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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, March 1, 2024

Legislators ask the White House to ease restrictions on oil and gas development. Plus, a funding boost for renewable energy in the Arctic.
A man in ski gear and sunglasses holding ski poles.

Anchorage’s ski marathon to feature blind skier in his sixth race across the city

Kevin Whitley is a vision-impaired athlete competing in the Tour of Anchorage on Sunday, with the help of a guide wearing a boombox.
A dog team runs through the snow

The 2024 Iditarod starts Saturday. Here’s what to know.

What’s the route this year? How are trail conditions? We answer those questions and more.
Lori Townsend and Kikkan Randall face each other while sitting at a desk and speaking.

Could World Cup skiing come to Anchorage? | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend and her guest Kikkan Randall explore what it would take to bring World Cup ski races to Anchorage.
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Ravn Alaska slashes workforce, raising questions about regional airline’s future

At this point, a Ravn Alaska spokesperson says none of its nine Alaska destinations will be eliminated, but they can expect fewer flights.
L’xeis Diane Benson

L’xeis Diane Benson on acting and her work in ‘True Detective: Night Country’

Benson, known for her presence on both Alaska-based TV shows and the state's political stage, spoke about her role in the recent HBO series.
Rohit Chopra

Why a financial regulator is going after health care debt

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created after the Great Recession of 2007-09, has increasingly started policing the health care system.
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Unalaska pulls plug on Makushin geothermal project

Unalaska City Council members had lost confidence that the project would be completed on a reasonable timeline.

Alaska Long Trail advocates seek funding for improvements at popular recreation spots

Advocates of the 500-mile trail network say there has been enough progress to draw long-distance hikers this summer, as they seek state support for more.
Jesse Kiehl

New bill would add guardrails to Alaska property assessments

Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, says the bill aims to make the property assessment process in the state more fair and transparent for residents.
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Alaska tribes accuse Canada of human rights violations, request international hearing on mining

The Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission says upstream mining in Canada violates tribes' right to a healthy environment.
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After Brian Smith’s Anchorage murder conviction, MMIP advocates hope for change

Family members and advocates for Kathleen Henry and Veronica Abouchuk attended every day of Brian Smith's horrific trial in their deaths.
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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, February 29, 2024

A bill would impact on reproductive rights in Alaska. Plus, highway projects are at stake as the state works to resubmit its highway plan.

Anchorage’s historic city hall to become public library

The city’s former downtown library closed in 1986.
an airliner

The FAA gives Boeing 90 days to fix quality control issues. Critics say they run deep.

The FAA says Boeing has 90 days to come up with a plan to fix quality control issues. Critics say they go far beyond 737 Max door plugs.
People on skis and snowboards line up in front of a ski lift and mountain.

Skiing Skeetawk in Hatcher Pass | Outdoor Explorer

Meet Skeetawk manager, Megan Justus, and find out what's in store for the growing ski operation.
Homer City Hall

Homer City Council rejects attempt to regulate short-term rentals

The Homer City Council unanimously rejected an ordinance Monday that would require short-term rental operators to register their property.
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With massive federal funding, Western Alaska fiber optic projects prepare for rollout

Multiple Alaska companies have partnered with tribal entities to secure federal broadband funds under the Biden-Harris administration.
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Legislators get update on fixes for $5B transportation plan rejected by feds

Transportation Commissioner Ryan Anderson updated lawmakers Wednesday on the revised State Transportation Improvement Plan.
Kevin McCabe

Proposal to define a fetus as a person in Alaska’s criminal code faces pushback

Opponents testified that the bill would threaten Alaskans’ abortion rights.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The House passes a bill making it easier to find childcare in Alaska. Plus, Iditarod officials talk conditions ahead of the ceremonial start.

Alaska House debates constitutional amendment guaranteeing Permanent Fund dividend payment

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, said it would protect the dividend from competing with other budget priorities.
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Alaska House passes bill aimed at expanding access to child care

Rep. Julie Coulombe says the bill is an effort to ease the strain on Alaska families who are facing rising child care costs and limited availability.

Iditarod returns to 16-dog teams

The Iditarod had set the limit at 14 dogs per team just five years ago after considering the expense of flying dogs back from the trail and to make it easier for smaller kennels to race in the Iditarod.
Anchorage School Board members Dave Donley, Carl Jacobs and Pat Higgins.

Anchorage School Board reinstates most classroom budget cuts after passage of bipartisan education bill

The school board has until July to make changes if additional state funding falls through.

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