Alaska News

U.S. Coast Guard celebrates 225th birthday

Today is the 225th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. And to celebrate that event, the new commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak, Captain Mark Morin, joined KMXT to talk about Coast Guard history and his experiences in Kodiak. Download Audio

Bird Death Reports Are Up In Homer, Food Sources Possibly To Blame

The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is receiving multiple reports indicating a significant increase in dead and dying birds found on beaches in the Homer area over the last two weeks. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Happy 225th Birthday, Coast Guard!; Bird Death Reports Are Up In Homer, Food Sources Possibly To Blame; Atchak Arraigned For Murder Charge In Death of Roxanne Smart; Murkowski's Planned Parenthood Vote Has the Left Seething, the Right Unmoved; Legislative Special Session Cost Nearly $1M; Artist Casts Bodies in Bethel to Highlight Mental Health; Suspected Capitol Flag Thieves Caught on Tape; Construction to start at Brucejack Mine in British Columbia; A Year After Mine Disaster, Wrangellites Protest BC Mines; Cantwell Hydro Projects Draw Skepticism Download Audio

Atchak Arraigned for Murder Charge in Death of Roxanne Smart

Twenty-year-old Samuel Atchak was arraigned in Bethel Superior Court Tuesday morning. He’s charged in the murder of Roxanne Smart last August. The arraignment follows an indictment by a grand jury. A public defender Tuesday entered not guilty pleas. Download Audio

Murkowski’s Planned Parenthood Vote Has Left Seething, Right Unmoved

Reaction to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 'yes' vote, in favor of moving a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, is ricocheting around Alaska and social media. Alaskans who support abortion rights feel burned while conservatives aren’t giving Murkowski much credit for it. Download Audio

Legislative Special Session Cost Nearly $1M

The two special sessions held as lawmakers struggled to agree on a state budget cost more than $886,000. Download Audio

Artist Casts Bodies in Bethel to Highlight Mental Health

An artist is creating life-sized sculptures of Alaskans to tell the story of those who struggle with mental health. Sarah Davies travelled to one of the state’s most vulnerable regions, recently for a project called, ‘100 Stone’. She’s attempting to highlight the toll that depression takes and what people can do to help those in need. Download Audio

Suspected Capitol flag thieves caught on tape

Three men were caught on tape who are suspected of breaking into the construction site at the state Capitol building, scaling the scaffolding and stealing flags off the roof. Download Audio

Construction to start at Brucejack Mine in British Columbia

Construction of another British Columbia mine near a river that flows into Alaska could begin within a month. But it’s a small operation sparking fewer concerns on this side of the border than some other projects. Download Audio

A Year After Mine Disaster, Wrangellites Protest BC Mines

A protest in Wrangell on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of a mining disaster in Canada and sought to bring attention to mines being developed across the border from Southeast Alaska. About 100 people marched through Wrangell behind a banner that read “Keep the Stikine Clean.” Download Audio