Alaska News

Alaska Military Bases Could Lose 11,100 Troops Amid National Drawdown

Municipal Manager George Vakalis briefed members of the Anchorage Assembly on news that Army downsizing, and ongoing efforts to coordinate with stakeholders.

300 Villages: Lower Kalskag

This week, we're heading to Lower Kalskag – a community of about 250 people on the Kuskokwim River. Janet Evan is the city clerk in Lower Kalskag. Download Audio

Joint Session to Address Marijuana Decriminalization As Municipalities Scramble to Regulate

Republican Senator Lesil McGuire of Anchorage has introduced the first large-scale bill regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska. The measure includes fine points that lawmakers, police, and the public need to adapt November's Ballot Measure 2 into a legal framework.

Walker Names Transportation Commissioner

There’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing, roads, airports and ferries. Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named Marc Luiken as his commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Download Audio

Murkowski, Sullivan Agree Climate is Changing but Split on Naming Cause

Both of Alaska's U.S. senators voted for an amendment saying climate change is real and not a hoax. The rub came on amendments declaring a cause. Download Audio

XS Platinum Agent Doesn’t Appear at Arraignment

An arraignment was held Wednesday in federal court in Anchorage for the five XS Platinum Inc. corporate officials indicted on charges of violating the Clean Water Act and making false statements to federal officials. Download Audio

ARCTREX Tests Arctic Oil Spill Tracking Techniques

Offshore oil and gas exploration has become increasingly prominent over the past several years. But, questions remain about how effective response efforts would be if there's an oil spill. Last fall, scientists began tackling one piece of the puzzle -- tracking how spilled oil would move and spread in the Arctic Ocean. Download Audio

AK: Rescue Training

In 2014, Alaska's Air National Guard rescued more than 90 people. They picked up individuals from downed aircrafts, snow machines that fell through ice, and lost hikers in the wilderness. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: January 23, 2015

McGuire Introduces Bill To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol; Anchorage Assembly Addresses Potential Army Downsizing; Walker Names Transportation Commissioner; Walker Outlines Plans For Budget Cuts; Murkowski, Sullivan Agree Climate is Changing but Split on Naming Cause; XS Platinum Agent Doesn’t Appear at Arraignment; ARCTREX Tests Arctic Oil Spill Tracking Techniques; AK: Rescue Training; 300 Villages: Lower Kalskag Download Audio

Fish Commissioner Names New Habitat Director

Biologist Tony DeGange takes over the position at a time when the division is reconsidering its habitat management process.