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Newscast – Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

In this newscast: Environmental lawyers gear up to fight the Trump administration's energy policy changes in Alaska, the Catholic Diocese of Juneau announces that at least seven men who worked for the church since 1951 engaged in sexual misconduct, a state budget cut to a program that helped local governments pay for school infrastructure will force local taxes to increase, and a security robot that was vandalized in California may help capture its vandal.


Newscast – Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Mike Dunleavy is still optimistic lawmakers will restore another $1,400 in permanent fund dividends in a fall special session, a group is seeking a statewide ballot question to raise taxes on the oil industry, the Juneau Assembly OKs three ballot questions for the October municipal to finance and improve arts and culture infrastructure, the Assembly also approves a five-year schedule of water and wastewater utility rate hikes, a resident of a Mendenhall Valley home...


Newscast – Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces his decisions on the Legislature's latest funding bill, coastal communities react to the governor's veto of $5 million from the Alaska Marine Highway System, federal rule changes around abortion referrals prompt Planned Parenthood to drop out of a federally funded family planning program, wildfires force evacuations and closures of the Parks and Sterling highways and, the parents of five young girls killed in a fire sue Enstar Natural Gas and...


Newscast – Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

In this newscast: Organizers of the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy push through an early signature gathering threshold, the Online With Libraries program and a free remote tutoring service get a reprieve from the governor's budget cuts, the daughter of the late state Sen. Chris Birch applies to fill his seat, renowned Alaska Native languages linguist Michael Krauss dies, some of the creators behind "Molly of Denali" hold a vocal acting workshop in Juneau, and scientists in southern...


Newscast – Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he could work with other organizations on spending reductions as he did with the University of Alaska, the hot, record-breaking summer has ended the summer dog sled tour business early this year, organizers of the Golden North Salmon Derby cancel due to potentially dangerous wind conditions, and two baby orcas appear to be doing well in the endangered southern resident population.


Newscast – Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

In this newscast: Local early education providers explain what Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto reversal means to their programs, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says a Trump administration decision is expected soon on a road building rule affecting the Tongass National Forest, one of five candidates vying for two Juneau School Board seats withdraws, a local sportfish biologist shares some professional and personal insights ahead of the Golden North Salmon Derby that starts Friday, meanwhile a salmon...


Newscast – Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces a major reversal on his cuts to the University of Alaska funding and early childhood programs, two Alaska groups fighting for a full permanent fund dividend argue the governor should not veto the $1,600 version lawmakers sent him, nine candidates file to run for Juneau Assembly and Juneau School Board in October, and middle and high school teachers are literally weaving Northwest Coast art into their math lessons.


Newscast – Monday, Aug. 12, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Mike Dunleavy's latest line-item veto hits Alaska's primary provider of real-time marine vessel tracking, Juneau's Alaska Native community galvanizes its response to state budget cuts, a UAF forest ecologist figures out ideal times to cut spruce for firewood, Yakutat hosts what may be a first-of-its-kind-in-Alaska surfing camp, and U.S. Geological Survey scientists find polar bears spending more time on shore.


Newscast – Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

In this newscast: Authorities identified the scientist who died during a research dive Wednesday in Glacier Bay National Park, Newtok residents prepare to their new home in Mertarvik, Nome's busiest cruise ship tourism season ever gets underway and the Sitka Sound Science Center is studying disposable crab pots.


Newscast – Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

In this newscast: Colleagues and family members remember late state Sen. Chris Birch, Permanent Fund Dividend checks could be delayed depending on whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy decides to veto a bill providing for a $1,600 PFD, a diver died in Glacier Bay National Park Wednesday, Southeast Alaska's drought continued with above average temperatures in July, and Yakutat hosts what may be the first surf camp of its kind in Alaska.


Newscast – Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019

In this newscast: What did ferry workers get from this summer's strike? Also, a Juneau-based fisheries scientist received the highest honor given to early-career scientists and engineers by the U.S. government and environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit to block road construction in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.


Newscast – Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019

In this newscast: The second special legislative session ended quietly Tuesday, a Maine man pleads not guilty to sexual assault and murder of a woman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1993, the Department of Fish & Game closes commercial salmon trolling in much of Southeast Alaska for eight days, Petersburg ferry workers remain concerned about state cuts to ferry service even as the strike ends, tourists stranded in Kodiak by the ferry strike found a way to stay busy and tribal...


Newscast – Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

In this newscast: State ferries resumed sailing following the ratification of a contract by striking members of the Alaska Marine Highway System's largest union. Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration extended a no-bid contract awarded to a relative of a major financial supporter of the governor. A lawsuit brought by a former police detective against the City of Sitka is going before a mediator and could be settled out of court. A related case concerning a former Sitka police detective who...


Newscast – Friday, Aug. 2, 2019

In this newscast: A tentative deal between the state and a striking ferry union could get the Alaska Marine Highway System back up and running as early as this weekend. Voters in more than a dozen Alaska towns can now sign the petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy, but there are plenty of communities across the state where voters do not have that option right now. Pacific walruses have been spotted on shore in northwest Alaska. It's their earliest appearance to date, and it's tied to...


Newscast – Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

In this newscast: Signature gathering to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy launches around the state, coastal community residents sound off on the Alaska Marine Highway System's stripped down winter ferry schedule, the filing period opens Friday for Juneau's Oct. 1 municipal elections, Douglas Highway water main work is expected to shift traffic delays toward the Douglas roundabout, Pacific walruses are making their earliest appearances on northwest Alaska beaches due to sea ice receding early, and...


Newscast – Wednesday, July 31, 2019

In this newscast: A statewide campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy launches, Gov. Dunleavy's Chief of Staff Tuckerman Babcock steps down and former Senate President Ben Stevens steps in, the head of the Department of Environmental Conservation says he wants to change the state's cruise ship pollution monitoring program to one without on-board inspectors, the University of Alaska Board of Regents takes a step toward consolidating the entire university system to single accredited university,...


Newscast – Tuesday, July 30, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Mike Dunleavy signals that he is likely to re-veto funding the Legislature restored, some Alaska college students say they're seeing military recruiters step up their efforts amid the university system's budget uncertainty, several high-profile Democrats seeking the presidency are weighing in on Alaska's ferry workers' strike and budget slashing, the Department of Transportation warns ferry system patrons of a text-based refund fraud scheme, Pebble mine opponents think...


Newscast – Monday, July 29, 2019

In this newscast: The ferry workers' continues for a fifth day, state lawmakers make progress on major legislation on the capital budget and permanent fund dividend, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski joins a Republican environmental group calling itself the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, and an off-duty Juneau police officer gets charged and jailed for driving while intoxicated after a North Douglas traffic accident.


Newscast – Friday, July 26, 2019

In this newscast: Tensions escalate in the ferry system's labor dispute, a retailer and a freight business in Gustavus make tough decisions to cope with the ferry strike, Moody's Investors Services outlook for Alaska's credit rating worsens, Facebook ads targeting University of Alaska students' fear about the future of their institutions causes indignation, and state troopers report a woman died trying to cross a river to reach the bus featured in "Into the Wild."


Newscast – Thursday, July 25, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Mike Dunleavy maintains that his budget vetoes were necessary, the ferry workers' strike disrupts Southeast Alaska State Fair-goers plans and strands travelers, Eaglecrest Ski Area staff unveil their plans to make the mountain a self-sustaining, year-round recreation destination, and Alaska health officials report the first case of paralytic shellfish poisoning.