Alaska News

With Little Opposition, Minimum Wage Campaign Seeks Mandate

Even though the few polls that have been done on the measure show it clearing 60 percent of the vote, the campaign wants to guarantee as wide a margin as possible to discourage lawmakers from tampering with the minimum wage or the inflation indexing component in the future. Download Audio

Federal Grants Boost Services at Aleutian-Pribilof Clinics

Community health centers in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands will get at least $600,000 in federal grant money for new services this year. The grants are aimed in part at helping new patients who enrolled in health plans under the Affordable Care Act. But there aren’t many of those in the Aleutian Islands. Instead, providers will use the money for the patients they already have. Download Audio

No Confirmed Cases Of Unusual Respiratory Illness In Alaska

The manager of Alaska’s infectious disease program says it wouldn’t be surprising if an unusual respiratory illness that has affected children in the Lower 48 is detected soon in Alaska. Download Audio

Federal Agency Expresses Concern With Dam Studies

A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about the accuracy of some studies being conducted for a massive proposed dam in Southcentral Alaska. Download Audio

Frontier Airlines Pulling Out Of Fairbanks Market

Two airlines that serve Fairbanks seasonally have made decisions that will decrease flights to the Golden Heart City. One is related to increased fuel cost. Download Audio

‘Targeted Hunting’ Permits Considered In Fairbanks Area

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is considering an option to issue “targeted hunting” permits this winter to take moose that frequent roadways in the Fairbanks area. Download Audio

Health Policy Innovators Gather In Anchorage

A group of health policy innovators gathered at the Dena’ina center in Anchorage this morning to talk about how Alaska’s health care systems have evolved. The event is part of the Alaska Health Care Commission’s initiative to look at how Alaskans health status has improved in the last 60 years. A lot has changed in that time, including the development of an independent tribal health system. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: October 1, 2014

Minimum Wage Campaign Running Without Organized Opposition; Federal Grants Boost Services at Aleutian-Pribilof Clinics; No Confirmed Cases Of Unusual Respiratory Illness In Alaska; Federal Agency Expresses Concern With Dam Studies; Frontier Airlines Pulling Out Of Fairbanks Market; Cruise Traffic Level, But Could Grow Soon; ‘Targeted Hunting’ Permits Considered In Fairbanks Area; Health Policy Innovators Gather In Anchorage Download Audio

Cruise Traffic Level, But Could Grow Soon

Alaska’s cruise ship season ended last week. It, and other types of tourism, attracted a similar number of visitors as in 2013. But the next few years could be different.

Sullivan Allowed to Keep In-State Tax Credits in Maryland

Maryland tax collectors had good news for Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan today, and perhaps bad news for his campaign. Maryland authorities say he doesn’t have to repay about $5,000 in homestead tax credits he received from 2006 to 2008, for a home he owned in Bethesda. Only owners claiming a home as their principal residence are entitled to the credits. Download Audio: