Out Loud competition this week in Washington DC. It's the first time an Alaskan has both reached the finals and won.

Little Known Alaska Musher Spurs Japanese Musical

"Samurai Musher" plays in private performance for Seward and Anchorage high schools this week. A public performance is scheduled for May 1 at the Alaska Performing Arts Center in Anchorage, and a second public performance for Fairbanks on May 3.

APOC Expediting Complaint Against Berkowitz Over Ad Using News Footage

Document alleges Berkowitz improperly used copyrighted material in campaign without disclosing any corporate donation.

To Plan Port’s Future, City Looks to Current Users

Unalaska is preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the aging Port of Dutch Harbor. The hope is to serve bigger ships and more of them -- but the companies that use the dock right now aren’t so sure that big changes are needed.

Mat-Su Begins Budget Process

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly begins it's budget sessions this week A worksession on April 30 starts the process, with public hearings to follow starting on May 4. Download Audio

Forestry Jobs Lost But Haines May Retain Part Of Office

Two forester jobs in Haines and two in Ketchikan are wiped out in the state budget approved by the legislature earlier this week. Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed changes to that budget would add some money back into the Department of Natural Resources, but they wouldn’t bring back Southeast forester jobs. However, the two-person Haines State Forest office won’t be completely lost.