Alaska News

Minimum wage increase helps individuals, ok for small biz

Alaska's statewide minimum wage increase went into effect on Tuesday. Now, thousands of jobs in the state pay $8.75 an hour -- a dollar increase. So what does this means for Anchorage's small businesses and consumers?

Sen. Lisa Murkowski Skeptical Of Forest Service’s Tongass Plan

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell defended his management of the Tongass National Forest today to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the panel, says the service isn’t allowing enough timber sales to keep what remains of the logging industry in Southeast Alaska in business. Download Audio

Arctic Barge Nears Russia After Months In Ice

An unmanned fuel barge that got stuck in Arctic sea ice last fall has now made it almost as far as the northern coast of Russia. It sounds like the makings of a children’s book: the long, unexpected journey of a little barge called the NTAL-2. Download Audio

University of Alaska To Launch Sexual Assault Survey Next Week

After a several month delay, the University of Alaska will launch a survey March 2 that deals with sexual assault on campus. Download Audio

Navigating “The New Normal” Of Legal Marijuana

As the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska today, the changing laws surrounding pot have already created a ripple effect in Sitka. Law enforcement is ironing out the details and businesses are catering to new clientele, with mixed opinions. Download Audio

Independent Power Producers Seek Utility Regulations Change

Some Alaska alternative energy producers may benefit from new rules the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is considering. But other independents say the state's power statutes are so antiquated they should be completely revised. Download Audio

Rough Winter Takes Toll On Dillingham Residents

Winter has been rough around the state this year. And the lack of snow and warm temperatures have not gone unnoticed by businesses and recreational enthusiast. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: February 26, 2015

Sen. Lisa Murkowski Skeptical Of Forest Service's Tongass Plan; Arctic Barge Nears Russia After Months In Ice; What Does Alaska’s Minimum Wage Hike Mean For Businesses?; University of Alaska To Launch Sexual Assault Survey Next Week; Navigating “The New Normal” Of Legal Marijuana; Independent Power Producers Seek Utility Regulations Change; Rough Winter Takes Toll On Dillingham Residents Download Audio

I Am An Ice Sculptor

Ice, an annoyance for most during the long Alaskan winters, has become the muse for Anchorage artist Speareo Stephens. Stephens stumbled upon ice sculpting when he first arrived in Alaska and has been carving away ever since.

Head of Continental Defense Lays Out Threats Facing U.S. Amid Rising Importance of Arctic

Head of NORAD and NORTHCOM discusses the significant increase of Russian long-range aviation, Arctic advocacy in the Defense Department, and position of Alaska in global and Pacific operations.