Alaska News

Heat Pumps Tap Ocean’s Thermal Energy

Using seawater to heat large buildings in Alaska is no longer a pipe dream. Andy Baker, an engineer with YourCleanEnergy LLC, helped design an ocean-sourced heat pump system for the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward which will pay back the community’s investment in less than nine years — just in fuel savings.

Freedom Summer Marks 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, when civil rights activists from across the United States joined together to register black voters in the Deep South. It was a summer marred by violence and filled with hope for much of the country. But in Alaska,things were different.

Change Coming to Lower Kuskokwim School District

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Jacob Jensen says change is on the horizon for the district with the largest number of rural students in the state.

State Ferry Union Averts Strike

Alaska Marine Highway System captains and deck officers have avoided a strike that could have shut down ferry service across the state this weekend. Download Audio:

Appeals Court To Rehear Tongass Exemption Case

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit released an announcement today (Friday) that it would rehear the Tongass Roadless Rule exemption case. Download Audio:

Comment Period on FEMA Disaster Declaration To Close

Sunday, Aug. 31, is the deadline for comments to FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on a policy carrying out a law that would allow tribes to request emergency and major disaster declarations. Download Audio:

Cold, Wet Front Drops 3 Inches of Snow On Deadhorse

A cold front is ushering in wet, chilly conditions across much of the state. The Alaska Department of Transportation reported three inches of snow in Deadhorse earlier this afternoon. Download Audio:

‘You’ve Got To Defend It’ – Denali Celebrates Wilderness Act 50th

Denali National Park is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act in the next weeks. A series of events marking the historic conservation legislation is planned. Download Audio:

Alaska News Nightly: August 29, 2014

State Ferry Union Averts Strike; Juneau Police Reach Community One Cup Of Coffee At A Time; Comment Period on FEMA Disaster Declaration To Close; Cold, Wet Front Drops 3 Inches of Snow On Deadhorse; 'You've Got To Defend It' - Denali Celebrates Wilderness Act 50th; NSF Earmarks $1.5M for Native Students Studying STEM Subjects; AK: Haines Songwriter Dreams Big, Courts Her Inspiration's Ear; 300 Villages: Anvik Download Audio:

NSF Earmarks $1.5M for Native Students Studying STEM Subjects

A $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a five-year pilot project to help American Indian and Alaska Native college students achieve advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM subjects. Download Audio: