Alaska News

Cultivating Native Values, NYO Tournament Continues Growing

500 athletes from across the state were joined for the first time in decades by a foreign delegation from the Yukon Territory in Canada. Organizers say the tournament continues because of more deliberate efforts to promote traditional values across Alaska.

Alaska News Nightly: April 20, 2015

The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics; Lawmakers Still Searching For Budgetary Consensus; Bill Establishing Marijuana Control Board Poised To Become Law; Federal Government Proposes Taking Humpback Whales Off Endangered Species List; Migrating Birds May Carry Viral Baggage; Long-Term Weather Models Point Toward A Warm Summer; Homer Road Sloughs After Rain; Erin's Law Stuck In Senate Education Committee; Cama-i Celebrates Tradition For All Generations Download Audio

The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics

In Anchorage, the number of criminal offenses by minors referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice has dropped by nearly half in the past decade for almost every offense type – except severe drug and alcohol offenses. That number has stayed fairly steady. In fact, as a share of the whole, substance abuse cases in Anchorage are up, although as a share of the total they are proportionately small. But the numbers only tell part of the story. Download Audio

Bill Establishing Marijuana Control Board Poised To Become Law

In spite of the session extension in Juneau, the status of new legislation dealing with commercial marijuana for the year ahead is clear. Download Audio

Federal Government Proposes Taking Humpback Whales Off Endangered Species List

The federal government is proposing to remove most humpback whales from the endangered species list. Forty-five years after the whales were first listed, federal scientists say that most humpback populations - including those common in Alaska - are stable and growing. Download Audio

Migrating Birds May Carry Viral Baggage

Right now, a lethal strain of bird flu is wreaking havoc in the Lower 48. It’s clear that migrating flocks have something to do with spreading the illness between farms and across continents -- but exactly what is still fuzzy. A remote spot in Southwest Alaska may hold some clues. Download Audio

Long-Term Weather Models Point Toward A Warm Summer

With the last of the snow melting off, and Alaska headed toward summer, long range forecasts indicate it could be a hot one. Download Audio

Homer Road Sloughs After Rain

A bluff near the Homer waterfront partially collapsed Sunday morning. No one was injured in the slough, but portions of road are now closed indefinitely. Download Audio

Erin’s Law Stuck In Senate Education Committee

The House passed a version of Erin’s Law on Saturday. Now, three versions of the child sexual abuse prevention bill are stuck in the Senate Education Committee as the legislature winds down for the year. Majority leadership has indicated there’s no rush to pass the bill. Download Audio

Cama-i Celebrates Tradition For All Generations

The Cama-i festival packed the Bethel Regional High School gym for a weekend of dancing, singing, and celebrating life in the YK Delta. Traditional and modern dance groups from the YK Delta and native performers from across the country came to Bethel to express in song and dance this year’s timeless theme: Generations Celebrating Through Dance. Download Audio