Alaska News

Shell’s oil rigs leave the Arctic, skip Seattle

Shell's two Arctic oil rigs pulled into Unalaska's Dutch Harbor on Sunday, some 1,100 miles south of the company's drilling site in the Chukchi Sea.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Alaska first state to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day; 'Not in our smokehouse!' Conference melds modern sass with tradition; After pause, city's software boondoggle comes back to life; About 285 same-sex couples wed in Alaska in past year; Hooper Bay endures 4th suicide in 2 weeks; What Medicaid expansion means for this Juneau family; Homelessness survey finds at least 70 in Juneau sleeping outside; Begich says he's no moper, urges AFN youth to persist; Cookbook project aims to get Alaska foods on school menus; 'Bear, stop it! Stop breaking my kayak!' Download Audio

Alaska first state to declare Indigenous Peoples Day

Governor Bill Walker signed a proclamation turning Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples Day for the state. Download Audio

‘Not in our Smokehouse’ calls elders and youth to action

The Elders and Youth Conference kicked off in Anchorage today. This year’s theme is a call to action “Not in Our Smokehouse!” Download Audio

After pause, city software boondoggle comes back on line

After a two-month "pause," Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has announced the city will continue working to implement the costly and contentious SAP software program. Download Audio

About 285 same-sex couples wed in Alaska in past year

Monday, Oct. 12, marks the one-year anniversary of the decision striking down a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Except for a brief period last October, couples have been able to apply for licenses. Download Audio

Hooper Bay endures 4th suicide in 2 weeks

The village of Hooper Bay has suffered another loss. A fourth person has died by suicide. Alaska State Troopers received a call that 21-year-old Carl Dominic Robert Joe had died from an apparent suicide Saturday afternoon.

What Medicaid expansion means for this Juneau family

Medicaid expansion has been available to Alaskans for over a month, and 93 people in the capital city have enrolled. Two-hundred and sixty-three in all of Southeast. It’s providing coverage for the uninsured. But it’s also offering increased care for those who qualify with Indian Health Service. Download Audio

Homelessness survey finds at least 70 in Juneau sleeping outside

Volunteers and staff from Juneau’s shelter and soup kitchen went to the streets and interviewed 70 homeless people over the course of a few days in September. It’s been three years since the vulnerability index survey was done in the capital city. Download Audio

Begich says he’s no moper; urges Native youth to persist

Former U.S. senator Mark Begich spoke to the Alaska Federation of Natives Elders and Youth Conference today, one of his biggest Alaskan audiences since he lost re-election and left office in January. Download Audio