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Young, Murkowski have doubts about scope of Biden’s infrastructure proposal

President Biden met with lawmakers in the Oval Office Monday to discuss infrastructure. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, had a seat near Vice President Harris. (Photo: White House) President Biden invited Republicans to the White House Monday in an attempt to win support for his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, and he took special notice of Rep.…

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LISTEN: All about anesthesia

A child is prepared for anesthesia. (U.S. Airforce/ Sr.A. Rylan K. Albright) If you have ever had a medical procedure done before, chances are you had some form of anesthesia. It may have been local anesthesia, a nerve block, sedation, general anesthesia or a combination of these. There are also different types of anesthesiologists and…

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Report sheds little light on fatal Alaska helicopter crash

A rescue helicopter lands near the site of a fatal helicopter crash that killed 5. (Alaska Mountain Rescue Group Photo) ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A preliminary report from the federal agency investigating the fatal helicopter crash in Alaska that killed five people, including the richest man in the Czech Republic, sheds little light on the…

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After year of cancellations, Denali’s base camp manager prepares for return of climbing season

Lisa Roderick outside her tent at Denali Base Camp in 2018. (Katie Writer/KTNA) It’s springtime in Talkeetna and while most of the town is preparing for summer, one local resident will be wearing mittens and down for a few more months. April 2020 brought an unprecedented lockdown to most of the world, including the Kahiltna…

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Anchorage Assembly extends COVID emergency declaration by closest vote yet

The Anchorage Assembly Chambers in the Loussac Library on Jan. 26, 2021. (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media) The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday approved an eighth extension of the city’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. The measure passed six to four, the slimmest margin an extension has seen since the COVID emergency began. Assembly members John Weddleton, Suzanne LaFrance,…

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Learn about these organizations working to support local, sustainable food systems

Stacked can goods at the Homer Community Food Pantry. (Photo by Shady Grove Oliver) As part of their series examining Anchorage’s Climate Action Plan, Alaska Common Ground hosted a diverse panel featuring growers, hunters, educators and advocates who want to improve Anchorage and Alaska’s food system. SPEAKERS:Micah Hahn – Moderator  Edible Alaska – Amy O’Neill…

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For Alaska Native earring makers, the pandemic brought a boom

Lisa Apangalook, ivory carving artist, in her art studio in Spenard. (Alice Glenn/Alaska Public Media) A year ago, as the pandemic drove everybody inside, Delaney Thiele turned her focus to earrings. She owns a business called Cloudberry, selling Indigenous beaded earrings, mostly on Instagram. “I just had such a good time just like beading and…

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Judge recommends state not uphold Donlin mine water certificate

The site of the proposed Donlin Mine, 145 miles northeast of Bethel. (Dean Swope/KYUK) A state judge recommended the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation not uphold a water certificate issued to the Donlin Gold mine in Western Alaska. The final decision on the matter will rest with Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune. The…

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After 5-month wait forces fuel rationing, barge arrives in St. Paul

The North Pacific Fuel barge arrived in St. Paul Tuesday. The small community had been waiting on its arrival since November of last year. (Phil Zavadil) Fuel rationing in the Pribilof Island community of St. Paul ended Tuesday after more than a month and a half of restrictions for residents and fishermen. City officials announced…

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Officials confirm Juneau’s first more contagious COVID variant case

Ralph Dagdag, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is part of a team of scientists led by professor Eric Bortz, studying COVID-19 variants. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) Genomic sequencing has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Juneau caused by a more contagious variant of the virus. Deputy City Manager Mila…

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Kenai Borough mayor attacks school district’s mask policy

KPBSD reopened school buildings to students in January, though some grades were attending on rotating schedules. All students were allowed to return full time in February. (Sabine Poux/KDLL) With five weeks remaining before summer break, the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor is publicly challenging the school district on its COVID-19 mitigation protocols. Mayor Charlie Pierce has…

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Ketchikan police investigate racist, homophobic graffiti at local skate park and trail

Few traces of the graffiti remained Tuesday on a paved path near Schoenbar Middle School. (Eric Stone/KRBD) Ketchikan police are investigating racist and homophobic graffiti that appeared around an asphalt trail and local skate park over the weekend. Police said no suspects have been identified. Barbara Burns was walking on Sunday morning with a friend…

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Alaska delegation tries multi-pronged effort to save part of cruise season

The cruise ship Noordam in 2017. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News) Alaska’s congressional delegation is trying to salvage this year’s cruise-ship season by proceeding on two fronts: Getting the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to loosen up, and solving the Canada problem. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the CDC has only issued partial guidelines for how…

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APOC denies expedited hearing after allegations of Bronson campaign finance violation

Voters cast their votes at the Loussac Library voting center just before 6 p.m. on April 5, 2021. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) The runoff election for Anchorage mayor began to heat up this week after Forrest Dunbar’s campaign accused Dave Bronson’s campaign of more than $170,000 in finance violations. On Wednesday, the Alaska Public Offices…

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After a year of pandemic isolation, Anchorage Muslims return to mosque for Ramadan

Youssef Barbour, a doctor in Anchorage and spokesperson for the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage Alaska at an evening prayer service on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media) The crescent moon appeared in the night sky on Monday, kicking off the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims around the world, including in Alaska.…

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Biden taps Alaskan as Interior Department deputy

A 2012 photo shows Tommy Beaudreau meeting with North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower during his time as director of the newly-established Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. (BOEM) The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee…

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Juneau gets state’s first electric bus

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, wearing a Capital Transit cap, talks with employees during a ribbon-cutting on April 8, 2021 for the first battery-electric public transit bus. (Matt Miller/KTOO) Capital Transit riders in Juneau will notice something different about one of their buses this week. The first battery-electric bus in the fleet entered service Wednesday on the…

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U.S. Seafoods apologizes to Unalaska after COVID-positive crew caused widespread exposure at local bar

The 240-foot Seafreeze America docked in Captains Bay on Tuesday, April 13. (Hope McKenney/KUCB) A Seattle seafood company issued an apology to the community of Unalaska after crew members from one of its vessels, at port in the island community, breached isolation protocols to visit a crowded local bar last weekend.  The resulting widespread exposure forced…

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Alaska denied Permanent Fund dividends to gay couples despite court rulings

Protesters gathered June 5 on Ketchikan’s Berth 3 promenade to demonstrate outside a flower shop that reportedly refused to take an order for a same-sex wedding. Ketchikan’s Borough Assembly overrode a mayoral veto and asked state lawmakers to protect LBGTQ people from discrimination on Tuesday. (Eric Stone/KRBD) ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wrongly denied some…

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Western Alaska village puts up vaccine requirement to enter store

Kongiganak, Alaska in 2004. (Credit Department of Commerce Community Photo Database) COVID-19 vaccine passports are gaining some traction within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Around the same time the Bethel fitness center reopened to fully vaccinated individuals, Kongiganak started allowing only fully vaccinated community members into stores and businesses. Up until a month ago, the Kongiganak store only accepted orders…

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Why aren’t there more Alaska Native defenders, prosecutors and judges?

A listener posed a question for Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska and we tackled it for this week’s show. Where are the Alaska Native defenders, prosecutors and judges in our state’s judicial system? What would justice in Alaska look like if there was a more robust representation of Alaska Natives throughout the system and the…

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Alaska would be first state to use blockchain-based voting system under proposed bill

Alaska would become the first state to adopt blockchain technology statewide in its voting security system under a proposal by Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Shower.  Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, in the Senate Judiciary Committee in Juneau on March 22, 2019. (Skip Gray/360 North) Shower said he wants to increase voters’ confidence in the system.  “I’m…

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