Alaska News

State Files To Participate In Big Thorne Lawsuits

The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service's planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island. Download Audio

The Tongass Tightrope: Balancing Diverse Interests By Committee

For three days last week, a few dozen people holed up in a Travelodge conference room in Juneau. There was coffee and donuts, PowerPoint presentations and an easel with big sheets of scratch paper. It was the second in a series of meeting that the Tongass Advisory Committee has leading up to its May deadline to produce its recommendations. Download Audio

Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

The Anchorage Port project is taking a new direction toward modernization and rehabilitation instead of expansion. Three design concepts for re-doing but not expanding the Port will be ready in early November. Download Audio

Officers Say Searches, Civil Rights Must Balance In Fight Against Illegal Drugs

Alaska has ranked among the top 10 states in several categories of illegal drug use in recent years. Last week, participants at the “Reclaim Alaska: 2014 Substance Abuse Summit” hosted by the Aleutian-Pribilof Islands Association talked about the problem and ways to address it. Participants were also cautioned that civil rights must not be trampled in the process of stemming the flow of illegal drugs. Download Audio

Motorcyclists Celebrate Life On The Road

The summer tourism season is winding down, with even the hardiest travelers thinking about heading south. Alaska regularly attracts adventurous people from around the world, including motorcycle tourists. Download Audio

Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup

A very special Stellar sea lion pup got a name last week at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. He’s the result of a special breeding and research program looking into the decline of the endangered marine mammals in the state. Download Audio

Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

As the winter approaches, many animals are migrating south, but there’s one sly creature that scientists say in recent years has started to remain in the high Arctic in the winter. Red foxes have not only expanded their habitat into the far north, the charismatic, bushy tailed mammal is out-competing the native Arctic fox and causing problems at oil field dumpsters in Prudhoe Bay. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: September 15, 2014

BP Alaska Plans Layoffs Following Hilcorp Sale; State Files To Participate In Big Thorne Lawsuits; The Tongass Tightrope: Balancing Diverse Interests By Committee; Anchorage Port Project Is Downsized To Deal With Corrosion, Not Expansion; Officers Say Searches, Civil Rights Must Balance In Fight Against Illegal Drugs; Motorcyclists Celebrate Life On The Road; Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup; Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope Download Audio

First-Time Forager’s Hunt For Mushrooms In Alaska’s Urban Wilderness

Today we’re hunting for mushrooms. Now you may have heard radio stories about mushroom foragers or mushroom experts, but Heidi Drygas is neither of those. Drygas writes the food blog Chena Girl Cooks, and she's harvested just about everything Alaska has to offer, but mushrooms have always been the last thing on her list. Download Audio

BP Alaska Plans Layoffs Following Hilcorp Sale

BP Alaska, a major player in the state's oil industry, is planning to lay off 275 employees and contractors early next year.