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BP stabilizes oil production at Alaska's biggest field

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:33:21 GMT

Workers at BP's Parker Rig 272, which is drilling into the Lisburne Reservoir at drill site L3 in Prudhoe Bay, May 2015. Workers at BP's Parker Rig 272, which is drilling into the Lisburne Reservoir at drill site L3 in Prudhoe Bay, May 2015.




Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:51:21 GMT

The federal government could shut down tonight, at 8 p.m. Alaska time, if Congress can't reach a spending agreement. We have Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media's Washington Correspondent, to tell us what Alaskans can expect if the shut down occurs.




Permanent Fund Dividend: What we gain, what we lose

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:21:53 GMT

Someone once observed, " a since most Alaskans view the dividend as a distribution of their wealth, they see no reason to study it as a phenomenon, and actually look on any attempt to study the dividend as a potential threat to its existence." Nevertheless, it might be useful to ask what trade-offs the dividend represents.




Causes of Alaskaa s high healthcare costs

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:42:51 GMT

On this show, we are continuing our month-long series on healthcare by examining the causes for the difference between healthcare costs in the United States, and Alaska's healthcare costs, which have been shown to be the highest of any state and arguably the highest in the world . You will hear each of the seven panelists begin the program with a 4-minute introduction, setting out each person's views on the causes for Alaska's high healthcare costs.




Some companies won't ship furniture to Alaska. These entrepreneurs are working around that.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:05 GMT

Erika Klaar and Michael Matteson are co-owners of Shop and Deliver by Lulu in Anchorage on Thursday. They buy and ship furniture from the Lower 48 for customers.




Morgan Hill man gets life in prison for vicious murder of Alaskan native

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:33:40 GMT

On Wednesday afternoon, 65-year-old Margaret Waskey rode a snowmobile 20 miles to the nearest airport from her home in Mountain Village, on the western reaches of Alaska. From there, she flew two hours to Anchorage and got onto another plane to Los Angeles, where she got on yet another flight, to San Francisco.




Alaska: Land of the Midnight Sun

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:44:57 GMT

Jack London in his book The Call of the Wild describes a land of breath-taking splendor in Alaska and the Yukon. Even in the harshness of long winter nights where the sun is visible only a few hours daily, there is unspeakable beauty.




Horrific aftermath of a terrifying 'ice tsunami' in Alaska

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:04:32 GMT

A savage 'ice tsunami' in Alaska buried alive a whole herd of musk oxen leaving all but one 'wholly submerged', researchers have found. With blizzards raging at between 60 to 100mph , the pack of more than 50 were buried alive, leaving only a few tufts of hair poking out.




Salmon habitat advocates submit signatures for ballot item

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:08:30 GMT

Supporters of a proposed ballot measure aimed at protecting Alaska salmon habitat near development projects have submitted about 50,000 signatures to the Division of Elections. Supporters of the "Yes for Salmon" say the measure will define habitat needed to support salmon runs, expand the list of Alaska waterways that support salmon, require the state to notify Alaskans when major projects could affect salmon runs, and create rules for development projects that affect salmon waters.




Winter is off to late start in normally frigid rural Alaska

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:30:05 GMT

This January, 2018 photo provided by Bethel Search and Rescue shows tracks near a portion of the Kuskokwim River near Bethel, Alaska. The river is not covered by as much ice as it usually is this time of year.




Winter is off to late start in normally frigid rural Alaska

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:30:04 GMT

Months of higher-than-normal temperatures in parts of rural Alaska have opened dangerous gaps in frozen rivers that residents use to travel from village to village and to hunting grounds since there are no roads. One troublesome ice highway is the half-mile-wide Kuskokwim River, where a man died New Year's Eve after he and five family members - traveling on a snowmobile and sled - fell into a gaping hole.




Winter is off to late start in normally frigid rural Alaska

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:30:03 GMT

This January, 2018 photo provided by Bethel Search and Rescue shows a truck on a well-used track on a portion of the Kuskokwim River near Bethel, Alaska. The river is not covered by as much ice as it usually is this time of year.




Cancer awareness ribbons

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:11:11 GMT

The rate of new cancer diagnoses in Alaska dropped by about 3 percent each year between 2008 and 2014 after holding steady for about a decade, according to a new report from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. David O'Brien, data analyst at the department's Alaska Cancer Registry, said he believes the decline in the state's overall cancer rate is largely driven by significant drops in its rates of lung and prostate cancers.




Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz: "Put Alaska First"

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:40:50 GMT

Your Alaska Link interviewed Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz today, concerning where the local municipal economy stands, as the Alaska State Legislature enters their 2nd Regular Session. In addition, Mayor Berkowitz deliberates the strides of Anchorage, regarding its Triple A Bond Rating, new business endeavors rolling in and the process of selling ML he assures his constituents that no jobs will be lost during the sale.




Want better care at API? Respect and improve rights of patients

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:49:58 GMT

We know for a fact that it will take more than increasing security, staff, psychiatrists and bed space at Alaska Psychiatric Institute to bring Alaska into the 21st century concerning improved patient care; the disabled need improved rights. That point was missing from Wohlforth's commentary.




Among 100-plus proposals, Sitka's sac roe herring fishery a top issue

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:55:30 GMT

The Sitka sac roe herring fishery operates just beyond the windows where the Board of Fish is seated. The industry wants the current management plan to stay in place, while a local cohort calling themselves the "Herring Rock Water Protectors" has aligned with Sitka Tribe of Alaska for more conservative management.




Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:57:33 GMT

Alaska Senate Republican leaders are pointing to rising oil prices as confirmation that their reticence to a proposed income tax was right. But the chamber's leading Democrat says relying on oil gains would be shortsighted.