After wrestling with how to approach the state’s massive unfunded liability for months, the Alaska Senate unanimously agreed to put $3 billion toward the public employee pension system just hours after their plan was released.
An effort to resurrect parts of House Bill 77 was abandoned on Friday night.
In Juneau, the latest version of the education funding bill emerged today, and it isn’t what school advocates were hoping for. Senate Finance co-chairman Kevin Meyer says it’s a comprehensive bill that would add $100 million to education, and he says the Republican majority is committed to keeping that money in the budget for each of the next three years. Download Audio
Education isn’t the only thing left on the Legislature’s plate. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is our Capitol correspondent, and she’s joining us today to walk us through what lawmakers need to do in the 60 hours before they gavel out. Download Audio
A series of earthquakes rattled Northwest Alaska about 40 miles northeast of Kotzebue on Friday morning. The tremors began with a strong 5.6 magnitude earthquake at 10:44 Friday morning. Download Audio
Representatives from the "Recall Lindsey Holmes" group and Alaska's Division of Elections met in State Superior Court on Thursday. Download Audio
On Friday, a deadly incident claimed the lives of at least 12 people on Mount Everest. Willi Prittie and Ellie Henke, both residents of Talkeetna, have extensive experience on Everest. Download Audio
The National Transportation Safety Board has published a preliminary report about the crash that killed two pilots near Three Step Mountain. Download Audio
School Advocates Unhappy With Education Bill’s Latest Rendering; Legislators Enter Session’s Home Stretch; Series Of Quakes Rattle Northwest Alaska; 'Recall Lindsey Holmes' Group Takes Petition Dismissal To Court; NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Hageland Crash; Talkeetna Guides With Everest Experience Speak About Deadly Incident; AK: Hazing Birds; 300 Villages: Akiachak Download Audio
This week, we’re heading to Akiachak, in Southwest Alaska. The village is the first in the state to formally decide to dissolve its local government in favor of traditional tribal representation. Jonathan Lomack is the executive director for Akiachak Native Community Tribal Government. Download Audio